Jack White Mesmerizes In First-Ever Solo Acoustic Late-Night Performance [Watch]

first_imgLast night, Jack White took his performing to new heights with a great emotional showing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. White was there to support his new LP, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, which was also released yesterday. Naturally, as the album picked out highlights of White’s acoustic career, the guitarist appeared on stage by himself, equipped with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a microphone.The performance was something of a rarity, as White has been on a hiatus from touring since April of 2015. Interestingly enough, the last five shows that White did play on his tour were all acoustic performances, though he was supported by other band members for those sets. The only other time White has been seen live was with The Dead Weather, playing drums for a one-song, one-off performance on the Colbert show. Watch that here.For the performance on Fallon, White played a medley of two White Stripes hits, “Love Is The Truth” and “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket.” Watch the full video, courtesy of NBC, below.last_img read more

Sammy Hagar Taps Bob Weir, Dave Grohl, & More For “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” Benefit Concert

first_imgMetallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s benefit concert is taking place May 15th at the Fillmore and will feature Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLaughcla, Steve Vair, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, and Dave Grohl (who will be sitting in for James Hetfield as he is away on tour), among other very special special guests, who will be performing acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations, and more.Tickets to the intimate event are limited to two per customer, and go on sale March 31 at 10AM exclusively through Live Nation. All proceeds go to funding research for children’s brain tumors. More information can be found on the event’s website.last_img read more

Understanding what plagues us

first_imgThe topics waiting to be discussed read like the writing prompts of a dystopian novelist, yet the mood in the packed Knafel Center last week was upbeat.“Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics,” the cornerstone of the Radcliffe Institute’s 2017–2018 Science Symposium, featured a diverse group of researchers, journalists, and physicians discussing their work on infectious diseases and virulent social epidemics such as gun violence.The keynote speaker, Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered global public health for decades, sketched a history of the major infectious disease outbreaks of the 21st century. In each case, from yellow fever to Zika to HIV, Garrett showed how failures of governance contributed to the severity of the epidemic.Garrett said there is need for improved local and national disease-management entities, but also called for better global organization. She pointed out that the majority of global health infrastructure is dependent on funding from only two sources, the U.S. government and Bill Gates, either of which could choose to withdraw funding, leaving the world vulnerable.“Violence concentrates just like an epidemic within populations,” said Andrew V. Papachristos of Yale University. Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute“What we’re trying to deal with is supranational problems: They know no borders,” Garrett said, expressing concern that current trends toward nationalism would harm global health policy. She told the audience to anticipate many deadly epidemics thanks to exacerbating factors such as climate change and antibiotic resistance.Other panelists discussed research advances that could help control epidemics. Kevin M. Esvelt, assistant professor at MIT, talked about his lab’s effort to genetically engineer mice to become immune to Lyme disease and so reduce the number of Lyme-carrying ticks, which transmit the disease from deer or mice to people. Another panel explored uses for big data, such as analyzing rich molecular data to better understand disease or gathering population-level data to track and possibly curtail epidemics.The final panel broadened the scope of what could be thought of as an epidemic. Daphne C. Watkins, assistant professor of social work and psychiatry at University of Michigan, spoke about a “gender epidemic” in which adherence to traditional definitions of manhood is damaging the mental health of young black men.Andrew V. Papachristos, associate professor of sociology at Yale University, examined how gun violence spreads through vulnerable populations — particularly young black men, and especially those with gang affiliations — much like a pathogen.“Violence concentrates just like an epidemic within populations,” Papachristos said. A map of the social network of gun violence victims looks like a map of disease transmission. Those who associate most closely with the affected — or infected — are most at risk of becoming victims next.“Exposure matters,” Papachristos said.Brandeis University’s Andrew Kolodny recommended that the U.S. use outbreak-containment techniques to tackle the opioid crisis, starting by eliminating sources of infection — unnecessary prescriptions. Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteExposure was also an important concept for Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, who described perhaps the largest epidemic facing the U.S. today: opioid addiction.The dominant factor in addiction is repeat exposure, Kolodny said. Though people with opioid addictions may turn to black-market drugs like heroin, Kolodny made a strong case that overprescription of painkillers, not recreational drug use, is the source of exposure driving the U.S.’s skyrocketing rate of overdose mortalities.The social epidemic researchers drew on the lessons of infectious disease as well as the language. Kolodny recommended that the U.S. use outbreak-containment techniques to tackle the opioid crisis, starting by eliminating sources of infection — unnecessary prescriptions.The epidemics covered were diverse and daunting. Still the speakers shared an optimistic philosophy: The better we understand these problems, the closer we come to ending them.last_img read more

Gold Coast beach house sells for $4.25 million in secret sale

first_imgThe ground level features a lawn and entertaining area. Four levels of luxury. Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal handled the off-market sale — he said the beachfront market was continuing the boom.“While most have witnessed the recent slowdown of the southern state markets, the Gold Coast luxury beachfront market continues to go from strength to strength and shows no signs of slowing,” he said.“I was working with this Brisbane based buyer for over 12 months to source the right property.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago He said the property offered the “ultimate beach lifestyle”.“This four-storey beach house was designed to reflect the best in exclusive living with interiors offering simplicity and style, an internal lift to all levels and secure parking for 4 cars as well as storage,” he said.“This residence features space for the whole family.”Property on the Gold Coast beachfront is in hot demand with several residences changing hands in recent weeks.center_img 1/5-9 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach sold in a secret sale for more than $4 million.A GOLD Coast beach home has sold in a secret deal for more than $4 million.The property, a four-level house that’s part of Vogue on Broadbeach, went under contract for $4.25 million to a Brisbane-based buyer. There’s plenty of space to entertain here.Andrew Winter: Location, location, location WHY EVERYONE WANTS TO LIVE HERE MAGNIFICENT FROM EVERY ANGLE A Victorian developer snapped up a penthouse at Mermaid Beach for $5.25 million while a Brisbane-based buyer paid $4.6 million for a beachfront property at 13A Ocean View, Mermaid Beach. Another beachfront penthouse in the suburb also changed hands for $3 million.Further south a Casuarina home sold for $3.25 million.last_img read more