By the time Thanksgiving Eve rolls around, LCD Soundsystem will have played five straight shows in support new album, “American Dream,” at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. But it took just one set for the reunited rock outfit from Brooklyn to not only send its shockwaves through Southern California, but also shed light on the paradigm behind the cyclicality of music, art and culture.Friday night, the nearly-80-year-old venue on Sunset Boulevard was fraught with 1980s vibes. Everything from the flashing lights and James Murphy’s vocals—part David Byrne, part Fred Schneider—on stage, to the proclivities of the floor in front of it evoked thoughts of what it must have felt like to rock out in Ronald Reagan’s post-disco America.The slow, heavy synth of “Oh Baby” in the opener instantly transformed the circular Hollywood dance hall into the scene of a cheesy prom night. The familiar tones of “I Can Change”—with it’s contradictory yet no less appropriate mantra to “never change”—got the crowd up and moving to the beat immediately thereafter. The set proceeded with a similar seesaw between new tracks and old favorites, lighthearted love songs and more melancholy considerations of longing and regret–or, in the case of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”, both at the same time.The packed house featured a cocktail of young EDM fans and more middle-aged listeners seasoned in now-legacy forms of house and electro, but all gladly obliged when Murphy and company implored them all to “Get Innocuous.” The band lured their Palladium audience into purely physical expression with the punk-rock rhythms of “Movement”, then dropped deep into mournful souls with “Someone Great”.LCD Soundsystem Releases First LP In 7 Years, ‘American Dream’ [Full Stream]After a refreshingly brief break, LCD returned to the stage for an energetic encore that ended with two back-to-back Soundsystem standards—”Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends”. As fans filed out of the Palladium and into another pleasant night in the heart of Hollywood, they seemed to emerge from a musical time machine that had transported them to an experience from three decades prior……And not by accident, either. Murphy, LCD’s revered frontman, has ranked the Talking Heads and the B-52s among his biggest influences, alongside the likes of the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Yes and, of course, Daft Punk The shoe certainly fits in this case, since Murphy grew up in Princeton, New Jersey during the ‘80s. Chances are, his musical life was steeped in the sounds of that decade, with the Talking Heads and the B-52s leaving arguably the biggest imprints on his own style.LCD Soundsystem Performs “Tonite” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!So it was, then, that Murphy and company helped to revamp and re-popularize ‘80s music during the 2000s, and have once again stoked the embers of that revival in 2017. And so it is that, as the rule of thumb goes, decades seem to recycle themselves every 20 years or so—the ‘70s syncing with the ‘90s, the ‘80s with the aughts, and so on. It’s the constant churn of generations, of one cohort shaping the minds of its successors and, thus, securing its own legacy. And as their five-night run in Hollywood continues, LCD Soundsystem is sure to further their already-indelible mark on whatever music emerges in the 2020s.You can check out photos from last night’s LCD Soundsystem show below, courtesy of Steve Rose.For more information on the band’s upcoming shows, head to their website.SETLIST: LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Hollywood, CA | 11/17/17 Load remaining images LCD Soundsystem Hollywood Palladium 5-Night Run11-17 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-18 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-19 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium11-21 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium Photo: Steve Rose LCD Soundsystem | Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Steve Rose
Wednesday marked the official first day of spring for 2013, which can mean many things to the outdoor enthusiast. It could mean spring cleaning – not the carpets and bathrooms, mind you, but the gear shed and the tents. It could mean breaking out the mountain bike and making sure the brakes still work – recommended before your first ride. Or it could mean the beginning of another fly fishing season if you don’t have the stomach for winter fishing – it’s ok, few do. The weather has been up and down in March and the fishing has been spotty with high flows and blown out streams. Just when you thought it was safe to get on the water, another winter storm blew in and ruined everything. Late March and early April is the prime window for early season trout hunting, so the time for excuses is over. The time to fish is now.If you have spent the past couple of weeks opening rod tubes and taking fly inventory, head down to your local river this weekend and wet a line. Even if the water conditions are not ideal, you’ll still have the chance to whip the rod around and make sure you still have what it takes when the hatch comes. Who knows, you may even see some dry fly action once you settle in.We recommend you hit the Little River outside Townsend, TN and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Roadside river access and an abundance of species – including big browns, rainbows and smallmouth on the lower sections – means it’s a near can’t-miss fishing opportunity. Obviously, that’s an overstatement, but you’ll have fun either way.View Larger Map
After one of the most popular weeks for PGA DFS contests, the Travelers Championship provides an excellent opportunity to target elite golfers who underperformed at the U.S. Open. This week’s GPPs will collect spillover entries from less experienced daily fantasy golf players that started or just resumed playing during last week’s major.Recency bias has a stronger impact on newer players. The optimal way to leverage this is by targeting premier golfers who flopped and burnt those who bought in on them at the U.S. Open, as the best long-term players are always the likeliest to bounce back with the most authority. Continuing to make his way back from a wrist injury, Justin Thomas missed the cut last week. Thomas was a popular option as one of the lower-priced elite golfers at the U.S. Open, but he ended up burning lineups that included him. Since his return, Thomas has missed two of three cuts. I expect this to scare off DFS players who may sense that something could still be wrong with his wrist. Instead of guessing about the status of his injury, however, I would rather leverage his low ownership. Thomas is one of the premier golfers on tour, and the bad recent results may simply be explained by him knocking off some rust. As far as I am concerned, Thomas will be fully himself this week, and I expect him to be less coveted than similarly priced golfers like Jason Day and Paul Casey. On top of low ownership, Thomas is being discounted due to the recent missed cuts. Leverage the recent injury and last week’s missed cut for a double discount on both ownership and price.Tony Finau has endured a very uncharacteristic slump recently with missed cuts in his past two tournaments and fishes of T60th or worse in three of the five tournaments before that. I might be more concerned if not for a solo second-play finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge and a T5th at the Masters smack dab in the middle of the bad results. Finau is most likely just fine and has proven incredibly consistent outside of this minislump. His price has been heavily discounted, and yet I expect him to receive much lower ownership than he normally does this week. While many expect TPC River Highlands to favor shorter hitters, which certainly doesn’t describe Finau, he has never finished worse than 25th at this event. In fact, Bubba Watson, another golfer who is generally thought of more for his distance than finesse, has won here twice. With many DFS players recently having soured on Finau and looking to pay up for several studs above his price level, he may fly completely under the radar. Rarely do you get the opportunity to roster such an electrifying golfer at such low ownership.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Travelers Championship betting advice*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.Travelers Championship picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersJordan Spieth didn’t miss the cut last week, but he completely disappeared down the stretch after a relatively promising first couple of days. It seemed Spieth was finally turning his season around with three straight top-10 finishes coming into the U.S. Open, but he couldn’t keep his momentum and certainly didn’t help out anybody who rostered him at a premium. What Spieth continues to possess, though, despite his struggles over the past two seasons, is a level of talent that is arguably unmatched. The recent top-10 finishes show that regardless of last week’s disappointment, Spieth is finding his stride once again. I expect Spieth to be far overlooked compared to the likes of other top options Brooks Koepka and Patrick Cantlay, which may be a mistake. Spieth is of similar caliber and priced cheaper, and what you sacrifice in form I believe you more than make up for in leverage. It doesn’t hurt that Spieth won here in 2017 either. Buy in before Spieth finally gets all aspects of his game clicking.