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first_imgFew details have been floating around about a new Grateful Dead tribute piece, led by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. Some of the tracklisting from that recorded tribute recently leaked, and the band quietly slipped their way onto Justin Vernon‘s (Bon Iver) second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival for their first and only live performance as “Day Of The Dead.”Rolling Stone Australia sat down with Scott Devendorf, bassist of The National, to talk more about the project. “One of things we’ve been working on is a Grateful Dead covers record. We’ve been working on it for a number of years and it’s finally coming out some time in late [U.S.] spring. It’s all musical activity and exercise, versus sitting around and not doing anything [laughs].”He continues about this exciting new album, “It’s 60 songs and about five-and-a-half hours long, it’s really great. We worked hard on it and there’s a ton of other bands on it, and we’re the house band on a bunch of stuff. It’s a multi-artist effort, but we’re sort of curating and producing it. There’s so many people on it – the War on Drugs, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Lee Ronaldo, Ira from Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Hornsby with Bon Iver and a bunch of others. It’s gonna be cool.”According to some leaked information from Will Hermes’ Twitter account a few weeks ago, we can also expect to hear the Flaming Lips, Wilco with GD founding member Bob Weir, and many more on this 60-song compilation. We are indeed looking forward to this genre-spanning tribute collaboration. Projects like this go to show just how far music can really go. [via Rolling Stone AU]last_img read more

first_imgPledge Allegiance to George Takei Starts October 6 at Longacre TheatreBefore he was a Star Trek regular or a social media phenomenon, George Takei spent time as a child in a Japanese-American internment camp. Those experiences form the basis for Allegiance, a multi-generation musical set during World War II where veteran Sam Kimura and his sister Kei are faced to choose between their country and their family. Lea Salonga and Telly Leung star alongside Takei. Click for tickets! Hey, you, staring in front of your oven. That’s dangerous. It’s not that cold. What are you going to do in December? Light your coffee table on fire? The more prudent course is to stay busy. We got you covered. We have Sam Rockwell starring in Fool for Love, Lisa Howard’s solo show at 54 Below, and a nightcap with Nathan Lane. Here come this week’s picks! Share a Room with Sam Rockwell Opens October 8 at Samuel J. Friedman TheatreSam Rockwell is one of America’s finest actors. Put him in a Sam Shepard play? Good. Pair him with terrific Tony winner Nina Arianda? Better. Make that play the sexy, smoldering Fool for Love, where two ex-lovers have it out in a seedy motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert? Outstanding. But get there pronto. This much-anticipated revival is only playing through December 6. Click for tickets! Sit Down for On Your Feet! Starts October 5 at Marquis TheatreGloria and Emilio Estefan have not only created hits galore—go to one wedding and not have a DJ spin “Conga”—they’ve been married for nearly 40 years. The emotional, musical story of Cuba’s most beloved exports comes to Broadway in On Your Feet!, which begins previews today. Newcomer Ana Villafane (who attended Gloria’s high school) and Josh Segarra star. Click for tickets! Let Nathan Lane Tuck You In October 8 on CBSLook at you attending all these shows. Good for you! It’s time to rest. Before you put on your Les Miz pajamas and dream a dream, drift off to The Late Late Show with James Corden, where Nathan Lane pays a visit. Actually, Lane Is always a fun guest; stay up for that. You can go to sleep once the infomercials hit, unless you’re looking for an easier way to make eggs. Get a Little Something with Lisa Howard October 8 to 10 at Feinstein’s/54 BelowIf you saw It Shoulda Been You or her performance on the Tonys, you know that Lisa Howard doesn’t just belt a tune—she knocks it into next week and kicks its ass when she encounters it again. You want to hear more? Well, we have the perfect opportunity: the Broadway veteran is performing her first solo show at 54 Below! Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLE MARS — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he expects to be placed back on several legislative committees in the near future.King, a Republican from Kiron, was removed from all committee assignments in January following a New York Times article where he addressed white supremacy. Speaking in Le Mars on Monday, King said he’s been talking with House leaders about restoring his status.“There is that possibility,” King says. “I’ve had some discussion with leadership as recently as just the end of last week. I expect to go back next week and pick up that discussion. I’ve let them know that I’m going to start to turn this up now. I’ve been too nice, too long.”During the Times interview, King said he didn’t understand how the phrases white supremacy, white nationalism and western civilization had developed negative connotations. King says he was misquoted. He says he deserves to have his assignments restored as there’s no precedent for how he’s being treated.“We asked the Congressional Research Services to go back through the history of the United States Congress and identify each member of Congress that had been removed from all of their committees, had served with no committees,” King says. “Since antiquity, as far back as they could go in the records, there have been four.”King is the fourth — and he says two previous representatives were convicted of serious crimes while the third is still facing trial. King points out, he’s never been charged with anything. “What have I been accused of? I’m accused of a misquote, by the way, for asking a politically incorrect, rhetorical question. That’s the level of it. This is something that cannot be allowed to stand,” King says. “If it stands, there will be speech sanctions against any member of Congress that speaks out, no matter how objectively true they are.”King says if he remains stripped of his committee assignments, then our constitutional rights will be jeopardized. “It supresses the freedom of speech, thought and expression for the entire nation,” King says. “People should think that if you can’t speak freely, neither can you even think freely because what good are those thoughts if you can’t express them and how do you measure them against someone else? Another way to put this is, you’ve gotta’ put people together, they’ve got to exchange ideas and have open conversation. Let their imaginations soar.”The 4th District Republican says he will continue to “put the heat on the leadership.”last_img read more

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