Watch the Solar Eclipse with our timed playlist

This is not a drill: the eclipse is today. I repeat: a spectacle that hasn’t happened in 38 years (and likely won’t happen since) is happening today.

The celestial event of the year/decade/century is the first one of it’s kind – not only has it been 38 years since an eclipse has happened over the country, but it’s been 99 years since the path of totality (where you can see the eclipse in it’s entirety) spans across the entire continental U.S. It’s taking place in perfect view of North America, moving across 14 states from the furthest corners of Oregon to the shores of South Carolina. If you’re outside the path of totality, you’ll only see a partial eclipse – but that’s still a spectacle in itself. NASA has created an interactive map that allows you to see exactly where you lie in the Eclipse’s path.

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve put off getting a pair of those solar-viewing sunglasses people can’t stop talking about. According to USA Today, “Staring at the sun can blind you — it’s even called “eclipse blindness.” In order to view the eclipse, you need eclipse glasses, which have a special solar filter to protect your eyes. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous characters make counterfeits, but spotting the fakes is easy. Only 12 companies make eclipse glasses that the American Astronomical Society and NASA have certified are safe. Make sure the “ISO” (International Organization for Standardization) icon is on any eclipse glasses you buy. The glasses also must have the ISO reference number 12312-2.” According to the same article, stores have begun running out of these solar-viewing sunglasses as early as last week, so finding one now might seem like a rare circumstance. However, there are other ways to experience the eclipse that don’t involve looking directly at the sun, like making a pinhole projector.

For a little more than four hours, a shadow will be cast over the sky. According to Pitchfork’s handy Solar Eclipse guide, “The shadow of the moon will begin to cover the surface of the sun at 9:05 a.m. (PT) in Lincoln City, Ore., and an hour and 10 minutes later, the blackout will be complete for viewers there. Charleston will experience a total eclipse at 2:48 p.m. (ET), and the lunar shadow will finally exit the East Coast at 4:09 p.m.” This means mostly everyone’s eclipse experiences won’t exceed two hours, which is why we’ve made a playlist that’s got you covered, from the very beginning of the shadows of the moon and sun overlapping until the end.

Inspired by Pitchfork’s notion to let music bring people together, we curated a selection of celestial tunes to guide us along this solar eclipse as we ponder the universe and our seemingly lonely place in it. We hope you let us guide you through your astral experience.

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Popdust Presents | Could SondorBlue be the reincarnation of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young?

SondorBlue’s warm sound resonates through their harmonies.

SondorBlue is an indie-rock band from Charleston, SC comprised of three lead vocalists. They create three-part harmonies, with a backing fourth, that are thoughtfully crafted into each of their songs. Their influences range from Coldplay and Tame Impala, to The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, which they definitely embody the CSNY feel.

The band describes Sondor as “a word embodying the realization that, although we may have different experiences, they invoke the emotions that we, as human beings, all have capability to feel in the same way. Through SondorBlue’s lyrics and music, we can all share this connection.”

They came in to Popdust and each introduced themselves. Super friendly, chill guys. They were practicing their vocals before we were set to go and I couldn’t wait to get started. As Popdust Present finally got under way, SondorBlue broke the mellow look and turned up the volume. They were so clear and had great dynamic. They have a dreamy feel that also makes me think of the Beach Boys a little bit. That Beatles influence is hard not to notice. Again, I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to hear spectacular vocal harmonies like these. Not every artist can do that live. Some depend on auto tuning, but SondorBlue does it naturally, almost reminiscent of Yes. SondorBlue went on to perform “Escape” “Ashley Avenue” & “More than Reality.”

“Let me see into your soul,
even if is just for one night.”

Andrew Halley (Bass / Vocals)
Connor Hollifield (Electric Guitar / Vocals)
John Sheehan (Acoustic Guitar / Violin / Keyboards / Vocals)
Drew Lewis (Drums)

After a fantastic 3 song set, the guys shift around to make room for Brent Butler. They all crowd around the classic grey Popdust couch. It’s always a fun show with plenty of laughs. They come a little further south and Brent found out some fun facts about their home state of South Carolina. Stephen Colbert, for one, is from their home town. But do you know what the official fruit of hospitality is? Gotta watch to find out. “Our House” by CSNY was what they channeled when they made their new album, “You will find love on Ashley Avenue” that should be out very soon. They performed “Ashely Ave,” the title track of the release. John mentioned that he started on violin, so the others also mentioned they started on different instruments. Andrew surprised me when he said he was heavily influence of hip hop and soul music. For such young musicians they seem to have years of musical wisdom. Hope you caught the interview after the performance. They were a true joy to have on Popdust Presents.

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15 Celebrity reactions to Charlottesville

In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, the nation is in shock and even more so since Trump’s speech blaming “many sides” for the violence and failing to call the violent protestors out for what they are: Nazis. Celebrities are just as shook as us, and they are speaking out:

Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence joined other internet sleuths in sharing photos of the rally attendees on her fan page and encouraging fans to identify them.

Tina Fey

Comedian, writer, and actress Tina Fey made a special appearance on SNL as a UVA alum and urged America to partake in “sheetcaking” instead of protesting to keep them safe from violence but still take a stance against racists. Watch the full video here.

Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter with a Nelson Mandela quote that is now being wide spread in the wake of the event. He has not made a comment on Trump’s speech.

Sarah Silverman

Stand up comedian, actress, and writer Sarah Silverman admonished the President for being selfish and lacking empathy in light of his lack of opposition against the Nazis and white supremacists.

Kevin Hart

Comedian Kevin Hart urged his fans to start by teaching tolerance.

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon makes a heartfelt speech on his show and talks about how he doesn’t know how to explain this tragic event to his daughters who don’t know what hate is. Watch the full video here.

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers joked that finally after two days the President admits that Nazis are bad and continues by giving us the real facts about the event and the White House’s action following.Watch the full video above.


Pop artist Lorde apologizes on behalf of the white community. “We have to do better,” she said in light of the recent events.

John Mayer

John Mayer remains hopeful that we can rise from this and learn from the President’s lacking empathy.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga polled fans about Trump’s speech. In another tweet adjacent, Gaga asks the black community how their white allies can help.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore once again speaks out and takes to protesting in NYC with other celebrities and citizens alike.

Josh Groban

Groban mocks Trump’s general response to the tragedy comparing it to World War II.

Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken joked that he once supported Trump though he’s been known to speak out against him. This tweet was misinterpreted widely by people on Twitter myself included; however, it’s satirical if you look at his other tweets surrounding. Seems like he was trying to let Trump supporters know that it’s ok to denounce their faith in him in light of the recent events.

Jack Antonoff

Music producer Jack Antonoff urges Twitter followers to come together regardless of political beliefs against racists.

Lena Dunham

Writer, producer, actress, and Girls star Lena Dunham is surprised that we still need to be having this conversation but notes that’s because she’s privileged and alludes that minorities deal with this kind of hate consistently and are not shocked by the tragedy in Charlottesville.

Though we are all reacting in different ways celebrities included, I think our message is united, it’s important that we speak out, educate, and stand up to racism in America.

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REVIEW | “Ingrid Goes West” comments on the current state of social media

I was first drawn to watching Ingrid Goes West because of their smart branding and marketing on Instagram. Their neon logo caught my eye as did the references to social media. There are those movies that are known by all because of their relatable references to a specific time period but universal message, I believe that Ingrid Goes West will soon join the rankings among those because of how well it comments on where we are as a society in this exact moment. The film does an excellent job of taking a well-known convention, “the grass is always greener,” and using technology and today’s societal behavior to illustrate this.

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The film stars Aubrey Plaza as the title character. Aubrey first becomes prominent in the entertainment world when she played supporting character April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation who often stole the show with her deadpan and intensity. SInce her Parks and Rec days Aubrey has done a handful of other projects from goofy comedies like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates where we see her wilder side to Legion where she plays a character closer to her trademark dark and weird brand that has driven so much work her way. In Ingrid Goes West, I feel that she’s the best I’ve seen her. I feel like in ways her character takes elements of crazy weird Lenny from Legion and rambunctious Tatiana from Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and she is left with an incredibly dynamic character. Ingrid is a hot mess of a human and comes unhinged when she sees on social media that she is not invited to her friends wedding. Clearly prone to something we’re all guilty of: Insta-stalking, Ingrid takes it a step further and followers her new Instamuse out West to insert herself into the seemingly picture perfect life. Aubrey does an incredible job of understanding the depth of emptiness and void that Ingrid has all the while putting on a hilarious exterior for the unsuspecting people on her way to becoming BFF’s with @welltaylored.

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Elizabeth Olsen stars as the sunshine Instagram star Taylor and Wyatt Russell as her man-bun donning husband and they definitely do an excellent job of emulating that couple on Instagram. Though they play that archetype that makes us chuckle because it’s way too real, they both do a great job at keeping their characters real and not general representation of the kind of people they are representing. Elizabeth Olsen especially balances her #basic moments with moments of incredible vunerability. Another notable performance is O’Shea Jackson who plays the man that Ingrid stays with in California. Kindred spirits, Jackson is obsessed with Batman and takes a liking to Ingrid all while not being afraid to call out her crazy. The two have incredible on camera chemistry. O’Shea most notably played his father Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton.

While this film has us chuckling the whole way through because it makes so many jabs at our weird social media habits, it touches on something really important which is why I feel that everyone should see this film at least once. It brilliantly unfolds the life of an Instagram star and compares and contrasts it to what you see online. Ingrid really learns that Instagram is curated moments from one’s life and it’s not always as picture perfect as it seems like Taylor’s. The film also asks the question, if we are so investing in outward projection on social media, where do we find the true self? That definitely got me thinking as I probably spend hours a day creating content, thinking up content, etc for my Instagram page. If anything, I think this movie will teach you to take social media less seriously, to unplug, and enjoy the beauty of life in the moment. Watch the trailer for Ingrid Goes West here and check it out at your local theatre today!

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Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @anie_delgado and on Facebook and check out her music on Spotify.