first_imgIn advance of a fall tour that kicks off next month, San Diego jam band Brothers Gow took the stage at the Music Box, a venue new to the band and relatively new to the San Diego music scene. Throughout their one solid set, the band managed to showcase their diverse musical aptitude and took seriously their responsibility for rocking.The quintet’s undeniable musical chemistry paved the way for fresh takes on classic covers, conquered clever mash-ups which have been a mainstay of recent performances, breathed new life into long-forgotten originals, and finished strong with sit-ins by Dela and AG of the Stoopid horn section.With a ceremonial welcome and cheers from rhythm guitar and vocalist, Ethan Wade, the boys blazed out of the gate with “Good Clean Fun,” a multi-part progressive original that kicks off upbeat and danceable on the outset before melting into a relaxed and comfortable groove. The original appeared in multiple teases throughout the night’s tightly-woven, exploratory set.Grunge-infused “The Well” illustrated the band’s decisive transitions, and their deep understanding of intentional musical dissonance infused by Wade’s deep, infectious vocals. Soon after, things took a turn to the downright funky with “Atomic Snoop,” an ingenious fusion of George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I (What’s My Name),” with spirited vocal interplay between Wade, lead guitar Kyle Merrill, and keyboardist Alex Gow Bastine.“Good Clean Fun” made its second appearance of the night during a reinvigorated instrumental section of “Whiskey Sunday” where the cohesive rhythm section – drummer Nathan Walsh-Haines and bassist Carson Church – joined forces deep in the pocket. Merrill took the vocal reins on “Tangerine,” a touching debut original followed by lick-heavy “Reflections,” the title track from Brothers Gow’s fourth studio album.The highlight of the night came when horn players AG and Dela from the Stoopid horn section joined Brothers Gow for a duo of songs, original “Wake and Bake” and a clever mashup dubbed “Bad LA Coke,” encompassing Escort’s “Cocaine Blues” (with Walsh-Haines making a rare appearance on lead vocals), Umphrey’s McGee’s “Bad Friday,” and the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway.” Watch the band’s official video below.The night wrapped up with “Articulated Mush,” a driving, metal-esque, uptempo instrumental, ripe for improvisation with dueling talk box solos from Merrill and Bastine before diving back into “Good Clean Fun” one last time. A “Shadow” encore closed the night, with a Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” chorus to send friends off in the the downtown San Diego night.Brothers Gow weren’t the only ones in the venue to dig deep: fans at the show helped to raise more than $200 for the band’s eponymous music foundation, which helps to put instruments into K-12 classrooms in San Diego.You don’t want to miss Brothers Gow on their fall tour, which kicks off next month. Follow them on Facebook or visit the band’s website for upcoming dates in your area.Setlist: Brothers Gow at The Music Box, San Diego, CA – 9/9/16Good Clean Fun >The WellAtomic SnoopWhiskey Sunday (with Good Clean Fun tease)TangerineReflectionsWake and Bake (with Dela and AG from Stoopid Horn section) >Bad LA CokeArticulated MushGood Clean FunEncore: Shadow > With a Little Help From My Friendslast_img read more

first_imgGerard Riemen, director, PensioenfederatieOf the remaining pension funds, 50 are large mandatory sector schemes, representing the majority of participants and pension assets.According to Riemen, many industry-wide schemes want to further consolidate in order to achieve benefits of scale.However, under the current rules, mergers are only allowed if the schemes’ funding levels are equal, which is seldom the case.For example, a merger between the €3.5bn pension fund for the furnishing sector (Wonen) and the €20.2bn scheme for the retail industry (Detailhandel) was rejected by the regulator in 2015 as their funding ratios were different.As a result, Wonen had to continue as a closed scheme, while Detailhandel is handling new accruals.In contrast, company pension funds with different funding are allowed to consolidate into a general pension fund (APF), where their assets can be ring-fenced.The new bill aimed to enable sector schemes with a funding difference to merge by allowing them to keep their assets separated for five years.However, in the opinion of the Pensions Federation, the legal proposals contained so many additional requirements that in practice mergers would be impossible or would not generate any benefits. Since 2000, the number of Dutch pension funds has decreased from more than 1,000 to 245. The consolidation of Dutch pension funds could come to a halt due to inadequate proposed legislation to allow mergers of large industry-wide schemes, the country’s pensions trade body has warned.Speaking to Dutch financial newspaper FD, Gerard Riemen, director of the Pensions Federation, said the proposed new rules would not make mergers easier.“The current bill has zero added value and only disadvantages,” argued Riemen. He said the Federation had urged social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees to withdraw the proposal.Koolmees will inform the Dutch parliament soon about how he intends to continue with the bill.center_img Wouter Koolmees“For example, the merger partner can’t have assets of more than €25bn,” Riemen told FD. “However, the building sector counts six smaller schemes which, under the proposals, are not allowed to join the €56bn BpfBouw, the main pension fund for the industry.”In addition, under the proposals the sectors of merging schemes must have an affiliation, the number of merging schemes can’t exceed five, and if pension funds can’t equalise their funding levels within five years, they must continue their separate ways.“This is impossible to explain,” said Riemen, who concluded that “the cabinet is frustrating consolidation”.The bill also contained a “poison pill” in allowing participants who voluntarily accrue a pension over the fiscal limit of €100,000 to shop around for benefits, Riemen argued.At the same time sector schemes, contrary to insurers, are not allowed to offer drawdown benefits.Read the original Dutch version of this article at Pensioen Pro.last_img read more

first_imgRobbie Brady’s about to become a Norwich player. The move ensures the 23 year-old will remain in the Premier League and line out alongside Wes Hoolahan in Alex Neil’s side. Hull last night accepted an offer of 7 million pounds from the Canaries after a previous bid was rejected.last_img