The Major Rager Brings The Flaming Lips, Moon Taxi, & Eric Krasno Band To The Green [Videos]

first_imgWhen you think of Augusta, Georgia in April, one thing naturally comes to mind: The Major Rager concert series! Okay…SOME of you may make mention of some golf tournament happening the same weekend, but whatever. With The Flaming Lips, Moon Taxi and The Eric Krasno Band playing, and for a great cause to boot, the place to be in Augusta that blustery Thursday wasn’t on a putting green…it was front and center at a rocking downtown day-long jam.The charity clearinghouse Friends With Benefits pairs great bands with great causes. The Major Rage uses the opportunity presented by The Masters coming to town to create unique fund raising opportunities. Since their founding, they have raised a quarter of a million dollars for a variety of worthy non-profits.Sunny skies were filled with gusting winds and unseasonably chilly temperatures for the event but music lovers were undeterred. There were plenty of opportunities for craft beer and BBQ but the main course on the menu was served onstage. After a fun warm-up set from Stop Light Observations, one of the hardest working men in the music scene did what he does best…bending his guitar strings until they sang the blues.Eric Krasno BandEric Krasno brought his new band to the Major Rager and wowed the fans with his blues licks and wailing solos! While still getting the funk down with his bands Lettuce and Soulive, Krasno seems to relish the chance to do his own thing. Krasno has gathered a band he seems to trust, including multiple members of the Dap Kings, to form the Erik Krasno Band.Keyboard player and vocalist Deshawn Alexander brought a burst of energy and stage presence with his contributions on the mic and ivories. Vocalist Mary Corso had the crowd in awe of her emotional, bluesy delivery. Krasno got in on the act as well, singing while playing the blues. While his schedule may not allow much time for sleep, with this many amazing bands to play with, Krasno doesn’t have time to rest anyway.Watch Krasno and company pump up the jams below:“Jezebel”“Move Over”People Of The Sun (Moon Taxi)Nashville’s own indie-rockers Moon Taxi have a secret. Though they write artful, melodic rock songs for themselves they secretly kinda wish they were the most bombastic rap rock protest band of all times! So, whenever they can’t fight the urge to go buck wild, they metamorphose into “People Of The Sun” and play tribute to Rage Against The Machine, pioneers of the anger-rock movement of the nineties.Organizers of The Major Rager were more than happy to let them work out their identity issues on stage. Throughout the crowd, fists were raised and middle fingers were unfurled. Classic RATM tunes like “Bulls On Parade” and “Guerilla Radio” were dropped left and right as People Of The Sun quickly moved from hit to hit. Check out a couple of their most brutal jams below:“Bulls On Parade”“Bombtrack”The Flaming LipsSince their inception, the Flaming Lips have purposefully followed a path all their own. Mercurial frontman Wayne Coyne serves as nexus for the swirling mayhem the band has created in the studio and on stages for decades. Whether The Flaming Lips are building a monument to the psychedelic insanity in their hearts, or pleading for love to conquer all, they are always remembering to first and foremost…ENTERTAIN!Flips shows are a senses shattering cacophony of sights and sounds designed to overwhelm onlookers and leave them receptive to new ideas. Wild man Coyne serves as the eye of the storm, urging listeners to embrace love and insanity. Music fans at the Major Rager were lost in a wave of jubilation. Confetti filled the air, Coyne ventured out into the crowd on a giant LED illuminated unicorn, and the general ridiculousness factor needle was buried on eleven.That sense of irreverence has served to connect the band and their fans on a very instinctive level. Humor has a way of disarming a situation. In the context of a Flaming Lips show, it allows the overall message the band shares, peace, love and unbridled artistic expression, to resonate on a more personal frequency.See The Flaming Lips play a pair of the most beloved tunes below:“Race For The Prize”“Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robot (Part One)”last_img read more

SpaceX Crew Dragon to Ferry Four Astronauts to International Space Station on November 14

first_imgThey are expected to arrive at the ISS eight hours later, at 09:20 GMT Sunday (2:50pm IST Sunday). The mission marks a culmination for SpaceX, setting it up to be NASA’s favoured, and so far most reliable, transportation provider as the agency waits on Boeing’s Starliner capsule, which has been held up in testing and is not expected to be ready before next year. SpaceX has been operating space station re-supplying flights with the cargo version of the Dragon since 2012. – Advertisement – “For the next 15 months, we will fly seven crew and cargo Dragon missions for NASA,” SpaceX head of crewed flights Benji Reed said during a phone call Tuesday. “That means that (from December) starting with Crew-1, there will be a continuous presence of SpaceX Dragons in orbit.”The next crewed mission is expected to blast off at the end of March 2021, carrying one European, one Japanese and two American crew members. Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – “I’m extremely proud to say we are returning regular human spaceflight launches to American soil on an American rocket and spacecraft,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said. Take-off is planned for 7:49pm Saturday (6:19am IST Sunday) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on board. As of Tuesday evening, the weather outlook for Saturday was good. – Advertisement – Three NASA crew and one Japanese astronaut are set for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket Saturday, bound for the International Space Station in the program’s first six-month routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight in May after nine years of reliance on Russia.  NASA on Tuesday officially certified as safe the Crew Dragon capsule developed for regular astronaut transportation by SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk that carried two astronauts to the ISS in May and back to Earth again in August without major incident. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ball backs Black Cats to shine

first_img The 48-year-old former Black Cats midfielder was asked to step into the breach for the second time at the weekend following Paolo Di Canio’s untimely sacking. Having guided the side he inherited from the Italian to a 2-0 Capital One Cup third-round victory over Peterborough in midweek, the interim head coach, to give him his full title, is now finalising preparations for the more daunting proposition of Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Ball, who has put himself forward as a possible replacement for Di Canio, is under no illusions as to the task ahead for however long he remains in the post – he was initially asked to take charge for two games – but thinks the kind of passion which fuelled his own playing days exists within the current squad despite the events of recent weeks. He said: “You would like to think it is always there for them. You have got to understand as a coach, we have a role to play, but that’s got to come from them, the responsibility has got to lie with them. “We can help them, we can facilitate stuff, but that’s got to come from them. “In the time we have had them, we have watched it closely, but we have tried to make it good footballing sessions. “There has always got to be a time for a laugh and a joke, but they have also got to understand it’s work.” Ball has stepped seamlessly from his role as senior professional development coach into the hot-seat vacated by Di Canio, but admits he has no clear idea how long he may remain in charge. He revealed after Tuesday night’s game that he hoped to discuss his situation with club officials this week, but such has been the level of activity both at the training ground and in the boardroom, that did not happen. Ball said: “I really haven’t had a chance. There are obviously people you speak to in passing, you might have a five-minute meeting. Kevin Ball believes there is enough pride and fight within the Sunderland dressing room to get the club out of trouble. “But at this moment in time, I wouldn’t have honestly said to you that I am any further forward than what I spoke to you about the other night.” Owner Ellis Short, having held consultations with director of football Roberto De Fanti, is continuing to consider his options with Gus Poyet concertedly trumpeting his own cause, although there is understood to be an element at the Stadium of Light pushing for the appointment of a British coach, or at least a man with experience of managing in the Premier League. The club have kept their own counsel since the official announcement of Di Canio’s departure, although full-back Ondrej Celustka admitted to Czech press agency CTK that he had been disappointed at the decision. He said: “In my opinion, the decision was a bit hasty because he was building the team and in the summer, 14 new players – including me – arrived. It needs some time to settle down. “But on the other hand, to win just one point from five (games) is simply not good.” In the meantime, Ball will look forward to a reunion with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, a man he nursed through the Academy ranks on Wearside before he broke into the first team and ultimately won his £16million move to Anfield. He said: “He made sure the pathway was open. It wasn’t like the pathway wasn’t there, but he went along it and said, ‘I’m going this way’. “If one day it got a bit hard, he fought his way through it. In the time he was at the club, he was brilliant, and not just in his football. “If it wasn’t going well for him, he would find a way of making it right. He always challenged himself day in, day out, week in, week out. “If it wasn’t right, ‘I’ll make it right’. It wasn’t a case of, ‘Oh well, I’ll just accept it’, so that’s probably why you will subsequently see Jordan Henderson will get better and better as his career goes on.” Press Associationlast_img read more