**** Check here for ticket, camping, full lineup, and additional Gathering Of The Vibes information *** WilcoAlready one of the best and most unique alt-rock bands in the world today, Wilco definitely knows how to keep things interesting as they just surprised the music world by releasing a full album of new music, titled Star Wars, for free the other day. The reason? Just because. As lead man Jeff Tweedy said, “It felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?” Listen to the album below, and download it for free HERE. Oktopus ft. Todd Stoops and Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident)A new project that will be making its debut at Vibes, this should make for an interesting late-night set. While the pair have never performed together as Oktopus, anyone who was at The Capitol Theatre for SCI’s performances last November will certainly enjoy reliving this sit-in from Stoops on the song “Rosie”.Billy & The KidsGrateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann brings along his “kids”, JRAD/American Babies’ guitarist Tom Hamilton, Disco Biscuits’ keyboardist Aron Magner, and Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis. Breathing new life into classic music, the quartet formed last year and has been on a tear ever since. Check out full show footage from their set back in March at the Cap, which included some additional guitarwork from Robert Randolph.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Karl Denson is the man. After a full fledged tour with The Rolling Stones, his Tiny Universe band is sounding funkier than ever. Not to mention the return of Alan Evans (Soulive) behind the kit! Here they are with frequent Stones collaborator, pianist Chuck Leavell.LettuceIf you want to get funky, there simply isn’t a group better in the game right now than our boys in Lettuce. The Brooklyn based ensemble just wrapped up a run with Umphrey’s McGee, bringing the heat with collaborations and high energy each and every night. These guys will funk you up! ElectronIf you are looking to get your late-night dance on then make your way over to Electron after the String Cheese Incident ends. The side-project of The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton and Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield will keep things going as the band jams out Brownstein-penned Biscuits songs and some covers along the way. Watch their recent face-melting VIP set from Electric Forest here. With the 20th anniversary celebration of Gathering of the Vibes right around the corner, we wanted to take a good look at some of the highly anticipated acts on this top notch lineup. These acts and many more will be gracing the stage in Bridgeport, CT from July 30th – August 2nd for what is sure to be yet another weekend of great music and vibes.Tickets and more information can be found on the festival’s website!The String Cheese Incident w/ David Grisman and Peter RowanIf there is one band in the jamband scene that knows how to bring the right vibes, it is the String Cheese Incident. It’s hard to believe the Colorado-based group has never played the festival before, but we are happy to see them on the bill this year. And they are bringing along fellow Jerry Garcia partners in crime David Grisman and Peter Rowan for a special tribute set. This is a definite must-see performance. Please play the Rowan-penned “Sweet Melinda”!Greensky BluegrassThe boys from Greensky are on fire right now, and don’t sleep on this early day set. We know, it’s an earlier Saturday day set, but just get your butt over to the main stage and thank us later. These guys transcend the entire bluegrass genre and are taking it to new places, with Paul Hoffman’s smooth vocal delivery and the band’s knack at story-telling taking their music to great heights. There is a reason their last album, If Sorrows Swim, was L4LM’s #1 album of 2014. Check out “Windshield” below:Doyle Bramhall IIIf you are not familiar with Doyle Bramhall II, get familiar. This Texas-born guitarist is blues to the bone, as his father played drums for legendary bluesmen Lightnin’ Hopkins and Freddie King and was a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan. The southpaw guitarist, who plays his axe strung upside down, has made quite the name for himself as he has toured and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Elton John and Jimmy Vaughan over the years. Check out the video of Bramhall performing his own “Smokestack” below, and at the end of the video as the band is jamming you can hear some Hendrix-like licks taking place.Warren Haynes ft. Railroad EarthOne of the most anticipated albums of the year brings with it one of the most anticipated live shows of the year. We don’t think it’s a stretch that they go hand in hand with one another, right? The 13-track album, Ashes & Dust (check L4LM’s review here), spearheaded by Haynes (who was backed by Railroad Earth on the album) is unlike anything we have heard from the Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers guitarist. This should be a great set!Warren Haynes & The Seaside All-StarsHaynes will be leading a band consisting of George Porter Jr., Branford Marsalis, Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and “Friends” (just that word makes our minds race with the possibilities). As this is the first time this collaboration is playing together, we have no videos to show you, and no idea what magic this ensemble is going to create on stage. Just use your imagination, and we are sure everything will be just fine.
Press Release, July 14, 2014; Image: james-fisher James Fisher – the UK’s marine services provider, announces the formation of a new venture with Aberdeen based company KDM Marine – James Fisher Mass Flow Excavation – to jointly offer their market-leading subsea excavation capability and resources to the offshore industry in a single entity.JFMFE combines the specialist subsea excavation, de-burial and trenching capabilities of both organisations and offers the extensive HydroDigger capability of James Fisher together with the highly innovative KDM TwinProp system to the offshore oil, gas and marine renewable energy sectors worldwide.Commenting on the formation of the JFMFE, Aidan Douglas, group operations director, James Fisher and Sons plc said “We are delighted to be able to offer our customers around the globe access to both the KDM TwinProp system and the extensive experience of Mass Flow Excavation applications, systems and technology that the KDM Marine management team have successfully built up over recent years”.Former KDM Marine chief executive and managing director of JFMFE, Kenneth Mackie, added “The resources and global footprint of James Fisher provides a strong platform to reach a number of international markets with our innovative technology. Our team is made up of some of the world’s leading Mass Flow Excavation specialists, responsible for the completion of over 300 projects. JFMFE has an impressive offering with the TwinProp and HydroDigger and we look forward to developing these tools’ positions in the marketplace”.
Alaska Aces’ Chris Banchero (left) puts the ball away as Magnolia Hotshots’ Andy Mark Barroca tries to steal it. PBA MANILA – Mike Harris backed up his Best Import citation with a strong showing as Alaska Aces knotted the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series after a 90-76 Game 4 win over Magnolia Hotshots on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.The former NBA player tallied a monster double-double of 33 points and 22 rebounds for the Aces, which tied the best-of-seven showdown 2-2 with their second straight victory.Chris Banchero added 17 markers, six rebounds and five assists, while Jake Pascual came up with 9 markers and five boards for Alaska.Magnolia made a 7-2 start, but the Aces countered with their own rally to tie the count 12-all before surging to a 19-16 lead on back-to-back treys by Kevin Racal. The Hotshots regained the lead 22-19 on two straight triples by Travis. The Hotshots were still up 24-21 early in the second canto but an 8-0 run by Alaska behind Carl Bryan Cruz and Jeron Teng put them up 29-24. The lead grew further 42-32 at the half with baskets from Harris and Banchero.In the third, the Aces were up 43-34 when the Hotshots went on a huge run to cut the deficit 46-48. The Aces were quick to restore order as inside shots from Harris and Vic Manuel and triples from Abel Gallinguez and Banchero made for a 63-50 lead.Alaska went on to build their largest lead 71-54 with scoring from Harris and Pascual. Magnolia made their last push with shots from Paul Lee and Barroca to cut the deficit 69-78 with over two minutes left.The Aces barred the Hotshots from getting closer with baskets from Banchero and Pascual before sealing the win through a corner triple from Banchero for an 87-73 lead with exactly a minute left.Travis led the Hotshots with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Lee – the Best Player of the Conference awardee – and Ian Sangalang added 14 and 11 markers, respectively./PN***SCORESALASKA 90 – Harris 34, Banchero 17, Pascual 9, Racal 8, Teng 7, Galliguez 5, Manuel 4, Cruz 3, Baclao 3, Enciso 0, Exciminiano 0, Casio 0MAGNOLIA 76 – Travis 29, Lee 14, Sangalang 11, Barroca 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Melton 1, Dela Rosa 0, Herndon 0QUARTERS – 19-22, 43-32, 63-50, 90-76
Rugby League BY PRISCILLA HARRY Rugby league fans were treated to a fun and entertaining match between the PNG Kumuls Legends and Brisbane Broncos Legends at the Oil Search National Football Stadium on Saturday. The Brisbane Broncos Legends defeated the Kumuls Legends 40-22 in the encounter. PNG Legends captain Joshua Kouoru said it was excellent opportunity to meet all teammates and have fun while showing their skills despite the aging gap between them and their opponents. “The match brought back great memories since the inception of the Kumuls back in the 1960s; some great names have passed on. But others still continue to carry the skills and had the opportunity of meeting our colleagues from the Broncos who represented the Australian Kangaroos side five decades ago,” Kouoru said. The visitors were the score through retired Justin O’Neill followed by Scott Prince who crossed over for a double. Another Bronco and NRL great Chris Walker also made several metres and stepped his way to scoring the third. Walker booted three from three to take the Broncos Legends to a 22-0 lead. However, the Kumul Legends were not to be outdone and came back with a try to George Kele who wrong-stepped several of his opponents before scoring at the right edge. However, Wilshere missed the conversion attempt The visitors continued to make inroads with Walker picking up another try to extend the lead to 28-4 at half time. In the second half, the Kumuls Legends stepped up their game with Richard Wagambie and Tuksy Karu combining before passing the ball wide to send Pora over for a converted try to trail 28-10. Then Broncos PJ Marsh from the dummy half sped in for a sideline try as Walker converted to see the scores at 34-10. The PNG Kumul Legends brought out their flare playing out wide to find opportunities and certainly did when they put Gimapau Keimelo through a gap to score as Vicky Moses booted in an excellent long kick to narrow the gap to 34-16. Robert Volu pulled off his side-steps and managed to get over the tryline with only two minutes to full time. Wilshere found the uprights for a 34-22 but the visitors continue to lead. In the final minutes, Broncos big man Petero Civoniceva made a line break in the PNG’s 40m mark for the final try. O’Neill added the extras as they ran away to sealed the match 40-22 in their favour. Walker, who was later named the best player of the match, said in a short interview it was worth the game. He said it brought back great memories between the PNG Kumuls Legends with most of them in the early years often bumped into during the Prime Minister’s XIII matches between Australia and PNG and the Tri Nations series. “It was great to see players such as John Wilshere and other PNG rugby league legends uniting for this event,”