LCD Soundsystem Announces Two-Nights At Red Rocks Amphitheatre

first_imgIt seems the LCD Soundsystem reunion tour is in full swing! After reuniting on Easter Sunday for their first show in five years, the band has added two more dates: August 2nd and 3rd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. The group will be joined by Savages and Museum of Love, putting together two glorious nights of music for all involved.LCD just wrapped up a two night run at NYC’s Webster Hall, where the group came out in full force. The “warm-up” performances saw the band dive through a number of their older hits, including tracks like “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” “I Can Change” and more. While the band has said that they’re working on new music, fans only have their lethargic Christmas song as evidence of new work.Still, with performances scheduled for major festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and more, there’s plenty of opportunities to see LCD Soundsystem at work.Check out the event poster for their newly-announced two-night Red Rocks run, and tickets can be found here. They go on sale this Friday, April 1st, at 10 AM.last_img read more

Leinart hopes to reshape his NFL fortunes

first_imgIn an oft-replayed television commercial, legendary quarterback Archie Manning pretends to adopt former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, telling his real children, current NFL quarterbacks Eli and Payton Manning, “I always wanted a lefty.”Success · While starting for USC from 2003-2005, Leinart compiled a 37-2 record, won a Heisman Trophy in 2004 and led USC to back-to-back national championships. He was drafted No. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2006 NFL draft. – Daily Trojan file photo Coming out of USC, it did not seem unrealistic for Leinart to follow in the professional footsteps of the Manning brothers.In college, Leinart was awarded the Heisman Trophy while leading USC to consecutive national championships (an Associated Press title in 2003 and a BCS title in 2004) — accomplishments neither Manning brother ever achieved.Yet, five years into his NFL career, Leinart has not appeared in more than eight games in a season since his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2006, and has thrown more interceptions (20) than touchdowns (14) as a professional.“My career has been like a roller coaster,” Leinart said. “You never know what is going to happen next.”Leinart was on USC’s campus last week to speak on a panel at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism titled, “For The Good Of The Game: The NFL At A Crossroads.” The panel also included New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and sports agent Leigh Steinberg.If any player is at a crossroads, it is Leinart, who is desperately seeking a starting position after spending much of his professional career as a backup.“A lot of football is about being in the right situation at the right time with the right kind of people,” said Leinart, who after being the No. 10 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, saw a coaching change in Arizona from Dennis Green to Ken Whisenhunt. “People get so few opportunities in the NFL. They do not come around very often.”Leinart, however, is accustomed to having to wait for opportunities.Playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, Leinart redshirted his first year at USC and did not throw a pass as redshirt freshman in 2001.Leinart contemplated transferring, but ultimately decided to stay at USC and was named the starting quarterback his sophomore year. He threw a touchdown to Mike Williams on his first career pass attempt.“Obviously, staying at USC worked out great for me,” Leinart said.In the NFL, Leinart was stuck for much of his early career playing behind Kurt Warner, who led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in team history.Following Warner’s retirement after the 2009 season, Leinart was beat out by Derek Anderson for the starting job, and as a result, was released by the team before signing with the Houston Texans to backup Matt Schaub.Leinart benefited from the change of scenery in Houston. Although he did not attempt a pass with the Texans, he regained the belief in his abilities that was wavering as he sat on the bench in Arizona.“Houston helped me get my confidence back, being around great coaches and a great team,” Leinart said. “It has jumpstarted me this offseason.”Because of the current NFL lockout, players are barred from signing contracts with any team. Therefore, even though Leinart is a free agent, he can only wait to find out which team he will play for next.“I am not going to give up,” Leinart said. “I am not going to say it has been unfair, but I am just hoping for the opportunity to come.”Critics have argued Leinart has not demonstrated the necessary dedication to be a successful NFL starting quarterback. Much has been written about his off-the-field behavior, including conflicts with coaches and work ethic after photos were captured in 2008 of Leinart partying at his Scottsdale, Ariz. home with Arizona State co-eds.“You can either give in to all of the criticism, or you can use it as fuel and motivation,” Leinart said. “I know what I can do. I am just waiting for the opportunity to go show it.”But Leinart, who has proved skeptics wrong in the past, is salivating at the chance to be able to do it again.“I have had a lot of learning experiences and ups and downs, but I know that I have grown as a player and as a person, on and off the football field,” Leinart said. “I am totally ready to take advantage of the next opportunity I get.”last_img read more

Brett Anderson can’t do it all in Los Angeles Dodgers’ rain-delayed loss

first_imgWith one swing of the bat, the Rockies had turned a 4-2 deficit into an eventual 5-4 victory.Garcia had allowed one run in his first 14 appearances of the season. Since then, Garcia has made two appearances, both in save situations. He has failed to convert either opportunity while allowing five runs. The ending spoiled a fine start by Anderson, who allowed five hits and two runs, walked one batter and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings.A week ago Friday, Anderson was credited with a five-inning, complete-game victory in Denver when the rain became too heavy to continue by the sixth inning and never let up. On Thursday the rain was just as hard, but the heavens closed back up after a 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay. When the game resumed at 10:23 Pacific Time, fewer than 10,000 of the announced crowd of 42,650 remained. Even Anderson was done for the night.The Dodgers were leading 2-1 when Andre Ethier doubled to lead off the second inning. With one out, Anderson belted his first hit of the season — a double — to the left-center field gap. That allowed Ethier to score the Dodgers’ third run, which ultimately left Anderson in line for the win.It was Anderson’s first hit of any kind since August of last year.After finishing April with a 5.49 earned-run average, Anderson (3-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his three May starts.Weather was a constant factor. The infield remained covered by a tarp all afternoon, forcing both teams to take batting practice indoors.Although the game started at 7:10 p.m. as scheduled, a light rain began to fall in the second inning. By the end of the inning, lightning was flashing in the distance. Dodger Stadium organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, cued up “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” when the teams changed sides for the third inning.The rain was falling heavily by the fifth and sixth innings. At one point, Anderson stepped off the pitching rubber to allow a flash of lightning to run its course through the sky.The Rockies had runners on first and third base and one out in the sixth inning when the game was delayed.When the game resumed, Juan Nicasio was on the mound for the Dodgers. The right-hander immediately surrendered a ground ball that allowed Carlos Gonzalez to score from third base. Anderson had done nothing for an hour and a half, yet was charged with a run.But Nicasio came back to strike out Nick Hundley and D.J. Lemahieu with the bases loaded to end the inning, preserving the Dodgers’ 4-2 lead.Nicasio pitched the seventh inning and Chris Hatcher pitched the eighth without allowing a run. Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson apparently has the power to summon rain in the middle of any game in which he is beating the Colorado Rockies. It happened a week ago Friday in Denver, where it often rains, and it happened again Thursday at Dodger Stadium, where it never rains.He did not, however, have the power to close out a game that began just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday and ended at 11:45.That job was entrusted to Yimi Garcia with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies 4-2 in the ninth inning, looking to beat their division rival for the ninth straight time.Garcia backed himself into a corner. He allowed singles to Nick Hundley and Drew Stubbs, then faced two-time all-star Carlos Gonzalez with two outs. On a 2-1 count, Gonzalez turned on an inside fastball over the plate and launched it more than halfway up the right-field bleachers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more