Jun 17, 2022
Scroll down to hear new releases on Fresh Indie Fridays by indie artists (clockwise from top left) Sidharth Bendi, Ash Lune, Frizzell D’Souza and Pratik Tushar, Shashwat Bulusu and Doctor Lincoln. Photos: Courtesy of the artists; 9th Ray Studios – Hyderabad (Bendi); Friends Republic (Bulusu)
Ash Lune – Broken Science Experiments
Mumbai-bred and Brisbane-based artist Ash Lune has just released her poignant five-track debut EP, Broken Science Experiments. The record includes balmy soundscapes, mature songwriting, emotive and waltz arrangements, as well as Lune’s shimmering vocals. In a social media statement, the artist said, “I put this dream off for so long because I feared that people may think that I’m a terrible singer and I can’t write a decent melody. But it was also the fear of spending my life without even trying, that got me here. A wise man once told me to write. Just write. Even if it sucks. Just write. Some time, someday, you will come up with something you’re proud of. It’s statistically impossible that you won’t.”
Shashwat Bulusu – Aabad
Baroda singer-songwriter Shashwat Bulusu dropped his new double-side record Aabad today. The two tracks, “Aabad” and “Charkha,” mark Bulusu’s first Hindi releases. Both fall into the acoustic space, are slow-paced and act as a call and response, with the artist singing blissfully throughout. In a statement, Bulusu said, “‘Aabad’ and ‘Charkha’ are two songs written, recorded, then rewritten and re-recorded over a few months. This process became quite ritualistic – while ‘Aabad’ was the song being made at night right before sleep, ‘Charkha’ was the song being written first thing in the morning, both in my head. ‘Aabad’ reflects unfettered hope for better days to come. ‘Charkha’ responds to this hope and argues for unfettered perseverance to get to the better days almost like a horse with blinds on.”
Sidharth Bendi – “June”
Hyderabad singer-songwriter Sidharth Bendi’s tender track “June” showcases that sometimes simple is the way to go. The track holds its own with acoustic guitar, ambient sounds and Bendi’s tugging-at-the-heartstrings vocals. In a statement, he said, “‘June’ is an emotional tale about running out of time to spend with a special person, reminiscing about the time that went by but also accepting the end of our time spent together.”
Pratik Tushar, Frizzell D’Souza – “Ill at Ease”
Bengaluru-based guitarist/songwriter Pratik Tushar and Mangaluru/Bengaluru singer-songwriter Frizzell D’Souza team up on the bluesy-pop offering “Ill at Ease.” The song features Tushar’s slick fretwork with riffs and solos, while D’Souza’s moody vocals go well with the vibe and groove. In a statement, Tushar said, “The song is about anxiety and how a person suddenly finds themselves in a situation of overthinking and nervousness. The narrative is about two people, one who’s new to the condition of anxiety issues while the second person is comforting the other.”
Doctor Lincoln – “Break the Ice”
Kerala-based musician Lincoln Joseph aka Doctor Lincoln’s latest single comes in the form of the acoustic-rock track, “Break the Ice.” The song includes uptempo guitar strumming, a bouncy drum groove, a sizzling sax solo, catchy vocal melodies and more. The track is set to feature on the musician’s forthcoming sophomore album Will See You Now. In a statement, the artist said, “[The song] explores overcoming ghosting from sore friendships that actually mean a lot.”
Jennifer Lopez Wore a Backless LBD That’s Perfect for Summer
When it comes to life off the red carpet, Jennifer Lopez is shirking major trends in favor of classic summer staples.On June 23, Lopez was spotted out in Los Angeles, California wearing a strappy black halter dress with an open back and a pair of matching heels. The Halftime star wore her hair back in…
When it comes to life off the red carpet, Jennifer Lopez is shirking major trends in favor of classic summer staples.
On June 23, Lopez was spotted out in Los Angeles, California wearing a strappy black halter dress with an open back and a pair of matching heels. The Halftime star wore her hair back in a ponytail and topped off the look with minimal jewelry, though her green engagement ring stood out prominently on her left ring finger.
While Jennifer Lopez has been known to embrace the latest trends—from sheer dresses to oversized blazers—on the red carpet and during press appearances, her day-to-day wardrobe tends to include workout-appropriate leisurewear and timeless staples. When it comes to summer dressing, the singer is all about breathable fabrics and espadrille sandals.
Lopez was recently photographed making out with fiancé Ben Affleck on the set of his upcoming film wearing a pair of black platform espadrilles and a linen DKNY jumpsuit. A few days earlier, Lopez looked positively bridal in a white eyelet maxidress, another pair of espadrille wedges, and gold hoops. In a couple of the paparazzi shots, we see the singer with her hair up in a casual bun and wearing a long beige knit cardigan over the dress.
Rage Rocks Glastonbury: Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers React to Supreme Court’s Abortion Ruling
Bille Eilish made history not just as the youngest person to headline the main stage at England’s Glastonbury Festival on Friday night, she was the first-ever born in the 2000s. (Her 21st birthday is this December 18, if you were thinking of getting her something.) And as The Guardian noted in their rave review of…
Bille Eilish made history not just as the youngest person to headline the main stage at England’s Glastonbury Festival on Friday night, she was the first-ever born in the 2000s. (Her 21st birthday is this December 18, if you were thinking of getting her something.) And as The Guardian noted in their rave review of the performance, she’s the first “kind of pop star that tweenage girls scream at” to headline the event that debuted way back in 1970.
But some of that was overshadowed by news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s move to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, leaving women’s body autonomy in the hands of increasingly reactionary state legislatures, unprotected by federal law. Word hit the U.K. at around 6 p.m. local time.
From the primary Pyramid Stage, Eilish introduced her song “Your Power” with a downbeat prologue: “Today is a really dark day for women in the U.S. and I’m just gonna say that ’cause I can’t bear to think about it any longer in this moment. This song is dedicated to that, I guess,” she said.
Phoebe Bridgers, who performed earlier on the John Peel Stage, was a little more blunt. “Who wants to say, ‘Fuck the Supreme Court’?” she reportedly asked the crowd. She also commented that while the festival was “super surreal and fun,” she was also “having the shittiest day.” Bridgers, who has spoken about having an abortion in the past, concluded by saying “fuck that shit. Fuck America and all these irrelevant old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies. Fuck it.”
Also, Joe Talbot of the band Idles said the decision brought the United States “back to the stone ages” during his time on the festival’s “Other” Stage.
Eilish was, in the words of The Guardian’s music critic, “appealingly confident” during the show, with an infectious enthusiasm. She took to the Pyramid Stage following performances by Sam Fender, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Wolf Alice, Crowded House, Rufus Wainwright, and Ziggy Marley.
Saturday night Sir Paul McCartney has the prime slot, and Kendrick Lamar follows suit on Sunday. (You can look at the whole giant schedule here, and ponder how you’d plan your weekend. Sunday’s got a real toughie: catch scorching hot British saxophonist Nubya Garcia or living legend Diana Ross? Can’t be two places at once!)
Speaking with NME prior to the gig, Eilish gave a typically honest take on what it’s like to be positioned alongside Lamar and McCartney: “it’s bonkers.” She added, “I remember Kendrick headlined a festival I went to when I was 14, and I couldn’t believe he was headlining this small festival because he was so huge. And now I’m headlining the same festival as him and Paul McCartney … are you kidding me?”
Eilish continued, “The Beatles were what raised me. My love for music I feel 95 per cent owes to the Beatles and Paul. It’s insane to think about.”
True heads already knew the first song Eilish learned was “I Will” off of The Beatles’s White Album, one of Paul’s songs. She’s also covered George Harrison’s “Something” and, with her brother Finneas O’Connell, performed Paul’s “Yesterday” at the 2020 Oscars.
The Botticelli Bob Is About to Become the Hairstyle of the Summer
Depending on the desired volume and your hair’s thickness, you can create the look with two or three braids (the more braids, the more waves, the more structure). If braids aren’t your forte, Cole suggests a two-strand version. “For a two-strand braid, hold two sections of hair in your hands and twist the strands and…
Depending on the desired volume and your hair’s thickness, you can create the look with two or three braids (the more braids, the more waves, the more structure). If braids aren’t your forte, Cole suggests a two-strand version. “For a two-strand braid, hold two sections of hair in your hands and twist the strands and wrap them around each other,” he explains. In the morning, unravel the braids and gently finger comb through the strands.
Cole recommends starting off your hair’s nighttime routine with products that help with damage repair, like the Sebastian Professional No. Breaker, as well as something like the Sebastian Professional Potion 9 for moisture. “When you apply products the night before and then braid the hair, your hair has the whole night to soak up the benefits,” Cole says. “This all helps retain the style the next day. Once you add the moisture in and lock it in, it will remain in your hair until you wash it again.”
And if you accidentally miss the nighttime prep and aren’t against heat styling, there’s a last-minute alternative to get the look: Simply complete the first steps, spray the braids with a thermal protectant, then heat them with a hair dryer or flat iron. Allow the braids to cool before separating.
There’s also no need to fret about summertime humidity ruining the durability of the ‘do. Surprisingly, Cole says the heat works in our favor. “It’s especially great for summer because the heat and moisture work with the style and enhance the look, so you are working with the weather instead of against it,” says Cole.
Next-day hair isn’t a barrier for this style, either. If you’re looking to amplify the look throughout the week, Cole suggests adding more styling product like the Sebastian Professional Potion 9 and layering in a light mousse. “This layering technique will lock in moisture, give control, and add smoothness and elasticity,” he says. “Then, put the same braids back in before bed, and wake up to even more texture and body for the next day.”
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