Are You Ready For The Second Coming Of BØRNS?

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You better be

Garrett Borns didn't know if a new album was in him after he wrapped touring his debut LP, Dopamine. "I just went from feeling very powerful and being onstage, and having this presence in front of people, to just having this solitude and having time to cook my own meals, be in one place, and sleep in one bed," he says earlier this month, right before his first of three New York City shows. That type of switch can, understandably, trip anyone up. Going from being surrounded by thousands of people calling your name to wherever it is you call home, where there aren't those asks, is the difference between night and day. "I felt so powerful and immortal," he says of being on tour. "Not being on tour put my mortality in perspective."

So, Borns did what he had to: soak up as much inspiration as possible, get more life experiences under his belt, and hit the studio for what will be his second album as BØRNS. The album's first single, "Faded Heart," takes the charm of "Electric Love" and pushes it with loaded electric guitars and a chorus that finds him reaching for the rafters of his falsetto. "That's one thing I really wanted to work on after Dopamine, my falsetto," he says. So, he naturally looked to Prince for inspiration there. The rest is a mix of lower register singing and influence from the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Frank Ocean, and Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 Japanese horror cult classic, Hausu. "The mix of darkness and playfulness is something I really liked," he adds. That dichotomy can be heard in the bouncing beat of "Sweet Dreams," while the lyrical content begs to differ: Breakups suck, man.

Consider the next BØRNS album a study in duality, the bitter and the sweet. "Immortality versus mortality is a major theme on the album," Borns says. "The supernatural phenomena, when it comes to why you share an attraction with someone, too, plays a big role. Where does that come from? Is that just between you two or is it this external force that's actually bringing you together?" Lofty questions for a musician who's not so afraid to soar to new heights—even if the way he sings, he says, is different. That's just the marking of a new era and artistic growth. The old BØRNS isn't gone, he's just lived some more, surrounding himself with life's small pleasures ("nothing grounds you like a real authentic Mexican taco"), and challenged himself to discover where else and what else music can take and teach him. Funny what time away can do for ya, huh.

Catch BØRNS on tour in 2018:

  • Jan 17 in Oakland, CA at Fox Theater
  • Jan 19 in Portland, OR at Roseland Theater
  • Jan 20 in Vancouver, BC at Vogue
  • Jan 21 in Seattle, WA at Showbox SoDo
  • Jan 24 in St. Paul, MN at Palace Theater
  • Jan 26 in Milwaukee, WI at Riverside Theater
  • Jan 27 in Chicago, IL at Riviera
  • Jan 28 in Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live
  • Jan 30 in St. Louis, MO at The Pageant
  • Feb 1 in Dallas, TX at House of Blues
  • Feb 2 in Austin, TX at Stubb's
  • Feb 3 in Houston, TX at White Oak Downstairs
  • Feb 5 in New Orleans, at LA Joy
  • Feb 6 in Atlanta, GA at Tabernacle
  • Feb 8 in Cleveland, OH at Agora
  • Feb 9 in Toronto, ON at Rebel
  • Feb 10 in Montreal, QC at Club Soda
  • Feb 11 in Boston, MA at House of Blues
  • Feb 13 in Washington, DC at The Anthem
  • Feb 16 in New York, NY at Terminal 5
  • Feb 17 in Philadelphia, PA at Electric Factory

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.