Desert Daze Finalizes 2019 Lineup: Ween, Wu-Tang Clan, The Flaming Lips, Khruangbin, More

Desert Daze Finalizes 2019 Lineup: Ween, Wu-Tang Clan, The Flaming Lips, Khruangbin, More

first_imgDesert Daze will return to Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA for its 8th annual event, set for October 10th-13th, 2019.On Tuesday, the four-day event confirmed their finalized 2019 musical lineup including Devo, kicking off their farewell tour; Wu-Tang Clan playing Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers); Ween performing Chocolate and Cheese; The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin; Flying Lotus 3D, Khruangbin, and Stereolab. Desert Daze will also see performances by Animal Collective, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, The Black Angels, The Locust, Alvvays, Parquet Courts, Shintaro Sakamoto, W.I.T.C.H, Crumb, and many more.Desert Daze organizers noted in a press release,Settling into our second year in the location cited by Rolling Stone as ‘America’s most aesthetically pleasing…,’ we’ve made ourselves at home, taking measures to improve entry traffic and all other avenues of your experience. The ‘oasis among American festivals (Stereogum)’ features well-maintained state park camping facilities including brick and mortar bathrooms with running water, real showers, flushing toilets and RV hookups. Watch your favorite performers from the back of an inflatable pegasus afloat Lake Perris. Swim or lounge on the beach among a forest of surreal sculptures and installation structures. Spin in place and count the mountains. The mountains are counting on you.General admission passes, VIP packages, camping, and add-ons are now on sale here.See below for Desert Daze’s complete 2019 lineup. Head to Desert Daze’s website for more information on the 2019 event.last_img read more

Matty Corby, Tash Sultana Share Colorfully Psychedelic Video For “Talk It Out” [Watch]

Matty Corby, Tash Sultana Share Colorfully Psychedelic Video For “Talk It Out” [Watch]

first_imgEarlier this summer, Australian artists Matt Corby and Tash Sultana teamed up for a collaborative single titled, “Talk It Out”. On Wednesday, the two unveiled their stunningly colorful and psychedelic video for their new single. The video features animation from Melbourne artist Andrew Onorato, whose past work includes the artwork featured in Childish Gambino’s 2018 music video for “Feels Like Summer”.Related: Tash Sultana Shares Hauntingly Beautiful Video From Recent NYC PerformanceThe visuals to the relaxing indie-pop track open by immediately welcoming viewers with Onorato’s glistening animation which forms psychedelic interpretations of mother nature. Various shape designs continue to ooze, spin, and flow throughout as the relaxing song plays on while taking the viewer/listener on a ride through Onorato’s masterfully conceptualized fantasy land.Watch the colorful video of “Talk It Out” below.Matt Corby & Tash Sultana – “Talk It Out”[Video: Matt Corby]“I’d like to give a big thank you to the artists behind this clip, Andrew Onorato and [director] Pat Fox, for creating this amazing visual trip,” Corby mentioned in praise for their visual collaborators on the video.Sultana also added, “I’m super proud to share a songwriting experience with someone who I hold up so highly, and seeing how we both hate being in front of the camera we decided to make a wicked animation that combines both our styles and backgrounds.”Sultana will return to North America to start her scheduled fall tour next month beginning with a performance at The Strand in Providence, RI on September 3rd. Corby won’t return to North America until early next year with a run of tour dates scheduled April and May 2020.For tickets to Tash Sultana’s upcoming run, head here.last_img read more

David Byrne Releases Cast Album From ‘American Utopia’ Broadway Production [Stream]

David Byrne Releases Cast Album From ‘American Utopia’ Broadway Production [Stream]

first_imgDavid Byrne has released the official cast album to his theatrical production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, which arrived on Broadway earlier this week with an opening night at New York City’s Hudson Theatre on Sunday, October 20th.Related: David Byrne Launches ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ Online PublicationThe original cast recording from American Utopia on Broadway arrived onto streaming platforms on Friday, while a physical release is due out on November 22nd via Nonesuch Records. The live cast recording features 21 total tracks from the ensemble of musicians whom Byrne has assembled to be part in bringing his 2018 studio album by the same name to life on the theatrical stage with a production based on his highly acclaimed 2018 concert tour. American Utopia has since gone on to become Byrne’s first solo effort to reach the top 5 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart.Familiar Talking Heads songs which made their way into the show/album include “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”, “I Zimbra”, “Burning Down The House”, “Once in a Lifetime”, and “Slippery People”.The cast for Byrne’s Broadway production includes Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan and Bobby Wooten III.Watch the trailer for the Broadway play and stream the new live album below.David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway[Video: David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway]American Utopia on Broadway (Original Cast Recording)last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Releases ‘Travelogue 2019’ Compilation [Listen]

The String Cheese Incident Releases ‘Travelogue 2019’ Compilation [Listen]

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has released a new compilation of live recordings captured during shows from the band’s mammoth 25th-anniversary tour performances throughout 2019.Named Travelogue 2019 in accordance with their annual initiative, the compilation is the latest installment in the band’s On the Road series and features 34 recordings all selected with care by SCI archivist, Larry Fox.Related: String Cheese Incident Celebrates Last Show Of 2019 With Three Historical Sets At Mission Ballroom Finale [Video] The 2019 compilation features more than four-and-a-half hours of music including several noteworthy collaborations and sit-ins from including “Black Clouds” featuring Billy Strings, “The Harder They Come” with ALO, “Love Please Come Home” with help from The Del McCoury Band, “Fire On The Bayou” with members of Dumpstaphunk, and “Breathe” with Keller Williams and Jamie Janover. The compilation also features other rare performances, acoustic renditions, covers, and even some new music.After extensive touring in 2019, String Cheese is off from tour duty until next year’s festival season when the band kicks off its 2020 summer campaign with three nights at the inaugural Hog Farm Hangout in Laytonville, CA in mid-June. After that, the band continues their busy summer with scheduled appearances at Electric Forest, The Peach Music Festival, and the soon-to-be-opened Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, where they’ll play on July 22nd–24th.Tickets for The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming festival appearances are available here.Stream On the Road: Travelogue 2019 through Spotify below.The String Cheese Incident – On the Road: Travelogue 2019last_img read more

Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion Announces 2020 Lineup: Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, More

Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion Announces 2020 Lineup: Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, More

first_imgOrganizers for Willie Nelson‘s annual Luck Reunion have revealed the 2020 lineup of artists who will perform at the event which takes place on March 19th. The all-day, loaded music event returns to the Luck Ranch just outside of Austin, TX during the week of SXSW.As per Wednesday’s announcement, artists including Willie Nelson and Family, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Shooter Jennings, Angel Olsen, Margo Price & Friends ft. Jeremy Ivey, The Black Lips and more will all perform across five total stages and tents at this year’s one-day festival.Related: 2020 Light Up The Blues Autism Benefit To Feature Neil Young, Willie & Lukas Nelson, MoreOther artists names who were included with Thursday’s lineup announcement were Devon Gilfillian, Paul Cauthen, Parquet Courts, Mariachi Las Coronelas, Black Lips, Night Moves, Amanda Shires, Colter Wall, Delta Spirit, Lucinda Williams, Neal Francis, Ian Noe, Terry Allen and Panhandle Mystery Band, Orville Peck, Sierra Ferrell, The Mastersons, Katie Pruitt, Chuck Prophet, Early James, Haden Triplets, S.G. Goodman, and more.Fans will also have the chance to vote on sending either Gabe Lee, Ida Mae, or Jordan Moser to perform at the 2020 Luck Reunion as part of the “Southwest: On The Rise to Luck” emerging artist initiative.Scroll down to check out the entire lineup. Head to the event website for tickets and more event details.last_img read more

The Soul Rebels Share Inspiring Messages Of Unity For Justice Comes Alive [Watch]

The Soul Rebels Share Inspiring Messages Of Unity For Justice Comes Alive [Watch]

first_imgOn Sunday, June 28th, over 50 artists and tens of thousands of fans came together for Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. The donation-based streaming event generated $55,000 and counting in funds for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.The 12-hour live-stream marathon featured new contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including members of New Orleans-based brass outfit The Soul Rebels including Erion Williams, Manuel Perkins Jr., and Julian Gosin who shared their thoughts and feelings on this important moment in our country’s history, deliver messages of unity and positivity, honor great Black women in history, and more while John Coltrane’s “Alabama” played in the background.Related: The Soul Rebels Share Lyric Video For “Greatness” [Watch]“There are some tough things that we’re going through and all the hatred and racial tension is just draining,” Williams told the audience at the start of the video. “I just want to tell everybody, look we’re all in this together, let’s stick with each other, let’s be positive, let’s promote peace, and that’s all The Soul Rebels are about.”Perkins also added, “If you weren’t being treated fairly how would you feel? We want everybody to think about that. We just want everybody to be treated equally and treated fairly in places where you have earned the right to be called a citizen of that country.”Relive The Soul Rebels’ virtual messages of unity for Justice Comes Alive below. If you enjoyed the Justice Comes Alive performances and have the means, consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com.The Soul Rebels – Justice Comes AlivePresented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Justice Comes Alive was conceived as a way to harness the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. All funds raised from Justice Comes Alive will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, which was developed to address and continue the fight against anti-Black racism and violence in the U.S.Directly supporting organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund focuses on empowering Black communities, movement building, keeping people out of the criminal justice system while dismantling it more broadly, and a collective, international narrative change toward the equitable treatment of Black people. 30% of the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund is also committed to small grants for Black and Indigenous-led grassroots efforts combating racism. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.last_img read more

Antibalas Amplifies The Names Of Victims Of Racial Violence At Justice Comes Alive [Watch]

Antibalas Amplifies The Names Of Victims Of Racial Violence At Justice Comes Alive [Watch]

first_imgOn Sunday, June 28th, over 50 artists and tens of thousands of fans came together for Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. The donation-based streaming event generated $55,000 and counting in funds for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.The 12-hour live-stream marathon featured new contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including Antibalas frontman Amayo, who performed a solo rendition of “Fight Am Finish” from the group’s latest album, Fu Chronicles. Amayo dedicated the song to “you youths out there fighting for justice,” before launching into the impassioned number, transcribed for solo piano.Also included in the Antibalas segment at Justice Comes Alive was a timely new composition called “Say Their Names”. On the sobering track, Amayo’s voice reads off an ever-expanding list of the victims of police brutality over accompaniment from the beloved afrobeat outfit. The powerful ode to the Black Lives Matter movement goes on for a devastating seven minutes as name after name after name reminds viewers of the deep-rooted pattern of systemic violence against minorities that continues to pervade American society.Revisit the Antibalas segment from Justice Comes Alive below. If you enjoyed the performance and have the means, please consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com.Antibalas – “Fight Am Finish”, “Say Their Names” – Justice Comes AlivePresented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Justice Comes Alive was conceived as a way to harness the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. All funds raised from Justice Comes Alive will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, which was developed to address and continue the fight against anti-Black racism and violence in the U.S.Directly supporting organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund focuses on empowering Black communities, movement building, keeping people out of the criminal justice system while dismantling it more broadly, and a collective, international narrative change toward the equitable treatment of Black people. 30% of the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund is also committed to small grants for Black and Indigenous-led grassroots efforts combating racism. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.last_img read more

The Flaming Lips Postpone Bubble Concerts Citing Rising COVID Cases

The Flaming Lips Postpone Bubble Concerts Citing Rising COVID Cases

first_imgLast month, The Flaming Lips made headlines with their announcement of a full-fledged bubble concert in their native Oklahoma City on December 11th. The show immediately sold out, prompting the psych-pop rockers to add another the following night that also quickly sold out. Yet, even in the face of such optimistic innovation, the Flaming Lips have postponed their space bubble shows to January 22nd—23rd, 2021 in light of ever-rising COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma.The band had tested the idea once before with a trial run at the Criterion—the same site of the proposed future concerts—to overwhelming success. That first show only featured the band playing two songs twice—presumably for recording shoot purposes—whereas these upcoming shows were set to be full concerts. The band had also showcased the bubble technology on late-night TV as well as NPR Music‘s Tiny Desk Concert series.Related: Wayne Coyne Talks Freaking Out On Acid At A Drive-Thru In ‘Tales From The Trip’ [Watch]Frontman Wayne Coyne took to Instagram to announce the cancellation, saying,Although the Flaming Lips have every confidence in the multitude of measures we are taking to keep you safe at our upcoming Space Bubble Concerts we have decided to postpone the December shows. The rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the Oklahoma metro area are alarming and we want to keep everyone safe.He expanded on these precautions in a statement to Rolling Stone, noting that while the band is taking every precaution to ensure the security of the concerts, it is those that planned on traveling from outside the area that they worried about.If you have to get on a plane, find a hotel — that’s a lot of areas that aren’t our concert. So we’re hoping by the third week in January that all this activity around New Year’s Eve and Christmas will have started to play out. Then we might be able to be in a stable position when we can say, ‘Let’s try to do these space bubble concerts.’However, an important caveat that Coyne noted was that these bubble concerts are not just a license for fans to do anything they want, saying explicitly, “I don’t want anybody to think this is some kind of f*cking freak party.” Rather, this is a weird band’s weird attempt to make live music happen during a weird time, “But the weirdness is so we can enjoy a concert before putting our families and everybody at risk.”All tickets purchased for the original December shows will be honored at the rescheduled January dates. Anybody who is unable to make it to the new shows or changed their mind about attending can receive a full refund through the point of purchase. See Coyne’s full post below. [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Colorado Bill Would Require More Insurance, Aid Hospital Collections

Colorado Bill Would Require More Insurance, Aid Hospital Collections

first_imgTrauma-care providers, who are watching the debate closely, are less concerned about the source of the money. But they need it — and quickly, they say. The statewide switch to a tort system has saved drivers an average of 32 percent a year on auto insurance, the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association reported. Surveys have shown that 73 percent of Colorado residents oppose the idea of the state s requiring additional health coverage on their policies again. Tort insurance, a policy shared with 37 other states, delays payment of many bills until fault is determined, meaning care providers take longer to get reimbursed. Other states have set up trauma funds through vehicle registration fees, drunken-driving fines and other traffic-violation surcharges to augment payments, Rocky Mountain insurance association Executive Director Carole Walker said. No-fault insurance, which was state policy for 30 years, required drivers to buy insurance that covered the medical bills of people involved in accidents. But rates were rising at twice the national average, according to the Rocky Mountain insurance association, and in 2003, Colorado ended the practice. Insurance providers say the insurance mandate could be the most egregious part of the bill. Not only is it costly, but it harks back to the unpopular no-fault policy, Walker, of the insurance association, said. The people who do have insurance and can afford it, we re paying higher health care costs, Suits said. Sen. John Morse proposes to add $16 to the annual vehicle registration fee to pay for a trauma-care fund. Fees vary based on the age and value of a car, but there are three portions of the fee that go to specific accounts: But since July 2003, hospitals have lost $80 million a year on collections, at least partly because of the switch, according to the Colorado Hospital Association. Some ambulance companies collect only 30 percent of their bills. Some rural hospitals have a hard time finding specialists to serve on trauma calls because they aren t sure they re going to get paid, rural lawmakers say. It helps us recoup our expenses, Dienst said in agreement with Suits. It helps us put money in the bank so we can continue to do what we do, and that is 24/7 ambulance service in a timely, effective manner. There s a big concern that it s a slippery slope, that it smells like no-fault, Walker said of Morse s bill. Fifteen thousand dollars may not sound like a lot, but when you look at what s required in other states and what people buy, $15,000 is a high mandate. Morse s bill would require all motorists to purchase trauma-pay insurance that would cover medical bills up to $15,000 for themselves or passengers in their car. The money would apply only to care performed in the first 72 hours after a crash and not long-term rehabilitation. Memorial Hospital often used to get paid within 30 days, but now it must wait six months at times, said John Suits, associate administrator of business and government affairs. Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, is writing a bill that would raise money for ambulance companies, doctors and hospitals who treat life-threatening injuries. It would do so by requiring motorists to buy an additional trauma-care insurance policy and by adding $16 to their annual vehicle registration fees for a trauma fund. Suits predicted that a number of trauma bills could come out of the session because the need is so great. He, like other trauma-care providers, said he backs Morse s plan. 25 cents to the Peace Officer Standards and Training fund$1 for emergency medical services$7, $10 or $12 (depending on the age of the car) to the Highway Users Trust FundCOLORADO DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE It s important because we need a trauma-care system throughout the state that s ready to spring into action throughout the state and has the capability to keep (residents) alive, Morse said. COST OF A CAR COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Four years after no-fault auto insurance died a celebrated death in Colorado, trauma-care providers say the repercussions have put them on life-support. Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, is running a bill to require trauma-pay insurance policies, and he has agreed to co-sponsor Morse s bill. But Massey is doubtful the registration-fee increase will pass, especially as a transportation panel is looking at raising the same fee for roadway improvements. Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District, based in Teller County, has seen repayments go from an average of 45 days to four months, Chief Executive Officer Tim Dienst said. Also, because many people cannot afford to pay their insurance deductibles and do not have a specific auto insurance coverage that pays for medical bills, the district now must write off 52 percent of its billable revenues rather than collect them. Legislators from both parties who sat on an interim health care task force this summer agree that trauma funding has become a serious problem. They disagree on the solution — namely whether Morse s steps are necessary or whether money can be found in the budget from sources such as tobacco-settlement funds. These financial problems have not led to major layoffs, but smaller setbacks are piling up. Ute Pass, for example, is supposed to run two ambulances 24 hours a day and a third for 20 hours, but it often must cut the third schedule by six hours a day to save money, Dienst said. Penrose Hospital has delayed replacement of older equipment because of lost revenues, trauma program manager John Gentzel said. It also has raised its patient rates higher than anticipated to make up for the money it can t collect, he said. The legislation also would add a $16 vehicle registration fee to create a trauma-care fund that could be accessed by providers after other means of collection are exhausted. If approved, it would be the fourth — and largest — fee on registrations directed toward specific funds. We re at that point where no hospitals have closed their doors or stopped providing trauma services, but we could be there in a couple of years if we re not careful, said Sarah Blum-Barnett, a consultant with the Trauma Care Preservation Coalition. But because these insurance reimbursements come from policies that may include deductibles, insurance agents often don t cut checks to the first responders — ambulance companies. No other state has an insurance mandate specifically for trauma care, Walker said. States that make drivers purchase general health coverage average only $6,800 in required coverage, she added.last_img read more

Medicare Cuts Will be ‘Disastrous’ to Manatee, Fla.

Medicare Cuts Will be ‘Disastrous’ to Manatee, Fla.

first_imgBush is proposing freezing the rates Medicare pays for hospital, nursing home and hospital services over the next three years. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, strongly disagrees doing so on the backs of seniors and the poor. “It’s not fair to put the burden on our seniors who rely on Medicare for their health care coverage. We already have a shortage of health care providers. . . Freezing reimbursement rates will make the problem worse.” Moody Chisholm, Manatee Memorial’s chief executive, called the Bush enHedment cuts misguided. “It disregards the needs of average citizens, especially seniors, and it wrongfully dismisses recent recommendations from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which called for funding increases for hospitals next year.” The cuts are necessary if Medicare is to survive, warned Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. “Medicare, on its current course, is 11 years from going broke.” The Centers for Disease Control’s budget would face a 7 percent reduction of $433 million. The budget for a program to treat and monitor the health of first responders and others exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks would be cut by 77 percent, from $108 million this year to $25 million in 2009. Bush also recommended increasing from $5 billion to $9 billion the average annual spending on the popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Bush twice vetoed bills by Congress last year to increase it to $12 billion. But the problem still remains that Medicare — as it is structured now — cannot be sustained, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Elsewhere, cuts in the Bush budget would eliminate a $302 million program that gives grants to children’s hospitals to subsidize medical education. A $300 million program for public health improvement projects would be eliminated, while grants to improve health care in rural areas would be cut by 87 percent. But Dr. Thomas Braxton, a Bradenton kidney doctor and former chief of staff at Manatee Memorial, warned that local physicians are already going broke. “It would make it impossible to recruit the new doctors Manatee County so badly needs, let alone encourage those who now practice here to keep their doors open. I would personally look into relocating if these cuts go through.” Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, who also represents portions of Manatee County, agreed. “We need a budget that will help families, not hurt them . . . The proposed Bush 2009 budget is dead on arrival due to its misguided priorities.”The Associated Press contributed to this report “These cuts would be disastrous for Manatee County, said Mary Ruiz, chief executive of Manatee Glens. “We are already experiencing problems under the current Medicare system where payments are too low.” MANATEE, Fla. — President Bush’s 2009 budget proposes $196 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid — reductions local health care providers say will be disastrous for Manatee County. The National Institutes of Health, which funds health research grants, would see its budget frozen at $29.5 billion. The administration said it also wants to limit coverage under that program to children from families who earn less than two and half times the poverty rate. For a family of three, that would limit eligibility to those with less than $44,000 annual income. Braxton predicted Manatee Memorial Hospital, the local safety net for poor and uninsured patients, would be hard hit if the cuts go through. Manatee Glens is the county’s psychiatric hospital. “Over the past four decades, Medicare’s and Medicaid’s costs per beneficiary have increased about 2.5 percentage points faster per year than has per capita gross domestic product,” wrote Director Peter Orszag, in his recent report to Congress. “If those costs continued growing at the same rate over the next four decades, federal spending on those two programs alone would rise from 4.5 percent of GDP today to about 20 percent by 2050; that amount would represent roughly the same share of the economy as the entire federal budget does today.”last_img read more