first_imgThere are a number of horror stories that come along with a rigorous tour schedule, as any established band will tell you. It’s something all up-and-coming bands must go through in order to “make it” to a point of respect, almost like a fraternity/sorority’s “rush” to becoming part of the music industry’s universe. Sometimes that means getting stuck in stand-still traffic on the side of the highway in the middle of North Carolina on Mother’s Day. What else to do, but to break out the drum kit and put on a show?The Main Squeeze, Spafford, Aqueous, And More To Play First Ever Canyon Jam At The MishawakaThat’s the direction The Main Squeeze were heading until the cars finally started to move. Drummer Reuben Gingrich delivered the commuters who were also stranded on the highway with just over a minute of rock solace. Watch the impromptu pop-up jam below:The Main Squeeze recently released their fourth studio effort, Without A Sound. The album serves as a musical snapshot for the band, capturing their experience of relocating from The Windy City to the City of Angels. Listen to the album here.Coincidentally, it’s also Reuben’s birthday today AND he just released his debut solo album Blue Island. You can purchase it here, and stream it below:The Main Squeeze are just over half way through with their tour, heading toward Washington, DC on May 17th, then making their way up the east coast. Check out the full schedule below:last_img read more


first_img(CMC) – LEFT-HANDER Darren Bravo has been sent packing for the one-day series against India starting next month, with injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell also overlooked in a 14-man squad announced yesterday by West Indies selectors.Both players featured in the Windies’ failed ICC World Cup campaign in England where they had little impact in their limited appearances, as the Caribbean side finished ninth, only ahead of last-placed Afghanistan.From that World Cup squad, speedster Shannon Gabriel and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been dropped, along with batsman Sunil Ambris who was called up as an injury replacement for Russell.Meanwhile, veteran opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 14-man squad after making an about turn on his retirement, with the trio of opener John Campbell, all-rounder Roston Chase and seamer Keemo Paul called up for the three-match series which bowls off in Georgetown.Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said the composition of the squad reflected the start of the rebuilding effort with the next World Cup in mind.“We have to start planning now for the World Cup in 2023 and we are looking for a solid squad that we can work with over the next four years,” said Reifer, who was appointed back in April.“We want to build them into a consistent winning team in this format, so that they have a real chance of success in four years’ time.“We had a number of young players in the last World Cup squad. We played some decent cricket. We were in match-winning positions, but we just didn’t win the key moments or finish off the games.“The players have learnt a lot from the World Cup, and we are looking to improve their skills, their mindsets and playing together as a team. The more they can play together, the better it will be for them.”Bravo is one of the major omissions, especially since it comes less than a year following his return to international cricket from a two-year hiatus, owing to a nasty public squabble with former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron.However, in 16 One-Day Internationals since, he has managed only 244 runs at an average of 22 with a single half-century. He played just three matches in the World Cup and batted only twice, scoring 0 and 19 in those outings.Overall, he averages 30 from 110 ODIs.Russell, recently named in the T20 International squad subject to a fitness test, had a similarly frustrating World Cup campaign, scoring 36 runs from three innings and claiming five wickets.He limped out of the tournament with a chronic knee injury which dogged him throughout and hampered performances.Campbell and Chase, meanwhile, have been handed opportunities to press their claim for permanent spots in the side.The left-handed Campbell averages nearly 50 from six ODIs, fuelled largely by a sparkling 179 in his only innings in the Tri-Nations Series in Ireland back in May while Chase averages 21 from 16 ODIs with a single half-century.Paul, a promising 21-year-old, played the last of his 11 ODIs in December before being sidelined with injury.“It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team,” Reifer said of the trio. “Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup.”Gayle provides the bulk of the experience in the unit with 10 393 runs from 298 ODIs, along with 25 hundreds but is coming off a low-key World Cup where he managed only 242 runs at an average of 30.He is two months away from his 40th birthday and in the twilight of his career but Reifer endorsed his presence in the Jason Holder-led squad.“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge. He lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” Reifer pointed out.The opening ODI is set for August 8 with the remaining matches on August 11 and 14 at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more


first_imgOver his past nine starts, the 24-year-old Buehler has a 1.89 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in 62 innings. He also has an outlandish 19:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (76 Ks, four walks) and .512 opponents’ OPS in that span.LA is 6-3 in those games, dating to May 6; more importantly, it has added 10 games to its division lead over that time. The margin is now 11 with a shade over half a regular season to play.SN CONVERSATION: Buehler needed time to get into baseballThe Dodgers brought Buehler along slowly in spring training after his electrifying outing in last year’s World Series. A sluggish March and April followed (5.22 ERA in six starts). Then came May, and Buehler found a higher gear (2.90 ERA in five starts). Then came June, and the turbo jets kicked in: three runs, 13 hits and 42 strikeouts in 31 innings over four starts.The Los Angeles Times (subscription required) notes that the surge began as Buehler started taking an increased role in preparing for games with the catchers and coaching staff.”Obviously, doing your own stuff and knowing it in your head gets you a little bit more convicted,” Buehler said, per the Times. “and that’s never a bad thing.”More postseason starts are in the offing for Buehler as LA works toward claiming a seventh consecutive division crown. His performance in those games might come down to how well manager Dave Roberts pulls off his own balancing act in the second half.Roberts will want to keep Buehler sharp while also ensuring he isn’t overworked. Buehler is on track to surpass the 161 innings (regular season and postseason combined) he threw in 2018, which he wants to do in his second full major league season. Walker Buehler is big on being in sync when he delivers the ball to the plate. The Dodgers’ right-hander is one of MLB’s best pitchers when all the parts work in concert.Buehler kept everything together for all nine innings Friday as he fanned 16 Rockies and walked none in his first career complete game. The outing continued a stellar two-month run that has coincided with LA taking control of the National League West race. “I want to eat innings. I want to throw 200 innings,” he said Friday, per MLB.com.Roberts could insert Ross Stripling as a sixth starter on occasion, assuming the current rotation stays healthy and Stripling isn’t needed as a replacement. He could also put together occasional bullpen games. The big lead and the majors’ best pitching staff, by ERA, give him a lot of options.There’s a chance that such moves will disrupt Buehler’s rhythm, but protecting the organization’s most accomplished young pitcher and one of the keys to a Dodgers championship is a must.last_img read more