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Blood Cultures Release Magnetic Video "Broadcasting"

The mysterious New Jersey indie-electronica outfit pairs a vibrant and arresting music video with a cut from their latest album, Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs.

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In the wake of their 2019 LP Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs, the New Jersey psych-pop group Blood Cultures has released their new video for "Broadcasting."

"Broadcasting" sounds massive in its electronic scope, melding distorted industrial indie-pop with the band's anxious lyrics. "When this ends the way you know it will / with a bang, will you be laughing still?" Blood Cultures asks in a far away falsetto, crafting a vibrant yet troubled sonic narrative to challenge the listener. The video, directed by Saleem Barbados, embraces that same kind of high-strung juxtaposition, featuring Bharatanatyam dancer Anjali Mehta as her evocative choreography plays out against the harsh squat buildings and corrugated metal of Brooklyn.

"I was raised in New Jersey, after my parents immigrated from Pakistan," Blood Cultures says of the track. "Growing up with one culture inside your home, and another one at school, in your community, and in media is a hard thing to navigate in terms of understanding who you are and where you belong, if anywhere. The struggle for identity is almost a guarantee for any first-generation-American, but when we present those struggles with pride, it becomes a lot easier to see that we're not alone in facing them; that these feelings are universal." Mehta's embodiment of the explorations in "Broadcasting" feels beautifully vital, deepening the song's questions of belonging and isolation in a magnetic visual dialogue.

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Ali Caldwell is the kind of singer who's so much more than a great voice. Sure, she has beautiful vocals and a great range, but she's also deeply introspective, fully understanding her position as a representative voice and inspiration for young black women. Her lyrics explore self-love, relationships, and empowerment in ways that are relatable to her listeners, allowing them to fully connect with her music.

The New Jersey-born singer got her start in Xhale, a three-person R&B group which opened for Boyz II Men. But it wasn't until season 11 of The Voice that Caldwell came to prominence as a solo artist. Coached by Miley Cyrus and widely considered a frontrunner for the duration of the competition, Caldwell ultimately finished as a semi-finalist after giving stunning performances of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and Rihanna's "Sledgehammer." She released her first commercial single, "To Be Loved," in 2018 and, coming off a recent stint on The Four: Battle For Stardom, was inspired to write her new song as a means of self-love and acceptance.

Caldwell dropped by to talk with Popdust's own Deascent about the importance of her family's support for her music career, female empowerment, and what it's like being a role model for young women.

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Caldwell performed an impressive rendition of her new song "Colors," an upbeat anthem about letting yourself experience life to its fullest instead of limiting your view to black and white. Afterwards, Caldwell showed off even more of her vocal range in "Why I Sing," a love ballad about receiving artistic inspiration through a great relationship.

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Then, Deascent forced Caldwell to contemplate the realities of eating human hair and damp tortilla chips. What sort of evil box would ask these questions, and why would anyone allow it to dwell in their office? Can anyone save us from the magic box, or do the questions it forces us to ask fall on deaf ears?

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Bruce Springsteen Plays with Social D at Asbury Park

The classic rock singer surprised the audience with a special set on Sunday night

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On Sunday, Sep. 30, Bruce Springsteen surprised fans with a set during Social Distortion's performance at Asbury Park's 'Sea. Hear. Now' festival.

The appearance was totally unexpected and seemingly nobody knew except Social D.

Mike Ness, a singer from the punk group, said to the audience that a guest would "sing a song or two" with them. He proceeded to ask his fans if they knew who he was talking about — and they somehow did, chanting Springsteen's name over and over again.

Springsteen joined Social D on stage in a checkered, short-sleeved shirt and played "Bad Luck," coupled with a guitar lead that wowed fans on the ground. The stage had a myriad of flashing lights in different colors that definitely stayed true to the band's name. Springsteen came alive in this environment and I think it's safe to say that this rock legend definitely has not lost his spark.

Springsteen stayed on stage for two more songs — 'Misery Loves Company' and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" with a punk rock twist. The crowd was definitely singing, some fist bumping and others just nodding along.

This isn't the first time Springsteen sang with the group — in April 2009, Ness joined The Boss for a performance at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and played "Bad Luck" and "The Rising" together. Before then, Springsteen also joined Ness in his solo group, The Mike Ness Band, in Asbury Park.

"It was one thing for Bruce to come out and play four songs with the Mike Ness Band in Asbury Park. But for me to do two songs with the E Street Band in front of his crowd, that's an entirely different thing" said Ness to the blog, Springsteen and Us. "He likes to solo on that riff [in 'Bad Luck']."

Asbury Park's two-day 'Sea. Hear. Now' festival boasted around 30 bands that included Jack Johnson, Incubus, Blondie, and many others. Festival co-founder Danny Clinch also played with his band, Tangiers Blues Band. Clinch is also involved with Springsteen as he's a rock photographer that has shot the rock star for a Variety cover — he has also directed Let's Play Two, a Pearl Jam documentary.

The festival also had a pop up art gallery and featured three stages, two of which were located on the beach.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.



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Bon Jovi is Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi fans are no longer Livin' On a Prayer, this band's on their way to Cleveland!

No high school dance I attended was ever complete without a group dance-a-long to "Livin' On a Prayer," where everyone sang along to every lyric almost thirty years after the song was released.

The longevity of Bon Jovi, the little rock band that could from New Jersey, speaks for itself. Now, their work is being rewarded with a long-awaited inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. They'll be joined in their inaugural class by the Moody Blues, the Cars, and Nina Simone. They're also the only artists who started their group in the 1970s in this years bunch.

Bon Jovi rose to fame in the 1980s with the release of their 1986 album, Slippery When Wet, which went on to achieve global attention with singles like "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "Livin' On a Prayer," which I mentioned before. A record that earns its name from a visit to a Vancouver strip club went on to take these guys from a bunch of dudes from New Jersey to legitimate rock stars across the globe.

While the band was not always critically acclaimed, usually getting more attention for their clothing and hair choices than for their rock music, but their impact remained. In their hay-day, they became the first band to be officially and legally sanctioned by the Soviet Union, yet their album was the first to be legally released in the U.S.S.R. They acoustic concerts performances have also been attributed to greatly influencing the creation of MTV's Unplugged TV program.

These rockers were never without controversy, but whatever trouble they caused, their fans never stopped swooning for their songs exploring love, life, and the average American plight of decoding it all. No wonder high schoolers are still dancing to these tracks. Our problems haven't changed that much.

The band reacted to the news of social media after finding out, excited for the much deserved accomplishment. Sure sounds like a great early holiday present for these guys. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi even shared a video with fans. See some of the band's tweets below!

Congratulations to Bon Jovi, and thanks once again for all of the hits, all of the heartstring pulled, and most importantly, all of the hair our parents so greatly admired. Here's to hoping it will be broken out with some animal print clothing when they perform at the ceremony this spring!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will take place April 14th, 2018 at Cleveland's public hall.

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The Dead Flowers Come Alive at The Bowery Electric

New Jersey natives The Dead Flowers, bring old school rock and roll to the East Village on their first trip to New York.

In August of 2014, John Di Nunzio (drums) got a job at a liquor store. It was here, stocking shelves and selling booze to South Jersey housewives, that he was introduced to Zachary Tyler (guitar). In a meeting that can only be described as kismet, the two quickly bonded over a love of The Rolling Stones and as summer came to a close, decided to start a band. In the following weeks, Tyler returned to Rutgers University for the fall semester and enlisted Mike Parry (vocals) and Matt Szkaradnik (bass). By January, the band was ready to record. Parry and Szkaradnik actually met Di Nunzio, the only member not attending Rutgers, during their first recording session.

In the years since their formation, The Dead Flowers, named after the famous Rolling Stones' song, have played shows in every basement in the New Brunswick area. They've established a residency at Kelly's Korner, a dive bar in their neighborhood and have also played live on Philadelphia's Radio 104.5. They're currently in the semi-finals of the Stone Pony's Rock to The Top contest.

The Dead Flowers never play the same set list twice. The songs are selected 20 minutes before the show, huddled around a phone, this time in the back of The Bowery Electric passing around beers from guitarist Tyler's backpack. This is the first time the band, originally from New Brunswick, has played in New York City. After a flurry of rhythmically ambivalent cymbal crashes and misplayed notes from the openers followed by tepid applause from the audience, The Dead Flowers took the stage.

From the onset, the room wasn't sure how to respond to the group's in-your-face, classic rock inspired style. Bassist Szkaradnik's crowd work and Tyler's wailing solos were a far cry from the mumbling apathy infecting much of today's indie scene. While a few rock n' roll enthusiasts stepped forward from the timorous mass gathered at the bar, the majority of the people there didn't seem to understand what they were watching. Tyler, donning reflective sunglasses and an oversized tie, was jumping on speakers and playing behind his back. The entire band was ear shatteringly loud and the songs bled into one another with an uncompromising energy. The entire spectacle was a flailing, thrashing mess, completely devoid of self-consciousness. In short, it was rock n' roll, a throwback to an era of music unencumbered by irony.

That being said, The Dead Flowers don't rely on volume and gimmicks. These aren't a bunch of noisemakers that can't play their instruments. Di Nunzio and Szkaradnik were rhythmically locked in on drum and bass and Parry didn't miss a note. Every song was remarkably clean and punctuated by one of Tyler's incredible solos. While many bands would have let the crowd's lack of energy bring them down, The Dead Flowers kept playing harder and harder, continually extending the olive branch as if to say, 'hey, it's okay to scream along. Stop thinking so much.' Eventually, as the band played their most recently recorded song, Roses in the Road the audience's white-knuckle grip loosened and they let themselves slip, screaming along with the outro. As the performance came to a close, the crowd burst into applause.

Before the show, when I asked about the band's goals, Tyler responded, "it's all about having a good time", Szkaradnik adding jokingly "We're not making much money right now, might as well have a good time." The Dead Flowers are simple. There's no grandiose artistic or aesthetic aim. The point is for the audience to enjoy themselves and The Dead Flowers deliver, following a time-honored rock n' roll edict: play every show like you're in an arena. If they keep doing what they're doing, eventually they might find themselves in one.


Left to Right: Parry, Di Nunzio, Szkaradnik, Tyler

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But, not to the point they might be compelled to go out and gargle someone’s soft serve sphincter spear.

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Anyway, forget that atrocity—a New Jersey teen, known simply as T.T., claims watching just good old-fashioned Debbie Does Dallas style porn, turned him into a sexual predator.

T.T. alleges that he was so traumatized by viewing the porn (TWO YEARS PREVIOUSLY) that it led to him molesting a woman, as she was entering a gym with her three kids, in April, 2013.

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The state appellate court was not buying T.T.’s porno defense though.

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And, If humpty wasn’t younger than 18 at the time of the assault, he would have been found guilty of fourth-degree sexual contact and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, judges on the appellate panel wrote.

But, because he was a minor at the time of the offense, he was ruled a delinquent in the incident.

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According to court documents, T.T. snuck up behind the unsuspecting woman, grabbed her lady parts with both hands and started "humping" her.

During police questioning, T.T. came clean.....ish.

He admitted to grabbing the woman near her stomach and rubbing himself against her behind.

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He also claimed that seeing the woman had triggered a memory of the porn film.

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According to the court documents, the victim’s two youngest children, age 7 and 4, froze, while her heroic 9-year-old sprang into action, yelling, “get off my mom!” Before chasing after the fleeing T.T.

At a hearing before a family court judge, the woman identified T.T. as her attacker and said one of her children is now afraid of anyone wearing a hoodie—presumably not the bad-ass 9-year-old vigilante though.

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The woman went on to testify that all of her children now refuse to go anywhere near the gym where the attack occurred.

And, it turns out that the woman wasn’t T.T.’s only victim.

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He had also been charged with attacking women in two other incidents around the same time, in nearby Manville, N.J.

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One attack occurred outside of a drugstore in March, 2013. According to the court documents, T.T. grabbed the back pocket of a woman in the parking lot but then fled when she screamed.

Then, in June 2013, T.T. was accused of attacking a third woman, by grabbing her around the waist and rubbing up against her as she walked along a pedestrian tunnel.

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T.T. was placed on three years probation and ordered to enter a residential program for teenagers who had committed sexual offenses, a program that "he desperately needed," the justices wrote.

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He was also ordered to register under the state's Megan's Law because of the charge of endangering the welfare of a child.