Plus new music from Chase McBride, Indiana, Jess Weimer and more.
This weekend slow down with smooth R&B.
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.
Unknown Caller | "See You Again"
Unknown Caller cruises through smooth beats and classic R&B in his latest single "See You Again." According to Alex Lichtenstein, the brains behind the band, the song "is about people and places that appear in your life — perhaps briefly, perhaps enduring — and impact your worldview in a way you don't always realize in the moment."
Jess Weimer | "Glass Tower"
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jess Weimer pairs brooding vocals and pulsing rock n' roll in her latest single, "Glass Tower." If the Black Keys ever decide they need a new member, Weimer has our vote..
CAPPA | "Sux"
CAPPA's sugar-sweet vocals and funky beats combine to create a catchy single, perfect for your next party.
A Fragile Tomorrow | Generation Loss
A Fragile Tomorrow - Generation Loss (Official Video) youtu.be
No, it's not 2001. Indie pop-punk group A Fragile Tomorrow cements themselves in the present with the video for "Generation Loss," an anthem for in-debt, disaffected twenty-somethings.
Indiana | I Like Drinking
I Like Drinking (Official Video) www.youtube.com
UK pop princess Indiana introduces a track dedicated to, well, drinking. "I was drinking heavily at the time of writing it and didn't give a fuck what people thought," she said. "I genuinely like drinking."
Lizanne Knott, Jesse Terry, Michael Logen | Sunset Avenue Sessions
Distant Cousins | Next of Kin
Chase McBride | Pink Lemonade
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Chase McBride returns with a new EP, complete with his signature blend of dreamy folk and heartfelt lyrics.
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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Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."