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Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha Shares Long-Awaited Debut Single

first_imgIt’s been over 15 years since Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha announced work on a solo album. In fact, it’s been so long, that this might be a new project entirely. Regardless, when de la Rocha surprises everyone with his first new music since his Rage days, you’d better believe that we’re excited to hear it.Titled “digging for windows,” the new track was produced by Run The Jewels’ El-P, and sees de la Rocha return to form with great lyrical mastery. The song can be streamed below, or downloaded for free via BitTorrent.Zack de la Rocha began work on a solo project way back in 2000, and later paired up with artists like Trent Reznor, Questlove, and more for a potential collaboration that was ultimately scrapped in 2005. As de la Rocha’s RATM bandmates moved forward with Prophets of Rage, de la Rocha declined the reunion opportunity to work on a new album. While no one expected to hear it, here we are.Considering the dedicated BitTorrent page and clues from his contemporaries, it stands to reason that a full de la Rocha studio album is on the way. We’ll keep you posted.last_img read more


FTT productions present American Dream in comedic light

first_imgCourtesy of Roisin Goebelbecker Students rehearse for the production of “American Roulette,” which is part of this year’s ND Theatre NOW! production.However, Harrabi said that, as an absurd comedy, “WASP” plays with these stereotypes and brings some darker themes into the play. For an example, Harrabi said the wife knows her husband is most likely cheating on her and the daughter is being molested by her choirmaster. There are even some supernatural elements such as when the son has an imaginary friend from space that he sometimes talks to and the mother has a female voice that she talks to. The play also touches themes with the treatment of race in the U.S.“I think that the ‘WASP’ specifically gives you a look not only into a WASP family of the times, but also a look into your inner self and encourages you to think about it and relate with the characters and to see how their struggles reflects your inner struggles,” freshman Alexis Moskala, who plays the mother in “WASP,” said.“[‘WASP’] talks about familial issues in a very lighthearted sense, so it takes a look at what people depicted as the ideal family in 1950 and then kind of pokes fun at how that’s not really true and that there’s so much more,” sophomore Declan Grogan, who plays the father in “WASP” said. “The characters are all very real even though they’re all trying to live the stereotype of the ideal family. So, it’s kind of showing how we are real people who can’t be put into this … perfect home.”“American Roulette” is the story of a white male and a white female interviewer who are interviewing a black applicant for a position at “the firm,” junior Eileen DiPofi, who plays Hillary, the female interviewer, said.“Things take a turn, so it’s definitely not a conventional interview but it’s more or less like a commentary on how race is a barrier to the American Dream,” DiPofi said.The productions are not unique just in their take on the American Dream, but also for the opportunities these productions provide to students. Both productions are student-directed, which Grogan said was a fascinating process.“It’s really cool because we are all learning at the same time so the director, he was so different,” Grogan said. “He was literally just like thinking about the play as we were rehearsing it. … It was just a very improvisational rehearsal. He did a great job.”Harrabi said his acting professor encouraged him to apply because of his interest in comedy and directing.“Basically the whole idea of the program is to get students to direct an entire project, have a say to the first thing, casting, to the last thing,” he said. “It’s such a great opportunity because a lot of the time, students do act. You rarely find a student directing.”Harrabi said it still makes him nervous to be a director.“I’m a senior; I’m a foreigner,” he said. “I grew up in Tunisia my whole life basically and then trying to take on a comedy in a foreign language in a foreign country. … I was very scared. I have never directed and I have never directed on this scale and I have never directed this many people. The more you get going, though, you understand why you shouldn’t be scared … because it’s a collaboration and you’re not supposed to do everything on your own. … [It’s] a lot of teamwork.”Harrabi said that his professors were a huge help with fixing any problems that arose. He also said Adel Emam, an Egyptian actor, is an inspiration for his interest in theatre and comedy.“I grew up watching these black and white and very old plays that were recorded and they always showed them over and over the years because they didn’t have much programming and those were really hilarious,” he said. “To this day I watch those plays and I just laugh, which is crazy because I’ve been watching them ever since I was a kid and the jokes are just as funny and it sounds so unreal because you watch a lot of specials and eventually you stop laughing because you know the jokes. Like I know the jokes by heart, and I still laugh at them. And that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make comedy and theatre just the way they did it because it blew my mind. … I want to make theatre for the people.”Goebelbecker said one problem came from a lack of actors of color auditioning for ND Theatre NOW.“That was definitely a challenge because one of the characters needs to be black,” she said in an email. “It all ended up working out, though, because we have an amazing actress playing the role. We also had some difficulty at the beginning piecing apart the script and figuring out a motivation for each character that made logical sense. We spent the first week all together asking questions and brainstorming possible solutions and so that challenge actually ended up being really exciting and fruitful in the long run.”DiPofi said both shows will make people think.“I think [‘American Roulette’] tackles issues that we talk about a lot in our society in a way that maybe we don’t like to talk about,” she said. “Like the idea especially that, ‘Hey, American Dream isn’t necessarily something that’s achievable for everybody.’ I think its really going to force the audience to think critically about their own role in maybe perpetuating racism in the U.S. … It will definitely make people think and then turn that critical eye that the play is suggesting on themselves.”“American Roulette” and “WASP” have performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Tags: american roulette, film television and theater, FTT, ND Theatre NOW!, WASP Starting Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, the Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department is presenting two one-act plays through ND Theatre NOW! FTT will be presenting “WASP” by Steve Martin and directed by senior Najmeddine Harrabi and “American Roulette” by Tom McCormack and directed by senior Roisin Goebelbecker. Both plays present an absuridist take on the American Dream.Harrabi said “WASP” is the story of a white family living in suburbia in the 1950s. The family is a stereotypical nuclear family and seems to caricaturize similar families from classic TV shows like “Leave It to Beaver.”last_img read more


Adam Pascal Is Something Rotten!’s New Shakespeare

first_imgAdam Pascal(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Adam Pascal is about to learn just how sexy but hard it is to be the Bard. The Tony nominee and Audience Choice Award winner will take over the role of Will Shakespeare in Something Rotten!’s final weeks on the Great White Way. He steps in for Eric Sciotto, the former understudy who is scheduled to play the role through November 6. The musical comedy is slated to close on January 1, 2017.Pascal admits that he doesn’t have much previous character research to draw on. “I’m not nearly as educated enough to know much about Shakespeare, so he might be rolling over in his grave,” he told “I read a number of his plays in high school, but I always had a hard time getting past the language. But maybe I’ll get a chance to get a better understanding of him now.”Channeling the Bard—knowledge of his folio or not—and making him sexy is a new challenge for Pascal, but it’s one he welcomes. “I always try to push myself in directions that are unexpected for audiences to see me do,” he says. “This is just another left turn for me.”Pascal can find elements of Something Rotten! and the new role in his musical theater past: There’s the musical comedy element seen in his last Broadway stint in Disaster!, a rock-star edge similar to his Tony-nominated turn in Rent and Memphis, and the smarm and cockiness of Chicago’s Billy Flynn or Aida’s Radames.Speaking of, erm, cockiness, how does Pascal feel about a certain signature Something Rotten! costume piece? “Everyone keeps talking about this codpiece! As they say in comedy, bigger is better. The bigger the codpiece, the better, as far as I’m concerned.”The codpiece-clad Pascal will join a cast at the St. James Theatre that currently includes Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom, Leslie Kritzer as Bea, Brad Oscar as Nostradamus, Gerry Vichi as Shylock, Catherine Brunell as Portia and Andre Ward as Minstrel. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017center_img Star Files Related Shows Adam Pascallast_img read more


Jersey Boys’ Mark Ballas Is’s Next Vlogger

first_img View Comments Related Shows Mark Ballas in ‘Jersey Boys'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Star Files from $59.00center_img Soon, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of this vlog. Jersey Boys’ newest star Mark Ballas is’s next video blogger. Grab your red blazer and some comfortable shoes, because Walk Like a Man begins next week.The vlog will kick off as Ballas rehearses for his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli and capture backstage life as Jersey Boys approaches its final performance in January. Expect appearances and hijinks from his fellow Seasons: Nicolas Dromard, Drew Seeley, Matt Bogart and his Frankie counterpart Mauricio Pérez.Ballas received an Emmy nomination in 2011 for his work on Dancing with the Stars, where he’s a two-time winner and nine-time finalist. He has appeared on the U.K. stage in Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story, Copacabana, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.Walk Like a Man will work its way back to you beginning October 18 (the day of his first performance) and run every Tuesday for eight weeks. Jersey Boys Mark Ballaslast_img read more


Five Bands to Catch on the Southern Festival Circuit

first_imgOne of the best things about festival season is discovering new music. Catch these up-and-coming bands at this year’s regional festivals…The London SoulsThis hard-hitting duo delivers plenty of distorted power from a stripped down two-man lineup. Fans of old-school Black Keys should take notice as this rising group delivers plenty of primitive bluesy fuzz with authentic throwback vibe. Straight from the bashing and riffing of drummer Chris St. Hilaire and guitarist Tash Neal, standout songs like “The Sound” from the band’s self-titled debut album display gritty homage to the British psychedelia of Cream and Zeppelin. It’s loud retro greatness that’s just right for big stages.Catch ‘em: Dominion Riverrock (5/17), Floydfest (7/24-25) and Camp Barefoot (8/23)Willie WatsonWillie Watson made his name as a member of string band revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show. He’s now flying solo, letting sparse strings and his soul-piercing tenor do all the work. Watson just released a debut solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, which was produced by David Rawlings with help from associate producer Gillian Welch. The 10-song set unearths a range of gems from the American folk songbook (“Midnight Special,” “Mexican Cowboy”) and offers a prime example of the power that can come from one man and his acoustic guitar.Catch ‘em: MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove (7/12), Red Wing Roots Music Festival (7/13), Forecastle Festival (7/18-20)Houndmouth-bands_smHoundmouth Houndmouth hails from a small town in Indiana and delivers electric folk rock with plenty of heartland realism. On last year’s debut From the Hills to the City, blue-collar themes dominate edgy fist pumpers like “Ludlow” and “Penitentiary,” but the songs also manage to stay grounded with infectious hooks and soaring three-part harmonies. Lead track “On the Road” gets downright poppy with a playful piano bounce and a catchy chorus.Catch ‘em: Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta, Ga.  (5/10)Sol Driven TrainSol Driven Train is a party band of the highest order. The South Carolina-based crew comes from sun-soaked Charleston and likes to get crowds moving with a blend of Southern-flavored roots rock that’s propelled by funky horn blasts and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The five-piece group has been together for nearly a decade and a half, so years of hard touring have resulted in status as a beloved regional mainstay and a tight live show that never fails to please.Catch ‘em: French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, N.C. (5/2)Mandolin OrangeEmerging from the fertile independent music grounds of the North Carolina Triangle, this acoustic duo delivers poignant progressive folk tunes that draw on a range of influences, including early Appalachian mountain songs and vintage country ballads. Since musical partners Andrew Marlin (guitar) and Emily Frantz (fiddle) started playing together at a local Chapel Hill jam back in 2009, the group has released three albums. The most fully developed is last year’s This Side of Jordan, a rustic effort featuring front-porch tales of heartbreak and redemption that are filled out by a full backing band. The centerpiece, though, is still the harmonies, as the voices of Marlin and Frantz come together with the beauty of an endless vista.Catch ‘em: Red Wing Roots Music Festival (7/12), Lewisburg Music Festival at Carnegie Hall (7/26)last_img read more


Banking Committee to mark up regulatory bill supported by CU trades

first_img continue reading » The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday is slated to mark up its version of a regulatory overhaul bill for financial institutions—legislation that is supported by credit union trade groups.The bill calls for exempting one-to-four unit, non-owner occupied residential loans from a credit union’s member business lending cap.The legislation also would exempt depository institutions that have originated fewer than 500 open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgages in the past two years from certain Home Mortgage Disclosure Act requirements.The legislation is the result of negotiations between Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) and moderate Democrats on the committee. But Banking Committee ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio has said he cannot support the measure, saying it removes much-needed consumer protections. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


China signals progress in virus battle as Disney partially reopens

first_imgTopics : China reported 40 new infections nationwide on Monday — the smallest increase since the country began reporting the data in January.Nearly all the fresh cases and 22 new deaths were in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province, which has been under lockdown for weeks. The latest fatalities bring the country’s death toll to 3,119.A senior official hinted last week that China could soon lift the travel restrictions on Hubei, which has effectively kept about 56 million people housebound.  Around 19,000 people are still getting treatment for the virus, down from a high of 58,000 on February 24.Shanghai Disney said it was reopening its shopping and entertainment Disneytown zone — plus a park and hotel in the same complex — in the “first step of a phased reopening”.The Disneyland amusement park, however, remains closed.In Wuhan, 11 of 16 makeshift hospitals that were converted from public facilities including stadiums and schools were shuttered by Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.Two of the most recent makeshift hospitals that closed — a converted sports centre and a factory — had enough capacity for nearly 2,000 people at a time and discharged their last 61 patients on Sunday, Xinhua said.Hubei Airport Group ordered all airports in the province to get back to work by Thursday, in a sign that the province is preparing to resume flights.Wuhan’s Tianhe airport — which suspended flights on January 23 except for airlifts for foreigners — said Monday that some of its managers had already resumed work. Ikea, schools reopen Swedish furniture giant Ikea has reopened 16 of its stores with shorter opening hours in China, after closing all outlets in the country in late January, the company said.Meanwhile, some regions are gearing up to reopen schools this week, after more than a month of closures across the country.Qinghai province, spread across the Tibetan Plateau, announced in late February that high schools and vocational schools would resume gradually from Monday.Middle schools would reopen later in the month.Mountainous Guizhou province in southwest China has also said some students in high school and middle school would resume classes from March 16.The only new cases outside Hubei were four imported from overseas, the health commission said, bringing the total number of infections brought into the country to 67.The rise in imported cases is fueling fears that the country’s progress in bringing infections down could be undone, and several local authorities are imposing quarantines on those arriving from hard-hit areas.center_img China closed several makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work Monday as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic. New virus cases in China — which accounts for the vast majority of the more than 100,000 infections worldwide — have declined in recent weeks in a sign the country’s unprecedented lockdown measures are working.The improving situation stands in stark contrast with the growing global spread of the disease that has affected scores of countries and prompted some governments to impose their own draconian measures and quarantines.last_img read more


Masks too dangerous for children under 2, Japan medical group says

first_imgBut the Japan Pediatric Association has warned parents that masks are too risky for infants.”Masks can make breathing difficult because infants have narrow air passages,” which increases the burden on their hearts, the association said, adding that masks also raise the risk of heat stroke for them.”Let’s stop the use of masks for children under 2-years-old,” the association said in a notice on its website.It said that so far there were very few serious coronavirus cases among children and that most kids became infected from family members, with almost no outbreaks at schools or day care facilities.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics also say children under the age of two should not wear cloth face coverings.Topics : Children under the age of two shouldn’t wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo and four remaining areas on Monday after the number of infections fell across Japan, but warned that it could be reimposed if the virus started spreading again.To prevent the virus spread, health experts worldwide are recommending people wear masks when it is difficult to maintain social distancing as countries loosen restrictions following coronavirus shutdowns.last_img read more


Willis Towers Watson to require gender data from fund managers

first_imgWillis Towers Watson will require fund managers to provide data about the gender composition across their workforce, a move that responds to evidence that more women in the workforce improves financial performance.The plan was mentioned by Luba Nikulina, global head of manager research at Willis Towers Watson, at an MSCI event on the subject of women in finance in London last week. She spoke of “hardwiring this into the process of allocating money”.“If asset owners add their voice it will help to move things forward,” she added.She was responding to a comment from a representative of a local authority pension fund about asset owners wanting better data on gender representation in roles below board level. Nikulina later told IPE that the consultancy was also considering including flexible working arrangements in its assessment of investment managers, as these can influence the stability of fund management teams, which the consultancy values.A member of the audience from an asset manager said that investment teams want to be able to show team stability when they go to investment consultants.Nikulina said that good data was key to being able to research the link between gender diversity and investment performance.The premise of the event was the “business case” for gender diversity and the underperformance of financial services – and fund management in particular – in this respect.Panellists at the event articulated the problem in different ways.Roger Urwin, speaking in his capacity as strategic director of the CFA Future of Finance Initiative, said that finance needed a “clean licence to operate” and “it won’t be clean if we don’t have diversity”.Tamara Box, founder member of the 30% Club and managing partner, Europe and Middle East at law firm Reed Smith, spoke about gender diversity as a “bottom line” issue and said the finance sector “seems different” when it comes to gender issues.She ventured the theory that a belief in finance having a strong culture of meritocracy was partly to blame for the sector lagging on female representation in senior roles.Box said this culture was strongly linked to metrics such as pay that are easily influenced by working long hours. However, the belief that the culture was meritocratic skewed people’s reading of reality, causing them to “miss unconscious bias feeding those metrics”.Meritocracy is confused with the majority, she said, which dictates what constitutes success and what is considered to be normal.Millennials to the rescueUrwin – who is also global head of investment content at Willis Towers Watson – agreed that the culture of long hours in finance, as reflected in “convexity of pay”, was one of the main reasons for poor gender diversity in this sector.Companies “need to chill out” about long hours, as “clients can cut you some slack”, he added.The role of cultural norms and expectations in gender diversity was also discussed.Willis Towers Watson’s Nikulina said that there were more women in fund management in emerging markets than in developed markets. Comparing the two, even though the fund management industries in each are at different stages of development, can provide “interesting insight” into the influence that social norms and behaviours can have, she said.She gave the example of the Soviet Union, where she was brought up, noting that women were expected to return to work after having children and worked “across all ranks”.Linda-Eling Lee, global head of ESG research at MSCI, highlighted three possible connections between female representation in the workforce and financial performance benefits.  These benefits could stem from women being “better suited to today’s economy”, Lee suggested, from a greater diversity of thinking, or “human capital arbitrage”.The latter is the idea that, given the barriers they face, “the women who end up at the top are extraordinary so the performance edge may erode as the pipeline to the top opens up”.Great hope was placed on millennials as the driver of change on gender diversity because, as relayed by Lucy McNulty, author of an annual survey on women in finance, “millennials are hungry for equal treatment” and “the best talent will walk away if companies don’t change”.last_img read more


‘Brain-dead’ US boy regains consciousness one day before doctors set to pull plug

first_img“Five kids needed organs that matched him,” said Reindl.“It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.”A day before doctors were set to pull the plug, Trenton started showing signs of cognition. He believes he was in heaven while he was gone.READ MORE: He says he quickly threw his friend’s 4-year-old niece off into the grass, but in the process, got caught in the trailer as it flipped. Trenton says his friend pressed on the brakes suddenly, causing the trailer to flip. TVNZ One News 8 May 2018Family First Comment: Still want that euthanasia? We can live without Alabama boy is being called a miracle after suffering severe brain trauma from a dune buggy accident. He came back to life after his parents signed the paperwork to donate his organs.Thirteen-year-old Trenton McKinley of Mobile was playing at a friend’s house two months ago.He was riding in a small utility trailer being pulled by a dune buggy for kids.center_img “I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” said Trenton. He was rushed to USA Medical Center for emergency surgery. He had seven skull fractures.“When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.”For the next several days, Trenton was brain-dead and barely breathing. His parents were faced with a difficult decision. They signed the papers to donate his organs.last_img read more