Ever Given Suez Canal

Remember when the Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal, holding up global shipping channels and resisting every attempt to free it until it was gently lifted out of its predicament by the moon?

Well, everyone's favorite giant green problem child is stuck again, albeit in a different kind of hostage situation. Yes, the Ever Given has been seized by Egypt, which is demanding $900 million in compensation — essentially the world's most expensive parking ticket.

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BIIANCO

Scott Fleishman

Indie artist BIIANCO truly went above and beyond for her latest release, which is accompanied by nothing less than an interactive video game.

For her brooding new single "that's what friends are for," the LA-based, Queens-born artist and producer was inspired by R. L. Stine's "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style Give Yourself Goosebumps books to create her own multi-scenario music video adventure.

The video starts innocuously enough, following the artist on a motorcycle speeding towards a friend's house. Then, as she enters, the camera pans back to reveal a zombie lurking in the bushes.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Today, we lost Prince Philip at age 99.

The stoic Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth for 74 years, giving her four children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, and playing an integral role in shaping the British monarchy for generations to come.

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Kurt Cobain

CNN

An artificial intelligence software called Google Magenta has composed a collection of songs by iconic artists who passed away too soon.

Featuring "new" songs by artists including Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and others who died at the age of 27, the digitally engineered group of songs was released on April 5th as part of an album called Drowned in the Sun – Lost Tapes of the 27 Club.

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The amount of new music out there is truly overwhelming, but Popdust is here for you.

Between our indie roundups, music premieres, and interview series, we try to keep you abreast of the best of the music world. Our new series, "Ones to Watch," seeks to continue that mission. This series will highlight an eclectic mix of some of the best new underground releases to come out each week, featuring some of the most fascinating and raw talent on the airwaves.

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esperanza spalding

NPR

From winning Best New Artist at the Grammys in 2011 to developing a virtuosic form of jazz, Esperanza Spalding has constantly broken boundaries with her art. She has achieved excellence with her work time and time again, and yet she's never allowed her creativity to remain in a box for even a moment.

Her new project, "Songwrights Apothecary Lab," feels like a natural next step for an artist whose music is an endlessly giving life force in and of itself.

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