INTERVIEW | Dylan Hyde wants you to sing loud and “Clearly”

“I ain’t asking for much / Keep just a little faith in me”

The lyrics to pop musician Dylan Hyde’s first single, “Clearly,” have him asking for far less than his talent is worth. The young musician fell in love with music from the age of three, and after being discovered on Youtube has moved from his hometown of San Diego to the big city of Los Angeles to pursue the career full-time. Hundreds of thousands have already fallen for Dylan’s music and his videos, but there’s more to this guy than meets the eye.

His latest project will be out soon. In the meantime, Dylan spoke with Popdust via email about the challenges he’s overcome to do what he loves and what he loves about his latest single.


How did you originally get interested in music?

Well, my entire family is musically gifted so it only seemed right! But it really began when my mom started taking me out on the weekends to sing karaoke with her & her friends when I was about 5 or 6, & as I got older, my love for singing grew and I started performing in musical theater when I was in middle school, which gave me enough confidence to eventually post videos of my self singing on youtube.

As a child, you were clinically diagnosed as being deaf. Has that created any challenges that you might have had to overcome working in the music industry?

Growing up and trying to teach myself to play instruments and sing – it was hard to tell if i was on pitch or not because of the way I heard things. It took me years to be able to overcome & figure out my way of working around it, but now that i am older, I’ve become so used to it. In a sense, I don’t really notice it anymore!

You were discovered through your Youtube covers of songs and have quite a following on the platform. Can you talk a little bit about why you started to post videos on there and how it led to you being where you are now?

I really just wanted to see what people thought of all the covers I had been working on in my room so I decided to start uploading, and within a few uploads, I started growing a fanbase! I was so excited that people even noticed me and to my surprise my videos were actually getting the attention of people who have now become my team and changed my life!

You’ve covered some of the top pop songs over the last few years. How have those songs inspired your own music?

After learning so many popular records over the years, I began to form a taste of what I like in a pop record and making those covers definitely helped me understand chord progressions which helped me with my production greatly! But within the making of those videos, a lot of the songs I was covering became long-time favorites that inspire my writing when I’m in the studio.

Let’s talk about your latest song, “Clearly.” What inspired the track?

“Clearly” was inspired by love. Love seems to be lacking in today’s culture and I felt like my first record needed to feel happy. “Clearly” makes you want to sing. When I first heard the beat come on in the studio, it just had such a good vibe. I knew it was gonna end up being special.

“Clearly” is also part of a campaign for the Dance On organizations. What is that and how did you come to work with them?

That came through the labels, so I’m not quite sure about the entire process behind the scenes. They asked if they could use the song to celebrate pride month and since the central message was “Love” I was honored they chose my song to represent their collaboration with Paul Smith. The video captures the mood of the “Clearly” perfectly.

What is coming up next for you?

More music! Been working steady on my album and working on getting some new up to date covers/remixes on my youtube channel!



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Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more.


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REVIEW | “Lover for a Day” questions the value of fidelity at NYFF

The old saying goes it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all… but is it true?

In his third year presenting in the New York Film Festival main slate, French director and actor Philippe Garrel (known for his films Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women) meditates on the questions of love and infidelity with his latest project, Lover for a Day.

Jeanne (Esther Garrel, and indeed, the director’s daughter, who is also in other NYFF main slate films this year), a university student in Paris, is left heartbroken and dismayed when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Seeing refuge, she returns home to her father, Gilles (Eric Caravaca), whom she finds involved in a relationship with one of his students, Ariane (newcomer Louise Chevillotte), who is her same age. What is being referred to as “an unusual triangular relationship” forms within the Parisian apartment as each character seeks out their definition of love.

Aesthetically, the film strikes gold. Shot in black and white, Cinematographer Renato Berta adds a dimension of tenderness to the characters even in scenes where we should feel no such thing for them. As the city of love, Paris is also given a soft supporting role in wide-shots of characters roaming the streets in quaint French outfits (mock turtlenecks, cuffed jeans, chic haircuts), large, old buildings surrounding them in something equally supportive and daunting as they look for fulfillment.

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Plot-wise, the film is less revolutionary. Most students of screenwriting know that if something is true in the first act, it should be rendered false by the third in order to have a dramatic story arc. When we’re first introduced to a sobbing Jeanne on the couch of Gilles and Ariane’s quaint apartment – the couple still in a blissful lust for one another – we’re set-up to not be surprised by the ultimate demise of one relationship and restoration of the other, which is exactly the course Lover for a Day takes. In between, Garrel and his large screenwriting team (Caroline Deruas; Arlette Langmann; and Jean-Claude Carrière) draw our attention to the way in which relationships crumble and the very intense effects they can have on us.

However, in doing this, Garrel boxes his characters into what can feel like stereotypical gender roles, especially his female leads. Jeanne is depicted as a complete wreck by the loss of her first love. She’s unable to find anything else in her life to focus on, and when the pain becomes too much comes close to a suicide attempt. This is made all the more difficult to sympathize with when we finally hear from the boyfriend and understand that she leaves a mist a disagreement.

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Ariane is given only slightly more room to breathe. She is both childishly smitten with her older, intelligent professor (admitting she is the one to have gone after him), but is also unsatisfied somehow, seeking out a new lover seemingly each day (realistically each week or so) to quench this sexual thirst. There are numerous scenes of Ariane passionate intertwined with a man, often times that she hardly knows while pressed up against the wall of a university building bathroom, and while she might write “Never Again” on the mirror in lipstick when she leaves them, we know she’ll be back in the same situation again eventually.

The dismissiveness of Gilles to the actions of the women in his life is equally frustrating for it suggests, as Sigmund Freud always has, that there is something irrational to women that you simply can’t understand and must accept. In further absurdity, it is implied that the friendship that ultimately forms between Ariane and Jeanne stems from the overcoming of jealousy these women feel in a struggle for the attention of Gilles.

It should be remarkably clear to all viewers that neither of these women need Gilles in their life, which is why they both ultimately leave his apartment. However, what remains fuzzy is how much they really require men and how badly the search for love messes with our minds. While you may not agree with all of the ideas Garrel is implying, they’re certainly worthy of stimulating a conversation.

“Lover for a Day” will be screened publicly on Tuesday, October 10, accompanied by a Q&A with Garrel, and again on Wednesday, October 11, as part of the 55th New York Film Festival. Find out more here.


Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more.

RELEASE RADAR | Niall Horan is back with his new single “Too Much To Ask”

One Direction’s Niall Horan wonders if it’s “Too Much To Ask.”

This week’s Release Radar features everyone from Niall Horan who has made a name for himself through his former group One Direction and is venturing into his solo career to Echosmith who is continuing their momentum from “Cool Kid” to indie artists that are lesser known. If you are a music fanatic we’re covering every genre each week. Here’s this week’s line up: Niall Horan, Echosmith, CASPR, Doldrums, Henry Nowhere, WAVVES, Dr. Medicine, Church Girls.


Niall Horan | “Too Much To Ask”

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Since One Direction’s split several years ago, most of the members have seen very successful solo careers proving that each of them stand their own as artists. So there, don’t feel embarrassed for rocking out to your guilty pleasure One Direction song. ZAYN saw much success with his collaboration with Taylor Swift, Harry Styles recently saw the release of a successful album and Niall Horan caught our attention with the sexy, catchy single “Slow Hands.” His debut solo album drops October 20th through Capitol Records, but he’s dropped the single “Too Much To Ask” in anticipation and it’s the perfect breakup anthem. The video perfectly captures the vivid moments just after a break up, seeing another couple, spending time with your friends, and spending time alone. I can’t wait to hear the full album.

Check out the video for “Too Much To Ask” here:

Best for: Self-date complete with Netflix and Halo-top and whatever else you want to eat when you need a night in.

Perfect if you like: Ed Sheeran

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Echosmith | “Dear World”

Echosmith saw early success with their song “Cool Kid” which was 3x Platinum in the US. Native to Southern California, Echosmith began to play music together as soon as they could hold instruments and continued to gig at open mics and farmers markets until they released their first album. They return next Friday with their sophomore album Inside A Dream under the Warner Brothers Label. “Dear World” is a gorgeous ballad about finding your place in the world. The hauntingly accurate lyrics float on the beautifully cinematic piano and guitar parts. The video is whimsical and represents the song so well.

Check out the video for “Dear World Now”

Best for: Switching your summer clothes over to fall.

Perfect if you like: Lady Antebellum

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Caspr | “Dead Eyes”

Nashville native Caspr’s sultry new tune “Dead Eyes” is everything you ever wanted to tell your ex. On the track he collaborates with artist Hamster and the result is a silky smooth track with punchy jaw-dropping lyrics.

Best for: A night out with friends

Perfect if you like: Calvin Harris

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Doldrums | “Okay”

Doldrums are back and I for one am celebrating. I saw them a few years back at Terminal 5 and I can confirm that they are phenomenal live. Their excellent knack for manipulating and layering sound shines through in their new single. The video seems to be an observation of city life capturing people collapsing into themselves on the MTA and more.

Check out the music video for “Okay” here:

Best for: Your Thursday night commute

Perfect if you like: vulfpeck


Henry Nowhere | “Come Back from LA”

When I heard Henry Nowhere, I feel in love with the dream-like surrealistic vibes of Don’t Care Where which translated over to the second track I heard, “Come Back from LA” which immediately ranked within my favorites this month. If you’ve ever spent time in LA or any big city for that matter you can relate.

Listen to “Come Back from LA” here.

Best for: blasting at brunch

Perfect if you like: Allah-Las

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Wavves | “The Lung”

Wavves just dropped “The Lung” via the Adult Swim singles program. The carefree, upbeat track contrasts with the desperate question the lyrics ask. The track is short but stacked making you want to play it on repeat. Especially the subtle but catchy guitar riff at the end.

Best for: your first autumnal picnic

Perfect if you like: Best Coast

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Dr. Medicine | “Cigarettes”

Dr. Medicine returns with their second EP 3 in the Chamber. One of my favorite tracks from the album is “Cigarettes” which opens on the recognizable sound of lighting a cigarette. The optimistic tone of the guitar quickly contrasts with the attitude of the rhythm creating a confrontational piece. The piece smartly parallels cigarettes with a toxic relationship. Listen to 3 in The Chamber here.

Check out their short film here:

Best for: taking a train ride upstate

Perfect if you like: Radiohead

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Church Girls | “Better Off”

The four piece group Church Girls is hitting the road to go on tour in alignment with their new album Hildago. After listening, I’m sure they’re ones to watch. My favorite track from the album is “Better Off” the track feels bubbly and uplifting but holds a certain maturity that grounds it — but don’t take my word for it.

Listen to “Better Off” here:

Best for: Road tripping this weekend!

Perfect if you like: Florence and the Machine

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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.

PREMIERE | Half The Animal talk “bad bad love”

“When I’ve parked the car outside her house I know I’ve gone too far.”

It’s the kind of sentiment that is reflective of the addictive, seductive qualities of a bad relationship that’s also too good to resist. If you’re enticed, then you’ll also be excited by the latest single from California band Half The Animal, who are exclusively premiering their latest song “bad bad love” on Popdust.

What started as childhood friends hanging out and playing music together gained national exposure with the help of a little reality show called Laguna Beach, where lead singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross first debuted some of their talents in the public eye. Years later, the band changed names and members to form what is today Half The Animal, who are equipped with an arsenal of sexy, fun, seductive tracks.

The band chatted with Popdust about their history, their upcoming tour plans, and what goes into writing a killer track.


You guys have an interesting story behind how you began recording music together. Can you share it with us?

We grew up in Laguna Beach together and have played in bands together since we were young teenagers. Our first band had a show on MTV and gave us a national audience to really expose ourselves and get our music out there. We met in catechism class but would get kicked out on purpose to talk about music and surfing. It’s been awesome to play music together for this long.

How have you preferred the world of music compared to being involved in the world of reality television?

They both have given us a platform to reach an audience, so I wouldn’t say either one is “preferred.” The reality TV show we had allowed us to spread our music, and without our music early on we wouldn’t have the reality TV show. They are both completely different platforms and we were stoked on the opportunity to have both!

How would you describe your musical sound?

We’re an alternative pop rock band. We love pop culture/fashion and the music that goes with that lifestyle. There is definitely a Southern California vibe in our music, I think you just have that when you grow up near the ocean.

Let’s talk about your single we’re premiering, “bad bad Love.” What inspired it?

We’re all really excited about this next single. We’ve been listening to a lot of groups that are different than our sound to find inspiration. Gorillaz and Tame Impala really influenced the vibe of this track. Gorillaz from a drum programming point of view and Tame Impala from a vibe point of view. We love it.

All of your music is released through your independent label, Noise Nest Records. Why do you release your music in this way and what’s the process like?

Noise Nest gives us the base we need for where we are at as a band right now. We’re still developing who we are musically and Noise Nest gives us a platform to put things out how we want it. The decisions are made between the four of us and that’s so important right now as we launch our vision. We have everything in house. Our own studio to record the music, a label to distribute the music, a merch production warehouse, and design team, and so much more. We’re looking forward to the right time to partner with a major for when we need them. Right now, we’re not totally sure it’s right yet. The world is different than it used to be.

You’re hitting the road with Atlas Genius. What are you looking forward to on that journey?

We’re been big fans of theirs for a while. We’re looking forward to playing to an audience that fits our music, sometimes that’s hard to do as a new band. It’s going to be great times!

After you finish up your tour at the beginning of next year, what’s the plan for 2018?

We’re dropping an EP in February 2018. It’s going to be rad. We’re taking November and December to finish the project, and we’ll be back out on the road to support it in the Winter. It’s all about staying on the road and connecting to real fans. That’s our favorite part of what we’re doing and will continue to do.


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Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more.

Is there anything Alli Simpson can’t do? She talks about music, modeling and much more

Singer. Model. Radio Host. And so much more — is there anything Alli Simpson can’t tackle?

The Australian beauty has tackled a multitude of projects over the last couple of years and handled each spectacularly. Whether she’s sharing her next single or her next outfit, she has her online fans engaged and excited (all 1.53M on Twitter alone!). With the worlds of music and fashion comfortably ventured into, Alli is about to enter another new territory: co-hosting an online music competition show. This weekend, she will also be backstage at the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Her extensive portfolio might make you think Alli’s unlike every other eighteen year-old young woman, but you’d be wrong. She’s just as jazzed about make-up, shoes, and sharing her feelings on her online platforms as most, making her even more lovable.

Popdust spoke with Alli via email about her many talents and how they’ve inspired her wide array of passions.


You’re an actress and a musician. What attracted you to getting involved in the entertainment industry?

When I moved here I was exposed to the entertainment industry and was able to find out my true passions…once I started I couldn’t stop!

Your brother, Cody Simpson, is also involved in music and acting. What’s it like both having such public careers?

It’s super fun to work alongside my brother Cody. We’re each other’s biggest supporters and inspire each other every day.

You were named the youngest nationally syndicated radio host with your show on Radio Disney, “The Alli Simpson Show.” What are some of your favorite things about being a radio host?

It was a great platform for me to be able to voice my opinions on teen topics like music, fashion, beauty, and connect with my fans on a deeper level – especially to an audience of 7M!

You also model and are currently working on the ALDO shoes fall campaign. What has that experience been like?

Working with Aldo has been a dream. I’ve always been a fan of the brand. I base my outfits around my shoes! Seeing my face on the store on 5th Avenue was a dream come true!

Coming up, you’re going to be a backstage correspondent at the iHeart Radio Music Festival. How are you preparing for this and what are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to seeing some of my friends and favorite artists perform…and have a fun time in Vegas!

You will also be a co-host of the upcoming YouTube music competition series “The SquareSpace.” What can you tell us about this show and your involvement with it?

The ShareSpace is a new, online music completion show with Sony and YouTube I’ll be hosting alongside Jai Waetford. It will be a unique way to discover new talent and be a mentor to upcoming talent. I can’t wait to start filming in October!

You also work on a number of charity projects. What is rewarding for you about that work?

I’m teen ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Hospitals and that’s something I’ve always been passionate about. Being able to visit the hospitals and make the families and children feel inspired is the most rewarding part. Plus to see the people I meet get inspired to do what they love to do, like my girl Angelica on America’s Got TalentAmerica’s Got Talent!

In addition to all of your projects, you’ll also be releasing new music in the fall. What can you share about the new songs?

I’ll be releasing two new songs this October! They’re very personal to me about some of my past relationship experiences- one’s up tempo and one’s acoustic…and you’re gonna love them!

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Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more.


‘Alien’s Coming’ at the PIT was a musical that was out of this world

A Musical about Aliens?

The People’s Improv Theatre is world-known for their killer improv school, cheap shows and beer, and of course the long list of famous people who have worked there. Monday night, I saw a new musical comedy on their Mainstage and going in, I had no idea what to expect. I know a thing or two about improv and I knew that musical improv existed, but I didn’t realize the PIT produced full musicals, but alas I walked into The Striker Theatre on E 24th Street and the cast of Alien’s Coming took me to a different world.

The show opened with a video of “Computer,” a character who the cast would often refer to for help throughout the show. His unique makeup and facade indicated that we were about to witness a musical akin to a cult film. His interesting disposition reminded me of Rocky Horror Picture Show. The show tells the story of high school senior Clementine and her best frenemy Brandi and the growing pains they traverse expedited by a graduation party and Clementine’s desire to show prettier, popular Brandi that she too could get laid. Meanwhile, aliens plot an operation to infiltrate Earth by using a teen girl to “influence” the masses into allowing them to harvest their genitals. This was the first of many cleaver references to relevant topics our society has been exposed to making the show very smart and up to date. Although, the costuming of the show suggested no particular time periods as the humans wore 1950’s style dresses while wearing contemporary sneakers, the show strongly suggested that it is in reference to the millennial generation.

Jackie Abbott Photography

Overall the book and lyrics were smart, hilarious, and enhanced by the cast’s suburb knack for timing and word play. Musically, the show was all over the place, but I didn’t find that to be a negative. I feel that the show musically reflected our generations fondness for nostalgia. Everything from upbeat contemporary musical theatre power ballads, to swanky 90’s R & B, and everything in between. The show was written by Joe Kelly and was under the clever direction of Griffin Osborne. The show was music directed by Jonathan Evans who was responsible for the impressively tight harmonies and strong dynamic.

The show also saw some incredible performances. Leading lady, Alice Kors who played Clementine was a brilliant actress with spot on comedic timing and a lovely voice that innocently contrasted the brassy belts of the other ladies in the cast. Her chemistry with Andrew L. Ricci who played her love interest Sqib was unique to any other stage relationship I had seen. Were they young lovers, best friends, enemies, or friends with benefits? Not even the characters themselves know. Trevor McGhie who played Zooby Dooby the ruler of the Flimps was an exceptionally strong performer contrasting his initial hauntingly still physicality and robust vocals with a breakout voice and killer dance moves.The female ensemble were great support and had wonderfully tight harmonies and Maia Scalia who played Brandi was a perfect fit for the role.

Alice Kors as Clementine (Jackie Abbott Photography)

Alien’s Coming celebrated a sold out run at the PIT earlier this year and recently returned for a 10 show run to celebrate the release of their cast album on Spotify. You can stream it on Spotify here, or purchase the Aliens Coming: The Musical cast album on Amazon here

Listen to “State School” here.

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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.


FILM | Jamie Lee Curtis is home for Halloween

“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later.”

It’s been a good couple of weeks for horror fans. On the back of
IT and Mother! receiving unanimous critical praise, we have just received word that Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to John Carpenter’s iconic Halloween franchise. She will be coming back to play the iconic role of Laurie Strode, a part she originated nearly forty years ago. Universal Pictures has also come out and set October 19th 2018, as the release date for what it has suggested will be the final film for the series. Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions, and Miramax are producing.

Curtis’ female protagonist will reportedly have a final showdown with the series’ super villain Michael Myers. Myers, for those not in the know, is a masked maniac who has pursued her since she (just barely) escaped his murder marathon on Halloween night four decades previous.

John Carpenter, who created this series now synonymous with 80s horror, will executive produce, and will be on board as a “creative consultant”. He is partnering with leading horror producer Jason Blum, the insane genius who’s behind-the-camera work includes
Get Out, Split, and The Purge and Paranormal Activity franchises.

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David Gordon Green is directing the project, and co-wrote the film’s script with Danny McBride. Trancas International Films have been producing the Halloween films since day one, and, to no one’s surprise, will also be producing here as well. Green and McBride will act as executive producers under the moniker of their well known Rough House Pictures brand. Green’s past work includes cult stoner classic Pineapple Express and the more recent political dark comedy Our Brand Is Crisis.

Carpenter joined the project in May 2016. The Halloween film franchise began in 1978, and has led to 10 films that have grossed nearly $400 million worldwide. Carpenter said at the time, “38 years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”

Bloody Disgusting

In Carpenter’s original
Halloween, Myers stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night. In the film’s opening, six-year-old Michael murders his sister on Halloween, 1963. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a sanitarium and hunts down Strode and her friends as they babysit.

Malek Akkad is Moustapha Akkad’s son, who executive produced on the original
Halloween along with Irwin Yablans. They also produced several of the sequels. Malek Akkad is not new to the franchise, however, having produced three of its parts, including 1998’s Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, 2007’s Halloween, and 2009’s Halloween II.

She tweeted this on Friday, stating in no uncertain terms what viewers have in store.

This is not the first time Curtis has reprised the role of Strode. She has done so previously in
Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), and Halloween: Resurrection (2002).


Thomas Burns Scully is a PopDust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter


LIVE | GGOOLLDD played a luminous first show at The Mercury Lounge

GGOOLLDD is definitely not traditional pop at all, their songs have the same ability to get stuck in your head and the same drive that make you want to dance.

GGOOLLDD fell together when front woman Margaret Butler up and left her hometown of Baton Rouge, LA and headed West to Portland, Oregon on a whim to try something new. Margaret reminisces on her formative years in Portland as the best of times and the worst of times. She remarked how she lived off of ramen noodles and pumpkins for a while, 4 people deep in small apartments. Regardless of being broke, Margaret looks at this time fondly because of the exhilarating new freedom of being in a new town with new people who are passionate and creative. Margaret and other members of GGOOLLDD wanted to throw a really cool party and in turn played their first show together and at that moment GGOOLLD was born.

From the time I heard their first song I immediately knew I had to see them live. I’m a big fan of Tennis, Tune Yardz, and St. Vincent. Margaret’s vocal delivery on their new track “Teeth” reminded me of a lot of my favorite rock and indie vocalists but in a completely reinvented way. The way she uses every part of her voice and articulators to color every word and phrase brings their songs to life almost as though she is acting them. I heard all of that just to listening to tracks on Spotify, so imagine the excitement when I got to see them in person. The general vibe I got was cool Mid-Westerners. Which is totally accurate. They are from Wisconsin and they are totally cool. I love it too having just lived in Wisconsin for a few months.

GGOOLLD performs. (Phoenix Music Magazine)

Synth player Nick Schubert had an array of toys set up around him. At times during the show, I found myself fixated on him layering in sounds and driving swells to the tunes. The guitarist, Thomas Gilbert’s performance style was cool and collected. The drummer Mark Steward magnified the dynamic of the band with his intuition and the bassist Nick Ziemann expertly was the backbone to the band. Margaret Butler was absolutely stunning. Her laid back but powerful stage presence was both striking and warm. She made you want to be her best friend and your draw drop all at the same time. She was effervescent at times dancing to their tunes like her favorite song came on at the party and other times she commanded the stage and drove their powerful lyrics home. My personal favorite part was when she walked through the excited audience in her fabulous light up sneakers and serenaded an unsuspecting audience member. (1,000 points for Hufflepuff! I exclaimed in my head- though I don’t know that she is a Hufflepuff at all.) I was stoked by what an amazing, interactive performer she was.

The band collectively were perfectly in sync and their dynamic along with the lighting design enhanced the show. The music was a mixture of classic rock, new age, and had the vocal stylings of retro pop like the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. I think that though GGOOLLDD is definitely not traditional pop at all, their songs have the same ability to get stuck in your head and the same drive that make you want to dance. I loved them listening on Spotify, but seeing them live solidified them as one of my favorite bands of all time. Run don’t walk to see their tour. I can assure you in ten years, you’ll be saying you saw the next big thing in their early days. Here’s a complete list of their tour dates.

SEPTEMBER

15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox

17 – Dubuque, IA @ The Lift

19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

22 – Reno, NV @ The Saint

23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident

24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Catalina Wine Mixer

27 – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah

28 – Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Lounge

30 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza

OCTOBER

01 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

03 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

05 – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino

06 – Edmonton, AB @ Up + Downtown Music Festival

07 – Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern

13 – La Crosse, WI @ The Root Note

14 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency

DECEMBER

08 – Eau Claire, WI @ UW Eau Claire Cabin

09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

16 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

JANUARY 2018

26 – Sheboygan, WI @ Stephanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

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Life imitates art in Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!”

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has everyone in their feelings.

There is no denying that mother! (2017) has plenty to say, but what exactly is putting critics and audiences at odds. Some think it’s over-indulgent, some think it’s too artsy and should have been marketed as an indie, art-house film, and some went in, thinking it was supposed to be a slasher film featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a damsel in distress.

For the first hour, I’ll admit, I was lost, somewhat expecting the film to inhabit a modern day Stepford Wives (1975) or Get Out (2016) vibe only to be pulled back into Aronofsky’s chaotic, claustrophobic vision. What’s allegorical? What’s biblical? What’s just the poetic skill of Aronofsky behind the camera —again— I cannot provide you with answers. In return, I’ll detail the mini, emotional explosion I had about halfway through the film that put mother! into clearer focus. I’m riding on a frenzy of feelings having just seen the film, and I think — or at least am slightly suspicious — that mother! is a feminist, psychological thriller (emphasis on the feminism). It’s also a body horror film with the emotional build-up of a David Lynch or David Cronenberg picture. So, yes, you’re in for a ride if you happen upon mother! for a causal viewing; a cerebral, are-you-kidding-me ride.

Javier Bardem as Husband in mother! Paramount

mother!, on the surface, follows the story of an unnamed, young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who spends her days as a housewife and homemaker while dodging comments by other women questioning why she isn’t also a baby-maker. Her husband (Javier Bardem), who is also nameless, is a poet experiencing a nasty writer’s block, riding on the fame of a book published years ago. You’ll find that her impulsivity to please her husband is nauseating after a while, not because of feminism, but because of her husband’s lack of empathy, compassion, and overall lack of respect for his wife. He welcomes strangers into the house against his wife’s wishes and continues to support their outrageous behavior, not once checking to see if his wife is cool with it all. She’s not. No one would be and that’s where mother! shines. Whether you’re a man or a woman, there’s no denying the slow cooking empathy you’ll begin to have for the wife, and the slow cooking rage you’ll have for everyone else.

Jennifer Lawrence as Wife in mother!Paramount

The wife is as submissive, as feminine, as docile, as quiet, as cute, as successful (but not too successful to threaten her husband’s ego), and as generous as a woman —excuse me— as a human can be. She is the archetype of a loving, nurturing housewife and she is still not enough to satisfy her husband (who really, really loves attention).

In its final hour, mother! crept up on me, like a poem would, and I had to stop myself from projecting my own experiences and feminist ideology onto the film, until I was no longer projecting, and simply experiencing pure empathy, pain, and heartbreak for another human. I began to breathe heavily as if I was having a panic attack and suddenly felt tears running down my cheeks. I watched, half in horror and half in ecstasy by the insanity the wife experiences, and her unrelenting strength and dedication to fight for her family.

I commend Aronofsky for depicting the irony of a woman (pulled from a 1950’s how-to-be-a-wife manual) doing everything in her power to build and protect her home, while her husband indulges everyone but her, creating messes around the house for her to clean. For women who are called selfish for not wanting kids, for women that have been called unimaginable slurs because they deflected unwanted attention, for women who were physically abused because they fought against unwanted advances, and the for the women who give and give and give until they could no longer, mother! is a modern day battlecry.

mother! isn’t a feminist film that screams, “Men bad! Women good!” It’s not the type of feminist film that’s going to make you read the literature of Gloria Steinem and Simone de Beauvoir; although, these women would be great supplementary texts to engage with before heading to the theater. It’s the type of feminist film that shows the sacrifices women and mothers make in their (heterosexual) relationships and homes that can quickly become inherently violent and devastating to their mental and physical health when not met with equal sacrifice and generosity from their male counterparts. It’s a film that shows the raw and horrible ways mother’s sacrifice their bodies and hearts for their children and husbands, only to be disposed for naive and younger replacements. Is mother! a horror film? Yes and no. What’s scariest about mother! is the insane, uncompromising love of a mother.

Fly By Midnight “…just two dudes making music”

Popdust interview in anticipation of Fly By Midnight new single “VIBE” out now!

Fly by Midnight describes themselves as, “two dudes making cool music,” and two dudes making cool music they are indeed. The first thing I noticed about the duo other than their ample talent was how laid back they are. That’s something they take pride in, they told me. In the modern age of social media, the duo has used social media as a way to reach fans in a personal and unfiltered manner. So often do musicians and idols feel far away and unattainable, but if you follow Fly By Midnight on social media, you’ll feel like you know them, though their frequent engagement. The same openness went for our interview.

The planets seemed to align for the two to start making music together. Justin, one half of the duo and a Florida native, moved to Staten Island, NY three years ago. Before that, he had grown his own audience as a solo artist doing mainly covers on Youtube and Instagram. When he got to NYC, he started to record his solo music at a studio where Slavo was working when the two met. Slavo at the time was producing at that studio. Initially, they were looking for female vocalists to collaborate with but ended up collaborating together. Their first song together was cover of “I Really Like You” on Youtube, which is the first time they sang together.

Though they saw great success with covers, they decided to start songwriting together short after and bringing their own original music into the world. I personally am thankful for that. What would we do without their song “Vinyl”? Slavo and Justin told me that they love to collaborate over doing solo music because it really helps to have another mind to bounce ideas off of. Slavo and Justin quickly discovered through songwriting that they have a strong creative relationship and amazing songs organically unfolded. They told me that so often do people think that song writing is such a serious process while really the two of them are just jumping up and down shouting ideas at each other.

Their influences definitely had a major impact on their music. Slavo being from New York of course is an avid Billy Joel listener. Justin was very influenced by retro 80’s pop and bands like Hall and Oates. These old school pop idols helped the duo realize their own unique sound, a mature retro pop. I asked the guys more about their songwriting process, which they told me is different every time; however, they did give me a little glimpse into their method by talking about their new single Vibe. They told me that one day, they were talking about that feeling of being at a bar and making eyes with someone across the room. They described it as, “throwing vibes around,” and thus their brilliant hook was born and their personal favorite part of the song where they warn their co-flirter “better not drop that shit,” not to drop their Vibes. The song itself floats so vibrantly, it’s hard not to bounce to it.

Really, it’s hard not to dance to all of their songs. I can speak from first hand experience here. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in NYC at the exclusive Soho House. The two were totally in sync with one another but also had their own unique styles that made them so fun to watch. Justin was so warm and inviting while Slavo was the definition of “too cool for school”. You could tell they were having just as good as a time as the audience was as their grooved to their tracks. They definitely are one of those bands that are just as good live as they are recorded and different too. The energy they brought to the stage illustrated their songs in a different way then listening to them on Spotify did. When the time came for them to play “Vibe” it was clear that the two know a thing or two about catching and throwing a vibe. They got the engaged but timid audience to dance with them. It was a magical feeling when everyone finally decided to cut loose.

Vibe is out everywhere now. Be sure to check it out. Fly By Midnight is about to tour so be sure to keep up with their tour dates here.

Check out my favorite song VINYL here:

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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.