first_imgRon Howard, the famous director who starred as Opie in The Andy Griffith Show, is slated to direct a new documentary film chronicling the early touring years of The Beatles.The film will roughly cover the years from 1960-1966, from the band’s formation, through their meteoric rise to becoming global phenomenons. At the peak of Beatlemania, the Beatles released some of their best albums, including Rubber Soul and Revolver.The documentary will include interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.Howard spoke about his enthusiasm for the project, saying “What’s so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore.”Howard will be joined by Nigel Sinclair, a producer who has working on numerous musical documentaries in the past. For Howard, this is his second musical documentary (he worked on Jay-Z’s Made In America last year). With the permission of the Beatles, Howard and Sinclair will have access to the vast archives of Apple Corps. As Howard describes it, “we are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We’ll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we’ve also been finding the original recordings. We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you’re going to actually feel like you’re somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge.”The film is slated for release in late-2015.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)[Via Yahoo! Music]last_img read more

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first_imgParadise Music Festival has announced their jam-heavy 2015 lineup. The festival is held at Hustonville, KY from July 23-25, and has already dropped a great lineup for the 2015 festivities.Headlining the festival are The Werks (2x), TAUK (3x), and Twiddle (2x). They will be joined by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2x), Aqueous (2x), Vibe Street (3x), Ghost Owl, Peridoni (3x), Indigo Sun (3x, including a tribute to Prince), Strange Mechanics, Benchwood Wyse (3x), and Nevele.Pre-sale tickets for the three-night event are currently available.last_img read more

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first_imgComing in support of their recent release Celebration (2015), bluegrass band Cabinet has announced an extensive summer tour schedule. The group will appear all over the country and at many festivals this summer, including Disc Jam, High Sierra, All Good, Gathering of the Vibes and more!Check out the title track from their latest album and the full tour schedule below:More information can be found via the band’s official website.Cabinet Tour Schedule:5/22 North Lawrence, OH – The Ville Music Festival5/23 Roanoke, VA – Night Riders Ball5/25 Bethlehem, PA – #SBECFest – Memorial Day Festival6/5-6 Glen Jean, WV – Mountain Music Festival6/11 Burlington, VT – Nectar’s6/13 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Brew Festival6/14 Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/20 Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery6/21 Croton on Hudson, NY – Clearwater Festival (early show)6/21 Shelton, CT – Soupstock (late show)6/26 Mebane, NC – The Big What?6/27 Nashville, TN – ACME Seed & Feed6/30 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge7/2-3 Quincy, CA  – High Sierra Music Festival7/4 St. Helena, CA – Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch7/8 Announcing Soon7/9-10 Summit Point, WV – All Good Music Festival7/17 Trumansburg, NY – Grassroots Music Festival7/23 Falls River, MA – Narrows Center7/25 Jay Peak, VT – Jeezum Crow Music Festival7/29-30 Cape May, NJ – Cabanas7/31 Sterling, NY – Sterling String Fling8/2 Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes8/8 Burlington, VT – Lake Champlain Maritime Festival8/13-15 Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival8/15 Cockeysville, MD – Hot August Music Festival (early show)8/22 Bolton Valley, VT – Hop Jam8/30 – 9/6 Stanley, ID – Pickin’ on the Middle Fork River Adventurelast_img read more

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first_imgNew York City’s Bowery Ballroom has revealed a brilliant lineup for a tribute to singer-songwriter Neil Young this September 13 and 14. Cabin Down Below Band will serve as the event’s house band and will be joined by the likes of Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, and Charles Bradley, just to name a few. You can find a complete list of the lineup below.Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 28 and can be purchased here.[H/T Jambase]last_img

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first_imgSetlist: The Werks At Newport Hall, Columbus, OH – 11/20/15One Set: Inside A Dream, Drop> Dream jam> Eminence Front, Onslaught> Find Your Way#, Give Or Take>$ Plain White Toast, Not Alone, Waiting RoomE: Dream On*Notes:# “Norwegian Wood” and “My Favorite Things” tease.$ First time played * with Brook Jordan on drums, Mihali Savoulidis on guitar, Dino and Gubb on double bass and Rob Chafin on vocals.Full gallery of photos can be seen below: Load remaining images Both The Werks and Twiddle have become something of a family unit on their current fall tour together, as the cleverly-named TWERK Tour has been something of a jam-packed nationwide celebration. The two groups continue to bring high-energy performances on a nightly basis, even on the final days of this extended run.Last night, November 20th, saw these two groups hit the Newport Hall in Columbus, OH. Timed with the release of The Werks’ new album, Inside A Dream, the band was firing on all cylinders. Of particular note was the “Dream On” encore, that saw both band share the stage. Having the doubled action of Twiddle and the Werks together is always a home run.Check out photos of the show below, courtesy of Phierce Photography:last_img read more

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first_imgThe brain is a highly organized and complex organ that functions as the coordinating center of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity. Each area of the brain directly corresponds to a very specific function (emotions, movement, visual processing, memory, etc.), but, up until two days ago, scientists were unable to decipher exactly which area of the brain corresponded to music perception. On December 16th, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced that neuroscientists at the university were able to identify a neural population highly selective for music … for the first time ever!In analyzing the human auditory cortex, researchers identified six respective neural populations that process and separate noise stimulus (or sounds) into categories: music, speech, and then functional categories like frequency and pitch. According to one of the scientists working on this case, Josh McDermott, “One of the core debates surrounding music is to what extent it has dedicated mechanisms in the brain and to what extent it piggybacks off of mechanisms that primarily serve other functions.”Science Confirms That People Who Play Music Are Smarter Than Others [Watch]This was the area in question that had researchers most curious. So they decided to map the entire brain’s auditory system using an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging used to catalogue neural activity by charting blood flow; an incredibly difficult task to conquer with such minute spatial resolution).The scientists observed ten people by sampling their neural responses to 165 samples of recorded sound (the closing of a door, the flush of a toilet, the beat of a drum, etc.) They measured the activity in voxels, the smallest unit of measurement to reflect the response of hundreds of thousands or millions of neurons. Using this system, the team was able to observe and draw up a visual map of exactly where the brain activity took place.Contrary to normal everyday sounds, “the music result is notable because people had not been able to clearly see highly selective responses to music before,” says Sam Norman-Haignere, a postdoc at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He continues, “We think this provides evidence that there’s a hierarchy of processing where there are responses to relatively simple acoustic dimensions in this primary auditory area. That’s followed by a second stage of processing that represents more abstract properties of sound related to speech and music.” So this means that we are able to register, process, and encode music differently than the way we respond to other noise stimuli.With said neural populations responding specifically to music, their findings provide evidence that music corresponds to its own music-selective neural environment —a discovery not yet proven by any research to date. The researchers are now investigating whether there are sub-populations of neurons that respond directly to specific aspects of music (rhythm, melody, beat, etc.), and also hope to find how musical training might affect this newly discovered neural population. Watch more about how researchers identified a neural population in the human auditory cortex that responds specifically to music:[Via MIT News]last_img read more

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first_imgFor the 10th year running, the Gem & Jam Festival will return to Tuscon, AZ! Taking place from February 12-14, the festival has unveiled a top-notch performing lineup to get fans excited about jams ahead. With Beats Antique, Lettuce, and The Polish Ambassador all headlining, you know this festival is going to have enough gems and jams for everyone!The full lineup includes a number of great performers, including Tycho (DJ), Nahko and Medicine For The People, Minnesota, Ott, Lyrics Born, Mark Finra (Mushroom Jazz), and Break Science w/ Shady Horns. Also featured are Desert Dwellers, Govinda, Dirtwire, Delhi 2 Dublin, Exmag, Marvel Years and so many more!There’s also a mini-PLM showcase on the bill, with Michal Menert and Eliot Lipp, as well as visuals from Jonathan Singer who was responsible for Fare Thee Well.Scope the full lineup below, and head to the Gem & Jam website for details.—-For those who can’t wait to see Lettuce, don’t miss them in Chicago for New Years Eve and in New York for the following two nights, January 1st and 2nd. More information about those shows can be found here.last_img read more

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first_imgFull Gallery: This past weekend, Kung Fu brought their annual Toys for Tots benefit to Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT just in time for the holidays. Night one featured an incredible Curtis Mayfield cover set which saw the band joined by special guest Alan Evans of Soulive (watch the set in its entirety here). The following evening, the band welcomed funky electronic pioneers Break Science (Adam Deitch of Lettuce and Borahm Lee) for a full-blown throwdown for a good cause.Local funk act West End Blend opened and set the energy to a 12. Then Break Science took the stage to continue heating things up. Finally, Kung Fu presented their hometown with a stellar set from start to finish, complete with a guest sit-in from Johnny Durkin on percussion. All in all, this was a special evening, made even more remarkable by the number of toys and gifts the band collected for children in need at holiday time.Setlist: Kung Fu at Toad’s Place 12/19/15Chin Music, Bopcorn, Primetime Rib, Tsar Bomba, Gung Ho, Daddy D, Gold Coast, Oh Shit it’s X, Hollywood Kisses, SamuraiE: Beau Organ intro>S’all Good, Cult of PersonalityPhotos from Kung Fu & Break Science by Scott Harris (full gallery at the bottom) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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first_imgWhile Arcade Fire continues to work on a new studio album in New Orleans, the group is making time for a handful of performances throughout 2016. This year will see the group play, at minimum, two festivals and one benefit event, comprising the first tour dates for the beloved rockers since 2014’s Reflektor tours.The band will head to Montreal on February 19th, playing a benefit show for KANPE. Founded by band member Régine Chassagne, KANPE is a charity that raises funds and aid for Haiti. The benefit will also see appearances from David Byrne, Saul Williams and The Office‘s Rainn Wilson.Arcade Fire And Preservation Hall Jazz Band Shut Down New Orleans With Second Line For David Bowie [Photos/Video]Then, in July, Arcade Fire travels to Europe for two festivals: Bilbao BBK Live in Spain and NOS Alive in Portugal. Both occur during the July 7-9 weekend, with Arcade Fire confirmed to perform on the Sunday of NOS Alive. If that festival name sounds familiar, it’s because Radiohead was announced as a headliner last week.We’ll be on the lookout for more news from Arcade Fire. Considering 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the revival/reunion, we’re optimistic about more Arcade Fire performances.last_img read more

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first_imgThe CPR classes follow AHA standards. Using the mannequins, students learn the proper placement of hands for chest compressions and how to tilt the head, lift the chin and do rescue breathing. The department teaches a CPR class each month. There is no charge for the classes, but if students want a CPR certification card from the American Heart Association, they must pay $10. “This brings us up to 16 mannequins. If you have one mannequin per two people, you can teach a whole class at once,” Nasby said. They teach the classes once a month in the Community Building, which is next door to the fire department on Tyler Mountain Road. “We have a brand-new one that we just took delivery of last Tuesday. Our goal is to have one of these on every truck,” Nasby said. TYLER MOUNTAIN, W. Va. For the past three years, the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department has conducted free, community classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The portable defibrillators, or AEDs, are “popping up everywhere” in malls, churches and airports, so it’s good to know how to use them, he said.center_img CPR students are also taught how to use portable, electronic defibrillators, which deliver electric shocks to the heart. “The fire department makes nothing, but we do accept donations,” he said. Nasby’s partners in the CPR classes are fire department members Randy McGrew and Fred Tillis Jr. Recently, the fire department acquired eight new CPR mannequins, which are used to demonstrate the proper way to administer CPR to heart attack victims. During each four-hour class, the students also learn how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.last_img read more

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