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first_imgQuickly rising to the tops of Americana playlists everywhere, The Wood Brothers continue their hold on the live music scene with the announcement of a brand new album! Titled Live At The Barn, the new album showcases The Wood Brothers’ full live performance inside Levon Helm’s famed recording space, The Barn. The new Live At The Barn album is due out on January 13th.Taken from a performance on August 9th, 2016, the musical magic of The Barn only enhanced the band’s abilities. Says Oliver Wood, “We’re huge fans of Levon’s and count him as a big influence. Since we actually got to know him, his influence was more than musical—it was personal. He was one of those unique and powerful personalities, and I’ll always remember how gracious he was. We also got to know Levon’s daughter Amy quite well and have had great tours and collaborations with her. She’s a beautiful soul just like her dad, and we have fond memories of playing with both of them in that barn.”He adds, “It’s so intimate and casual that it feels less like a concert and more like a living room jam. The spirit in there is strong, from the history and the intent that Levon had when he built the place to all the great music and musicians that have played there.”Check out the first track from Live At The Barn below, a fitting cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” which premiered on Rolling Stone earlier today.You can find out more about Live At The Barn on the band’s website, and see both the tracklisting and full Wood Brothers tour schedule below.Live At The Barn Tracklisting1. Mary Anna2. I Got Loaded3. Tried & Tempted4. Trouble In Mind5. Who The Devil6. Wastin’ My Mind7. Postcards From Hell8. Honey Jar9. OpheliaThe Wood Brothers’ Tour ScheduleFeb. 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union TransferFeb. 3 – Albany, NY – Massry Center for the ArtsFeb. 4 – Portland, ME – State TheatreFeb. 6 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomFeb. 8 – Somerville, MA – Somerville TheatreFeb. 9 – Somerville, MA – Somerville TheatreFeb. 10 – New York, NY – Webster HallFeb. 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubFeb. 12 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance CenterFeb. 13 – Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb. 14 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood TheatreMar. 2 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North ParkMar. 3 – West Hollywood, CA – TroubadourMar. 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio TheatreMar. 7 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar. 8 – Chico, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing CompanyMar. 9 – Eugene, OR – McDonald TheaterMar. 10 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomMar. 11 – Seattle, WA – The Moore TheatreMar. 12 – Vancouver, BC – The ImperialApr. 7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music HallApr. 8 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festivallast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael MuckianThe digital age has arrived at the $18 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va. The institution on Wednesday reported that more than three-quarters of all member transactions involved online or mobile devices during 2014.Specifically, 80% of member interactions—including logons, balance checks and transactions with PenFed —involved a web or mobile device. Comparatively, 15% took place via phone, and 5% involved branch visits, according to PenFed President/CEO James Schenck. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgChina will set up a “national security agency” in Hong Kong to oversee a forthcoming new law aimed at cracking down on dissent in the city, state media said on Saturday.The new law also would override any existing Hong Kong laws that may conflict with it once it is implemented, Xinhua news agency said in a report detailing the draft legislation.The report followed the conclusion of a meeting in Beijing of China’s top law-making committee that reviewed draft provisions aimed at snuffing out the pro-democracy movement that has rocked the semi-autonomous city.  If Hong Kong laws clash with the provisions of the upcoming legislation, the power of interpretation lies with the Standing Committee of China’s rubber-stamp national legislature, Xinhua added.’Beijing’s hand’ The city’s leader Carrie Lam said Saturday the government agreed with the proposal to establish “specialized departments in the police force and the department of justice” to safeguard national security.In a written statement she said the territory’s government “expressed gratitude” over Beijing’s handling of the situation.But Alvin Yeung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker, said the details on what will constitute a crime are “highly vague, which is of course, extremely worrying.” “More importantly, it is almost like Beijing’s hand is getting right in the center of the administrative and judicial reins of Hong Kong.”Leung also expressed alarm at Xinhua’s mention of a separate security “council” to be headed by the territory’s chief executive whose duties would include choosing judges to handle security cases.”What worries me more is if any judges, in the future, when they try the cases and in (rule) favor of the defendant, would those judges be removed? That could be possible,” he said.China’s parliament endorsed the planned legislation last month, sending the draft to the Standing Committee.The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Wednesday urged China to reconsider the proposed law, saying they had “grave concerns” it threatens Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.In response, senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said at a high-level meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”.Under a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement before Britain handed the territory back to China, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.Hong Kong has been convulsed by a year of huge and often violent rallies that began with an eventually aborted criminal extradition bill but morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability.Beijing says the national security law is needed to end the political unrest and restore stability. Xinhua said the Standing Committee would “soon finalize” the legislation.Topics : The fast-tracking of the bill — which is bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature — raised international concern that it will end the financial hub’s limited freedoms and usher in a new era of Communist-style repression.Xinhua gave no details on its make-up but opponents of Beijing’s control have repeatedly voiced fears that the final wording of the law will allow mainland security organs to openly establish a presence in Hong Kong.The future security agency would be established by China’s central government and would “supervise, guide, coordinate, and support” the maintenance of national security in the territory, Xinhua said.Xinhua said the eventual law would criminalize “secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and colluding with foreign and external forces to endanger national security.”last_img read more

first_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Kike’ Hernandez completed the night’s power display with a two-run home run later in the sixth inning and Taylor finished a simple single shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and a home run.The bombs-away offense provided cover for Kershaw to continue working his way back from the lower back strain that landed him on the DL at the start of June.“Games like this, you just try to get guys back in the dugout as fast as possible, the way they’re swinging the bats,” Kershaw said.In his third start back, Kershaw went six innings – his longest outing since May 1, before back-to-back trips to the DL with biceps tendinitis and a lower back strain.Kershaw is not sharp yet. But he only allowed single runs in the second and fourth – doubles by Elias Diaz followed by an RBI single by David Freese each time. The rest of the Pirates went hitless against Kershaw, who struck out only two (Nova both times).“I made some mistakes,” he said. “There’s probably some things to work on if I’m getting to two strikes and they’re putting the ball in play like that.” It is all very shocking – even to Muncy.“Absolutely,” he said. “I never thought I could hit this many home runs in such a short time. I’m just showing up every day and trying to do something to help the team.“I keep saying it’s just changes in my swing that put me in a better position to take advantage of the power I do have. … Honestly, it’s just a combination of small things that have all come together.”That is a coy way of saying “launch angle” and the new hot phrase in evaluator-speak – “impacting the baseball.”The Dodgers have done that with resounding success in the past two games against the Pirates, scoring 25 runs on 32 hits. The home runs have come at a June-like pace, 10 in the two games. They had nine extra-base hits in consecutive games for the first time since May 17-18, 1929.None of Tuesday’s offense came from Matt Kemp. He went hitless in four at-bats, striking out three times, to end his streak of consecutive hits at eight plate appearances.Joc Pederson and Muncy hit back-to-back home runs Monday night and did it again Tuesday – in the first five pitches of the game from Pirates starter Ivan Nova.Muncy took Nova deep again leading off the third inning. Yasmani Grandal just missed repeating that an inning later, settling for a triple off the top of the center-field wall instead. So Chris Taylor followed with a two-run home run.Grandal cleared the fence leading off the sixth inning, the fifth home run off Nova. No pitcher in the Pirates’ 137-year history had ever given up five home runs in a game before.Related Articles Fans in Boston and Anaheim would rise to that challenge. But Muncy is undoubtedly the most unexpected entrant in that discussion.Discarded as a minor-league free agent last April after rattling around the Oakland A’s farm system for parts of six seasons, Muncy was a non-roster invitee to the Dodgers’ big-league camp this spring but got only 14 at-bats in Cactus League games before being sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the season.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Now he is the first Dodger to 20 home runs (despite spending the first three weeks of the season in Triple-A). Only two players in the National League have more home runs than Muncy – Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and Washington’s Bryce Harper. Only two players in the majors have a higher OPS than Muncy’s 1.069 (minimum 150 plate appearances) – Boston’s Mookie Betts and the Angels’ Mike Trout. Only Betts has a higher slugging percentage than Muncy’s .649 (again, 150 plate appearances minimum).“He’s hitting good pitching, left-handed pitching, taking walks when he needs to,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s the thing – it’s not one of those things where the league can figure him out because he’s covering a lot of pitches and he’s not afraid to walk.“Like I said the other night, it’s not surprising anymore. He understands his swing. He’s a baseball player. He’s putting up All-Star numbers. That’s just the way it is. That’s just the truth.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury center_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, second from left, hits a solo home run as Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova, left, and catcher Elias Diaz, right, watch along with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Ivan Nova #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on as Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds second base after hitting a solo homerun during the first inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward #45 after his solo home run during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits the first of his two home runs off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova, left, during the first inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle yells at the home plate umpire during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a line drive off the bat of Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, heads to first on a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova, front, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy gestures before scoring on his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger congratulates Max Muncy after his solo home run during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds second base after hitting a triple during the fourth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Ivan Nova #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates talks with catcher Elias Diaz #32 on the mound during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco can’t get to a ball hit for a triple by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, dives into home before being tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, left, while trying to score on a bunt by Clayton Kershaw during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, dives into home before being tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, left, while trying to score on a bunt by Clayton Kershaw during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, left, while trying to score on a bunt by Clayton Kershaw as home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez watches during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, left, heads to first on a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova, front, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates’ David Freese, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, watches along with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, right, hits a two-run home run in front of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, let, and home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Austin Meadows watches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez go out for a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, right, is congratulated by Chris Taylor after hitting a two-run home run, while Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz stands at the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Joc Pederson #31 congratulates Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after his two-run homerun during the sixth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Erik Goeddel #62 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the ninth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Enrique Hernandez #14, Yasiel Puig #66 and Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 in a game at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 30LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In the old play-turned-movie “Damn Yankees,” baseball fan Joe Hardy makes a deal with the devil and emerges out of nowhere to tear up the American League and lead his favorite team past the hated Yankees.That seems plausible compared to the script Max Muncy is writing this year.“We knew Max was a good hitter, but I don’t think anyone in the world would have expected this,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw said after Muncy hit two of the Dodgers’ six home runs in an 8-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.“He’s the best hitter in baseball right now. I don’t think anyone can argue with that.”last_img read more