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Amanda Shires To Release New Music

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Americana singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires has announced an August 3rd release date for her fifth studio album, “To The Sunset”. Shires worked with Nashville producer and Grammy winner Dave Cobb, who also produced her 2016 album “My Piece of Land”. Cobb has been involved with some of the most acclaimed album releases in recent years, working with such names as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile and Shires’ husband Jason Isbell. “To The Sunset” was recorded in Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A.

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Shires is well-known in Americana circles for her insightful lyrics and vivid imagery. Shires’ focus on storytelling is evidenced by her MFA in creative writing from Sewanee University. While Shires is certainly not a newcomer to the Americana scene, her recent successes earned her the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist award in 2017.

The upcoming album is said to take Shires’ music in a bolder, edgier direction. Shires is known for speaking her mind and is a champion for women in the male-dominated music industry. Shires received national attention when she wore a shirt emblazoned with Isbell’s lyric “Mama wants to change that Nashville sound” on the red carpet at the 2017 CMA Awards. Shires will continue to shine a light on important themes from a woman’s perspective with her new album.

Shires got her first violin at the age of 10, and has toured in bands since she was 15. She released her debut solo album in 2005. Shires has also toured and recorded as a member of Isbell’s band, The 400 Unit. Isbell joins Shires as a collaborator and guest on her upcoming album. Shires will tour with Isbell as a support act in addition to headlining her own tour in 2018.

J.Cole Release of KOD Dives Deep

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J. Cole is developing a reputation in the music industry for his devout dedication to activism portrayed through his choice of song lyrics. His new album, KOD, is a continuation of this theme first regaled on his 2016 release, For Your Eyez Only. With three different meanings associated with KOD, Cole is able to dive deep into various societal issues near to him, exploring Kids On Drugs, King OverDosed, and Kill Our Demons.

The 42 minute album spans across 12 tracks, delivering a cornucopia of commentary on issues such as depression, gun violence, infidelity, and dependency on money, drugs, and sex. Cole steps into the government fray with the song “Brackets”, taking the issue of excessive taxation to task. “Photograph” warns of the dangers of letting social media dictate relationships.

Without coming across as overly preachy, Cole sets out to encourage listeners to avoid drugs. The song “Once an Addict” is a manifestation of his own mother’s issues with addiction and the problems that caused in their relationship. Cole has spent considerable time in the past rapping about losing friends to addiction and this album does not stray from that message.

Throughout the heavy talk of the album, Cole makes it clear that his album is a warning and not a glorification of substance abuse. The vividly striking album cover contains the disclaimer that the music is not intended to glorify addiction. When listened to intently, the message becomes clear that this album run counterpoint to the many celebratory themes of this culture often depicted by the music of Cole’s peers. KOD is Cole’s fifth studio album and his first since November 2016.

Swedish DJ Avicii Dead at 28

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In a tragic turn of events, Swedish DJ Avicci died last week in Muscat, Oman. News of Avicii’s death was shared by his publicist, Diana Baron, on Friday. While no cause of death has been announced, the Royal Oman Police have concluded that there was no evidence of criminal activity or foul play. Avicci, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was only 28 years old. Baron told fans of the late DJ that his family was devastated by the news and asked that they respect their need for privacy.

News of Avicii’s death has caused an outpouring of grief in the music community. In his native Stockholm, fans gathered for a moment of silence in the city center. Afterwards, local DJs began playing many of Avicii’s songs, turning the city’s busiest area into an impromptu dance party. Meanwhile, at Coachella Music Festival in California, Kygo dedicated his set to Avicii’s memory. Fellow DJ Steve Aoki also talked at length about Avicii on Sirius XM’s BPM channel, calling him one of the most important figures in electronic dance music.

Avicii began his music career at the young age of 16, posting remixes of songs on electronic music forums. Avicii’s following and raw talent eventually landed him a record deal, with his song “Levels” catapulting him to mainstream success in 2011. With his rise to fame, Avicii’s released two records, 2013’s True and Stories, released in 2015. Avicii collaborated with other artists for both albums, including Aloe Blacc, Wyclef Jean, and Chris Martin. In 2016, Avicii shocked fans by announcing that he would no longer perform live shows due to health concerns. Nevertheless, Avicii promised to continue making music, often posting pictures of himself on Instagram working at his music studio.

Wu-Tang Clan Demands Return of Album on Colbert

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Rappers Ghostface Killah and Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to voice their frustration over their album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The album’s only copy was bought by disgraced businessman Martin Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million. Following Shkreli’s conviction last year on conspiracy to commit securities fraud, the album has been in the possession of the federal government.

In their appearance on The Late Show, Ghostface Killah and Method Man humorously implored United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release the album. Although the fate of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is in the hands of the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, as head of the Department of Justice, Sessions has much sway over what will happen to the record. Speaking to a Keebler elf that was meant as a stand-in for Sessions, Method Man argued, “That album belongs to the people.” Colbert, speaking for Keebler Sessions, refused to turn over the album for free, saying that he was filled with C.R.E.A.M., or “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” The two then warned Keebler Sessions that they would settle the dispute through the ancient ways of Shaolin before snatching the cookie from Colbert’s hand and eating it.

Despite the humorous skit, Wu-Tang Clan remains greatly concerned with the final fate of the album. Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine last month, fellow member RZA told of how the group wants the album back and that the record has almost taken on a life of its own. Comparing the album to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, RZA hopes that whatever the final fate of the album is, it will be respected and treated in a proper manner.

Lynda Carter in Talks for “Wonder Woman 2”

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Lynda Carter confirmed that she is in talks with Warner Bros. for a possible role in Wonder Woman 2.

 

Nothing is confirmed however, and Carter admits that she is not sure what role she would only have, saying that that is up to director Patty Jenkins.

 

“I’ve been talking to her about it. She’s given me some hints about it and I guess it’s up to Warner Bros. if they want to spend the money,” she said. “It really is up to Patty, and if it works in an organic way it’ll be great fun and it’ll be wonderful to do.”

 

Carter played the Maid of Might back in the TV series which ran from 1975 until 1979; it was simply called Wonder Woman in its first season, which was set during World War II, and The New Adventures of Wonder Woman in its last two, which were in then-modern times.

 

Wonder Woman (real name Diana, a princess from the Amazon island of Themiscyra) has been underrepresented in adaptations, at least compared to her DC Comics colleagues Batman and Superman. She is played by former Israeli model Gal Gadot in the DC Extended Universe, whose film last year proved to be the franchise’s only unqualified success. Before that, Carter’s show was the only real live-action depiction of the character, save for some TV series that did not get past a pilot.

 

Carter has several roles that act as Easter eggs for her former status as the best-known actress for a superheroine: the president on Supergirl, Chloe Sullivan’s mom on Smallville and the principal of a superhero school in Sky High. What role she may have vis-a-vis her successor remains to be seen.

Employment In Sussex Healthcare

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For more than two decades in the past 25 years Sussex Healthcare Has continue to provide quality Care two senior citizens and adults in need of extended special Care. They run their facilities on the southern coast of England. They have two joint Chairman’s who are Shiraz Boghani and Shafik Sachedina. Shiraz Boghani has a background in hotel management and Shafik Sachedina has a background in the medical field as a surgeon dentist. Together they have multiple years of experience in providing quality adult care.

In the year of 1985 the very first Sussex Healthcare facility open its doors. As of today they own and operate more than 20 facilities. Some of these facilities offer a state-of-the-art gym and also a daycare with 24-hour care residential housing. Sussex Healthcare specializes in more than elderly living facilities for older people but they also work with younger people with brain disabilities and other various health issues.

Read more: Sussex Healthcare: Celebrating 25 Years of Care

These healthcare facilities they all include various programs to help residents stay very active and encouraging. They offer very fun activities for individuals and also various learning activities for the resident. These facilities also have top notch chefs and staff who help put together healthy and delicious meals on a daily basis for the residents to enjoy. As most of the residents indoor facilities have very specific dietary needs the staff and chefs help create various meal plans also.

Sussex Healthcare brings in highly passionate and dedicated staff to work as professional caregivers. They offer ongoing training for their staff as an investment they are truly committed to. At this healthcare company they also offer their employees educational benefits such as tuition reimbursement for staff looking to continue their education also management courses and other tropical training. They offer a very competitive salary along with benefits these benefits include a pension, a free stack bus, uniforms, reduced meals, paid vacation and also career advancement. This is a great place to work if you are looking for a company that cares about you and want to further your career, this is the place to work.

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Music Can Improve Relationships With Your Children

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If you are a parent of a child who loves music, then you may want to listen to music with them. Studies have shown that parents and children who listen to music together have better relationships. Researchers have found that adolescents who listen to music with their parents report being closer to them.

The researchers surveyed young adults. The average age of the participants was 21. They were asked about how much time they spend listening to music with their parents when they were younger. They stated that listening to music with their parents helped them have a better relationship with their parents.

Jake Harwood is the co-author of the study and a professor at UA Department of Communication. He stated that it is common for parents and children to listen to music together while the child is growing up. However, this becomes less common as the child grows up.

Sandi Wallace is a student who used the project as an undergraduate research project. She stated that it is interesting to see how music can have a positive effect on parent-child relationships. Jake and Sandi both have explanations for why listening to music helps improve relationships.

Studies have shown that when people do activities together, they start to like each other more. Doing activities together also helps people develop empathy. They have an easier time understanding each other.

It is important for parents to realize that listening to music does not have to be a difficult experience. For example, you can listen to music while you are in the car together. The researchers also stated that listening to music together does not mean that parents and children will have a perfect relationship. However, it is a great way to bond.

Wannabe Superheroes in “Incredibles 2”

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Incredibles 2 will be about Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) trying to get superheroes legalized again, and new heroes will appear to facilitate that plot.

There will apparently be 25 new superhero characters, most in presumably small roles. However, six who will apparently be more important showed up on the recently-released movie poster (albeit hard to see), and Disney has now released concept art and short descriptions of each of them.

Voyd
• Voyd, the only one with a known actor (Sophia Bush), is an Elastigirl fangirl who will apparently have the largest part of the group. She can create voids that manipulate objects.
Brick
• Brick is a large, muscular woman with super strength and toughness.
Reflux
• Reflux is an older man whose power is to make lava hotter, which is apparently useful for breaking into secure locations.
Krushauer
• Krushauer is a telekinetic, and apparently quite good at it, as his description says that he can crush a car without touching it.
Screech
• Screech looks like an owl, and made himself some wings to complete the look, and has a super-sonic screech.
He-Lectrix
• He-Lectrix can shoot lightning from his fingers.

These wannabe heroes apparently all work at DevTech, the company that employs Helen in their quest to end the ban on superheroes. Given that she is a retired pro from the days when they were legal, one can expect them all to look up to their new co-worker. (Director Brad Bird compares Voyd to an over-affectionate dog.)

The Parrs and family friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) were the only superheroes developed in the first movie, so it will be interesting to see what these new characters can bring to the sequel’s story.

Christopher McQuarrie Hoping to Direct Man of Steel 2

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There has been a lot of talk about a Man of Steel 2. Some fans may have thought that Batman V Superman was Man of Steel 2. However, this is not the case. It was supposed to be the establishment of the Justice League. The first Man of Steel was a passable movie. It’s focus was more on action than on the characters and their relationships. Zack Snyder has dealt with the first few movies featuring the powerful superhero. This includes the lackluster and butchered Justice League. The Justice League is known to have tons of scenes that have been cut out which could’ve made the film better.

One thing that Christopher McQuarrie can expect is that he is going to have to contend with the studio in directing the film. They are going to interfere and make some last minute changes which could really destroy the film. This has been done with Batman V Superman. This has also been done with Suicide Squad. Then there is the Justice League which has probably been butchered the worst.

Even though they are working on bringing Man of Steel 2 to the audiences, there is a lot that needs to be done in order to bring the DCEU into form. It may take a few movies and a miracle to bring up to the quality that it needs to be a viable form of entertainment. This isn’t the first time that the DC movie franchise has been in the dark ages. After Batman and Robin, Batman and other DC properties were considered jokes on the big screen, but they fared much better in animation. DC has started to see some brighter days with The Dark Knight Trilogy, but went back into the dark ages afterwards as if they learned nothing.

Dave Matthews Band To Release Ninth Studio Album

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The jam band favorite Dave Matthews Band is set to release their ninth studio album on June 8th. “Come Tomorrow” will be the band’s first album in six years. The band typically debuts new songs on tour prior to the release of a new album, and many of the songs for the new album were played on their 2017 tour. Known for their heavy touring schedule, the Dave Matthews Band has again announced plans to tour extensively in support of the new album.

The first single from the new album is called “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” and is scheduled for a May 10th release. The band recently announced the track list for the upcoming album, which is expected to include 14 new tracks. The band worked with multiple producers to create “Come Tomorrow”, many of whom have worked with the band on previous albums. The new album is expected to include the band’s signature genre-bending sound and unique instrumentation.

The band’s first album, “Under the Table and Dreaming”, was released in 1994. The follow up 1996 release of “Crash” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and remains the band’s best-selling album to date. The next six albums from the Dave Matthews Band all debuted in the top spot on the Billboard chart. The band continues to have a dedicated fan base, and the highly-anticipated “Come Tomorrow” is likely to be a success as well.

Long-time violinist Boyd Tinsley recently announced he will be taking a break from the band. Tinsley did participate in at least some sessions for the new album. Music by former saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who was killed in a 2008 accident, is also reportedly on at least one track on the new album.