Justin CharlesAfter over a decade of inactivity, 90′s alt rock favorites Ben Folds Five have returned on a tour that has taken them across the country, bringing back old favorites and treating fans to some new ones off the band’s comeback album, The Sound of The Life of the Mind. The album’s lead single, ‘Do It Anyway’, made the rounds on the internet recently due to appearances from the cast of Fraggle Rock. Armed with new songs and a new sense of energy, it’s great to hear many songs from the Ben Folds Five repertoire that were banished from Folds’ solo tours.The show got off to a relatively slow start with two new songs, ‘Michael Prayton, Five Years Later’ and ‘Hold That Thought’ sandwiched around a somewhat lesser known track from 1997′s Whatever and Ever Amen, ‘Missing The War’. However the opening notes to fan favorite ‘Jackson Cannery’ garnered applause from the crowd causing instantaneous dancing.From that point on, the band took a trip through their impressive catalogue of songs. Guys in the crowd danced and sung along to early hit ‘Song For The Dumped’, while the girls swooned when the band slowed down for ‘Brick’, the band’s most well known song. It must be noted that while the old songs were definitely crowd pleasers, this was no nostalgia act. New songs, specifically ‘Do It Anyway’ were absolutely rocking live and garnered great reaction from the crowd. ‘Do It Anyway’ is a a real departure from the band’s previous material, eliciting almost a bluegrass vibe through Folds’ keys, and played to perfection.The show closed with the easy sing a long – ‘Army’ – which drew the night’s biggest reaction. The band came back out for a quick encore of ‘Magic’, followed by the band’s first single, ‘Underground’. Of note is the surprising omission of two of the band’s most well known songs, ‘Philosophy’ and ‘One Angry Dwarfs and 200 Solemn Faces’, but there’s always next time. With the high quality of the band’s latest album, it can only be assumed that Ben Folds Five are back for another run.Photos by Dino Perrucci via The Capitol Theatre 2012.10.09 :: Ben Folds Five :: The Capitol TheatreBy The Capitol Theatre | View on Facebook
Last month, we shared the news that producers were working on a posthumous Michael Jackson album, with all new material. The album, entitled XSCAPE, will be released on May 9th, 2014. The studio, however, has released a single from the new album, entitled “Love Never Felt So Good.”Listen here:Now we’re really looking forward to hearing the whole album! -David Melamed (@DMelamz)
We’re offering up a pair of three-day passes to the upcoming North Coast Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago, IL! The premier Midwest festival takes place this weekend, with a huge roster of noteworthy acts like Widespread Panic, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, The Chemical Brothers, The Disco Biscuits, Glitch Mob, Portugal. The Man, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Knife Party, The Main Squeeze, Galactic Ft. Macy Gray, Shpongle and tons of others.5 Reasons To Spend Labor Day Weekend At North Coast Music FestivalThree day passes to the festival are sold out and single day prices will increase soon. Get tickets here, and check out NCMF’s daily schedules and stacked afterparty roundup.Enter to win two GA passes to NCMF below! Entry is allowed on an hourly basis. Share to increase your chances of winning!
Just a few weeks ago, The Mantras hosted their 6th annual Mantrabash in Ferguson, NC. The band played four sets over three days of music, which also included performances from EOTO, TAUK, Ozric Tentacles, Consider the Source and more!While all four of The Mantras’ sets from the festival are available to stream/download, we wanted to spotlight their special “Talking Dead” set with music of the Talking Heads and the Grateful Dead. Featuring keyboardist Bernie Worrell, who was a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and a contributor to the Talking Heads’ catalog, this was one great performance!Check out “The Other One>Drums” below, or head to the Bandcamp page to purchase a download of this exciting performance, along with all of the band’s great sets throughout the weekend. The “Talking Dead” setlist can be seen below.<a href=”http://the-mantras.bandcamp.com/album/2015-09-26-mantrabash-6-ferguson-nc-set-1″>2015-09-26 Mantrabash 6 Ferguson, NC Set 1 by The Mantras</a>Setlist: The Mantras with Bernie Worrell “Talking Dead” at Mantrabash, Ferguson, NC – 9/26/15One Set: Girlfriend Is Better, Shakedown Street, Life During Wartime, The Other One, Drums, This Must Be The Place, Eyes of the World, Born Cross-Eyed, Cross-Eyed And Painless, Burning Down The Mountain, One Nation Under The Groove
Happy 50th birthday, “Norwegian Wood”! On October 12, 1965, The Beatles were in the thick of their Rubber Soul studio sessions. At a time when the creative forces of The Beatles were at a collaborative peak, John Lennon introduced a new song about an extramarital affair, called “This Bird Has Flown”. With George Harrison recently inspired by Ravi Shankar, this marks one of the first Beatles songs to prominently feature the sitar, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western music.The initial recording of the song is drastically different, dropped a full key (in D-major instead of the more familiar E-major) and notably featuring some light drumming from Ringo Starr. The harmonies are a bit lazier on this original demo as well; all in all, the original version just doesn’t have the charming Beatles pop that we all know and love. You can listen to it for yourself below.[Video: Joe Filippini]It wasn’t until October 21, 1965, fifty years ago today, that the Beatles returned to “This Bird Has Flown”. After three takes and some compositional tampering, the song had shifted to its immortal title, “Norwegian Wood”. The title is a play on the cheap pine walls present in contemporary guitarist Peter Asher’s home, according to Paul McCartney. In the new version, the guitar is featured a bit more prominently, and the lines between guitar and sitar are more adeptly integrated. The result, well… we’d be surprised if you’ve never heard “Norwegian Wood” before. Enjoy:
Large and small, plain and colored, splotched and dotted, eggs from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology’s vast collection are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in a new exhibition of eggs and nests.The nests, like the eggs, come in all shapes and sizes. Unlike eggs, which have the same basic plan, nests vary greatly in complexity, from the simple dirt mounds of reptiles to the elaborate creations of Africa’s weaver birds to no nests at all.Scott Edwards, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and curator of ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, said the new exhibit uses eggs and nests as an accessible way to educate the public about birds. Because for birds, Edwards said, much of their lives revolves around building nests and filling them with eggs.“It’s springtime. Eggs and nests are one of the more accessible routes into bird biology,” Edwards said.The exhibit, which opened to the public May 18, runs through March 2008.In an opening lecture on Thursday (May 17), Edwards gave the audience at the Geological Lecture Hall a global tour of eggs, nests, and the creatures that build them.Edwards traced mammals, birds, and reptiles back to a single ancestor. While mammals went on to develop a largely egg-free way of reproducing, Edwards pointed out that some mammals, such as the platypus, continue to give birth to young in eggs.Reptilian egg-laying habits evolved over time, through what Edwards referred to as “nonavian dinosaurs” to birds.While reptiles lay leathery eggs in earthen nests, birds have developed a harder shell for their young and lay their eggs in nests that span the spectrum of form and structure. Emperor penguins use no nest at all, incubating their young on the feet of male birds, protected from the bitter Antarctic cold by a flap of skin while the male fasts and the female goes in search of food.Other birds create a variety of nests, from the intricate interlacings of weaver birds to the astounding hardened-saliva constructions of swifts, whose nests are collected for bird’s nest soup.Eggs come in an enormous variety, from the 3.3-pound ostrich egg, to the 0.03-ounce egg of the hummingbird. Extinct now is the champion of all, the egg of the elephant bird, as much as seven times bigger than the ostrich egg.Birds have also developed different strategies in egg size. A larger egg, favored by ground nesting birds, means more nourishment for the young. It requires a longer incubation time, but develops young that can begin to move and eat right after hatching. Other birds have a different strategy, laying smaller eggs yielding young that are helpless and dependent on parental care.“Everything in a bird’s life revolves around eggs and nests and reproduction,” Edwards said.
The Harvard China Fund, under the Office of the Provost, has announced its fiscal year 2010 grants program for Harvard faculty, programs, and Schools. The purpose of the fund is to support interdisciplinary research and teaching in and about China, focus Harvard’s considerable strengths toward tackling the challenges that China faces, and improve communication and collaboration between Harvard’s faculty and Schools, and Chinese universities and research institutes.Proposals may be in any field, but preference will be given to interdisciplinary and novel projects, as well projects that advance the research goals of Harvard faculty or improve the education of Harvard students. Collaborative projects that have the potential to be supported financially by Chinese universities or other relevant institutions are welcome.Proposals will be judged on the basis of academic excellence, innovation, feasibility, organizational support, and the potential to make an impact in China. In this phase of the program, the Harvard China Fund expects to fund several proposals in the $150,000 to $250,000 range, encouraging applicants to consider the support as seed money or to seek matching funds.Course development grantsAfter two successful years supporting faculty research projects, the Harvard China Fund is launching a second grant program to support the development of new curriculum that focuses on China. Proposals may be in any field, but preference will be given to areas where Harvard’s China curriculum needs strengthening. During this phase of the program, the Harvard China Fund expects to fund one or two faculty members for summer research in China and encourages applicants from all Schools, departments, and disciplines. These course development grants will offer support for summer salary and other research and travel expenses as appropriate. The grants may also be used to support the teaching of a Harvard course in China.For both types of grants, preference may be given to proposed projects for which funding might not be otherwise available from traditional sources. All proposals will be reviewed by the Harvard China Fund Steering Committee. Final proposals will be subject to external peer reviews by readers familiar with the proposed field of work.The program is open to all Harvard faculty at the assistant, associate, and full professorial rank for those who will be continuing at the University in the same capacity for the duration of the research project/course development phase, and who can demonstrate the endorsement of their School, department, or program for this project. Projects may include other researchers or participants, but these individuals may not serve as the principal applicant.Applicants interested in submitting proposals should e-mail a one-page abstract including a list of key participants and a one-page preliminary budget to [email protected] by Dec. 1. Following a review of the proposed projects, finalists will be asked to submit a formal proposal by Feb. 6, 2009. Final decisions will be announced on May 1, 2009. Potential applicants are also welcome to contact the Harvard China Fund to discuss their ideas further. For more information, visit http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hcf.
RELATED: Stage lengths revealed for 2017 racesNASCAR competition officials issued an updated deterrence system Thursday for its three national series, shifting toward an officiating process that penalizes pre-race infractions within a given race weekend. The updated system is months in the making, with the sanctioning body and teams working concurrently on the new procedures.The move was one of several fundamental changes made to the penalty structure ahead of on-track activity this week at Daytona International Speedway.The new system replaces the P1-through-P6 penalty classification which had been in effect since the start of the 2014 season. The new structure grades significant penalties into Levels 1 and 2, both of which involve points deductions and crew chief or team member suspensions that increase with a given violation’s severity.Elton Sawyer, NASCAR Vice President of Officiating and Technical Inspection, said that in the event that less severe infractions are found before a race, teams or crew members would be disciplined from a menu of penalty options available to NASCAR’s three series directors. Those range from the loss of practice time to loss of lap(s) at the start of a race.“Our goal was to be able to, more like football or basketball or any sporting event to where we could officiate and police within the event,” Sawyer told NASCAR.com. “I think the real message is that we want to get these infractions, the smaller infractions, we want to get them corrected at the race track.“It’s very similar to a 15-yard penalty. If you can get three 15-yard penalties and you can still win the game or drive down and score a touchdown, then good for you. If we can issue these penalties and you lose pit selection or you start at the back or a drive-through (penalty), and you can still come back and win the race, well then we feel like what that infraction was, the penalty fits the crime.”A chief reasoning behind the updated policy is to mete out potential penalties more closely to the time – and at the event – in which they occur.“The Tuesday penalties, they wouldn’t necessarily go away,” Sawyer told NASCAR.com. “We’re hoping that we don’t have to write those penalties. That’s not what we look forward to. We want all the positive storylines to be around the excitement of the race, and as the stewards of the sport — or the umpires, if you will — we want to kind of be in the background. But we have a role and responsibility in this as well to make sure it’s a level playing field for all.”RELATED: Tire limits among ’17 rules updates | Learn about the rules packageThe updates also detail the schematics of a new pre-race inspection protocol, which requires that vehicles must proceed through all four inspection stations, regardless of whether issues are found in any stage in the process. Fixes must now be made in each team’s garage stall, rather than off to the side of any given station, and then vehicles must proceed through all four inspection sites again.Sawyer said that the additional time it takes to make a full inspection pass serves as a deterrent for teams, which could miss portions of practice or qualifying in the event of an issue. Eliminating repairs made off to the side of inspection stations also tightens up any gray areas on the fringes of the garage.“I think it’s fair to say that if we make them go back to the garage, then that’s a central location for all cars to be fixed,” Sawyer told NASCAR.com. “They know they have to come back through every station again, so it does put the deterrent back on the teams and puts the responsibility back on the teams to present their vehicles in compliance with the rule book.”RELATED: New participation guidelines put limits in place for 2017Among the other highlights from Thursday’s updates to the rule book:• The penalty structure for violations that rise to the L1 or L2 level were unveiled, subject to enforcement at the following event(s):L1 penalties concern areas of minimum heights and weights, the Laser Inspection Station (LIS), gear ratios, and flagrant lug nut violations where 17 or fewer are properly secured. L2 penalties involve more egregious infractions concerning tampering with the three “no man’s land” technical areas of tires, engine and fuel. Major safety violations, the use of telemetry or traction control, plus breaches of the testing policy also fall under the L2 designation.Penalty options for all three NASCAR national series call for the deduction of 10 to 40 points for L1 violations and 75 points for L2 infractions. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, L1 penalties call for crew chief or team member suspensions for 1 to 3 races, plus a $25,000 to $75,000 fine. L2 penalties in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series come with a six-race suspension and fines ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.The disciplinary action is scaled back in the other two national series. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, L1 penalties will result in the same one- to three-race suspension range, but with fines from $10,000-$40,000. L2 violations in XFINITY events also come with a six-race suspension guideline, but a $50,000-$100,000 range for fines.In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, L1 penalties carry a one- or two-race suspension with fines from $5,000 to $20,000. L2 infractions will result in a four-race suspension with monetary penalties of $25,000 to $50,000.• Specific penalties were outlined for lug-nut and LIS violations in the Monster Energy Series.LIS infractions discovered after Coors Light Pole Qualifying will result in a team’s time being disallowed. Post-race, the violation falls under an L1 heading with a three-race crew chief suspension, a $65,000 fine and the loss of 35 championship points.Teams with one improperly attached or missing lug nut post-race are subject to a $10,000 fine. That fine doubles and includes a one-race suspension for the crew chief if two lug nuts are improperly attached or missing. If three or more lug nuts are in violation of the rules, the penalty rises to the L1 level with three-race suspension for the crew chief, a $65,000 fine and the deduction of 35 championship points.• “Encumbered” finishes — a rules concept introduced before the Monster Energy Series’ playoffs last year — will remain in effect this season for post-race L1 and L2 violations. The rules allow a victory to stand in the event of an infraction, but a winning team will be stripped of the benefits associated with the win.• The list of pre-race penalties within a race weekend at the series directors’ disposal, in order of increasing severity: Loss of annual “hard card” credential, loss of practice time, loss of pit selection position, tail of the field penalty, a green-flag pass-through on pit road after the initial start, a green-flag stop-and-go in the pits after the start, and lap(s) penalty.• Sawyer said that NASCAR competition officials will continue the practice of taking select cars back to the R&D center for further inspection after a race weekend.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
What channels are NASCAR races on this week? We answer that and give you the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.Note: All times are ET. MORE: Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Gets FOX Sports Go | How to find NBCSN Monday, July 163 p.m. : NASCAR 120: “Kentucky,” NBCSN5 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS1On MRNnoon: Motorsports Monday (with hosts Woody Cain & Joey Meier)Tuesday, July 175 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS1On MRN7 p.m.: NASCAR Live (with host Mike Bagley)Wednesday, July 184:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Eldora Qualifying, FS15 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN7 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Eldora Heat Races, FS18:30 p.m.: NASCAR RaceDay, FS19 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Eldora Dirt Dirby, FS111 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post Race Show, FS111:30 p.m.: NASCAR Race Classic: 1994 Coca-Cola 600, FS1On MRNnoon: MRN Crew Call (with hosts Sammi Jo Francis and Rocko Williams)1 p.m.: NASCAR Coast to Coast (with hosts Kyle Rickey & Hannah Newhouse)Thursday, July 19 3:30 a.m.: NASCAR Race Classic: 1998 Daytona 500, FS14 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Eldora Dirt Derby (re-air), FS15 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN5:30 p.m.: Dale Jr. Download, NBCSN6 p.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS17 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Eldora Dirt Derby (re-air), FS2On MRN1 p.m.: Throwback Thursday – 1997 CMT 300Friday, July 202:30 a.m.: NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 (re-air)3:30 a.m.: NASCAR Race Classic: 1994 Coca-Cola 600, FS1 (re-air)Noon: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBCSN (Canada: TSN2)1 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, NBCSN (Canada: TSN GO)2 p.m.: Dale Jr. Download, NBCSN (re-air)2:30 p.m.: Racing Roots: “Kyle Larson,” NBCSN3 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, NBCSN (Canada: TSN GO)4 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSN4:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, NBCSN (Canada: TSN2)6 p.m.: NASCAR America, NBCSNOn MRNnoon: The Inside Line (with host Tyler Burnett)Saturday, July 216:30 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Eldora Dirt Derby (re-air), FS110 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, CNBC (Canada: TSN2)11 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, CNBC (Canada: TSN GO)12 p.m.: NASCAR America NBCSN12:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSN (Canada: TSN2)3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN4 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200, NBCSN (Canada: TSN2)Sunday, July 2210 a.m.: NASCAR RaceDay, FS1Noon: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN1 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, NBCSN (Canada: TSN5)5:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Post Race, NBCSN6 p.m.: NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN