Fans can expect to see and hear plenty of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on The Relix Channel in the coming months. The popular jam band announced their plans on Thursday to partner exclusively with Relix Magazine‘s live video platform to present a series of upcoming live concert streams to their fans around the country, starting tomorrow with the band’s sold-out show at Chicago, IL’s Concord Music Hall. The live streams won’t cost anything for viewers, however, there will be a digital “tip jar” for fans to show their support.“We’re honored and thrilled to be teaming up with Relix and couches everywhere,” Pigeons’ singer/guitarist Greg Ormont said in a statement about the partnership. “Now, if you can’t make it to the show, you can flock out at home. You better believe I’m gonna find you in the lens!”Related: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Welcomes Members Of The Fritz, Jams ‘Jungle Book’ Style In Asheville According to the announcement, the new partnership is the first of its kind between an artist and a media outlet. As streaming-based technology continues to grow in both capability and popularity, more artists–including performers outside of just the jam realm–are looking to utilize all new avenues of reaching audiences and consumers with live-stream concert experiences. Both Pigeons and Relix are promising to make their streaming series a frequent occurrence, so fans should expect to see plenty of shows from the band’s ongoing winter and spring tours being broadcasted on the online channel even more often in the coming months.Neither the band or Relix revealed if their partnership will only remain active throughout the band’s ongoing tour, or if this is a long-term relationship. Either way, one can’t help but wonder if exclusive streaming agreements will start to become a new trend across the live entertainment landscape.The band’s next show is tonight (Thursday) at The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN with support from Mungion. The tour is scheduled to continue throughout the rest of winter and into the spring months with upcoming shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and a pair of late-night gigs in New Orleans during Jazz Fest come early May. Fans can head over to the band’s website for the full listing of upcoming shows and ticket options. Fans should also keep an eye out for future streaming announcements from the band now they plan on broadcasting more shows via The Relix Channel.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tour Dates:2/14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *2/15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall2/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection *3/22 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues *3/28 – Harrisburg, PA – Capitol Room **3/29 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater **3/30 – Albany, NY – Jupiter Hall **4/4 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom &4/5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom **4/6 – Portland, ME – The State Theatre **4/12 – Rochester, NY – Anthology **4/13 – Rochester, NY – Anthology %4/24 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note ~4/25 – Urbana, IL – Canopy ~4/26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom ~4/27 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater ~4/28 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown ~5/2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre !5/3 & 5/4 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World Ballroom #5/16 – 5/18 – Masontown, WV – Domefest* w/ Mungion** w/ Cycles& w/ Goose% w/ Kitchen Dwellers~ w/ Twiddle! w/ Twiddle & Kitchen Dwellers# w/ The String Cheese IncidentView All Tour Dates
Chief among the contenders is Geraint Thomas of Ineos, a team looking to bounce back from a rare disappointment in the Tour de France, a race the Welshman won in 2018.”Racing in Italy is always special be it in May or October,” Ineos principal Dave Brailsford said on Thursday.”It’s going to go down to the wire in that grueling final week,” he predicted of a race marked by three individual time trials and five summit finishes.Thomas was bundled out of the Tour de France line up and appears to have something to prove in Italy. High altitude racing The dark horse would be Englishman Simon Yates, who won the recent coast-to-coast race, the Tirreno Adriatico.The slender climber has been surrounded by powerful rollers and will hope to make the difference in the mountains.”I’m proud of winning the Adriatico, but my chief target is the Giro,” said the man who blew a big lead here to Chris Froome in 2018.Whoever wins will have to deliver or survive a tough third week of climbing, taking in some high altitude racing above the clouds on the infamous Stelvio at 2758m and Agnello at 2745m. A man adept at that is home hope Vincenzo Nibali, who has won the Giro twice and is the wiliest tactician in the sport.”It’s a strange year with a strange season with all these unknowns,” says the Trek-Segafredo rider, a master a sowing doubt in his rivals’ minds.Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang is a strong all-rounder and has the back up of Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez.There are also six sprints in this Giro with three-time world champion Peter Sagan eager to add to his roll of honor as he takes part in his first ever Giro. “I’ve lived here, I’ve raced for an Italian team, and I had some rough luck the last time I came to the Giro. I’m determined to right that wrong this time around,” the 34-year-old said this week.Also on the Ineos roster is Australian time-trial specialist Rohan Dennis who could grab the leader’s pink jersey on the opening stage. With two other time trials on the schedule he could be a contender. Dutch team Jumbo Visma are also seeking redemption after a painful Tour de France where, after wearing the yellow jersey for so long, Primoz Roglic had a gut wrenching meltdown on the final time trial. Their veteran climber Steven Kruijswijk may have the edge on Thomas on the high summits. A mouthwatering Giro d’Italia bursts into life with a time-trial around Palermo on Saturday marking the start of 3497km of racing across the valleys and mountains, from the south of the country to the north, culminating in front of the Duomo cathedral in Milan on October 25.Originally scheduled to start in Budapest in May but rescheduled due to the pandemic, the Sicilian start provides a tantalizing appetizer for the 102nd edition of the three week bike race. It takes in the first four stages and includes a volcanic finish on the slopes of Mount Etna.Twenty-two teams of eight riders each are due to set off on what race organizer and director Mauro Vegni described as “a message of hope across Italy”, the nation that buckled into Europe’s first lockdown when hit hard by the first wave of Covid-19. Topics :
No. 25 USC has yet to officially launch a Heisman Trophy campaign for Robert Woods, but it might want to start now.During the Trojans’ season opener against Minnesota, the sophomore wide receiver broke the school’s single-game mark for receptions with 17, leading the Trojans to a 19-17 win Saturday over the unranked Golden Gophers.“Robert is a special player,” said junior quarterback Matt Barkley, who also set the school’s single-game record for completions with 34. “He just runs great routes. He’s a smart player, who has mastered the playbook, knows defenses and knows how to get open.”Christopher Pham | Daily TrojanWoods, who served as the team’s primary offensive threat, finished with three touchdown receptions for just the second time in his career, counting for 18 of USC’s 19 points.Yet all of the Trojans’ scoring came in the first half, as it was outscored 14-0 in the final two quarters by Minnesota, which finished 77th nationally in total offense last season.“Obviously [we’re] disappointed in the second half with the offense,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Not scoring a point is hard to imagine.”The Trojans’ near second-half collapse evoked shades of some of last season’s losses in the final minutes, most notably to Washington and Stanford in consecutive weeks in early October, where they lost on last-second field goals.Against Washington, USC led by two points with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter before relinquishing its lead on the final play — a 32-yard field goal from Erik Polk. A week later at Stanford, it took a late one-point lead on an Allen Bradford touchdown, before watching Nate Whitaker nail a 30-yard field goal moments later to give the Cardinal the win.“I had flashbacks to last year, but I was confident in our defense,” Barkley said. “This team is a new team; it’s a new defense and they’ve come a long way.”This time, sophomore cornerback Torin Harris, who started over junior cornerback Tony Burnett, made sure USC avoided a similar fate.With the Golden Gophers taking over at their own nine-yard line and trailing by two points, a pass from freshman quarterback Max Shortell, who replaced an injured MarQueis Gray midway through the fourth quarter, was interceptioned by Harris with 1:11 remaining in the game, sealing the victory.“I was just reading the receiver,” said Harris, whose interception marked the first of his career. “We were in man, bump coverage. I saw the ball was there and I had to make a play.”The 302 total yards allowed by the USC defense marked the third-lowest total by an opponent in the last 22 games, a noticeable improvement for a unit that posted its worst statistical season since 1955 in 2010.“You saw how we played today,” Harris said. “I think we did really well as a unit.”Though it might have been less than ideal, Trojans were able to at least get on the scoreboard early — on their first drive of the game, as Barkley orchestrated a 13-play, 66-yard drive that resulted in a 7-yard touchdown pass to Woods.Later in the half, Barkley found Woods again — this time on a 43-yard touchdown pass to give USC its second score of the game.But Barkley and company led just 12-0 after two straight two-point conversion attempts went awry.“It’s a special teams scenario,” Kiffin said when asked about the rational for opting out of the more conventional extra point attempt. “We were 50 percent last year. If you get a certain look where you have an advantage, it’s worth a look.”USC would later score on another Barkley touchdown pass to Woods with just under one minute remaining in the first half. This time, however, Kiffin chose to kick the extra point.Featuring an inexperienced offensive line, as it started three first-time starters in left guard Jeremy Galten, right guard John Martinez and right guard Kevin Graf, USC opted to line up in four-wide-receiver sets in the hopes of easing some of the pressure off the young unit.“I would like it to change,” Kiffin said. “It’s not really fun to play the game that way so spread out and balls going all over the place. It just gets you out of rhythm. It’s not the normal ‘SC rhythm of running the ball and play-action.”Of USC’s 73 offensive plays, 45 were passes by way of Barkley — more than 60 percent. Logging meaningful carries for the first time in their careers, freshman D.J. Morgan, who started at tailback, and junior Curtis McNeal, finished with 103 yards on 24 carries.“It was not a satisfying win,” Barkley said. “Of course we’ll celebrate all our victories, but this is not the way you want to get it. You want to be able to come out with a complete game in all areas.”USC will host Utah at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next week in its Pac-12 opener.