Plain White T’s

Plain White T’s
Event on 2013-07-22 20:00:00

Plain White T's

In some of the most quantifiable ways, the Plain White T's count as a veteran outfit. After all, the band formed in the late '90s, when cofounder Tom Higgenson was still in high school, and the T's had several independent releases already to their credit even before "Hey There Delilah" became an international sensation and cultural touchstone in 2007. But as far as the Plain White T's are concerned, they're just entering their sense-of-wonder years. The need to hold onto or reclaim the marvels of youth is a determined thread running through the band's third Hollywood Records release, Wonders of the Younger. Even the love songs that don't directly deal with the ostensible theme of mentally dialing back the aging process have references to nostalgia, childhood lost, or innocence regained. (In "Broken Record," Higgenson references "Billie Jean" and sings, I knew it was final / Got in her daddy's car and she was gone like vinyl.) The message throughout is clear: They were so much older then… they're younger than that now. Higgenson had the album title and concept come to him in a place not usually associated with tender innocence: Las Vegas. It was there, on a Valentines Day 2009 visit, that he was bowled over by a Cirque du Soleil show, O, and wondered if it would be possible to capture the same anything-can-happen spirit on record. "The entire show has pirate ships, clowns and carousel horses coming up and going back into the pool, and at one point there's a piano that comes up out of the water, and it was really epic," he says. "I just loved it, and it gave me that feeling of being a kid and seeing Goonies for the first time, or Indiana Jones – so adventurous and imaginative and different. I left there wanting to make an album that gave people that same feeling." Higgenson, the group's principal singer and songcrafter, held onto that concept through the full year of writing that followed. "There are songs like the title track and 'Welcome to Mystery' and 'Cirque Dans La Rue' that are a little bit more in your face with the idea of it. But even with songs like 'Boomerang' that are not necessarily all about being young or being a kid, I still had that theme in the back of my head." That sense of adventure translated to the stylistic side, too. Any fans who go looking for the hard-rocking pop-punk the group originally became known for as a Warped Tour favorite, or the acoustically based love songs that newcomers came to expect after "Delilah" and "1,2,3,4," will find something to their liking here. But Wonders… represents a drastically richer sonic experience than anything the T's went for on any of their five prior releases. Trying to coast by on the sound that had gotten them tagged as emo way back in the day – correctly or otherwise – could only have culminated, on a project this thematically ambitious, in a sense of blunder. The leap forward they've made in writing, arrangements, and production on the new album might be compared with the kind of step up that fellow Warped alumnus My Chemical Romance made with The Black Parade. Ironically, on an album that in some ways is deeply concerned with resisting the wiles of "maturation," the band's sound has grown exponentially more sophisticated. "The scope is a lot bigger than anything we've done before," Higgenson says. "We definitely tried to get out of our comfort zone. Not that we wanted to sound like a different band. But we wanted to push ourselves outside of what the Plain White T's are accustomed to – exploring different arrangements and striving to be more adventurous and exciting lyrically, musically and thematically. It all has to give you that epic feeling that we wanted the album to have. Even the performances that we're doing and the video we made has to have that slightly surreal, slightly fantastic kind of vibe to it." "It's funny because on our last album, Big Bad World [in 2008], we had the opposite approach. We wanted to strip everything down and wanted it to feel like we're in the room playing these songs for you. That was our vision for that record, but on this album we wanted to push ourselves and make a really big and colorful recording." Starting with the certifiably hummable first single, "Rhythm of Love," in a departure that's undeniable, the track is sung by its writer, guitarist Tim Lopez. On the band's previous disc, Lopez shared vocals with Higgenson on two tracks, but this marks his first time doing a solo lead vocal anywhere outside of a backyard barbecue. "Rhythm of Love" is in a great band tradition: Like "Hey There Delilah," it was written to impress a girl. Lopez explains the real-life story behind the single: "It was written for this girl that I was dating while we were making our last album out in Malibu. We have a lot of history; I've known her since I was 11 or 12. I wasn't really emotionally available to her at the time. I hadn't completely gotten over my divorce, so when the band left on tour, I decided it wasn't right to try to keep the relationship going so we called it quits. It was only over the last year or so that I've realized what I walked away from. The song was an attempt to rekindle things and win her back. She's currently dating someone else, and I'm happy for her. But in case it doesn't work out…who knows?" "Rhythm of Love" has a markedly gentle feel – gentler even, maybe, than "Hey There Delilah," which was the first drumless tune to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since possibly the stone age. "It's a distinct style change than what we've done in the past," says Lopez, and not just because of his temporary frontman status on it. "Just with that island-y scratch guitar — it's the sound I heard in my head when it came to writing a song for her." The album gets off to a faster start with "Irrational Anthem," a sort of thematic overture for the record. "Lyrically," says Higgenson, "I think it says exactly what I want the album to say. I think the line that sums up the whole album is Let your mind go anywhere it wants to. Don't lose your imagination. Don't get so wrapped up in your day-to-day life that you forget to dream or be creative, or forget to recapture those things or at least remember them. That's the beauty of life. I'm a very nostalgic guy, so a lot of where my head lives is in memories. I spend a lot of my time looking back and smiling at past things that have happened in my life." Given the more colorful sound of Wonders of the Younger, you might wonder if the band members wish they could rename the group after a more vivid or eccentric article of clothing. But Higgenson insists the moniker fits now more than ever. "Plain White T's goes along with the theme of the album," he says. "With a plain white T, there are no limits there. You can wear it with anything. You can put anything on it. It's that blank canvas – kind of like your imagination when you're a kid."

at Firebird
2706 Olive Street
Saint Louis, United States

Easter Seals Celebrates Father & Son Veterans This Father’s Day

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

If you thought father and son partnerships in the workplace were a thing of the past, look no further than Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA.

When Daniel Seidel was growing up in Tallahassee, Fla., he was constantly exposed to veterans of the Vietnam War and other American conflicts. Meanwhile, his father, Stan Seidel, a Vietnam veteran himself, was helping veterans find their way back to the workforce.

What neither of them could envision at the time was that they would be working together, 25 years later, helping Easter Seals assist veterans overcome employment barriers.

This Fathers Day, Easter Seals celebrates Stan, the father whos worked hard to help launch and sustain several veterans programs including the new Veteran Staffing Network (VSN), and Daniel, the son who has followed in those footsteps as he works full-time to secure meaningful employment for veterans at Easter Seals.

VSN is an innovative social enterprise launched by Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA that addresses the needs of the veterans, wounded warriors, members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families seeking to transition to meaningful civilian employment, and the employers who want to hire and retain highly trained leaders.

For more information, visit Easter Seals online.

About Team Seidel

Stan Seidel served in the 4th Infantry Division as a solider in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict in 1968. He was honorably discharged from the Army two years later and received his bachelors degree from Rutgers University.

In 1978, he was approached with an opportunity to earn a living by speaking to employers about the advantages of hiring veterans in West Palm Beach, Fla. For a country that still had harsh feelings about the Vietnam War, this was a daunting task. Stan took that challenge and translated it into a successful career that spanned more than 30 years. He did so by presenting himself as both open and truthful to veterans and employers and holding himself accountable.

Stan found great importance in letting the veterans know that he has walked a mile in their shoes and their military service should not be a detriment to finding civilian employment. His efforts led to great success for both veterans and employers.

That success translated into a 27-year career in veterans employment and training in the U.S. Government, all with the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. His first stop was Tallahassee, where son Daniel Seidel was born.

It was in Daniels first years of life and later as he moved to suburban Washington, D.C., that he gained an appreciation for the men and women who serve this country.

He was in a position where everything was about veterans, said Stan. Whether he knew it or not, he was becoming exposed to the military culture.

By the time Daniel became a teenager, he realized that instead of heading straight to college, the right move for him was to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He trained at the Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton. That training led to separate missions to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he provided medical attention to Marines who were searching for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Daniel spent six years as a Corpsman.

While Daniel was finishing his service, Stan, still with the Department of Labor, began working with Easter Seals, which was expanding its services that assist people with disabilities to services that enhance the lives of military, veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Stan was the driving force that ensured Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA received a grant from the federal government that launched the Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP).

When Stan retired from the Department of Labor in December 2011, he knew that becoming a volunteer at Easter Seals was the right move to make.

I felt compelled to come to Easter Seals and help them meet their goals, said Stan. I was particularly intrigued by the fact that veterans programs could be launched at a local affiliate level and grow into the national level as they become more successful.

Since then, Stan has helped Easter Seals military and veterans programs grow exponentially. He was instrumental in the development of the Veteran Staffing Network (VSN), which is a self-sustaining social enterprise model that serves the entire military community.

VSN is expected to redefine veterans employment and temp-to-perm placement services by taking an ecosystem approach that attacks the barriers to employment at each pain point within the system, supporting veterans, their families and the organizations that employ them.

As Stan was building the military presence at Easter Seals, a case manager position within the veterans programs opened up that just happened to fit Daniel perfectly. In the summer of 2012, Daniel accepted the position, in which he is responsible for placing veterans in employment and employment training, while informing them of educational benefits and opportunities.

I enjoy the opportunity to put veterans back into the workforce, said Daniel. To see how thankful they are for what I have done is a great feeling at the end of the day.

When asked if they find a poetic symmetry to their careers, the father-and-son duo isnt really hung up on that fact. They are just happy that they can both be in positions where they can continue to assist those who protect their country.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
Event on 2013-06-09 19:30:00

Supporting Acts: DEL BARBER

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Singer-songwriters Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis have come together to form a new band full of promise and excitement. Kelly has reigned for decades as a roots singer and a new country and Americana pioneer. Her ever-broadening range as a singer and songwriter has wowed fans and critics alike. Bruce has made his mark as a solo performer whose eight powerful albums are full of laconic charm and emotional grace—and as the writer of smash hits for A-list artists like George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Together, Kelly and Bruce will weave a magical tapestry that features songs from their latest individual releases—Robison’s A New World and His Greatest along with Willis’ Translated From Love.

at Rams Head on Stage
33 West Street
Annapolis, United States

The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan

The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan
Philip Kendall Writer / Translator Hailing from Liverpool in the UK, Philip Kendall made Japan his second home in the summer of 2006 after dolefully abandoning his childhood dream of becoming a ghost buster. Steven Simonitch Writer/Translator Though a …
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Translator/interpreter careers day
A careers day is being organised by the University's Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies on May 28 in the M. A. Vassalli Conference Centre, Gateway Building, Hall B1 from 11am to 12.30pm. Lecturers from the department and professional …
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Three stories to explain how I became a writer/translator
Translating this book has placed in a strange position and, at the same time, in the position I needed to be, because what better place to translate about the violence against women than El Paso, Texas, so close to Ciudad Juárez, México? What better …
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North American M&A Volume and Value Drops

(PRWEB) May 29, 2013

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting North American companies in May 2013 failed to sustain growth recorded the previous month, falling to 890 deals worth a combined USD 74,916 million, compared to 1,110 transactions valued at USD 75,302 million in April.

Value slipped by a mere 1 percent over the four weeks under review, boosted by two blockbuster deals each worth more than USD 8,000 million, and deal activity continues to form a series of peaks and troughs. However, volume fared worse, declining at a much quicker rate of a fifth over the period to a new 12-month low.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: While volume was relatively low in May, big ticket deals have boosted overall value and once again show that confidence in undertaking large transactions is returning to the marketplace. Month-on-month value was consistent, which is encouraging, and hopefully this will continue in 2013.

The overall decline in M&A activity serves to highlight the significant improvement in the value of private equity and venture capital deal-making, which was boosted by one US-based deal worth USD 8,200 million.

For the full M&A Reports from Zephyr, please visit

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Zephyr contains information on over 1 million deals. Approximately 75,000 deals are added each year depending on levels of deal activity. Zephyr has no minimum deal value. All deal information is translated into English. Zephyr’s UK-based researchers speak 35 languages and use native language and English sources in their deal enquiries.

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Red Baraat

Red Baraat
Event on 2013-06-26 20:00:00

STG Presents Red Baraat at the Neptune in Seattle on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. And is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances.

Sunny Jain first made a name for himself as a rising star in the jazz world – awarded the designation of Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State and the Kennedy Center, and appearing regularly in Downbeat magazine critics polls as he helmed his own bands and kept time for folks like Norah Jones, Kenny Wollesen, and Kyle Eastwood. He played with Junoon — Pakistan’s pioneering Sufi rock band, and traveled the world as a kit drummer.

While searching for a set of tabla in a music store in New Delhi, India, Jain picked up the dhol, a barrel shaped double sided drum, which hangs over the player’s shoulder. The instrument inspired the artist immediately and he started to look back — at Punjabi music and Bollywood rhythms he’d listened to his whole life — and inward, to his own identity, a first-generation Indian American raised in Rochester, New York, navigating the spectrum of cultural dissonance with a home for both Neil Peart and centuries old traditional South Asian drum forms.

The creation of Red Baraat in one of the world’s most dense and diverse metropolises began as an expression of that identity, and has now become more than that. “I had a desire to create a large, acoustic band that brought a powerful, primal sound – just drums and horns. As I was thinking of instrumentation, I knew that I wanted a wide variety of musical minds. It’s the guys in the band that collectively come together to make up the sound of Red Baraat,” says Jain.

If in theory, Red Baraat reads like some kind of ethnomusicologist’s academic dream, let’s agree that in practice, it’s a peyote dream. This is apparent from the needle drop on Shruggy Ji, [Sinj Records] the group’s second full-length studio record, released in January 2013. Red Baraat’s sound is infused with a soul and energy that bursts through the seams of its songs. “Halla Bol” is a power-to-the-people anthem sung in Hindi, literally translating to “raise your voice.” “Burning Instinct” plays like a Tarantino car chase. The title track sits as a perfect testament to the album and the band itself. Impossible to define by genre, it’s just an incredible party jam that moves your parts. The record was produced by Sunny Jain and follows the band’s 2010 debut Chaal Baby, and the digital only live document Bootleg Bhangra.

Live, these songs take on a new life. Night by night, the whip-smart, road-tested band challenges itself, dipping in and out of improvisation, teaching the audience dance moves, and visibly having a blast. Jain’s vision is on clear display – watch closely and you might see the bass horns change course at seemingly no more than the raised eyebrow of the bandleader. But there is no single front man on stage. Each player commands his own space with unique style and verve. Notice has come from high quarters, and the band has found itself in some incredible places.

Red Baraat performed their own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012, in front of a dancing audience of thought leaders including Al Gore, Matt Groening, and David Byrne. They accepted an invitation to the White House, where an assembly of elected and business leaders expecting a string quartet were treated to a full throttle bhangra thrown-down. They were brought clandestinely to Google’s Mountain View Campus by a fan on the inside – and second-lined the joint—with Google employees streaming in from all directions as the event went from zero to viral within two songs. And were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the center of Trafalgar Square.

But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for nearly 200 dates a year. It’s here where the band does what it does best- communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. Here, the universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. Says Jain, “We are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”

at Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th
Seattle, United States