Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Is Complete, Live Rehearsals Are In Action

first_img@_JackWinstanley he told me he’d got a new hat for the gorillaz tour and started dancing I’m literally crying— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017Dope.[H/T Dancing Astronaut] One lucky fan had a glorious interaction with Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, who apparently revealed that the new album is “finished” and that live tour rehearsals are currently in practice. Jack Winstanley was waiting outside a venue that he works at when he scored the conversation with Albarn, then proceeded to share the news with the world in a series of tweets. See below:DAMON FUCKING ALBARN pic.twitter.com/z4ZQ5z0asA— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017 @sidneyphlegm he says they’ve just finished the album and they’re rehearsing right now!! — Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 23, 2017last_img read more

Roy Orbison’s Been Dead For 30 Years, But He’s Heading Out On Tour As A Hologram

first_imgToday, the estate of Roy Orbison announced that the beloved singer/songwriter will mount an extensive North American tour this year. “Wait,” you might ask, “You mean the Roy Orbison that’s been dead for like 30 years?” Yes, that Roy Orbison—in hologram form. Dubbed In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert — The Hologram Tour, the run will pair a holographic likeness of Orbison with “newly recorded, never-before-heard, digitally remastered arrangements of his classics” for a tech-assisted audiovisual trip down memory lane.The new 28-date North American tour follows the premiere of the BASE Hologram-crafted digital Orbison this past spring in Europe. The Roy Orbison hologram run will begin on October 1st at Oakland, CA’s Fox Theatre and make its way across the country before finishing out with a run of shows in Florida from November 16th–19th. The estate-sanctioned hologram show will also mount the first-ever hologram residency at Branson, Missouri’s Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in 2019.The issue of musicians’ estates producing holographic performances by dead artists has been debated for several years now—at least since the time a Tupac hologram popped up at Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg‘s 2012 Coachella set and caused everyone to lose their collective shit. Since then, the idea of resurrecting dead icons for holographic performance has been a strange-but-real new space in live music production.This new development has been met with understandably uneven feedback. Some artists and artist estates seem to be jumping at the idea of the simulated performances. The Zappa Family Trust, for example, is in the process of producing a Frank Zappa hologram tour right now, with dates reportedly to be announced for late this year. Not everyone was happy with that decision, but it’s surely interesting enough to sell tickets to thousands of curious fans.Ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, drama arose surrounding the reported plan to use a Prince hologram during Justin Timberlake‘s Halftime Show, with many disgruntled fans pointing to an old interview in which Prince had called the concept of hologram jams with dead artists “demonic.” Justin didn’t end up using a Prince hologram, but rather a large projection (who knows whether that was always the plan or not?). The tribute garnered a lukewarm reception. While it was surely sincere and heartfelt, even Timberlake himself seemed unsure what Prince would have thought of it in a post-game interview with Jimmy Fallon.The whole incident further highlighted the precarious nature of the new hologram trend. Sure, it’s a cool concept, but is it right to communicate through the body and voice of an artistic icon if it’s not really their mind in control? Does that really matter? The hologram issue will likely remain a heated debate among music lovers for as long as it stays relevant—or at least until we’re all replaced by holograms and uploaded to the Cloud…or whatever.Until then, you can go watch the Roy Orbison hologram get its Princess Leia on this fall, or spend that time arguing with your friends about why you refuse to buy into the holo-hype. See a full list of dates below. For more info, or to grab tickets, head hereIn Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour 2018October 1 – Oakland, CA @ Fox TheatreOctober 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern TheaterOctober 6 – San Jose, CA @ City National CivicOctober 9 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumOctober 10 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumOctober 13 – Grand Forks, ND @ Chester Fritz AuditoriumOctober 16 – Denver, CO @ Paramount TheatreOctober 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst TheatreOctober 20 – Detroit, MI @ Fox TheatreOctober 21 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee TheatreOctober 23 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum TheatreOctober 24 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic TheatreOctober 26 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial CentreOctober 27 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon TheatreOctober 30 – Washington DC @ MGM National HarborNovember 1 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PACNovember 2 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie TheatreNovember 7 – Orono, ME @ Collins Center for the ArtsNovember 8 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn AuditoriumNovember 9 – Bensalem, PA @ Xcite Center @ Parx CasinoNovember 10 – Brookville, NY @ Tilles Center For The Performing ArtsNovember 12 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing CenterNovember 14 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Concert HallNovember 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox TheatreNovember 16 – Orlando, FL @ Walt Disney TheatreNovember 17 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts HallNovember 18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker PlayhouseNovember 19 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd HallView All Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, uninsured, low-income Americans are getting a new chance to sign up for subsidized health care benefits. President Joe Biden is ordering government health insurance markets to reopen for a special sign-up window. Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the “Obamacare” HealthCare.gov insurance markets to take new applications for subsidized benefits, something the Trump administration had refused to do. He also instructed his administration to consider reversing other Trump administration health care policies, including curbs on abortion counseling and the imposition of work requirements for low-income people getting Medicaid. The new health care sign-up period will run from Feb. 15 to May 15.last_img

Sunderland to appeal against Brown red

first_img Press Association The decision by referee Kevin Friend provoked a storm of criticism after Brown appeared to win the ball and not even touch Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam. Sunderland confirmed they have lodged an intention to appeal against the decision with the Football Association and will send in a full appeal file before a deadline of 1pm on Tuesday. Sunderland have announced they will appeal against Wes Brown’s red card after the defender was sent off against Stoke at the weekend. A Sunderland spokeswoman told Press Association Sport: “We have lodged our intention to appeal against the decision.” Sunderland lost the match 2-0 and manager Gus Poyet demanded an apology from Premier League referees chief Mike Riley. Meanwhile, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes Friend made a clear mistake. He told Sky Sports News: “I can keep this very short. We have to take it smack on the chin. The referee has lost concentration or not seen it. “It is not a red card, that’s all you can say. “Brown’s gone in hard but he’s entitled to do that. As a refereeing body you have to take that smack on the chin.” Meanwhile, FA sources have confirmed there will be no retrospective disciplinary action against Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney or Kevin Mirallas, who both escaped with bookings for incidents that many felt warranted red cards. Although the new rules brought in by FA chairman Greg Dyke took effect from this weekend which make it easier to take retrospective action, they only relate to cases where match officials did not see the incident. Rooney was booked by referee Neil Swarbrick for a kick at Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch, while Mirallas was cautioned for his high challenge on Suarez. An FA source said the officials in both cases had seen the incidents and made a judgement they warranted bookings rather than dismissals, and the FA is unable to ‘upgrade’ yellow cards to reds. Dyke announced the new rules after Chelsea’s Fernando Torres escaped action for scratching Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. Although Torres was booked after the incident, that was for a trip rather than the scratching which followed, and which was unseen by the referee. last_img read more

Boca Juniors Supporters Celebrate Despite Libertadores Loss

first_imgBuenos Aires: Thousands of Boca Juniors fans gathered here for the club’s annual Supporters Day despite sadness over the side’s loss to cross-town rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.The celebration on Wednesday was supposed to take place as usual at Boca’s La Bombonera Stadium, but the club management cancelled at last minute and closed the gates, blaming security “restrictions” imposed by the city government.Even so, fans lingered around the stadium and at the capital’s famous Obelisk, where police had been deployed.The first edition of Boca Juniors Supporters Day took place on Dec. 12, 2012.The event was held for the first two years at the Obelisk, but violence at that location forced Boca to move the celebration inside La Bombonera. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Annenberg changes the names of two journalism degrees

first_imgIn an effort to better prepare students to enter an industry that is becoming increasingly more focused on the web, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism has changed two of the majors it offers to students.The school informed students Monday that two bachelor of arts degrees — print journalism and broadcast journalism — have been renamed. Annenberg students can now major in “print and digital journalism” and “broadcast and digital journalism” beginning this fall.Long known for the convergence philosophy behind its curriculum — all Annenberg students take classes in print, broadcast and online journalism, regardless of their specialty — the school made the decision to rename the majors to better reflect what was going on within its classrooms.Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojan“The change was in recognition of a program that’s really evolved over the last three or four years,” said Kay Heitzman, executive director of public affairs and special events for Annenberg. “The name just wasn’t representing what was going on in journalism education right now.”Annenberg is also planning an “extensive curriculum rehaul,” according to Laura Castañeda, the assistant director of the School of Journalism. The new majors reflect these upcoming curriculum changes, she said.“We’re hoping to integrate the majors a lot more than they have been. Traditionally, we’ve tried to converge them at some points,” Castañeda said. “What we’re going to try to do in the future is to integrate them a lot more … students have to learn the fundamentals of all of them.”Despite the impending changes, school officials have said students currently majoring in either print or broadcast will have to take no additional classes to earn the new degrees. They also have the option to keep the traditional degrees rather than make the switch.Ultimately, Castañeda said, the name change reflects Annenberg’s ongoing effort to best prepare students for a transitioning journalism industry.“We were one of the first [schools] to try and change the curriculum a bit and since then a lot of schools have done the same thing. It’s just a continuation of something we started a long time ago,” she said. “We’ve had lots of time to look at the curriculum, reassess it, talk to students about it. It’s something we’re going to be doing every few years.”Students wishing to change their major to include the digital emphasis should contact Annenberg Student Services or their academic adviser.Lucy Mueller contributed to this report.last_img read more