Plus new music from Curt Castle, Brett, Mating Ritual and more.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.
Photo Ops | "July"
The dreamy folk track from LA's Photo Ops is all about self care. "'July' is about the limits of what you can offer someone," the singer said. "And when that bumps up against the limits of what you yourself need to thrive—healthy boundaries and a healthy amount of Jeff Lynne-style acoustic guitars."
Brett | "Tennenbaum"
Warm up with the new track from breezy LA pop outfit Tennenbaum. It's most welcome in the thick of winter.
Icona Pop partnered with DJ and producer R3HAB and added some new flair to their already iconic track. "As kids brought up in the 90s, we wanted to honor this party anthem that feels as awesome today as it did back then," said the Icona Pop. "This collaboration with R3HAB felt like a perfect match and bridge over to what dance music is today."
PREMIERE | Mating Ritual | Falling Back
Mating Ritual - Falling Back (Official Video) youtu.be
The latest video from Mating Ritual has us yearning to pile all of our friends into a car, crank up this track, and cruise around all night.
A$AP Rocky | Kids Turned Out Fine
A$AP Rocky - Kids Turned Out Fine (Official Video) www.youtube.com
A$AP Rocky teamed up with filmmaker Dexter Navy for his cinematic new video. "'Kids Turned Out Fine' represents the transition from childhood to adulthood to parenthood and all the tough questions that parents have to confront," Rocky told Vogue.
Curt Castle | If I'm Here At All
Curt Castle's debut album was born from loss, and he rebuilds the foundation of his life, track by track.
You don't have to be an early 20 something with mounds of students loans to appreciate the debut album from get a life. Chase DeMaster, the brains behind the get a life, invites listeners to join his band--literally.
Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on www.delyanis.com.
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Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020.
Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.
It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made nearly 25 years ago.
Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.
Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."
Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020. Here's why: