Robert Randolph And The Family Band Definitely “Got Soul” On New Album Release [Stream/Review]

first_imgRobert Randolph & The Family Band have mixed a joyous gospel sound with a rock aesthetic that has wowed fans across the nation since their debut. Got Soul, their latest release, delivers a strong set of fresh material and shows the band is still finding new ways to improve on their formula.Listen to the full Spotify stream below, and follow along with our album review.The title track, “Got Soul,” kicks things off with thundering drums and wailing guitar peels, playing perfectly off the throbbing beat laid down by the impressive rhythm section. “She Got Soul” follows, answering the unasked question of who exactly has this soul, with electrifying results. “Love Do What It Do” drops down the tempo and spreads its arms wide to embrace the point where gospel and the blues intersect.Randolph’s tone invokes a feeling of gravitas on every track of Got Soul, elevating the material to lofty realms. Songs like “Shake It” benefit from the power of his passion immensely. When the Family Band take on ZZ Top‘s “I Thank You” their revival flavored performance that enables Randolph to restrain himself, making each note all the more precious. When Randolph is finally unleashed on the solo he pushes the group effort over the top instead of seeking personal glory.While the Family Band clearly have the faith, they aren’t blind. On “Be The Change,” they take a moment to look at the hypocrisy and unfairness of the way the world works. Randolph follows that with one of Got Soul‘s high points, a truly beautiful instrumental entitled “Heaven’s Calling.”The final three songs convey the album’s themes as fully as any tracks on the album. “Travelin’ Cheeba Man” has a blistering momentum throughout the piece. “Lovesick” merges that break neck pace with a creative description of a universal sentiment. And finally, “Gonna Be Alright” summarizes and testifies as their message of hope gains an inescapable credence through repetition.Though Got Soul would be a welcome addition to the Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s body of work whenever it was released, it seems especially fortunate that it comes when the world is so stressed. If ever there was a time when we needed a jolt of uplifting, transcendent music it is definitely now. The band did their part. Now it’s time for you folks to do yours and actually get soul! You will be glad you did!last_img read more

Remembering the marathon

first_imgRain and powerful winds pounded the Memorial Church this afternoon as people streamed in and out of its pews to remember and pay respect to those saddened and hurt by the Boston Marathon bombings exactly one year earlier.The weather was perfect that day, Patrick Rooney ’14 remembered.He had run the 2013 Boston Marathon as part of the Harvard College Marathon Challenge. Rooney had finished the race and was five blocks away when the first bomb detonated. Tuesday, he sat inside Memorial Church “to reflect on being here today when so many couldn’t.”“There was just so much confusion,” he said. “I just remember afterward the very big outpouring of community support, the love and care from Harvard and from Lowell House.”None of his fellow Harvard runners was hurt.Madeline Cooper ’16 had finished the race with her sister. Cooper was raised in Ashland, near the marathon’s starting point. “I grew up watching the marathon,” she recalled. “It was always a very big part of my life and my family’s life.”She was two blocks away when the bombs exploded on Boylston Street. “I just remember thinking, ‘You’ve run this far, it’s a great personal accomplishment,’ and then hearing this boom and thinking, ‘Oh, they have fireworks!’ and then I saw the smoke.” Her family was safe.Cooper donned her marathon jacket, and she’s running again this year. “This is one of the most powerful things I’ve been a part of. There are a lot of mixed feelings. There’s excitement to do it, and the satisfaction of finishing … but I don’t know that I’m emotionally prepared for it.”To train, she has been running from her doorstep in Ashland to Harvard. “I see the Boston Marathon as a journey for me. I get to run from my home to where I am now, and I’ll pass the hospital I was born in.”For international student Elizabeth Felts ’14, the marathon bombings were a moment of awakening.“When it happened, I realized that in my time here, I’ve spent a lot of time working in the community, and I grasped how connected I was to that community, how Boston is my home,” said the native of England.It was her family back home who originally alerted her to what was going on.“I was in a lab that day,” said Felts. “But I knew a lot of people running, and if I didn’t have lab, I would’ve been there. I felt so helpless, I almost wished I’d been there to help … and so much dread knowing how many people I knew that could’ve been affected.”A short while later, Felts’ family also notified her that the apartment they’d rented while visiting had been next door to the house where the Tsarnaev brothers lived. “That really freaked them out,” she recalled.As the manhunt went on for the bombers, Felts spent the day of the lockdown with others in the Dunster House dining hall. “Everyone was a little bit dazed, no one knew what we could do. We were still processing,” she said.Felts said she still felt uneasy when the shelter-in-place order was lifted later that night. “They were still out there,” she said. That night, the shootout in Watertown ended in the death of Tamerlan and the eventual capture of Dzhohkar Tsarnaev.“It took me weeks to feel relaxed again,” she said through tears. “When I think of my Harvard career, this really stands out. It really shaped me. Being an international student, I have no real roots here in America, except for Boston. Even when I move away, Boston will always be home.”Outside the Memorial Church, remembrance boards emblazoned with messages from the Harvard community weathered the rain, while tourists — mostly international — gathered to read and photograph them.At 2:49 p.m., the church bells rang to mark the anniversary of the day that stole five lives, wounded hundreds, and forever changed Boston.“It’s a very sad day,” said Nicholas Hall of England, passing through the Yard with his wife and daughter, “a sad day for Boston and a sad day for America.”last_img read more

Dear Lupin Star Jack Fox on Acting with His Dad & More

first_imgIt’s no bad idea in a play about a real-life father and son to cast a real-life father and son. This is the case with the Apollo Theatre production of Dear Lupin, in which the veteran actor James Fox stars opposite his own son, Jack Fox. Adapted from a book of letters that onetime racing journalist Roger Mortimer wrote to his wayward but clearly much-adored son, Charlie, the play clearly struck a chord with this latest addition to the Fox acting dynasty, or so the charming actor explained to Broadway.comWas this play always intended as a Fox family venture?Not at all. My dad was attached to the play at least six months before I was. I don’t even think he even had me in mind at the time. So when it did arrive, it came as a bolt out of the blue. I was passed the script and read it on a train and it became clear immediately that it was something I wanted to do.Because of acting opposite your dad or the material itself?The script moved me greatly. I just thought it was a very beautiful adaptation and the fact that the entire cast was going to be me and dad sort of made sense to me. We’re very close anyway as a family, so it was a matter of taking off our family hats and putting on our professional acting hats before we walk onstage.The play spans 35 years of letters written from Roger Mortimer to his son Charlie. In our email age, can you relate to that volume of letter writing?Yeah, I used to write letters all the time. I would write them to girlfriends back in the day with that feeling I think we all have at such moments that maybe we’re more articulate than we actually are. And I think I still do have some [letters] from my dad.The word “lupin” in the title is a literary reference [the wayward son in the popular book Diary of a Nobody] that may be lost on non-British audiences.I know and keep wondering whether people will think it has anything to do with [auto-immune disease] lupus. If someone turns up at the Apollo Theatre wearing an ER T-shirt, we’re going to have to send them somewhere else. It’s a reference to Mr. Pooter and his family from a famous English comic novel.Have you met the actual Charlie Mortimer, the real-life person whom you are playing onstage?Yes and he’s one of the funniest men I’ve ever met in my life. He’s absolutely something else. We’ve had drinks and dinners and I call him a couple of times a week. He and his partner Tim are just unreal. They got married the other day and when I found out, I said, “Why wasn’t I invited?” He told me they had four people there and went for a kebab afterwards—that’s the kind of guy he is.Though you are from an acting family, you have only done one play before.Yes, only one—Dorian Gray last year, and I wasn’t very good in it. Let’s hope I’m better in this.Was it inevitable that you would become an actor?I suppose though it wasn’t as straightforward as you might think. I read philosophy and theology at university in Leeds and have had all manner of jobs along the way. I was fired from Harrods by a terrible man called Simon who I hope is reading this now. I also worked as a landscape gardener for one of my other brothers, who was the best boss I ever had.But wasn’t acting the family vocation?It’s funny: I was offered parts as a kid but my dad was very acutely aware of not having had much of a childhood so he was very keen for the five of us to have one. And even when it came to doing TV and film, which is where I started, my dad made it clear that wasn’t all glitz and glamour by any stretch of the imagination and that you had to experience it for what it was.What do you think your mother makes of seeing her husband and youngest son appearing together on a West End stage?It must be so surreal for her. She’s probably thinking, “Who have I married? What have I created?” But she’s a really giving woman, my mum. She’s very straight-down-the-line and has worked as a nurse, which must be part of the reason that we haven’t all gone insane. View Commentslast_img read more

Changing Climate

first_imgThe changing climate is affecting trends in weather across the nation. As temperatures in the Southeast rise, farmers will have to adjust to longer growing seasons, more diseases and pests and to an increase in extreme weather conditions, says a University of Georgia expert.The long-term trend has been for temperatures to go down, but since the 1960s temperatures have been warming, consistent with patterns in other parts of the U.S. and the world, said Pam Knox, a climate specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Changing weather trends will create challenges and opportunities for Georgia farmers, she said. The challenges will include more heat stress on outdoor workers, more disease and pest pressure on crops, more severe weather and increased potential for drought. The opportunities will include the ability to grow a larger variety of crops in a longer growing season with good access to water – compared to other parts of the U. S.Knox studies how the climate has changed over the past 150 years and the impacts of weather and drought on Georgia farmers and their crops. She, like other climatologists, uses computer models to predict future weather trends. “There are more than 80 models and they all show a predicted temperature increase of 5 to 10 degrees F in the U.S. and the Southeast over the next 100 years,” she said. “Not a single model predicts it’s going to be cooler over the long haul.”Warmer temperatures may improve some crops and allow growers to plant different varieties, but it would also increase evaporation and reduce soil moisture. “Longer dry spells and warmer temperatures will cause plants to wilt quicker, increase the odds for a drought and reduce the average stream flow,” Knox said.“We could see more forest fires and have more ice storms instead of snowstorms,” she said.Foresters could lose more trees to forest fires or have increased damage due to ice storms. Pine trees will snap off more easily under the weight of heavy ice. This happened to trees across the state as a result of the ice storm that hit eastern Georgia in February.For more information about the climate in Georgia, see the UGA website gaclimate.com.last_img read more

Here’s how the Southern Tier is celebrating Juneteenth

first_imgMayor Rich David to host a celebration with Binghamton Juneteenth Committee and Broome-Tioga NAACP: June 19, 10 a.m., 2nd Floor Art Gallery at City Hall Binghamton Juneteenth 2020: June 17, 12 p.m. to June 20, 11:30 p.m., online event2020 Juneteenth Celebration, June 20, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Assata Shakur Park, 50 Carroll St., BinghamtonElmira Juneteenth Celebration: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Elmira Economic Opportunity Program, 650 Baldwin St, Elmira, New York 14901Oneonta Juneteenth Celebration: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Neawha Park Juneteenth is the oldest celebration to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.  (WBNG) — Friday is Juneteenth, and there are several celebrations around the Southern Tier to attend.center_img Here is a list of the celebrations happening around the Southern Tier:last_img read more

Former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay: Police

first_imgFormer Brazilian forward Ronaldinho Gaucho was arrested in Paraguay on Friday for attempting to enter the country with an adulterated passport, Paraguayan police said.Gilberto Fleitas, the head of the investigations unit of the Paraguayan police, said Ronaldinho and his brother were taken into custody just hours after a judge refused to ratify a prosecutor’s proposal for an alternative punishment.”The detention order has been carried out,” Fleitas told Reuters. Topics : TV pictures showed the pair being taken in a police vehicle from the Sheraton hotel in Asuncion to a police station on the outskirts of the city.Ronaldinho and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis arrived in Paraguay on Wednesday and were questioned by law enforcement after they were found in possession of adulterated Paraguayan passports. last_img read more

2020 Thomas and Uber Cup set for October after second postponement: BWF

first_imgPBSI secretary-general Achmad Budiarto said the federation still awaited more tournament dates. He also stressed the importance of having other tournaments prior to the Thomas and Uber Cup, saying “practice without a competition would result in a different feel.”“It would be better if there were tournaments [prior to the Thomas and Uber Cup] as warm-ups for the athletes. They need to take part in such competitions so that they can be better prepared,” said Achmad in a statement on Wednesday.Read also: Athletes find way to cope with boredom during social distancingNonetheless, Achmad believes the new dates in October for the Thomas and Uber Cup are the best decision.“Based on the country’s prediction, the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia will happen in May. Hopefully, in June, July or August we can get back to normal, so we’ll have time for preparation in August and September, at the very least,” he added.The Indonesia Open, an annual national badminton tournament organized by the PBSI, which was scheduled for June 16 to 21, is also on hold without further announcement of new dates.The Thomas and Uber Cup is not the only major sports event that has been hit hard by the pandemic. The Tokyo Olympic Games, initially set for July 24 to Aug. 9, have been rescheduled to July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. The ASEAN Para Games in Philippines have also been pushed back to March 21-27 next year.Topics : “We listened to the advice of the World Health Organization, various health experts, local authorities and the Danish government and it became clear that hosting big events like the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals before September would be difficult,” BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund said in a statement published on the BWF official website, bwfbadminton.com, on Wednesday.Read also: BWF cancels international tournaments amid COVID-19 pandemicIdeally, the BWF should have played other international tournaments in advance of the Thomas and Uber Cup to prepare athletes for the major international event. However, the federation has not yet announced fixed dates for any of those tournaments.Despite having five months of preparation, the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has not decided on a strategy for the tournament. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Wednesday the new competition dates for the Thomas and Uber Cup championships, which are set for Oct. 3 to 11, in Aarhus, Denmark.The biennial badminton championships, contested by the men’s and women’s national teams of BWF members, were initially scheduled for May 16 to 24 and had then been postponed to Aug. 15 to 23 following the COVID-19 outbreak.However, because of Denmark’s ban on large gatherings, from April 4 until the end of August, the federation had no option but to set new dates for the tournament.last_img read more

Hong Kong postpones elections over virus as China crackdown deepens

first_imgThe ensuing weeks have sent a chill through a city used to speaking its mind and supposedly guaranteed certain freedoms and autonomy in a “One Country, Two Systems” deal agreed ahead of its 1997 handover from Britain.On Friday evening chief executive Carrie Lam, a pro-Beijing appointee, announced that September elections for the financial hub’s legislature would be delayed for a year using emergency anti-virus powers.She denied the move was a political decision to hobble the city’s opposition.”I am only paying attention to the current pandemic situation,” she said. Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow Friday as authorities postponed local elections for a year because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.Chinese state media reported late Friday that Hong Kong police have ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile on suspicion of violating a new national security law.The city’s democracy camp has come under sustained attack since Beijing imposed the sweeping security law last month — a move China’s leaders described as a “sword” hanging over the head of its critics. Beijing welcomed the move as “necessary, reasonable and legal”.But the decision infuriated democracy supporters who had warned against any move to delay the polls, accusing authorities of using the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid a drubbing at the ballot box.”This is a sleazy, contemptible political act to help thwart any victory on the part of the democrats in the original election,” opposition lawmaker Claudia Mo told AFP, warning that public anger could explode.The postponement came a day after a dozen prominent democracy activists were barred from standing for election because their political views were deemed unacceptable.”Beyond any doubt (this) is the most scandalous election fraud era in Hong Kong history,” Joshua Wong, one of the city’s most recognisable democracy figures, told reporters Friday before the elections were postponed.Wong was one of those disqualified, along with other young firebrand activists and some older, more moderate democracy campaigners.The White House condemned the election delay and the disqualification of opposition candidates.”This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity,” President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said.Germany also said Friday it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong over the former British colony’s decision to push back the local elections.”The Hong Kong government’s decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and to postpone the elections … is a further encroachment on the rights of Hong Kong citizens,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.”Given the current developments, we have decided to suspend the extradition treaty with Hong Kong.”Banned political views Hong Kong is not a democracy — its leader is chosen by pro-Beijing committees. But half of its legislature’s 70 seats are directly elected, offering the city’s 7.5 million residents a rare chance to have their voices heard at the ballot box.Planning to capitalise on last year’s huge and often violent anti-Beijing protests, democracy activists had been hoping to win their first-ever majority in September.But officials have begun scrubbing ballot lists of candidates.Examples given by authorities of unacceptable political views have included criticizing the new security law, campaigning to win a legislation-blocking majority and refusing to recognise China’s sovereignty.Earlier in the day a coalition of democracy parties warned any bid to delay the elections would herald “the complete collapse of our constitutional system”.Around half of Hong Kong’s nearly 3,300 COVID-19 cases have been detected in the past month alone and authorities fear hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed.According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, at least 68 elections worldwide have been postponed because of the virus, while 49 went ahead.Read also: Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patientsNew security law Hong Kong is going through its most politically turbulent period since its return to Chinese rule, and last year seven straight months of pro-democracy protests swept the city.The pandemic and mass arrests have helped throttle the movement, but anger towards Beijing still seethes.In response, China imposed its security law on June 30, bypassing the legislature and keeping the contents of the law secret until it was enacted.Beijing said the law would restore stability and not impact political freedoms.It targets four types of crime — subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces — with up to life in prison.But the broadly worded law instantly outlawed certain political views such as promoting independence or greater autonomy for Hong Kong.One provision bans “inciting hatred” towards the government.Critics, including many Western nations, say it has demolished the “One Country, Two Systems” model.Since it came into force, some political parties have disbanded while at least three prominent Beijing critics have fled overseas.Libraries and schools have pulled books deemed to be in breach of the new law.At least 15 arrests have been made so far.Prominent campaigner Nathan Law, 27, who recently relocated to Britain after fleeing Hong Kong, was among “six trouble-makers” sought by the police, the Chinese state media report said. The force refused to comment.On Wednesday four students were arrested under the new law for “inciting secession” through posts on social media.Others have been arrested for shouting pro-independence and other protest slogans, or possessing objects emblazoned with them.Topics :last_img read more

French Open to allow 11,500 fans per day between the three showcourts

first_imgTopics : Rafa Nadal and Ash Barty, who both skipped the U.S. Open in New York due to COVID-19 concerns, are expected to defend their titles at Roland Garros.Tournament officials said that all players must stay in one of two designated hotels “in order to respect the health and safety measures.”Serena Williams, who opted to stay in private housing as she hunts for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, said players should have the option to stay elsewhere if fans are attending matches.”I’m super conservative because I do have some serious health issues, so I try to stay away from public places, because I have been in a really bad position in the hospital a few times,” Williams, who suffered blood clots and life-threatening pulmonary embolisms while giving birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, told reporters at Flushing Meadows after reaching the quarter-finals.”So I don’t want to end up in that position again,” she added. “For me, I try to keep a 12-foot distance instead of six.” The French Open will allow a maximum of 11,500 spectators per day to adhere to strict health protocols and curb the spread of COVID-19 when the Grand Slam begins later this month, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said on Monday.The French Open, traditionally held in May-June, was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be held at Roland Garros from Sept. 27-Oct. 11.France has recorded nearly 31,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.center_img The FFT said a maximum of 5,000 spectators per day would be allowed to watch matches at both the Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen showcourts while only 1,500 fans would be allowed at the smaller Simonne-Mathieu court.Seating arrangements would have a gap of one seat on each row and no more than four people can sit side-by-side while wearing masks would be mandatory for anyone over the age of 11.The qualifying rounds, which begin on Sept. 21, will be held behind closed doors.The FFT had said in July it planned to allow up to 60% of the usual number of fans. A record 520,000 spectators attended last year’s event, according to organizers.last_img read more

Contemporary design sets new standard for acreage luxury living

first_imgImagine Christmas here at 49 Sky Drive, Highvale.Set on a 6000sq m allotment, Belle Property — Samford selling agent Georgie Haug said: “It is destined to become the area’s benchmark for living and entertaining brilliance with its flowing proportions, relaxed resort-like environment and ultra-private location”. 49 Sky Drive, Highvale.Living areas are separated from the bedrooms with a clever interior design.There are expansive outdoor areas and sheltered decks perfect for entertaining during the summer and winter months. Check out the fireplace at 49 Sky Drive, Highvale. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Relax and unwind at 49 Sky Drive, Highvale. 49 Sky Drive, Highvale.This architecturally designed family sanctuary has raised the bar to a whole new level. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is at 49 Sky Drive, Higvale and located in the Samford Skies Estate.last_img read more