Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel Spin Rainbows In Brooklyn [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Load remaining images Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel made Brooklyn’s Rough Trade the third stop on their United States and European Tour this past Sunday night, supporting their new album, I Can Spin a Rainbow. Amanda and Edward were joined on stage by violinist and longtime Legendary Pink Dots contributor Patrick Q. Wright, as the trio powered through a variety of songs from the new album, along with tunes native to both Amanda and Edward.Billed as an intimate evening, this nomenclature proved true on a variety of levels; the sold-out, 250 person capacity venue felt comfortable at all times, the crowd was delighted to some of the back stories behind the new songs, and while there were sound issues with the band’s monitors during most of the show, it prompted Amanda to quip about the phantoms messing with the power to a crowd of complaint-less music lovers.Sonically, the live versions of the songs off I Can Spin A Rainbow exceeded expectations. The journey was both delicate and aggressive, and always engaging. Think classical punk cabaret with a Macbook on stage. Not sure if that’s a valid description, I am just a photog after all, but it is what comes to mind if you take the album for a spin and scroll through the gallery below. Or better, go see them live for yourself on one of the remaining tour dates.Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel TourMay 23 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA LoungeMay 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ TroubadourMay 31 – Warsaw, PO @ ProximaJune 1 – Munich, DE @ MuffathalleJune 2 – Leipzig, DE @ Wave & Gotik TreffenJune 4 – Prague, CZ @ Palác AkropolisJune 5 – Hamburg, DE @ FabrikJune 9 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix ClubJune 10 – Amsterdam, NL @ MelkwegJune 11 – Paris, FR @ CigaleJune 13 – London, UK @ HeavenJune 16 – Vienna, AT @ Porgy & Bess[Photos and words by Stephen Olker]last_img read more

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After 40 years in 401(k)s, how are boomers doing?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With 401(k) plans turning 40 years old, a Schwab Retirement Services survey finds that a majority of boomers feel their own 401(k) plans are in better shape than ever.In fact, 75% of boomer respondents believe that, and just 16% say they expect to work during retirement because they think they’ll need the money. Contrary to numerous headlines, 40% of this confident crew plans to work in some way during retirement because they want to, while 25% say they don’t plan to work at all.They also feel pretty good about the prospect in that close to three quarters say they’ll have a better quality of life in retirement than their parents — 78% also think it’ll be better than that of their juniors, too.But that doesn’t mean that everyone feels prepared. Not only do 36% of respondents not know how much they need to save for retirement, 25% aren’t sure about the percentage that needs to go into their 401(k)s. And 20% don’t know how to get the money out of their plans once it goes in.last_img read more

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