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Vaughn Lowery illustration by Allison Christensen for his book Move Like Water x Be Fluid produced by 360 MAGAZINE

Move Like Water × Be Fluid

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, is set to release his first book this month. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit’s subsidized, section 8 housing to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.

This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.

The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Both Joseph and Vaughn Lowery are members of the first intercollegiate historically African American organization Alpha Phi Alpha. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others. 

In 1920, his grandmother, Agnes Christine Moore Lowery (the little girl in the blue dress, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha), came with her grandmother to become the first black to vote in Tennessee. The kids’ book, The Big Day, depicts their journey the day she voted, now available on Amazon here.

Photo of LaJUNE by Armon Hayes for 360 Magazine

Photo: Armon Hayes, Talent: LaJUNE

360 Magazine is also now selling one of a kind home goods via Chairish, a curated marketplace for the best in vintage and contemporary furniture, decor and art. Check out this piece designed by 360’s founder Vaughn Lowery.

In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.

As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.

Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives. 

The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.

Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.

Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.

Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.

Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.

Chapter 5: Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.

Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.

Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.

Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.

Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.

Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving. 

Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid, by Vaughn Lowery, is available this month exclusively on the 360 MAGAZINE’s website. 360 MAGAZINE has received numerous accolades, and has recently been featured on Dancing with the Stars. Stay in touch by following both Lowery (@vaughnlowery) and 360 (@360magazine)

Additionally Vaughn has an audio book titled, “Say Uncle: The Story of Vaughn Lowery” which loosely based on his childhood. It is available for here on Amazon Music. For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid hard jacket on Blurb.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid is available in hard copy format at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books and Target.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid audio book available on Audible.

Signed copies of Vaughn’s memoir,  Move Like Water × Be Fluid, are available in our shop.

Glastress illustration done by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

2021 U.S. Premiere of Glasstress

Some of the world’s leading contemporary artists are invited to breathe new life into centuries-old glassmaking in Venice ― maestros of glassblowing from the legendary Berengo Studio residency help artists manifest their visions.

Among the 34 artists: Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Joyce J. Scott, Jimmie Durham, Ugo Rondinone, Fiona Banner, Vik Muniz, Monica Bonvicini, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Laure Prouvost, Renate Bertlmann, Thomas Schütte, Loris Gréaud, and Erwin Wurm.

  • There is every reason this year to have a world view,” says Irvin Lippman, the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Executive Director, as South Florida boldly ushers in the new year with the national premiere of Glasstress 2021 Boca Raton.
  • Three years in the making, with 2020 being such a challenging year to coordinate an international exhibition of this size and scope, the effort serves as an important reassurance that art is an essential and enduring part of humanity.”
  • “This is also a tribute to the resilience of Venice’s surviving the floods and continuing to make art through the pandemic,” adds Irvin Lippman.

The new exhibition runs January 27 through September 5, 2021 and the Museum will feature online initiatives for virtual viewing. Watch the video here featuring interviews with some of the artists in the new exhibition. The 34 artists in this new, never before seen edition of Glasstress were all invited by Adriano Berengo to work alongside his master glass artisans at the Berengo Studio on the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon. Most of these works in glass have never been seen elsewhere, and were handpicked by Kathleen Goncharov, the Museum’s Senior Curator who traveled to Italy in 2019.

With incredible energy, the Studio has brought a new vision on how to stimulate today’s leading artists into thinking how the medium of glass can be made into dramatic and provocative works of contemporary art. Most of these artists have, during their careers, been invited to participate in the Venice Biennale. Some of the works were created during the pandemic lockdowns, with artists collaborating remotely via Zoom with their glass artisan partners after initial on-site work at the studio in Venice.

“Unlike the past and the present, what comes next for our world presents itself as constant possibility, always transforming as we move forward in time,” says Adriano Berengo. This concept of transformation has always held an affinity with glass, a medium which – as the name Glasstress suggests – exists in a state of constant tension. Life needs tension, it needs energy, and a vibrant exchange of ideas.”

The exhibition presents 34 new works that explore some of today’s pressing subjects, including human rights, climate change, racial justice, gender issues and politics. The Boca Raton Museum of Art has dedicated more than 6,500 square feet of exhibition space to this collection. A fully illustrated catalogue is also available.

The mission of Glasstress is to restore the visibility and reputation of Murano glass, after decades of closures of ancient, centuries-old glass furnaces. Instead of creating decorative objects with glass, these artists are invited to create original works, often on a massive scale. They collaborate with glass masters whose expertise has been developed over generations in Venice. Most of these artists have never worked with glass, so they unite their artistic ideas with the technical expertise of their skilled collaborators.

The results are breathtaking. The first installation visitors to the Museum will encounter is Sala Longhi by Fred Wilson. He created this series at Berengo Studio after the Biennale exhibited his work about Black residents of Venice from the Renaissance to the present. This installation features an ornate white chandelier with 29 glass panels that mirror 18th-century Venetian artist Pietro Longhi’s paintings. Instead of canvases, Wilson shows the viewer only the whites of the eyes of his Black subjects through cutouts in black reflective glass.

“We have brought Glasstress to countries around the world for ten years, seeking to expand and enliven international awareness of the variety and richness of contemporary artists using glass in their creative practices,” adds Adriano Berengo. “In the past, its place in the art world might have seemed uncertain. But now in this latest edition of Glasstress, the first after a global pandemic, one thing we know for certain: glass endures. Life is fragile, just as glass is fragile, yet in this fragility there is also strength.”

“It is in this spirit of experimentation that Glasstress Boca Raton 2021 explores the limitless potential of glassblowing. “We realize how far we have come as we approach the 60th anniversary of the American studio glass movement that launched in 1962 through the efforts of Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino,” adds Irvin Lippman. “This presentation of Glasstress is also a tribute to them.”

This show also unveils the Museum’s new acquisition for its collection, created in the Berengo Studio – Glass Big Brother, a sculpture by Song Dong, one of contemporary Chinese art’s leading figures. The large-scale ceiling installation is 11 feet long and reaches all the way to the floor. Thirty surveillance cameras are ensconced from top to bottom, looking out at all directions around the chandelier.

The installation Rosemarie’s Divorce, by Renate Bertlmann, unites aspects from Rosemarie’s Baby (1983), her multi-part installation about the ambivalent relationship between mother and child, and Discordo Ergo Sum, a field of knife-roses she exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2019. The monstrously enlarged glass pacifier is an image she has used since the mid-1970s referencing sexuality and motherhood. It is flanked by two knife-roses made of deep black glass.

The Italian artist Monica Bonvicini’s deeply psychological work addresses themes of sexuality, power, and relationships in male-oriented domains. Her visits to sadomasochist nightclubs with Gay male friends are the inspiration for Bonded. She won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 1999 Venice Biennale. DNA HAS NO COLOR is a new statement from Nancy Burson that is a powerful work about the illegitimacy of racism. This is a continuation of the project that Zaha Hadid commissioned Burson to develop for the London Millennium Dome. Burson is known for biology-related work, including her use of cutting edge facial morphing technology for art that shows what individuals would look like as a different race.

The Pandemic Oculus, (2020), by Tim Tate, whose work explores the worlds of loss, memory, recovery, and hope. As an HIV-positive man, he lived through the worst of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s and 1990s, and now through the current pandemic. In the Museum’s exhibition catalogue, the artist states that Pandemic Oculus also honors the many unsung heroes around the world: nurses, teachers, essential employees, grandparents caring for children so that parents can work, and so many more. Tate is the co-founder of the Washington Glass Studio in Washington, DC. He is also the co-moderator, along with William Warmus, of the 21st Century Glass group on Facebook, which has shared and discussed over 10,000 images of sculptural glass from around the world.

Erwin Wurm’s wry sense of humor permeates his most famous works and has served him well in creating a poignant cultural commentary throughout his career. Wurm produced this triad in cold hard glass at the Berengo Studio. They are smaller versions of the massive bronze sculpture of a hot water bottle with legs, Big Mutter, that he created for the Venice Biennale in 2020. In the exhibition catalogue, the show’s curator Kathleen Goncharov describes these “mothers” as neither warm nor comforting . . . their stubby little legs imply flight when called upon to be caregivers.

At the Berengo Studio, Jimmie Durham created a series of eight giant cougar heads suspended on metal armatures. Caught in suspension as they gaze at one another, their collective roar remains frozen between them. The cougar is one of the most sacred animals in Cherokee mythology, and the influence of Native-American culture vs. Western rationalism is evident in his work. The artist’s long trajectory includes his work during the civil rights movement and as a political organizer for the American Indian Movement. In 2019, Durham was the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award at the 58th Venice Biennale.

In the Museum’s exhibition catalogue, curator Kathleen Goncharov describes Prune Nourry as no stranger to illness . . . her work always dealing with science and bioethics from a feminist perspective, a focus that has intensified since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2018. At the Berengo Studio, she created River Woman, a transparent skeletal sculpture based on an anatomical drawing of the human vascular system. While its form may be human, the arteries resemble rivers, streams and trees that suffer in their own way too, from human abuse rather than disease.

Ugo Rondinone represented his home country in the Swiss Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). In this work, the twelve glass horses cast in beautiful shades of blue all face different directions, creating delicate light games with their reflections and shadows in continuous motion. In the context of this installation, the reappearing motif of a horse (which has a long tradition in the history of art), evokes alienation and a subversive twist emblematic of Rondinone’s works.

Ai Weiwei's

DNA HAS NO COLOR, Nancy Burson (2019) for 360 Magazine

Purchase our Glasstress issue HERE.

LOEWE Celebrates Chance Encounters III

WHAT             Chance Encounters III” Exhibition Opening

WHERE           LOEWE Miami Design District

WHEN             December 5th, 2017

The opening event for the “Chance Encounters III” exhibition, with works by Sara Flynn, Richard Smith and Lionel Wendt took place on December 5th at the LOEWE store in the Miami Design District during Miami Art Week. Notable guests including, Aimee Song, Ana Kras, Candela Novembre, Caroline Vreeland, Chloe Weiss, Dev Hynes, Gala Gonzalez, Laura de Gunzburg, Martha Graeff, Pari Ehsan, Sita Abellan, Stefano Tonchi, Sara Flynn and Harry Smith joined event host and LOEWE’s Creative Director, Jonathan Anderson, to celebrate the new exhibition.

The exhibition will run from 6th December to 4th February, 2018.

While working in different creative fields; diverse mediums of fabric sculpture, ceramic and photography and spanning the 1930s to the present day; shadows and the interplay of forms are the threads which tie together the works in this third exhibition, as well as an enduring focus on craftsmanship which is central to the ethos of the LOEWE FOUNDATION.

Jonathan Anderson said: “Art and craft are always at the center of my creative process and these exhibitions are an exciting way of exploring artists that are important to me. I love the unexpected things that happen when people from completely different worlds are brought together, the antagonism can create something completely new.”

Dreezy Releases “Can’t Touch A Soul” Featuring PnB Rock

Platinum recording-artist Dreezy follows up her politically charged “Spar” with her hot new track, “Can’t Trust A Soul.” The spitfire track features 2017 XXL Freshman PnB Rock. In classic Dreezy fashion, the Chicago-bred rapper delivers rapid-fire bars on top of a Ben Billion’s (Beyoncé/The Weekend) production in “Can’t Trust a Soul.” Dreezy continues to speak her mind and deliver her truth, which simply put, is that you have to have your own back. The young starlet most recently performed at ComplexCon and co-hosted Complex’s Everyday Struggle. “Can’t Trust A Soul” is now available at all digital retailers and you can take a listen HERE.

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Interscope Records Releases ‘Helix – Volume 1’ Compilation Album

DANCE COMPILATION FEATURES TWO NEW REMIXES FOR TRACKS BY ALEX AIONO AND SELENA GOMEZ

Interscope Records releases HELIX – Volume 1, a compilation of some of the label’s top dance songs and remixes, today via all digital retailers. Listen HERE.

The compilation features two previously unreleased tracks, a Grant remix of Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” and a Martin Jensen remix of Alex Aiono’s “Does It Feel Like Falling,” both of which premiered yesterday on Interscope Records’ new HELIX YouTube Channel. Check it out HERE. It also includes such hits as DJ Snake’s “A Different Way” featuring Lauv, Zedd’s “Get Low” featuring Liam Payne, a Kaskade remix of Imagine Dragons“Believer,” and A-Trak’s remix of Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do” featuring SZA. It also features tracks by rising Interscope artists blackbear, Gryffin, Billie Eilish, Oliver, and Louis The Child, among others. The full track-listing is below.

HELIX – Volume 1 Track List

DJ Snake & Lauv – A Different Way

Selena Gomez & Marshmello – Wolves

Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low

Lana Del Rey & BloodPop®  ft. The Weeknd – Lust For Life (BloodPop® Remix)

Avicii ft. Rita Ora– Lonely Together

OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love

Maroon 5 ft. SZA– What Lovers Do (A-Trak remix)

Louis The Child ft. Ashe – Right To It

Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes (Astronomyy Remix)

blackbear – do re mi (FRND Remix)

Gryffin & Illenium ft. Daya – Feel Good

Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (Grant Remix)

K.Flay – Blood In The Cut (Awoltalk Remix)

Zedd, Alessia Cara & Lophiile – Stay (Lophiile Remix)

Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane – Fetish (Galantis Remix)

Imagine Dragons & Kaskade – Believer (Kaskade Remix)

Oliver ft. MNDR – Chemicals

Alex Aiono – Does It Feel Like Falling (Martin Jensen remix)

DJ Snake & Tiesto ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Mix)

BORNS – Electric Love (Oliver Remix)

VICTORY RELEASES DEBUT EP ‘IT’S A NEW DAWN’ & UPCOMING INTIMATE NEW YORK DATES

Roc Nation’s newest artist, Victory Boyd has already garnered millions of views and fans for her sublime renditions of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder classics. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist began her musical journey at the tender age of 4 performing alongside her 9 musician brothers and sisters is ready to take the next step. From performances at Central Park’s Minton Tile Arcade adjacent to the Park’s Bethesda Terrace and Fountain to a Roc Nation record deal, Victory is set to launch her solo career with the release of her debut EPIt’s A New Dawn. 

Catch Victory at her upcoming intimate New York city dates:

 Tuesday, November 21st @ SOB’s

Friday, December 1st @ Peter Norton Symphony Space

Monday, December 4th @ Blue Note

Monday, December 11th @ Rockwood Music Hall

 

“Meet Victory Boyd, the awe-inspiring Central Park singer who impressed the hell out of JAY-Z”  The FADER

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CALUM SCOTT RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “YOU ARE THE REASON,” TODAY VIA ALL DIGITAL PARTNERS

CALUM SCOTT RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “YOU ARE THE REASON,”TODAY VIA ALL DIGITAL PARTNERS

TRACK FOLLOWS ON BRITISH BREAKOUT ARTIST’S PREVIOUS HITS “RHYTHM INSIDE” AND “DANCING ON MY OWN”

SCOTT TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM SPRING 2018 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

Breakout British singer-songwriter Calum Scott releases a new single, “You Are The Reason,” today via all digital partners. The emotionally resonant piano ballad was written by Scott, Jon Maguire and Corey James Sanders and produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Ellie Goulding). Listen HERE. Watch Scott perform, “You Are The Reason” – 1 Mic 1 Take (Live From Abbey Road Studios) HERE.  Scott will also release his debut album this Spring 2018 on Capitol Records. More info to follow soon.

“‘You Are The Reason’ started out as a song about something completely different than what it is now. It was originally written from a fragile place of anxiety and not knowing the cause of it, so the song started to become ‘Without A Reason’. But as we carried on writing, we realised how every relationship has difficult times but you stick with it because the love you fundamentally feel for the other person overrides everything else,” says Scott. “I wrote this song to say thank you to those special people who make our lives better, simply because they’re in it.”

“You Are The Reason” follows on the heels of Scott’s two previous singles, his original song “Rhythm Inside,” which has over 24 million streams worldwide, and his poignant version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” which became a global sensation. It was the best-selling U.K. single of 2016 by a British solo artist and was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single. “Dancing On My Own” quickly charted in over 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 1 on the Viral chart in six countries, including the U.S. The song has 550 million streams worldwide, while the video have surpassed 200 million views.  The song also charted at No. 1 on iTunes in 11 countries and is certified Platinum in four countries. In the U.K., it hit #2 on the Official Singles Sales chart, was the most-downloaded song of the summer, and ranks as one of the most-played songs of 2016 at U.K. radio.

Scott wrapped up his first U.S. headlining tour earlier this year with sold-out shows across the country. While in the States, he performed “Dancing On My Own” on Late Night with Seth MeyersThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and Dancing With The Stars. Scott is also featured on Matrix & Futurebound’s track “Light Us Up,” which is out now.

For more information on Calum Scott:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud

 http://calumscott.lnk.to/YATR

SIDE A OF AQUILO’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM, ‘ii,’ IS OUT TODAY VIA HARVEST RECORDS

Duo Shares Video For Track “Who Are You”

 

Purchase/Stream ii (Side A) HERE

View “Who Are You” Video HERE

“spellbinding, cinematic pop” – Mixmag

“an expanse of addicting melodies” – Pigeons & Plane

“Pop has rarely been this emotionally unashamed” – Rolling Stone 

Global streaming stars Aquilo release ii (Side A), a five-track EP which forms the first half of their new album with Side B to follow in 2018. Featuring singles “I Could Fight On A Wall” and “Thin,”ii (Side A) continues Aquilo’s progression from bedroom-based laptop producers to constant, inimitable innovators. ii (Side A) is available for purchase and streaming via Harvest Records HERE.

With two sold out London shows under their belts and the first two tracks from Side A having already amassed over two million streams on Spotify alone, Aquilo bring us the new single “Who Are You.” Premiering on BBC Radio 1, the video for the songis the first to feature both Tom and Ben and was filmed in a single take set in Joshua Tree National Park.

Aquilo    Credit: Graham Walzer

The five tracks released today as part of ii (Side A) marks the bold decision to split the album into two halves and is Aquilo’s unique way of staying in tune with the streaming age. “We’re doing things differently,” explains Ben. “Streaming has changed how we all consume music. We still love the album format, but it needs updating. Releasing an album in two halves is our way of doing that.”

Hailing from the UK Lake District, Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher first introduced themselves as Aquilo in 2014 with their larger than life cinematic sound, and have since released three EPs and debut album Silhouettes; produced by highly regarded Icelandic producer Ólafur Arnalds and the ever brilliant SOHN. With tracks “Silhouette,” “Sorry,” “You There,” “Losing You” and “Never Hurt Again” gaining well over 110 million plays on Spotify alone. Aquilo made their U.S. television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers in March 2017.

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X Ambassadors to Play Intimate Shows in February 2018

Click Photo above or HERE to watch Special Tour Message from Band!

Plus, Band to Perform on NCIS: New Orleans, Collaborate with MGK & Bebe Rexha on Single “Home” from new Will Smith film “BRIGHT” & Announce May 3rdRed Rocks Amphitheatre Headline Show

Santa Monica, CA – 13th November 2017 – Platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) announced today they will be playing a number of intimate club shows in February 2018 where they’ll be showcasing new material from their forthcoming sophomore album.  Current single “Ahead of Myself” along with the powerful new song “Joyful” – that the band treated fans to this fall at their inaugural Cayuga Sound Festival in their hometown of Ithaca – will be among the setlist.  Fans can submit a request to buy early reduced fee tickets now through Thursday evening at www.xambassadors.com.  Random selection for these early reduced fee tickets will begin Thursday at 10pm.  Additional full price tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10am.  X Ambassadors will join fans for an intimate VIP Experience before the show including a photo opportunity and listening session featuring new songs.  Additional VIP perks include a signed poster and early venue entry.  Details are available at http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/x-ambassadors-tour-2018.

Earlier this month Entertainment Weekly revealed that X Ambassadors – Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Adam Levin – will be joining the cast of NCIS: New Orleans for an episode airing November 21st that features the band playing “Ahead of Myself” and another new song, “The Devil You Know.”  The band also recently collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly and Bebe Rexha on the single “Home” which is currently being featured in the trailer for the new Netflix film BRIGHT – featuring Will Smith.

In addition to releasing new single “Ahead of Myself,” “The Devil You Know” and “Torches” this year, in March X Ambassadors released the song “Hoping” directly following a benefit concert they played for Planned Parenthood in LA.  The song was written shortly after the election of Donald Trump and proceeds of the single were donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Just last Tuesday on election day the ACLU released an inspiring and beautiful video featuring “Hoping” – watch HERE.  The band has been very vocal about their feelings and when this song came out, Sam Harris told Billboard, “We will continue to fight against sexism, racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, and the pervasive intolerance being encouraged under our current administration. As long as there are those of us who suffer and experience injustice in this world, we will continue to use our music and our voices to speak up. Our resistance is one of love and hope.”

X Ambassadors is looking forward to bringing their new songs to life in February when they hit the road for a two-week run that has the band playing some incredible intimate venues including Brooklyn Steel and DC’s legendary 9:30 Club.  They’ll also return to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in May for the biggest show of their career.  Complete list of confirmed 2018 tour dates below:

Feb. 13, 2018 | Corona Theater | Montreal
Feb. 15, 2018 | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 16, 2018 | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY
Feb. 18, 2018 | House of Blues | Boston, MA
Feb. 19, 2018 | 9:30 Club | Washington, D.C.
Feb. 22, 2018 | The Belasco Theater | Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 23, 2018 | SOMA | San Diego, CA
Feb. 26 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
May 3 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO

Stay Connected with X Ambassadors:

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Good Manners premiere at BFI London Film Festival

Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to care for and protect her son after he is born not looking like a human.

Watch our interview with the directors here:

WATCH TRAILER HERE

credit: Ana de Cozar