Eagles, Redskins Round Out NFL’s Week 7 Schedule Live Monday Night

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The Eagles and Redskins close out week 7 in the NFL live Monday night on ESPN.

The NFC East divisional foes will play live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in the final game of the week in what will be a crucial game for both teams.  The Eagles (5 – 1) currently sit atop the NFC East and the NFC standings while the Redskins (3 – 2) sit second in the division. Washington is also in a close battle for sixth place in the conference alongside Seattle, New Orleans and Atlanta.

All four teams play this week, meaning each game is pivotal for each team as the season nears its halfway point.  The host Eagles are undefeated at home so far this season going 2 – 0 so far at home, while the Redskins are winless on the road at 0 – 1 on that record.  Considering each team’s overall records, Monday’s matchup will be pivotal for each organization for a number of reasons.

Coverage of Monday’s game starts at 6 p.m. with Monday Night Countdown, hosted by Suzy Kolber.  Kolber will be joined, as she is each week, by ESPN NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.  ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter will also be on hand along with ESPN senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry and the Monday Night Football broadcast crew of Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters.

McDonough and Gruden will have the call for Monday’s game beginning at 8:15 p.m. live from Lincoln Financial Field.  Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Little League Classic Coverage Sunday

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ESPN will present a special extended Major League Baseball broadcast Sunday.

The network will bring audiences the first-ever Little League Classic, which will see the St. Louis Cardinals taking on their National League Central foes, the Pittsburgh Pirates live at the renovated Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA – the location of the Little League World Series.

The broadcast will be preceded at 6 p.m. by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the hour-long broadcast and will be joined by analyst David Ross and reporter Tim Kurkjian for the broadcast.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s game on Sunday Night Baseball.  He will be joined by his Sunday Night Baseball cohorts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone for the broadcast.

Kurkjian will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will also be on hand during the game.

Along with interviews with Manfred and other highlights, ESPN will present interviews with various MLB stars and personnel.  Images of those and other non-MLB figures as Little Leaguers will also be displayed throughout the game.

Sunday’s regular-season matchup between the Cardinals and Pirates will be the closer in a four-game series between the National League Central foes. St. Louis currently sits third in the division, 2.5 games back from the division-leading Chicago Cubs, while Pittsburgh sits just below the Cardinals in fourth, 5.5 games back.

Mike Leake (7 – 11) is scheduled to get the start for the Cardinals Sunday while Ivan Nova (10 – 10) is expected to take the mound for Pittsburg.

The Cardinals-Pirates matchup is just one of the games set for Sunday’s ESPN MLB schedule.  Mendoza and Boone will provide commentary for the Little League World Series on ABC beginning at 1 p.m.

Ravech will cover two of the series’ games – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – and two editions of Baseball Tonight – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Kurkjian will also be on two editions of Baseball Tonight along with his work on the Little League Classic.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Meyer will air at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with Adnan Virk and David Ross.  Each broadcast will be from a different location at the Little League World Series.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ Little League World Series and Little League Classic is noted below.

ESPN’s Williamsport schedule for Aug. 20:

Time

Telecast

Network

10 a.m.

(13) International: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Volunteer Stadium

Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, Sebastian Salazar

ESPN2, ESPN App

11 a.m.

(14) US: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Lamade Stadium

Dave Flemming, Kyle Peterson, Julie Foudy

ESPN, ESPN App

1 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Adnan Virk, David Ross

ESPN, ESPN App

1 p.m.

(15) International: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Volunteer Stadium

Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza, Sebastian Salazar

ABC, ESPN App

2 p.m.

(16) US: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Lamade Stadium

Dave Flemming, Kyle Peterson, Julie Foudy

ESPN, ESPN App

4 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Adnan Virk, David Ross, Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App

6 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Karl Ravech, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell

Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio

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Strange Karma’s New LP Will Appeal to Any Classic Rock Fan

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Early this year, Strange Karma released its latest album Cold Blooded to the masses.  The 10-song, 41-minute record, is a work that will appeal easily to fans of Savatage, Queensryche, Poison and other similar acts.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the record.  They will be discussed shortly.  The songs’ lyrical content also adds to that appeal.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important to the album’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Cold Blooded a record that 80s and 90s rock fans will find hot.

Strange Karma’s new full-length studio recording Cold Blooded is a work that any 80s and 90s rock fan will find enjoyable.  That is due in part to the record’s collective musical arrangements.  Some of the arrangements are clearly guitar-driven while others are driven more through their piano arrangements.  Just as important to note here is the fact that the arrangements vary between ballads and more operatic style songs that.  That combination, again, lends itself easily to comparisons to works crafted by Savatage, Queensryche, Poison and other similar acts.  At the same time, the comparisons are not just musical mirror images of the noted compositions.  Rather, they only display the influences of those noted bands.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear why the musical arrangements presented in this record are so important to its overall presentation.  They are, collectively, not the record’s only key element to examine.  The record’s lyrical content is just as important to examine as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout Cold Blooded is critical to discuss because, as is the case with the record’s musical arrangements, its lyrical content throws back to themes used widely in similar compositions from the late 80s and early 90s, too.  Case in point is the album’s lead single ‘Devil From The Moon.’  The very title seems somewhat eerie yet somewhat campy.  The lyrics build on that foundation as front man Martin Strange sings, “It’s 12 o’clock, it’s midnight/The moon shines/Night is day/All to you/Everything’s gonna be alright/Wolves are howling/The wind is blwoing/You’re running and running/running to nowhere/The shadow is right behind you/I’m the devil/I’ll find you/You belong to me/Bow your heads/I’ll set you free.”  On the surface, this sounds more like something that one might expect from a black metal band.  But the reality is that it is nothing bad at all.  That is illustrated even more through the song’s video.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show how this record transports listeners back to the previously noted musical era.  ‘I Believe (London Town)’ is yet another example of how the record lyrically reaches back in time.

‘I Believe (London Town),’ with its gentle, flowing piano and bass-driven arrangement sees Strange singing, “You want to go/And you never ever get there/You run and you swim but you’re standing still/The thought in your mind/You believe in something new…”  He adds later in the song, “I believe I’m gonna make it some day/I believe I’ll make it may way.”  Such lyrical content coupled with the song’s musical arrangement harkens directly back to the days of big riffs and even bigger hair, once more why it will appeal to the noted audiences.  It is just one of those lyrically positive yet somewhat cheesy wordings that one can’t help but enjoy even as a guilty pleasure.

On another note, ‘Crying For Your Love,’ with its brooding lyrical content is yet another example of how this record lyrically reaches back to days gone by.  Strange’s subject sings here about love lost in an over the top manner, “In night and day/I think of you/Tears running down my face/Lying here/Staring in empty space…thinking of better days/Thinking of you/Thinking of our love.”  The song’s musical arrangement couples with this over-the-top lyrical content (and Strange’s delivery therein) to make this a piece that would have fit in quite easily with the songs that it strives to emulate.  Considering this, the song proves why it is another work that will appeal to fans of Strange Karma’s key audience lyrically just as much as musically.  When joined with the record’s other songs, their lyrical content proves much the same, proving why the record in whole will appeal to those listeners.  Keeping all of this in mind, the lyrical content presented in these songs is only one more part of what makes the album appealing to fans of late 80s and early 90s rock.  The record’s sequencing is just as important to note as its musical arrangements and lyrical content.

The musical arrangements and lyrical content presented throughout Cold Blooded show from one song to the next prove to be critical to the album’s overall presentation.  They are not its only key elements to examine, though.  The record’s sequencing is just as important to examine here as those elements.  The record’s sequencing is important to note because it exhibits a well thought out balance of energy from beginning to end.  The album’s first two offerings are high-energy pieces that eventually make way to a much more reserved energy in ‘Crying For Your Love,’ the record’s third offering.  As the record nears its midway point, the band mixes things up even more with the coupling of ‘Realize’ and ‘I Believe.’  ‘Realize’ is a high-energy piece from start to finish while ‘I Believe’ boasts its own energy.  The catch with this song is that it is not as heavy as ‘Realize.’  That combination of energies within ‘I Believe’ and in the contrast of ‘I Believe’ to ‘Realize’ things get even more interesting as the album progresses back into a heavier vibe in its next trio of songs.  Those songs eventually give way to an arrangement that is best described as something akin to a southern rock arrangement in ‘Hey Man.’  The album’s closer, ‘Dreams’ can easily be compared to compositions from Savatage and Trans Siberian Orchestra with its driving guitar-centered arrangement.  It is yet another change from the songs that came before; a change that once again, audiences will appreciate.  When it is considered along with the other energy variations exhibited throughout the record, the whole of those constant changes is just as certain to keep listeners engaged as the songs’ musical arrangements and their lyrical content.  When all of this is taken into account together, it becomes clear why Cold Blooded is a record that any hot blooded 80s and 90s rock fan will enjoy.

Strange Karma’s latest full-length studio recording Cold Blooded is a work that any hot blooded 80s and 90s rock fan will appreciate.  As has been noted, that is due to musical arrangements that reach liberally back to the big guitar riffs and flowing piano lines that made music from that age so popular.  It is also due to lyrical content that reaches just as blatantly back to that era as the songs’ musical arrangements.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  The energy variations exhibited in the songs’ arrangements are constant from the record’s beginning to its end.  Each element is important in its own way to this record’s appeal as has been noted already.  All things considered, the noted elements together make Cold Blooded a classic rock throwback that classic rock fans will appreciate.  It is available now.  More information on Cold Blooded is available now along with all of Strange Karma’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Scott Stapp Joins, Drowning Pool, Others For Make America Rock Again Tour

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Scott Stapp is back on the road again.

The former Creed front man and current Art of Anarchy front man has joined Drowning Pool, Sick Puppies, Trapt and Adelita’s Way for the Make America Rock Again Tour.  Launched last week, the tour is currently scheduled to run through Sept. 30 in Reno, NV.  The tour’s schedule includes performances in Jacksonville, Fla; Fayetteville, NC; Dallas, TX and a number of other cities nationwide.

The tour’s current schedule is noted in whole below.

8/15/2017 Dallas TX Gas Monkey Live
8/18/2017 Edinburg TX Heb Park
8/19/2017 Austin TX Bat Fest
8/20/2017 Houston TX Pub Fountains
8/24/2017 Toledo OH Centennial Terrace
8/25/2017 Milwaukee WI The Rave
8/26/2017 Island Lake IL Bands in the Sand
8/27/2017 Sterling Heights MI Michigan Lottery Ampitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/29/2017 Dewey Beach DE Bottle & Cork
8/31/2017 Huntington NY The Paramount
9/1/2017 Montclair NJ The Wellmont Theatre
9/2/2017 Watertown NY Exhibition Hall
9/3/2017 Presque ME The Forum
9/7/2017 Winston-Salem NC Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
9/8/2017 Fayetteville NC Crown Complex
9/9/2017 Lynchburg VA Blue Ridge Rock Fest
9/10/2017 Jim Thorpe PA Penns Park
9/13/2017 Jacksonville FL Morocco Shrine Auditorium
9/15/2017 Fort Myers FL The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
9/16/2017 Clearwater FL Ruch Eckhard Hall
9/17/2017 Orlando FL Central Florida Fair/Orlando Ampitheatre
9/19/2017 Lima OH The Ohio Theatre
9/21/2017 Grand Rapids MI 20 Monroe Live
9/22/2017 Corbin KY Corbin Arena
9/23/2017 Fort Wayne IN Parkview Field
9/24/2017 Clive IA 7 Flags Event Center
9/28/2017 Tempe AZ The Marquee
9/29/2017 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
9/30/2017 Reno NV Silver Legacy

Tickets for the tour’s stops are available now for purchase online. VIP packages include meet & greet with Stapp and the other acts on the bill, exclusive soundcheck party, limited edition signed laminate and signed 8×10 lithograph.

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Theory Of A Deadman Announce Album Release, Tour Dates; Unveil Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Theory of a Deadman returns this fall with its latest full-length studio recording.

The band recently announced it will release Wake Up Call on Friday, Oct. 27.  The band’s sixth full-length studio recording, it will be released via Roadrunner Records.  Pre-orders are open now.

In anticipation of the album’s release the band recently premiered the album’s lead single ‘Rx’ and its official companion video.  The song seemingly takes on the issue of drug abuse and the dangers therein.  The video follows the band as it drives along an unnamed city’s streets while a young woman rides her bicycle around the city delivering pills from one person to another, illustrating that seeming message in the song’s lyrical content.

Along with its new single and video, the band will hit the road in support of its new album beginning Aug. 18 in Rock Island, IL. The tour’s schedule currently includes performances in St. Louis, MO; Portland, ME; Charlotte, NC and other cities.

The band’s tour schedule is listed online via the band’s official website.  Tickets are available online now here.

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PBS Kids To Tackle Sibling Rivalry On New ‘Arthur’ DVD

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PBS Kids will release another new collection of Arthur episodes on DVD this summer.

Public Media Distribution and PBS Kids will release Arthur: Brothers and Sisters on Tuesday, July 18. The single disc compilation features eight more episodes of the hit animated series at a total run time of 108 minutes (1 hr. 48 minutes).

All eight episodes feature plenty of sibling rivalry between Arthur and his little sister D.W. (Dora Winnifred for the uninitiated) that puts the pair in plenty of different situations including the arrival of Arthur and D.W.’s second sibling in ‘Arthur’s Baby,’ D.W. copy-cating Arthur in ‘D.W. The Copycat’ and a pre-summer showdown between Arthur and D.W. in ‘The Pageant Pickle.’

Arthur and D.W. are not the only Elwood residents featured in the series’ latest DVD release.  Sue Ellen learns a hard lesson about being careful what she wishes for in ‘Sue Ellen’s Little Sister,’ in which she gets tired of being an only child.  Arthur’s friend Francine and her sister go through some growing pains to which so many siblings can relate, too in ‘Francine Redecorates.’

As if all of that isn’t enough, everyone’s favorite troublesome twins, the Tribbles, get their own moment in the light in this compilation in ‘Two Minutes.’  When Timmy and Tommy discover which twin was born first, Timmy asks D.W. to help him solve, with quite the interesting result.

Between these episodes and the pairing of ‘D.W.’s Baby’ and ‘Arthur’s First Sleepover,’ Arthur: Brothers and Sisters offers families nearly two hours of animated entertainment.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

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Stories, Segmentation, Songs Make New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD A Success

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Summer is right around the corner and so is summer break.  That means families across the country will soon be looking for ways to keep their children entertained if they haven’t already done so.  Luckily, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution have just the answer – a brand new DVD that takes Daniel Tiger and his parents on a family trip.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip will be released May 16 in stores and online, and there is plenty for the whole family to appreciate about this new release whether going on their own family trips this summer or not beginning with the DVD’s main story and its segmentation.  The lessons tied into the main story (and its companion episodes) are important to note too in examining the DVD’s overall presentation.  The songs, while they may not seem overly important, are in fact important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, too.  Each element is important in its own right.  Altogether, they make Tiger Family Trip a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This applies whether families are going on their own family trips this summer or not.  This is proven first and foremost through the DVD’s main story and its related segmentation.  The story follows Daniel and his family as they take a trip on Trolley to see Granpere, Daniel’s grandfather.  This is the kind of trip that is common during summer vacations, so it is fitting that it is being presented to home audiences in that exact time of year.  On a related note, the story’s companion episodes, which see Daniel and company visit a carnival, a butterfly garden and setting up a lemonade stand, are also very summer-themed stories.  They will just as certainly entertain families this summer.  They could even inspire families to take their own summer adventures to do the same kind of things.  Considering this, the DVD’s main story and its companion stories prove to be key pieces of the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip is just one part of what makes that main feature so enjoyable.  It is just one part of what makes the DVD’s presentation a success.  The story’s segmentation adds even more depth to that presentation.  Audiences will note that the main story is broken up into four distinct segments, each of which clocks in at roughly 10 to 11 minutes long.  This might not seem like much on the surface, but in reality it is highly important.  That is because those short run-time ensure even more young viewers’ engagement.  If those behind the program had presented this story in one full presentation, odds are it might not have kept those same audiences engaged.  To that end, the main story’s segmentation proves to be just as pivotal to the DVD’s presentation as the story itself.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip’s main feature and its segmentation are both key features to said story.  The story is a work that is relevant to families of all types.  Its segmentation ensures young audiences’ engagement from beginning to end.  The lessons that are tied into the story are just as important to note in examining this DVD’s presentation as the story and its segmentation. Audiences will note that the show’s writers incorporated some familiar lessons into this original story.  Those familiar lessons include one about not waiting to use the bathroom, properly expressing one’s feelings and talking about them and other items.  The companion episodes present their own familiar lessons about trying things that are hard or maybe scary to a certain point.  As with the story’s segmentation, this might not seem overly important, but the opposite is the reality.  The fact that the writers could so effectively incorporate such familiar lessons into new scenarios yet again shows a lot of time and thought was put into their use.  The writers are to be commended for taking such time to consider this in creating the DVD’s main story.  That is not all for which they are to be commended.  The story’s musical numbers are important in their own right, too to the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip, its segmentation and lessons are all key elements to discuss in examining this new DTN DVD. As has been noted, each element plays its own pivotal part in the DVD’s presentation.  They are only some of its key elements, too.  The songs that are incorporated into the story are just as important to discuss as the previously noted elements, believe it or not.  From rockabilly to light pop and in-between, the writers crafted a variety of songs that will entertain audiences of all tastes regardless of age.  This, like the story’s segmentation and lessons shows its own share of thought, too.  It shows a clear attempt by the show’s writers and creative forces to reach as many audiences as possible even through an element as minute as music.  Such consideration is just as worthy of applause as that used in developing the story, its segmentation and lessons.  When all three of these elements are joined, they make Tiger Family Trip a presentation that will entertain any family regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is an enjoyable new offering of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  It is a collection of episodes that families will enjoy regardless of whether or not they are going on their own vacations.  That is due in part to the fact that it boasts yet another set of new stories that are expertly segmented and that feature some familiar lessons that are expertly placed in each story.  The songs that are incorporated into each story will reach audiences of all ages and tastes, too.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this DVD a visual trip that every family will enjoy regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations this summer.  It could even motivate families to go on some new family outings be it a road trip or something closer to home.  It will be available in stores and online May 16 and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of activities, games  and more at:

 

 

 

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