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

England’s collapse against minnows Ireland ’embarrassing’, says Vaughan

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Former England captain Michael Vaughan branded England’s astonishing battling collapse against minnows Ireland at Lord’s as “embarrassing” after the hosts were skittled out for 85 on the first day of the four-day Test on Wednesday.In their first Test match in a summer dominated by the one-day World Cup, England could not even muster three figures against a nation playing their third Test match ever.A week before Joe Root’s side take on Australia in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, Ireland’s London-born seamer Tim Murtagh exposed the fragility of England’s batting, taking five for 13 in nine superb overs on a pitch that, while offering some movement, should not have held terrors for a top nation.England lasted 23.4 overs as they were bowled out before lunch on the first morning of a Lord’s Test, for the first time. To make matters worse Ireland were playing just their third match since being given Test status in 2017 – the previous two against Pakistan and Afghanistan ending in defeats.While Murtagh bowled a superb line and length, England’s batsmen were guilty of loose strokes as they ended the day 122 runs behind as Ireland made 207.“When the ball does anything you shut your eyes and hope England get through it,” Vaughan told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “There were some good balls but there was also some timid play as well as poor strokes.“Let’s be honest, it’s an embarrassment – you’re at the home of cricket, in a Test against Ireland and you’re all out for 85, there is no other word to describe it.”England’s batting coach Graham Thorpe said the euphoria of winning the World Cup in a dramatic conclusion against New Zealand 10 days ago had played a role, although only four players who played in the final – Root, opener Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes – were on duty on Wednesday.“I would say the players have to show an enormous amount of character and mental strength as well to be able to come back down from last weekend and to be playing this week,” Thorpe told reporters after an extraordinary day. “We can’t run away from today’s performance, can’t make excuses – it’s been a bad day.”It was England’s lowest Test innings score at home since they were dismissed for 77 by Australia in 1997 and Thorpe said it could work as a wake-up call before the Ashes.“Hopefully the bump in the road puts some of the players back in a better place and we will be ready for Australia next week,” he said. “But the first task is to try and stand up over the next two to three days and put Ireland on the back foot.“They had a great day today and it is up to us to counterattack tomorrow and get ourselves back into the Test match.”last_img read more

Boeheim comes in 17th on list of highest-paid coaches in 2013 NCAA Tournament

first_imgJim Boeheim is the 17th highest-paid coach in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, according to a database put together by USA Today.The paper could not obtain information from six schools, including Iona, Harvard, LIU Brooklyn, Miami, St. Louis and Valparaiso.According to the listing, Boeheim pulls in a salary of $1.9 from Syracuse University. He finishes just ahead of Michigan head coach John Beilein, who makes $1.865 million.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was first on the list, raking in a total salary of $7.2 million. Louisville’s Rick Pitino, whose team will play Wichita State in the Final Four, was second on the list at $4.9 million.The last coach on the list was Southern head coach Roman Banks, who earns $115,000. And Andy Enfield, who led Florida Gulf Coast on an incredible run to the Sweet 16 before Southern California hired him Monday, was 58th with a salary of $159,550.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe last two coaches Syracuse ousted from the Tournament – Tom Crean and Buzz Williams – made $2.8 million and $1.1 million, respectively. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more