In the Rearview: Making up points in Pocono

first_imgLabonte-less Michigan? No driver has swept the season’s races at Michigan, the next stop on the Sprint Cup circuit, since Bobby Labonte all the way back in 1995. After 702 consecutive starts — the second-longest active streak and third all-time in NASCAR history — Labonte will be replaced in JTG/Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Toyota with AJ Allmendinger next Sunday at Michigan. CHASE WATCH …Johnson now holds the largest championship lead he’s had all season. Amazingly, his 51-point advantage means he could essentially sit out a race and still maintain the lead.As for other movers, Sunday’s third-place finisherDale Earnhardt Jr. and three-time race winner Matt Kenseth swapped places in the standings. Earnhardt is now ranked fourth and Kenseth is sixth.Last week’s winner, Tony Stewart, continued a blazing run up the standings. His fourth-place effort moved him up another three positions, and he is now ranked 13th, only 17 points out of a guaranteed Chase berth in the top-10. Two races ago, he was winless and ranked 20th, more than 40 points out of the top-10.Conversely, a tire problem on the very last lap Sunday dropped one of the season’s quiet achievers, Paul Menard, three positions in the standings — from a promising ninth place to 12th.THEY SAID IT. …“I’m not a dad, but I feel very much like a proud dad today.”— Tony Stewart on his Stewart-Haas Racing team’s first double top-5 finish of the season. Stewart and teammate Ryan Newman were fourth and fifth, and it comes on the heels of Stewart’s victory last week.“They are 43-wide going into Turn One.’’–TNT analyst and former racer Kyle Petty joking about a late-race restart during the television broadcast.“He was gone from the first practice yesterday. It was his race to lose all weekend.”— Matt Kenseth talking about winner Jimmie Johnson’s dominant win.COMING UP. …Next up, the first test of the Gen-6 car in race conditions during the Quicken Loans 400 at the super-fast, super-smooth Michigan International Speedway two-mile oval.Nine different drivers have won the last 11 races there. Defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2008 and 2012) and Denny Hamlin (2010 and 2011) are the only multiple winners in that span.Biffle has three wins at Michigan, most recently in August, the last time the series raced there. IN THE REARVIEW. …Greg Biffle’s runner-up effort Sunday in the No. 16 3M Ford was only his second top-five on the season and his first top-10 since April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway.The good news for Biffle, however, is that with all the movement among the Chase contenders this week, it put him right back into the thick of things — a three-position improvement to 10th in the championship standings, the final guaranteed spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.“We’re not quite there yet,’’ Biffle said. “Clearly we’re not celebrating that we finished second today quite yet. …but definitely, this is a step in the right direction.  We certainly ran better here than we have all season, and certainly that’s a positive for us going into next week, hopefully continue to build on that.”TEAR DOWN …Learning curve: There has been plenty of intrigue and expectation for this year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year class. Despite all of the credentials two-time Nationwide Series champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and former open-wheel star Danica Patrick bring to the rookie competition — plus the added interest of the two being in a romantic relationship — it’s been a tough year as far as the actual on-track results.It was no Party in the Poconos for Stenhouse or Patrick. He had the toughest points day of them all — his 26th-place finish in the race dropped him five positions to 20th. It was his second worst finish of the year (he was 40th at Texas in April). After a 29th-place finish at Pocono, Patrick is ranked 28th with only one top-10.Stenhouse has been the top-finishing rookie in 11 of the 14 races, including Sunday’s 26th-place effort at Pocono, although Patrick made international headlines winning the Coors Light Pole Award and finishing eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500. The standings continue to fluctuate every week and Pocono was no exceptioncenter_img FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos INSIDE THE NUMBERS. …1 — Number of cautions through the first 125 laps of the Party in the Poconos 400. 5 — Number of cautions in the final 28 laps.4 — Top-five finishes in the first four races of the season for Brad Keselowski. The reigning Sprint Cup champ has had only one (Dover) since. 11 — Drivers ranked in the top-12 after this Pocono race last year who qualified for the Chase.  128 — Laps Jimmie Johnson led Sunday, the most ever in his 23 Pocono starts.last_img read more

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Assembly Of Dust/Stangefolk Guitarist Reid Genauer Has Released A Children’s Book

first_imgJam band veteran Reid Genauer may be known for his guitarwork in bands like Assembly of Dust, Strangefolk and more, but today Genauer has a new line to add to his resume. The guitarist penned a children’s book titled “Jeffery’s Jungle,” which was released today and can be purchased on Amazon.Considering his lyrical style was always inspired by the great poet Shel Silverstein, and now Genauer has children of his own, it seems that publishing the children’s book was a natural progression.“I was initially inspired to start writing poetry when I was 10 after reading Shel Silverstein’s “Where The Side Walk Ends” At the time I was also learning to play the guitar and started writing songs,” says Genauer, “Lyrically I have been most inspired by Robert Hunter who wrote most of the lyrics for Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. While Hunter and Silverstein have very distinct linguistic styles and distinctly unrelated careers there is sense of poetic myth, mischief, and intimacy that both writers embrace.”Even The String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi spoke to Genauer’s lyrical style, saying “Reid’s a great songwriter. He has a natural approach to a song that is artful, lyrically acrobatic and accessible. He and I have always bonded about the role of song craft in the sea of musical improvisation. Writing a children’s book is a natural extension of what he does best. Not surprisingly his book comes off as mischievous and fun loving as he is.”Hopefully this is the first of many books to come from Genauer! With illustrations from Alan Close, we can’t wait to read Jeffery’s Jungle, which is available now!last_img read more

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Looking In On Summer Camp Music Festival’s Opening Day [A Gallery]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass Gets The Party Started On Summer Camp Fest’s Opening Day [Watch] Stay tuned for more media from Summer Camp throughout this weekend! A full gallery of images can be seen below: The start of Summer Camp Music Festival can only mean one thing: summer festival season is upon us. Running from May 26th through the 29th with dozens of artists, Summer Camp is a truly beloved annual tradition for jam fans everywhere. Its central location in Chillicothe, IL makes it accessible to many, and its solidifed status over Memorial Day weekend only accentuates the festival’s appeal. Couple that with multiple sets from co-owners moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, and you have the makings of a glorious musical celebration.The first day of festivities kicked off with a number of great performances, including sets from Greensky Bluegrass, Future Rock, FlightWave, Aqueous, Chicago Funk Mafia, John Brown’s Body, Jaden Carlson Band, The Werks, Lettuce and more! Check out some photos from day one below, courtesy of Phierce Photography:center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Members Of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy And Cypress Hill Announce New Show & Tease More

first_imgHot on the heels of a successful opening night, the new Prophets of Rage supergroup are keeping things fiery with a newly-announced performance scheduled for this Friday, June 3rd. The band made their debut at the intimate Whisky A Go Go, but will take things to the next level with a set at the Hollywood Palladium in the Los Angeles, CA area.The debut performance featured a stunning blend of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy songs, as well as two original tracks and a cover of the Beastie Boys sprinkled in a medley. Considering the band is comprised of three-fourths of RATM, as well as Chuck D (Public Enemy) and B-Real and DJ Lord (Public Enemy), it’s no surprise that those three groups’ iconic catalogues were featured for the performance.You can watch highlights and check out the setlist from the debut here.The band has also revealed a new countdown clock on their website, saying “Next update coming soon.” We’re excited to see what this supergroup has in store.last_img read more

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Metallica And Neil Young Perform Together For The First Time Ever At The Shoreline [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, Neil Young hosted the famed Bridge School Benefit concert over two nights at the famed Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. The weekend was marked by all-star collaborations throughout, with Young showing his stamina and sitting in with nearly every artist on the bill. Some collaborations were to be expected, including the free-for-all rendition of “Rockin’ In The Free World” that featured Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket and more. Others, however, were perhaps less expected, including a collaboration between Metallica and Young.Metallica has been a favorite among hard-rock/metal enthusiasts for over 30 years, while Young has maintained an active music career since his folk days of the 1960’s. Since their genres are so distinct, it’s unsurprising that the paths of Metallica and Neil Young have never crossed. According to setlist.fm, however, last weekend’s performance was the first time that Young had ever joined Metallica on stage.The collaboration came when Metallica closed out their set on Saturday night with a rendition of Buffalo Springfield’s tune “Mr. Soul.” They would reprise the collaboration on Sunday as well, leaving fans quite happy to see such iconic musicians letting loose together.Watch a video from the first night below, courtesy of Roel van Dijk.The full setlist from Metallica’s Saturday night rocker can be seen below. Edit this setlist | More Metallica setlistslast_img read more

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The Velvet Underground Announces Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set

first_imgThis past March, the work of rock and roll celebrated the the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground‘s lauded debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. This week, the band’s camp announced that they will continue the 50-year milestone with a limited edition vinyl box set that collects four of the iconic group’s studio albums, as well as a reconstruction of their “lost” 1969 LP and more.Remembering The Velvet Underground’s Groundbreaking Debut Album On Its 50th BirthdayThe six-album 50th anniversary box set also includes 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, 1969’s The Velvet Underground, 1970’s Loaded and Nico‘s solo debut Chelsea Girl, which featured contributions from Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison. The box set, due out February 23rd, also has an exclusive 48-page booklet with vintage photographs and a new foreword penned by Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker. All six albums are pressed onto 180-gram vinyl and presented in stereo. Additionally, stock of the box set will be limited to 1,000 total copies worldwide, so if you want to snag this retrospective collection from the pioneering group, don’t sleep on it–The Velvet Underground – 50th Anniversary Stereo LPs Vinyl Box is available for pre-order now.Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Track ListThe Velvet Underground and NicoSide One1. “Sunday Morning”2. “I’m Waiting For The Man”3. “Femme Fatale”4. “Venus In Furs”5. “Run Run Run”6. “All Tomorrow’s Parties”Side Two1. “Heroin”2. “There She Goes Again”3. “I’ll Be Your Mirror”4. “The Black Angel’s Death Song”5. “European Son”Nico – Chelsea GirlSide One1. “The Fairest of the Seasons”2. “These Days”3. “Little Sister”4. “Winter Song”5. “It Was A Pleasure Then”Side Two1. “Chelsea Girls”2. “I’ll Keep It With Mine”3. “Somewhere There’s a Feather”4. “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams”5. “Eulogy To Lenny Bruce”White Light/White HeatSide One1. “White Light/White Heat”2. “The Gift”3. “Lady Godiva’s Operation”4. “There She Comes Now”Side Two1. “I Heard Her Call My Name”2. “Sister Ray”The Velvet UndergroundSide One1. “Candy Says”2. “What Goes On”3. “Some Kinda Love”4. “Pale Blue Eyes”5. “Jesus”Side Two1. “Beginning To See The Light”2. “I’m Set Free”3. “That’s The Story Of My Life”4. “The Murder Mystery”5. “After Hours”1969 (recorded May – October 1969)Side One1. “Foggy Notion” (original 1969 mix)2. “One Of The Days” (2014 mix)3. “Lisa Says” (2014 mix)4. “I’m Sticking With You” (original 1969 mix)5. “Andy’s Chest” (original 1969 mix)Side Two1. “I Can’t Stand It” (2014 mix)2. “She’s My Best Friend” (original 1969 mix)3. “We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together” (2014 mix)4. “I’m Gonna Move Right In” (original 1969 mix)5. “Ferryboat Bill” (original 1969 mix)Side Three1. “Coney Island Steeplechase” (2014 mix)2. “Ocean” (original 1969 mix)3. “Rock & Roll” (original 1969 mix)4. “Ride Into The Sun” (2014 mix)Side Four – Bonus Tracks1. “Hey Mr. Rain” (version one)2. “Guess I’m Falling In Love” (instrumental version)3. “Temptation Inside Your Heart” (original mix)4. “Stephanie Says” (original mix)5. “Hey Mr. Rain” (version two)6. “Beginning To See The Light” (early version)LoadedSide One1. “Who Loves The Sun”2. “Sweet Jane”3. “Rock & Roll”4. “Cool It Down”5. “New Age”Side Two1. “Head Held High”2. “Lonesome Cowboy Bill”3. “I Found A Reason”4. “Train Round The Bend”5. “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Watch Phil Lesh’s Emotional Candlelight Vigil, “All The Children Are Our Children,” For Parkland Shooting Victims

first_imgLast night, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh hosted a special candlelight vigil titled “All The Children Are Our Children” for the victims of the recent tragic high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. At Lesh’s San Rafael, California venue, Terrapin Crossroads, outside at the Beach Park, the bassist opened the ceremonies by sharing his emotions and offering condolences for the young victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th.To begin the vigil, visibly anguished as he spoke, Phil Lesh offered these thoughts:All children are our children. That’s kind of an idea that speaks to the deepest level of our common humanity, so in a sense, we’re all responsible for our children, as it should be. Almost 400 years ago, a poet wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself.” In that same poem, he said, “Every man’s death diminished me, because I am involved in mankind”–as we’re all involved in mankind, as a wave is involved with the ocean. We’re still all God’s children. If every man’s death diminishes us, what can we say about the murdering of a child? Another poet closer in time to us wrote “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.” And I’m feeling such rage right now, such anguish and grief thinking about these brave spirits cut off before their time.He then introduced representatives from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to speak about gun control and activism, but not before he got in a final call-to-arms to the audience that had gathered, “This cannot stand. This cannot stand. We cannot allow this. Who are we if we cannot protect our children? Who are we if we don’t stand up, raise our voices, and demand to be heard?”Afterwards, Lesh returned to the center of the crowd, where he passed around photos of the 17 victims of the Parkland high school shooting and spoke briefly about each. Lesh, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Scott Law and Ross James then closed the emotional evening with an acoustic set.You can watch the vigil hosted by Lesh below, courtesy of Deadheadland:last_img read more

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John Mayer Announces New Project: John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

first_imgJohn Mayer, the mega-popstar turned Dead & Company guitarist, had big news for fans today with the announcement of an exciting new side project. Dubbed John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the project was first conceived back in October of 2016 at Brooklyn Bowl, when Mayer sat-in with the Grateful Dead-inspired tribute act, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. He would join them again exactly a year later in 2017.As Mayer explained, “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is definitely one of the most innovative acts right now touring and playing the music of the Grateful Dead. All my Dead & Co bandmates and I are all huge fans and have been for years, so when I first sat in with them, it really was just a dream come true.” He continued, “Given the way that they’re shaping how we define Grateful Dead cover bands, it’s only right that someone steps up to ensure that their music and legacy is remembered and preserved.”JMAJRAD will be taking a Dark Star Orchestra-esque approach to this new project, meticulously recreating past JRAD setlists in their entirety on the road. He elaborated, “Honestly, as I’ve been working on John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, there really didn’t seem like any other viable way to appropriately honor JRAD’s legacy other than totally and fully recreating one of their live shows.” He added, “I’m just beyond excited, and it’s been a really great learning experience playing some of these Grateful Dead songs at an appropriate tempo. Plus, I’m playing Tom [Hamilton], so it’s been really fun picking out new scarves and hats and stuff for my costume.”While Mayer will continue to tour as a solo artist and with Dead & Company across the year, the guitarist and singer will be embarking on a mini-tour with John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in the fall, with dates already announced in Chicago, Denver, and New York.April Fools!last_img read more

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Ween Goes For Two, Busts Out ‘If You Could Save Yourself (You’d Save Us All)’ At Red Rocks [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Bill McAlaine Load remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine Ween | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | June 5, 2018 | Photos: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine Ween closed out a two-night run at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on Wednesday night. In a fitting development, the band was forced to take the stage an hour later than expected due to a thunderstorm or, as the fan site BrownBase referred to it on the setlist, “superfluous atmospheric electricity.”The two-nighter got started on Tuesday with a 28-song set that featured a nice assortment of newer tunes, staples, and a big rarity. Among them were “How High Can You Fly?”, a number the band debuted during their hiatus-ending show at Colorado’s 1st Bank Center in 2016, and “Mononucleosis”, a “The Pod” track that has only been played on 14 occasions since its debut in 1995. Finally, singer Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, drummer Claude Coleman Jr., and keyboardist Glenn McClelland wrapped up the night with an encore run of “Stroker Ace”, “Homo Rainbow”, and “You Fucked Up”.After getting things started a bit behind schedule, Ween delivered a huge bust on Wednesday night. While most of the set consisted of tunes commonly found in the band’s post-hiatus repertoire, the fans were also treated to “If You Could Save Yourself (You’d Save Us All)” for the first time in 258 shows. Debuted in 2002 and originally released on 2003’s Quebec, the song fell out of rotation at the end of 2003 before resurfacing on Wednesday night. Last night’s concert also featured a rendition of “The Enabler”, a semi-cover that was originally performed by Dreiwitz’s old band Instant Death (though Ween has been playing it since 1999).Ween will return to the road on July 24th when they kick off a series of Midwest dates at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH. You can check both of their Red Rocks setlists—and a ton of photos from the run courtesy of Bill McAlaine and Aaron Engler—below.Ween – “If You Could Save Yourself (You’d Save Us All)” [Video: smwdaisy]Setlist: Ween | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | June 5, 2018Exactly Where I’m At, She Wanted to Leave, How High Can You Fly?, The Grobe, Transdermal Celebration, Puerto Rican Power, Japanese Cowboy, What Deaner Was Talkin’ About, Push th’ Little Daisies, Roses Are Free, Chocolate Town, Chocolate Town (reprise), Tried and True, Squelch the Weasel, Your Party, I’m in the Mood to Move, Pumpin’ 4 the Man, Mononucleosis, The Stallion pt 1, Sweet Texas Fire, Buckingham Green, The Argus, The Mollusk, Licking the Palm For Guava> Mushroom Festival in Hell> ImprovisationEncore: Stroker Ace, Homo Rainbow, You Fucked Up– soundcheck: The Argus, How High Can You Fly, Did You See Me, Ooh Va La, Mononucleosis, Sketches of Winkle, Learnin’ to Love– Chocolate Town reprise is the guitar solo only– false start on I’m in the Mood to MoveSetlist: Ween | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | June 6, 2018The HIV Song, Bananas and Blow, The Golden Eel, Happy Colored Marbles, Sorry Charlie, Zoloft, Boy’s Club, Seconds, Fat Lenny, Papa Zit, Ooh Va La, Learnin’ to Love, Mister Richard Smoker, I’ll Be Your Jonny on the Spot, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, The Enabler, With My Own Bare Hands, Frank, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Don’t Sweat It, The Final Alarm, Object, If You Could Save Yourself (You’d Save Us All)Encore: I’m Dancing in the Show Tonight, Drifter in the Dark– soundcheck: If You Could Save Yourself– show started an hour late due to superfluous atmospheric electricityWeen | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | June 6, 2018 | Photos: Aaron Engler Photo: Aaron Bradley Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine from 6/5/18 Photo: Bill McAlaine Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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50% Of New Guitar Players In The U.S. & U.K. Are Women, New Study Finds

first_imgWhile we commonly think of newbie guitar players as teenage boys toiling away in their room, it turns out that the common cultural image of new guitarists is only half correct. In a recently released study in collaboration with consultancy Egg Strategy, the famed guitar company Fender found that women actually make up 50 percent of all U.K.-based beginning and new guitar players, mirroring the results of a study three years ago of guitarists in the United States. With this information, Fender plans on adjusting its marketing plans to better target these aspiring women guitar players.Of the representative sample of emerging guitar players, in both the U.S. and U.K., women consistently composed half of the customer base for new guitar players. As Rolling Stone notes, while Fender has released information about women as new guitarists, the instrument maker has not released any additional data about age or other demographics. However, per Rolling Stone,Fender’s study also found that 72 percent of guitar players pick up a guitar for the first time to gain a life skill or improve themselves; 61 percent also simply want to learn how to play songs by themselves or with close friends and family, as opposed to trying to make it big. And 42 percent say they view guitar as part of their identity.Fender will use these findings to inform its marketing campaigns in the future. After receiving this study’s and the U.S.-based study’s findings, the company has begun to form relationships with female artists and has plans to highlight women in future ad campaigns. Though headlines have previously noted that the electric guitar is on its way out—prompting legendary guitarist Eric Clapton to note, “Maybe the guitar is over”—given that Gibson recently filed for bankruptcy, it seems as though Fender is trying to pivot and draw in this massive, untapped demographic to help its sales figures. For example, in 2016, the company sought to market toward millennials with a special guitar line focused on women-led bands like Warpaint and Bully.As Fender CEO Andy Mooney told Rolling Stone,The fact that 50 percent of new guitar buyers in the U.K. were women was a surprise to the U.K. team, but it’s identical to what’s happening in the U.S. …There was also belief about what people referred to as the ‘Taylor Swift factor’ maybe making the 50 percent number short-term and aberrational. In fact, it’s not. Taylor has moved on, I think playing less guitar on stage than she has in the past. But young women are still driving 50 percent of new guitar sales. So the phenomenon seems like it’s got legs, and it’s happening worldwide. [H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more

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