STS9 Rejoins Planet Earth For 20th Red Rocks Performance [Review/Video/Pics]

first_imgAs the mission control board communicated to those in attendance the successful re-entry of STS9 into Earth’s atmosphere, each band member walked out on the stage Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre donning a space helmet for what would be the group’s 20th performance at the legendary Colorado venue. No small feat, and something that was clearly not lost on the gentlemen and lady of STS9.As the band went into a first-time played “Supercluster”, the opening track from their recent release The Universe Inside, led by Alana Rocklin‘s uber-funky bass bombs, you could tell the band was locked in from the first note. “Out of this World” finished the album’s 1-2 punch, with guitarist Hunter Brown experiencing some minor technical difficulties. Zach Velmer and company then took it way back to 1999 with a beautifully played “Frequencies 2 – 3”, which was part of the live Brown Album when the band simply went by Sector 9.Special guest vocalist Maureen Murphy was a fitting addition to the show, as the singer joined STS9 on a cover of The Isley Brothers‘ “Between The Sheets”, with many in the crowd singing the chorus to Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Big Poppa”, bringing some of that East Coast flavor to the mountains. That led into an Artifact-era gem in “ReEmergence”, which witnessed some deft tickling of the ivories by keyboardist David Phipps, before segueing back into the final notes of “Between The Sheets”. “Vibyl” saw STS9 drop into a downtempo glitchy jam of Grandmaster Flash‘s “The Message”, before ending the set proper with “New Dawn, New Day” and the echoing melodic tones of Brown’s guitar creating a dreamscape that would lead into set break.“Simulator” opened the second set, and saw Saxton Waller‘s light show take things to a whole other level, with an array of beautiful colors creating something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. All the stage needed was a monolith, and anybody would have been fooled into thinking they were in the middle of a Kubrick mind-fuck. Another old-school joint in “Grow” was straight out of a smooth jazz handbook, taking you on the greatest elevator ride of your life.We saw two more debuts from The Universe Inside sandwiched in between “The Rabble” and “Blu Mood”with “Elsewhere” and “Sun, Moon and Stars”, the latter of which featured Murphy on vocals once again, taking the STS9-nauts into a realm ruled by futuristic disco funk. Needless to say, “MOD > Modular Improv > MOD was straight filth that had people getting down and slapping the floor.New(ish) number “World Go Round”, which appears on Universe and has been in the live rotation for a couple of years now, ended the second set, leaving mouths agape to be picked up at a later time. For the encore, Artifact number “Better Day” led into the debut of “Light Years” to put a rather tasteful, ethereal touch to the end of what was a truly memorable 20th Red Rocks performance for STS9. Congratulations to the band on such an incredible accomplishment!The group will conclude their two-night stand at the Rocks tonight. Check out full video of the show, courtesy of J Mar:[all photos courtesy of Aaron Bradley Photo]Setlist: STS9 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 9/9/16SET I:Supercluster(*#) –Out of this World(*%) –Frequencies 2 – 3To The WorldMarchGobnugget –Between the Sheets($&) –Reemergence –Between the SheetsVibyl(@)New Dawn, New DaySET II:Simulator –GrowThe Rabble –Call Jam –The RabbleElsewhere(*)Sun, Moon and Stars($*)Blu Mood –MOD –Modular Improv –MODWorld Go RoundENCORE:Better Day($!)Light Years(*)Show Notes:* = first time played# = band wearing space helmets% = HB technical difficulties throughout song$ = w/ Maureen Murphy on vocals& = Isley Brothers [email protected] = extended jam of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”? = Modular Jam! = Alana on Stand Up Basslast_img read more

Norway founds pension panel to gauge success of 2011 reform

first_imgKristin Skogen Lund, CEO of media company Schibsted, has been named as the committee’s leader.“The main point of the committee’s work is that we want a pension system that is economically and socially sustainable and one that emphasises the value of being able to keep working,” Solberg said.The government said the committee had been given extensive duties – to evaluate whether the long-term goals of the reform had been able to be achieved, and to assess the need for adjustments that could ensure the financial and social sustainability of the pension system.The system should provide good pension levels, it said, while ensuring reasonable burden sharing both within each generation and between generations.“It is therefore important to stick to the main principles of the pension reform,” the government said in its announcement.The reform a decade ago was broadly aimed at increasing pensions flexibility while at the same time encouraging people to work longer.The new committee comprises representatives appointed by Norway’s political parties as well as professionals with specialist knowledge of pensions and public finances, the government said.Labour market interests would be involved via a council which would be established to follow the committee’s work and provide input, it said.Representatives of youth parties would also be invited to provide ideas, in order to make sure the younger generations were involved in shaping the pension system of the future, it added.Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the labour and social affairs minister, said a pension system had to be predictable and long term, and it could take decades for changes to have full effect.“For this very reason, it is important to facilitate broad political settlements in pension policy,” he said.Besides politicians, the 12-strong committee includes four professors –  Ola Grytten of NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen; Axel West Pedersen of the Institute for Social Research in Oslo; Ragnar Torvik of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and Kjell Vaage, professor at the University of Bergen.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The Norwegian government has announced it is setting up a panel of politicial representatives and pension experts from various sectors, to investigate how successful the last pension reform was – and pinpoint new work that now needs to be done.Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said: “The pension reform is perhaps the most important welfare reform of recent times.”It was therefore crucial, she said, to evaluate whether the legislative overhaul was working as intended and consider whether any adjustments were now needed.The government has given the new pensions committee nearly two years to do its work, setting a deadline for its final report of March 2022.last_img read more

THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Hancock County magic takes over Cross Insurance Center

first_imgBANGOR — No matter which Hancock County basketball team was competing on the Cross Insurance Center floor, the drama of tournament time was at its peak.Local teams delivered thrilling moments from the opening game, a 71-48 Ellsworth win over Mount Desert Island. That game saw the Eagles snap a streak of six straight double-digit losses to the Trojans, and the fun was only beginning.In the Class C boys’ ranks, one of the upsets of the year came courtesy of the Sumner Tigers, who got a basket from Colby Lee with one second left to top No. 1 Central Aroostook 54-53. The Class C bracket also marked the end of an incredible run for the George Stevens Academy boys, but not before GSA rolled past Calais and topped Mattanawcook Academy in overtime.On the girls’ side, MDI claimed the Class B North title with wins over Maine Central Institute, Winslow and Waterville before falling to Gray-New Gloucester in the state title game. The Trojans’ overtime win over Winslow in the regional semifinals came after Julia Watras hit a 3-pointer to tie the game as time expired in regulation.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Class D, the Deer Isle-Stonington girls made it all the way to the regional final despite missing their top scorer, Rylee Eaton. The Mariners eased past Ashland and handed Woodland its only Class D loss of the year before falling to Southern Aroostook.last_img read more