Facebook Email Go inside the boy band’s prolific—and tumultuous—path to its big-time Texas homecomingRiley Van StewardGRAMMYs Oct 6, 2018 – 9:55 am Beneath the sweltering heat of the Texas sun, Zilker Park bristles with the tents, stages and sounds of the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL.) Every wristband and sign is a bright collage of colors and bold fonts, and every act comes onstage to the screams of fans so enamored by the music and culture of this festival that they are willing to brave the Texas sun. For fans and artists alike, ACL perfectly captures the feeling of Austin.No act better encapsulates this mix of emotions, feelings and spirit than Brockhampton. The Internet generation’s most prominent boy band has recently been rocked by controversy, album delays, album cancellations, and label signings, but they have come to the heart of the lone-star state triumphant on the heels of their No. 1 album, Iridescence.Nine months ago, they were a different band. They were focusing more on rap lead by the cover boy of all three of the Saturation trilogy, Ameer Vann. Their sound was not mainstream by any stretch of the imagination, yet its roots were clearly in the emerging anti-pop rap of Tyler, the Creator and Odd Future. On Iridescence, Brockhampton has escaped all comparison to their predecessors. The sound is experimentally shifting from rap to electronic psychedelia, tapping into the same teen-angst that built such a loyal fan base.Few other artists could claim a following so loyal—and at times impatient—as to complain about a nine-month wait between albums. The crowd made their thoughts clear: it was worth the wait. Twitter Behind Brockhampton’s Texas Triumph At Austin City Limits Festival News https://twitter.com/brckhmptn/status/1042989775983063041 Brockhampton’s Texas-Sized Triumph At ACL behind-brockhamptons-texas-triumph-austin-city-limits-festival Still prolific by most artists’ standards, the gap grew to nine months as Brockhampton met challenges and controversy. Their frontman and cover boy, Ameer Vann, often touted as the most talented rapper of the group by leader Kevin Abstract, faced a wave of allegations beginning on Twitter of physical and emotional abuse. The band was quick to respond, kicking Vann out and disavowing his actions. Vann had been an integral piece of the boy band’s image. They often stated that the quality of their music came from the quality of their friendship. So, fans were wary of the impact this would have on the mental-health and stability of the group. In many minds, this tour was Brockhampton’s response.Taking the stage in all black, Dom Mclennon lead the group out to “New Orleans.” A technical difficulty stopped his mic from working for the beginning of the song, but didn’t stop McLennon, who continued as if nothing happened. The show had begun, and Abstract proclaimed that Brockhampton is “The greatest boy band on earth” to the screams of the crowd.When Kevin asked his fans to put their arms up “Like you’re on a rollercoaster,” the simile was followed by thermal point-of-view images from a rollercoaster displayed on stage. The level of intricacy and detail on the screen behind the band was almost as exciting as the artists’ wild dances across the stage. On screen were shadow-puppets, close-ups, and cartoonish font spelling “peanut butter.” Visuals switched between highly saturated thermal imaging and black-and-white to fit the mood of the music. Often members of the band would kneel while they were not performing. And, then suddenly the group would erupt in monsterish, bold dance moves feeding off the energy of the crowd and each other.Some of the slickest twists were their performance of older songs. Instead of repeating the recorded renditions in a way that may clash with the new style of Iridescence, Brockhampton updated their classics to fit the tone of this new album and era. The greatest example was McLennon’s verse on “Bleach.” His call for moral action in an immobile society previously performed as pseudo-spoken word poetry turned to a soulful ballad.“Boogie” was the finale of this lively ordeal. The light swoon of a violin introduced what is easily the group’s most rambunctious, least-classically inspired single, and still the violin somehow fit into the larger narrative the group weaved on stage. They may be wild, they may be crazy as the Lone Star State itself, they may even be eclectic but their music speaks volumes beautifully and directly to the internet generation.Hozier Opens Up About “Nina Cried Power,” Reveals What’s On His PlaylistRead more
Close A British government-backed review released on Thursday (14 May) is seeking billions of dollars to fund the development of 15 new antibiotics to counter antibiotic resistance.The review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim ONeill, said the lump sum payments could add up to $16-$37bn (£10-23.5bn) over 10 years, but should only be made when companies have fully developed a successful bug-killing drug.Seen in a global context, and compared to the cost of inaction, its actually peanuts. Critically linked to that were also calling for an innovation fund, about $2bn perhaps over five years, that the pharmaceutical industry itself essentially finances, ONeill said.The review says that companies that develop new antibiotics should be awarded prize money of up to $3.5bn for each new drug, instead of selling the medication at a profit.Because if you come up with the specific incentives and rewards were suggesting to get them to produce more drugs, its essentially giving them a lot of financial relief. So we think its only right that they play a role in financing the research at the early stage, ONeill added.The prizes, of between $1.5bn and $3.5bn, should be funded in part by the pharma industry itself, ONeill said, probably also with input from national governments and the global taxpayer.I think the proposal were suggesting is better than what the pharma industry would like itself, which is much higher prices so they can just charge a lot more for it. I dont think that would be a better option for every individual in this country and elsewhere in the world, he said.The successful drugmaker would then be required to make no profit from its sales of the drugs to governments and healthcare providers around the world, ONeill added, saying this approach would de-link the profitability of a drug from its volume of sales.I think there are two core problems. Theres a demand problem and a supply problem. The paper weve published today focuses all about the supply issues of getting more drugs, he saidIn recent years, bugs resistant to multiple drugs have evolved at the same time as drugmakers have cut back investment in finding new ways to fight them, creating a global health threat as superbug strains of infections like tuberculosis and gonorrhoea have become untreatable.ONeill, who was asked last year by British Prime Minister David Cameron to take an economists view of the problem, said far too little is currently invested in hunting for new drugs against drug-resistant infections.In his initial report, ONeill estimated that anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100tn by 2050 if it is not brought under control.ONeill has also proposed that a $2bn innovation fund financed by drug companies should be created to invest in early-stage research and speed up development of new medicines to fight drug-resistant superbugs.Sally Davies, the UK governments chief medical adviser, welcomed ONeills latest report, saying it would stimulate important conversations between governments, pharmaceutical companies and other funders.
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party will have to wage a tougher street movement as only legal battle is not enough to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail, reports UNB.”Khaleda Zia’s release now depends on the judges of lower courts who are under the control of the government. They act as per the government’s directives since they have no accountability to the Supreme Court,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader further said, “Only legal battle won’t be effective for Khaleda Zia’s release. We’ve no option but to be there on the streets and alongside carrying out the legal battle. We must now think of taking harsher programmes after eid.”He also said the government will not budge from its current position on Khaleda and the next election amid a peaceful movement.Lakshmipur Jatiyatabadi Juba Forum in Dhaka arranged the programme at the National Press Club, demanding the release of Khaleda and Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu.Moudud said lower courts are not independent as those are under the administration and the law ministry.He said two Dhaka courts on Thursday fixed 5 July for passing an order on the bail petitions of Khaleda Zia in two separate cases only to prolong her stay in jail.”We now can’t free her from jail, though she got bail from the highest court due to the government’s plots and evil designs.”The BNP leader said Khaleda will not be released from jail until she gets bail in the cases she was shown arrested.Moudud urged the democratic forces to get united to intensify the movement for Khaleda’s release and resolve the political crisis.Turning to Khulna polls, he alleged that law enforcers were more active than the ruling party men in the election to ensure Awami League mayoral candidate’s victory through irregularities and rigging.”The same incidents will also happen in other city polls. We’ll now think afresh whether BNP should join the other city polls. It’s meaningless to join the election like Khulna’s one.”He came down hard on the election commission (EC) for its failure to hold the city polls in a fair and credible manner. “Khulna election exposed that the commission has now turned into an incompetent, incapable, and partisan institution.”Moudud also demanded reconstitution of the EC as no election is possible to hold in a fair and credible manner under the current commission. “We’ll have to think deeply whether we’ll join polls anymore under it or not.”