This weekend, Jamiroquai will perform their first U.S. show in thirteen years at the 19th annual Coachella in Indio, California. Earlier this morning, the festival announced they would live stream Jamiroquai’s set, in addition to over 70+ other performers during the first weekend of the festival. Ahead of the big performance, Jay Kay and company will head to The Late Late Show With James Corden for a late-night national television guest spot on Thursday, April 12. Don’t miss it!In addition to marking their first U.S. shows in more than a decade, Jamiroquai’s Coachella performances are the first of four total confirmed American shows this year. In between Coachella sets (April 13 & 20), Jay Kay and company will head to San Francisco to perform the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on April 17. On September 8, the band will head to New York City to perform the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Additionally, Suwannee Hulaween recently revealed the dates for their 2018 festival with a short animated video and snuck in a massive hint pointing to Jamiroquai as their 2018 headliner. In the clip, the band’s familiar silhouette symbol appears in the corner of the frame, suggesting that Jamiroquai will be performing at the sixth annual event.It’s been over a year since Jamiroquai announced their triumphant return after spending years outside the spotlight. In March of 2017, the group released Automaton, a follow up to 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star marking the band’s eighth studio album. To complement their new album, the funk favorites embarked on a global tour, hitting Tokyo and Seoul in addition to major cities across Europe. However, North American cities were conspicuously left off of Jamiroquai’s 2017 comeback tour, leading many to hope that 2018 will see the group hitting the U.S. Here we are, with four shows and a late-night television slot on the books, and it feels damn good.[H/T JamBase]
NZ Herald 16 May 2014Police say they do not support the decriminalisation of natural cannabis despite calls by Auckland’s Deputy Mayor that it’s safer than banned synthetic versions.Penny Hulse said it was time New Zealanders discussed the decriminalisation of cannabis, much as they had had discussions on prostitution and same-sex marriage.But a police national headquarters spokesman said there was no political will for decriminalisation and their stance on the issue was clear.“Police do not support the decriminalisation of cannabis.”Last week Prime Minister John Key told the Herald he did not support the decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs.On Wednesday Ms Hulse told an Auckland Council committee drawing up a policy on legal highs that it made no sense to regulate synthetic cannabis without considering safer alternatives.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11255679
Off to its best start since 2005, the USC baseball team will return home from a victory in Long Beach to take on Akron in a three-game weekend series at Dedeaux Field.On target · Senior pitcher Ben Mount and the Trojans are off to their best start since 2005. Mount currently has an earned run average of 1.50. – Katherine Montgomery | Daily TrojanThe Trojans started 4-0 thanks in large part to their starting pitching, which gave up a total of six earned runs during the season’s opening week. That performance was highlighted by freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley’s nine-strikeout debut in the series finale against Jacksonville University and capped by senior pitcher Brandon Garcia’s gutsy 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday at Long Beach State.“Three of the games were really tight in the late innings,” said coach Frank Cruz. “The fact that the team was composed enough to go ahead and win all three says something. We’ll take that experience with us to the later parts of the season.”Now, USC takes on an Akron team still searching for its first victory in 2012. The Zips fell to Elon University in their season opener before dropping both ends of a doubleheader against Appalachian State on Saturday.Against the Zips, the Trojans will feature what figures to be their regular weekend rotation with redshirt senior pitcher Andrew Triggs toeing the rubber Friday night and senior pitcher Ben Mount and Tarpley holding down Saturday and Sunday afternoon, respectively. Cruz, however, indicated that no one’s spot is 100 percent secure.“It all depends on performance,” Cruz said about the makeup of his weekend rotation. “Things change, but I know that’s the way it’s going to be this week.”If any of the Trojan starters are secure, it’s Triggs, whom Cruz called the team’s “de facto ace.”“[Triggs] has been ‘the guy’ for three years here now,” Cruz said. “I don’t see that changing.”Akron will likely counter with its own three-man rotation, which struggled in its first go-around of the year. Sophomore Jon Pusateri was the only Zips starter to go longer than five innings during Akron’s three losses, and senior Andrew Brown was tagged for seven runs in five innings on Opening Day against Elon.Cruz isn’t letting the team take any opponent lightly, however, and stressed that his team still has several things to work on during the week.“I’m not trying to give anyone the ‘coach talk’ but [the Zips] are a solid team,” Cruz said. “They have a very well-respected manager [Coach Rick Rembielak] and they’ll be a tough opponent.”“I think base running is definitely something we can improve on. We need to have a bit higher percentage on our execution. We’re doing OK, but we need to be better.”The bats, led by do-everything freshman Garrett Stubbs, who has seven hits in his first 16 at-bats as a Trojan, also drew Cruz’s praise for their performance in the season’s opening week.“I think we’re taking some good swings,” Cruz said. “We’re taking some mature swings, which I would expect from some of our older players. But the younger guys are stepping it up as well.”The three-game home stand will give USC time to prepare for its first big test of the year, a road series at perennial national power North Carolina that will likely provide an accurate gauge of where USC stands in the college baseball landscape.First pitch on Friday against the Zips is at 6 p.m., Saturday’s afternoon contest begins at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale is a 1 p.m. first pitch.