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Shenseea f/ Megan Thee Stallion – Lick

Global artist, Shenseea, has released a brand new single “Lick” (via Rich Immigrants/Interscope Records) featuring Megan Thee Stallion. “Lick” is the first official release off Shenseea’s upcoming debut album, ALPHA, which will be released March 11th.  Produced by Murda Beatz, “Lick” features a snippet from Pupa Nas T and Denise Belfon’s “Work;” reimagined by Shenseea as the track’s insatiable hook. Rounding out Shenseea’s own saccharine like vocal stylings on the song is Meg’s incredible rapid-fire bars turning it into an undeniable power anthem that will have listeners willing for Summer. Shenseea is featured on Apple Music’s New Music Daily cover upon release today, check out the technicolour music video that accompanied the single above or stream the track via streaming platforms below:  Listen to “Lick” by Shenseea ft. Megan Thee Stallion HERE.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Shenseea has had an incredible lead up to the new single. She was tapped by Kanye West to add her rap and vocal stylings to two different songs on the now Grammy nominated DONDA (“Ok Ok Pt 2” and “Pure Souls”) as well as playing her first ever U.S. festivals with Rolling Loud in Miami and New York. All while putting finishing touches on the new project, burning the mic on Funk Flex Freestyle and releasing fan favourites like “Run Run” and “Be Good”. “Lick” is Shenseea’s first official single of 2022 and will be off her upcoming debut album coming out this year. More information on that soon. 

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About Shenseea:

Shenseea has ascended through Jamaica’s dancehall ranks to become one of the genre’s most sought-after artists. She broke through the scene with her viral single “Loodi” feat. Vybez Kartel; the following year, Shenseea toured Europe with dancehall superstar Sean Paul. In 2019, Shenseea signed with Interscope Records (under Rick Immigrants Records) and released her first label single “Blessed” featuring Tyga (now with over 57M views on Youtube). The track which came with a music video was praised by the likes of Hypebeast, FADER, PAPER Magazine, VIBE and more; it quickly racked up over 1,000,000 views overnight. While at work on her debut album, Shenseea has been feeding her fans with one-off singles like “Bad Habit,”, “Good Comfort,” “Sidechick Song” and more, racking millions of plays across DSPs and Youtube. In 2021, she rose up the ranks further being tapped by Kanye West to add her rap and vocal stylings to two different songs on the Grammy nominated DONDA (“Ok Ok Pt 2” and “Pure Souls”) as well as playing her first ever U.S. festivals with Rolling Loud in Miami and New York. With a Billboard “Up Next” title under her belt and “rising” profile by the FADERNew York Times, The Guardian and more, Shenseea is rapidly proving that she is a true artist to watch on an international scale. 

About Megan Thee Stallion:

Hailing from Houston, Megan Thee Stallion is a three time GRAMMY winner, philanthropist and ever-evolving cultural icon.  From the release of her critically acclaimed and Gold certified debut album, Good News, to earning two global record breaking Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits with the “Savage Remix” featuring Beyoncé, and “WAP” with Cardi B, Megan has proven unstoppable.  Megan has been recognized for her musical achievements with three GRAMMY wins, including Best New Artist, three American Music Awards, and nine BET Awards. Megan was also honored as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. In October 2020, following a powerful and politically charged performance on Saturday Night Live that demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, Megan published her monumental “Why I Speak Up For Black Women” op-ed and accompanying visual with The New York Times. 

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Boston Manor Tour Dates

Boston Manor has announced they will be headlining their first North American Tour this year with support from Trash Boat and Higher Power. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

They have also released an acoustic rendition of their recent single “Algorithm.” It’s a delicately lush, piano-led iteration of the track which is a rumination of the burden to perpetuate “content” beyond art, that creators are laden with these days. Fans can listen to the new acoustic single HERE.

Boston Manor 2022 North American Tour Dates

April 4 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground

April 6 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom

April 7 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom

April 8 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

April 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

April 10 – Baltimore, MA – Ottobar

April 12 – North Carolina – Blind Tiger

April 13 – Orlando, FL – Abbey

April 14 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

April 15 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

April 16 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

April 18 – Dallas, TX – Dada

April 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

April 20 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live!

April 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel

April 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room Highland Park

April 24 – Orange County, CA – Chain Reaction

April 26 – Berkley, CA – Cornerstone

April 28 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

April 29 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theater

April 30 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne

May 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock

May 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis

May 4 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

May 6 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

May 7 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick

May 8 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland

May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird

Boston Manor relished their return to live music in 2021, delivering incendiary sets at the landmark Download Pilot, Reading & Leeds, and Slam Dunk Festivals. They also made it back out to North America as main support to Neck Deep with a setlist for both new and old fans alike.

Along with their headline North American 2022 tour, Boston Manor is also set to headline the UK in February at some of their biggest shows to date and this summer will see the band return to Download Festival, as well as playing Rock Am Ring, Graspop, and more.

The original version of “Algorithm” features on Boston Manor’s Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures EP which was released in October 2021 via SharpTone Records. The EP is now available on 10″ vinyl, following its digital and cassette tape formats.

Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures marks a concerted step into the future for Boston Manor. It’s the coining of a bold, bright new sound, building upon the bruising pop-punk of their earlier work and the big moves of their last album GLUE, to compose music that’s both heavier and more unabashedly accessible than that which preceded it. Hook-laden, coherent, blackly witty, and with a molten emotional core, it’s the opening of a new chapter, hinting at even greater brilliance to follow. This latest collection sees Boston Manor tapping into teen influences of the late 90s—The Cardigans, the Cranberries, later-era Depeche Mode. They recorded their new material at Stu Stu Studio in Brixton with Larry Hibbitt.

Pyometra in Pets

Providing a home for a furry friend can bring an abundance of love into the lives of owners. Many pet owners want to provide the best care possible for their dog or cat, but in order to do this, a key factor is remaining educated. Many know that spaying and neutering are common procedures for household animals, but what exactly are these procedures and what are their benefits? What are the risks, such as pyometra, of negating this responsibility?

With the surge of difficulties the pandemic has brought to being a pet owner, staying vigilant and prepared for the animals owners love is essential. With adoption rates of all kinds of cats and dogs exploding during the pandemic, first-time Gen Z and millennial pet owners might find the world of pet care complicated. Low-income families, whether they are new or already pet owners, have already faced additional hardships during the pandemic, with exorbitant fees for pet emergencies being an additional possible challenge.

In cities and neighborhoods where unfixed and stray animals are common occurrences, the risks of pyometra and other health concerns for humans and animals alike are increasing. In Houston alone, there are a million stray dogs. Other cities like Detroit and the Bronx neighborhood of NYC are challenged, while the geographic regions of the South and the West of the United States are where more strays end up in shelters. With millions of animals without a home, unfixed, and challenged with health issues, it is a serious concern for the U.S., especially those who choose to own pets.

Yet there are solutions, in preparedness through pet insurance and applications to nonprofits, as well as cases in which emergency assistance is possible. Veterinarian Dr. Lauren P. Davidson provides 360 Magazine with insights on these ideas as more, with a focus on keeping owners informed and your pet healthy and happy.

Can you break down what exactly is a spay or neuter?

Spay is the term used to refer to the common veterinary surgery that removes the uterus (the womb) and ovaries of a female animal. Medically, this surgery is known as an ovariohysterectomy. This surgery makes the animal incapable of having offspring.

Neuter is the term used to refer to the common veterinary surgery that removes both testicles of a male animal. This surgery results in the inability of the male to impregnate a female.

What are the ramifications of not having your animal fixed sooner rather than later?

First and foremost, by having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, you prevent them from having unwanted puppies/kittens. Additionally, in the female, you prevent uterine infections (also called pyometra) from developing as well ovarian cancer. Furthermore, by removing the ovaries, the main source of hormones that influence the development of mammary (or breast) cancer is removed and there is a great reduction in the risk of developing this type of cancer. As female animals get older, the surgery can also become more complicated due to the size of the animal or if they have already had multiple litters of puppies/kittens.

In males, the chance of testicular cancer is completely removed once the testicles are surgically removed and there is a reduction in the development of prostate disease as well.  Additionally, neutered male animals typically become less aggressive which results in a lower risk of fighting or aggression toward their owners or other animals.

What are the signs of a female dog having pyometra?

Pyometra, or infection of the uterus, only occurs in female animals. The signs of pyometra in non-spayed female animals can often be non-specific, but early warning signs include the animal feeling unwell, such as vomiting, refusal to eat, lethargy, increased thirst, and frequent urination. She may also appear to be uncomfortable because pyometra is a particularly painful condition for dogs while being somewhat less so for cats. Fever can also be observed.  Symptoms of a pyometra usually begin four to eight weeks after the animal is in heat, and include:

  1. Drinking more than usual.
  2. Vomiting
  3. Pus leaking from vulva/vagina.
  4. Bloated abdomen (tummy)
  5. Panting and weakness.
  6. Off food.
  7. Urinating more than usual.
  8. Collapse

How soon should they be admitted into a veterinarian’s care or ER? if not treated, what will happen to a female cat/dog?

If any of these signs are observed and your animal is not spayed, you should seek veterinary care as soon as possible. If vomiting, fever, or lethargy are noted, the condition is usually more urgent and emergency care (ER) should be sought out if you are unable to immediately visit your regular veterinary clinic. If you have any doubts or are concerned, take your animal to the ER. Since many of the signs of pyometra can also be caused by other medical conditions, it is important to get your pet assessed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

If left untreated, pyometra can cause your animal can go into shock, kidney failure, or develop severe dehydration. Pyometra is a medical emergency that can be fatal if left untreated.

Are there any resources besides the ASPCA that a pet owner can reach out to online? 

There are several resources online, but as with all things, make sure you consult reputable sources such as your veterinary clinic’s website.  However, do not try to diagnose your animal by what you read online.  You are not a veterinarian and diagnosis and treatment of your animal should be left to a veterinary professional.

Since the pandemic, it has been increasingly difficult to procure an appointment with any veterinarian or pet care facility. In this type of event, what should a pet owner do?

Many veterinary clinics hold a certain number of appointments for emergency or urgent care cases.  Call your veterinarian and inform them of what the problem is and they should be able to provide guidance. Alternatively, you can take your pet to your nearest emergency veterinary clinic (ER).  Keep in mind that many clinics, regular and ER veterinary clinics alike, are not allowing owners to come inside due to the COVID pandemic. Please follow the guidance of the clinic and cooperate with these modified practices to keep everyone safe.

Why is pyometra surgery so expensive?

Pricing of all surgeries includes the procedure itself, anesthesia, required medications for pain, and other medications and materials that are necessary to support your animal through a successful surgery. Post-operative care and the time and expertise of the veterinarians and veterinary technicians are all considerations in pricing as well.

How long is the recovery time

Typically, sutures or surgical staples may be removed by the veterinary clinic in about two weeks.  During this time, it is very important to keep your animal as calm as possible and limit activity to reduce the risk of disturbing the incision site. Your pet may also have to wear a cone to prevent them from licking the incision site which would delay healing.

Is pyometra surgery easily performed? Are there any known complications? If so, why? What factors can be attributed to surgery complications? Age, overall health, or pre-existing conditions?

No, this surgery is not easily performed. Oftentimes, animals that have pyometra have complicating factors, such as fever, dehydration, and metabolic changes that require fluid support and medication. As with all other surgeries, pre-existing conditions must be identified to ensure the animal can be given anesthesia safely, and even still there is always a mild risk of complication.

In this surgical procedure, the veterinarian is removing the uterus which can be filled with a large amount of pus. Therefore, if not done carefully, a general infection can occur. Animals, especially dogs that have had several litters of puppies or those that have been allowed to have several heat cycles, can have very thickened uterine walls which tend to bleed more and make the surgery more complicated. Likewise, animals, where the infection has lasted for days on end, can have a very fragile uterus which makes it even more challenging for the veterinarian to perform the surgery. Due to the serious nature of this condition, we strongly recommend avoiding this scenario completely by spaying your animal.

Is there any way we can or should better educate pet owners about pyometra?

Generally, the ramifications of not spaying your pet, pyometra being one of them, are reviewed by your veterinarian when you first adopt them. Online information sources are also helpful in educating yourself on this condition and others related to not spaying your pet. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarians questions!

Once a female cat or dog has successful surgery, can pyometra reoccur?

This is a great question. In uncomplicated, successful surgeries, pyometra should not occur after spaying.  However, there is a small percentage of animals that may develop what’s called a “stump pyometra”. This usually occurs secondary to the presence of a small amount of ovarian tissue left behind during the original spay procedure. Under the influence of ovarian hormones, the small amount of uterine tissue that may remain at the base of the uterus can subsequently become infected. These cases are rare and can be quite challenging to diagnose.

How important is pet insurance? Are there any programs for low-income pet owners to assist with covering such a surgery?

Pet insurance is a great way to put your mind at ease when emergencies arise. There are many plans available which cover major emergencies, routine visits, and vaccinations as well. Check with your home or auto insurance company first to see what plans are available for pet insurance.  Alternatively, there are pet-specific insurance companies and credit-based plans that clinics often have available if you do not already have an established plan.

There are several low-cost veterinary clinics and not-for-profit organizations across the country that assist with veterinary care costs. An online search of national humane organizations and even breed-specific organizations can lead you to multiple resources. Keep in mind, however, that before applying for aid, you should read the organization’s eligibility guidelines, which are usually available on their website. Also, carefully read the application and provide any necessary documentation that would show you meet the eligibility requirements for assistance. The best-case scenario is to explore these options before an emergency occurs.

Is there anything you wish to add that we haven’t already gone over?

Owning a pet can bring a wealth of joy and happiness to your life! It is a long-term commitment and one that can be quite expensive over time. Pyometra is one medical condition that can be prevented by spaying your pet early on. Take the time to learn as much as you can about pet ownership before you decide to make that commitment and be sure to consult with your local veterinarian to provide the best care for your pet.

About Dr. Lauren Davidson

Dr. Lauren Davidson is a practicing veterinarian and public health professional in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a passion for educating the public on animal care and how it impacts human well-being. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Davidson works in biomedical animal health compliance and has worked with underserved communities across the country to provide veterinary care and education. She enjoys spending time with her two rescues, her dog Betty and cat, Louie.

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Frida: Immersive Dream

Lighthouse Immersive, North America’s leading producer of ground-breaking experiential art exhibits, and Impact Museums announce their newest immersive art installation, FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM. On the heels of their critically acclaimed blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh (now on-view in 15 cities), Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums have set their sights on the art and life of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the beloved 20th century Mexican artist best known for compelling self-portraits and radiant pieces inspired by her life in her native country of Mexico. The exhibition features some of the artist’s best-known works “brought to life” by the world-renowned master of digital art, Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, again accompanied by composer Luca Longobardi’s resonant score. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director. A brilliant, bold and uncompromising painter, Kahlo’s work is globally recognized for its raw emotional vitality, vibrant color work and unflinching intimacy.

FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM arrives at Lighthouse Artspace Los Angeles (6400 Sunset Boulevard) March 31 through June 11, 2022. Ticket prices start at $39.99 with timed and flexible options available. As the Official Card Sponsor of FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM in Los Angeles, American Express® Card Members can purchase exclusive PRIME tickets by clicking HERE.

In addition, FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM arrives Spring 2022 in the following cities:

  1. Dallas, Feb. 3 through April 17, 2022

Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas, 507 S. Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Co-produced with Impact Museums 

  1. Boston, Feb. 10 through May 8, 2022

Lighthouse ArtsSpace at the Castle, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Co-produced with Maestro Immersive Art

  1. Houston, Feb. 17 through April 17, 2022

Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston, 1314 Britmoore Road, Houston, TX 77043

Co-produced with Impact Museums

  1. Chicago, Feb. 24 through May 28, 2022

Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club, 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago IL 60610

Co-produced with Maestro Immersive Art

  1. Denver, March 3 through May 30, 2022

Lighthouse ArtsSpace Denver, 3900 Elati Street, Denver, CO 80216

  1. Toronto: March 31 through May 29, 2022

1 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1W7

“The success of Immersive Van Gogh has demonstrated that audiences are excited to experience art in a new way. Our Italian creative team are experts at digitally exploring masterworks in such a way that viewers are not merely passive observers. They obtain an even richer understanding of the artist by seeing the work as its creator might have,” said Lighthouse Immersive Producer Corey Ross. “That said, Siccardi presents Kahlo’s works in a format very distinct from that which he utilized in examining Van Gogh’s. He does not try to unify the many styles Kahlo used in her lifetime, but instead, presents them to us as a series of kinetic tableaus that may initially contradict–but eventually illuminate–each other.”

Frida Kahlo’s work is uniquely suited to be explored in an immersive environment and her life story is equally fascinating,” added Lighthouse Immersive Producer Svetlana Dvoretsky. “Kahlo lived her life as one giant journey of exploration, and her art mirrored that journey. Our goal is to give our viewers more than an examination of her work; we also hope they will leave with a richer understanding of the smart, complex woman who created these timeless masterpieces.”

“In this piece, we will chase Frida’s world, always in motion,” adds Siccardi. “We will discover her tenderness and hostilities by taking in her observations and fantasies. Our hope is that viewers will let themselves be penetrated by Frida’s stories, and in so doing, live vicariously through her.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the producing team bringing the amazing work of Frida Kahlo to Los Angeles,” said Vito Iaia, Co-Producer and Co-Founder of Impact Museums. “Following on the incredible response to the Immersive Van Gogh show, we are confident that FRIDA: IMMERSIVE DREAM will take fans on another groundbreaking journey through the mind of one of the world’s most celebrated artists.”

Kahlo’s work bridges surrealist and magic realism traditions–blending authentic depictions of her life with fantastical elements reflecting her inner thoughts and struggles. Folk art, mysticism, surrealism, magic realism and a notably revealing series of self-portraits are all included in the projections. Among the works featured in the piece are The Two Fridas (1939), The Wounded Deer (1946), and Diego and I (1946), intermingled with an assortment of photographs, drawings and iconography. Alongside her paintings, Siccardi’s piece also includes photos of Kahlo at various ages and images of figures from Kahlo’s life that influenced her worldview. The projections are shown on Lighthouse Immersive’s massive architectural canvas, using state-of-the-art projectors for a crisp image and high-quality sound systems that heighten the mood-setting score.

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Hot Girl Enterprise

Grammy Award-winning musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur Megan Thee Stallion and Cash App announced the launch of a limited-edition “Hot Girl Enterprise” Cash by Cash App apparel collection, which is currently available for purchase HERE.

Both Megan and Cash App partnered to co-design the collection, which includes a reversible bucket hat, a T-shirt and 1 bike short. All proceeds from Megan and Cash App’s collaboration on the clothing collection will go toward supporting charitable projects focused on education, housing and health and wellness in Megan’s hometown of Houston as well as across the globe.

“I’m really proud of this apparel collection with Cash App,” Megan said. “Not only did we create a fierce and stylish look for my Hotties, but we’re also giving back to communities in need in a meaningful way.”

The limited-edition collection comes after Megan and Cash App previously partnered to give away $1 million in stock to advocate the importance of financial literacy. As part of the announcement, she also released an investing tutorial on YouTube with Cash App called “Investing for Hotties,” where she educated viewers on various financial concepts, such as dollar-cost averaging and diversification.

About Megan Thee Stallion

Hailing from Houston, Megan Thee Stallion is a three-time, Grammy-winning recording artist, philanthropist, songwriter and ever-evolving cultural icon. From the release of her critically acclaimed and Gold-certified debut album, Good News, to earning two global record-breaking Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits with the “Savage (Remix)” featuring Beyoncé, and “WAP” with Cardi B, Megan has proven unstoppable.  Megan has been recognized for her musical achievements with three GRAMMY wins, including Best New Artist and nine BET Awards.

Megan was also honored as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. In October 2020, following a powerful and politically charged performance on Saturday Night Live that demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, Megan published her monumental “Why I Speak Up For Black Women” op-ed and accompanying visual with The New York Times.

About Cash App

Cash App is the money app. It’s the easiest way to spend, send, store, and invest money. Sending and receiving money is free and fast, and most payments can be deposited directly to a bank account in just a few seconds. With Cash App, customers can also invest in their favorite companies with as little as $1, buy and sell Bitcoin instantly, get a paycheck deposited right to the app, create a unique $cashtag to share with anyone to get paid fast, and use the Cash Card to spend the money anywhere they’d like. Download Cash App for free HERE.

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BBY KODIE – EMOTIONS RUNNING HIGH

BBY KODIE’S NEW MIXTAPE, EMOTIONS RUNNING HIGH, IS OUT TODAY

“BBY Kodie has described himself as Houston’s answer to Drake and it’s increasingly clear how serious he is.” – Rolling Stone

Today, BBY Kodie released his new mixtape, Emotions Running High, via True Panther/EQT/Motown Records. The 20-year-old rapper-producer wrote and recorded each of the 15 tracks at his Houston studio. On his most ambitious work to date, Kodie is at his cockiest, letting off bold lifestyle raps as his beats rubberband between shimmering synths, bass wobbles and saxophone riffs. See below for track listing.

In the lead-up to the mixtape’s release, Kodie shared two tracks: “Started This” and “Children.Houstonia said, “‘Started This’ sets the record straight that he’s an innovator in the music industry.” Placing “Children” on its “Best New Songs” playlist, The FADER noted, “His cool demeanor is even more vicious over the song’s beat, which at times resembles a panicked alarm in an underground bunker. Still, there’s no escape from Kodie’s onslaught.” Earmilk observed, “‘it’s an unquestionably hard, Southern rap song in which he oozes confidence and makes every bar more impactful than the last…he puts together undeniably great music that is impossible to compare.” View the Caravaggio-inspired video for “Children.” 

Albums like 2018’s Kodie Kardashian and 2019’s Vogue marked gradual steps away from the innocent charm of Kodie’s earlier songs towards a more polished artistic vision that coalesces on Emotions Running High.

“It’s just constant evolution,” Kodie says. “Last year to this year, I’ve been mostly listening to ambient soundtracks, movie soundtracks, Max Richter, Hans Zimmer.” On “Solemn,” a soaring choir intro dissolves into violins plucking and bowing around 808s and hi-hats.  

Rolling Stone said, “BBY Kodie has described himself as Houston’s answer to Drake and it’s increasingly clear how serious he is.” The city has been central to his development as an artist – he played his first-ever show in Houston and began his now infamous Halloween shows there as well. With his Raven House collective, Kodie is working to usher in a new Houston sound that simultaneously pays homage to the city’s pioneers and fosters innovation.

For Kodie, putting words together is an art form based in the Texas lineage of flexing and freestyling. ”When you grow up on that shit, it just gets embedded in your skin,” he says. “It’s like putting the ugliest words on the most beautiful beats.” 

From the start, Kodie has established himself as a rare, self-contained entity in the music world, an auteur who takes the reins across every element – from music to visuals to merchandise – to further his unique artistic vision. If Events is just a taste of what’s to come, then the future is unbelievably bright for Houston’s next star. 

Track Listing – Emotions Running High

  1. Pain Passion Fortune
  2. This Is Forever
  3. Champagne Fights
  4. Blind
  5. 30 Below
  6. How Chandeliers Are Made
  7. In The Moment
  8. Heritage
  9. Politics
  10. Started This
  11. Arose Out The Fire
  12. Solemn
  13. Stretch
  14. Survival
  15. Children

Amber Mark – Softly

Today New York based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark releases a brand new single ‘Softly’ via PMR/Interscope Records. Sampling Craig David’s ‘Rendezvous’, the new single is the fifth preview of her long-awaited debut album ‘Three Dimensions Deep’. Due for release on January 28th, the album will be followed by huge UK, EU and US spring tours including a night at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March.

Amber’s debut album arrives almost 4 years after the release of her second EP ‘Conexão’, an extended process that has proved central to its thematic development. The 17 track album can be divided into three main acts that follow the arc of Amber’s personal and musical development; WITHOUT, WITHHELD and WITHIN. Beginning by acknowledging her insecurities and anxieties before reflecting on her time in denial and spent processing them in all the wrong ways, Amber eventually widens her focus by seeking answers to the world’s negativity and trauma on a cosmic scale. Finding peace and a form of inherent spirituality in the world of astrophysics while writing the album led to a fresh perspective on life and a renewed sense of self. Amber’s debut album is simultaneously a profound concept album and a love letter to herself, richly intertwining messages of self-worth and reflections on the universe beneath a veneer of shimmering pop. In true Amber Mark style, ‘Three Dimensions Deep’ is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of influences and genres, drawing from funk and R&B, soul and hip-hop with international accents influenced by a nomadic childhood spent travelling the world with her late mother. View a trailer for the album HERE.
 
“Three Dimensions Deep is a musical journey of what questions you begin to ask yourself when you start looking to the universe for answers.” says Amber; “I can only go as deep as the third dimension as that’s how we see the world, but what about when you start looking to the universe within for answers.”
 
The three official singles previously released from the album ‘Worth It’, ‘Competition’ and ‘Foreign Things’ marked Amber’s first official singles since 2020’s ‘Generous’, though 2020 was still a hugely productive year for Amber. With her hometown of NYC hit hard in the first wave of the pandemic and placed under strict lockdown, Amber turned to her simple home studio to create an acclaimed series of home-produced covers and originals titled ‘Covered-19’, each accompanied by a homemade video and artworks. The series was followed by a collaboration with longtime friend Empress Of on the protest song ‘You’ve Got To Feel’, earning Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, ‘Tune Of The Week’ and a spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Earlier this year Amber was featured on legendary DJ Paul Woolford’s new piano-house track ‘HEAT’, again snagging Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and a long run across the Radio 1 and 2 playlists. Having already amassed over 300 million streams since the release of her breakout debut EP 3:33AM in 2017, Amber has built a global fanbase eager to hear her debut full length – pre-save it HERE.
 
EU/UK TOUR 2022
Sat March 5, Paris, Nouveau Casino
Sun March 6, Brussels, Botanique
Mon March 7, Munich, Strom
Wed March 9, Berlin, Frannz
Thu March 10, Cologne, Luxor
Fri March 11, Hamburg, Stage
Sun March 13, Amsterdam, Melkweg Oude Zaal
Tue March 15, Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed March 16, Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Fri March 18, Dublin, Academy
Sat March 19, Glasgow, Garage
Sun March 20, Liverpool, Arts Club
Tue March 22, Leeds, Stylus
Wed March 23, Manchester, Academy 2
Thu March 24, London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
 
US TOUR 2022
Mon March 28, Boston, MA, The Sinclair
Wed March 30, Montreal, QC, Le Belmont
Thu March 31, Toronto, ON, The Garrison
Sat April 2, Detroit, MI, El Club
Sun April 3, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Tue April 5, Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
Fri April 8, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
Sat April 9, Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
Sun April 10, Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret
Wed April 13, San Francisco, CA, The Independent
Mon May 9, Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
Thu May 12, Houston, HOB @ The Bronze Peacock
Fri May 13, Dallas, TX, HOB @ The Cambridge Room
Sun May 15, Atlanta, GA, Aisle 5
Tue May 17, Washington, DC, Union Stage
Wed May 18, Philadelphia, PA, Foundry
Fri May 20, Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
illustration by Kaelen Felix for use by 360 magazine

Astroworld Festival

By: McKinley Franklin

Popular rapper and Houston-native Travis Scott hosted the Astroworld Festival this past weekend. The festival resulted in eight fatalities and dozens injured. How did the once cherished Astroworld Festival turn so dark so fast, and how can society learn from this atrocity?

This year’s Astroworld Festival marked the third of an annual series since 2018. The festival is held in Houston, Texas, where Scott grew up. Scott’s third studio album attributes directly back to Houston, being named after a theme park from Scott’s childhood, Astroworld. Before the festival was held in 2019, Scott was given a key to the city of Houston from the city’s mayor. The rapper received the key during his Astroworld Tour while performing in Houston. While presenting Scott with the key, mayor Sylvester Turner praised him for the recognition and reputation that Scott linked with the city of Houston. During the presentation Turner also announced that Scott had inspired the city to bring back another amusement park, like the original Astroworld, to the city.

Later in 2019, the second annual Astroworld Festival was held where a prelude to the events in this past year’s festival would be showcased. Much like the most recent festival, fans stormed the venue and three people were reported to be trampled. Such patterns of seemingly aggressive behaviors have been associated with Scott in the past that date back to 2015. Two arrests of Scott have been reported for similar behaviors of prompting fans to engage in disorderly conduct(s). Both instances involved Scott encouraging fans to breach security at music festivals.

After another successful year of the festival in 2019, the annual scheduling came to a halt amidst the ongoing pandemic in 2020. With much anticipation due to the cancellation of the festival in the past year, Scott announced the third annual festival in May 2021. This year the festival would be extended to two days “due to overwhelming demand as well as rave reviews around the festival’s incredibly curated lineup.” The official lineup was not released until October 26 of 2021, a little over a week before the festival was scheduled. Popular artists in the lineup included SZA, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Lil Baby, accompanied by Travis Scott as the leading headliner of the festival. Scott promoted the festival on his socials and referred to members of the lineup as “avengers.” In the same post Scott also communicated that the festival was sold out, but he had managed to acquire more tickets so that more fans could be in attendance.

November 5, 2021, marked the beginning of what was supposed to be the two-day Astroworld Festival. Festival gates opened at 1pm this past Friday, and mayhem began shortly after. A lot of the set protocols and rules surrounding security at the festival were disregarded early before the festival commenced. Security was failing to enforce ID and coronavirus vaccination checks, as well as other rules surrounding prohibited items and general security checks. The performance areas were noticeably packed around 7pm, and the crowds only grew as Scott’s performance was approaching. A countdown started thirty minutes prior to when Scott was set to perform, and as the countdown crawled down, so did the available space for those at the venue.

When Scott finally did take the stage, the intense compressing of the crowd really took off. The squeezing of the crowds became unoccupiable as the first song in Scott’s performance began. Fans in the crowd had nowhere to move, and if there was movement it was inevitably devastating. People were falling onto the floor, piling on top of each other in some areas. Individuals began to become so crushed that they were passing out in the crowds. Fans that were close enough to the front of the stage begged security to pull them out of the crowds to safety, As the night continued, paramedics were seen amidst the masses of fans performing CPR, treating unconscious people and even carrying off lifeless bodies.

During the chaos, Scott continued his performance taking few short pauses to notify security of fans being unconscious in the crowds. Kylie Jenner, Scott’s baby mother of two, posted to social media a video of the crowds at the festival with a noticeable ambulance in the mass of people. Multiple videos and images have been posted from fans at the festival across social media platforms. Specific videos recount the fearful experiences that individuals went through, and some even recount people trying to notify security of the chaos that was occurring throughout the swarms of fans in the crowd. The festival continued, forcing over three hundred people to be treated on-site by medical personnel, dozens being hospitalized and eight individuals dead.

How did the festival turn out so gruesome? On the Astroworld Festival webpage there are clear rules, regulations and precautions written out that were to be followed. One of the main problems that resulted with this festival was the insufficient quality of security and amount of medical personnel/ supplies onsite. Fans were spotted running past security throughout the day leading to Scott’s performance. Security checks were not followed as intensely as they were publicized to be. An insufficient number of medical supplies and personnel showed cracks in the groundwork of the festival throughout the day and when Scott’s performance started.

How can festivals be prevented from tragedies like this from reoccurring? A few simple tactics can be implemented that all lead back to ensuring efficient safety of all people in attendance of a festival. To ensure a safe venue, festivals must be held at safe venues with secure layouts. Creating a reliable layout with a well-organized security team can allow for a safer and more comfortable experience for everyone. Making sure the facility and its grounds have been well-inspected, kept and prepared for the festival are key elements to a safe experience. A well-managed and prepared security team and plan for the facility of an event can also ensure a safer experience for a festival.

Machine Gun Kelly Guitar by Sam Cahill for use by 360 Magazine

MACHINE GUN KELLY LAUNCHES SIGNATURE GUITAR

MACHINE GUN KELLY AND SCHECTER ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE “MACHINE GUN KELLY SIGNATURE PT”

Recording artist and superstar Machine Gun Kelly worked closely with Schecter designers to create the custom signature MGK Tickets To My Downfall pink guitar which is now available to fans. 

This riff machine features an alder body and a Canadian rock maple bolt-on neck that has carbon fiber reinforcement rods for extra stability and has been shaped to a thin “C” profile for high velocity soloing and comfort. The neck joint construction allows easy access to the upper frets and the 14” radius ebony fingerboard provides all the warmth, sustain, and effortless playability you could ever want.

The “Machine Gun Kelly signature PT” also features an overwound Schecter Pasadena Plus pickup in the bridge position which delivers a modern tone that has an aggressive, balanced punch when driven, but also clear and mellow mids and highs, allowing for many options that range from thick and crunchy to jangly and bright, and the simplified controls feature a volume control and a kill switch, delivering complete control of your sound right to your fingertips.

This guitar comes loaded with the industry leading Graph Tech XL Black Tusq Nut. Rounding out the black hardware is a set of Schecter locking tuners and Schecter PT-H bridge that will stabilize tuning and can withstand anything you can dish out.

Machine Gun Kelly shred his signature pink guitar all around the country to hits from his #1 album Tickets to My Downfall this fall on his sold-out tour. With the tour now over, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. The artist is nominated this month for Best Rock Artist at the 2021 American Music Awards and Best Alternative at the MTV European Music Awards. 

The Schecter Machine Gun Kelly Signature PT is sold at all major retailers worldwide (Guitar Center, Musicians Friend, American Musical, etc.) and any Schecter dealer.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Without Scars

The Advantages of the Transaxillary Method According to Memorial Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Patrick Hsu

When considering breast augmentation, one of the most common concerns patients have is the scarring that will occur after the procedure. And while this depends on the incision made during the surgery, Dr. Patrick Hsu of Memorial Plastic Surgery favors one particular method, called transaxillary breast augmentation, for its minimally-invasive approach which leaves no visible scar on the breast.

Dr. Hsu offers transaxillary breast augmentation at his clinic in Houston, Texas, as an alternative incision technique compared to the more common inframammary and periareolar methods of implantation.

This cutting-edge technique soared in popularity among Asian breast augmentation patients who are at an increased risk for darker, pigmented scars because of their skin tone. But because it causes minimal scarring that’s hidden beneath the underarm, it’s now a preferred technique by patients of all ethnicities.

“I consider this technique to be extremely safe. It allows our patients to recover faster as there is no large incision and they can enjoy their results sooner,” he shares.

Dr. Hsu is a well-known advocate of safe cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, performing the most complex surgeries using minimally invasive techniques that ensure the patient experiences no complications after the procedure. He is actively involved in raising awareness about one of the most complicated surgeries, the Brazilian Butt Lift, and has spoken out about the importance of finding a plastic surgeon who understands the complexity of the procedure and performs it with the patient’s safety in mind.

Every patient who visits his clinic at Memorial Plastic Surgery receives an initial consultation for Dr. Hsu to understand their goals and make treatment recommendations that will help them achieve their specific goals with the shortest possible downtime and least complications.

Explaining the Transaxillary Method

Transaxillary breast augmentation involves making a small incision in the armpit. Dr. Hsu uses an endoscope to assist in the dissection to minimize bleeding and to create a precise, clean pocket for the implants.

Both silicone and saline implants may be used with this method, though the size of the incision varies depending on the implant used. The implants are typically placed under the muscle. Once healed, the scars are almost indistinguishable from a natural crease in the armpit.

“What makes this technique much safer is that it eliminates the need to cut through the muscle or the breast when accessing the implant site,” Dr. Hsu explains. “Because of this, it’s also less likely to cause a temporary loss of nipple sensation, which is a common side effect of other breast augmentation techniques.”

Dr. Hsu employs a no-touch technique that prevents any contact between the implant and the patient’s skin during implantation. This greatly reduces the risk of bacterial infection and capsular contracture.

Check out this video of Dr. Hsu performing a transaxillary breast augmentation.

A series of videos featuring Dr. Hsu and his team are found on his social media accounts so that potential clients can get a sense of how he performs breast augmentation and see a glimpse of the excellent, life changing results he’s able to produce.

Get In Touch with Dr. Patrick Hsu Today

Now that lockdown measures are easing across the country, Dr. Hsu and his team at Memorial Plastic Surgery have implemented strict COVID protocols to safely reopen their clinic and cater to a new surge of patients requesting cosmetic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation. Patients considering breast augmentation with the transaxillary method can consult with Dr. Hsu for a comprehensive treatment plan to help them achieve their specific goals.

In the last decade, Dr. Hsu has performed hundreds of breast augmentations using the transaxillary method and has achieved satisfactory results that meet their cosmetic goals and provide a safe and quick recovery process.

Get in touch with Dr. Hsu today by visiting Memorial Plastic Surgery’s website to schedule a consultation or by calling the clinic’s hotline at 713-633-4411.

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