Inside STS9’s Two Night, Tour-Closing Run In San Francisco [Gallery/Review]

first_imgSanta Cruz, CA live-instrument electronic dance-rock group STS9 just wrapped their 2016 Fall Tour with two nights in the San Francisco Bay – for all intents and purposes, a homecoming closer that was everything a die-hard fan could want in a weekend.On Saturday, November 19th, the quintet hosted a three hour, two set throw down at The Masonic in San Francisco. Anybody and everybody was encouraged to attend, no matter where in the country you live. To make the offer a little more appealing, the band limited admittance to the tour closer the next night, tying the tickets together.The next night, Sunday November 20, was hosted at the legendary Fillmore, their first performance at the venue in almost eight years – a four night run to end February and welcome March of 2009. Together, these two shows in the city mark the first time in over a year that they hit San Francisco proper.And boy did they deliver.With months of preparation for the tour closer, STS9 brought it big to mark the happy accident that is finishing a tour at home and kept the shows interesting: although there were no tour debuts, the band nonetheless curated an exceptionally intricate and exploratory musical adventure. Fans that weren’t able to make the trek for the weekend were able to enjoy the ride at the own pace through a free last-minute video stream of the show.The lights went down around 8:30PM as the deep space transmissions of “Supercluster” filled the room, the first of six cuts from the groups newest record The Universe Inside. Even though the evening was heavy on their newer material, the very next song, “Tap In” reached back to the groups 1998 debut album Interplanetary Escape Vehicle.What happened next was best described by a fan post-show as an otherworldly audible hallucination. The band began “Out Of This World” from Universe, but fans quickly recognized the STS9 favorite “Scheme”. Before long there was a recognizable lift from another section of “Scheme” over a new section of “World”, and STS9 continued to warp and mash the songs together until it was clearly a new and thought out composition that was dubbed “Out of this Scheming World”.“Sun, Moon and Stars” followed the insanity with some lighter intensity dance grooves and wavy synth leads before busting into “ReEmergence”, the lone cut from 2005’s Artifact to round out the middle of the set. Even though the band played “Golden Gate” in Oakland back in January of this year, it was the only acceptable repeat.But it was not a normal “Golden Gate”, it was rife with “Arigato” teases before they actually transitioned into the tune, a fellow track from 2011’s When The Dust Settles, to close the set. David Phipps’ note placement and general overtone meshed with the clean pop-and-snap of Alana Rocklin’s bass lines that seemed to resonate into high level harmonics thanks to the sweeping design structure of the Masonic. Drummer Zach Velmer got so amped up by guitarist Hunter Brown’s fretboard acrobatics he jumped onto the speakers behind him to pump up the crowd before he ended the set with an textbook example of giving it your all behind the kit.The second set was rowdy from start to finish and could have received high praises based off of the carry-over of energy alone, but STS9 doesn’t dial it in, period. Opening with a pair of non-album favorites “Vapor” and “Luma Daylight” as well as “Worry No More” from The Universe Inside, Phipps’ beautiful mastery of a classical sounding piano piece caught the attention of many in the crowd early in the second set.When the band reached deep into their Interplanetary Escape Vehicle and pulled out a “Moon Socket”, the venue erupted with cheers. The song took on an overly sinister vibe thanks in large part to Brown’s crunching guitar tones before a simulated transmission failure help[ed segue the track in and out of “Mischief of A Sleepwalker” from 2000’s Offering Schematics Suggesting Peace.“Oil and Water” seemed an appropriate segue amid the growing animosity from the entire Bay Area in general concerning the battle over oil and water in Cannonball, ND near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The track carried sublime nuances of Bay Area favorite Tycho and provided a calm and reenergizing moment for the audience before busting out “Circus”. Check out the video below and see for yourself the fantastic percussion work of Jeffree Lerner:They closed the evening with two more tracks from the newest album: “World Go Round”, which featured a miniature rave on the floor, and the single song encore of “Get Loud” left fans hungry for night two, their return to The Fillmore.At The Fillmore, STS9 delivered one of the most stunning shows of the tour both on paper and on stage. Playing for nearly four hours with very few breaks or stopped time, the band hit on nearly every point of their career and drew up a set that touched on several albums, perfectly meshing the new with some of their oldest material.They opened with one of only four cuts from The Universe Inside, the festival favorite “New Dawn, New Day” before turning the auditorium floor into a zoo, seguing into an impressive “Monkey Music” complete with a sultry space-station waiting room bop and nod to the room’s original residents, The Grateful Dead, by way of a full on “Dark Star” jam in the middle.The band returned to the hype surrounding the near-instant sell-out of 2005’s Artifact vinyl reissue with a standalone “Today”, a track that had fallen out of recent rotation. A solid “Evasive Maneuvers” > “Kamuy” section teased the techno-heavy “Instantly”, foreshadowing the coming second set’s surprises.But in the moment, a tease was all it needed to be because STS9 had an ace up their sleeve, busting out the old school “Poseidon”, a song that didn’t see any play between 2004 through 2014, and the set closer “Jebez”, another tune that often eludes even the most die-hard fans. The last half hour of the set was dedicated to these tracks, and had all the energy you could want.Rocklin shone, deconstructing and rebuilding main themes between heavy, black-out jams full of big drum-offs between Lerner and Velmer as well as eerie under-water boss-level video game battles between Brown’s midi controller and the heavy riffage of Phipps’ phenomenal keys clinic.The hour and 15-minute set left the audience confused and grateful in a trance of bliss – they had just witnessed one of the most fire STS9 sets of the year. Less than 30 minutes later, the band returned to take that trance to the next level.Opening with a triple threat combination attack of “Forest Hu” > “Really What?” > “Blu Mood” would have been enough to write home about for any other show, but they kicked themselves into next gear and continued the play-calling schemes of the previous night.The band moved into “Instantly”, releasing a collective wave of validation from the anticipation of it being teased in the first set, but they quickly shifted gears into another non-album track, “GLOgli”. STS9 returned to “Instantly” and then the two songs mashed into one concentrated track.They rode the peaking wave up and into “Call Jam” before dropping into “Totem”. They didn’t stop there, however, and continued their frenetic onslaught of sound with a “Rabble” > “EHM” > “Rabble” sandwich – sans mashing together of the tunes – before finally ending the hour and a half set – with the last hour consisting of non-stop movement from one song to the next.The band returned after a few short minutes for a three song encore that guaranteed the FOMO of all who wanted to but couldn’t attend the weekend in San Francisco with “Elsewhere” > “Water Song” > “March”, the highlight being “Water Song” from Offering Schematics Suggesting Peace.There is no question STS9 is one of the most successful touring bands out there, and their careful attention to details are second to none.Setlist: STS9 at The Masonic, San Francisco, CA – 11/19/16Set 1: Supercluster, Tap In, Out Of This “Scheming” World, Sun Moon Stars, ReEmergence, Golden Gate* > ArigatoSet 2: Vapors, Luma Daylight, Worry No More, Moon Socket > Mischief of a Sleepwalker& > Moon Socket, Oil and Water, Circus, World Go RoundE: Get Loud* w/ Arigato teases& unfinishedSetlist: STS9 at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – 11/20/16Set 1: New Dawn, New Day> Monkey Music*, Today, Evasive Maneuvers> [email protected] Give & Take> Poseidon, JebezSet 2: Forest Hu>Really What?>Blu Mood, Instantly>GLOgli>Instantly(GLOgli x Instantly mashup)>Call Jam> Totem>Rabble>EHM>Rabble ( rabble x ehm mashup)E: Elsewhere>Water Song>MarchNotes:*Dark Star by Grateful Dead [email protected] Instantly teasesWords and photos by Joshua Huver // Must Have Media. 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Exclusive Photo! Get Wild with Disaster Stars Roger Bart, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler & More

first_img Kerry Butler Roger Bart Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Star Files The stars of the upcoming Broadway musical Disaster are all dolled up and ready for their close-up in this exclusive promo shot. See Adam Pascal smolder, Kerry Butler pout, Roger Bart take it all in, Kevin Chamberlin smirk, Faith Prince show some leg and Rachel York pulls focus with windblown mane and perfect smize. It’s no wonder Seth Rudetsky is enthralled while a prim Jennifer Simard cannot even muster a facial expression. Color us sold on this outrageous show filled with disco infernos and apparently actual infernos. Catch the magic at the Nederlander Theatre beginning on February 9!last_img read more

Sandy, With a Chance of Snow

first_imgSkiers in the South could soon be busting air on the slopes.Well, its official. Hurricane Sandy is here and rocking the East Coast. What seemed to be unprecedented media coverage has apparently come to fruition. Perhaps the hype is real after all. Our thoughts are with those in the path of the storm. Stay safe out there.Sandy may be battering the Atlantic seaboard with wind, rain, and storm surge, but travel a little further inland and this storm has a silver lining for those in the Blue Ridge: early season snow. While most of New England and the upper Mid-Atlantic is expecting high winds and masses of precipitation, the temperatures will most likely stay in the upper 30s and mid 40s, making snow unlikely. Counter intuitively, move a little further south and you could be looking at record amounts of snow in the Appalachians. As the counter clockwise swirl of Sandy pushes moisture south west toward West Virginia and western North Carolina, the cold temperatures will turn all that precipitation into buckets of snow.At Snowshoe Mountain and Canaan Valley, weather forecasters are predicting snowfall in the 8-12 inch range, and could be as high as 2-3 feet over Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before all is said and done. In North Carolina, the Banner Elk area is reported to be in line for up to 12 inches over the next couple of days. Two ski resorts in the area, Sugar Mountain and Cataloochee Ski Area, have both announced they are going to try and run the lifts on Wednesday. This would be an extraordinarily early opening for both resorts – Sugar’s previous earliest opening was November 5th. While opening on Halloween is still somewhat in doubt – both opening announcements came with a “weather permitting” caveat – just the thought of it is reason enough to get excited.The real issue, as always, is if this snow will have any chance of sticking around for the season. Following Sandy’s eventual burn out, temperatures are due to rise back to their usual levels. There is a good possibility this snow will melt off before there is a chance to take advantage of it. If it remains cold at high elevations, and this early season snowfall turns into a reliable base, we could be looking at a long season with reliable coverage, something that was sorely missing from last winter’s ski season.We’ll be keeping an eye on the sky and the snowfall as it piles up at local resorts. Here is a link to some area webcams to keep up with the accumulation.Let us know what the weather is doing where you are in the comments below.last_img read more

2017 Year in Review: A look at Americans’ financial habits

first_img continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr 2017 was a momentous year for Americans and their finances, specifically in regards to household debt. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, household debt reached a new high of $12.96 trillion in the third quarter of 2017. That was $280 billion higher than the previous record set in 2008. What does this unprecedented imbalance say about Americans and their financial habits?GOBankingRates conducted numerous financial surveys throughout the year to probe this question. Click through to get a closer look at Americans and their money in 2017, and find out if there’s any hope for our financial future.last_img read more

Heading home: COVID-19 patients recover at Lourdes

first_imgLourdes Hospital posted a video on its Facebook page of Sarday and Oppito leaving the hospital with nurses aligning the halls cheering for them. (WBNG) — Lourdes Hospital is celebrating the release of two of its COVID-19 patients. Rocky Oppito of Endicott was also released from the hospital Monday afternoon after spending more than two weeks at Lourdes. He told 12 News he was in the ICU for several days, and at one point was in such critical condition the ventilator he was hooked up to was completely breathing for him, and he was in a comatose state. “The thing is that this is a positive thing,” Oppito told 12 News Tuesday. “You hear a lot of negativity but people do survive this; it’s very tough to get out of it in some cases but you can.” On April 4, he felt symptoms of the virus. The next day, Sarday tells 12 News the symptoms were so severe he went to the hospital for only the third time in his life.center_img Sarday says he is “super touched” by their gesture, and Oppito says he is happy to not only be alive, but to share his story with others. 63-year-old Martin Sarday was released from the hospital Monday afternoon after spending eight days in a bed. Sarday tells 12 News he was never on a ventilator. For now, Sarday is finishing his recovery from his house and is awaiting further instructions from his primary healthcare provider, and Oppito is still in quarantine, but feeling much better.last_img read more

Unai Emery did not want Arsenal to sign Nicolas Pepe and held talks with Wilfried Zaha instead

first_img Comment Advertisement Unai Emery did not want Arsenal to sign Nicolas Pepe and held talks with Wilfried Zaha instead Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 May 2020 9:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery added: ‘It’s also true he was expensive and Palace didn’t want to sell. There were a series of decisions that had repercussions.’Pepe actually has one more goal and one more assist than Zaha in the Premier League this season, while he has netted twice in Arsenal’s march to the last 16 of the Europa League.MORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent provides update on Arsenal star’s futureMORE: Cesc Fabregas reveals he upset Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu in very first training sessionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img The Spanish coach wanted a player with more Premier League experience (Picture: Getty)Axed Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed he was against the signing of Nicolas Pepe and wanted the Gunners to sign Wilfried Zaha instead, even speaking to the Crystal Palace star.Pepe became Arsenal’s record signing when he completed a £72million move to the Emirates last summer, however he struggled to live up to that price tag in the early stages of the season.The Ivory Coast international netted just one goal – from the penalty spot – in his first 12 Premier League appearances, with the last of those coming in Emery’s final game against Southampton. Emery had been blown away by Zaha in matches against Palace (Picture: Getty)Pepe’s form has improved somewhat under successor Mikel Arteta, netting three times in the league since the change of manager, though Emery says he was always worried the 24-year-old winger would take time to adapt.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We signed Pepe. He’s a good player but we didn’t know his character and he needs time, patience,’ Emery told The Guardian.‘I favoured someone who knew the league and wouldn’t need to adapt. Zaha won games on his own: Tottenham, Manchester City, us. Incredible performances.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I told them: “This is the player I know and want.” I met Zaha and he wanted to come.‘The club decided Pepe was one for the future. I said: “Yes, but we need to win now and this lad wins games.” He beat us on his own.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

CAL bank Beach soccer league: Week 14 Wrap

first_imgJoint leaders Keta Sunset Sports and Havedzi mighty Warriors further stated their intentions of claiming the gong for the third season of the CAL Bank Beach Soccer league with impressive victories in match-day 14. The Champions had to rally from a goal down to beat fifth place, Wuo Gbee by three goals to one. Sunset’s striker and the league’s leading goal scorer Sema Michael bagged a brace while Akabu Benjamin put  the cherry on the cake after Shadrack Adams had initially given the Wuo Gbee the lead. With three points safely secured in the bag for the leaders Sunset Sports, their nemesis Havedzi Mighty Warriors ensured they kept touching distance with them at the top, also coming from a goal down to beat La Yoca, 5-3. Abdallah Michael stirred up a few nerves amongst the Volta faithful, registering the game’s first goal for La Yoca but a goal apiece from Albert Ashinyo and Kudadah Sampson placed the Warriors firmly in control just before the break.  The second and third session tailed along the same line with Eugene Dekpey and Tagbor Charles adding their names on the score sheet and Kudadah Sampson also grabbing his second of the game. For the Osu based club the defeat extends their run of successive defeats to four in four games. Debutants Gulf Powers blew a 5-2 lead to draw five all with fourth place East Legon Sharks. The two teams by far the surprise package of the campaign, leveled on points at third and fourth place respectively thrilled fans to a ten goal thriller. The sharks for the second time in three weeks staged an amazing comeback having trailed by two goals in the third session of the game.  Captain Frederick Kwevi four goals together with Francis Botchwey goal had to put Powers in a commanding lead before Alex Adjei and Alfred Nyarko rallied the Sharks back into the game with Raymond Tetteh sealing the comeback with seconds to go. With the result throwing the race a place in the top four wide opened with 4 games to go.last_img read more

Coming Soon to the Old Post Office: Pizza

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Tommy Bonfiglio is passionate about pizza. And the kind of pizza he cares about is cooked in a coal fired oven, the kind he will soon install in his new restaurant, Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, in the old borough Post Office building at 1030 Ocean Avenue.He plans to be open for business by mid-July. We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “We’re happy to be in Sea Bright.” Despite the ravages of Super Storm Sandy in 2012, much of the original post office structure remains, including the wooden beams on the ceiling, the brick walls and the 130-year old metal support columns in the north side of the building.Bonfiglio said he has brought in 30 truckloads of dirt to build up the floor of the building, which he plans to cover with polished concrete. He said he paid $1.6 million for the building and will put in another $2 million for its restoration.Brooklyn native Bonfiglio, 55, a partner in the Red Bank law firm Bonfiglio & Asterita, is not new to the pizza business. He has opened four Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza restaurants. Three were sold, including one in the Red Bank Galleria, and the fourth was closed. He previously owned the Dockside on the river in Sea Bright.
 Now Bonfiglio said he and his wife, Yvette, and his daughter, Andrea, would be working together at the new Sea Bright restaurant, not far from their Monmouth Beach home. He said the family loved being in the restaurant business.Bonfiglio said he liked the fact that since he has been in the restaurant business people recognize him, which doesn’t happen in the law profession.The restaurant will have 260 seats he said, with 100 outside – 60 on the river side and 40 on the east side of the building. There will be 45 television sets on the walls and a sports bar with 24 different beers on tap.The menu will be varied and include coal oven roasted pizza and wings, as well as pasta, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, tacos, sliders, dips, and other appetizers.He said he believes he reason that pizza prepared in a coal fired oven is so tasty is that it is done at 800 degrees, and cooks rapidly, retaining the flavor of the toppings. For his restaurant, Bonfiglio, has chosen the same kind of coal-fired oven used at the famous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, near the Brooklyn Bridge.last_img read more