This spring’s edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is set to take place at Massachusetts’ Harvard Athletic Complex from May 24th–26th. The tenth-annual event’s lineup features headlining performances from Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott, and Tame Impala.Odesza, Logic, Greta Van Fleet, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Hozier, Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lord Huron, Sheck Wes, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Christine and the Queens, Big Red Machine, King Princess, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), and Guster round out the top three lines of the diverse lineup. Also performing are Tank and the Bangas, Snakehips, Chromeo (DJ Set), Ravyn Lenae, Superorganism, Imogen Heap, and many more.PHOTOS: Jack White, Queens Of The Stoneage, Portugal. The Man, More At 2018 Boston CallingEarly Bird tickets are currently available here. For more information, head to the festival website.
Memphis soul, blues, and jam band Southern Avenue has an extremely interesting and unique backstory. Guitarist Ori Naftaly grew up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American soul, blues, and funk. Naftaly set his eyes on the prize, making a musical pilgrimage in 2013 to compete in Memphis, TN’s prestigious International Blues Challenge. Realizing that staying with his former band in Israel was holding him back, a new opportunity arose when Naftaly befriended Memphis-bred vocalist Tierinii Jackson, who has an extensive history of singing in church, local cover bands, theatrical projects, and more.In 2015, Ori Naftaly, Tierinii Jackson, and her drummer sister Tikyra Jackson helped form Southern Avenue. The band toured vigorously throughout the U.S. and Europe in their formative years before landing a record deal. Southern Avenue released their debut self-titled album in February 2017 via Stax Records. Expanding their vision to embrace new musical challenges, the quartet is gearing up to release their sophomore album, Keep On, due out on May 10th, 2019.Keep On was recorded with producer Johnny Black (Jessie J, Daughtry, Estelle) at Memphis’ legendary Sam Phillips Recording, and includes guest appearances by seminal Stax Records artist William Bell, noted Memphis musician Gage Markey (who serves as guest bassist on most of the album), and a horn section comprised of Art Edmaiston (JJ Grey & Mofro, Gregg Allman) and Marc Franklin (The Bo-Keys, Gregg Allman).“Jive” is a snappy new tune off of Keep On, which opens up with Tikyra “TK” Jackson holding down a tight-knit groove behind Naftaly’s gritty opening guitar lick. Tierinii Jackson jumps into her vocal lead loud and proud, as the quartet trickles into the song’s main theme. Southern Avenue arranged their vocal overlays and harmonies with precision and meticulous thought, resulting in a beautiful sonic landscape, offering insight to the band’s vast, worldly influences. Tierinii Jackson shared her thoughts on “Jive” with Live For Live Music. She explains,This song is about learning to navigate a fast-paced industry while maintaining one’s self-respect. There are lots of selfish people out there, snakes who will try to take advantage of you at every corner. You need to be aware of your surroundings, learn the game and become that beast that no one wants to mess with. We love this song because we’ve encountered a lot of toxic relationships on our journey and we have survived and thrived through all the Jive. Today, we’re excited to premiere Southern Avenue’s new single. You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of Southern Avenue’s new tune “Jive” below:Southern Avenue – “Jive”[Audio: Concord Records]Southern Avenue has a big year of touring ahead of them, highlighted by multiple performances in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, festival appearances at Beale Street Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Electric Forest, Peach Music Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, and the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and more. The band will also join Tedeschi Trucks Band for a run of shows throughout the Southwest in the fall.Fans can head here to pre-order Southern Avenue’s forthcoming Keep On release.See below for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head to Southern Avenue’s website.Southern Avenue 2019 Tour Dates:Sun, APR 28Joy Theater (w/The Word)New Orleans, LAWed, MAY 1House of Blues New Orleans (ShortyFest!)New Orleans, LAThu, MAY 2The Howlin’ Wolf (w/Samantha Fish & Marc Broussard)New Orleans, LASat, MAY 4Beale Street Music FestivalMemphis, TNTue, MAY 7Brooklyn BowlBrooklyn, NYThu, MAY 9The 8×10Baltimore, MDSat, MAY 11Bishop Gunn Crawfish BoilNatchez, MSSat, MAY 18Stomp the Blues Out of HomelessnessSpringfield, MOSun, MAY 19Doheny Blues FestivalDana Point, CAFri, MAY 24Summer Camp Music FestivalChillicothe, ILSat, MAY 25Summer Camp Music FestivalChillicothe, ILSun, MAY 26Summer Camp Music FestivalChillicothe, ILWed, MAY 29Camden DingwallsLondon, United KingdomSat, JUN 1amc BOCANEGRAValles, SpainSun, JUN 2Rock & Blues CafeZaragoza, SpainMon, JUN 3JamboreeBarcelona, SpainThu, JUN 6SztygarkaChorzow, PolandFri, JUN 7QuasimodoBerlin, GermanySun, JUN 9Grolsch Blues FestivalSchöppingen, GermanyMon, JUN 10Ribs & Blues RaalteRaalte, NetherlandsThu, JUN 13Sierre Blues FestivalSierre, SwitzerlandSat, JUN 22Pine Bluff Regional Park AmphitheatrePine Bluff, ARThu, JUN 27Old Rock HouseSt. Louis, MOFri, JUN 28Electric ForestRothbury, MISat, JUN 29Electric ForestRothbury, MISun, JUN 30Turf ClubSt Paul, MNWed, JUL 3The Triple DoorSeattle, WASat, JUL 6Waterfront Blues FestivalPortland, ORWed, JUL 10Club CafePittsburgh, PAFri, JUL 12Briggs Farm Blues FestivalNescopeck, PASat, JUL 13Ottawa BluesfestOttawa, CanadaSun, JUL 14Ottawa BluesfestOttawa, CanadaThu, JUL 25The Peach Music FestivalScranton, PAFri, JUL 26The Peach Music FestivalScranton, PASat, JUL 27The Peach Music FestivalScranton, PASun, JUL 28Interstellar RodeoEdmonton, CanadaThu, AUG 1Lander LiveLander, WYFri, AUG 2Montrose Summer Music SeriesMontrose, COSun, AUG 4Mammoth Festival Of Beers & BluesaploozaMammoth Lakes, CAThu, AUG 8Sweetwater Music HallMill Valley, CASat, AUG 10Burnaby Blues and Roots FestivalBurnaby, CanadaSat, AUG 17Music in the Blue RidgeRoseland, VASat, AUG 24Druid City Music FestivalTuscaloosa, ALThu, SEP 12Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalTelluride, COFri, SEP 13Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalTelluride, COSun, SEP 22Bourbon and BeyondLouisville, KYSat, OCT 26Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CASun, OCT 27Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAMon, OCT 28Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CATue, OCT 29Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAWed, OCT 30Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAThu, OCT 31Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAFri, NOV 1Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CASat, NOV 2Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAWed, NOV 6The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Houston, TXFri, NOV 8Majestic Theatre (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Dallas, TXTue, NOV 12Brady Theater (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Tulsa, OKThu, NOV 14Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)San Antonio, TXSat, NOV 16Robinson Center (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Little Rock, ARView Tour Dates
On Saturday night, after more than a year away, Dopapod returned to the stage at The Capitol Theatre for a celebratory headlining performance. The show marked the band’s first performance together since New Year’s Eve 2017-2018, and fans from all over converged on the historic theater to watch guitarist Rob Compa, keyboardist Eli Winderman, bassist Chuck Jones, and drummer Neal “Fro” Evans link back up after their 2018 sabbatical.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>With a subtle yet powerful rendering of the band’s logo adorning the back of the stage, the band took their places just after 9 p.m. to a chorus of cheers from the packed house and dove into “Vol. 3 #86”, which in turn segued into “Nuggy Jawson”. “Mucho“, a track off the band’s late-2017 release, MEGAGEM, was up next followed by the one-two punch of “French Bowling” > “Braindead”. After an ethereal run through “My Elephant vs. Your Elephant”, the band capped their first set with a raging, extended take on fan-favorite, “Trapper Keeper”. Load remaining images Following a half-hour set break, the band returned to the stage with the live debut of “Numbers Need Humans“, the recently-released single from their forthcoming new studio album, Emit Time. Another pair of Dopapod fan-favorites followed with “FABA” and “Onionhead”.Next, Chuck Jones stepped to the microphone to explain that the band’s lighting designer, Luke Stratton, has been on tour with Smashing Pumpkins. As a nod to Stratton’s new gig—and as a surprise to Stratton—the band got their grunge on with a sing-along cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullett With Butterfly Wings”.Related: Dopapod To Release Entire Catalog On Nugs In Celebration Of Capitol Theatre ComebackNow fully locked in, Dopapod continued to take the crowd on a mind-bending ride from there, working through creative and flawless renditions of “Super Bowl”, “Roid Rage”, “Plaese Haalp”, and “Cloud World”. To close the performance, the band offered up the live debut of a new song with a familiar name, “Never Odd Or Even”, followed by a set-closing “Bubble Brain”. Finally, the band returned for a “Freight Train” encore to send the adoring Capitol Theatre crowd home happy.Related: Dopapod Announces New Album ‘Emit Time’, Shares Lead Single “Numbers Need Humans” [Listen]As Eli Winderman explained in the band’s announcement of their impending hiatus back in 2017, “Following seven years of ceaseless touring, the sabbatical is a blueprint for wellness borne from love and mutual respect amongst old friends. It’s a pre-emptive move of self-preservation inspired by the TED Talk, ‘The Power of Time Off’. Every seven years this guy closes his design firm and everyone who works for the company works on their own projects for the year. When they come back, everyone is inspired and working with a newfound sense of excitement.”Throughout the performance, the band was locked in and perfectly in sync, playing as if their time apart had achieved exactly the desired results. Smiles beamed from each of their faces throughout the excellent show, and the audience buzzed with appreciation for the return of this incredible band—a group that can deftly move from complex, classically-oriented compositions to dark, ambient boils to high-octane rock and roll with the greatest ease, creating a sound that’s thrilling, unique, and all their own.The band is back and sounding fantastic, and the sky is the limit from here. Dopapod fans, rejoice!Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Setlist: Dopapod | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/19Set One (9:10 – 10:33): Vol. 3 #86 > Nuggy Jawson, Mucho, French Bowling* > Braindead, My Elephant vs. Your Elephant, Trapper KeeperSet Two (11:03 – 12:30): Numbers Need Humans^, FABA, Onionhead, Bullet With Butterfly Wings+, Super Bowl, Roid Rage, Plaese Haalp, Cloud World, Never Odd Or Even^ > Bubble BrainEncore (12:33 – 12:50) : Freight Train*Nana nana boo-boo teases^Debut+Smashing Pumpkins coverDopapod | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/19 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein
The Hollywood Vampires, the classic rock supergroup centered around Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp, were in Los Angeles on Saturday night where they delivered a headlining performance at the Greek Theatre. The gig marked their second as part of a seven-show spring tour scheduled for this month, and saw the rock band welcoming out a few special guests including Perry’s old pal Steven Tyler, and Cooper’s rock villain protegé in Marilyn Manson.Related: Aerosmith Announces ‘Deuces Are Wild – East Coast Run’The band’s performance on Saturday featured a setlist filled with classic rock covers including The Doors‘ “Break on Through”, The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley”, and David Bowie‘s “Heroes”. The band performed Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen” from his 1971 Love It To Death LP as they entered the latter half of the set when they were joined by Manson about two-thirds of the way through the hard-hitting rock song. Fans can watch the brotherly sit-in from Saturday’s show below.The Hollywood Vampires with Marilyn Manson – “I’m Eighteen” – 5/11/2019[Video: Enrique Madrigal]The very next song saw Steven Tyler’s surprise visit to the stage, as the famous singer helped out on the vocals for the band’s cover of Tiny Bradshaw‘s famous blues tune, “Train Kept A-Rollin’”, which has been a set-ending favorite on the Aerosmith setlists for years.The Hollywood Vampires with Steven Tyler – “Train Kept A-Rollin’” – 5/11/2019[Video: Enrique Madrigal]The band will continue its brief run of west coast shows throughout the rest of the week with a gig at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco scheduled for Sunday night. The rock outfit also continues to build momentum towards the June 21st release of their sophomore album, Rise. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets.
Maggie Rogers and Travis Scott, two of pop music’s hottest rising artists, hope to bring more attention (and money) to reproductive healthcare organizations like Planned Parenthood as the newly-implemented abortion restriction laws in states like Alabama continue to dominate headlines.Related: Atlanta’s Music Midtown Announces 2019 Lineup: Vampire Weekend, Billie Eilish, Travis Scott, MoreScott was in Gulf Shores, Alabama over the weekend where he was scheduled to perform at Hangout Music Festival. During his headlining set on Saturday, the rapper revealed over the microphone that he would donate the all of his festival merchandise proceeds from Saturday’s sales to Planned Parenthood.“We feel for those out in Alabama,” Scott could be heard addressing the audience in a video captured by a fan at the event. “I love y’all and I just want everyone to know that love is the strongest thing we can have.”Rogers, who is currently in the midst of her own world tour in promotion of her 2019 debut album, Heard It In A Past Life, also took to social media over the weekend to offer a rebuttal to the ultra-conservative abortion laws being put into place in the southern state. Rogers’ fans took her up on her pledge shared on Friday in which she promised to donate her merch income on that day to The Yellowhammer Fund, an organization that provides reproduction healthcare funding for women in Alabama. Amazingly, her fans purchased a whopping $17,500 in merch in support of the progressive health initiative. Rogers is currently on her way to Australia where she’ll begin the next international leg of her world tour with a show at Astor Theatre Perth in Perth on Tuesday. Fans can also catch Scott at numerous festivals coming up in the summer months, including Made In America, Something In The Water, and ESSENCE Festival, just to name a few.[H/T Billboard]
Next time you think it’ll be a fun idea to play Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Old Town Road” remix on Spotify, consider all the little birdies you’re potentially killing with the toxins released into the environment with each stream. That seems to be the theory from University of Oslo professor Kyle Devine, who recently completed a study examining the impact of music digital consumption on the environment. The results of the academic study: the energy used to stream music could be just as damaging to the natural world as the Evian bottle currently sitting in the stomach of a sea turtle somewhere out there.Related: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Full-Show Audio Recordings Arrive On Streaming PlatformsDevine spent the last few years teaming up with researchers at the University of Glasgow to study the environmental impact of plastic used to make vinyl, CDs, and cassettes over the decades. They eventually reached the digital age of the 2000s, and although physical music sales may have declined, the use of new streaming platforms is still taking its toll on the environment. The research led to the shocking conclusion that the energy required for the average consumer to stream and download digital music has caused greenhouse gas emissions to rise sharply. How sharp? Their study estimates that music consumption throughout the first decade of the 2000s resulted in the emission equivalent of approximately 157 million kilograms of greenhouse gas.Devine and his colleagues calculated the streaming data provided by the Recording Industry Association of America for the years 2015 and 2016. They found that the amount of electricity required to download one gigabyte of data is almost equal to the amount of electricity required for an average lightbulb to shine for an hour. Eek. So much for Spotify’s previous claims that streaming is “an act for greener music listening.”Thankfully, the study was never meant to cause alarm within the already-struggling record industry. Devine, a user of Spotify, went on to state that their goal was meant to show “transparency and accountability” within the tech and environmental realms, hopefully leading for more discussion on energy usage from everyday habits. Read the entire 2019 study here.On a more positive note regarding streaming, Jay-Z‘s entire catalog is now back on Spotify![H/T Rolling Stone]
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Whitney M. Young Jr., one of the most celebrated – and controversial – leaders of the civil rights era is the subject of a new film, The Powerbroker, being screened by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute on Sept. 27. As head of the National Urban League, he helped thousands of people struggling against discrimination. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. He was the man working behind the scenes, shaking the right hands, making the right deals, and opening the doors of opportunity for all Americans.The Powerbroker follows Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to the national campaign for equal rights. During the turbulent 60s, he was a diplomat between those in power and those striving for change. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders, and responding to attacks from the militant black power movement. This complex tale explores the public and private trials of the man at the center of the storm.The film will be shown as part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute/Houston Institute Film Series on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. in Austin, Hall, Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School. The screening is free of charge and open to the public. A discussion will be held afterwards. For more information, visit the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice website. Read Full Story
It has become common for people who have pets to refer to themselves as “pet parents,” but how closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship?A small study from a group of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and their own dogs. Their report was published in the open-access journal PLOS One.“Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social, and emotional well-being of humans,” says Lori Palley of the MGH Center for Comparative Medicine, co-lead author of the report and a doctor of veterinary medicine. “Several previous studies have found that levels of neurohormones like oxytocin — which is involved in pair-bonding and maternal attachment — rise after interaction with pets, and new brain-imaging technologies are helping us begin to understand the neurobiological basis of the relationship, which is exciting.”In order to compare patterns of brain activation involved with the human-pet bond with those elicited by the mother-child bond, the study enrolled a group of women with at least one child aged 2 to 10 years old and one dog that had been in the household for two years or longer. Participation consisted of two sessions, the first being a home visit during which participants completed several questionnaires, including ones that asked about their relationships with both their child and pet. The participants’ dog and child were also photographed in each participants’ home.The second session took place at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH, where functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) — which indicates levels of activation in specific brain structures by detecting changes in blood flow and oxygen levels — was performed as participants lay in a scanner and viewed a series of photographs. The photos included images of each participant’s own child and own dog, alternated with images of an unfamiliar child and dog belonging to another study participant. After the scanning session, each participant completed additional assessments, including an image-recognition test to confirm she had paid close attention to photos presented during scanning, and rated several images from each category shown during the session on factors relating to pleasantness and excitement.Of 16 women originally enrolled, complete information and MR data was available for 14 participants. The imaging studies revealed both similarities and differences in the way the women’s important brain regions reacted to images of their own child and own dog. Areas previously reported as important for functions such as emotion, reward, affiliation, visual processing, and social interaction all showed increased activity when participants viewed either their own child or their own dog. A region known to be important to bond formation — the substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area (SNi/VTA) — was activated only in response to images of a participant’s own child. The fusiform gyrus, which is involved in facial recognition and other visual processing functions, actually showed greater response to own-dog images than own-child images.“Although this is a small study that may not apply to other individuals, the results suggest there is a common brain network important for pair-bond formation and maintenance that is activated when mothers viewed images of either their child or their dog,” says Luke Stoeckel, MGH Department of Psychiatry, co-lead author of the PLOS One report. “We also observed differences in activation of some regions that may reflect variance in the evolutionary course and function of these relationships.“For example, like the SNi/VTA, the nucleus accumbens has been reported to have an important role in pair-bonding in both human and animal studies. But that region showed greater deactivation when mothers viewed their own-dog images instead of greater activation in response to own-child images, as one might expect. We think the greater response of the fusiform gyrus to images of participants’ dogs may reflect the increased reliance on visual than verbal cues in human-animal communications.”Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-author Randy Gollub adds, “Since fMRI is an indirect measure of neural activity and can only correlate brain activity with an individual’s experience, it will be interesting to see if future studies can directly test whether these patterns of brain activity are explained by the specific cognitive and emotional functions involved in human-animal relationships. Further, the similarities and differences in brain activity revealed by functional neuroimaging may help to generate hypotheses that eventually provide an explanation for the complexities underlying human-animal relationships.”The investigators note that further research is needed to replicate these findings in a larger sample and to see if they are seen in other populations — such as women without children, fathers, and parents of adopted children — and in relationships with other animal species. Combining fMRI studies with additional behavioral and physiological measures could obtain evidence to support a direct relationship between the observed brain activity and the purported functions.
The Mediterranean diet consistently has been linked with an array of health benefits, including decreased risk of chronic disease and cancer. Until now, however, no studies had associated the diet with longer telomeres, one of the biomarkers of aging.In a study published Tuesday online in The BMJ, researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) found that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet correlated with longer telomeres.Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that get shorter every time a cell divides. Shorter telomeres have been associated with decreased life expectancy and increased risk of aging-related disease, while longer telomeres have been linked to longevity. Telomere shortening is accelerated by stress and inflammation, and scientists have speculated that adherence to the Mediterranean diet may help protect against that effect.“To our knowledge this is the largest population-based study specifically addressing the association between Mediterranean diet adherence and telomere length in healthy, middle-aged women,” explained Immaculata De Vivo, an associate professor in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the senior author of this study. “Our results further support the benefits of adherence to this diet to promote health and longevity.”The researchers analyzed 4,676 disease-free women from the Nurses’ Health Study who had completed the food-frequency questionnaire and whose telomere lengths had been measured. They found that a greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with longer telomeres, and that even small changes in diet made a difference.“Our findings showed that healthy eating, overall, was associated with longer telomeres. However, the strongest association was observed among women who adhered to the Mediterranean diet,” explained Marta Crous Bou, a postdoctoral fellow in the Channing Division of Network Medicine and the first author of the study.De Vivo notes that future research should be aimed at determining which components of the Mediterranean diet drive this association. This would allow researchers to gain insight into the biological mechanism, as well as provide a basis for increased public education for informed lifestyle choices.