Moon Taxi

first_imgMoon Taxi is helping to cultivate a new scene in Music City.It’s no secret that Nashville is a lot more country than rock ‘n’ roll. But Moon Taxi is helping to cultivate a new scene in Music City, where the guitars have more reverb than twang. For the past five years, the dynamic quintet has built a loyal grassroots following behind an expansive live show that finds balance between rock’s experimental outskirts and tuneful center.The band formed in 2007 when they were students at Belmont University. Soon after, they started building crowds around the Southeast with a steady touring regimen.“We used Nashville as a good springboard and then cut our chops on the road,” says lead singer and main lyricist Trevor Terndrup.While country hit makers on Music Row may dominate Nashville’s music landscape, Moon Taxi has won over sizable crowds at longstanding clubs like the Exit/In with irresistibly energetic live gigs that blend high-minded jam-band bombast with fist-pumping sing-alongs.Blue Grass Band Camp“In Nashville it’s not easily handed to you with this type of music,” adds Terndrup, who’s flanked on stage by bandmates Tom Putnam (bass), Spencer Thomson (lead guitar), Tyler Ritter (drums), and Wes Bailey (keys). “It’s not easy in a town that’s dominated by country, but a good rock scene has definitely developed. We carved it out through hard work and years of playing in town.”A few weeks ago, the band released a new album, Cabaret, which is ripe for a national breakout. While the group’s sound lands squarely between the worlds of jam and indie rock, the new effort leans toward the latter. The record was made at Alex the Great Studios in Nashville with help from producer Hank Sullivant, whose resume includes work with the Whigs and MGMT. As a result, the songs on Cabaret are concise and catchy, while drenched in experimental studio effect.The huge soaring chorus of the opening track, “Mercury,” is enhanced with distorted synth walls, while “Radio” sparkles with an infectious garage pop stomp. On the gritty hip-hop flavored “Hideaway,” Thompson added samples of a chant he recorded on his laptop at an anti-war protest in New York City.“It’s the first time we’ve tried to think about a good studio record on the whole,” Terndrup explains. “We wanted to challenge ourselves with this record to make something cohesive and concise. We’re listening to more current popular music, and that found its way into how we wanted to make the record. We wanted to find unique sounds that we’d never experimented with before.”Even with a wash of hipster edge in the sonic mix, lyrically, Terndrup leans more toward the soul of the South. “Whiskey Sunsets” romanticizes adventurous long nights with a buzz in front of anthemic arena rock riffs, while the intoxication in “Southern Trance” comes just as much from being “naked, lit up by moonshine” as it does from “Georgia jasmine blooms.” Terndrup says his songwriting is influenced by the literary work of Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, and authors “that stretch your imagination and put together wacky metaphors that you wouldn’t think about in a normal state of mind.”With a broad arsenal of appealing sonic characteristics, the band is poised to infiltrate a diverse range of music scenes. The group already has firm footing in the jam band world—sharing the stage with the likes of Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, and Perpetual Groove—and they don’t want to alienate that supportive crowd. But with the new album, the band members believe they can reach new audiences, like they did when they opened for Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu, who delivers a rhyme on the track “Square Circles.”“He’s a really great performer that I’ve always looked up to,” Terndrup says. “Even though he’s coming from a very different genre of music, he gets off on the very same thing that we do, which is the live performance and being there in the moment.“With our live shows we have catered to the jam crowd, and there’s an expectation when people come to our shows for over the top guitar solos and a crazy light show. That’s not something we’re going to aim to change in the future.”Moon Taxi’s Mercury is featured in our March 2012 Trail Mix. Listen or download for free here.last_img read more

Mobile security in today’s mobile world

first_img 64SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dancu John Dancu has served as President and CEO of IDology since 2005 and is recognized for his leading edge innovations in both the identity and fraud spaces. John has a … Web: Details Let’s face it – mobile is here to stay. From 2014 to 2015, there has been a 33 percent increase in people using mobile banking applications, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. It has become very clear – mobile technology, particularly in the financial services sector, is not going away. However, with the growth of mobile technology comes unique challenges.With more customers turning to mobile applications, having proper customer authentication and security methods in place is mission critical. We know fraudsters constantly evolve with new and emerging technology. With mobile, it’s no different.And, because of many data breaches that have occurred in recent years, cybercriminals are buying and selling breached personal information on black markets like the Dark Web for pennies on the dollar. Consequently, fraudsters can easily get their hands on enough personally identifiable information to open or access financial accounts.So the challenge credit unions face is to make sure the customer attempting to access or open an account on a mobile device is truly who they say they are and not a criminal trying to commit fraud. And, to accomplish this without adding friction into the authentication process. While this is certainly a challenge, it’s one that can be easily handled with a robust mobile fraud prevention platform.A mobile-specific fraud solution is an important addition to your existing fraud prevention platform. The solution should allow a credit union to verify an identity on a mobile device by creating a persistent mobile identifier that is composed of multiple mobile-specific and identity attributes. This identifier, or rather mobile identity, creates a high level of trust for mobile transactions and significantly reduces friction for legitimate customers.The mobile identity needs to be persistent, moving with an individual in order to deliver continuous and secure customer interactions. This is important because there are many types of life cycle events such as device replacements, phone number changes, lost or stolen phones, number porting, SIM changes, information updates and more.Once the mobile identity is created, it should be resistant to evolving fraud tactics such as being forged, cloned, spoofed or hacked as well as to hijacking, malware and social engineering so credit unions can gain increased confidence with each transaction.Ultimately, with a robust and on-demand mobile solution to existing fraud prevention platforms, credit unions can help drive revenue by eliminating friction in account opening, access existing accounts quicker and secure mobile interactions.Legitimate customers in. Fraudsters out.last_img read more

Adepoju Hails MultiChoice over Atletico Madrid’s Visit to Nigeria

first_imgEx-Super Eagles and Spanish La Liga star, Mutiu Adepoju, has described as commendable, the decision of MultiChoice Nigeria to bring LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid, to Nigeria for the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.Adepoju, who starred for two LaLiga teams, Racing Santander and Real Sociedad, explained that the proposed visit of Atletico will impact positively on Nigerian football.GOtv MAX Cup, an international friendly tournament, will see topflight LaLiga club, Atletico Madrid play the Super Eagles ‘B’ team at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, on Tuesday, May 22. “MultiChoice, SuperSport and GOtv have done well for Nigeria and Nigerian football by bringing Atletico Madrid to Nigeria. It shows they are keen on rewarding subscribers and putting Nigeria on the global football map, and they are also providing an opportunity for our players to be noticed by big European teams. They have supported Nigerian sports through the years and I’m happy they have not relented,” explained Adepoju, who is also the La Liga ambassador in Nigeria.He explained that LaLiga has had a very rewarding partnership with MultiChoice, adding that the proposed visit of the Spanish giants is a testament to the pulling power of MultiChoice, which he described as the continent’s leader in providing sporting content.Adepoju, popularly called “Headmaster” due to his ball heading prowess while playing for the Nigerian team, urged Super Eagles players selected for the match to perform well for the world to see.He added that the match also offers further an opportunity for the Super Eagles to prepare for the World Cup starting next month in Russia.Meanwhile, Adepoju has warned that the Super Eagles should expect to see a tough opposition from the LaLiga team.“Atletico that will come to play Eagles will be the first team. They will get ready for the trip to Nigeria immediately after Wednesday night’s Europa final clash with Marseille.“Apart from anybody who may be injured or those who are World Cup bound with their countries, you can expect to see the full team with the technical staff led by Diego Simeone.“I know FIFA sets aside a number of days for players to rest between end of the season and when they start World Cup preparations. So, some players may fall in that category and not be included in the team but Nigerians can be sure that the team will be full strength,” concludes Adepoju.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more