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first_imgThere is, quite simply, nothing like an Andy Frasco & The U.N. show. While other bands trudge through their setlists, these renegades fire off the songs from their four studio albums (including 2016’s breakthrough Happy Bastards) with explosive intensity–and leave fans with mile-wide grins. “Basically, we’re trying to freak people out,” explains Frasco. “I want people to be spiritually uplifted and happy–and also make them think a little bit.”On June 30th, Frasco and the U.N. will release a new CD/DVD on Ruf Records that captures all the full-throttle mayhem of the group’s live show. The group’s first live album, entitled Songs From The Road, will be released on June 30th. Says Frasco, “We’ve been asked for years now to make a live record and we’ve been reluctant to make one until we as a band felt we were ready… Well, after 10 years of dive bars and festivals working out all the songs we have written over the years, the day is finally here!” Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a new single, “Make It Work,” from the upcoming album. Says Frasco of the live cut off his 2016 studio LP “‘Make It Work’ was one of the first songs I wrote with my buddy Kenli to start the creation of Happy Bastards. Here’s a live version of my one of my favorite songs!”Stream the live version of “Make It Work” from Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s Songs From The Road below:What’s captured on both CD and DVD on Songs From The Road isn’t just a regular show (even as much as no Frasco show is “just a regular show”)–It’s a street party! You join the band on Day 142 of their 2016 world tour, and in the sleepy German town of Bamberg, all hell is breaking loose. Fans invade the stage. Tubas are set on fire. And at the eye of the storm, there’s the frontman himself: a wild-haired whirling dervish who spends opening song “C Boogie” bucking his hips, hammering on his piano keys and dancing in the front row. “We’re recording a live album in your town,” Frasco announces to the crowd. “It’s gonna be awesome…”Live bands don’t get this good overnight. Frasco’s own story goes back to the suburbs of post-millennial Los Angeles, where at the tender age of 13, he used his industrial-strength charm to score a job as a record label executive, fitting math classes around business calls. At the young age of 16, he was touring the States with one of his signings. “I grew up too quickly,” he reflects. “I fell in love with the road and I just kept going. Failure was not an option for me.”In his early years as a hype man, Frasco always had charisma in spades, but he’ll admit that he “bullshitted my way til I finally learned how to sing and play piano”. In 2007, he pulled together The U.N. from the cream of the international scene and set out on a world tour that has never really ended. “This band is a group of gypsies,” he says. “We’ve been living in a van for ten years straight, doing 250 shows a year. That’s really not the norm. We’re basically blue-collar musicians, on the road every day, making a living. We might be sleeping on guitar cases, guitar amps, someone’s floor – but we’re happy. We’re fulfilling our dream.”Since the release of 2016’s Happy Bastards, everyone wants a piece of them. With material that took in funk, soul, rock, roots and the band’s self-styled “party blues,” this was an album that you knew would sound amazing live. Sure enough, when The U.N. took the stage in Bamberg, the songs like “Mature As Fuck” never sounded better. As he tells the crowd in the recording above, after after singing “Make It Work,” “That song was for the ladies. This next song is for the dudes. It’s called “Mature As Fuck.” Says Frasco, “That song is basically about doing stuff for yourself and not worrying what other people think of you, because you’re a grown-ass man.”Something for the ladies, something for the dudes, and a whole lot for anybody who gets their kicks from a cathartically unhinged rock and roll show. That’s what fans have to look forward to on Andy Frasco & The U.N.’s Songs From The Road, available on June 30th.You can see a full list of upcoming tour dates from Andy Frasco & The U.N. below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to Andy’s website.2017 Tour Dates:6/27: Boulder City, NV – Boulder Dam Brewing6/28: Boulder City, NV – Boulder Dam Brewing6/30: Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino7/8: Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley PavillionSun Valley, ID – Whiskey Jacques7/20: Victor, ID – Music on Main7/22: Park City, UT – OP Rockwell7/23: Huntsville, UT – Snowbasin7/28: Fort Smith, AR – Peacemaker Festival7/29: Fort Smith, AR – Peacemaker Festival8/4: Lincoln, NE – Hullabaloo Music Fest8/5: Lincoln, NE – Hullabaloo Music Fest8/8: Bethlehem, PA – MusikFest8/11: Cedarburg, WI – Summer Sounds Music Series8/12: Cedar Rapids, IA – Concerts on the Creek8/17: Big Sky, MT – Music In The Mountains8/26: Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC9/27: Berlin, Germany – Bassy Club9/28: Hannover, Germany – Lux9/29: Bamberg, Germany – Live Club9/30: Stuttgart, Germany – Universum10/1: Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett10/2: Dortmund, Germany – Blue Notez10/4: Luckenwalde, Germany – WunderBar2018 Tour Dates1/17 – 1/22: Miami, FL – Jam Cruise1/30 – 2/4: New Orleans, LA – The Rock Boat[Cover photo via Kayla Woyak of Emerald Tide Photography]last_img read more

first_imgThough each indoor track and field season for CNY Indoor Track Association sides starts with the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet, this one had a bit more meaning.That’s because the event’s namesake, Jack Morse, a long-time radio and television sportscaster who spent a large part of his four-decade career highlighting area high school sports, passed away in November at age 84.Baldwinsville’s indoor track team was part of the Thursday portion of this two-day event, and won both the boys and girls titles. On the way to the 1,600-meter team title in 19:51.98, B’ville was 1-2 individually, Jack Michaels taking the top spot in 4:42.21 to edge teammate Colin Delaney, who posted 4:43.10. That predated a sprint medley relay where Weaver, Sam Mellinger, Kenneth Svitak and Connor Waldron got a Bees victory in 3:53.02, the only time under four minutes.Quinn Peters, David Mahar, Logan Hayes and Robert Thompson went 1:42.24 in the 4×200 relay, just behind the winning 1:42.09 from Institute of Technology Central. Thompson and Aden Kostolecki were fourth in the long jump.Matt Komuda cleared 9 feet in the pole vault for third-place points. The Bees also finished fourth in the 4×800 relay in 9:41.89 and fourth in the 4×400 (4:08.76) as Tom Hagopian and Tom Bernardin got fifth place in the 55-meter hurdles.On the girls side at the Morse meet, the Bees also excelled at field events, including the pole vault, where Ella Smith’s clearance of 7’6″ meant an individual title and 10 first-place team points, too. In the weight throw, B’ville had three of the top four finishers, with Sarah Smiley heaving it 29’10” to beat Kathryn Mitts (27’2″) and Lauren Shaler (26’9″).Lauren Addario, by herself, got fourth-place points in the triple jump thanks to her individual victory with 37’3 1/2″. Hannah Johnson and Allyson Surowick paired for 29’7 1/4″ in the long jump, second to F-M (31’3 1/2″), while Karen Ekure and Natalia Lewis were second in the high jump, combining to top 9’3″.Vivian Holden-Betts, Sarah Fawwaz, Annabelle Horan and Sage Springsteen won the 1,500-meter four-runner event in 23:50.43, while in the sprint medley Addario, Ekure, Olivia Creelman and Anna Conklin were second in 4:53.19.Mary Sabatino, Lily Horan, Emilee Salzman and Catherine Thompson were third in the 4×800 in 12:13.58. Johnson, Brianna Natoli, Katie Nice and Bailey Nicholson got third in the 4×400 in 4:40.71 as Courtney Bostic, Madison Kennedy, Brook Wirtheim and Olivia Muscolino took third place in the 4×200 in 2:01.43.Elsewhere, Surowick and Nadia Kozman were fifth in the 55 hurdles, with Carlie Desimone and Alida Menickelli fifth in the 55 sprint. Shaler and Sarah Smiley were sixth in the shot put.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The boys Bees had 94 points, well clear of Cazenovia’s runner-up total of 71 points, while the girls Bees got a scare from Cazenovia and Fayetteville-Manlius, yet won with 87 points to the Lakers’ 85 and the Hornets’ 84.Dominating field events, the B’ville boys had Ryan Dupra clear 6 feet 3 inches to win the high jump and gain team honors with Owen Weaver, who topped 5’6″. In the triple jump, Weaver and Aidan Priest prevailed with 75’5″, Weaver second among individuals with 39’11 1/4″.Steven Miller, second in the individual shot put with 39’2 1/4″, paired with Adam Graham for the team victory with 75’8 1/2″, while in the weight throw Miller (second) and Alex Boak (fourth) finished on top, their throws adding up to 81’2″.center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor tracklast_img read more

first_imgWhen Emily Lu, a senior majoring in media arts and practice and visual and performing arts studies, returned to Hong Kong, she and her sister who attends Princeton University had to quarantine themselves in a hotel room for two weeks to prevent possibly spreading the coronavirus to their family.  With the complications that arise from international flights, travel restrictions and ever-changing border policies, USC’s swift decision to permanently move this semester’s classes online because of the coronavirus forced international students to rapidly plan changes for the semester. “My daily schedule is completely flipped,” said Gaviotis, who returned to Dubai during spring break. “I work at night, I go to classes at night and I sleep during the day.”  As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, students are scrambling to balance their focus between the outbreak and their academics. Singapore, South Korea and Poland are a few of the countries that require all individuals who have entered the country to use a government tracking app during their self-quarantine. Poland’s app necessitates users to send periodic selfies to prove their location, notifying the police if there’s no response within 20 minutes. Though reluctant to replace live lectures with recordings, Iwanejko said she may need to in the future because of a shift in her mental health from an increased sense of urgency throughout her day. With more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, Hong Kong began implementing electronic wristbands that track the location of its user on March 19. “If I don’t go to class live so I can ask questions and see the teacher talk, it’ll be tougher for me to stay up to date on my classwork,” said Gaviotis, a sophomore majoring in economics and mathematics. “I feel like if I actually go to the class on time, I’m more enticed to do it.” “If you’re working in breakout sessions in a classroom, you can still overhear certain things or say something to the entire group or walk over and look at somebody else’s work,” Yang said. “Those things can’t be built organically into something like Zoom.” When asked for a comment on specific accommodations USC has made for international students, USC redirected the Daily Trojan to the University’s online guide for students.  Many students from countries outside of the United States find the loss of an on-campus, in-person college experience has undercut their original expectations for their spring semester in Los Angeles. “I’m very happy with how quickly USC made the decision to close classes and go into Zoom,” Gaviotis said. “If they hadn’t told us before spring break, I would’ve been stuck outside of Dubai and wouldn’t have been able to come back to my family.” With daily schedules entirely altered, students are finding difficulties in adjusting to unfamiliar routines.  Yang’s experience is shared with many students overseas who were forced to make drastic changes to their daily schedules.  USC created the Student Basic Need Fund to assist students who have encountered unexpected financial burdens due to the coronavirus, which is open to the entire student body. Even with USC requirements to record lectures, international students have struggled with adjusting to the new format, often choosing between missing the class live or attending during problematic hours. (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) “After a week of attending classes [in my timezone] and waking up late, I felt a difference in my personal well-being,” Iwanejko said. “It’s harder for me to manage my time more effectively because I have less time between when I wake up and my classes.” On top of transitioning to a new time zone, Iwanejko also didn’t have a Polish SIM card, prompting police officers to physically check up on her nearly every day of her two-week period of self-quarantine. On every visit, police confirmed Iwanejko was in quarantine and Iwanejko would explain her phone situation. Yang contributes to her group project in her own time, removed from the active discussion and moments of creative bursts among her classmates during the sessions. “It’s discouraging, especially as international students,” said Zuzanna Iwanejko, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law who is taking her classes from Poland. “We went to USC to physically be there and get to know our professors and use the resources USC provides for us.” “I think out of 14 days, they came 10 times, one of which was twice in the same day,” Iwanejko said.  The University recommended all students who must travel overseas to contact the Office of International Services to address potential visa complications amid ongoing travel restrictions across the world.center_img Colleges across the nation have swapped in-person lectures with online classes in an effort to curb face-to-face interactions due to the coronavirus. Following USC’s decision to transition all classes to online mid-March, many international students immediately dispersed to their home countries.  Using Gulf Standard Time, Dubai is 11 hours ahead of California, a nearly perfect reversal of mornings and evenings. The United Arab Emirates temporarily blocked visa holders from entering the country on March 19, less than a week after the University declared classes would be moved online. “I’ll stay connected with my other friends who are also going through this … just being a support system for each other since these are nearly unprecedented circumstances,” Lu said. Some overseas students have faced an additional obstacle during their reentry: government-mandated quarantines.  Angelos Gaviotis begins his day after the sun is past its peak, around 3 p.m., joining his family for breakfast when they are eating lunch. By the time Gaviotis prepares for his classes, the Dubai skyline outside his window is dark — Gaviotis peers at his bright laptop screen starting at 8 p.m., his classes often lasting until 5 a.m. “I have four routers in my house … and I still get kicked out,” Iwanejko said. “There are some classes that are definitely harder, especially big lectures, because I have so many people, the server is overcrowded [and] I tend to get kicked out of the system.” “It just doesn’t seem real right now,” said Audrey Yang, a freshman majoring in neuroscience and economics, who is attending classes from Taiwan. “I don’t have a routine anymore, which is really messing up everything because I feel like I’m slacking on assignments at the same time.” To adapt to the new online format, Yang’s professor adjusted the class to utilize more breakout sessions — none of which Yang can attend as they run from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. in her local zone.  Internet strengths often highly vary from country to country, leaving students with poorer connections finding themselves unable to consistently attend Zoom classes. Poland’s unsteady internet connection prevents Iwanejko from being able to join meetings with her video on, making her the only student in her Chinese language class without it. “I really am a morning person,” said Iwanejko, whose classes run until midnight. “Just having everything in the evening influenced my participation a little bit because I’m more tired in the evening, perhaps less engaged.” Centered on group projects, Yang’s studio class required students to create an experimental game exploring speculative design methods. “With everything going on, it’s just so depressing that you feel like this isn’t that important anymore,” Audrey Yang said. For Katherine Yang, a sophomore majoring in media arts and practice, returning to Hong Kong created an array of problems for her core classes. In a studio class for her major heavily based on discussion and collaboration with other cohort members, the transition to online meetings has offered clear shortcomings. As a member of USC’s hip-hop dance team Chaotic 3, Lu used her passion for hip-hop to help cope with her situation as she danced in her hotel room to pass time. Lu and other members of Chaotic 3 began sending videos of themselves to each other dancing from their respective locations, continuing the group’s engagement despite being separated. “Having to just watch the recordings and trying to work with my group members at other times, it’s a big loss for me,” she said. Though the University has required all online lectures to be recorded, students across the globe are united in their struggle in maintaining the momentum from the first half of the semester amid the change in their environments. Despite the inevitable timezone conflict, students said they’d rather be in the safety of their own homes. “Ultimately, would you rather be stuck in the U.S. or stuck in your home country?” Katherine Yang said. “I think a lot of people would prefer the latter.”last_img read more