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Japanese Breakfast

Tuesday, January 18, indie pop act Japanese Breakfast performed “Slide Tackle,” a track from their GRAMMY-nominated album, Jubilee, on The Late Show with James Corden. Michelle Zauner, applauded founder, did a ‘Bar Chat interview where she talked about these recent nominations and more. Watch Japanese Breakfast’s performance on The Late Show with James Corden HERE.

Jubilee released last June as one of the years leading, critically acclaimed albums. The album stole spots on Best Of lists for 2021 from Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, NPR, Wall Street Journal, The Ringer, SPIN, Esquire, Vulture, The AV Club, Paste, Cosmopolitan, UPROXX, Consequence of Sound, Slant and Hypebeast. The album gained so much attention that it was even voted the #1 album of the year on NPR’s Listener’s Poll and #1 on UPROXX’s Critics Poll.

If that wasn’t enough success for one year, Zauner, too, published her New York Times Best Seller, Crying in H Mart, which is now being reworked for MGM’s Orion Pictures. The book is a moving memoir that captures Zauner’s experiences growing up Korean American, the struggles she went through with the death of her mother and how she navigated discovering her own identity.

About Michelle Zauner

The Korean American musician and author Michelle Zauner is renowned for her sonic demeanor. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Zauner grew up in Eugene, Oregon for most of her adolescence. Zauner took to music instantly, beginning to learn to play the piano at 5, later moving to the guitar at age 15. Her mother’s passing in 2014 lead to her starting Japanese Breakfast. She tells Teen Vogue, “I moved back to Oregon to care for her, and I kind of put the band on indefinite hiatus. Unfortunately, she passed away, and while I was in Oregon, helping take care of the house and being a support system for my dad, the only way that I could have something for myself was if I made my own record. So I kind of carved out some time to do that.” Japanese Breakfast’s debut came in 2016 with the hit album Psychopomp. Through the album, Zauner revealed the intense period that followed her mother’s death. Zauner’s unique perspective amongst mainstream pop music sets her apart from other artists, and she’s one you’ll want to take a listen to.

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NYE LIBATIONS

By: Skyler Johnson

With New Year’s Eve coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what to drink. 360 has come up with five champagne-filled beverages perfect for the holiday. And if you’re thinking about how to serve them, check out the Chambong plastic champagne flutes. They make it easier, and classier, than ever to consume sparkling wine.

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French 75

This classic cocktail is perfect for New Year’s. Feel free to switch out lemon juice for grapefruit if you want a sweet twist. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 2 fl oz. Lemon Juice
  • 2 fl oz. Gin
  • 2 tsp. Simple Syrup
  • 4 fl oz. Chilled Champagne
  • A lemon slice and Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  • Combine Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple syrup in a Collins glass
  • Add ice cubes and Champagne
  • Top it off with the garnish

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Another old favorite, this drink originated in the 1800s. Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 4-6 oz. Champagne
  • Orange Slice and Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation: 

  • Places the sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute and saturate with bitters
  • Add brandy
  • Fill with champagne
  • Top it off with the garnish

Champagne Ice Cream Cocktail 

Perfect for large gatherings, this adult punch is simple yet effective. Serves 16.

Ingredients

  • 1 qt. Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1  qt. Lemonade
  • 1 Bottle Champagne
  • 1 Cup Cherry Syrup

Preparation: 

  • Once the ice cream is softened poor all ingredients into a large punch bowl, mix, and serve

Air Mail

This golden-colored upper is a great way to start (or end) your night. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Golden rum
  • 0.5 oz. Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 5 oz. Champagne

Preparation:

  • Mix rum, champagne, and honey with ice cubes
  • Pour into a collins glass
  • Add champagne and serve

Confetti Champagne

This drink is bubbly, sweet, and best of all: festive! Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka 
  • 4-5 oz. Champagne
  • 3 oz. Sprite
  • Assorted Pop Rocks
  • Vanilla Frosting

Preparation: 

  • Add Vanilla Vodka, Champagne, and Sprite to glass and mix
  • Use vanilla frosting and pop rocks to rim glass

After you toast at midnight enjoy the following drinks:

Wintery Cranberry Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jalapeno-infused Tequila 
  • 1 part Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Splash of sour mix

Preparation:

  • Place all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass. 
  • Stir until combined. 
  • Dust the rim of the glass with crushed dried lemon rinds, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. 
  • Pour cocktail over ice. 
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and a stick of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

The Paper Airplane

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro 
  • 1.5 oz. Aperol
  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 1.5 oz. fresh lemon juice, strained

Preparation:

  • Combine amaro, Aperol, bourbon, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. 
  • Fill with ice and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds. 
  • Strain into two coupe glasses. 
  • Garnish with a paper airplane. 

The Vespar Martini

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 3 blue cheese-stuffed olives, skewered on a pick

Preparation:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc. 
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. 
  • Garnish with the stuffed olives.

The Snowman-Hattan

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 3 tbsp. homemade ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 oz. fresh orange juice
  • Fresh snow

Preparation: 

  • Combine the whiskey, triple sec, ginger syrup, and orange juice. 
  • Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the cocktail over.
JAMES BLAKE FRIENDS THAT BREAK YOUR HEART album art by Miles Johnston from Republic Media Records for use by 360 Magazine

JAMES BLAKE NEW ALBUM – FRIENDS THAT BREAK YOUR HEART

GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has announced his new album, Friends That Break Your Heart, due out September 10, 2021 – Available for pre-order here, via Republic Records. Blake joined Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 for “Hottest Record in the World” to premiere the album’s first single, “Say What You Will”. The single was accompanied by the release of the official music video starring Finneas alongside James Blake – Watch here. Today, the artist additionally announced his 2021 Fall tour dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 15-show tour will kick off on September 16th in San Diego at The Observatory North Park, making stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and more before wrapping up in Atlanta’s Tabernacle on October 15th. Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting Friday, July 30th at 10am local time on James Blake Music.

Of the single, James says, “The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy.”

Friends That Break Your Heart, follows the recently released Covers EP. A collection of Blake’s favorite covers, including his critically acclaimed cover of Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed,” which generated over 5 million views on TikTok.

This is James Blakes’ first new full-length album in three years. With Blake calling Friends That Break Your Heart a “concept album.”

James worked closely with artist Miles Johnston to design a cover reflective of the album. The result is a visual encapsulation of the emotions brought forth throughout the body of work.

FRIENDS THAT BREAK YOUR HEART Track List
1. Famous Last Words
2. Life Is Not The Same
3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
4. Funeral
5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
7. Foot Forward
8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
9. Say What You Will
10. Lost Angel Nights
11. Friends That Break Your Heart
12. If I’m Insecure

On Sale: Friday, July 30th at 10am local on time James Blake Music.

Tour Dates:

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Greek Theatre*
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl*
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
Saturday, October 2, 2021 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Auditorium
Sunday, October 3, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
Friday, October 8, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
Saturday, October 9, 2021 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 15, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
*Not a Live Nation Date

About James Blake
The GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer unassumingly operates as the enigmatic engine behind some of the most influential albums of the 21st century. He produced choice cuts on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. as well as JAY-Z’s 4:44 and Beyoncé’s Lemonade—to which he also lent his voice in both cases. Feature appearances span “Stop Trying to Be God” with Stevie Wonder and Kid Cudi on Travis Scott’s epic ASTROWORLD and “King’s Dead” with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Future from the chart-dominating Black Panther: The Album. The latter not only went triple-platinum, but it also earned Blake his first GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Rap Performance.” Simultaneously, he emerged as pop’s most celebrated outlier with his dynamic solo output. He introduced a singular sound on 2011’s James Blake. Awarding the record a rare 9.0-out-of-10 score, Pitchfork crowned it one of “Top 100 Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014).” On its heels, the 2013 Overgrown illustrated his rare magnetic ability to align the likes of Brian Eno and RZA on the same project. It notably received the 2013 Mercury Prize and secured Blake’s “Best New Artist” nomination at the GRAMMY® Awards. After 2016’s The Colour In Anything, he reached new critical and commercial peaks with Assume Form during 2019. It bowed at #21 on the Billboard Top 200, marking his highest entry to date. Beyond clocking 300 million cumulative streams in under a year, it garnered the GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Alternative Album” and graced “Best of 2019” lists for outlets including Time Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Billboard, DJ Booth, and Esquire. Additionally, he oversees 1-800 Dinosaur, which spans a club night, record label, and radio show. As he prepares his fifth album, James Blake’s shadow over popular music only continues to grow.

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit Live Nation Entertainment.

About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

 

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VARTAN ABGARYAN × HOTEL CERRO

With the California economy opening up under new, less restrictive pandemic rules, Hotel Cerro’s restaurant, Brasserie SLO, is expanding its hours. Brasserie SLO will now be serving lunch five days a week, brunch on the weekends and dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

Creating a new menu for Brasserie SLO will be the acclaimed Chef Vartan Abgaryan, the restaurant’s guest chef for the summer months.

Educated at Le Cordon Bleu, Abgaryan graduated in 2004 and went on to cook at the famed New York restaurant Lutece for nearly two years. In 2006 he moved back to the west coast to be closer to his family where he worked at Red Pearl Kitchen followed by three years as Executive Chef at A Restaurant in Newport Beach. Heading inland, he accepted the position of Executive Chef at Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. During his tenure, Public Kitchen & Bar was named a “Restaurant To Watch” by Esquire magazine’s food writer and critic, John Mariani.

In 2012, Abgaryan joined Silver Lake’s popular Cliff’s Edge as Executive Chef, taking the eight-year-old neighborhood restaurant to new heights. At Cliff’s Edge, Chef Abgaryan became known for his highly seasonal approach to ingredients and his stunning presentation of dishes – Eater Los Angeles’ Matthew Kang commented that his were “among the most beautiful plating in the city.” In 2014, Cliff’s Edge was awarded three stars by LA Weekly’s restaurant critic, Besha Rodell. After a successful run he elevated his role, quite literally, by opening 71Above – the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi — in July 2016. Under his hand, the restaurant received great critical acclaim and put Chef Abgaryan on L.A.’s culinary heat map. 71Above was awarded three stars by LA WeeklyLos Angeles Magazine named it “one of the Top Ten New Restaurants of 2016” and Critic Patric Kuh remarked that “the experience is luxury that reflects on-point execution.” The Los Angeles Times’ Jonathan Gold called his Suckling Pig dish “something out of a charcuterie dream.” While at 71Above, Abgaryan was named StarChef’s Rising Star for 2018.

After serving over 300 diners a night in an elaborate setting at helicopter-hovering heights, Abgaryan had become one of the city’s most talented and respected chefs. When an opportunity presented itself to bring a refined culinary experience to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, considered by many to be “America’s coolest block,” he took it. Abgaryan’s culinary endeavor, with partners Dave Reiss (formerly of Salt Air) and Paul Pruitt (Founder of New School), at Yours Truly allowed him to focus on a smaller number of guests and work within a more intimate dinner setting.

Yours Truly quickly became a hit, and the restaurant was named “Best New Restaurant” by Los Angeles Magazine, LA Times, LA Weekly, Thrillst and Eater LA. Yours Truly was also included in the ‘101 Best’ annual Los Angeles Times restaurant list. On March 15, one year from its opening date, Los Angeles went into lockdown, and Yours Truly was forced to close for 7 months to re-open as an outdoor concept. It closed permanently after a second lockdown shuttered all restaurants a few months later.

Now at Brasserie SLO, Chef Abgaryan has created a menu that exhibits a multi-cultural approach, combining ingredients from Mexico, Asia and Europe. His bold and flavor-driven approach can be seen in a selection of small plates including Hamachi Crudo, Avocado, Mango, chili, lemon and sorrel; Octopus, potatoes, tomato coriander vinaigrette and tarragon; and Grilled Broccolini, black garlic, peanuts, fermented Fresno and lemon; as well as in main courses such as Mussels, Coconut Poblano Broth, cilantro and lime; and Scallops, farro risotto, zucchini, lemon and basil mascarpone.

In a nod to his Armenian heritage, diners will find Middle Eastern elements in such dishes as Carrots, Za’atar, tahini and sweet garlic; Avocado Hummus with salsa matcha, peanut, yuzu, poblano and grilled flatbread; and Grilled Half Chicken, honey, lettuces, radish and preserved lemon.

“We are delighted to have a chef of Chef Vartan Abgaryan caliber join the team at Hotel Cerro – even if it is only for a few months,” said Hotel Cerro General Manager Natalie Ward. “He has transformed the culinary programs of several Los Angeles based restaurants, and we look forward to seeing how he will apply his considerable talents to the fresh, regional produce and seafood of the Central Coast.”

About Hotel Cerro:

Located in the heart of lively downtown San Luis Obispo, Hotel Cerro is the perfect intersection of SLO culture, California’s rich history and casual elegance. Designed and built towards LEED Silver specifications, Hotel Cerro boasts 65 spacious guest rooms and suites, ranging in size from 350 to 920 square feet. A full-service hotel, Hotel Cerro’s other amenities include a fitness center and spa, rooftop pool deck with 360-degree views, beautiful outdoor areas and a restaurant, Brasserie SLO, which sources ingredients from the hotel’s own Edible Garden. The result is an oasis of sustainably designed luxury in the heart of California’s iconic central coast. Hotel Cerro is located at 1125 Garden Street, between Marsh and Higuera Streets, in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. For more information and reservations, please call 805.548.1000 or click HERE.

Oklahoma Map illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Native American Rights Win in Court

By Eamonn Burke

In a major win for Native American rights, the Supreme Court decided in a ruling yesterday that roughly half of the state of Oklahoma are Native American conservation lands. The case was brought about by a convicted rapist named Jimcy McGirt, a member of the Seminole nation, who claimed that he could not be prosecuted by the state of Oklahoma because the assault occurred on lands claimed by the Muscogee Creek Nation.

Although the federal government can still prosecute the people of this land – about 1.8 million in population (15% Native American) and 3 million acres in size – they are protected from the state and may even be exempt from state taxes.

It was Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, who tipped the 5-4 vote to the liberals, citing the Trail of Tears as precedent and reasoning that “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.” Tribal leaders of the Five Tribes of Oklahoma favored the ruling. Republican Chief Justice John Roberts, however, believes that the decision will damage the Oklahoma state court’s authority.

The 71 year old McGirt accused of raping a young girl in 1997 was spared of a prison sentence but could still be tried in federal court.

Instrument illustration by Ivory Rowen for 360 Magazine

Bob Dylan – “Rough and Rowdy Ways”

Bob Dylan’s new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways has debuted in the Top Ten in 13 countries, including #1 chart entries in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland, #2 positions in The United States, Australia and Belgium, #3 in Sweden, and #4 in France and Italy. The album’s #2 entry in the U.S. on Billboard’s Top 200 is Dylan’s highest chart debut in this country since 2009 and marks the artist’s 18th studio album to debut in the U.S. Top 10. Rough And Rowdy Ways has also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart.

The 10-track Rough and Rowdy Ways is Bob Dylan’s first album of new songs since becoming the only songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016; an award bestowed upon him by the Swedish Academy “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Critical response to Rough and Rowdy Ways has been rapturous, with many calling the album a masterpiece and one of the strongest works in Dylan’s canon.

Bob Dylan has released seven studio albums within the past 23-years; a creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, “Things Have Changed,” from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004 and was recently named the greatest rock memoir of all time by Rolling Stone. He is the recipient of the Officier de la Legion d’honneur in 2013, Sweden’s Polar Music Award in 2000, a Doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and numerous other honors.

Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world. Rough and Rowdy Ways is the artist’s 39th studio album.

Stream Rough and Rowdy Ways: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube

The Critics Have Listened:

“A testament to his eternal greatness…. Rough and Rowdy Ways might well be Bob Dylan’s most consistently brilliant set of songs in years: the die-hards can spend months unravelling the knottier lyrics, but you don’t need a PhD in Dylanology to appreciate its singular quality and power.” — Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

“True to form, Dylan surprises yet again by delivering a late-career masterpiece with Rough and Rowdy Ways.  It’s a moody, reflective, meditative, befuddling, funny and awe-inspiring turn for the Nobel Prize winner. Rich with biblical and pop culture references, at its core Rough and Rowdy Ways is a record on the borderline of this world and the next, wherever or whatever that may be….The wait was worth it.” — Scott Bauer, AP

“It’s not merely the novelty of new Bob songs that offers comfort in this black swan moment, it’s a set of songs that provides inspiration when it’s in short supply. Call it a vaccine against culture’s shrinking expectations and the subsequent sapping of spirit. or just call it great music….Contradiction has always lived comfortably in Bob Dylan’s work – more evidence of the vast scope of his artistic vision. What’s extraordinary is how it continues to expand, containing multitudes no one else thought of.” — Michael Simmons, Mojo

“A savage pulp-noir masterpiece….A word of advice: Don’t mess with Bob Dylan, who, at 79, rips, snorts and cackles through his new album like a man with something — or absolutely nothing — to prove….Rough and Rowdy Ways rolls out one marvel after another.” — Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times

“When Dylan embarked on his musical journey as a young man in the Sixties, he forged an almost completely new type of song, open and multifarious, that became a new kind of standard…songs that defiantly inhabit his own myth, shifting perspective between his idiosyncratic views on the world and the world’s views on him.  Almost 60 years since we first heard from him, the old protest singer is still composing extraordinary anthems for our changing times.” — Neil McCormick, The Telegraph

Rough and Rowdy Ways is his first batch of new songs in 8 years, and it’s an absolute classic—it has the bleak majesty of latter-day Dylan albums like Modern Times and Tempest, yet it goes beyond them, tapping even deeper into cosmic American mysteries….his creative vitality remains startling—and a little frightening….But he refuses to rest on his legend. While the world keeps trying to celebrate him as an institution, pin him down, cast him in the Nobel Prize canon, embalm his past, this drifter always keeps on making his next escape. On Rough and Rowdy Ways, Dylan is exploring terrain nobody else has reached before—yet he just keeps pushing on into the future.” — Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

“With Rough and Rowdy Ways, he’s produced arguably his grandest poetic statement yet, a sweeping panorama of culture, history and philosophy peering back through assassinations, world wars, the births of nations, crusades and Biblical myths in order to plot his place in the great eternal scheme…. It would be foolish indeed to assume that Rough and Rowdy Ways is Dylan’s last word, but it’s certainly a historic address.” — Mark Beaumont, NME

“Truth is the talisman, tell it like it is. And that is what Dylan does….Rough and Rowdy Ways is exceptional.  If it were a painting, I’d call it a masterpiece.” — Will Gompertz, BBC

Rough and Rowdy Ways, an album that somehow manages to sound like nothing [Dylan] has ever done before, and that looks back across a long and hard-fought life while still insisting on always looking forward….The songs reveal an astonishing intensity and hunger, and a consistency that marks the album as one of Dylan’s major works….What leaps off of Rough and Rowdy Ways is Dylan’s blazing sense of purpose and focus. The man is not bullshitting. It comes through, full of humor and rage and heartbreak, in every word as they are written and sung.” — Alan Light, Esquire

Rough and Rowdy Ways hits hard.  [It’s] a gruesome, crowded, marauding album that feels unusually attuned to its moment….Dylan’s vast and intersectional understanding of the American mythos feels so plainly and uniquely relevant to the grimness and magnitude of these past few months. As the country attempts to metabolize the murder of George Floyd, it is also attempting to reckon with every crooked, brutal, odious, or unjust murder of a black person—to understand a cycle that began centuries ago and somehow continues apace. What is American racism? It’s everything, Dylan insists. Indiana Jones and J.F.K. and Elvis Presley and Jimmy Reed—nothing exists without the rest of it. None of us are absolved, and none of us are spared. Amanda Petrusich – New Yorker  Bob Dylan is a heavyweight champion. Five stars aren’t enough for his new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways. The album is a masterpiece, and a masterclass in lyric-writing in league with Dylan’s – and therefore anyone’s – best….Dylan is on fire lyrically throughout Rough and Rowdy Ways, offering up ten songs as dense in imagery and flawless in craftsmanship and quality as any of his long career….Perhaps the lesson in Rough and Rowdy Ways is that inestimable light can come from the dark places, once again making Dylan the voice we need to hear, just when we need it most.” — Jeff Slate, The Daily Beast

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Jonas Brothers Make History

“Boom. The world’s most famous brothers are back.” Vogue

 “The Jo Bros may not quite be in the year 3000, but “Sucker” nonetheless serves up a grown-up vision of The Jonas Brothers we didn’t know we were expecting.” NPR

“It’s 2019 and there’s a new Jonas Brothers song, and those two things go together a lot better than we ever anticipated.” Billboard

“The Jonas Brothers feel grown up without losing their boy band charm.” Esquire

Those are just the few responses to The Jonas Brothers recent comeback with their music video to “Sucker.”

This week, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum powerhouse trio — the Jonas Brothers —reclaim their place at the top of the charts and popular culture with their new single and music video “Sucker.Get it HERE via Republic Records.

Taking the world by storm, it captures #1 on Apple Music, #1 on Spotify, and #1 on iTunes in North America.  Globally, it clinches #1 on Apple Music, #1 on YouTube, #1 on Twitter, and #2 on Spotify. Since its release, it scored over 20 million Spotify streams and is over 50 million YouTube views and counting.  At radio, it emerges as the “#1 Greatest Gainer for Top 40impacting now.

Not to mention, “Sucker” garnered unanimous critical acclaim. Among widespread praise, it was dubbed “an absolute jam” by Billboard, christened “a banger” by Esquire, described as “an impeccably sweet-and-sour pop rock-tune” by Rolling Stone, and best noted as “a grown-up vision of The Jonas Brothers we didn’t know we were expecting” by NPR.

To celebrate the release, the band took over New York City for an intimate and packed secret reunion show. It marked their first time on stage in nearly six years, and they returned with a historic gig that left fans clamoring for more.

Yesterday, the Jonas Brothers announced a partnership with Amazon StudiosPhilymack, and Federal Films– a division of Republic Records, to release an upcoming documentary about the Jonas Brothers, to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

Anthony Mandler’s director’s cut of the Sucker music video was also released. Watch HERE.

This week, they continue their takeover of The Late Late Show with James Corden. This late-night “residency” spanned everything from their first on-camera interview to a hilarious skit where the host kidnapped the band and reunited them with help from none other than Dr. Phil. You have to see it to believe it. However, there’s more to come.

Watch clips from last night’s episode HERE, and be sure to tune in for more this week.

Jonas Brothers are back and about to have their biggest year yet.

The preeminent male group of this century, Jonas Brothers opened the floodgates for a new era of titans in pop music. They earned three consecutive number one albums and sold out shows throughout three continents. Selling over 17 million-plus albums with over 1 billion streams worldwide, they’ve achieved dozens of platinum and gold certifications. Jonas Brothers notably received a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best New Artist,” garnered “Breakthrough Artist” at the American Music Awards, won Billboard’s “Eventful Fans’” Choice Award for “Best Concert Tour of the Year, and took home a Mexican Grammy, showcasing their international influence. The tremendous success of the band provided a launch pad for the successful and storied solo careers of Nick JonasJoe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas, who have kept loyal fans yearning for a reunion, until now.

Want to follow the boys? Below are their social medias to keep yourself updated.

 

LIL YACHTY x COVER

Today Lil Yachty shares his cover art and a March 9, 2018, release date for Lil Boat 2.

Lil Yachty, aka Lil Boat, aka “King of the Youth” is a 20-year old Atlanta native, a Grammy-nominated singer, rapper, producer, creative designer, branding genius and fashion icon who smashed onto the scene two years ago with his debut mixtape Lil Boat. In May, 2017, he released Teenage Emotions which entered The Billboard Top 200 at #5 and remained on the charts more than four months. Since then he accumulated nearly 3 billion streams, found himself on the covers of Paper and FADER magazines, as well as landing the cover of The New York Times Men’s Style section and a XXL Freshman cover. Rolling Stone said his album “Teenage Emotions” was a “landmark moment that may change the way people rap”, while The New York Times Magazine dubbed him as an artist “that tell us where music is going”.

 

The New Yorker :

“It’s commonplace for young rap stars to claim that they’ve transcended hip-hop; it’s rarer for them to actually do it. Yachty does”.

 

Noisey :

“Besides the actual sun, there is no source of joy in the world right now brighter and more sustaining than Lil Yachty. So basically, the moral of the story is: cancel all your plans and stay at home, and instead just understand that the Goodest Night has now been had, by one Lil Boat, Esq. You will never have as good a night as Lil Yachty had Apologies”.

 

The New York Times  :

“Lil Yachty’s excellence doesn’t originate in his choice of words, or even in the rhythm, he delivers them & he has created an alternate universe in which traditional narratives of rap excess are reframed as fantastical stories. And on the whole, his songs are dreamlike and entrancing. Lil Yachty has created an alternate universe in which traditional narratives of rap excess are reframed as fantastical kiddie stories. He has mainlined Gucci Mane’s vocal quirk a penchant for odd rhyme structures cloaked in unlikely melodies and distended it to absurdist lengths”.

 

The Source :

“It’s something about Lil Yachty as an artist that makes purveyors want to rush towards him in complete and utter approval”.

 

Esquire :

“The sheer obvious joy that Yachty takes in making music is one of his best qualities, and its infectiousness is one of the main reasons why people are flocking to him the way they are. It’s beautiful to see someone so fully consumed by their passion, and inspiring to see an artist so confidently exploring his form”.

 

Rolling Stone :

“Lil Yachty is probably going to change the world ».

 

Complex :

“Yachty in his own unorthodox way has put hip-hop culture in a choke-hold. He doesn’t show any signs of relinquishing his grip.”

 

Vibe :

“You can’t deny the fact that he’s one of the most authentic rappers in the game ».

 

Pitchfork :

“Yachty is the master of our joy.”

KRISTOFFER FORBY

Story: Vaughn Lowery

Photo: Jonas Togo

Kristoffer Forby is a 21-year-old Scandinavian celebrity/model who hails from Denmark. Over the past few years, he’s been featured in numerous ad campaigns around the world: ASOS, Adidas and Nike.

In 2015, Forby was discovered by a Barneys New York store manager while shopping. Shortly after, he booked various editorials for online fashion magazines. Fast forward two years, he’s become one of the most sought-after international talents of today. 

As of late, he’s become a top digital influencer who boasts over 548,000 Instagram followers and has recently set up a YouTube channel where he curates his daily travel adventures alongside of his closest friends.

http://kristofferforby.com

STEPHEN WATSON APPOINTED AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Surface Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Watson as Editor-in-Chief of Watch Journal and Watch and Jewelry Editor for Surface Media. Prior to joining Surface Media, Watson served as Hearst Media’s Digital Editor, covering timepieces for TownandCountryMag.com, Esquire.com, MarieClaire.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and ELLE.com. Watson’s accomplished career includes roles as the Fashion Director of Men’s Vogue and Associate Fashion Editor of Vogue, where he worked alongside legendary editors Andre Leon Talley, Candy Pratts Price, Jay Fielden, and Anna Wintour. He was recently nominated for a Gem Award in 2017 for Media Excellence by the Jewelers of America.

“The appointment of Stephen Watson will deliver an unparalleled depth of experience within the timepiece, jewelry, and luxury brand development categories,” says Marc Lotenberg, CEO of Surface Media. “We look forward to having him expand our digital presence while engaging our loyal base of collectors and buyers.”

“Stephen’s experience in bringing luxury to life through digital platforms, transforming media landscapes, and delivering compelling creative is going to revolutionize the way consumers relate to the watch industry and the personalities behind the brands,” says Katie Reed, Executive Director of Sales for Surface Media and Publisher of Watch Journal.

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Stephen Watson

“I’m looking forward to steering Watch Journal at an exciting moment of change,” says Watson. “Watch Journal and Surface Media are ideally suited to focus on the inspiring businesses and people that are redefining the future of watchmaking.”

Watson is a native New Yorker and attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied menswear design and marketing.

Watch Journal is the exclusive timepiece magazine of the private-jet community and the only watch publication distributed to readers with an average net worth of $89.3 million dollars through 250 private air terminals across the United States. Advertising partners have the exclusive advantage of developing in-room hotel distribution channels, private club access, customized VIP events, strategic alliances, and social media programs.

Follow Stephen Watson’s timepiece adventures via @steviewatches. For more information on Surface Media, contact Katie Reed at 917-975-2928kreed@surfacemedia.com.