Monophonics Announce New EP & 2018 Spring Tour

first_imgMonophonics are officially back! Today, the band announces their upcoming Mirrors EP and a supporting tour through the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Mirrors–the band’s first release since 2015’s Sound of Sinning, available now to pre-order–is comprised of six rare covers, fusing the complementary and explosive soul, rock, and funk influences of the Bay Area’s psychedelic soul sound. The first single, “My Heart Cries”, featuring Tiffany Austin, is available today.“We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist, and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explained in a press release. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.” He continues, “It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool.” Even the familiar tunes receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals on Mirrors, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs.As a press release detailed, here is a rundown of Monophonics’ upcoming Mirrors EP:The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invincibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with backup vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul. The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.Listen to “My Heart Cries” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out this previously-released music video for “My Heart Cries” by The Invincibles, featuring vocals by Nicole Smith:Catch the band on the road this spring to hear some of these songs, favorites, and new tunes from their forthcoming EP. Get hyped with this tour video, followed by a complete itinerary, below.MONOPHONICS TOUR DATES02-06 @ HiFi Music Hall – Eugene, OR02-07 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR02-08 @ Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA02-09 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR02-10 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-11 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-16 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-17 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-18 @ Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV02-21 @ The Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT02-22 @ Rialto Bozeman – Bozeman, MT02-24 @ Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO03-02 @ Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar – Steamboat Springs, CO03-03 @ Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO03-08 @ Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO03-09 @ Paradise Theatre – Paonia, CO03-10 @ Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, COEnter To Win A Pair Of Tix To Denver + A Copy Of Mirrors On Vinyl!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Department store chain Belk filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina-based department store chain Belk says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Charlotte Observer reports that private equity firm Sycamore Partners made the announcement on Tuesday. The firm owns Belk and says it will continue with “normal operations” as it goes through bankruptcy. Sycamore Partners says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of February. The 133-year-old chain grew from the opening of a store in Monroe, North Carolina, in 1888. The Belk family sold the chain for $3 billion in 2015. Belk has more than 20,000 employees at its nearly 300 stores in 16 Southeastern states.last_img

Western New York Takes One Step Closer To Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Graphic.BUFFALO – Western New York is one step closer to reopening after meeting 6 of the 7 guidelines on Sunday.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the region is one step closer to phase one of the process after meeting all hospitalization metrics.The governor says more contact tracers are needed to reopen and he is working with local leaders to meet that goal.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the names of 291 employees have been provided to New York State to be trained as contact tracers. “Per the 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents we would need 276 contact tracers for Erie County,” explained Poloncarz  in a tweet. “So our 291 identified employees is greater than our allotment, but if we have to do more to meet all of WNY’s counties requirements we will. I guarantee it.”On Friday, officials in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County announced they are seeking to reopen as a sub-region, separate from the Buffalo Metro area.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says Chautauqua County meets all seven of the state’s reopening requirement metrics, when judged independently.last_img read more

The world of cricket is mourning the death of Phillip Hughes.

first_imgPhillip Hughes’ family say they’re devastated following his death, two days after he was injured during a game in Sydney.The 25 year was struck on the neck by a ball, and doctors say he never regained consciousness.Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he’d been taken far too soon, and spoke about loss felt by everyone – including the bowler who delivered the ball.last_img

Cruz Azul moving game because of earthquakes

first_imgLiga MX Cruz Azul moving Tuesday home game after earthquakes Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:50 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edgar Mendez Cruz Azul Rocio Vazquez Liga MX Cruz Azul Pachuca v Cruz Azul Pachuca Liga MX matches are set to resume during the week, but La Maquina are seeking an alternate venue after not being allowed to play at Estadio Azul Cruz Azul is looking for an alternate location for Tuesday’s Liga MX match against Pachuca after Mexico City officials informed the club it could not play at its usual home venue, Estadio Azul.All matches scheduled for this weekend were postponed after Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in the state of Puebla resulted in dozens of collapsed buildings in the capital with quake-related deaths now above 300. Saturday morning brought more shaking in Mexico City, with a 6.1 magnitude quake taking place in Oaxaca setting off alarms and waking residents of the capital whose nerves already have been frayed after a stressful week.League action is set to resume midweek, but Cruz Azul announced Saturday it will not be able to play in its normal home. “Due to the earthquake and today’s earthquake alert, (Mexico City) is not allowing us to play Tuesday, September 26 in the Azul. The club will look for another site.”  Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Debido al sismo y #AlertaSismica de hoy, la #CDMX no permitió jugar el próximo martes 26 de Septiembre en el Azul. Se buscará otra sede.— CRUZ AZUL FC ® (@Cruz_Azul_FC) September 23, 2017 Opened in 1946, the Azul is the oldest stadium in Liga MX. Cruz Azul announced plans to leave the Estadio Azul on a permanent basis and is currently seeking a site where it can build. Like most of the stadiums in Mexico, it was used as a drop-off site for aid items with players and coach Paco Jemez jumping into action to help collect and organize donations.El DT del @Cruz_Azul_FC “Paco Jemez” en La Plaza México apoyando y solidarizándose con el pueblo mexicano. pic.twitter.com/lwr2KYiO1V— La Plaza Mexico (@LaPlazaMexico) September 20, 2017No other first-division matches are scheduled for Mexico City during the week, while Puebla’s home contest against Atlas at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc is expected to go ahead without postponement.last_img read more