Review: Sarah McLachlan delivers moving, emotional night of music

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There are some people who think that Sarah McLachlan songs pretty much all sound alike.

And you know what? Those folks are in some very good company.

“I kind of feel like I write the same song over and over again,” the singer-songwriter admitted to the crowd during her sold-out concert on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

That’s an oversimplification, of course. Yet, it’s accurate to say that McLachlan does have a very distinctive style – one that helps keep the Kleenex company in business.

“I think we have pretty well established that I like slow, depressing songs,” she said.

The quintessential McLachlan offering is “Angel,” a song that was made famous on McLachlan’s multiplatinum-selling fourth studio album, “Surfacing.” But it’s been made even more famous as the soundtrack to those gut-wrenchingly sad TV commercials for the ASPCA.

If you’ve watch TV past 10 p.m. at any point over the last few years then you probably know these commercials, which mix McLachlan’s vocals with images of badly mistreated dogs and cats.

They are powerful. And they are effective.

I can clearly remember the moment when I was watching one of those commercials, for the umpteenth time, and decided to pull out my credit card and become a monthly donor to fight animal abuse with the ASPCA.

McLachlan had moved me. And she continues to do so to this day.

The vocalist absolutely soared as she performed 21 songs in a little under two hours at the Fox. It was her first headlining show in the Bay Area in six years.

Yes, it’s been that long.

She has performed a few times around these parts since then – lending her voice to Sammy Hagar’s Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit at the Fillmore in San …read more

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A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for coronavirus, as people are desperately trying to cancel flights on the airline

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A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the coronavirus, the South Korean airline announced on Tuesday.
Korean Air is disinfecting aircraft and asking flight attendants with symptoms to self-quarantine, a representative told Business Insider.
Korean Air’s social media platforms have been flooded with complaints from customers who are trying to cancel their flights to South Korea or other parts of Asia.
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A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the coronavirus, the South Korean airline announced on Tuesday.

Korean Air “is creating a structure to work very closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea (CDCK) to prevent the spreading of the virus,” a representative for the airline told Business Insider.

The airline is taking measures including disinfecting aircraft, self-quarantining flight attendants with symptoms, and installing thermal cameras at Korean Air’s operations locations.

The confirmed case of also prompted Korean Air to temporarily shut its office near the Incheon International Airport, Seoul’s main airport, so it could be disinfected.

According to Reuters, which first reported the news, the routes and flights flown by the infected cabin crew member were not immediately available.

The CDCK reported 60 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and one additional death in South Korea on Tuesday morning. That brings the total of confirmed cases in the country to 893, with eight dead.

Passengers are desperately trying to cancel Korean Air flights, but tickets to South Korea are not refundable

As of Tuesday, Korean Air’s social media pages are flooded with comments from people attempting to cancel their flights to South Korea and other countries in Asia.

“Hi, I am trying to contact Korean Air service centre to cancel tickets to Korea,” reads one Facebook comment.

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The HyperBoom is Ultimate Ears’ first speaker suited for big parties

The HyperBoom sits behind Ultimate Ears’ Boom 3 and MegaBoom 3

Ultimate Ears’ Bluetooth speakers are great in most situations, but not for big parties. Its new HyperBoom promises to be. It’s a tall, rectangular, 360-degree speaker that’s powerful enough to fill a room with loud, clear sound, and heavy enough to necessitate a handle to carry it around.

It’s not tough to find a party speaker that can blast music across a room full of loud partygoers. Some even cost less than the $399 HyperBoom. But this speaker is worth checking out for a few reasons. Its understated design lets it blend nicely into your room, and it has an adaptive EQ that automatically adjusts to the layout of said room. Plus, it has a bunch of unique features, some new and some borrowed from Ultimate Ears’ other speakers. Also, it…

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Amazon is expanding its cashierless Go model into a full-blown grocery store

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Amazon is getting more serious about its brick-and-mortar retail ambitions with its first-ever Amazon-branded grocery store. The store opens today in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, confirming reports from last year that Amazon was developing a more ambitious version of its cashier-less Go model. The new store, which The Verge toured late last week, is indeed modeled after a standard Amazon Go location, but it has been expanded to include a wide array of grocery items you’d find at, say, Amazon-owned Whole Foods.

In fact, the store does source a number of its items, including some produce and meat and other fresh food, from Whole Foods suppliers. It also carries Whole Foods’ 365 brand for certain items. But Amazon’s store offers other…

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