Sigur Rós Hypnotizes At Detroit’s Fox Theatre [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The incredibly talented Icelandic group Sigur Rós rattled Detroit’s beautiful Fox Theatre this past Saturday, October 1st, playing a sold out show to an excited crowd. The band’s previous performance in the city was back in 2013, so many Michigan fans highly anticipated this show.That 2013 show featured the previous year’s Valtari release, and the then-upcoming Kveikur release. Unlike their previous visit, which included an orchestra full of violinists and choral singers among others, the group had a much more intimate show this time around, with no musicians accompanying them on stage. This is also Sigur Rós’ first tour as a trio, as Kjartan Sveinsson, the keyboardist for the band for well over a decade, left the band after their last tour.Despite these changes, the trio performed just as flawlessly, resoundingly and incredibly as in years past, and the audience’s constant captivation proved just that. In all of my years of attending various concerts and festivals, I don’t believe I have ever witnessed an audience so engulfed in the performance as this past Saturday’s. Barely any phones could be seen pulled out, as most attendees were simply too taken aback by all of the beauty to remember that the outside world even existed.The evening consisted of two sets of performances, with a 20 minute intermission in between. No opener was scheduled, and Sigur Rós went on at 8:30pm sharp as planned. Each set consisted of a blend of new songs, off of their upcoming album whose name is still a mystery, and various adorned classics from their two-decade discography. “Saeglopur” off of Takk was a favorite, as Jónsi’s piercing falsetto silenced the venue while a bow graced along the strings of his electric guitar, creating hauntingly beautiful tones.Equally mesmerizing to the evening’s music were the light and stage setup that accompanied it. LED lights and a massive backdrop created scenes of natural beauty, far off galaxies, thunderstorms and vibrant colors which splashed the high ceilings of the historic theatre, and with it, perfectly choreographed explosions of stage lights during each dramatic strike of Orri Páll Dýrason’s drums. In the group’s second set, the trio played the first two songs behind a semitransparent visual screen, while deep, darker lights set the tone, as their instruments resonated around the entire venue.The performance had a faultless balance of calm, devastating beauty created by the band’s many serene pieces, and the dramatic, vibrant contradictory pieces that shook each member of the audience back awake from a tranquil daze. The segue from one song to another was unforgettably fluent as well, leaving no time for much clapping until the very end, at which point the audience wasted no time in jumping up for a standing ovation following the band’s last song, “Popplagið”.Don’t miss Sigur Rós in a town near you! Check out their full US tour schedule below.Sigur Rós Tour DatesOctober 3 – Toronto, ON @ Massey HallOctober 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music HallOctober 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreOctober 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of MusicOctober 10 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumOctober 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland TheatreOctober 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre-Words and photos courtesy of Katie Laskowska. See the full gallery below!last_img read more

New baby

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaSince her unusual start in a Petri dish, KC has matured into a very normal cow. And on the last day of 2005, she routinely gave birth to Moonshine, her second calf.“KC has done just like every other cow out there and produced a calf within 12 to 13 months of her last calf,” said Steve Stice, the University of Georgia scientist who directed the team of scientists who cloned KC. “Moonshine and Sunshine (KC’s firstborn) were both normal pregnancies and were delivered without assistance, which is important to commercial cow-calf operations that will be using cloning to improve the quality, diseases resistance and productivity of their herds.”KC is different from other cloned cows because she is the first to be cloned from kidney cells taken from a frozen side of beef. The others have been formed from living animals, Stice said.“Right now there are probably a lot of cloned cows out there having calves,” he said, “which is a good thing because it proves cloned cows do have normal offspring.”The public is still wary of cloned cows. Around the time Moonshine’s sister, Sunshine, was born in December 2004, polls indicated that nearly 60 percent of U.S. consumers opposed cloning animals, including livestock.Stice hopes that will eventually change.“The Food and Drug Administration has still not given their approval on cloned animals entering the food chain,” he said. “They have the data they need to give the clearance but other issues may be slowing this down. Once the FDA acts, I think it will mark the beginning of wider acceptance of cloned animals.”Stice is a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar and one of the world’s top cloning experts. He conducted the cloning research with the biotechnology firm ProLinia Inc., which was later bought by ViaGen Inc.Since cattle were first domesticated, farmers have been trying to improve their herds through selective breeding. Cloning can speed up the process by allowing scientists to make exact copies of the desired animals and their traits.According to UGA agricultural specialist Joseph Durham, Moonshine came into the world weighing 70 pounds. And although KC did all the work, various animal and dairy science faculty members got to name the new calf. “We did a survey of the animal and dairy science department,” Stice said, “and Moonshine came up on several suggestions.” They decided to move away from the disco theme that started when Sunshine was named after the rhythm and blues group, KC and the Sunshine Band. But Stice recalls that Boogie Shoes, a hit song from the band, was one of the names suggested.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS soccer sides takes defeats

first_imgIt was close most of the way, but the Hornets, with one goal in each half, beat the Warriors 2-0, overcoming Dan Scaheber’s seven saves by having Corey Gallagher and Nino Pagano each finding the net.The C-NS girls will make up that trip to Baldwinsville on Oct. 18. In the meantime, it would travel to state Class B no. 6-ranked Marcellus last Thursday night, where it could not break through in a 2-0 defeat to the Mustangs.C-NS had all kinds of chances throughout the cold, wet evening, but the Marcellus defense turned them all back as Mustangs goalie Ellie Shaw stopped all 10 Northstars shots she faced.Marcellus took the lead less than seven minutes into the gam. Katie, MacLachlan’s corner kick was passed to Hannah Durand, whose great pass set up LaMarre for a go-ahead goal.Then Sara Mielnicki, with a superb spin move, flashed open and put in the second goal later in the half. To its credit, the Northstars did blank the Mustangs the rest of the way as Avery Byrnes finished with eight saves.Back on Wednesday night, the Liverpool girls soccer team ventured to West Genesee, and it was close for a while – but a big second half left the Warriors on the wrong side of a 6-1 decision.During the first half, Liverpool did enough to keep the game 1-0, and Caroline Stevens got a late goal – but that happened as WG was burning the Warriors for five tallies, with Marlee Pontello (two goals) and Emma Nelson (one goal, one assist) leading them.Back in action on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool took a 3-0 defeat to Rome Free Academy, who got away in the second half as Jamie Fleck led them with one goal and one assist. Tags: C-NSliverpoolsoccer Having  lost to Henninger 1-0 on Sept. 12, the Northstars would have to work all 80 minutes to turn back the Black Knights’ challenge as, once again Jawadshah Kasimi led C-NS by earning one goal and one assist.Goals also went to Anthony Cimino and Tyler Murray, with Joe Barraco and Cole Rockwell earning assists. Henninger lost despite goals by Whoo Pla and Excellent Bienvenu.Liverpool’s boys would be home Thursday to face a Fayetteville-Manlius side that saw its showdown with Baldwinsville cut short in the second half with the score 2-2 due to that same weather that kept the Warriors from facing West Genesee. For the first time all season, the vagaries of Central New York fall weather affected the schedules of soccer teams from both Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool.Both the girls soccer game between the Northstars and state Class AA no. 11-ranked Baldwinsville, along with the boys soccer game involving the Warriors and West Genesee, got postponed by rain and lightning.The C-NS boys also had its game with Nottingham postponed, but returned to action two nights later against Henninger and worked its way to a 3-2 victory over the Black Knights. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more