Month: March 2021

So, I Went To A Justin Bieber Concert…And Liked It.

first_imgSometimes, a dumb idea or a stupid joke goes a little too far, and a funny conversation about Phish’s lighting guy, Chris Kuroda, working the nearby Justin Bieber concert ends up with you actually going to said Justin Bieber concert. That’s kind of what happened to me, when an escalating chain of events – we have to go! Trey will be there! He plays Phish songs! The stage set up will be incredible! I’m checking Stubhub! I bought tickets! I bought tickets? – led me to Madison Square Garden to see Justin Bieber (and Carly Rae Jepsen!). The worst part is, despite not trying to, I really liked it. If you think Phish has dedicated fans, you should see these little fuckers. Its like going to this concert is every girl’s princess ball. It’s like their parents just said ‘fuck it’ for the night. Everyone is decked out, whether its in homemade Bieber shirts, or legitimate pricess costumes. Seriously. Like, full on Disney princess. I don’t know if they are hoping that Bieber picks them out of the audience and marries them on the spot, but every – single – girl. Princess costumes.Before Bieber came out, some asshole decided to dim the lights a little bit every 10 seconds, teasing the crowd into think the show was about to start. And that means that every 10 seconds, every single girl in the audience would shriek at the top of her lungs. The stadium was literally shaking. It felt like the noise alone could explode your head. All of that was just warm up for when the Biebs finally jumped out, exactly on the cue of a 10 minute countdown.That’s the thing – this was more of a spectacle than a real concert. There were constant intermissions with cheesy videos that would lead up to Bieber jumping out to fireworks. Oh – the fireworks. There was a lot of fireworks. Like tons. All the time. The visual experience was truly awesome, with massive light rigs all above the crowd, a huge screen behind Bieber, and pyro pretty much everywhere. Between the dancers and the lights and the Bieber, there was so much going on.Oh, and laugh all you want, the music was no worse than any other top 40 electronic/pop radio hits. Was it cheesy pop garbage forced down the throats of our youth? Of course it was. But it was that garbage in its absolute best form. There are some certifiable hits in there, and they are pretty danceable beats. The kid’s got swag, he commands the stage and has control of the audience for the entire time. Not that it’s so hard to do for a bunch of 14 year olds. For me and all of the MILFs in the audience – and yes, there were tons – I think we just got to enjoy the pure outrageousness of it all. Here is an 18 year old boy, literally descending from the heavens onto the stage for thousands of screaming girls to ogle. He changes outfits, he dances, he sings, theres fireworks, lights, ridiculous videos – one showed a montage of news clips questioning Bieber’s staying power, before he triumphantly returned to the stage to sing some song that probably had to do with overcoming adversity. It’s just so over the top, there’s so much going on, it’s pretty hilarious.Look, I can’t in my right mind tell you that you need to goto a Justin Bieber concert. Being around that many little girls for such a long time is probably hazardous to your health in some way, it definitely makes you feel a little  creepy. But what I can tell you, is that it was pretty awesome. And if you get asked by a girlfriend or daughter or niece, you may have a better time than you think. His band is awesome – they do a medley of a few Phish songs at one point (2001, First Tube, Sand and Waste), and the guitarist has a pretty nasty solo later on in the show. The lights and fireworks are cool. The event as a whole is just kind of hilariously awesome. It’s definitely not as bad as you think.last_img read more

Trey Anastasio and Umphrey’s McGee to Stream NYC-Area Shows

first_imgBoth Trey Anastasio and Umphrey’s McGee will be live streaming their upcoming NYC-area shows.  First, on Sunday, January 20th, Umphrey’s will be streaming their “Celebrating 15 Years of Facemelting” show at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl.  This just announced, sold-out show is sure to be straight fire.  Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23rd-24th, Trey Anastasio will follow suit and live stream both of his shows at Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre.If you were unable to get tickets for these shows, aren’t in the area to attend, or simply don’t want to get off your couch, then kick back, relax, and enjoy the shows from the confines of your home.  The Umphrey’s McGee show is $7.99, while the TAB shows are $12.99 each, or $19.99 for a two-night package.To order the Umphrey’s McGee Brooklyn Bowl show, click here.To order one of both of the Trey Anastasio Band shows, click here.last_img read more

Atoms For Peace Tour Dates Emerge

first_imgFinally, Atoms For Peace have announced a handful of U.S. tour dates for this fall, including stops in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.  These tour additions to take place in September and October will precede a few festival appearances by the supergroup in Japan and will follow some already announced European dates.Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace, which consists of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark, and drummer Joey Waronker, recently released their debut record titled AMOK last month via XL Recordings and both Yorke and Nigel Godrich recently performed a few DJ Sets which served as album launch parties, with a stop at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge.  View all current scheduled Atoms For Peace 2013 Tour Dates below!Atoms For Peace 2013 Tour Dates:07/06 – Paris, FR @ Zenith07/09 – Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena07/10 – Munich, DE @ Zenith07/12 – Trencín, SL @ Bazant Pohoda Festival07/13 – Novi Sad, SR @ EXIT Festival07/16 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma07/17 – Milan, IT @ City Sound Festival07/20 – Malta, PL @ Malta Festival07/21 – Munich, DE @ Melt! Festival07/24 – London, UK @ Roundhouse07/25 – London, UK @ Roundhouse07/26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center09/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center09/30 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center10/02 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl10/17 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl11/18 – Osaka, JP @ Osaka Zepp Namba11/19 – Osaka, JP @ Osaka Zepp Namba11/21 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast11/22 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast11.23 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Shinkiba Studio CoastCheck out the video for “Ingenue” here:last_img read more

Watch theNEWDEAL Tear It Up At Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgtheNEWDEAL appeared at Brooklyn Bowl this past May to bring two nights of exhilarating shows to the esteemed Williamsburg, NY venue. The three-piece livetronica band was on fire, and luckily you can now relive that memorable evening!Catch theNEWDEAL with BoomBox for the ultimate Dead and Company afterparty at the PlayStation Theater on Halloween.last_img

Watch The Bonnaroo Thanksgiving Special Before It’s Too Late

first_imgThe Thanksgiving special continues for the second year in a row: A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving. The hour-long special is airing solely through YouTube and other Internet channels from November 25-30, and can never be viewed again after that. As part of Black Friday, pre-sale tickets for Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival (June 9-12, 2016) will go live at noon EST on November 27th on Bonnaroo’s official website. Well played, Roo!This year’s special includes: Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Hozier, Courtney Barnett, Earth Wind And Fire, Brandi Carlile, AWOLNATION, Twenty One Pilots, Belle & Sebastian, Tears For Fears, D’Angelo And The Vanguard and Mumford & Sons featuring My Morning Jacket, Hozier, Dawes, Ed Helms and Danny Clinch.last_img read more

Lettuce Announces Red Rocks Performance With The Wailers & Special Guests

first_imgFunk powerhouse Lettuce have announced their second annual headlining Red Rocks performance on June 10th, featuring some impressive special guests. Reggae legends The Wailers will provide support, performing Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus. Electro-soul sensation Manic Focus will also help kick things off. Hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash will work his magic on the decks.Last year’s performance popped off with Colorado funk favorites The Motet. Read our review here.Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 AM. Catch Lettuce headlining two nights at Fool’s Paradise April 1st & 2nd along with Vulfpeck, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and more! Get tickets and more info here.last_img read more

Fellow’s focus is foggy, froggy forest

first_imgIn the dark of the Sri Lankan cloud forest, the researchers’ only guide was the headlamps they used to light up the night, illuminating the cold, gray mist that drifted through the trees.They looked carefully as they walked among the trunks, the beams from their headlamps casting left and right, up and down. They examined rocks and branches, leaf litter and shrubs, tree trunks, and leaves high in the canopy. By and by, they found one, then another — small tree frogs that froze in the light and went suddenly silent.The frogs are a bit of living scientific gold. With amphibians declining around the world in what experts fear is a mass extinction crisis, these recently discovered tree frogs are strangely abundant and incredibly varied, an overlooked yet amazing display of biological diversity in a part of the world where British and Sri Lankan naturalists had worked for a century.For the next two years, Sri Lankan biologist Madhava Meegaskumbura will be working at the Harvard University Center for the Environment to understand more about these frogs, studying how they evolved, why they go extinct, and how to prevent that fate for those that still exist.“Sri Lanka is on the front lines of the global biodiversity crisis,” said Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Museum of Comparative Zoology Director James Hanken, with whom Meegaskumbura is working. “It is among the hottest of global biodiversity hotspots, even though less than 5 percent of original forest cover remains. This is true for the island’s amphibians, and especially tree frogs, which have undergone a unique and explosive adaptive radiation numbering hundreds of species.”Meegaskumbura, a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Center for the Environment, is planning a trip back to Sri Lanka in December to further his work in the field, which has already astonished amphibian experts around the world.In 2002, Meegaskumbura, together with other Sri Lankan scientists and researchers from Boston University, told the world what they found: as many as 100 new species of tree frogs in the high cloud forests and lowland rainforests of Sri Lanka. The new frog species, most belonging to the genus Philautus, were found in remnant forests in a part of the island nation that had been largely deforested by British colonial planters to make room for plantations of tea, rubber, and cinchona, a tree whose bark is used to make the malaria treatment quinine.“I was just completely blown away,” said Boston University associate professor of biology and herpetologist Christopher Schneider. “I was completely stunned by the finding. It was clear that there was this enormous radiation of frogs in Sri Lanka that nobody had recognized. … I don’t know when the last such discovery was made.”The work was initially done under the auspices of a Sri Lankan nonprofit organization called the Wildlife Heritage Trust. Meegaskumbura joined the effort in 1998 and, together with Sri Lankan colleagues, helped confirm the unprecedented diversity using DNA techniques, examining museum specimens, observing behavior of living specimens brought back to the lab, and logging hours and hours in Sri Lanka’s high remnant forests.“There’s obviously so much left to discover; that’s what’s exciting about Madhava’s discovery,” said Wildlife Heritage Trust founder Rohan Pethiyagoda.In 1998, Meegaskumbura contacted Schneider, who became his doctoral adviser and helped guide several more years of work on the frogs. Meegaskumbura completed his doctoral degree at Boston University in 2007.For two and a half years, Meegaskumbura, mainly together with colleague Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, collected frogs and other relevant data in the forests. The work had to be done at night, when the frogs were active, and Meegaskumbura worked in the forests from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. four or five nights a week, logging hundreds of hours.Researchers exhaustively detailed what they found, recording frog calls and noting where each was found, what type of surface it was on, elevation, humidity, temperature, and other variables that, as they accumulated, painted a picture of the different species’ habits.“The diversity of habitats you have to sample is amazing, places normally you wouldn’t expect frogs,” Meegaskumbura said.Researchers also took tissue samples for DNA analysis and, in some cases, took the whole frog, either to be preserved as part of a research collection or to observe breeding behavior in a captive setting.The forests were often difficult to traverse. The reason the forests survived is that they are perched on steep terrain unsuitable for farming. They held hidden dangers, some natural, some not. Leeches and snakes call the forests home and Meegaskumbura said he once had a notebook knocked out of his hand only to turn and see the open, white mouth of the pit viper draped in a nearby shrub. The snake had struck but hit only the book.Researchers also had to be alert for manmade dangers. Hunters sometimes set up guns triggered by trip wires to catch wild pigs and other game. A wrong step could blow away a knee or a hip, depending on the height of the hunters’ quarry, Meegaskumbura said.With the conflict between the government and Tamil separatists having ravaged Sri Lanka for the past 30 years, armed personnel could be another nighttime hazard. Meegaskumbura recalled one night when trucks full of men began shooting in the researchers’ direction from a road. He doesn’t know whether they were shooting live ammunition or not, whether they were hoping to hit something or just training, but he and his colleagues took cover behind the trees until the trucks passed, just to be sure.The research so far has done more than bring to light the new frog species, Meegaskumbura said. The DNA work on the frogs has informed science’s understanding of their relationships to each other, reducing the number of main genera of Sri Lankan tree frogs from four to two, even though it increases the number of species within those groups. By searching museums for specimens of Sri Lankan frogs collected since the late 1800s, they have identified 19 species that are no longer found on the island and presumed to be extinct.“These early reference collections that are now housed in reputed natural history museums worldwide were instrumental in highlighting the extinction of species in Sri Lanka,” Meegaskumbura said.Their studies have shown that most of the frogs are terrestrial direct developers, Meegaskumbura said. Instead of laying eggs in the water, most of the new species lay eggs on land, skipping over the aquatic tadpole phase and hatching as juvenile frogs right from the eggs. Meegaskumbura said he believes this trait may be a key to their amazing diversity. Being able to have young independent of water, these frogs were able to venture far from streams and ponds and exploit a whole host of environmental niches unavailable to frogs whose reproductive needs tie them to water.“It gives them ecological opportunity to diversify,” Meegaskumbura said.Though the frogs don’t need water to breed, they still need moisture. The misty forests provide a damp environment for these direct breeders to lay eggs in. While one type of direct breeder buries their eggs in the forest floor, protecting them from fluctuations in temperature and humidity, another type sticks their eggs to foliage and is very vulnerable to drops in humidity.That characteristic may make them sensitive to changes in the forest, Meegaksumbura said, either forest fragmentation that dries the interior out, or to a global warming that might raise temperatures and lower humidity.“Global warming could have a devastating effect on these frogs. These are mountain isolates restricted to small areas,” Meegaskumbura said. “They could go extinct quite quickly.”As part of his work at Harvard, Meegaskumbura wants to develop computer models that might help predict what kinds of changes the forests and frogs might face under different environmental circumstances, to help design conservation policies.“The Environmental Fellows program was created to support the professional development of outstanding young scholars tackling complex environmental problems,” said Harvard University Center for the Environment Managing Director James Clem. “Madhava’s extraordinary field research as a graduate student has laid the foundation for exciting new insights to come as an Environmental Fellow.”[email protected]last_img read more

Flu shots still available at HUHS

first_imgWith the flu season currently at its peak (and the season often lasting through April), there is still plenty of time and good reason to get immunized if you have not already. Following immunization, it takes approximately 10 days to develop antibodies and be protected.Students, retirees, and Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP) members and their dependents can make an appointment with one of the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) triage nurses, either in Cambridge or at the satellite HUHS clinics, during regular business hours. For those faculty and staff who do not have HUGHP as their insurance carrier, UHS will accept walk-in immunization requests and provide flu shots free of charge.For more information, visit, or call (617) 495-5711.last_img read more

SEAS initiative supported by up to $20 million in BASF funding

first_imgThe official opening of the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard was celebrated with an inaugural two-day symposium (April 29-30) on biofilms. The initiative, with direct funding from BASF — a chemical company with offices around the word — to reach up to $20 million in the next five years, represents an innovative model for university-industry collaboration. Researchers from BASF’s German headquarters will have the opportunity to work on-site in Harvard labs, easing scientific exchange on projects, as well as fostering broader interaction between the two institutions.Moreover, the arrangement will give participating students a way to interact with industry without ever having to leave campus. In fact, since the initiative was first announced last fall, 10 postdoctoral students from the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, and China have already initiated multiple projects, such as investigating the interaction between bacteria and surfaces and using colloidal techniques to develop formulations of pharmaceutical actives with a higher bioavailability.Based at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the interdisciplinary initiative will have strong ties with students, departments, and Schools throughout the University. In addition, relationships with other research groups at universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as with technology-transfer and other companies in New England, have already been established.The two-day symposium on biofilms, held at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, provided a glimpse at what the organizers of the initiative hope to accomplish. Microbial biofilms on surfaces cause billions of dollars in losses each year in equipment damage, product contamination, and energy losses.Equally important, biofilms cause medical infections, resulting in adverse and detrimental effects on human life. George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, and co-director of the initiative, said taming biofilms will require both new ways of thinking and new relationships, like the initiative, that mesh together academic and industry perspectives. With that in mind, Harvard faculty will have the freedom to distribute and publish findings from the initiative, and BASF will have the opportunity to further develop discoveries and innovations for possible commercialization.In addition to Whitesides, BASF’s Jens Rieger, scientific director of polymer research, and Harvard’s David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, are directing the initiative.last_img read more

Shore Fellowship affords breathing room

first_imgThe weekend was hectic for physician Rhonda Bentley-Lewis: two full days of activities, including her son’s birthday party. Then came the trip to the emergency room, not to attend to a patient, but to Christian, the 11-year-old birthday boy, and his broken wrist.“It’s always something,” sighed Bentley-Lewis, the mother of two — her son (who is doing fine), and her 7-year-old daughter Candace. She also has a baby on the way, another boy, due in January.Add to the mix her husband Eldrin Lewis’ busy life as a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and things get complicated. Without family in the area to help — she hails from New York, he from Pennsylvania — their lives have been an extreme exercise in work-life balance.“It’s been a lot of planning and some trial and error,” she said. “I’ve gone through everything from nannies to family friends to au pairs, trying to make sure that we have enough support to keep all of us happy.”The schedule is a familiar one for many young doctors who are managing the rigors of a medical career and a family. But for some, including Bentley-Lewis, an instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and associate physician at BWH, help is in sight.Bentley-Lewis is a recipient of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine. She joins 88 junior faculty members, clinicians, and researchers who will receive the 2008 grants that range from $25,000 to $30,000 and typically last one year.The program was established in 1995 to honor the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HMS. To date, the fellowship component of the program, which began a year later as a way to support junior faculty, has honored 600 recipients with more than $13 million.The awards were designed with young doctors in mind, those in the early stages of their careers who are often in need of additional financial support, manpower, and added time to complete research projects, prepare manuscripts, or publish papers — frequently while treating patients, and often while caring for a family.For Bentley-Lewis, who works at BWH in the division of endocrine diabetes and hypertension, the award has enabled her to devote time to her clinical research on cardiovascular disease risk factors in women.With her one-year $30,000 grant, Bentley-Lewis hired a research assistant to coordinate her work on the occurrence of diabetes during pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and her study on the relationship of race and ethnicity to the incidence of the disease.????As one compares the prevalence of GDM across racial/ethnic groups, one observes a higher prevalence of GDM among women of Asian, Hispanic, and African-American descent compared to non-Hispanic white populations,” said Bentley-Lewis, who also noted that GDM is a predictor of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.In addition, Bentley-Lewis said the fellowship afforded her the time to “manage my clinical and family responsibilities,” and to apply for a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently a finalist for a four-year, $420,000 award from the organization, which, she said, will help her extend her current research.“Because I am so early in my career, the Shore Fellowship is critical to my ability to not only continue the work I am doing now, but to help me work toward establishing independence as a clinical investigator. That’s what it’s all about, taking deliberate steps forward along this path toward independence. I am extremely grateful for the support the Shore award has provided.”A love of research, a dangerous virus, and experiences during his pediatric residency all cemented Asim Ahmed’s desire to work with infectious diseases in children.“Sometimes you don’t realize what you are getting into, then a light bulb goes off and you realize your future vocation, what you are driven by,” said the instructor at HMS and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Boston.Near the end of his residency, Ahmed, who grew up in St. Louis, conducted research on the West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness that produces flu-like symptoms and, in serious cases, can be fatal.Soon after, during his pediatric infectious disease fellowship in the early months of his pediatric rotation, Ahmed encountered a number of young patients with eastern equine encephalitis, a virus similar to West Nile, but more serious, one that often causes permanent brain damage or death.“It affected my outlook on what it means to be a physician,” said Ahmed. “To see a child and their family go through something like that was incredibly compelling.”Ahmed, who was awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant as part of the Shore program, will use the funding to study how such viruses gain entry into cells where they then multiply. His work, he said, not only offers insight into understanding how the viruses operate, but also into possible treatments.“This kind of research gives you a basic understanding of the first step that is important to the viral life cycle. In addition, that initial point in the life cycle can be a target for intervention.”For Ahmed, the Shore Fellowship provides the kind of essential funding that will both allow him to expand his work and time in the lab, as well as hire a research assistant in the following year.“This kind of support early in one’s career is really critical,” he said. “It allows you to transition to an independent career as a physician scientist.”last_img read more