Part Cub, part Helium, Richmond, Virginia band Positive No evoke mid-1990s indie rock beautifully on their debut album Glossa, which came out earlier this summer. Their music is already plenty charming, but their whimsical new video for the song “Weird Hugs” makes it all impossible to dislike.
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It tends to be the norm that, when recreating the life of a legend in biopic form, the rendering comes out all wrong. This is not exactly the case with 1994’s Madonna: Innocence Lost, a TV movie that aired on Fox and emphasized the early beginnings of the singer’s (portrayed by Terumi Matthews) career. Its largely accurate, if not highly stylized, interpretation of Madonna’s hand-to-mouth existence as a ragamuffin of the downtown New York scene from 1980 to 1983 possesses the sort of terribleness you would expect of a TV movie—but it’s the kind of trash diet that leaves you feeling fulfilled, somehow.
In addition to being a singer-songwriter, Nesta! (exclamation point intentional) is a wellness coach, surfer, entrepreneur, and creator of the Let Love Rule Animal Rescue in Santa Monica, California. She’s so busy being a cool renaissance woman that you’d think that’d be enough, but you can add EDM artist to her list of accomplishments as well, as she’s set to release her new album Surrender on 6 October.
Taking their name from the Finnish word for “for a long time”, Ukraine-based band Kauan will be releasing their sixth album Sorni Nai on 20 October. I have no idea why a Russian band is singing in Finnish, but Sorni Nai has a great little story behind it. A sprawling 52-minute doom/folk/post-metal piece, it’s a retelling of the Djatlov Pass Incident of 1959, in which nine Soviet hikers died mysteriously in the Ural mountains.
If you want to play Metal Gear Solid V stealthily, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the dirt. Of course, sometimes you’ll mix it up and get up close and personal with mud, grass, or concrete, but the point is that avoiding detection requires you to emulate Snake’s animal namesake. It makes for a slow, methodical experience that forces you to pay attention to the game’s intricate mechanics and the subtleties of its open world.