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Bill Burr Steals The Show: "The Mandalorian" Season 2, Episode 7

The Mandalorian, "Chapter 15: The Believer" (written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa) premiered Friday, December 11th on Disney Plus

With only one more episode remaining in Season 2, fans will likely be disappointed that Chapter 15 barely hits 32 minutes, excluding credits. And let's be honest, not a lot happened. "The Believer" did however unexpectedly treat us to what is probably the best dramatic performance of the series: Bill Burr (returning) as Migs Mayfeld.

Let's talk Mayfeld and breakdown the best and worst moments of The Mandalorian, Season 2, Episode 7.

Warning: this review contains spoilers.

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"Chapter 12: The Siege" premiered Friday, November 20 on Disney+.

Before getting into spoilers, let's discuss the episode's set up. Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian, and Baby Yoda are en route to the forest planet of Corvus to find Ahsoka Tano. Their ship remains badly damaged from the events of the previous two episodes, so they decide to take a detour for repairs. Okay, it's spoiler time!

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Uncut Gems is the most uncomfortable, stress-inducing film I've maybe ever seen, and it's really, really good.

I had no preconceived notions about this film going in, except it's "supposed to be good" and stars Adam Sandler. It was an odd choice for my dad to want to see it, given he generally hates Sandler's movies. Luckily for him, the former SNL cast member's portrayal of Howard "Howie" Ratner is unlike anything audiences have ever seen him do before. It's not surprising that there is already Oscar buzz surrounding his performance.

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No More Politics for Kanye

His "eyes are now wide open" and he's staying out of politics…at least until his next tweet.

Kanye West has decided it's time to hang up his "Make America Great Again" cap.

He has declared he's "distancing" himself from (most) things politics and getting back to being creative. Trump must be miffed since mid-terms are right around the corner.

Taking to Twitter (where else?), West went on a bit of a tirade as he came to the conclusion that he has "been used to spread messages" he doesn't believe in. Used by whom? That's up for debate.

But what about West's ideas about changing up the constitution by "abolishing the 13th amendment? He came back to claim he meant to suggest amending it, but perhaps West's confusion and lack of political perspective are the reasons he decided politics are not his strong suit.

Naturally, Trump thought he hit the jackpot when he found a staunch supporter in West. Standing up for the president's platform, laughing and lunching in the White House, and orating in the Oval Office was just what Trump needed from a guy as popular as West. In Trump's (and West's) world, any publicity is considered a plus, so the Trump-West bromance was a match made in 'how-did-we-get-here?' heaven.


Now that West has stirred up social media with his promise/threat to cease chiming in on politics, what happens to his role in the Blexit movement? The clothing he created for the campaign is already out there, but we probably won't be seeing it on runways next Fashion Week. He tweeted:

So, West has seen the light. "West for President" won't be in the cards but maybe a new album will come out of this. He thanked his loved ones for supporting him and gave a shoutout to those who serve and protect the U.S.A. But does he still support Trump? For West's sake, he'd better stay on the tweeter-in-chief's good side, otherwise we know a public put-down will be posted at 2 AM.

Good luck Kanye. Politics isn't for everyone.

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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Marisa Maino Evokes the 80s in "Ever Young"

The young singer adds a nostalgic twist to pop music in her new single.

Marisa Maino seems like she tried a little bit of everything before she moved in to pop music.

From ballet to acting to jazz music, Maino has constantly fought against industries' conventions in order to act on her own creativity. Now she creates work that speaks to her own experiences, reflects her quirky personality, and generally wins over crowds pretty quickly. Previous singles " Hot" and "Boy Toy" have balanced odd yet compelling lyrics with a throwback musical aesthetic. Her latest single "Ever Young" continues her signature style with a retro-lab 80s Miami feel.

The song begins with a plucked, ethereal electric guitar that gives way to a synth beat. Musically. it's straightforward and uncluttered, as if saying, "You now this sound, and you know what to do with it." The reverb is drawn out, and the driving beat feels like streetlights going past a car window. Maino's voice is a simultaneous plea for youth and the ability to transcend it, even as she knows that it can't be done.

Maino is showing off all her good sides here. You listen to this, and it has all the familiarity you want from a pop-song with its own edge. Its lyrical content has more depth and complexity than a typical dance floor track, toying with philosophical issues that transcend pop song clichés. Vocally, she's on point, evoking a tribute to 80s neon divas while her own unique sound remains palpable throughout.

In short, "Ever Young" is a track that can drive you to the dance floor when it's not pumping up your time in the gym. We've covered Marisa Maino before and look forward to her next nostalgic twist on pop music.

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Thomas Burns Scully is a Popdust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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RÜFÜS DU SOL Releases Third Full-Length Album

The live-electronic trio released 'SOLACE' under their newly-launched imprint, Rose Avenue and Reprise Records

Globally renowned, live-electronic trio Rüfüs Du Sol has released their third full-length LP, 'Solace' from their newly-launched Rose Avenue imprint and Reprise Records today.

Equal parts rock n'roll temperament and ethereal electronic soundscape, the album shepherds the band into a new realm of sonic exploration. They haven't lost the anthemic qualities that propelled them to become one of electronic music's juggernauts, but from the outset, 'Solace' is their darkest and most introspective work to date.

The release comes as the band embarks on a US tour that includes sold-out shows at LA's Shrine Expo Hall and New York's Terminal 5, as well as a Halloween performance at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center. They'll also stop by Emo's in Austin, The Van Buren in Phoenix, and The Fillmore in Denver, and Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orlean's before heading to Europe, Australia, and Mexico.

Official video for 'No Place'

Tyrone Lyndvist's cry for help on 'Underwater' is visceral, but its urgency will still make packed crowds dance:

Help me out before I die
Save me now before I give up
Help me out before I drown
'Cause I just need some some space

It's this duality that makes this record so fascinating and captivating. Rüfüs Du Sol has managed to make an album full of kinetic energy and dance floor appeal, and packed it full of pain.

A sense of place has always been a crux of the Rüfüs Du Sol songwriting process. Their debut album was recorded on Australia's idyllic east coast, and their sophomore 'Bloom' was produced in Berlin. These environments imbue each record with a certain flavor, and 'Solace,' written and recorded in Venice, California, is no different. But it was not Hollywood glitz that manifested itself into 'Solace,' but rather the darker underbelly of Los Angeles and the barren-but-beautiful spaces of the desert.

'Solace' features a singular fusion of analogue sound design and emotional songwriting that has earned early support from industry titans like Pete Tong and Zane Lowe. In September, they were named Mixmag's "Cover Stars" and recently performed on KCRW's Morning Become Eclectic:

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