Muscle Tough is Philadelphia’s premier Bizarro-Party-Funk trio. Formed in 2014 at TIME, the band has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. Drawing from a widely diverse set of influences and a common love of sonic texture, their unique use of sound design and group-minded improvisation allows them to create eclectic original compositions, as well as stretch classic pop hits to new depths. In 2016 they released their first EP, Greasin’ Up The Mediocrity Wheel, and are close to finishing their first full length effort, “Magical Achievements”.The trio has just released their new single “Trump Dump”, described as “a politically inspired jam journey that we released just before the election” by drummer Joe Baldacci. “and now (unfortunately),” Baldacci continues, “its message still rings true.” The band has had a big year, sharing stages with Jon Fishman (Phish), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), Ian McGuire and Clay Parnell of CIA at the Philly Bernie Sanders Fundraiser at North Bowl, and with the Snarky Puppy horns and John Medeski at Lunalight.Check out the band performing an unlikely cover of The Weeknd‘s “The Hills” live in studio:Don’t miss your chance to see Muscle Tough live in the coming months. They will be at the Ardmore Music Hall with Maceo Parker on Feb. 19th, and will ring in the new year with a show at Philly’s Underground Arts with Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, West Philly Orchestra, Minka on New Years Eve! Tickets are available via the band’s website.
Charisma News 31 August 2015In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like “ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr” in order to make the campus “welcoming and inclusive for all.”On another front, Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has said that he would like to date a man so that he could be treated like a woman. But his suggestion was rebuffed by interviewer and friend Jenny Boylan who replied, “Caitlyn Jenner, you are a normal woman right now, today. You don’t need a man to make you a woman.”Seriously? Bruce Jenner, with male voice and taking hormones to overcome his maleness is “a normal woman right now, today”?At the risk of being redundant, may I ask again: Is the whole world going mad?We not only have a push for gender neutral bathrooms in cities across America but we have:◦Biological men being told they are “normal” women.◦Facebook offering 50 ways to define your gender (and if that’s not enough, you can just fill in the blank with the description of your choice).◦Activists claiming that saying, “It’s a boy (or, girl)” at birth is playing “Russian roulette with your baby’s life.”◦Teenagers rebelling against the “gender binary” and saying, “Call me Tractor.”◦Presenters on YouTube describing themselves as “your average multiracial, pansexual, transracially inseminated queerspawn, genderqueer, transdyke, colonized mestiza, pornographer, activist, writer.”◦Children’s schools fighting against any “gendered space” and saying it would be better to call the kids “purple penguins” than refer to them as girls and boys – just to mention a few of the absurd things taking place today in the name of transgender sensitivity. (I document all this in Outlasting the Gay Revolution in the chapter focused on the fifth principle of the book: Celebrate Gender Distinctions.)At what point we will realize that the more we deny gender distinctions, the more we deny the most basic foundations of humanity? At what point we will wake up from this descent into moral and social stupor?It is one thing to have compassion on those who struggle with deep-seated gender identity issues, and I will call for compassion and understanding as long as I have a voice.It is another thing to turn the world upside down because of the very real struggles of a tiny percentage of people, no matter how fragile they are, no matter how loved by God they are, and no matter how much we want to see them find peace and wholeness.We simply cannot deny reality and obscure (or even try to eliminate) the very thing that makes the world go around, as if anything and everything goes and the only thing that is not allowed to be normal is normal itself.And so, while we pray for Bruce Jenner, while we do our best to provide resources to help individuals who struggle with gender identity (including parents whose children are struggling), while we welcome those who identify as transgender into our church services and meet them where they are, we draw a line in the sand and say: Boys are not girls and girls are not boys and he is not ze and I’m not calling her zir and the gender binary will be celebrated rather than denigrated.http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/51693-zis-is-what-i-call-social-madness