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Dirtwire and an-ten-nae Showcase New Material in SF

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first_imgLoad remaining images The Bay Area is an established hotbed for progressive dance music, birthplace of the psychedelic revolution, and a veritable headquarters for the Black Rock diaspora. This unique cultural alchemy makes the cities suitable hosts of all things avant-garde, a most fertile garden of artistic vegetation, musical and otherwise. Hailing from galactivated East Bay environs, an-ten-nae and Dirtwire are continually kicking down the doors of convention, steadfastly ushering in the new sound. Both artists used the Independent, packed to the gills and chock-full of familiar faces, to unveil their freshest and dopest new produce on a busy Thursday night.an-ten-nae opened the festivities just after 9pm, as people began to trickle in off Divisadero I wondered aloud just why an-ten-nae was on the front end of this bill, though we soon would find out. Government name Adam Ohana, the Oakland-based bass icon has long been a provocative purveyor of low-end theory.  One half of demonic masked avengers Dimond Saints, as a solo artist an-ten-nae is now nearly four years into the orgasmic odyssey that is Medicine Crunk, after over a decade concocting its precursor, Acid Crunk. The style/genre of Medicine Crunk is all his own, transcending dubstep, glitch, and trap; his is future music embracing the contemporary, an ever-deepening forest of ILLumination at once emotionally inviting, and sensually invigorating.Possibly the finest practitioner of ‘shanti-ratchet-sexy’, an-ten-nae used this quiet-as-kept opening slot to unveil ninety minutes of previously unheard, all original material, a great deal of it from his forthcoming solo album Medicine. In a display of courage, he began his set with some “top secret” house jams, BPMs that raised a few eyebrows, as four-on-the-floor is still considered a borderline cardinal sin in certain bass circles. I admired his fearlessness, even as he tactfully transitioned to the tribalized tantra that defines Medicine Crunk. The remaining hour and change was populated by a series of inspired, if sometimes unfinished ideas. He eschewed remixing songs of the current zeitgeist, instead forwarding a bevy of original melodies and riddims, at once an-ten-nae to the core, yet in a few ways quite unlike their prodigious predecessors. Bombastic, pulverizing low end was massaged by sensual tones, serpentine fire and a whiff of Palo Santo. Ethereal glitch-hop, smoothed out on the (half-time) R&B tip, with a goddess-pop feel/appeal to it; we drank down the medicine, straight no chaser.Cue the futuristic porch jams with a twist of spaghetti-western psychedelia, Dirtwire is an amalgam of anomaly. The brainchild of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (of the criminally slept-on Stellamara, and world-fusion funksters Hamsa Lila) and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), the trio has been tearing up the underground, setting fire to festival nation with nary a f*ck given. Employing a treasure chest of acoustic weaponry such as guitar, banjo, harmonicas the world over, electric, acoustic and whamola basses, violins and  fiddles, and a laundry list of global percussion instruments, the band could be the ozone lovechild of Toubab Krewe and Midnight Vultures-era Beck.  Gleaning inspiration from the Wild Wild West with a dash of steampunk swagger, Dirtwire is a macrobiotic-cowboy Bob Weir, spinning Burner beats in a Frontierville brothel.Headlining the engagement, the show was in essence a Dirtwire CD Release Party, as the band is releasing their third full length album Showdown on March 9th. Opening with “Damn Rooster”, “Rusted Railway” and the beloved space-bandit groove “Shish Kabobs,” Dirtwire got the audience lubed up with a familiar trifecta before delving into several tracks from Showdown. Coming of age in the West Coast electronic/festival scene, Satori and company have begun to deftly harness their live performance, the instrumentation and electronic accoutrements working in tandem instead of in spite of each other.Recently, Dirtwire has been prone to bringing along an auxiliary member to play a traditional trap kit, in lieu of drum machines or presets. On this night, the bare-bones trio programmed electronic drums, and the beats sounded harmonious, in sonic lockstep with the plethora of instruments wielded by these three amigos. FOH engineer Jason Bruton had Dirtwire sounding as clean and vibrant as I’d ever heard, no doubt enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of this hallowed room. Fraser was particularly impressive on jaw harps, kalimbas, n’goni African harp, among other obscure, indigenous accompaniment. Stand-out jams included the spaghetti-step of “Bridge of Sons”, “Struttin,” and the jaw-harp beatbox of “Yunan.” Dirtwire sent the revelers home with a  twisted, tequila-soaked encore, getting the led out with a roaring “When the Levee Breaks.”Words: B.GetzPhotos: Chris Baldwin Photographylast_img read more

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Joshua Henry, Michael Luwoye & Rory O’Malley Will Lead the Hamilton Tour

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first_imgJoshua Henry, Michael Luwoye & Rory O’Malley It’s time for them to take their shot! Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Michael Luwoye and Tony nominee Rory O’Malley will headline the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical Hamilton. The trio take on the roles of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. The national tour of the tuner will begin performances on March 10 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, before playing its premiere Los Angeles engagement at the Hollywood Pantages August 11 through December 30.Henry, currently performing in the Chicago production of Hamilton, made his Broadway debut in In The Heights, received Tony Award nominations for his roles in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys and created the role of Noble Sissle in Shuffle Along. Luwoye made his Broadway debut in Hamilton and was nominated for a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for his work as Jacob in Invisible Thread. O’Malley is currently playing King George III on Broadway and received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon.Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Rubén J. Carbajal as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Jordan Donica as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Amber Iman as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Isaiah Johnson as George Washington, Solea Pfeiffer as Eliza Hamilton, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Angelica Schuyler and Mathenee Treco as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.The national tour cast will also include Ryan Alvarado, Raymond Baynard, Amanda Braun, Daniel Ching, Karli Dinardo, Jeffery Duffy, Jennifer Geller, Jacob Guzman, Julia Harriman, Afra Hines, Sabrina Imamura, Lauren Kias, Yvette Lu, Desmond Newson, Desmond Nunn, Josh Andrés Rivera, Raven Thomas, Ryan Vasquez, Keenan D. Washington and Andrew Wojtal.Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Joshua Henry Michael Luwoyelast_img read more

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Spain glory in win

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first_img Spain gloried on Monday in a first World Cup triumph that finally buried their decades-old tag of international underachievers while the dejected Netherlands came to terms with a third defeat in the final. But the finale in Johannesburg of the first World Cup held in Africa was scarred by a horrific turn of events elsewhere on the continent when bombs ripped through two bars packed with fans in Uganda, killing 64 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but al Qaeda-inspired militants in Somalia have previously threatened to attack Uganda for sending peacekeepers there. U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the attacks, which hit while fans viewed Sunday night’s game. An American was among the dead, as were 10 people of either Ethiopian or Eritrean origin. “When there were three minutes to the end of the match an explosion came … and it was so loud,” witness Juma Seiko said at a Kampala rugby club showing the match. In Madrid and elsewhere around Spain, crowds partied through the night long after the last “Ole” sounded inside Soccer City, Johannesburg, scene of Spain’s greatest soccer moment. “We still don’t realize the full extent of this. It is something incredible,” match-winner Andres Iniesta said. In Amsterdam, there was utter dejection as the Dutch saw history repeat itself after defeats in 1974 and 1978 finals. Sadly for them, their reputation as the best team never to win the World Cup will stick — for four more years at least. TEAMWORK Both sides had deserved to be in the final, showing fantastic teamwork to drag themselves beyond 30 other teams through the month-long tournament of 64 games in total. Yet their final encounter was a disappointing affair, spoiled by too many fouls and only just spared the agony of a penalty shootout when midfielder Iniesta stepped up in the dying minutes of extra time to make it 1-0 and game over. It was fitting that captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas should raise and kiss the trophy first after twice thwarting speedy Dutch winger Arjen Robben when through on goal. The dejected Dutch crumpled to the grass at the end, their hordes of orange-clad fans stunned into silence for once. For so long failing to live up to expectations on the international stage, Spain have now won the European championship and World Cup in succession. Spain are deserved and popular winners, their midfield maestros Iniesta and Xavi playing delightful passing soccer, and David Villa proving sharp up front when most needed during the tournament. He ended up joint top scorer with five goals. Spain’s triumph could hardly have come at a better time to lift morale with the nation depressed by debt and unemployment. After the final whistle, impromptu fireworks displays and joyous car parades began across Spain. Tennis champ Rafael Nadal said Spain should celebrate the “unrepeatable” feat for a year. WORLD CUP MEMORIES Though the final may have been a let-down, there was plenty to remember at Africa’s first World Cup. Off the pitch, the local “vuvuzela” trumpets provided a unique if droning backdrop that had some eulogizing local atmosphere and others reaching for their earplugs. On a darker note, France’s player revolt over the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka sparked a national inquest and will go down as one of the most shameful episodes of the World Cup. There were characters aplenty, not least Argentina’s Diego Maradona. He jumped and joked on the touchline like a circus clown while his team were winning, then looked as distraught as a baby who had lost his dummy when Germany knocked them out. The Germans’ four-goal assassinations of Australia, England and Argentina were among the best performances of any team. Underdogs lit up the early stages, most notably Slovakia who beat previous world champions Italy 3-2 and South Africa’s “Bafana Bafana” team who defeated France. New Zealand, amazingly, ended up the only unbeaten team of the tournament. Then there were the controversies. Frank Lampard’s shot against Germany clearly crossed the line for England, but the referee and linesmen failed to spot it, while on the same day Carlos Tevez was blatantly offside when he scored for Argentina against Mexico. There was nothing, however, to match the controversy caused by Luis Suarez of Uruguay. The striker’s desperate handball block on the line against Ghana in the dying seconds of extra time deprived Africa of its first ever semi-finalist. Former President Nelson Mandela’s triumphant appearance on the pitch before Sunday night’s final crowned a fantastically successful tournament for organizers South Africa which showed its new and best face sixteen years after apartheid. “The nation has crossed a huge psychological barrier,” said local World Cup boss Danny Jordaan. By Dialogo July 12, 2010last_img read more

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A house in Brisbane sold for $151,000 over the weekend

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first_imgAt least it’s dry. All you need is a sympathetic renovation. Back yard.The price paid over the weekend was $254,000 less than the median house price in the Rocklea area, where 44 houses sold in the past 12 months and prices rose 5.2 per cent in the past year.Agents Matt Holloway and Geoff Sellars of Ray White Annerley had marketed the home as a fixer-upper in a suburb that was “fast becoming one of Brisbane’s most affordable suburbs within 10kms of the CBD”. 8 Darnley Street, Rocklea Qld 4106NO, that’s not a typo – a two bedroom house inside the 10km ring from the CBD has sold for a ridiculous $151,000 over the weekend.The house at 8 Darnley Street, Rocklea – which sold at auction – admittedly needs some serious elbow grease to get it up to scratch.But even if the new owner spent as much on the renovation as they paid for the property, that would still mean landing a house for $302,000 – a rare feat in the current market. Front yard. Upstairs veranda.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago I take it back, this kitchen has to go.“It may not look like much now but think of what it can be with a bit of effort and imagination,” was how they described it.“This property has the potential to create a beautifully renovated cottage to live in or rent. The structure looks to be solid with steel support beams, the timber is in good condition and the framing is done, all you need to do is finish it off.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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January 21, 2019 Police Blotter

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first_imgJanuary 21, 2019 Police Blotter012119 Decatur County EMS Report012119 Decatur County Fire Report012119 Decatur County Law Report012119 Decatur County Jail Report012119 Batesville Police Blotterlast_img

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