On December 8th, New York City will be treated to a fantastic pair of funky performances, as fan-favorite five-piece The Main Squeeze make their way to The Bowery Ballroom along with rising LA trio Organ Freeman. The double-bill will undoubtedly make for a good time, bringing together the funk and soul from all different directions.Since forming at Indiana University in 2010, The Main Squeeze has captivated audiences, playing to sold out clubs around the country. They have become regulars on the festival circuit, playing at events like Catskill Chill, High Sierra, Summer Camp, and more. Check out The Main Squeeze performing “In A Funk” live at Audiotree:Los Angeles natives Organ Freeman are poised to blow up. With tight musicianship, onstage charisma, and an undoubtedly badass band name, these three talented artists demand your attention–and it’s only a matter of time until everyone you know will be talking about them. Get to know Organ Freeman with this studio performance of “We’re On Our Way”:You can get tickets for the performance here.
Why Manchester United should break Liverpool’s transfer record to sign Matthijs De Ligt Matthijs De Ligt impressed for Ajax against during the 2017 Europa League final, despite his side’s 2-0 defeat (Getty Images)It is difficult to disagree with that assertion given how much De Ligt has already crammed into his burgeoning career. That he was appointed Ajax’s club captain last summer when only 18 suggests that he is mature his years both on and off the pitch.Daley’s dad Danny Blind saw fit to call him into the Dutch national team set up at 17 with De Ligt going on to become his country’s youngest debutant in 86 years. Last year, he followed in Kylian Mbappe’s footsteps by being named Europe’s ‘Golden Boy’.A testament to how influential he has been for Ajax, meanwhile, is that since the start of the 2017-18 season, he has failed to start in only two of their 62 Eredivisie matches, while this season he ranks top in their squad for clearances (108), shots blocked (23) and aerial duels (107). He has also been dribbled past just 11 times in 27 league games.AdvertisementThose statistics point to a defender adept at the basics of his role but as someone schooled in Ajax’s outstanding academy set up since he was nine years old, De Ligt is technically excellent and accomplished at bringing the ball out confidently from the back, as a 90% pass accuracy rate hints at.United aren’t exactly short of central defenders, but it is the one key area in their squad in which they are lacking a player who genuinely belongs in the top bracket. David De Gea and Paul Pogba are amongst the world’s best in their positions, while Marcus Rashford is firmly on the right track to becoming an outstanding centre forward.Not since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have United possessed a truly elite centre-back. Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have all made improvements under Solskjaer but it is debatable that any of them will ever be considered world-class. CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter73Shares By Oliver Young-MylesFriday 5 Apr 2019 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link73Shares De Ligt has demonstrated his leadership qualities this season with Ajax currently second in the Eredivisie (Getty Images)De Ligt, like Rashford, is a player for the here and now as much as the future. If United were to pay Van Dijk money to lure him away from Ajax, they would be acquiring a player who could slot into their team immediately and stay there for a decade or more, perhaps even becoming club captain at some point.Following reports that United are set for another summer of expensive shopping, critics have questioned the wisdom in handing Solskajer a bag full of cash and buying whoever he pleases citing the failures of his predecessors – Messrs Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho – in the transfer market despite investing heavily.AdvertisementThere is some wisdom to that argument considering many of the post-Fergie era signings have failed to hit the mark but as Liverpool have shown with Van Dijk and others, spending big money is an excellent way to progress so long as the players in question are the right fit.It is impossible to say definitively that De Ligt could have a similarly transformative impact on United’s defence as Van Dijk has for Liverpool but considering his talent and room for progression, he surely has as big a chance of doing so as anyone else.At just 19, De Ligt isn’t too far behind the leading defenders in world football already and should he maintain his development, he could emulate his teammate Van Dijk in becoming one of the very best.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsBoris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s plea to extend free school meals It didn’t take long for Manchester United fans to come up with a catchy refrain in homage to their popular former player turned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian’s immediate impact in the dugout.With each passing win, the chant ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ grew increasingly louder around Old Trafford and at other grounds up and down the country, but that wave optimism has subsided somewhat following a few below-par defeats. Suddenly, the wheels look to be in danger of coming off.United have been beaten three times in their previous four fixtures, losing twice to Wolves at Molineux as well against Arsenal at the Emirates. Those results have offered some perspective; for all the progress that the team have made under Solskjaer, there remains plenty of work still to be done.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to reports, Solskjaer is keen to add five new players in the summer, with as many as six members of the current first-team squad expected to move on to pastures new. Not for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, it is shaping up to be a pivotal summer for the club.ADVERTISEMENT Virgil Van Dijk and Matthijs De Ligt have formed an impressive partnership for the Dutch national team (Getty Images)If they were merely interested parties before, Europe’s gaggle of super-clubs are now likely to be falling over themselves in their pursuit of De Ligt this summer given the manner in which he has expertly steered an exhilarating Ajax side beyond Real Madrid and into the Champions League quarter-finals.Barcelona, who have already snapped up his club and international colleague Frenkie De Jong in a deal worth £68m, are said to be particularly keen on landing him as they look for a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, while Liverpool, naturally given the Van Dijk link, have also been mentioned as a possible destination.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut with Solskjaer reportedly planning on signing at least one central defender this summer, Manchester United will also surely be in the mix. Other more stablished names such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld have all been touted as possible targets.The obvious difference between De Ligt and that quartet of defenders is his relative lack of experience, however, Jesper Olsen, who represented both Ajax and Manchester United during his playing career, does not think that should count against the Dutchman.Speaking to Omnisport, Olsen said: ‘No doubt about it [he could play for United]. Playing at Ajax, you have to be a quality player. So, of course, he could [play for United], no doubt about it. He could fit into any top team at the moment.’ Manchester United’s season has hit a speed bump in recent weeks (Getty Images)One of the positions that Solskjaer has identified as an area requiring strengthening is at centre-back. Liverpool’s £75m capture of Virgil Van Dijk 15 months ago has proven to be a game-changer for them and United need someone of a similar ilk. Van Dijk’s international partner Matthijs De Ligt, is one who would fit the bill.Following a few years in the international wilderness, the Netherlands appears to be on the right track once more having reached this summer’s inaugural Nations League finals and pivotal to their renaissance has been the presence of Van Dijk and De Ligt at the heart of their defence.De Ligt has no doubt benefited from playing alongside arguably the best central defender in world football right now, but the 19-year-old has developed just fine away from Van Dijk with his club Ajax where he is already the captain and a veteran of over a century of appearances.Having broken into Ajax’s regular side two seasons ago, establishing himself alongside Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez during the 2016-17 season run-in and impressing in the Europa League final defeat to United in Stockholm, De Ligt has been the radar of big clubs since his formative first steps in the professional game. Advertisement Advertisement