Mondo Cozmo, Roosevelt & Tough Love Round Out Our Barbecue, Lake-Side Picks!
This 4th of July is 'bout to sizzle.
Ready to Pop is arming you with some fist-pumping anthems to turn up this holiday. With the 4th of July smack dab in the middle of the work week this year, you're gonna need some new tunes to crank while you're out on the lake, barbecuing on the deck or simply taking a road trip. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."
The Score - "Glory"
This pop-rock duo don't do it for the "Glory," per se, but a little praise and payoff isn't totally out of the question. Sticking to their classic, foot-stomping structure, this anthem gives new meaning to barn-burning. "I refuse to be another number now," the pair snarls over gleaming rock guitars and drums so alarmingly potent, you might bust an eardrum.
Slay Scale: Wig Snatched
Roosevelt - "Under the Sun"
Trembling underneath a moonlit backdrop of falling stars and the rocky mountaintops stretching out in all directions, for every eye to behold in simple grandeur, electro-pop newcomer Roosevelt charms with the icy, aerial-shot "Under the Sun." The song is primed with just enough '80s-bolstered synths, drums that just won't quit and a singular voice that penetrates your very soul.
Slay Scale: Super Chill
Mandy Jiroux - "Running Out of You"
Genres bleed over into one another, and Mandy Jiroux is simply the connective tissue, hooking the sweltering tropical strokes with the buttery R&B peppers and the glistening pop hook. Her voice quakes in enormous vibrations, and you never know if this is then or now. It pumps in your blood, and you just go with it.
Slay Scale: Shook
Mondo Cozmo - "Tonight Tonight"
Sometimes, we seek things out just to feel something, anything really. We press ourselves up against the glass, in the hope it'll crack and shatter and puncture our veins. Blues-rocker Mondo Cozmo sends up a flair of explosive magnitudes with "Tonight Tonight," a flaky but boisterous romper from his new EP, Your Motherfucker, a glorious upheaval of mid-life angst. But here, between the tightened wires of pop, rock, blues, and soul, he lets us have it. "And I just wanna feel what can never be sold / And I don't wanna die in a nuclear war," he wails. And neither do we.
Slay Scale: Shook
Tough Love - "Get Low"
Get that tongue wagging with Tough Love's new jolt of electricity in the form of "Get Low," featuring the sterling Melody Man. If twerking were still a wide-spread cultural trend, that's what you'd be doing right this second. But you can still ride each provocative and biting groove, banging and clawing for escape out on the horizon's teetering edge. "This is your final warn," they send up in a starburst of radioactive synths, spraying and splashing on our faces.
Slay Scale: Wig Snatched
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Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020.
Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.
It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made nearly 25 years ago.
Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.
Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."
Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020. Here's why: