PHOTOS: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Pack Port City Music Hall For Fantastic First Night

first_imgOn Saturday night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong played the first show of their sold-out two-night stand at Port City Music Hall this weekend. By the time Vermont jam band Swimmer opened the show, the room was already filling up. By the time Pigeons came on it was as crowded as the Portland, Maine venue could possibly manage, the audience fully invested and singing along all night.The band responded in kind with a fantastic show including highlights like an inverted “Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads) segment sandwiched inside a “J-Town” jam and a cover of The Lion King‘s “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” that recalled their Disney-themed 2017 New Year’s Eve performance, cleverly dubbed “DisNYE.” The entertaining covers came among fantastic renditions of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong favorites old and new like “Porcupine”, “Walk Outside”, “Henrietta”, “Su Casa”, “Whirled”, “Julia”, “Whoopie”, “Avalanche”, “Landing”, “CWA”, and “Bad For You”. The band finally finished out strong with a marvelous “Horizon” and a set-closing “Ocean Flows” before putting a bow on the performance with a “Dawn A New Day” encore.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s first of two Portland performances below courtesy of photographer Victor Brazen.For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pigeon Playing Ping Pong | Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME | 4/14/18Set 1:PorcupineWalk OutsideJ-Town > Psycho Killer* > J-Town >>Henrietta >>Su Casa >>WhirledJuliaSet 2WhoopieAvalancheLanding > Drums >Just Can’t Wait To Be KingCWA >>Bad For YouHorizonOcean FlowsE. Dawn A New DayNotes:* InvertedSold Out showPigeon Playing Ping Pong | Port City Music Hall | Portlant, ME | 4/14/18 | Photos: Victor Brazen Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Dodgers regain share of first place in NL West

first_img“You think about it. But you keep going,” Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager said. “The job’s not done yet so you keep going. You can celebrate after the year is done.”Admittedly, the Giants have done most of the work in arranging this meeting at the top of the division standings. After being shut out by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, the Giants are 7-16 since the All-Star break, the worst record in baseball during that time.The Dodgers, meanwhile, have gone 13-9 to catch the Giants thanks to an offense that has scored 120 runs since the All-Star break. Only two teams have scored more in the second half — the altitude-aided Colorado Rockies (133) and the Minnesota Twins (126). Both have played three more games than the Dodgers since the break.“I think if you look at our club on paper offensively there’s a lot of length. It just didn’t play out the first month of the season,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s really no breaks in our lineup now. There’s stress throughout. It’s just a credit to these guys understanding that it’s a long season and not give the season away in April.“We’ve got length. We’re as good as any lineup in the National League.” LOS ANGELES >> Well, that didn’t take long at all.When baseball reached its All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in baseball and a robust 6 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West.A month later, the Dodgers and Giants are tied for first in the division after the Dodgers’ latest offensive show — a 9-3, three-home run victory over the Philadelphia Phillies – combined with another Giants loss Tuesday night.It is the first time the Dodgers have had their hands on any part of first place since they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals on May 15. The runs were easy to come by again Tuesday as Yasmani Grandal, Howie Kendrick (on his bobblehead night) and Justin Turner each hit two-run home runs. It was the third consecutive game in which the Dodgers have hit at least three home runs, a streak they hadn’t accomplished since May 2006.We’re finding the barrel,” Roberts said. “As an old mentor (Astros assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell) used to tell me, ‘Extension and elevation equals damage.’ There’s a lot of that to be had.”Grandal, Kendrick and Turner have been doing significant damage, figuring prominently in the midseason rebirth of the Dodgers offense.Grandal’s home run was his 12th since June 30, the most in the NL in that time, and extended a hot streak that has seen him go 13-for-29 with seven extra-base hits (two doubles, a triple and four home runs) and 10 RBIs in his past nine games.That’s just part of a longer revival. Slow to find his swing this season after shoulder surgery last fall, Grandal has hit .348 (31 for 89) with 21 RBIs and those 12 home runs (and 20 walks) in his past 28 games. His average has jumped 58 points in that time (from .178 to .236).Turner was also slow to get started this season following microfracture knee surgery last fall. His average bottomed out at .220 on June 3. Since then, he has been one of the most productive hitters in the National League with a .320 average (70 for 219), 18 home runs and 51 RBIs and at least one extra-base hit in nine of his past 10 games.Kendrick had his own struggles early in the season, the residue of a spring training cut short by a calf injury. He was batting .219 on June 13 but has hit .310 (53 for 171) since then while quietly accepting a new role in unfamiliar territory (left field).“You get frustrated through part of it,” Kendrick said of the slow start. “But I think the thing is knowing we’ve done this for a long time, you trust yourself. You trust the process and you trust the work you’re putting in.”Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley also had multi-hit games Tuesday, backing Kenta Maeda, who struggled through five innings. Maeda threw 104 pitches to get the bare minimum for a win, more than he has thrown in all but two of his starts this season.“He looked like it was a grind for him tonight,” Roberts said. “Fastball command wasn’t where I think we like it. There were some good breaking balls in there. But the breaking ball was a little rolling tonight. It wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen it.”Maeda’s struggle was rewarded. With his five innings Tuesday, Maeda has thrown a team-high 130 2/3 this season — hitting another benchmark in his bonus-laden contract and adding $250,000 to his take for the season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more