The Werks Amaze With Five-Song Set For Their Debut Performance In Milwaukee

first_imgLast night, The Werks played for their first time in Milwaukee, WI, making sure to leave a lasting first impression. Doing what they do best, they stretched a few of their songs to astronomical levels, featuring some long jams in which fans have come to expect from them. They picked up right from where they left off in Madison.Conundrum opened the show in Milwaukee, getting things going with a funky rhythm of percussion in their tune “Cops Are Here.” Then Soap picked up the energy and got the crowd moving, especially during their “Dear Prudence” cover. By the time The Werks took the stage, everyone in the crowd was ready to get down.They opened with “Drop,” and the dance party began. They followed with “Better Than Before,” a song that may lack in danceability but makes up in strong vocals from drummer Rob Chafin. “The only thing you have to ask yourself, are you better than before?” It is a very positive message for anybody who is looking to grow personally.If Chafin’s vocals were good in the song, they only got better in a cover of Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle,” sandwiched in the middle of “Finding Destiny.” The cover was played with a good funky groove, much like the original. There wasn’t one person who was standing still; the entire place was moving. “Eagle” even had a strong jam section based on the piercing and unmistakable guitar riff of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.” As good as the improv was, the song was all about the vocals though. Even Steve Miller (and Seal too) would have been impressed with them. Specifically when returning to the last refrain, Chafin held his note for what seemed like a minute, “Time keeps on slippiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin’.” The crowd rewarded Chafin’s vocals by going absolutely crazy. Fan favorite “Hard to Find” closed the set, and it included a monster jam as well as a drum solo. He has vocals and some good chops on the skins too.Immediately the crowd started cheering for one more song, and The Werks obliged with a 15+ minute “Galactic Passport.” It was really nice to see an encore that featured some extended jamming. It was a great show especially considering it was their first time in Milwaukee. Something tells me that this won’t be their last time there either.Be sure to catch The Werks on the road throughout 2016, including their annual Werk Out Festival. Featuring the likes of STS9, Lettuce, Dopapod, Twiddle, The Motet and more. It all goes down August 4-6 in Thornville, OH, and more information about the festival can be found here. Setlist: The Werks at Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, WI – 3/12/16Set: Drop > “The Good Land” jam > Better Than Before, Finding Destiny$ > Fly Like An Eagle* > Finding Destiny, Hard to FindEncore: Galactic Passport ext^@$: creepy vocal jam*: The Ocean (Zeppelin) jam^: Papa was a Rollin Stone jam w/[email protected]: Glory ( Umph) teasesSetlist via The Werkers Union/Chris Houser, Photos and words by Daniel Ojeda. Full gallery below: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Clippers unable to keep up with LeBron James and streaking Cavaliers

first_imgJ.R. Smith’s 3-pointer put the Cavs up 23, and after the Clippers failed to get off a last-second shot, several Los Angeles players, including Griffin and Barnes, briefly stayed on the floor as if in shock.After scoring a season-low five points Monday against Philadelphia, Love came out aggressively. He scored 10 points in the first 3 minutes, setting the tone for the Cavaliers. CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 23 points, Kevin Love had 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers pushed their winning streak to 12 games Thursday night with an easy 105-94 win over the Clippers, who also lost their composure.The Cavs built a 32-point lead in the third quarter, allowing James and Love to sit out the fourth and rest. With their longest winning streak since a franchise-best 13-gamer in 2010, the Cavs moved into first place in the Central Division. Cleveland was seven games behind Chicago when the streak began with a victory over the Lakers on Jan. 15.The Clippers were whistled for five technical fouls, including four in a contentious third quarter when they lost their California cool and forward Matt Barnes was ejected.Blake Griffin scored 16 and Jamal Crawford 13 for Los Angeles, whose subs made the score respectable in the fourth. On Jan. 16, the Cavs beat the Clippers 126-121 for the second win in their streak. Cleveland was a different team back then, “in disarray” as Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it before the game. But the Cavs are now connecting at both ends of the floor, first-year coach David Blatt has his team’s attention and Cleveland is looking every bit like an NBA title contender.The Clippers figured to be a strong test for the Cavaliers, but were no match as Cleveland won its eighth straight over Western Conference opponents.The Cavs led by 23 at halftime and the Clippers began to unravel emotionally early in the third. Barnes was called for a technical for shoving Love, and seconds later, Chris Paul got a technical for something he said to referee Lauren Holtkamp. DeAndre Jordan was assessed a technical for taunting, and Barnes was sent to the locker room for muttering a choice word to official Eric Lewis. Barnes had to be restrained by his teammates from charging after Lewis.James and his teammates produced some highlight-package plays in the first half, when the Cavs moved the ball well on offense, clamped down on defense and built a 65-42 lead.With a national TV audience watching, James drove down the lane for a two-handed slam and followed it up moments later with another strong layup. Cleveland’s passing was superb, and Kyrie Irving, who made only one field goal, had the best assist of the first 24 minutes when he fed James for an alley-oop dunk to give the Cavaliers a 21-point lead.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more