Pearl Jam Cancels North Carolina Concert Amid LGBTQ Law Controversy

first_imgUPDATE: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about the cancellation at last night’s performance in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. He said “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the reality is there is nothing like the immense power of boycotting and putting a strain and it’s a shame because people are going to affected that don’t deserve it but it could be the way that ultimately is gonna affect change, so again, we just couldn’t find it in ourselves in good conscience to cross a picket line when there was a movement.”Watch the video here:After Bruce Springsteen cancelled his performance in North Carolina two weeks ago, artists everywhere are being forced to reconsider their performances in the state. North Carolina recently passed a law called HB2, which has been reviled as a discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQ community. With other artists taking a stand, including Mumford & Sons donating their proceeds to a local organization, the latest to speak out is Pearl Jam.The band has been rocking out on their 25th anniversary tour, which recently included a full performance of the Vs. album. With a show scheduled at the PNC Arena on April 20th, the band has officially taken a strong stance against the HB2 law by cancelling their show. In a lengthy public statement, Pearl jam calls the law “despicable,” and will be donating money to local groups to help combat the state’s oppression.Read the full statement below:PEARL JAM STATEMENTIt is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.With immense gratitude for your understanding,Pearl Jamlast_img read more

Break Science Releases First New Album In Five Years [Listen]

first_imgThe Colorado-based duo Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee known as Break Science have unveiled their brand new self-released Grid of Souls. A long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 Seven Bridges, the dynamic and eclectic 10-track LP showcases their full and diverse sonic range, serving as an aural embodiment of Break Science’s original and pioneering electronic sound.Kicking things off with powerful vocals courtesy of Raquel Rodriguez in their synth-driven production “Cruise Control”, Break Science fuse generations of New York’s rich musical legacy with their own deep-rooted connection to hip-hop heritage. Their new release features special guest collaborations with Lettuce, ProbCause, CTZN and Apryl Sashay, Karl Denson and Lenesha Randolph, Brasstracks, and Paperwhite.Raised and influenced by the rhythm and culture of New York City, the pair merges their production styles seamlessly, creating a refreshingly original take on electronic music. “We put years of life experience into this record,” the band explains in a press release. “These songs had me feeling all kinds of ways during the process of finishing them. All the emotions. It’s funky as hell during some parts and laid back and ethereal in others. We’ve managed to make the infusion of live instruments into the production more seamless than ever before. Instruments are NOT a gimmick for us. We’ve been pro musicians before all of this. I have a good feeling our fans will be intensely feeling this release.”Listen to Grid of Souls below:Check out the music video for “Cruise Control”, produced by Lazer Shark, who creates Break Science’s visual content, below. “For the Cruise Control video,” he explains, “I took a decidedly enigmatic approach. Conceptually built around the album’s name; the Grid of Souls, this video is a mix of cinematic samples and analog synthesized video projected on to a grid of mirrors. I wanted there to be an overarching air of mystery while still portraying both the hopeful and melancholic sides of love. It is a journey worth taking several times as more and more will be uncovered each time you watch!”. Enjoy!last_img read more

The differences between loyalty and referral programs

first_imgStrong brand image and brand affinityDigital presenceHigh loyaltyHigher marginHigh advocacyLow to moderate switching costs 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some of our customers have recently mentioned that their referral program has a side benefit of increasing loyalty among customers. They’re able to see that customers who make referrals do tend to be more loyal, and loyal customers tend to refer. Ultimately, it’s interesting to observe how loyalty program applications and referral programs drive different types of behavior, and how each program is considered by the brand.Both referral programs and loyalty program applications issue rewards for consumer behavior. So, both are rewards programs. But there are some important differences between referral and loyalty programs that aren’t always well understood.Here are some criteria to think about when you’re considering a referral program, a loyalty program application, or both. Behaviour being rewarded is…Bringing new customers at a very low cost to the brandNot shopping somewhere else Referral ProgramLoyalty Program Consumers are rewarded for…Referring a friend who becomes a customerMaking frequent purchases Low marginHighly competitiveLow switching costsGenerally lower affinityLoyalty can be across spectrumcenter_img Reward values are typically…Medium / high (can grow to 50 – 100% of annual purchase value)Low (1 – 2%) Good for businesses with… Purchase frequency is…Moderate (monthly recurring, quarterly)Very high* (daily, weekly) continue reading » Can be easily automated when…Have an online storeHave any kind of automated point of sale systemlast_img read more

Luke Fitzgerald will miss the Six Nations campaign through injury.

first_imgJoe Schmidt’s side get their campaign underway against Wales at the Aviva this Sunday.last_img