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Trail Mix: On The Road With Lily & Madeleine

first_imgIndiana born sister duo Lily & Madeleine accidentally meandered into the folk music spotlight.Tabbed by Paste as “The Best of What’s Next” back in 2013, the sisters ended up in the studio with John Mellencamp and viewed on Reddit thousands of times based on the strength of their songwriting and homespun Youtube videos.Recognition and critical acclaim soon followed. While not anticipated, the sisters – still in their teens – were penning songs that certainly warranted the attention.2013 also saw the release of both an EP and the duo’s first full length record. A second record followed in 2014, and Lily & Madeleine released Keep It Together, their third long player, back in February on New West Records.September saw Lily & Madeleine sign on to tour across the country with folk icon Brett Dennen. The tour that began out in California will wind its way through the Southeast this month, including a stop in Asheville this weekend. A couple tickets are yours for the taking by answering the trivia question down below.I recently got to pepper Lily and Madeleine with questions about life on the road.BRO – No green room is complete without . . .Lily – A cheese plate!Madeleine – A dirty mirror and an assortment of tea bags.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?Madeleine – We drink room temperature water on stage, but if the venue has a fancy bar – and an open tab! – I like to try one of their cocktails.Lily – Yeah, I really just chug a ton of water on stage.BRO – Festival you have played that you really enjoyed as a fan?Lily – Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati! It was so fun. We go to see Kishi Bashi and Paramore perform.BRO – Who is the better on the road DJ?Madeleine – Lily puts in her headphones and shuts everyone out when we’re on the road. That’s totally fine with me. I usually use the aux cord to play true crime podcasts or the Savage Lovecast.Lily – I can’t spend all day talking to the two same people or I’ll go crazy! Plus, Madge doesn’t like rap much, which is usually what I listen to.BRO – Coolest thing you have ever bought at a gas station?Madeleine – Money’s tight on tour, but if I feel like splurging I’ll buy some green apple licorice, either the Australian kind or the Amish kind.BRO – More difficult – playing for ten people or one thousand people?Madeleine – Honestly, it’s more difficult play for ten people, in my opinion. I feel like I have to capture each person’s attention individually. It makes me feel more vulnerable on stage.Lily – It’s always most difficult for me to perform when there are people I know in the audience.BRO – Least favorite state to drive through?Madeleine – Kansas is somehow flatter and more boring than Indiana, but Illinois has all the tolls, which we just love.Lily – Yes! The tolls are so annoying!BRO – Favorite Brett Dennen song to hear live?Lily – I feel like my favorite song of his changes from week to week, but right now I really like hearing “Make You Crazy.”Madeleine – “Dancing At A Funeral,” from his album Lover Boy. It’s such a fun jam.Lily & Madeleine will be on tour with Brett Dennen for much of the rest of October. For information on dates and venues, please cruise on over to their website.Interested in catching Lily & Madeleine and Brett Dennen this Sunday at The Grey Eagle in Asheville? If so, take a chance on the trivia question down below. Email your answer to [email protected] A winner of two passes to the show will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by noon tomorrow (Friday, October 14th).Question . . . . Lily and Madeleine are sisters. Which one is older?Remember to email your answers in. Don’t post in the comments below!  Good luck!last_img read more

Pellegrini dismisses Toure exit

first_img Paris St Germain have been linked with the Ivory Coast international but Pellegrini is adamant the 31-year-old will be staying. Pellegrini said: “There must be a lot of reports telling (the story) that Yaya will be sold. Maybe (it is) all the other teams that want Manchester City to be a weaker team. “Yaya is a very important player. He played very well in the first half (against CSKA) – he scored a goal. In the second half he made a mistake and he was sent off but – never in my mind – I am sure nobody at the club is talking about selling Yaya Toure. “Maybe that news comes from other teams (who want) to see our team weaker.” Toure was outstanding as City won the Barclays Premier League last season, scoring 20 goals in the competition. Problems began in the summer, however, as he voiced criticisms of the club and then became embroiled in a row over how his birthday was celebrated. There was also tragedy as his brother Ibrahim lost his battle with cancer and earlier this week he was the victim of racial abuse after reactivating his Twitter account. His form on the pitch is part-reflected in City’s underwhelming start to the season. City are yet to hit their stride in the Premier League and are facing early elimination from the Champions League. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed any suggestions that Yaya Toure could be sold. Toure, a midfield talisman at the Etihad Stadium since his signing from Barcelona in 2010, has performed below his usual high standards for much of the current season. He was sent off for an act of petulance in the midweek Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow and there have been reports that City are now willing to consider offloading him. Last Sunday’s derby victory over Manchester United was City’s only win in five games. As well as players’ performances being questioned, Pellegrini is also starting to find himself in the firing line, but the former Real Madrid coach has again insisted he does not feel pressure. The Chilean said: “I never feel pressure. In my career I have had 25 years managing teams and the only pressure I feel is my own pressure to return to play in the way I like this team to play, to play attractive football and be a winning team. “I don’t read press, I don’t have any other pressures. I don’t feel external pressure (and have not done) in my whole career.” Pellegrini insists it is too early to be writing off his side. They trail leaders Chelsea by six points in the Premier League but are still third. At the equivalent stage last season City were fifth, trailing then leaders Arsenal by six points. The Champions League challenge is more precarious, with just two points gained from four group games but City could yet progress if they can hit form against Bayern Munich and Roma. Pellegrini said: “It is difficult to progress in the Premier League when you won the title last year but we try to continue fighting for the title. “I don’t know if you can take some conclusions when you have to play 28 games more. It is a lot of games and we are just in November. “About the Champions League, we have to take the conclusions when we have finished the group. If we don’t qualify it will be a step back but you can’t talk about things you don’t know will happen. “I always say that mathematics can give you qualification and we are going to fight for it. We have six more points to play for.” Pellegrini is hoping for a reaction as City travel to QPR, although weakened by the absence of injured captain Vincent Kompany, on Saturday. He said: “Yes of course, I want to see the same team we saw in the derby three days before. “It is very important to return to the Premier League, trying to continue winning so we can fight for the title until the end. “In this moment we turn the page because it is very important to continue in Premier League the way we are doing now. We have won four of five games that we played in the Premier League. “It is difficult to recover physically and mentally in less than 72 hours from what happened on Wednesday but we are trying to do it and I hope tomorrow the team that start will have the answer for the moment.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago urged to call on FBI

first_imgWith more than 100 murders committed across the twin island republic so far this year, former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the government to call on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI0 and Britain’s Scotland Yard, in an effort to help in the fight against crime.“This in my view will send a signal to criminals that they will be caught if they commit murders and serious crimes,” Maharaj told journalists at a recent news conference.“It is a time that calls for immediate action, but the present problem which strikes at the root of the criminal justice system and the rule of law is that murder and serious crimes are not being detected. The government must therefore focus on what is urgent  – which if not redressed, will subvert the rule of law,” he said.The former attorney general, who served in the Basdeo Panday administration – when the last execution of convicted murdered was carried out in 1999, said the government must come to grips with the situation as quickly as possible  – and if not, the rule of law could be threatened.Meanwhile, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said the government believes a more “direct and strategic approach” is required to deal with the situation  particularly in Central Trinidad where rival gangs have been engaged in reprisal killings. He told the Senate on Tuesday that the principle of warfare calls for confrontation of force at the right time and place.Since the last weekend, at least four people were shot and killed in the centre of the island. Earlier this year, members of a group calling itself “the Unruly ISIS” appeared in a video on social media warning of reprisal killings and claiming to have sophisticated weapons in their possession.But Opposition Senator Wade Mark, says the government was incapable of dealing with the crime situation and said the National Security Minister “is incompetent and has to go”.last_img read more