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Turkuaz & New Mastersounds Team Up For A Funky Colorado Throwdown [Review]

first_imgIt’s hard to think of two touring acts better than Turkuaz and the New Mastersounds in the world of funk. Both have carved their respective sounds in tribute to eras of old, but in distinctly different ways. Turkuaz, the 9-piece powerfunk outfit from Brooklyn, pays homage to the theatrical style of legends like the Talking Heads and Sly and the Family Stone; the New Mastersounds, to the contrary, have a raw vintage sound akin to instrumental funk greats like the Meters and Booker T & the M.G’s. The bands have recently kicked off a nationwide co-headlining tour, which made a stop at the historic Boulder Theater on Friday night.On this particular night, it was the New Mastersounds turn to bat lead off. Eddie Roberts, the suave leader of the band who wore a sport coat for the duration of the performance, was on his A game. His jazzy guitar licks and catchy phrasings anchored the tunes, allowing ample room for keyboardist Joe Tatton to dance and explore on the Hammond B3 organ. The band cooked from one song to next, eventually enlisting Turkuaz saxophonists Josh Schwartz and Greg Sanderson to join in on the fun.Next up was Turkuaz, with a slightly larger lighting rig and a much larger cast. Each of the nine members wore a different unique color, a light-hearted approach consistent across much of the band’s recent marketing. Their show was a well-scripted collective experience with surprisingly few extended solos, but it was tasteful guitarist Craig Brodhead that got his name called the most.Turkuaz’s time was a welcomed mix of original tracks, mostly off their latest release “Digitonium,” and select covers. There were renditions of Hot Chocolate’s disco hit “Every 1’s a Winner,” the Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” and The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” ended the set.The band encored with “On the Border,” a cover of a New Mastersounds cut recently released on a 7’’ EP that Roberts and Tatton returned for. It was a fitting collaboration and close to one of the funkiest nights of music Boulder, CO has seen in some time![Photo via gergyt // Instagram]last_img read more

5 credit assumptions you’ve got all wrong

first_imgby: Lindsay KonskoLet’s face it: When it comes to credit and credit scoring, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. As a result, a lot of folks make assumptions about their credit that are just plain wrong. Here are 5 common examples of false credit assumptions, and the truth behind each one:1. Paying a late fee means you won’t get reported to the credit bureaus.If you slip up and pay a bill late, getting hit with a late fee probably seems like punishment enough. After all, forking over an extra $25-$35 for your forgetfulness feels like a sufficient slap on the wrist.But if your payment is more than 30 days overdue, you should expect a negative mark to land on your credit reports, regardless of whether or not you’ve coughed up a late fee. This one-two punch is a good reason to prioritize paying on time – if you don’t, it could be costly in a number of ways.2. Your credit utilization ratio is 0% if you pay your balance in full each month.Paying off your credit card in full each month is a good habit to get into. But as you’re patting yourself on the back for avoiding interest charges, don’t forget to remain diligent about keeping track of your credit utilization ratio. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mikel Arteta could benefit from a new UEFA plan (Picture: Getty Images)UEFA have floated the possibility of handing out Champions League places for next season based on their coefficient scores if domestic seasons are cancelled, which would see Arsenal sneak back into Europe’s top competition.Contingency plans are being drawn up for if major leagues across Europe cannot be completed due to the coronavirus crisis.While there would be much argument over teams being awarded title and if sides should face relegation, there is also the issue of which teams qualify for Europe next season if this campaign is voided.UEFA held a video conference with all 55 national associations and one idea that was put forward was handing out European places based on the UEFA coefficient, regardless of current position in the domestic tables. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThis would see Arsenal make it into next season’s Champions League, despite sitting ninth in the Premier League at the moment.The coefficient would also hand would also give Champions League places to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Leicester City and Chelsea missing out.If Man City’s two-year Champions League ban is upheld then it is Spurs, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, that would take their place, leaving Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves to contest the Europa League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe team currently in seventh, Sheffield United, would not get a spot in Europe.The proposal remains just that at this stage, with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin not thought to be in favour of it.UEFA are pushing for domestic leagues to be completed, being restarted by the end of June if at all possible.A statement from UEFA after their online meeting read: ‘There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions.‘But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.’MORE: Arsenal ‘flop’ Nicolas Pepe is being played out of position, says Stewart RobsonMORE: Chelsea eyeing shock deal for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League seasonlast_img read more

UW drops OT thriller to PSU, 24-21

first_imgRedshirt sophomore Kyle French (94) missed a 44-yard attempt in overtime Saturday, ending Wisconsin’s regular season with a 7-5 record.[/media-credit]STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – With two overtime losses in its last three games, Wisconsin’s lone overtime series Saturday evening at Beaver Stadium followed an all-too-familiar path.It all came tumbling down when defensive end Sean Stanley climbed through the Badgers’ offensive line to sack quarterback Curt Phillips on the second play of the drive and the UW offense stalled before Kyle French sent a 44-yard field goal wide left. And that missed try from the beleaguered kicker was enough for Penn State (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) to end an emotional Senior Day with a 24-21 win over Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4).“I felt like I hit it really well actually,” French said. “All day I was hitting it very well, and when I looked up the ball was just to the left of the upright and I saw it slowly sailing back and I thought it actually had a pretty legit shot at going in.”The Badger defense held the Nittany Lions to a Sam Ficken field goal on the opening possession of the extra period. But senior tailback Montee Ball appeared to have a clear path to the end zone and the game-winning score on the second play of the drive until PSU defensive tackle Jordan Hill jumped into the gap and flattened Ball after a 1-yard gain.Hill – who proved a constant menace to Phillips, logging two sacks, three tackles for a loss and 12 total tackles – made what UW head coach Bret Bielema described as an “unbelievable play.”“I thought I was gone,” Ball said of the play. “Eyes got really big, but we knew what [Hill] was capable of doing and he made a great play.”After a dominant second half from Penn State in which senior quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 153 of the 200 yards he finished with, it took another late drive form Phillips to even force extra time. For the second time in as many games, the fifth-year senior led the Badgers to the game-tying score, this one covering 66 yards to tie the game with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.With flurries pouring down over a raucous Beaver Stadium crowd, Phillips rolled right before finding a diving Jeff Duckworth in the front of the end zone to knot things up at 21.But for the third time in four games – the two previous overtime losses coming against Michigan State and Ohio State – the late drive proved fruitless. Both Bielema and UW players seemed at a loss for words for what left them with a string of painstakingly close losses.“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Phillips said. “We’ve been in positions to win them and we just haven’t done it. We have to figure out what this is that’s holding us back from finishing them and learn from it.”Wisconsin’s offense opened its regular season finale with a renewed spring in its step, as Phillips hit redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon along the right sideline for a 57-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes into the game. Penn State answered quickly behind the physical, intelligent running of 6-foot-1 redshirt sophomore running back Zach Zwinak.Zwinak found plenty of room in the middle of the Badgers’ defensive line and powered his way through defenders for extra yards to finish with a career-high 179 yards on 36 carries.Wisconsin’s second score came in historic fashion, as Ball handled a toss to the right side before tiptoeing his way along the right sideline and into the end zone to earn his 79th career touchdown and making him the NCAA’s all-time career touchdown leader.The momentum from the senior running back’s historic tromp into the end zone, along with strong play from a Badger secondary that limited McGloin and co. to 47 yards through the air in the first half, made it appear UW was on pace for its first win in two weeks. But Ball’s yards per carry dropped from 6.5 in the opening half to 4.1 by game’s end as Wisconsin’s offensive momentum came to a screeching halt in the third quarter.“We were able to get on the perimeter with some edges and then they started widening their technique, started playing outside in and we never really got back on rhythm with that,” Bielema said of Penn State’s defensive adjustments. “I thought there were quite a few critical third-down drops where we had some guys that were open in that stretch.”Those adjustments from the Penn State defense – a unit playing without senior middle linebacker and emotional leader Michael Mauti – limited the Badgers to 38 yards on the ground in the second half.The Nittany Lions appeared to tie things up at 14 after McGloin launched a pass into the hands of wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder in the back of the end zone early in the third quarter. But an official review ruled the redshirt junior bobbled the ball on his way down and forced the home squad to settle for a field goal.Wisconsin’s offense failed to answer, logging four consecutive three-and-outs, and Penn State capitalized with another Ficken field goal. After that, a 41-yard touchdown pass to speedy tight end Jesse James handed the Nittany Lions their first lead of the game.From there, it was d?j? vu.“You can sit here all day [and play out] ‘what ifs,’ but the biggest thing is not putting ourselves in situations where we can have ‘what ifs,’” defensive end Brendan Kelly said. “I think we have to do a better job of finishing and just having more urgency about our finish in the future.”last_img read more