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All the Easter Eggs in Taylor Swift's "The Man" Music Video

Swift transforms into the most manly of men for her new self-directed video.

Throughout her many years spent in the public eye, Taylor Swift has faced unimaginable scrutiny over both her professional and personal lives.

But the 30-year-old pop star is still chugging along, having released her seventh studio album, Lover, last year to generally favorable reviews. On one of the record's highlights, "The Man," Swift ponders how she might be perceived and spoken about if she were a man. To help bring that vision to life, she was made over into Tyler Swift—yes, that's really her in prosthetics—to play a macho, manspreading dude in the new music video for "The Man," which she directed herself.

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Swift is a known fan of subtle references in her material, and "The Man" comes full with a basket of Easter eggs. Here are just a few that we caught—knowing her, there are likely many more hidden in there.

Taylor of Wall Street

In the second verse, Swift sings: "I'd be just like Leo in St. Tropez." From commanding an office to being surrounded by scantily clad women on a boat, the music video draws a few visual parallels to The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio starred as infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

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Hear Fritz Hutchison's New Album "Wild Wild Acres"

Watch Fritz perform at 3PM on Popdust's livestream on Saturday, May 30th.

Fritz Hutchison just released his debut album, Wild Wild Acres.

It's the kind of album that will make you want to lounge in a hammock all day or ride a horse across the country or just drop everything and howl at the moon—it sounds like that kind of freedom. Hutchison is alternatively blunt and sincere, a trickster with a performative flair and a penchant for sunny hooks.

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Goat Girl's 'The Man' Surges With Dazzling Garage Punk Energy!

New music video for 'The Man' plays scenes from 'Hard Days Night'

Charlotte Patmore

Written by Randall Radic

South London's Goat Girl recently released a new single and accompanying music video, called "The Man." The band, made up of Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D., will drop their self-titled debut album on April 6. A classic sketch by the late great comedian Bill Hicks inspired their band name.

Goat Girl's sound marries garage punk with a stylish flavor of indie rock. The result is vaguely reminiscent of Courtney Love's band, Hole: buff, de-rezzed, punk-Mafioso music full of gravitational frisson and shindig flavors, as if something gorgeously, nastily tight is being figured out and assembled.

"The Man" opens with jangly guitars and a throbbing rhythmic pulse flowing into a punk/barn dance melody exuding embedded lozenges of opaque ground zero colors. When Ellie's grimy guitar kicks in, the tune radiates expensively savage textures bordering on full-spectrum dominance, dirty and crunchily potent.

Rather than a wailing solo, the band rides a tranquil measure punctuated by muscular guitar chords underscoring Clottie's sweetly droning voice. "I bite my lips and taste my hips," she croons, as the music mounts to the venting guitars and crushing drums of the chorus. "You're the man, you're the man for me."

Clottie's cool, nonchalant, concentrated vocals unite the song, giving it a slo-mo atomic energy that's deliciously blasé, mutinous and sensual all at the same time. It's a haughty monotone radiating supercilious flair and intense almost abstract commentary, as well as suppressed eroticism oozing out in layered sumptuous waves. In effect, her tone of indifference assumes a fascinating voluptuous power.

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The video, directed by C.C. Wade, presents a spoof of the Beatles A Hard Day's Night. The video cuts from images of the band preparing for a performance as their hotel is surrounded by hordes of worshipping male fans, desperate for just a glimpse of the band. After the performance, the band sneaks out a side door of the venue. Unfortunately our heroes are immediately spotted and chased through London by flocks of fanboys.

"The Man" is grand garage punk. The melody pulsates with intoxicating force and the rhythm groans with crazy, irresponsible ferocity. And Clottie's muttering voice imbues the music with a monomaniacally insane energy. Goat Girl has it going on!

The band will head out on the road this spring for a UK headline tour. A current itinerary is below, with U.S. touring news to be announced soon.

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