South by Southwest, a musical festival and conference held in Austin, Texas has announced that Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and former Nirvana) will give this year’s keynote speech. The festival consists of an assortment of international artists performing on over 80 stages, with over 100 speakers weighing in on current topics. SXSW 2013 will take place from March 12-17, with Grohl’s speach on Thursday, March 14th at the Austin Convention Center.Past keynote speakers have included Neil Young, Quincy Jones and Bruce Springsteen. Dave Grohl is currently working on a film about LA’s famous Sound City Studios and drumming on the new Queens of the Stone Age album after the Foo Fighters announced an indefinite hiatus.Bruce Springsteen’s Speech from last year:
For a while now, the bass music scene has been buzzing about Destroid, a new collaboration between dubstep stars Excision and Downlink, and drummer KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Conspirator. It seemed almost too good to be true, and rumors swirled about a live show of monstrous proportions. The music is finally here, as Destroid’s debut full length, entitled The Invasion is set to release, and it lives up to the mountains of hype that have been building.While you’d think having three talented musicians would be enough, ‘The Invasion’ is ripe with guest appearances throughout the entire album. Fans will immediately notice the Bassnectar contribution on the track ‘Put It Down’, with a hip hop influenced vibe that melds together the signature sounds of both Excision and Bassnectar as the song progresses. But there’s more – producers like Ajapai and Space Laces make appearances apparently bringing an extra doss of bass to the tracks. Frequent Excision collaborator Messinian also stops by, providing lyrics on the track ‘Flip The Switch.Excision has said that he has been working on this project for several years, and it really shows. The tracks have a good flow to them, and the narration in the beginning create the feel of a concept album. There are definitely some highlights – the Downlink produced ‘Activation’ and the albums first three songs all stick out, but the whole album is brilliant throughout and there’s really no songs worth skipping.As good as the album is, it leaves you wondering about the live show. Excision is known for pushing the boundaries of his live shows, and you can tell this album was made to be played live. There is plenty of room for KJ Sawka to let loose on the the drum kit, and each song is full of such energy that they could probably just go out and play the whole album from start to finish. The live show, which will debut this summer, will feature Sawka on a custom digital drum kit and Excision and Downlink playing custom MIDI guitars, which may revolutionize the way producers create their music in a live setting.The Invasion will be released on May 7th, and you can catch Destroid’s live show at various festivals throughout the summer, including Camp Bisco. You can pre-order the album here.Destroid – Raise Your Fist
And the festival lineups keep coming. The Boston Calling Festival has announced its lineup, with Beck, the Pixies, My Morning Jacket, and Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals taking headlining spots. Other acts on the bill: St. Vincent, TV On The Radio, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, Run The Jewels, and many more. Check the full festival lineup below.Boston Calling’s spring festival is slated for May 22-24 at City Hall Plaza. General admission and VIP passes go on sale January 14th. Festival tickets can be purchased HERE.Boston Calling Festival:BeckPixiesMy Morning JacketBen Harper and the Innocent CriminalsTenacious DTame ImpalaSt. VincentTV On the RadioMarina and the DiamondsVance JoyJason IsbellGerard WayTove LoChet FakerRun the JewelsThe Lone BellowSharon Van EttenJungleMOGrizfolkDMA’sThe Ballroom ThievesKrill
L4LM is sad to report that longtime Toto bassist Mike Porcaro has passed away at the age of 59, after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Porcaro’s death was confirmed by his brother, Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, who wrote:“Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother.”Mike joined the band in 1982, just after their triple-platinum Toto IV record was released. He continued through four studio albums, only resigning from his position when he was diagnosed with ALS in 2007.R.I.P. Mike Porcaro.
The 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival is upon us! With a lineup that includes the best and brightest in the bluegrass world, including Trampled by Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs, Leftover Salmon & more, this is guaranteed to be a great weekend of music for anyone in attendance.Or anyone not in attendance too! Thanks to local radio station KOTO, you can live stream the festival wherever you have an internet connection. Just head to the radio station’s website and get ready to jam to some bluegrass grooves. You can see the full schedule below, and all times are in Mountain Time: Friday, June 19 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. — Mustered Courage 11:00 – noon — Johnnyswim 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. — Lau 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. — Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. — Punch Brothers 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. — Janelle Monáe 10:00 – 11:30 p.m. — Trampled By Turtles Saturday, June 20 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. — Telluride Band Contest 11:00 – noon — Trout Steak Revival 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. — Robert Ellis 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Steep Canyon Rangers 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. — Yonder Mountain String Band 5:45 – 6:00 p.m. — Telluride Troubadour 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. — Lake Street Dive 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. — Sam Bush Band 10:30 – Midnight — Leftover Salmon Sunday, June 21 10:45 – Noon — Rock My Soul featuring The Fairfield Four & The McCrary Sisters 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. — Rhonda Vincent & The Rage 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Brett Dennen 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. — Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. — Greensky Bluegrass 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.— Kacey Musgraves 9:15 – 10:45 p.m. — Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs
Legendary rocker Gregg Allman shared some interesting thoughts in a new interview with Radio.com, telling fans about his new band, his old band, and a whole lot more. The interview hits the ground running, as Allman wastes no time sharing his praise for the newest group of musicians he’s assembled.“Boy, you’re in for a treat! My new band is the most incredible musical experience I’ve ever had the honor and pleasure to be a part of.” He continues, “It took me about 7 1/2 years to find everybody. Somehow, through some stroke of luck, I got my hands on two of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s horn players.” Bland was a renowned blues musician who wrote songs like “Turn On Your Lovelight” and “Farther Up The Road”.Allman then spoke about the Allman Brothers, and being on the same lineup with some of the band’s members at the upcoming Peach Music Festival. Haynes, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks are all performing at the festival. When asked if he’d jam if Warren Haynes wanted to, he simply responded, “Sure, man, there’s no hard feelings.”He continued, “We parted on good terms. Forty-five years! And even the newest cats in the band had been there for a long time. It was a good lineup, it was fun, and now it’s over. It was fun playing with them boys.”He also mentioned that he might sit in with some of the artists on the Laid Back Festival lineup, which he curated himself. That festival, held at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre on August 29th, features Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and more. “Well, Jamioe [sic], we’ve been touring together all summer, we play together. The Doobies are old friends of mine, especially Mr. Tom Johnston. I really enjoy them as people, always have. They’ve written some of the greatest songs, man. Bruce Hornsby, he’s my good buddy man, I’m crazy about Bruce. So I’m really looking forward to this, so is my band. And Jones Beach, which I’m so familiar with. And we’ve got all this different food, it should be quite a party.”Gregg Allman Is Curating A Music FestivalAllman also weighed in on the Confederate flag issue, echoing similar sentiments as fellow Southern rocker Warren Haynes. “Well, I was taught how to play music by these very, very kind older black men. My best friend in the world is a black man. If people are gonna look at that flag and think of it as representing slavery, then I say burn every one of them.”We hope to see a lot of Gregg Allman on the road in 2015!
Load remaining images Cyrus Nabipoor’s September residency at Gasa Gasa has put him on the radar as one of New Orleans’ rising stars. Tuesday evening’s performance at Gasa Gasa had been highly anticipated by loyal followers of the trumpet player as well as Sexual Thunder!, Noruz and Vance Homme fans. The Portland, OR-raised musician has been making ripples in the New Orleans Jazz, Improvisational, and Funk scene. Last spring, Nabipoor joined Sexual Thunder!, the budding New Orleans funk band who are gaining local momentum after wrapping up their August residency at the renowned Maple Leaf Bar. Sexual Thunder! just announced their next show with Dumpstaphunk, set for September 25th at The Howlin’ Wolf which is sure to be an evening of pure funk euphoria.Aside from Sexual Thunder!, Nabipoor holds down some complex horn lines in local bands Noruz, Doombalaya, Brass Lightning, and Monomyth. His residency at Gasa Gasa has allowed him to showcase the diverse roster of musicians he performs with. Musically, Nabipoor touches upon many different genres, as he is inspired by jazz, pop, hip hop, RnB, afrobeat, funk, and improv. Before the show began, Nabipoor described how the residency resonated with him. “It’s fun to cross breed genres and crafts and really nice to do it in one place, with a close knit community of musicians.”Dumpstaphunk And Sexual Thunder Announce ‘Road To Voodoo’ In NOLAThe show began with MC Vance Homme, accompanied by the five original Sexual Thunder! members, as his backing band. The room was dark and the stage was illuminated by red lights, which gave the audience a perfect atmosphere to close their eyes and listen to Vance Homme’s seemingly effortless raps. Milennials in the room found his style refreshing, as it brought back sounds of 90’s hip hop and rap. Fans agree that Vance’s recorded music lends itself to a live band, which was evident during the set. The distortion and delay of the guitar accompanied by an electronic kick, drum pad, Nord Electro and an electronic wind instrument (EWI) gave the live set a touch of electronic sounds that stayed true to Homme’s recorded music.Aside from wearing sunglasses through the entire set, Sax player Ari Kohn kept it cool with a handful of instruments including tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, EWI, and jingling sleigh bells. Meanwhile, guitarist George Wilde accompanied the auxiliary percussion with a repurposed wine bottle. Rapper Luke St. John made a guest appearance that matched Homme’s skill as a mind blowing lyricist, with a powerful voice and message. Needless to say, the packed room was entranced by Vance Homme’s performance.Next up came Noruz, a five piece band comprised of Cyrus Nabipoor on trumpet, Amina Scott on bass, Patrick Kelleher on drums, Ari Kohn on saxophone, and Jake Hickey on keys. Their music can be described as improvisational pop music or jazz fusion for those genre nitpickers out there. This group’s focus is on combining the sounds of modern pop genres into their improvisational playing. They seamlessly pulled that off throughout their set as half of the crowd was dancing while the other half was fixated on the dynamic sounds of the group.Noruz, which Nabipoor also leads, was a fantastic way to bring his September residency to a close. As one of New Orleans leading venues that supports a wide array of contemporary music, Gasa Gasa was certainly a great home for this residency. The combination of wonderful acoustics alongside an intimate environment made for a perfect evening in Uptown New Orleans.Words by Kali Serna, Photos by Brandon Xuereb – X-Istence Photography (full gallery below)
In 1984, Frank Zappa released a studio version of the Allman Brothers‘ classic “Whipping Post” as the closing track on his album Them or Us. He occasionally included the southern blues-rock ballad into his setlists, which was an atypical thing to do for such an anti-hippie, musical visionary.It is said that the song came into the Zappa songbook after a fan chanted “Whipping Post” at the 1974 Helsinki show, to which he organically mixed lyrics into the song “Montana” after denying that he even knew the tune. Zappa later released the recording as “Montana (Whipping Floss)” on the live album You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore. Listen to the legendary version here.Ten years later, and the band recorded another rendition of “Whipping Post” at length. The experimental flourishing was released on his live recording compilation, “Does Humor Belong in Music?” from the Pier in New York City in August of 1984. Watch the mind-blowing, pro-shot video footage of that recording below:Frank Zappa, “Whipping Post” 8/26/84:Compare it to the studio version, recorded sometime between 1981-84:
Taubes awarded NAS prizeThe National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has honored Clifford H. Taubes, William Petschek Professor of Mathematics at Harvard, its award in mathematics. Taubes received the award, which is given every four years for excellence in published mathematical research, for groundbreaking work relating to “Seiberg-Witten and Gromov-Witten invariants of symplectic 4-manifolds, and his proof of Weinstein conjecture for all contact 3-manifolds.” Established by the American Mathematical Society, the medal has been awarded since 1988 and includes a $5,000 prize.Taubes joined a dozen other distinguished scholars to receive an NAS award in this most recent round of medals.School of Dental Medicine receives ADEA Award for VisionThe Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) has won a pre-eminent William J. Gies Award from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in recognition of contributions to and support of global oral health and education initiatives. Specifically, HSDM received the Outstanding Vision Award for an academic dental institution.The ADEA is the leading national organization for dental education. The award is named after William J. Gies, who after visiting the existing dental schools in 1926, published “The Gies Report; Dental Education in the United States and Canada.” The report is still considered the most comprehensive survey of dental education. Selected by a distinguished panel of judges, honorees were announced for vision, achievement, and innovation.Ph.D. candidates receive Kauffman Dissertation FellowshipsHarvard Ph.D. candidates Christopher Liu and Matt Marx recently received 2008 dissertation fellowships from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. All told, 16 fellowships in the amount of $20,000 were awarded to current Ph.D. students at U.S. universities engaged in the study of entrepreneurship.For his dissertation, Liu will explore “Trickle-Down Entrepreneurship: Prior Mentorship and the Transmission of Norms,” while Marx will examine “Technology Commercialization in Young Organizations.”The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and to improve the education of children and youth.Peter Black elected to lead WFNSPeter Black has been named president-elect of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), a professional and scientific nongovernmental organization composed of continental associations, national neurosurgical societies, and affiliate societies representing approximately 25,000 neurosurgeons worldwide. His term involves two years as president-elect, four years as president, and two years as past president.Black is the founding chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Franc D. Ingraham Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. He is consistently listed in Best Doctors in America with special interest in brain tumor surgery, image-guided minimally invasive neurosurgery, skull base surgery, and brain mapping.As president-elect, he will help to lead the federation’s efforts to advance all aspects of neurological surgery. These efforts include the education and training of neurosurgeons in developing countries as well as supplying instruments and equipment.HHL-Leipzig honors PorterGermany’s oldest business school, the HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management, conferred an honorary doctoral degree to Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, on Jan. 23. Thomas Middelhoff, chief executive officer of Arcandor AG, was also awarded an honorary degree.The director of Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Porter is regarded as one of the leading economists in strategic management. The main focus of his work is how companies or regions obtain competitive advantages. His application-oriented research has been recognized worldwide and is well known in academic institutions as well as businesses.Specifically, HHL acknowledged the impact of Porter’s work on a new survey on behalf of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He was also honored for his success in raising awareness for corporate social responsibility. HHL is the first German university to officially honor Porter’s contributions to the field of management.Stone receives Batchelor PrizeCambridge University Press has selected Howard Stone the winner of the inaugural Batchelor Prize sponsored by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. The Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Harvard, Stone was selected by the Batchelor Prize committee for the breadth and depth of his research over a 10-year period (1998-2007) and for his widely acknowledged leadership in fluid mechanics generally.Stone is particularly well-known for his pioneering studies in microfluids, including understanding the “slip” boundary condition; foam drainage, especially the proposing and testing of a new generalized foam drainage equation; and biological fluid dynamics. His analysis of simple model problems has led to important fundamental understandings and practical applications using theoretical, computational, and experiential methods.The $25,000 Batchelor Prize will be awarded during the 22nd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in Adelaide, Australia, this August. There, Stone will present a lecture about some of this research.— Compiled by Andrew Brooks
The Tercentenary Theatre was converted into a colorful, albeit slightly damp, minicarnival, Friday (Sept. 12) as Harvard College welcomed its returning and newest undergraduates to campus for an afternoon and evening of food, friends, and fun.Despite the rain, the mood was festive as the young crowd waited patiently in line, umbrellas in hand, to enter the impromptu fair nestled between Memorial Church and Widener Library.The theme of the event, organized by the College Events Board with the help of Jason McCoy, 2008-09 Fellow for Campus Life, was that of a boardwalk and came complete with a dizzying orange and green ride that resembled a series of hang gliders strung together in a spinning circle, basketball and target practice games, balloon hats, and a wide array of carnival food including cotton candy, ice cream, candied apples, and a vegetarian version of the popular corn dog.Reconnecting with friends was a main objective for many of the attendees.“This is a good time to see everyone,” said Patrick Lahue ’09, a Winthrop House resident and psychology major who was looking forward to catching up with his classmates.Included in the fun was the music of Peter C. Shields Jr. ’09, aka “Petros,” Harvard’s resident pop star with Greek roots and an album to his credit. Shields looked the part, taking the granite stage in front of Memorial Church clad in a tight-fitting T-shirt, and jeans, and accompanied by dancing girls in black miniskirts and sequined belts. He delivered his song “V.I.P.” to shrieks from the crowd and acknowledged his fans with a hearty shout out: “I feel so much love right now, it’s awesome.”Also on hand and sharing the love, though in a slightly more subdued fashion, was Harvard University President Drew Faust. Carrying a large white and crimson umbrella, Faust made her way through the event with ease, chatting with students and happily posing for photos.Christian Free ’10 caught up with his classmates as he stood in the impressively long line for fried dough. The junior was at once introspective and pragmatic when asked why he was waiting so long in the snaking queue for the tasty treat. “We were just asking ourselves the same thing,” he laughed. His conclusion after some consideration: “We love fried dough, and it’s free.”