Hold Steady teases new album ahead of 'Massive' virtual marathon
New York’s most Minnesotan rock band had the unforeseeable foresight to record a new album before the pandemic — and even to include a nod to Eddie Van Halen on it.The Hold Steady announced a Feb. 19 release date for “Open Door Policy,” their eighth studio album and first for their own label, Positive Jams. News of the record arrived Tuesday ahead of the sextet’s fifth annual Massive Nights concert series, which they’re staging over three nights Thursday-Saturday at the Brooklyn Bowl for fans to watch virtually.Along with preorder options for the new record, the band posted the song “Family Fa...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'76 Days' review: In early 2020, a virus spreads, and a riveting documentary examines the human factors of survival
In the years to come, filmmakers will create fuller, more politically contextualized documentaries about the COVID-19 outbreak, and how some nations handled it less tragically than others.But “76 Days” is the necessary and gripping place to begin. It’s a ground-level procedural, shot in four different hospitals in Wuhan, China, in the early months of 2020. And it is a reminder that the dedication of front-line workers, battling the novel coronavirus when it truly was new, transcends boundaries.“Your family is not here,” one medical worker tells a woman in the intensive care unit, gripping her ...
Sound Advice: Get truly high-end sound without breaking the bank on speakers
Q. I recently purchased the Emotiva Airmotiv B1+ bookshelf speakers. Compared to my old speakers the difference is incredible, especially since they sell for under $250 with tax. It makes me wonder, what does a true “high-end” speaker sound like?— M.J., Brooklyn Center, MinnesotaA. You are hearing it now with your B1+ speakers! With modern computer-aided design techniques and efficient offshore manufacturing, nowadays you don’t have to spend a fortune to get truly fine sound, especially if you do your due diligence when you shop. I performed an experiment recently that illustrates this well.In...
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Kansas pulls past Kentucky after digging big early hole in Champions Classic
Kansas capped its week-long, three-game season-opening road trip with a come-from-behind victory over a longtime nemesis — fellow blueblood Kentucky — on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. In facing their second ranked opponent of the season, the No. 7-ranked Jayhawks toppled the No. 20-ranked Wildcats, 65-62, in an arena with no fans — 20,000-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse. KU lost to No. 1 Gonzaga on Thanksgiving Day and beat Saint Joseph’s on Friday. KU senior Marcus Garrett scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds, playing after coach Bill Self said on his pregame r...
The Kansas City Star
Carnival Corp. backs down from legal fight with LeBron James over trademark
Carnival Corporation has backed down from a legal fight with basketball star LeBron James.Just eight days after James filed an opposition to Carnival Corp.’s application for a “King James” trademark, the company last week abandoned its 15-month attempt to secure the name for one of its cruise ships, ending the dispute.Carnival Corp., the largest cruise company in the world with nine cruise brands, first applied for the “King James” trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August 2019 through its United Kingdom-based entity Carnival plc. The company amended the application several...
Chris Hillman: Bonus Q&A with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer: 'It's neither hair nor there!'
Chris Hillman is still in flight after all these years.After growing up in Southern California and embracing bluegrass music, Hillman helped make rock history as a member of The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers in the 1960s. He then joined Stephen Stills in Manassas in the early 1970s and launched the chart-topping country-music group the Desert Rose Band in the 1980s.A veteran solo artist, Hillman is the subject of an in-depth Union-Tribune interview about his new memoir, “Time Between.” Published by BMG Books, it devotes nearly all of its first five chapters to his time growing up in th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
UK minister complains that Netflix doesn't specify that 'The Crown' is fictional
A not-so-glamorous depiction of the British Royal Family in “The Crown” has gotten at least one bad review from the UK culture secretary.The fourth season of the Netflix drama, which premiered on Nov. 15, moves forward to the Princess Diana years and paints a miserable young girl ostracized by her in-laws and ignored by her husband, Prince Charles, while Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher clashes with Queen Elizabeth.But the familiar actors on screen, including Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, and the “drama” designation on Netflix’s home screen isn’t enough, apparently....
New York Daily News
Commentary: Violent death of rapper King Von reminds us how people across the country are dancing to the music of revenge and murder in Chicago
I was supposed to talk with Chicago-born rapper Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von, but never got the chance before he was gunned down on Nov. 6 outside an Atlanta nightclub.It’s not every day that a reporter with a background in both crime and pop culture gets a chance to interview someone seen as both a fast-rising hometown rap star and a coldblooded killer. His music had hit the Billboard Hot 200 before his death, but several of his singles, including “Take Her to the O,” hit the Hot 100 posthumously.I wanted to hear from Bennett’s own lips whether he felt he could escape his hard upbringing and ...
Yes, you can get COVID twice. Don't be alarmed, scientists say
SAN DIEGO — Data from San Diego County suggest that few residents have gotten COVID-19 twice so far, echoing findings from researchers across the globe.The Union-Tribune asked the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency for the number of people who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus twice, with their second test at least three months after their first. That cutoff is based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that an infected person can shed virus for up to three months after they first show symptoms“Fewer than 10” San Diegans met those criteria, according to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Can Philadelphia transform its police force from 'warriors' to 'guardians'? This deescalation training could help
PHILADELPHIA — On a mild November night in 2015, Camden, New Jersey, police sped to Crown Fried Chicken at Broadway and Mickle, where a distraught man with a knife had just threatened to kill a customer inside.When cops arrived, the 48-year-old man was outside, waving the knife, clearly a potential threat. Repeatedly, he refused police orders to drop his weapon.The encounter could have been his death sentence in many cities in America — or, a few years earlier, in Camden itself.Instead, police officers recognized the man was in the throes of a mental health crisis and backed off. An officer wi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer