Electronica artist Mr. Bill has completely retooled his setup, incorporating live keyboards and drumming for an all-new jamtronica approach like never before. Bursting into the live sector is rather new for Mr. Bill, but their ability to jam out in this new setting is paying off in dividends.“Touring around and playing my songs off my laptop was getting stale, so with this tour, I really wanted to create a live electronic music performance,” said Mr. Bill. The band performed in Winnipeg earlier this week, showcasing their new and exciting sonic experience to an enthusiastic crowd. They’ll also be performing in New York, tonight, just upstairs from Kitchen Dwellers at American Beauty.Watch footage from this Mr. Bill Live Band performance below! [Photo credit: Nicholas Maciarz] Mr. Bill will take the stage at Slake tonight, November 11th. “If there’s anything I’ve learned from this tour so far,” says Mr. Bill, “It’s that I much prefer playing small, intimate rooms crammed with energy rather than larger, more docile rooms.” With Circuit Bent on as support, this is going to be a great night of music. Tickets here.
In the southern city of Basra, two American civilians were killed in a roadside bombing. They worked for the Texas-based security company DynCorp and were training Iraqi police. A third American was seriously wounded in the attack, the U.S. Embassy said. The killings occurred as a joint American-Iraqi investigation was under way to find Jill Carroll, the 28-year-old American journalist who was abducted Jan. 7 in Baghdad. The freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor was seen in a video aired Tuesday by Al-Jazeera television. Al-Jazeera said the silent 20-second video included a threat to kill Carroll in 72 hours unless U.S. authorities release all women detainees in Iraq. U.S. officials said eight women were in security detention and none had been freed as of Wednesday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – The horror began after American and Iraqi forces cordoned off part of a highway north of Baghdad following the deadly crash of a U.S. helicopter. With traffic directed onto narrow dirt roads, insurgents turned the area into a killing field. They set up makeshift checkpoints, grabbed motorists and slaughtered about 40 over a two-day period, police said. A local tribal leader, Mohammed al-Khazraji, told The Associated Press he saw “dozens of corpses” strewn over the ground Wednesday, victims of the insurgents’ culling. Two pilots died in Monday’s crash of the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter near Mishahda, 25 miles north of Baghdad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Hundreds of people were detained by the militants and many were killed all because of a helicopter crash that killed two Americans,” al-Khazraji said. Thirty people were dragged from their cars Wednesday and shot dead execution-style in farming areas in Nibaei, a town near Dujail, about 50 miles north of the capital, said police Lt. Qahtan al-Hashmawi. “Most of the victims were Iraqi policemen, soldiers or commandos,” he said. An additional 11 men were killed in similar fashion Tuesday and dumped about a mile from Nibaei, said another policemen, Capt. Ali al-Hashmawi. The killings marked an increase in violence as authorities prepare to announce the results this week of the Dec. 15 election. U.S. and Iraqi officials expect more attacks as religious and ethnic groups jockey for power in the new government.