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Cotton Style House – Holiday Edition

Warm weather is just about out, and cold weather is on its way in, so stir up some hot chocolate and grab a warm blanket and your favorite movie because Cotton Incorporated is here to help.

Cotton Incorporated announced the launch of its limited-time holiday shop Monday. It is called Cotton Style House – Holiday Edition and is available exclusively on Amazon.

From now until the end of the calendar year, a variety of cotton apparel, gifting and home items are available, all curated by world-renowned celebrity stylist Irma Martínez.

Using virtual programming and a goal to connect all communities and cultures, the collection aims to bring people together at a time during which togetherness has come in short supply.

You can see actress Debby Ryan and influencer Daniela Ramirez and her husband in their favorite styles by clicking right here. You can also see the entire collection and find the right pieces for your taste.

Marissa Barlin, director of brand partnerships for Cotton Incorporated, said The Cotton Style House is celebrating the holiday season with chic, cotton-rich styles to provide both comfort and joy.

“The collections speak to how consumers anticipate celebrating the season with a focus on personal panache or creating a cozy home,” Barlin said.

With brands like Mara Hoffman, Levi’s, Calvin Klein and STAUD, the collection shows the versatility and comfort of cotton.

Ryan Clark, Gregory Dava, Coco Bassey and Jill Wallace also joined to show off their favorite cotton styles and trendy designs that they’ll be sporting this holiday season.

Each creator worked alongside Cotton Incorporated and Irma Martínez to create unique looks that represent their styles and personalities, and now they’re offering everybody a chance to join in the fun.

To shop the whole collection, you can click right here.

You can also follow Debby Ryan, Jill Wallace, Ryan Clark, Patrick Van Negri, Daniela Ramirez and Gregory Dava on Instagram.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, COVID-19

Annual (RED) Shopathon Lights Up Today

The sixth annual (RED) Shopathon lights up today ahead of World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Offering more than 200 stylish and giftable products that give back with every purchase, the campaign is supported by Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada) and will see (RED) generate money for the Global Fund to fight two pandemics: AIDS and COVID-19.

THE ALL-NEW (echo)RED AND OVER 170+ (RED) PRODUCTS ON AMAZON.COM/RED:

For the fourth year, (RED) is partnering with Amazon to give customers a single destination to shop more than 170 products that give back, spanning tech, health & wellness, kitchen & home, and more.

New for 2020 is the next-generation, limited-edition (echo)RED, featuring an all-new sleek spherical design, premium sound, and smart home hub support for Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Amazon Sidewalk. Amazon will donate $10 of every (echo)RED sale to the Fund for the Global Fund to support COVID-19 response and HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Customers can also donate to (RED)’s fight against these two pandemics on any Alexa-enabled device by simply saying, “Alexa, donate to (RED).” With all products available at amazon.com/red, shoppers can put impact into every purchase. The limited-edition (echo)RED is available starting today for only $99.99 (amazon.com/echored).

(RED) LAUNCHES ITS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL POP-UP SHOP ON SNAPCHAT:

(RED) is launching its first-ever immersive pop-up shop on Snapchat. Using Snapchat’s AR technology, users can now browse and buy Amazon.com/RED products directly from their mobile app, and support (RED)’s fight against AIDS and COVID-19. The lens, supported by Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), is live worldwide today and accessible throughout the duration of the campaign. Snap, shop, and save lives by going to this link.

Lil Wayne illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

LIL WAYNE DROPS “NFL” MUSIC VIDEO

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne drops the fast-paced music video for his latest single “NFL.” The video features Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby and was released via Young Money Records/Republic Records. Scenes from the “NFL” music video are also featured in Amazon Prime Video’s new live sports promo.
Lil Wayne has also curated his own playlist for Amazon Music titled “Handpicked with Lil Wayne: Songs for Game Day,” featuring 28 songs including a mix of his own music as well as music from Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby, and others. To listen to “Handpicked with Lil Wayne” on Amazon Music, ask you Alexa, “Alexa, play Handpicked with Lil Wayne.” You can also head over to Amazon Music. Be sure to follow Prime Video’s @SportsOnPrime Twitter and Instagram feed for additional exclusive Lil Wayne content.
The “NFL” music video follows the release of the highly anticipated Tha Carter V Deluxe Edition. The 33-song album includes new contributions from Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane and Post Malone. Wayne has been on a hot-streak in 2020 – releasing his fifth No. 1 album Funeral, as well as releasing fan-favorite projects on digital streaming platforms, including Free Weezy Album (FWA) and No Ceilings mixtape.
Wayne also showcased his undeniable talent as a host with the launch of the highly successful- Young Money Radio – on Apple Music, which featured an all-star lineup of guests including Dr. Dre, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart and many more.
Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture.
By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time, tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the BillboardHot 100, logging a staggering 109 entries.
With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history.Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5.
This bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length album, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

Lewis Brice – Young

Brice Releases New Single Following Streaming Success of “It’s You” Which has Amassed More Than
11 Million Streams and Counting

“Over a banjo laced melody accented by a funky beat” (The Boot / Angela Stefano) Lewis Brice brings the nostalgia with his new single “Young,” available today. The single, which premiered exclusively on The Boot, was co-written by Brice with Rozes and Joshua Logan Tangney and co-produced by Brice with his brother Lee Brice and Ben Simonetti. This is the first release since Brice’s single “It’s You,” which has become a streaming sensation, garnering more than 11 million streams since its release earlier this year.

With lyrics that take you right back to your youth, listeners will want a front seat to Brice’s sentimental trip down memory lane in “Young.”

First kiss and firefly wishin’, Downpour rain that never missed us. Rope swing and backflippin’, Skinny-dippin’, Whiskey sippin’

“Young is a song that takes you back to when you were still figuring it out, where mistakes and memories were made that last a lifetime,” Brice tells The Boot. “I know looking back on when I was a lil’ younger always brings a smile to my face.”

Brice’s previous single “It’s You” has seen tremendous streaming success, amassing more than 11 million streams and has been added to key country and all-genre playlists, most recently Amazon’s Country Heat. Additionally, the single has spent four weeks on the Spotify Daily Viral 50 Charts and three weeks on the Spotify Weekly Viral 50 Charts, garnering around 870k streams weekly across all streaming services. The “perfectly romantic love song (CMT.com)” was co-written by Brice with Ben Simonetti and Niko Moon. Ben Simonetti also produced the track, which has been featured on pivotal playlists including Spotify’s Global Viral, Hot Country, US Viral, Breakout Country and New Boots, Apple Music’s Breaking Country, Pure Country Radio, Pandora’s New Country Radio playlists and many more. Fans can watch Brice perform this single and more fan favorite hits during his weekly Monday night Happy Hour, “Live with Lewis,” at 5 p.m. CST on his Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s an overview of playlists including “It’s You”:

Spotify Hot Country, Spotify New Boots, Spotify Wild Country, Spotify New Music Nashville, Spotify Next From Nashville, Spotify Breakout Country, Apple Music Soundcheck, Apple Music Country Lovin’ (Canada), Apple Music Breaking Country, Apple Music Light My Fire, Apple Pure Country Radio, Radio Disney Country Playlist, YouTube Country Paradise, Pandora New Country Radio, Spotify Global Viral 50, Spotify US Viral 50, Spotify Country Songs 2020 – Best Country Music Playlists 2020, Spotify May 2020 Monthly Country Music Hits, Spotify Country Top Tracks, Spotify Canada Viral 50, Spotify Viral, Spotify As 50 virais do mundo, Apple Country Risers, Sirius XM On the Horizon, Pandora Country Love Songs, Pandora Emerging Artists, Amazon Fresh Country

For more information and the latest news on Lewis Brice, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit LewisBrice.com.

ABOUT LEWIS BRICE:

Lewis’s debut self-titled EP, produced by himself and his brother Lee Brice, was released via Pump House Music on July 14th, 2017 to glowing reviews, landing at No. 11 on the US iTunes Country chart. Since then, Lewis has been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know” and Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Tracks from the EP were featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists, and its lead single ‘Best Ex Ever’ reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s Country Breakout radio chart. The next chapter of Lewis’s music was unveiled on November 23rd, 2018 as the first single from his forthcoming second collection of songs, titled ‘Blessed’, was introduced to the world by a special Thanksgiving acoustic performance premiere with his brother Lee Brice. With more new music on the horizon, 2020 promises to be the best year yet for Lewis Brice!

Interscope Records Release Soundtrack for Disney+ Movie – Clouds

Today, Interscope Records releases the soundtrack for the Disney+ original movie Clouds, from Director Justin Baldoni and Wayfarer Studios.  The release of the soundtrack coincides with the premiere of the movie on Disney+ and includes renforshort’s recently released song “afterthoughts,” the title track performed by stars of the movie Sabrina Carpenter and Fin Argus, the lead single “Wild Life” by OneRepublic, along with songs from the real Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown who inspired the story for the movie. The Clouds Soundtrack is available now at all digital retail providers. See full track listing below.

Clouds Soundtrack Track Listing:

  1. Galaxies – Isabella Richardson
  2. Sexy And I Know It – Fin Argus
  3. Blueberries – Sabrina Carpenter
  4. Clouds – Fin Argus & Sabrina Carpenter
  5. afterthoughts – renforshort
  6. Fix Me Up – Fin Argus & Sabrina Carpenter
  7. My Little Dancer – Fin Argus
  8. How To Go To Confession – Sabrina Carpenter
  9. Clouds Score Suite – Brian Tyler
  10. Purple Pink – Sammy Brown
  11. Star Hopping (Film Version) – A Firm Handshake
  12. Ames (Film Version) – A Firm Handshake
  13. Sandcastles (Film Version) – A Firm Handshake
  14. Wild Life – OneRepublic

In addition to the release of Clouds and the soundtrack, the music video for OneRepublic’s “Wild Life” is out now. The video, directed by Christian Lamb and produced by Black Dog Films, was shot on location at Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rainforest in Washington State and includes scenes from the Disney+ original movie.

Click HERE to watch.

Inspired by an incredible true story, Clouds is a poignant and beautiful look at the heartbreaking duality of life and a testament to what can happen when you start to live as if each day might be your last. Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) is a seventeen-year-old, fun-loving student with raw musical talent living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At the start of his senior year, he is ready to take on the world, however when he receives the news that the disease has spread, he and his best friend and songwriting partner, Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), decide to spend Zach’s limited time following their dreams. With the help of Zach’s mentor and teacher, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal. Along with the support of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman) and his parents, Rob and Laura (Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell); Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey about friendship, love and the power of music. Clouds debuts exclusively on Disney+ today.

ABOUT DISNEY+:

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

ABOUT WAYFARER STUDIOS:

Wayfarer Studios, forged by a partnership between Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz (4S Bay/Paylocity), is a purpose-driven creative and financial engine focused on radically sincere film and television content that is platform and genre agnostic. Wayfarer Studios was founded with the mission to develop and finance projects that can serve as true agents for social change, and which can eradicate the negative “isms” from our world. The studio aims “to disrupt for good” by empowering and protecting creators with fresh voices, championing content that speaks to the human spirit, challenging the status quo and embracing our diverse global community. Wayfarer Studios currently has multiple television and feature film projects in active development.

TO BUY OR STREAM THE CLOUDS SOUNDTRACK:

Retail | Amazon | Apple Music | Google | Pandora | Spotify | YouTube Music

Queen × Adam Lambert

The legacy of Freddie Mercury, the late singer of the band Queen, has been able to live on for the past decade as Adam Lambert took over the vocals of the band.

Following the parting of former stand in singer in 2009, Paul Rodgers, the band was looking for someone who could embody all that Freddie Mercury stood for as well as bring power and strength with their vocals. This happened to be the same year that Adam Lambert auditioned for American Idol, choosing to sing the band’s hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody” for it. 

Lambert, however, did not win the show’s eighth season but instead was second runner up. But it seems he won a greater prize: an opportunity to sing for Queen.

Throughout the season, the original guitarist of the band had become aware of Lambert’s rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and knew he was a top contender. Lambert was then asked to step in and become the lead singer of Queen.

Following this, the band went on tour in 2014 and have held concerts all around the world. Over the last decade, Queen has continued touring, releasing albums, and even debuted a documentary in 2019 entitled The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story

Most recently, the band gained their first number one album in the U.K. in 25 years with “Live Around the World” which featured live music and highlights from the last decade of the bands’ tour with Lambert. This is also Lambert’s first ever number one in the U.K.

Queen is no stranger to winning titles and setting records in the music world. Almost 45 years ago did they achieve their first number one album, A Night at the Opera, and the band’s resilience has not wavered.

Amazon hosted a live Q&A on October 14 with Lambert, in correlation to the company’s music streaming service, to give fans a way to get to know the Queen singer a little better and answer some questions fans were curious about.

With Lambert leading the way, and with original guitarist and drummer, Brian May and Roger Taylor, the band has been able to keep Queen’s legacy alive and give fans decades more music to enjoy.

The band has been able to do so by sharing the music the original group wrote and produced, but Brian May says they might release some new music with Lambert. According to the U.K. news outlet The Express, May revealed to them that they “have dabbled” in the studio with some original pieces.

Regardless of old or new music, it is safe to say that the band has been able to withstand the test of time. All generations of fans are able to still feel the emotion behind the lyrics Freddie Mercury sang originally, and the ones Adam Lambert embraces now.

Lil Wayne – NFL

Lil Wayne released a brand new single Monday titled “NFL,” which features Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby.

The new song is produced by Boi-1da and !llmind and will be the featured song as Amazon Prime takes over Thursday Night Football beginning this week when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Chicago Bears.

You can listen to “NFL” by clicking right here.

With the song comes a playlist for game days curated by Lil Wayne. It’s composed of 28 songs and includes his own music as well as songs from Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby and others. To hear the playlist, you can tell Alexa to, “Play Handpicked with Lil Wayne.”

Lil Wayne is coming off the release of the deluxe edition of “Tha Carter V“, a 33-song album which dropped Sept. 25. The album includes features from artists like Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and more. He also released a brand new album in Jan. titled “Funeral.”

He recently hosted the highly-successful show “Young Money Radio” on Apple Music, which can be seen by clicking right here. Guests on the show included Dr. Dre, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart and more. You can see the show by clicking right here.

Lil Wayne is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner. He founded Young Money Entertainment and is widely recognized, not just as a rapper, but as an author, a skater and a philanthropist.

With 15 million album sales and 37 million digital track sales in the United States alone, he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. His 2008 album “Tha Carter III” went triple platinum and won three GRAMMY Awards. He followed it up in 2011 with “Tha Carter IV,” which went double platinum. Both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

He still owns and operates Young Money Entertainment, the label credited with the explosive careers of Drake and Nicki Minaj.

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Leopara Lighting System

Achieving the perfect lighting, especially on the go, can present its challenges. We’ve all been faced with such a dilemma: dingy lighting in a hotel room bathroom, making makeup or shaving nearly impossible. Or even just brightening up a space during travel for a quick touch up in the car. Luckily, a new product from Leopara solves these issues. Their patented technology features a 360° makeup lighting system that is compact, portable, and delivers bright, gorgeous lighting through wireless GlamPanels that attach and detach to any mirror.

The Leopara Lighting System comes with numerous impressive features, making it the perfect purchase for applying make-up flawlessly, or achieving the perfect shave. The four mirror-mountable LED GlamPanels illuminate even the darkest space as they are engineered with 5000k Daylight White LEDS that mimic natural light. This effort towards natural light provides the ideal color temperature for grooming, avoiding the troublesome overly white or yellow lights often present when traveling. Compact, wireless, and mirror-mountable, the easily portable Leopara Lighting System can travel mirror to mirror, car to house, on the plane, to your hotel, and anywhere else you need to go! It fits right into any bag in its custom case along with a 4-in-1 USB charging cord. Cases come in three colors: Onyx Chrome, Electric Pink, and Leopard Lux.

Crafted from a matte black, high-quality aluminum with a polycarbonate lens, the Leonara is lightweight, durable, sleek, and chic. To attach to any mirror, merely use the GlamPanels to create a vacuum seal. Mirrors aren’t the only option either – any non-porous surface will work with the Leonara Lighting System including other glasses and screens, making it all the more convenient.

In 360’s experience with the product, we found the convenience to be overwhelming. For those always on the go, like 360, the convenience of having excellent lighting in a moment, anywhere, truly came in handy. It proved excellent for grooming needs while traveling. Not only that, but it also became useful in unexpected ways. For those taking pictures on the go, achieving the perfect lighting in content can be challenging. Yet with the Leopara lighting system, pictures are suddenly illuminated by a clean, natural light. Selfies, pictures of landscape, or food pictures all benefited from being a bit more lit with Leopara just out of frame.

The Leopara Makeup Lighting System is the brainchild Rachel Vicknair, a global beauty educator, former pro dance, and film and TV talent who need a solution to a major problem she repeatedly faced when traveling: bad lighting! On her company’s aim, Vicknair states they are “on a mission to change the way the world gets glam by developing innovative tools and accessories that empower women and their beauty routines, rather than limit them.” Before founding Leopara, she worked extensively in the beauty, wellness, and biotech industries. Vicknair also advises FLIK, the Female Laboratory of Innovative Knowledge, a community for female founders and leaders to connect with apprentices in order to provide mentorship. The Leopara system is now available on Leopara.com and Amazon for purchase.

“The Tax Collector”

by Justin Lyons

2020 sure has been an interesting year for movies. We’ve missed our fair share of big releases, but here we are in September with a new film from David Ayer, a director who has seemingly taken nothing but criticism over the past half decade. Maybe some of that has been warranted, maybe some of it hasn’t, but here he stands with a new movie available for rent.

Ayer is re-teaming with Shia LaBeouf, whom he directed in one of the best performances of his career in 2014’s “Fury.” LaBeouf is past the point of only being recognized for the “Transformers” series. He’s truly one of the most gifted actors working right now, and this nice, little roll he’s found himself on since exiting Michael Bay’s billion dollar franchise has solidified him as a top tier talent.

He’s coming off a fantastic 2019 with “Honey Boy” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” so it was no surprise seeing him marketed as a co-lead in “The Tax Collector.” It was, however, a shock to see him in a supporting role in the film itself, and that’s the movie’s biggest problem.

It might be better said that the movie’s biggest problem is that none of the characters, aside from LaBeouf’s character, called Creeper, are very interesting. Each and every one is built upon a foundation that we’re familiar with, including those in other David Ayer movies. Their principles and motivations never sincerely stand out.

David, the main character played by Bobby Soto, drives around Los Angeles collecting a percentage of gang profits for his boss, a man called Wizard. He does it to protect and provide for his non-gang-affiliated family, who are in fact good. When Wizard’s ex-rival returns to town, dead set on taking over Los Angeles, David’s allegiances and strength are put to the test.

Again, we’ve seen that before, so viewing it again, in a mostly predictable manner that doesn’t make “The Tax Collector” stand out among memories of other gang movies and stories, doesn’t let it resonate. It never pushes for that emotional connection to the characters or story that I was looking for. Possibly the most unfortunate part is that there’s evidence of potential here. There is potential in these characters and in this world that makes me think there’s a decent movie in here somewhere, but it needed more time to give the characters the life and development they deserved.

The story itself also feels disjointed in an effort to develop the relationships with characters, even though those relationships don’t benefit from the sacrificing of story. Most beats, particularly toward the end of the film, seem to just happen without express purpose. There is a guiding narrative pushing David against the rival gang leader, but most events in the story don’t have the build up that I had hoped for. Things just kind of occur without any rhyme or reason. We have a character whom we’re supposed to immediately latch onto and a character whom we’re supposed to immediately hate, and none of the story beats ever allow the characters to breathe and change.

Each scene is also played at the highest possible level. Subtlety isn’t always a synonym for high quality, but constant high octane sequences never helped David’s character. Despite being a lover of action sequences, I found myself more intrigued by David’s moments with his family. He shows the struggle of balancing his roles as a protector and as a “tax collector,” but it’s never enough to round out the character.

It feels like Ayer is going through the motions, which is disappointing from a director who has obvious talent. He didn’t fall into the screenplay for “Training Day,” and he surely didn’t accidentally direct “Fury” and “End of Watch” with the skill and charisma of those films. That filmmaking talent is in there, but in going back to a story reminiscent of his earlier work, it appears he is recycling his own techniques. Even the visual look of the movie, which Ayer typically excels with, feels bland. He does pull a couple of visual tricks from his repertoire in flashbacks and high-intensity action sequences, but the flashbacks feel played out, and one specific moment of slow motion was enough to pull me out of a movie that appeared to go for gritty reality.

There are positives to take away from “The Tax Collector.” Again, Shia LaBeouf is immensely talented, and that shows in this film. Every single time he’s on-screen, it’s tough to look away. He does take a supporting role in the movie, but he steals the show right out of Bobby Soto’s hands. Some of that is due to the writing as Creeper is a far more compellingly written character than David, but LaBeouf commits so hard to every single word, and he’s an absolute blast to watch.

The scenes in which David and Creeper drive around Los Angeles, spewing mostly throwaway dialogue, are easily the most fun in the film. Creeper is the muscle of the duo, but I enjoyed his humanity. I have to credit LaBeouf because when Creeper is thinking, it’s easy to watch the wheels in his brain spin. He has these survival instincts, and he’s skilled with weapons and intimidation tactics, but he’s not a robot. He diets, meditates and wants to be included in David’s personal life.

“The Tax Collector” isn’t memorably bad. It’s just not memorable at all, and that is the most frustrating thing about the film. There is potential in the story, the characters and the story world, but it’s so easy to think of scenes that should have been cut in favor of scenes that should have been added. There’s also so much inspiration behind Creeper, but he’s not the focus of the film, which I think would have made the movie much more engaging.

There comes a certain point in the film where nothing is left to care about, and the story revisits a relationship that doesn’t feel earned. Had it spent more time developing that relationship, I might have been invested in the final act, but one short sequence and one small show of good faith wasn’t enough to make me believe that some of these characters would show the support they’re asked to show. Nevertheless, I’m happy to discuss Shia LaBeouf in a positive way. Maybe with that tattoo on his chest forever he’d be better suited in a similar role as a lead performer.

“The Tax Collector” is streaming now on Amazon.

Sameer Gadhia – Point of Origin

Sameer Gadhia, frontman for platinum selling rock band Young The Giant, is set to launch Point Of Origin, a spotlight feature highlighting hand-picked, culturally-diverse, musical discoveries in the alternative space, airing regularly on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation (ch.36), starting today.

Gadhia explains: “By its very definition, alternative music is supposed to challenge boundaries by providing new and unheard possibilities. Though the sonic landscape is diverse, the limelight has cast a vastly monochromatic field. I am living proof that this is not so, and my aim is to illuminate artists who express the truest definition of what alternative is and should be by identifying what connects us all to our shared love of music. Through this platform, I want to create opportunity for artists of color and help foster a divergent narrative for today and tomorrow’s alternative music scene.”

Hosted and curated by Gadhia, Point Of Originwill focus on one artist over a two-week period by granting heavy, on-air exposure to one song from the artist. This will also be accompanied by commentary from Gadhia on the hand-picked artist and song. The first artist to be featured is Pennsylvania-native and a Pigeons & Planes New Artist to Watch in 2020, binki, who describes his sound as “packed with equal parts riotous funk, cavalier rap, with a bratty-rock swagger.” After creating buzz across the blog circuit, touring with Benee and Still Woozy, binki’s “Sea Sick” will garner its first national radio airplay as the first featured song on Point of Origin. For more information, visit www.pointoforigin.world.

Gadhia had been called “one of the great contemporary rock voices” by The New York Times, he is the son of immigrants from Ahmadabad, India, who came to the U.S. in the 80’s shortly before he was born. Issues of culture and diversity have been something he’s ruminated on for most of his life, both consciously and subconsciously. The band’s 2016 album Home of the Strange deliberately honed in on the modern American immigrant story, a theme that was especially relevant to the quintet as they’re each from different ethnic backgrounds with most being immigrants themselves or first-generation Americans. Gadhia wrote about balancing the two very different worlds of his ethnicity and nationality in an editorial piece for Salon (read HERE), and also had an in-depth conversation with NPR’s Ailsa Chang on the topic for “Weekend Edition” (listen/see HERE).

Young the Giant is currently writing and recording music for their next album, much of which was chronicled in the band’s “Song A Day” project which sees band members sharing music clips with each other over Instagram, culminating with a completed song each Saturday. Fans can watch the process in their Instagram highlights HERE.
SiriusXM subscribers can listen to Alt Nation (ch. 36) and other channels on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices, including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora that listeners can curate themselves, and an On Demand library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/streaming to learn more.