Israeli Livetronica Act, G-Nome Project, To Hit Chicago During Its Triumphant Return To The U.S.

first_imgShow Info:Bands:    G-Nome ProjectVenue:    Tonic Room – 2447 N. Halsted Street – Chicago, IL 60614Date:       Thursday – November 9th, 2017Time:      Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets:  $15adv / $20dos (Purchase tickets here) Israeli livetronica act G-Nome Project—composed of keyboardist Eyal Salomon, guitarist Shlomo Langer, bassist Zechariah Reich, and drummer Chemy Soibelman—has taken their local scene by storm, selling out venues in their hometown, all the way to Tel Aviv with their brand of electro-funk. However, the G-Nome Project does not always get the chance to make it stateside, so when they do, it’s always a treat. This fall, the group is embarking on a tour across the United States, with thirteen dates currently laid out. During this upcoming fall tour, the group will its triumphant return to Chicago, with a special performance at the Tonic Room on Thursday, November 9th. (Purchase tickets here).In an interview with L4LM earlier this year, Salomon describes the burgeoning Israeli music scene and the inherently American roots of jam music: “The Israeli music scene has actually been on an upswing. The indie scene has produced some great bands recently. Trance is huge here. So is Jazz and Pop. Here in Jerusalem, the city sponsors multiple huge pop-up street concerts each month. But that is usually all very mainstream music. I think there’s something inherently American about the jam scene. It’s not only lacking in Israel; it’s pretty much lacking everywhere in the world outside of America (and Canada). This was one of the things that inspired us to create G-Nome.” You can take a listen to the full audio of G-Nome Project’s performance at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont, on September 1st, 2015, to get a taste of the magic that’ll be going down in Chicago early next month. Tickets for G-Nome Project’s show at Tonic Room on Thursday, Nov. 7th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.last_img read more

DPS will crack down on bicycle parking violations

first_imgIn an effort to decrease property theft around campus, the USC Department of Public Safety has begun enforcing bike parking regulations and will be impounding bikes parked in violation of those rules.In a university-wide e-mail last week, DPS wrote that more than 95 percent of bike thefts occur when bikes are left unsecured to bike racks. To decrease the number of thefts, DPS will be impounding bikes not secured to official racks.Locked up · Students look for space to secure their bikes at a rack in front of the Lyon Center, to avoid having their bikes impounded by DPS. – Ian Elston | Daily Trojan “The rules have always been there and we have such a high number of stolen bicycles,” said Capt. Antonia Young from DPS Crime Prevention. “We’re going to impound bikes so they don’t get stolen.”Retrieving an impounded bike will cost $20, if the owner has registered the bike. Owners who have not registered their bike with DPS — a mandatory process that costs $3 — will find it extremely difficult to recover an impounded bike, Young said.The bike registration process is critical for another reason, too: it helps DPS determine how many racks to place on campus.Many students said their main concern, in light of DPS’s move to enforce bike rack policies, was the insufficient rack space on campus. Young, however, said there are enough bike racks on USC property to store all bikes registered with DPS. She added that if the number of registered bikes showed there were not enough bike racks, DPS would not hesitate to contact USC Facilities Management Services and advocate for more racks.Students remain concerned, though, that with the current number of racks on campus, locking their bikes will be a difficult task. Many students said the bike parking policy seems fair, but the limited rack space on campus might prevent them from properly securing their bikes.“There’s not enough racks,” said Jessica Lam, a sophomore majoring in environmental engineering major. “For example, in Cardinal [Gardens] there’s just this one line of racks for several buildings to share.”Lam, who had her bike impounded twice in the last year, said if there had been racks available, she would have used them.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said if a rack is full, students should consider locking their bikes to a different rack in the area.“Students would need to walk just a little bit farther to find a bike rack,” Carlisle said. “Sometimes there are available racks, but students consider them inconvenient to use.”Young noted that using a rack farther away is still less inconvenient than having a bike stolen or impounded.Still, Lam and others said leaving their bikes at a different rack is not always an option.“Sometimes you just don’t have time to find another rack farther away, especially when you’re going to class and you can’t be late,” Lam said.Though the initiative aims not to inconvenience students, but to discourage further bike theft, Rick Vranish, a sophomore majoring in business administration and cinema, said he felt there were more effective ways to reduce thefts.“If someone’s carrying a bicycle out that has a chain on the tire, stop them,” said Vranish, who had his bike stolen from outside Birnkrant Residential College. “Keep people off campus who don’t belong here.”last_img read more

Rio Olympics: USA Basketball credits Kobe Bryant for revamping program’s culture

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The pre-practice meeting just started, and Kobe Bryant arrived drenched in sweat. As his teammates slept, Bryant already had been awake for nearly three hours to lift weights and complete a shooting workout. Bryant’s offseason routine was already legendary with endless tales of his uncompromising work ethic. This marked the first time for many of the game’s other top stars, however, to witness it. So it only seemed fitting Bryant cemented the same reputation with the U.S. Olympic team, beginning with his intensive training regimen when Team USA practiced in Las Vegas nearly nine years ago. Team USA (3-0), which plays Serbia on Friday in preliminary play of the Rio Olympics, aims to win its sixth gold medal since NBA players could compete in the Games. After winning gold in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), Bryant will not participate. But as various current and former USA Basketball players and coaches argued, Bryant’s shadow still looms.So much that USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo credited Bryant for playing “a very large part” in revamping the program’s culture after settling for bronze in the 2004 Athens Games. Coming out of his shell Before Bryant signed up for Olympic duty, doubts emerged on whether his heavy focus on scoring would resonate with a team of fellow superstars. So shortly after Bryant posted a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006, Colangelo met with Bryant and asked him a pointed question. “What if I said to you, I want you to be a distributor and not a scorer?” Colangelo asked. Bryant answered exactly how Colangelo hoped he would. “I’ll do whatever it takes,” Bryant said. “I just want to be on that team.” It sounded like the right thing to say. Words meant only so much, though.“It was weird at first to see Kobe join us,” said New York Knicks forward and close friend Carmelo Anthony, who played with Bryant both on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams. “Nobody expected Kobe to accept the invitation to play with USA basketball. Once he did it, we had to bring him in and accept him.” It appeared both parties dipped their toes into the pool before taking a deep dive. Bryant impressed the coaching staff by sitting in the front row during the team’s first meeting before training began in Las Vegas in 2008. Bryant surprised the coaching staff, too. “Kobe sat right behind the coaches at a table by himself. It looked kind of weird,” said Nate McMillan, a former Team USA assistant. “Kobe was sitting at the first table as if he didn’t know the other guys.” Shortly after, Bryant spent part of one practice attempting long pull-up jumpers, shots he made regularly for the Lakers. Former U.S. Olympic teammate Jason Kidd mused “one of the things you can never tell Kobe is that it’s a bad shot.” Kidd told Bryant that, anyway. “Can I get you to just catch and shoot?” Kidd asked Bryant. “Why don’t you just make it simple and easy? Just catch and shoot and you’re open.” Bryant’s initial isolation from his teammates and his shooting habits, however, revealed the complexity in Bryant’s thought process. It also provided an opening for him to evolve.McMillan soon understood Bryant had stayed distant with his contemporaries so he could maintain a competitive edge. “We’re going to be together coach and the chemistry is going to be there,” Bryant told McMillan. “I don’t know those guys, but give it a little time. We’ll work it out. We’re going to be ready to get gold.” Kidd learned Bryant had not tried to score before on catch-and-shoot chances because of external circumstances. “I just never had that ability to do it,” Bryant told Kidd. “I always had to work off the dribble to get my rhythm.” Kidd and others discovered Bryant showed openness toward tweaking his game and showing more of his personality without compromising both his serious nature and scoring instincts. Though most described Bryant as more reserved than outgoing, Anthony observed that Bryant “blended right in.” His teammates became fascinated with the fandom that followed him in Beijing that evoked comparisons to Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. Boozer saw one fan even faint over Bryant’s mere presence at a game. His teammates, however, sounded more intrigued of witnessing Bryant shed his own misconceptions. Bryant reported during the 2015-16 season that he often teased Kidd about his age and “goofed off” with each other before practice. Kidd smiled as he recalled going with Bryant to a local driving range, only to reveal his skills with a golf club hardly matched his skills on the hardwood. “He was kind of vulnerable. I thought that was kind of cool,” Kidd said. “He probably didn’t think it was cool because we were laughing. But it was like, ‘He’s human.’” Bryant showed that side the most to Anthony for various reasons. Team USA accounts portrayed Anthony as having an inviting personality. Anthony and Bryant related to each other well as high volume scorers. They frequently challenged each other to shooting contests in practice, which Anthony insisted he never lost. “It wasn’t forced,” Anthony said of his relationship with Bryant. “It happened organically and naturally after competing against one another.” Setting the tone Still, the lasting images surrounding Bryant will always involve his competitiveness. Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim had argued the U.S. Olympic team would not have lost to Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 FIBA World Championships had Bryant not been absent because of offseason knee surgery. So it hardly surprised Boeheim when he saw how Bryant approached the first scrimmage before the Tournament of the Americas in 2007. “He is pressing everybody,” Boeheim said of Bryant. “He’s just jumping all over guys screaming, going after everybody and getting everybody to do that, too. That set the tone the first day.” Bryant also set the tone at the first game of that tournament. He forced a turnover on Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez and dove for the loose ball. Bryant then stole the next pass and finished on a fastbreak. Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski later played the clip before the entire team as a model to follow. Soon after, Bryant asked Team USA’s coaching staff to compile tape for him to study every opponent’s top scorer. Bryant then became what Boozer called “our defensive stopper.” Bryant took that role so seriously that former Lakers teammate and Spanish forward Pau Gasol soon became a casualty. In the opening minutes of a preliminary game in Beijing, Bryant chased Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez across the court only to see Gasol set a screen near the free-throw line. Bryant bulldozed Gasol without hesitating.“That sent a message to everybody,” McMillan said. “It was a message to Spain and it was a message to us: ‘Pau is in a different uniform. We’re not teammates.’” Anthony argued “that’s when things started to turn.” After coasting to double-digit victories against Germany, Australia, Argentina, Team USA faced Spain in a gold-medal game that brought out the Bryant everyone knew. As much as Team USA appreciated Bryant’s team play and defensive intensity, Bryant remarked in several interviews that Krzyzewski also instructed him to score. That suited Bryant just fine. He scored 13 fourth-quarter points against Spain, including a four-point play that prompted Bryant to shush the crowd. Moments later, Bryant uttered something in a timeout so memorable that Boozer recited the words nearly eight years later. “This is the [expletive] moment when we squeeze them and we win the gold medal [expletive] right now!” Bryant said. “We squeeze them and we don’t let go!” Bryant kept his vow by making a layup and converting on a pair of foul shots. Bryant then emptied his water bottle on Krzyzewski’s head. “This whole thing wouldn’t have started the way it did without him,” Krzyzewski told reporters in Las Vegas. “That’s why I’m still coaching. Believe me, I recognize those moments.” Less is more Four years later, Bryant had collected two more NBA championships and absorbed a few early jabs from Father Time that his Team USA teammates gave him a new nickname. They called Bryant the “OG,” short for “Original Gangster.” The name captured both Bryant’s longevity and his elderly statesman role in the 2012 London Games. It also carried an implication that Bryant would lessen his workload in deference to Anthony, Durant and LeBron James. Bryant sounded fine with that arrangement. He frequently joked, “I’ll just be Mariano Rivera,” referring to the former New York Yankees’ closer. Bryant averaged only 9.4 points on 38.9% shooting in the first five games. Observers contend, however, that Bryant did not force too much so he could both pace through the tournament and allow others to take a lead. Yet, Bryant still exerted his influence. During one practice, Bryant watched James and Durant closely as they completed mid-post drills with Mike Hopkins, a court coach for USA basketball. Bryant then asked Hopkins to work with him. After making a few shots from the elbow, Bryant asked Hopkins a pointed question.“Are you going to play any defense?” Bryant asked. “You want me to play defense?” Hopkins asked. “I want you to play defense,” Bryant said, smirking. Boeheim, the Syracuse head coach, warned Hopkins, “you’re going to get yourself killed.” Bryant did not care and Hopkins did not listen. For the next 90 minutes, Bryant became soaked in sweat as he moved to five different spots along the post to exert his one-on-one moves. Hopkins tapped Bryant’s forearms, tipped the ball away and talked trash on the rare occasions Bryant missed. Team USA guard Russell Westbrook soon interjected, encouraging Hopkins to stop Bryant. Bryant kept scoring, though. He finally asked Hopkins incredulously if he ever watched his highlights on YouTube. Hopkins believed the session would have lasted forever had the team not planned to meet with military members later that evening. Once it did, Bryant gladly posed for a picture with Hopkins’ son, Griffin. Bryant then laughed and talked more trash about his superior post work. “It ended up being one of the greatest memories I had as a coach,” said Hopkins, the longtime Syracuse assistant. “I’ve always been a huge Kobe fan.”Bryant created more memories later when he ended his initial shooting struggles. He scored 20 second-half points against Australia, including four 3-pointers in a 66-second burst. He duplicated his prolific play in Team USA’s semifinal win against Argentina (13 points) and gold-medal victory over Spain (17). “He left it up to us for us to do all the work. But when he needed to step up, he stepped up,” Anthony said of Bryant. “He’s Kobe. He’s always going to have those moments.” Once the game, Bryant made it clear on where his future with USA basketball stood. “This is it,” Bryant said on the NBC telecast. A potential last chapter Nearly four years later, Bryant started feeling differently. Last summer, Bryant contacted Colangelo and explained his vow earlier might have been premature. “He would like to finish in a blaze of glory with another gold medal,” Colangelo recalled Bryant telling him. “But he didn’t want any freebies. He wanted to earn it.” Out of respect for Bryant’s stature, Krzyzewski argued “you would always extend the courtesy” for his return. Those tough conversations never needed to take place, though. Bryant eventually determined he would retire after his contract expired following the 2015-16 season. While that set up a farewell tour with tribute videos and reflective moments, Bryant’s final year entailed absorbing daily blows from Father Time. He averaged 17.6 points on a career-low 35.8 percent clip in 66 games with the Lakers, while fielding endless injuries to his right shoulder and right Achilles tendon. Bryant publicly withdrew his name from consideration in mid-January, arguing he wanted to allow the next generation of players to have their chance. Bryant also expressed sentiments about playing his final game with the Lakers. There also marked a practical reason. Said Colangelo: “He didn’t feel like he could be himself.” For a moment at least, Bryant felt like himself in his career-finale. Then, Bryant posted 60 points on a career-high 50 shots. For better and for worse, the game captured Bryant’s determination to play the game on his own terms. But what if that adrenaline rush convinced Bryant he could carry the Olympic torch with just as strong of a flame? “The very first thing I would say is take a look at the tape of the game and see if that may not be the one you go out on,” Krzyzewski told reporters. “Let’s talk after and he probably wouldn’t call. He wouldn’t be able to take 50 shots here.” That’s okay. Bryant left enough lasting memories with his play and presence donning a No. 10 red, white and blue jersey. All of which has left the current U.S. Olympic team eager to follow the trail Bryant outlined. center_img “His work ethic, approach and how he appreciates the game is infectious,” Team USA forward Kevin Durant said. “He’s someone that loves to play so much. He’s competitive when he steps in between those lines. He wants perfection.” Bryant chased that perfection even during ungodly hours. That left Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh shaking his head, mindful that Bryant had just concluded an NBA Finals loss to Boston in 2008 only weeks beforehand. “I thought I was working hard,” Bosh said. “Now I have to get back into the gym.” After training for three weeks together before heading to Beijing, former U.S. Olympic teammate Carlos Boozer noticed the entire team had adopted Bryant’s routine. “We all clung to it,” said Boozer, who also played with Bryant on the Lakers in 2014-15 and recently agreed to a deal to play in China. “It soon became our workout, not just his workout.” last_img read more