Just a couple months ago, The String Cheese Incident announced a brand new studio project called the SCI Sound Lab. As guitarist Michael Kang explained to us in an interview, the Sound Lab was the band’s first-ever studio owned and operated entirely by themselves; a creative space for SCI and its band members to not only create and produce new music, but to release said music to the fans with immediacy.Among the band’s members, none has taken more of a shining to the Sound Lab than Kyle Hollingsworth. The keyboardist has worked on a number of singles with SCI, and released a series of his own solo band music through the new creative space. Hollingsworth has had a prolific summer, sharing fun songs like the Grateful Dead inspired “Tumbling” and the funky “Let Me In.”Today, we’re delighted to share the third and final in Kyle’s Summer Sounds From The Lab playlist series. Titled “So Fine,” the keyboardist tells us about the inspiration behind the track: “This is a song that KHB worked up in the new SCI Sound Lab. I grabbed Keith Moseley to help finish up the lyrics. It’s a bit of a happy-end-of-summer tune. Yes…Sorry…Sometimes I write happy songs.”Listen to the premiere of “So Fine,” streaming below exclusively via L4LM.The String Cheese Incident finished their summer tour last night at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, and will spend the next few months working in the studio before their Hulaween festival in Live Oak, FL from October 27-30. The band’s only other scheduled tour dates for 2016 are a New Years run at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, as the group aims to work on creating new music throughout the rest of the year. Of course, Kyle Hollingsworth has a few dates of his own on the books, including his annual Hoppy Holidays benefit on December 3rd! Information about that Conscious Alliance event can be found here.As a bonus, here’s Kyle telling fans about his new single!
Junior swimmer Vladimir Morozov and sophomore discus thrower Alexandra Collatz were named USC Student Athletes of the Week on Monday after each shined in their respective competitions.Morozov led the charge for the USC swim and dive team at the NCAA championship meet in Indianapolis last weekend. The 2012 London Olympic bronze medalist broke the NCAA record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 40.76. The historic performance earned USC its first NCAA title in the event since 1974.But this was just one of Morozov’s many conquests. He also helped give the Trojans’ first 400-yard freestyle relay championship since 1977 when he teamed up with sophomore Cristian Quintero and juniors Dimitri Colupaev and Jack Wagner to post a school record time of 2:48.33.Morozov led a USC team that broke 16 school records during the meet, including on all five relays. USC finished fourth overall in the meet, the school’s highest finish in 12 year’s and best since USC head coach Dave Salo took over in 2006.In contrast to Morozov’s sensational finish to his season, Collatz’s track and field season is only just beginning, though the sophomore is off to a strong start. Last weekend, she won the discus title at the Cal-Nevada Championships in La Jolla, Calif., with a mark of 178-6, second furthest in the country by a college female this year. The throw was also Collatz’s personal best.The Bakersfield, Calif., native has already won the discus title in the Trojan Invitational and the Beach Classic during the month of March. This early-season success comes on the heels of an impressive freshman campaign, in which Collatz set the school freshman discus throw record in her first collegiate track meet, only to best that mark later in the season with a 177-11 mark. That mark put her in second place on USC’s all-time list, trailing only Kate Hutchinson’s school record of 189-5 in 2006.