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Jenna Lotti Confronts Imposter Syndrome on “Fake ID”

"Sometimes it feels like you're in disguise and nobody knows the real you...including yourself."

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To coincide with her recent appearance on NBC's "Songland," alt-pop singer Jenna Lotti releases "Fake ID."

Jenna explains, "I wrote 'Fake ID' about my struggle with imposter syndrome as an artist. It's about separating who you were, who you are and who you want to be. Sometimes it feels like you're in disguise and nobody knows the real you...including yourself." Opening on a dark piano, "Fake ID" is adorned by Jenna's evocative voice.

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Jenna Lotti Drops an Anthem for All the "Sad Girls"

"'Sad Girls' is about giving the middle finger to your emotions...for the night."

Jenna Lotti

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"'Sad Girls' is about giving the middle finger to your emotions...for the night," explains Jenna Lotti about her new song "Sad Girls."

Born in Boston and now based in L.A., Lotti's musical career began with writing poetry as a form of self-medication, and then singing the verses to friends, who persuaded her to perform at a local open mic. Her performance blew the audience away and motivated Lotti to delve even deeper into music. She learned guitar and made YouTube videos in her bathroom.

Her sound—shaped by blues, soul, and pop elements—garnered well-deserved attention, leading to tours of the East and West Coasts, and making the move to L.A. There, she composed "Warning Signs," followed by a series of tantalizing singles, like "Hollywood" and "Deep." Right now, she's working on her self-titled EP, slated to drop later this year.



"Sad Girls" opens on creamy acapella vocals, followed by a shimmering synth. When the syncopated groove enters, the tune is rife with vulnerability, melancholic flavors, and nostalgia. Imbued with pop and hip-hop-lite textures, the melody glows with soft radiance, as Lotti's evocative tones paint a pensive picture.

"This is for all the sad girls / Living only in their own world / We can't help what we feel like / But it's gonna be alright / I'm so sick of being sad / Always worrying 'bout the things that passed."

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TV

‘The Bachelorette’ Episode 4 Recap: The Beast Jumped Out.

Could Luke P. be the Beast to Hannah's Belle? We hope not.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

At this point, no one can truly predict what's to come this season, but Luke P, resident psycho of the season, really could slither his way into Hannah's heart. Since Courtney Robertson, no villain has been so close to winning the affections of the lead.

Leaving the mansion for Newport, Rhode Island our expectations were low. Somehow, for two weeks straight, the men brought it. They've been the voice of reason, emoting exactly what Bachelor nation feels.

One-on-One: Jed is really a Jeb

Fake news floated throughout Jed's one-on-one date: Hannah filled the void of conversation with made-up facts about Boston, they ate pints of Halo Top in fifty-degree weather, and Jed claimed the Celtic's Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown are two of the best players in the NBA.

All that aside, Hannah's first verbal fumble of the season made audiences cringe, as she tried five times to remember the quotation, "taxation without representation," foreshadowing the crap to come.

Their Boston date should've been perfect: they strolled through the city, drank at Cheers!, and played basketball at TD Garden with two pros. Yet, the date felt wasted.

Most likely, Hannah could've had just as much fun with any other guy. They kissed, and then kissed some more when Jed made a hook shot. Really, Jaylen Brown stole the show.

The two Browns hit it off, with the 22-year-old offering sound advice that Hannah should choose, "somebody who's there for the rough times and the good times … somebody's who's going to accept you for your flaws and your beauty."

Cut-to the evening, where Jed admitted to Hannah he actually came on the show because he knew it was a huge platform for exposure and a great opportunity for his career. Hannah came packing with one hard-hitting question, asking, "How can you go from this is an opportunity to marriage?"

He responded, "it's beyond a show at this point."

She glowed, hearing exactly what any woman would want to hear. Dropping the issue a little too quickly, Jed received a red rose but the audience saw a red flag.

Group Date: Meat-Fest

The group dates this season have been physically demanding, featuring injuries and hard falls. Last night was no different: the men met at Fort Adams to suit up and play rugby.

What Hannah considers sexy is a man in his purest, masculine form. "Blood, sweat, and tears!" she cheered, repeatedly, in a concerning manner. She also repeatedly claimed she wanted no one to get "hurt," but really, the harder the hitting, the better and hotter for Hannah.

The convincing neanderthal, Luke P., got a little too into the game, claiming he "would do anything for Hannah." Kevin, unfortunately, dislocated his shoulder, which Hannah only kind of cared about because she only kind of cares about Kevin.

The Beast really jumped out, roaring with male energy that fueled Luke P.'s inner caveman fire. The now infamous smack-down occurred when Luke P. lifted Luke S. to flip him, throwing him to the ground and, reportedly, kneeing him in the face. Luke S., who I shall call Mousey Luke because he looks like a mouse in a suit, was pissed off, rightfully so. Luke tried to apologize, but Mousey Luke would not have it.

Hannah wasn't having it either. She called Luke out on his frustrating ways, to which he responded by lying and turning the attention towards Mousey Luke, accusing him of only being on the show to promote his tequila business. Diverting from the real problem, the rumor soon took root in Hannah's mind.

The issue gave Hannah a good reason to side with Luke since she already doesn't really like Mousey Luke. When questioned about the matter, Mousey Luke didn't respond well, irritated again by the lies and psychopathy Luke disguises as evidence.

The other men didn't take kindly to this either, especially when Luke tried to clarify what happened. In defense, Luke declared he didn't know what happened because it was all a blur. He then articulated exactly what he believed occurred, demonstrating the threat Luke poses to the group and everyone's safety. Everyone was distressed by Luke's presence, many were concerned, while others were just fed up he devoured their time with Hannah.

Instead of feeding into the drama, Garrett and Peter tried to take Hannah's mind off it by focusing on their individual relationships. The rest was noise, especially as Hannah and Peter made out, heavily, sensually on a couch.

Hannah evidently appreciated this, rewarding Garrett with the evening's rose, to the dismay of adorable Pilot Pete.

One-on-One: A Turning Point

Hannah Brown's facade was tired. She was meant to be on a date with Tyler C, but her mind was consumed by Luke.

Defying the show's format, Hannah admitted her relationship with Luke was the strongest thus far which made her question her own judgment.

Unable to plaster on her winning Alabama smile, she was up-front with Tyler C; she didn't want to be there. Instead of folding to her will, he stepped up, demonstrating exactly what Jaylen Brown told her to look for in a man, someone willing to be there for her highs and lows.

Tyler C. reassured her, saying, "I'll take whatever I can get, I want you in your highs and lows. I want to be the man on your side at the end of this and I think I can show you that today."

With another manly date in store, the two excitedly fished together. A real connection was visible on screen as he continued to cheer her up. The reality of life and the ability to be there for one another transcended the situation. There, unlike with Jed, their date went beyond the show. The way they joked with each other, being punny and funny, proved their real-life compatibility.

In the evening, Hannah posed a question to Tyler C., "Why are you really on the show?" Unexpectedly, his "big time griller, big time chiller" persona was set aside. He divulged his father almost died two months before the show, spending 25 days in the hospital with 10 in a coma. Tyler C. was reluctant to go on the show, but his father reassured him while watching The Bachelor together that Hannah's his girl.

He didn't believe it until he got out of the limo. Tyler C. recounted that for the first time in his life, he clutched his heart when he saw Hannah. Elated, she remembered that moment and through the TV, anyone could see the sparks fly. To viewers, the sky cleared and the stars aligned for them to meet.

Hannah admitted she was wary of him, believing he was a player. He smoothly retorted, "I'm here for Hannah, not the bachelorette." Tyler C. was there for the little jitters she gave him, knowing, "the world could be ours." Hannah gave Tyler C. his rightful rose, which should've been the end to a perfect date.

Instead, they celebrated with a private concert. Jake Owen had the live audience cheering and the couple kissing, giddy.

The Cocktail Party: Send The Lukes Home, Pls

The evening began with a dragged out, pointed toast about love and honesty. Thankfully, Pilot Pete swooped in to begin the evening on a soothing note. He wanted to "keep the momentum going" by sweetly asking her to be his girlfriend. The innocent, but cheeky moment was refreshing, especially when Hannah exclaimed, "Peter's my boyfriend!"

While the momentum did build, it was unfortunate because of the Luke drama. The rest of the evening could've been edited down to a two-on-one and no one would have noticed.

Mike, being the no-bs man of the season, informed Luke he's "the cause of her being unhappiest right now."

"Actually… no," Luke excused himself, failing to be accountable in the pettiest of ways.

The word psychopath was hurled at Luke, finally, to his face. Someone on production gave Luke their phone because, in the meme-able confessional, Luke read the definition of a psychopath, shoving the phone towards the camera to prove his point.

Mousey Luke attempted to redeem himself with Hannah to no avail. He tried another tactic, asking Luke to admit to Hannah he was incorrect about Mousey Luke's intentions. The male ensemble resoundingly agreed, especially Garrett who attempted to get through to Luke.

Being the psycho he must be, Luke began the conversation with, "I know this has been an emotional week… for the BOTH of us."

The awful start got worse when he bitched to Hannah that Mousey Luke told him to lie to her and say he's here for the right reasons.

Hannah obviously did not take that lightly and began the he-said-he-said merry-go-round.

When Mousey Luke discovered Luke's bullshit, he was astounded. When all was finally revealed to the group, every reaction was phenomenal. Dylan added the cherry on top, serving as the national mouthpiece, "I've never disliked someone more in my entire life."

The two Lukes stared at each other and the show cut-out to NEXT WEEK ON THE BACHELORETTE…

Safe to say the whole nation gasped.

Sports

World Series Game One: Red Sox Defeat Dodgers 8-4 in Surprising Series Opener

Eduardo Nunez's three-run blast in the seventh inning lead the Red Sox to a Game 1 win.

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A pinch hit home run by Eduardo Nunez gave Boston the boost they needed to secure a win last night in Game one of the World Series.

Both teams were ready for a battle of the bullpens as elite pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sales took their turns on the mound. The scores were tight most innings, with each team fighting to maintain narrow leads. The tension remained until a clutch three-run homer — from an unlikely hero — sealed the Sox victory.

Amazingly, the most buzzed about hit of the game didn't come from the Dodgers, stacked with a line up of statistically favored left handed power hitters. It didn't even come from the Red Sox starting lineup – the unlikely batting hero was none other than Eduardo Nunez, pinch hitting for Rafael Devers in the seventh inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox, USA - 23 Oct 2018

Before that glorious moment, the pendulum of victory was still swinging back and forth between the two teams. In the bottom of the fifth, the bases were loaded and Dodger's reliever Ryan Madson struck out Martinez, it looked like the inning was over following a ground ball hit by Xander Bogaerts. But, shockingly, Bogarts barely beat the double play relay throw and brought the go-ahead run home preceding an RBI single by Devers, which brought the score to 5-3. Boston struggled to hold on to their lead though, as Manny Machado snagged an RBI for LA in the seventh, making it a 5–4 game.

The Red Sox pushed forward and with two men on base and two outs at the bottom of the seventh inning, Nunez blasted a three-run homer off Alex Wood, widening their lead to 8-4. The Red Sox managed to keep their lead, and win the game.

Catch more of the action tonight on FOX The Dodgers and the Red Sox battle it out in Game 2 of the 2018 World Series.

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PREMIERE | Godwin Releases Atmospheric 'I Know'

Lush dream pop fused with ambient flavors.

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Boston-based singer-songwriter Godwin releases his second single, "I Know," today on Popdust.

The follow-up to his debut single, "Side," Godwin's latest release merges ambient, post-rock, and dream pop into a sublime, soulful tune accompanied by a video featuring Godwin roaming through an airfield silhouetted against the setting sun.

Godwin says, "'I Know' is about being caught in between the nostalgia of home and the vain dreams of the future."


Godwin began as a member of Valleyheart, an outfit signed to Rise Records. His stint with the band provided him with the knowledge to venture into producing, mixing, and mastering his own songs. He has opened for Colouring and Roo Panes.

"I Know" opens with synths and a pulsing beat, followed by the velvety texture of Godwin's voice, infused with cool surfaces of soul. The smooth undulations of the synths drift and flow with abstract colors, wistful and full of melancholy, regret, and hesitation. Twinkling coruscations collect into shimmering streams and swirls on the solo, filling the tune with a soft storm of suffused hues, like the soundscape of a reverie.

There's almost a devout quality to Godwin's voice, as if he's delivering a musical prayer to the universe, as if he's struggling with a mystical problem of context, something between make-believe and reality. The residual feel and lingering movement of the music make "I Know" wondrous.

Download/Stream "I Know" on Spotify.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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PREMIERE | Michelle Lewis Gets Vulnerable in 'All That's Left'

Elegant, Graceful Pop Music with Folk Tinctures

Photo Credit: Marc Blackwell

From Boston, but presently hanging out in L.A., singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis drops her third studio album October 19.

Entitled All That's Left, the album is comprised of 10-tracks that explore a vast array of emotions: mourning, regret, guilt, compassion, and the glow of love. Lewis' sound fuses pop and folk into something that's best described as "graceful pop," elegant, rhythmic music with a pop luster.


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Educated at Berklee College of Music, Lewis rarely strums her guitar, instead plucking with all five fingers. She dropped her first album, This Time Around, in 2004, that was followed by two EPs, Broken and Paris. Her second album, The Parts Of Us That Still Remain, was released in 2014. Lewis will be touring Europe and the U.S. in support of All That's Left.

Standout tracks on the album include "That's What They Say," a gorgeous soft pop tune reminiscent of Jewel and Christina Perri. Sparkling and smooth, the surfaces of the music mirror pop-lite colors. "Push On," co-written by Robby Hecht, rides a deliciously light pop melody pulsing with an undulating, alluring rhythm.

On Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark," Lewis delivers a measured, delicate rendition full of lingering hues, drifting but intensely declarative. As the song progresses, the synths swell with blooming energy, infusing the music with emotional urgency.

The song "How," is my personal favorite, a tune gleaming with tender desire. On the chorus, Lewis' voice assumes glorious sonority, like a solitary angel petitioning the Divine. It's a clear, sweet voice rife with luscious resonance.

All That's Left dazzles.

Follow Michelle Lewis Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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