Surprise! Suddenly, and before you can even finish pressing play; Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, launch into an unforgiving hard rock icebreaker that hits you like a ton of bricks. The vocals ring with passion, the drums pound with hurricane force, the bass hammers like thunder, and the guitars ooze with attitude. Of course, we’re talking about none other than the foot-stomping, hip-shaking, kick-ass opening track called “Surprise.” Immediately it is apparent that we’re in for a wild ride. Something different. Something aggressive. Something Real.Something Real is the highly-anticipated third album from this boundless band of California blues-rockers. Renowned for their collaboration with Neil Young, serving as the rock legend’s backing band on Young’s 2015 politically-charged protest album The Monsanto Years (read the review here); Promise of the Real provided an unforgettable and hard-hitting edge to compliment the album’s revolutionary message.Following the insistent introduction of “Surprise,” the boys rip into another hard-rocking recipe for a good time; the in-your-face, stop-and-go title track. I challenge you to not bang your head as the main riff kicks in with it’s tsunami-like strength. Their groove is unmistakable and infectious as hell, and this song is a prime example of that musical voodoo that ignites within. The boogie is contagious.One of the record’s most enjoyable songs, is the grin-inducing, sexy, upbeat groove called “I’ll Make Love to You Any Ol’ Time.” Drummer Anthony LoGerfo and percussionist Tato Melgar have some room to stretch out on this song as their intertwining rhythms fill-out the band’s festively ferocious style. “Make Love to You” is a song that can be summed up as ‘pure Rock n’ Roll fun.’ Classic ingredients that make for a classically good time.One thing that is instantly recognizable, is how great of an influence Neil Young has been on the band. There is a natural edge to both of their musical styles, and Lukas Nelson doesn’t hold this back. His ever-so-passionate vocals are strong, heartfelt and sincere, with tinges of Neil percolating beneath the surface. The song “Everything is Fake” is a good illustration of this artistic approach. “Am I the one I’ve never really known? Is there a price upon this golden throne?” pleads a crooning Lukas Nelson as the song reaches it’s apex. It is an extremely powerful track, with vocals that overflow with raw emotion. With a pulsating bass line, and guitars-a-blaring; this track is a musical force of nature.The mood mellows on more laid-back tracks such as “Georgia” and “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” while “Ugly Color” and “Don’t Want to Fly” keep up the pace throughout the album’s midsection. The synth intro on “Ugly Color” is a pleasantly interesting choice, which comes across almost like an ELO archetype before it slips into something more comfortable and relaxed for the remainder of the song.The legend himself, Neil Young appears on the album’s final track; a fast-paced cover version of Scott McKenzie’s 1967 counter-culture classic “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair.)” It is an uplifting and out-of-the-ordinary take on a song that has historically become a standard of the ‘Summer of Love.’ Most definitely a clever take on a classic, and certainly worthy of note.All in all, Something Real is a full and well-rounded record. It’s a promising next step for Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson and his brother Micah have cultivated a sound that after listened to, becomes etched in your mind. As far as we are concerned, Neil was just as lucky to have worked with Promise of the Real as they were to have worked with Young. If there is one promise that Promise of the Real continues to keep, it is the promise of something real. This record is it.Something Real hits shelves on tomorrow, March 11th, 2016. Get on it! More information about Promise of the Real and their new album can be found on the band’s website.By Joseph Conlon
Blackjewel files for bankruptcy, sends workers home from two Powder River Basin coal mines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Two coal mines in Wyoming closed and sent 700 workers home Monday afternoon after their owner filed for bankruptcy, the latest blow to a region that has been battered by an economic downturn in the fossil fuel sector.Blackjewel LLC, which operates Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines near Gillette, sent the workers home after a bank denied the company $20 million in financing to continue operations during bankruptcy proceedings, CEO Jeffery Hoop said.Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr are the fourth- and sixth-largest producing coal mines in the country. The sudden closure hearkens back to March 2016, when two nearby mines laid off more than 460 workers, touching off economic shock waves that are still being felt in the Powder River Basin today.Blackjewel owes at least $500 million in liabilities, including about $6 million owed to employees, according to court documents. Its financial problems, along with much of the coal sector, come amid increased competition from natural gas and renewables. “The ripple effect of this bankruptcy might be felt severely (by) Wyoming taxpayers and vendors,” said Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based environmental think tank. “And the millions upon millions of dollars Campbell (County) is owed, they might not get.”Blackjewel is the fifth coal producer in Wyoming to file for bankruptcy in recent years. Bristol, Tennessee-based Alpha Natural Resources filed for bankruptcy in 2015, followed by Peabody Energy and Arch Coal in 2016. Westmoreland Coal, which operates the Kemmerer Mine in southwest Wyoming, filed for bankruptcy in October. In May, Cloud Peak Energy declared bankruptcy. The coal giant owns the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in the Powder River Basin.More: Two Wyoming coal mines close, send 700 workers home after bankruptcy filing
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDenver (5-21, 1-11) vs. Nebraska Omaha (12-14, 5-6)Baxter Arena, Omaha, Nebraska; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Nebraska Omaha looks for its fourth straight win over Denver at Baxter Arena. The last victory for the Pioneers at Nebraska Omaha was a 75-72 win on Feb. 6, 2016. Associated Press February 15, 2020 Nebraska Omaha looks for home win vs Denver BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Matt Pile has averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.2 rebounds to lead the way for the Mavericks. KJ Robinson has paired with Pile and is putting up 14.6 points per game. The Pioneers have been led by Ade Murkey, who is averaging 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: The Mavericks have scored 76.4 points per game against Summit League opponents so far, an improvement from the 71.3 per game they recorded in non-conference play.ACCURATE ADE: Murkey has connected on 37 percent of the 54 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 8 over the last three games. He’s also made 70.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Nebraska Omaha is 0-6 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 12-8 when it scores at least 66.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Denver’s Jase Townsend has attempted 141 3-pointers and connected on 40.4 percent of them, and is 8 for 25 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: Nebraska Omaha is rated second in the Summit League with an average of 71.6 possessions per game. The uptempo Mavericks have raised that total to 72.7 possessions per game over their last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
CHESS players are invited to the fourth GAICO Construction Grand Prix chess tournament at the Guyana National Stadium tomorrow from 14:30hrs. Registration begins at 12:30hrs in the tournament hall at the venue for the seven-round event.Junior players are free while seniors are required to pay $500 each.The time control per player for each round is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment after every move.The intense battles over the chess board will resume once again as seasoned chess players compete to accumulate Grand Prix points to make the Guyana team for the 2020 Chess Olympiad in Russia.The accumulated scores from the four GAICO tournaments would be tallied with the scores of two remaining tournaments, the Senior Championship Qualifier and the National Senior Chess Championship scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.Players with the best scores at the climax of the six rigorous tournaments will then be selected for the Guyana team.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has no interest in a lucrative move to a Chinese club because it would jeopardise his chances of playing in next year’s World Cup.Recent speculation has linked him with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.After losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal despite scoring his team’s goal, however, he told Spanish media that former club Atletico Madrid were the only team he would leave for.”If the club want to sell me, there’s one club I’d move to,” he was quoted as saying, agreeing that it was Atletico, who he left three years ago to join Chelsea.”I will remain (at Chelsea) if there is intention from the club and the coach for me to stay, but if they want to sell me to bring in another striker, I will go.”It will not be to China, he insisted.”People talk too much, people talk about China but there’s a World Cup coming up and if I go to China I won’t have the chance of going to it.”Costa, Chelsea’s top scorer as they won the Premier League this season, played two games for Brazil in 2013 but switched to Spain a year later after being granted Spanish citizenship and represented them at the 2014 World Cup.