On Friday, the supergroup Legend of the Seagullmen—composed of composed of Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds, Tool drummer Danny Carey, and animator and director Jimmy Hayward—will release their self-titled debut album via Dine Alone Records.For a number of years, Legend of the Seagullmen has been a relatively inactive project, with the group forming and releasing a number of songs in 2015 and falling off the map shortly after. However, the group made waves a few months ago when they were announced as support for Primus’ “A Goblin In The New Year” New Year’s Eve celebration in Oakland, marking the band’s live debut as an ensemble.Following the announcement of their live New Year’s Eve performance, in early December, Legend of the Seagullmen announced that they’d be releasing their debut album in February of 2018. Now, with the official release of Legend of the Seagullmen just a few days away, the group has released the entire eight-track LP to stream via Kerrang!As the band told Kerrang! for the album’s premiere:The lore is real…This is the self-titled debut from Legend of The Seagullmen! We are the very men who have been anointed by the Seagullgod King to deliver pure rock fury and save you from the deep dark depths. Fifty-foot mutant deep sea divers, enraged giant squid and bloodthirsty killer Orcas are on their way and nothing stands between you and a certain briny death but the Seagullmen! BOW DOWN AND FOREVER BASK IN THE GLORY OF THE SEAGULLGOD KING!You can listen to the supergroup’s first-ever album in its entirety below:[H/T Consequence of Sound]
The 8th annual Greenwich Town Party will return to Greenwich, Connecticut on May 26, 2018. Headlining the one-day, family-friendly event is guitar master Eric Clapton, as well as performances from returning husband-and-wife-led 12-piece ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band, New Orleans legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band, folk sensations Trout Steak Revival, and Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth on the main stage. More artists are scheduled to be announced in the coming months.Neighbor Tickets, which include exclusive access to Houlihan Lawrence Neighborhood Area, all-day food and beverages, and preferred parking, go on sale Thursday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Community tickets go on sale April 5 at 10 a.m. Head to the Greenwich Town Party website for more information.
LEAF Festival will return to the picturesque hills of North Carolina this spring when the four-day music event produced LEAF Community Arts takes place at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC beginning Thursday, May 9th to Sunday, May 12th. This year’s springtime event will feature headlining performances from India.Arie, Trevor Hall, and Shovels & Rope, in addition to Larkin Poe, Black Violin, The War and Treaty, Molly Tuttle, The East Pointer, and many more.Other artists who are featured on the event’s spring 2019 poster shared on Friday include Dirtwire, Gina Chavez, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Jon Stickley Trio, Sweet Crude, Sean Ardoin, Victory Boyd, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, and Jarlath Henderson, just to name a few.“For the 48th LEAF Festival, we’ve scoured the globe to select artists who are architects of positive change using the strength & resilience of their creative expression to uplift our communities,” LEAF Artistic Director Ehren Cruz mentioned in a statement about their spring lineup. “As LEAF Community Arts approaches a new phase in its legacy with the creation of a year-round Global Arts Center, we welcome one and all to gather at the beautiful Lake Eden to celebrate this new inspiring chapter in our journey together. Bring your hopes, your dreams, your families, and an open heart for a world culture celebration you will never forget.”Related: Billy Strings & Molly Tuttle Added To Newport Folk Fest 2019 LineupFor those who may be unfamiliar, LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization which donates all festival proceeds to cultural arts education programs on both local and global levels. Since launching in 2004, “LEAF Schools & Streets” has helped over 55,000 youth beneficiaries with programs in over 20 Western North Carolina locations. The other LEAF Festival scheduled for 2019 will take place in the fall on October 17th-20th.Fans can click here to purchase tickets to the spring 2019 event, which are on sale now. Fans can also check out the event’s spring 2019 poster below for the full lineup of scheduled performers.
The accusations come as Ryan Adams is preparing for a particularly eventful year. He has noted that he plans to release 3 albums in 2019, released music off the first of those albums, and teased some high-profile collaborations.He is also preparing to head out on tour this spring. Yesterday, ahead of the publication of the Times‘ report Adams posted on his Instagram about the run, leaving a caption that now seems to echo the women’s claims about him. Read the full report in The New York Times here. In a new report published Wednesday by The New York Times, seven women accuse Ryan Adams of wielding his music industry clout to emotionally abuse and sexually manipulate them. The report cites seven different women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and rising artist Phoebe Bridgers, and describes a pattern in which offers of career assistance repeatedly turned into sexual advances and romantic relationships became emotionally abusive.Perhaps the heftiest accusation in the report is that of Ava, a young bassist who was 14 years old when she began communicating with Adams online. Per The New York Times,She had been a gifted bassist since the age of 9. By 12, she was road-tripping with her family to Manhattan for gigs with established musicians. … Adams represented the creative future she dreamed of.Their conversations were on and off, but a constant theme was Adams fretting about Ava’s age — and asking to keep their exchanges secret — while also indulging in sexual scenarios.“I never see pics of you anymore,” Adams wrote in November 2014, when he had just turned 40 and Ava was newly 16. “You were blowing my mind.” He had pet names for her body parts.Days later, Adams expressed anxiety: “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol,” he wrote.The New York Times reviewed over 3,000 messages between Adams and Ava from a 9-month period during which Ava was 15 and 16 years old, many of which are explicit in nature. Ava also claims that on one occasion during this time, he convinced her to Skype with him and was already naked when they connected.At the time, Ava lived in Iowa, a state in which it is “a felony to solicit, exchange or possess any material that shows a person under 18 engaging in sexual activity.” However, “Several legal experts said that prosecuting such cases could involve disputes over jurisdiction and whether the adult reasonably believed the minor was of legal age, taking into account context from their conversations.”Andrew B. Brettler, Adams’s lawyer, told the Times, “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”In addition to expounding on the details of Ava and Ryan Adams’ correspondence, the report offers accounts from several other female artists that became involved with Adams after he promised to help their careers. Each of them alleges that Adams gained their attention and affection by offering to help them with their musical aspirations. Each of them claims that this affection from Adams eventually became inappropriate and domineering. The similar claims come from women with a range of experience with Ryan Adams, from Mandy Moore, his wife of six years, to Phoebe Bridgers, with whom he was briefly romantically involved, to Courtney Jaye. Jaye was reportedly made so uncomfortable by her one in-person interaction with Adams that she never saw him again and claimed, “Something changed in me that year. It made me just not want to make music.”As Moore notes, “Music was a point of control for him. What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”Mandy Moore says of their 6-year marriage, which ended in 2016, “What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this. … Music was a point of control for him.”Per Rolling Stone, on Wednesday, prior to the publication of the New York Times article, Adams posted a since-deleted image of the New York Times logo. The caption read, “Fuck you. You are kitty litter. Happy Valentine’s Day.” He also replied to one tweet before the story’s publication with “Run your smear piece. But the leagel [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m fucking taking you down.”Since the report’s publication, that tone has appeared to soften slightly. In a series of tweets posted earlier this evening, Adams noted, “I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly. … But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period. … As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”
Load remaining images On Saturday night, The Disco Biscuits returned to Morrison, CO’s picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheatre to cap off their three-night “Bisco Inferno” run. Following two scorching hot shows the nights prior at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, the band came out in full-force for their grand finale.The four-piece opened up their first set with “Hope”, played for the first time this year, which was followed up by “Rockafella”. Aron Magner set the tone with a bouncy synth groove, with Marc Brownstein and Allen Aucoin joining in and gradually building up the song’s intro. Moving out of “Rockafella’s” main theme, Jon “Barber” Gutwillig let it all hang out with a series of evolving, peaking guitar solos. The Disco Biscuits moved forward with “Rock Candy” sandwiched in between a soaring “Digital Buddha”. The band treated fans to “Haleakala Crater” to close out their first set, a rarity and treat for all in attendance.The Disco Biscuits returned to open up their first set with “Jigsaw Earth”, which was left open-ended and seamlessly flowed into the inverted middle section of “Above The Waves”. The band charged forward with a debut cover of Blondie‘s “Rapture” before the band flowed back into “Above The Waves” and finished off “Jigsaw Earth”. To close out their tenacious second set, the quartet sandwiched an inverted “Confrontation” in between “Helicopters”.Prior to the show, the band noted they had some special treats in store, and delivered just that to their devoted fans at such a beloved venue. The Biscuits dusted off “The City” in the encore slot for the first time since their intimate Boulder Fox Theatre show in November 2017, wrapping their “Bisco Inferno” weekend with an exclamatory statement.Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Saturday night’s show below courtesy of photographer Dave Vann, as well as full-show video!The Disco Biscuits – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 5/25/2019 [Full Show][Video: The Disco Biscuits]Next up for the band is their own Camp Bisco at Scranton, PA’s Montage Mountain, set for July 18th-20th. Head to The Disco Biscuits’ website for more information.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/26/2019Set One: Hope, Rockafella, Digital Buddha-> Rock Candy-> Digital Buddha, Haleakala CraterSet Two: Jigsaw Earth-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> Rapture (1st time played, Blondie)-> Above the Waves-> Jigsaw Earth, Helicopters-> Confrontation (inverted)-> HelicoptersEncore: The CityThe Disco Biscuits | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/25/2019 | Photos: Dave Vann
The Harvard women’s soccer team clinched a share of its second consecutive Ivy League Championship on Oct. 31, and with it an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. But after punching a ticket to the postseason, the Crimson (9-6-1; 6-1 Ivy League) took care of some unfinished business on Nov. 7, claiming the title outright with a 2-1 overtime triumph at Columbia.September now looks like an aberration that’s only visible in Harvard’s rear-view mirror. The team that month won just once in its first seven games and finished September at 3-5-1.Responding as champions are expected to do, however, the Crimson won six of their final seven games, and the program’s ninth Ancient Eight title.The hero against Columbia was Melanie Baskind ’12, the 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, who scored both of the Crimson’s goals, including the game winner at the 95:08 mark of overtime.Baskind, who finished the regular season second on the team in scoring (4) and first in assists (6), was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week and received Ivy Player of the Week honors on Nov. 9.Nov. 13 (4 p.m.) the Crimson will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Earlier this season Harvard fell to the Eagles, 4-1.
When Malcolm Hamilton walked into his first meeting of the board of directors of the Harvard University Retirees Association (HURA) in 2004, he was more than a little taken aback.“I thought, my God,” he recalled, “the room is full of old people.”Little did Hamilton realize that this group of distinguished senior citizens, all former Harvard employees like himself, would become, in his words, “The most energized, creative, and interesting group of people I have ever worked with.”“It’s been a great delight to work with them, and for the hundreds of retirees I have come to know so well,” said Hamilton, who is now president of the association.Established in 1991, HURA is a nonprofit organization for former Harvard employees at all levels. With partial financial backing from the University, the group offers a range of programs and services for retired Harvard faculty and staff who are eager to stay connected to the University. For this dynamic group, age is just a number.Eighty-year-old tango dancer Anne Atheling, who retired as business manager at the Arnold Arboretum in 1997, loves the Argentine art form and the fact that HURA helps her publicize her Tango Society of Boston events.“It’s a wonderful resource,” Atheling said.As a longtime University library administrator and human resources officer, Hamilton followed a simple mantra during his 37 years at Harvard, one he relies on as HURA president: “Set goals, secure the resources people need to reach those goals, and then stay out of their way.”His philosophy has “worked very well with HURA,” said Hamilton, who has led HURA for six years and helped usher the organization into the computer age. There is a new website on HARVie and a robust electronic mailing list that the organization uses to convey information to 1,000 subscribers.The group coordinates trips to the ballet, behind-the-scenes visits to Symphony Hall and Fenway Park, and of course, outings to Harvard football and hockey games, as well as popular “rambles” — leisurely walking tours of local reservations and parks. Through HURA, members can also connect with volunteer groups and other enrichment opportunities, as well as to each other.What began as a small group of retirees in the 1980s — brought together initially to help organize Harvard’s 350th anniversary celebration — has blossomed into a network of more than 1,200 members. The group, which has officers and a board of directors, also hosts three major yearly gatherings: a holiday party, an annual meeting, and HURA Day in the spring.Each March during spring break, the group commandeers the Science Center for a day of meetings and discussions with Harvard’s faculty and University administrators. During the event, Harvard-affiliated organizations like Outings & Innings, the Harvard University Employees Credit Union, and Harvard University Health Services set up information tables.“We try to give people some impression of all of the services that the University offers to all of its retirees,” said Hamilton.HURA also produces a newsletter five times a year containing information of interest to retirees, along with cultural and educational happenings, HURA activities, and updates on retiree benefits. HURA members also receive the “Harvard Resources for Retirees” handbook, which describes the services and resources available to them.“It’s a very vibrant, caring group,” said its longtime secretary and former human resources administrator Carole Lee. “I have stayed with it this long because I enjoy it so much.”Membership costs $15 a year and is open to all benefits-eligible Harvard retirees. For more information, contact Carole Lee, 15 Yerxa Road, Cambridge, MA 02140. You also can call 617.864.8694, or email [email protected]
Expect the unexpected as Harvard kicks off its 375th anniversary next month with a celebration in Tercentenary Theatre that promises to be anything but predictable.“No sea of chairs, no orations, no meandering processions,” said University Marshal Jackie O’Neill, whose office is organizing the Oct. 14 event. Instead, the Harvard family will be treated to an evening of mouthwatering desserts, lively performances, and general merriment — including a few surprises.“People are used to gathering in Tercentenary for Commencement, a wonderful, annual occasion full of ceremony and ritual,” O’Neill said. “We hope to offer something memorable, but in a different, more interactive form: a festival-type experience.”Preparations are already under way for the event, which will officially begin at 7 p.m. For many attendees, the festivities will start earlier, when the undergraduate Houses, as well as the professional Schools, alumni association, faculty, and central administration gather for dinners and receptions across campus. At the undergraduate Houses, Annenberg Hall, the Dudley Café, and Cronkhite Dining Room, dinners will feature recipes and favorite foods from across Harvard’s 375 years.“It’s been great fun to look at Harvard’s extraordinary history for inspiration on these menus,” said Director for Culinary Operations Martin Breslin, who noted that students might see classics such as hasty pudding and sherry trifle that evening.After the dinners and receptions, groups of students, faculty, staff, and alumni will parade into Harvard Yard with music, costumes, and props, cheered on by the rest of the crowd. Student performers will entertain, while desserts and drinks featuring a variety of local businesses, many with Harvard ties, will keep the crowd satiated.The event will feature a blend of old and new. Richardson’s Ice Cream, long a Massachusetts favorite, will scoop up traditional treats, while students from the “Science and Cooking” class will demonstrate making ice cream the new-age way, using liquid nitrogen. Local favorite Taza Chocolate will run a station along with Harvard chefs, complete with demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and several thousand truffles.“We’re very conscious of the fact that this event reflects Harvard’s remarkable history and transformation,” Director for Catering Madeline Meehan said. “We want to honor the past with authentic foods and recipes, while reflecting the present with cutting-edge methods of cooking.”As part of the University’s overall sustainability efforts, the celebration will be zero-waste, with all food served from recyclable or reusable containers, and all service ware compostable or recyclable. Waste stations throughout the Yard will be monitored to help attendees determine what goes into recycling versus compost bins, and all leftovers will be donated or composted.“It’s a huge undertaking to make such a large event zero-waste,” Meehan said. “But with everyone’s conscious participation, we can.”Nobel laureate Eric Chivian, founder and director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, will be on hand with an assortment of heirloom apples he grows on his 42-acre orchard in Petersham, Mass. Along with Newtown Pipins (George Washington’s favorite apple) and Esopus Spitzenburgs (a favorite of Thomas Jefferson), Chivian will showcase the Roxbury Russet, a variety that traces its roots back to a tree that grew in what is now the Roxbury part of Boston during the 1630s. The variety was likely cultivated by John Harvard, the first benefactor of the College, and grown in Harvard Yard, Chivian said.“Everyone had apple trees back then,” he said. “And if you had apples, you probably had Roxbury Russets. They were America’s 17th-century apple.”Harpoon Brewery will have a presence, serving up its 1636 ale, a Munich dark-style beer that the brewery, founded by Harvard alums Dan Kenary (’82) and Rich Doyle (’82, M.B.A. ’86), makes exclusively for the Queenshead Pub and the Faculty Club.“The 1636 is one of our favorite beers,” Kenary said. “Its roasted malt flavors are perfect for an October night.”In addition to desserts, revelers will be treated to performances by the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the Holden Choirs, cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, and a dance number choreographed by newly appointed dance director Jill Johnson. A huge red velvet cake, baked by Flour Bakery + Café founder Joanne Chang (’91), is expected to feed 4,000, and a live band will encourage dancing until midnight.“This event is designed to have people mix, to get them together and talking,” O’Neill said. “So often, we’re all busy working in our Schools and departments, and we don’t have the opportunity to interact and experience the energy, talent, and diversity that is Harvard today. It’s time to come together, have a little fun, and celebrate all that defines us.”
Mark Zuckerberg will visit Harvard Monday to recruit students for jobs and internships at Facebook, the University announced today.Zuckerberg, along with Facebook Vice President of Engineering Mike Schroepfer, will meet with more than 200 computer science students at Farkas Hall for a discussion moderated by computer science lecturer David J. Malan. It is Zuckerberg’s first official visit to Harvard since leaving in 2004 to launch Facebook, the world’s leading social media network.While on campus, Zuckerberg will also meet with Harvard officials. There will be an informal press availability at 4:30 p.m. Interested media should contact Harvard Public Affairs & Communications for credentials.
Every year, millions of women in developing countries miss up to 50 days of work or school due to the unavailability of sanitary protection. This isn’t just a loss to the women, but it harms the economies and resources of entire communities.Elizabeth Scharpf, M.B.A. & M.P.A./ID ’06, founder and chief instigating officer of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), has a solution. SHE is using a market-based approach for a long-term sustainable answer.“With our partners, MIT and North Carolina State, we’ve figured out how to make affordable maxi pads out of banana tree fiber,” says Scharpf. Through the she28 campaign, “we’re in the midst replicating the pilot program in Rwanda to industrial scale now. We’re also doing assessments on global expansion to South Asia and the Caribbean.”“I’m so passionate about this subject because it potentially could affect half the world’s population and have significant impact on education, productivity, health – ultimately affecting communities and nations,” says Scharpf. “Something must be done, we can do something, and so we are!”