MUSIC

PREMIERE | Heartracer Releases Music Video, 'Lightning Storm'

Delectable Synth-pop Full of Galvanizing Energy.

Photo Courtesy Heartracer

Virginia's electro-synth-pop outfit Heartracer premieres "Lightning Storm" on Popdust.

Formed by two brothers, Chris and Chip Cosby, Heartracer blends retro synth, anthemic pop, and indie dance elements into radiant sonic textures atop potent rhythmic energy.

Heartracer comprises Chris Cosby (lead vocals, keyboards), Chip Cosby (guitar, vocals), Bryan Reyes (drums, percussion), and Wes Tatum (bass, keyboards, vocals). In 2012, they dropped their debut album In Flight, followed by two EPs, Summer Gold in 2014, and Eat Your Heart Out in 2016. Heartracer has shared the stage with Walk The Moon, Future Islands, Third Eye Blind, Banks, Joywave, Pvris, and Priory.



"Lightning Storm" opens with tight guitars and buffeting drums flowing into an electro-pop tune streaming with elegant colors from the synths. The rhythm, contagious and stylishly pulsating, rides the entrenched bassline, as compact bright accents from the guitars infuse the tune with electric flavors.

Pay particular attention to the punch of the kick drum, as it establishes a throbbing cadence that drives the song forward. The distant, drawling wail of Cosby's guitar with its high-metallic tones compliments the rhythm.

Chris Cosby's voice is inarguably impressive, sonorous and flowing with dreamy, delicate tones. It's one of those voices simultaneously masculine and deftly delicate, as if he's channeling secret harmonies from the Empyrean. On the chorus, the backing vocal harmonies infuse the music with supplementary hues.

"Lightning Storm" is excellent, full of colors atop an infectiously buff rhythm. Resonant synth-pop played by musicians with infectious flair.

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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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Virginia woman chooses death vote Trump Clinton conundrum—it's a tough one indeed, and we're kinda inclined to go with the first option too sometimes

A Virginia woman chose death when faced with the prospect of having to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Now, that’s what you call serious campaign fatigue.

One of the woman’s sons made the claim in the obituary for Mary Anne Alfriend, which ran in the Richmond Times Dispatch:

NOLAND, Mary Anne Alfriend. Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68.

Born in Danville, Va., Mary Anne was a graduate of Douglas Freeman High School (1966) and the University of Virginia School of Nursing (1970).

A faithful child of God, Mary Anne devoted her life to sharing the love she received from Christ with all whose lives she touched as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and nurse.

Mary Anne was predeceased by her father, Kyle T. Alfriend Jr. and Esther G. Alfriend of Richmond. She is survived by her husband, Jim; sister, Esther; and brothers, Terry (Bonnie) and Mac (Carole).

She was a mother to three sons, Jake (Stormy), Josh (Amy) and David (Katie); and she was "Grammy" to 10 beloved grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., in Henrico.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 1 p.m., with a reception to follow, also at Trinity UMC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to CARITAS,www.caritasva.org  P.O. Box 25790, Richmond, Va. 23260

The 68-year-old grandmother died Sunday, following a brave battle with lung cancer.

And, although we totally get where she’s coming from, it turns out that Mary Anne’s son was just joking.

Jim, her husband of 46-years, says the political quip was included in the obit to pay tribute to Mary Anne’s sense of humor.

He tells WTVM that the whole family is devastated by Mary Anne’s death, but hope the obit “captures her spirit and celebrates her essence.”

Jim goes on to say that “Mary Anne is smiling down from heaven laughing along” with them.

Rest in Peace Mary Anne Alfriend.

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Mississippi continues to dominate the dojo for fattest state in the U.S. for the ninth consecutive year. In a related story, Mississippi is also one of the dumbest states, with the average IQ being 94.2-that’s almost 6 points below average. In another related story, it’s also the most religious, with a whopping 61% loving the shit out of the Lord. Not surprisingly, Mississippi is also one of the most Republican states. Hmmmm....Fat, stupid, Holy and Republican. Are you seeing a theme?

West Virginia took home the silver for second fattest state, but the gold for fattest city in the country! Congratulations, Huntington! Go have a Hillbilly Hot Dog, which, incidentally, gets 5 ½ stars on TripAdvisor!

Louisiana came in third for fattest bastards in the union.

Meanwhile, Colorado maintains its title as the leanest, which is surprising when you consider how much pot they smoke. What do they eat when they get the munchies? Kale?

And, according to a new analysis by CalorieLab, Inc. Alaska got fat while Californians slimmed down. Thank you cross fit. And bulimia.

Wisconsin’s obesity rate rose a full one percent. They also have one of the lowest rates of breast-fed children in the county, which, when you consider the state’s cheese obsession, suggests they are a state bent on overcompensating.

Move over, Washington D.C., here comes something leaner. Hawaii surpassed the District of Columbia as second slimmest state, a spot D.C. had held for three years. Makes sense considering the states unofficial uniform is a lei.

In general, the coastal states rank lowest in the fattest stakes, while states in the South and the Rust Belt tend to be the fattest.