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Caveman Gives Us Insider Details On Their Newest Album

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Catching up with New York’s coolest rock band

As every great New York music story starts, the formation of Caveman began with a few underage kids sneaking into a bar. Fast-forward and they have just released their third album, Otero War, arguably their most self-assured album to date. With the new release, the band has shattered their narrow indie-rock image and has branched out incorporating more classic rock and folk elements. On Otero War, it's clear that they settled into a rhythm, and know exactly what it takes to produce an album that feels grounded and complete.

We caught up with frontman Matthew Iwanusa before the band started touring to discuss the new album, his favorite performance of all time, and what it's like to be a Caveman.

How did you all meet and how did Caveman first start?
Jimmy and I went to high school together. We met the other dudes at a bar called Sin-é. Jimmy and I were underage, and we just started hanging with the other dudes. They'd sneak us drinks. 
 
What was it like putting together Otero War?
It was a lot of me showing the guys these ideas I write in the van and listening over and over. We would then play them and just keep focusing on the parts that didn't seem as good as other parts. 
 
What was the best part of filming the video for “Never Going Back?”
It was really fun working with Steven Sebring. He's an amazing guy, and he had a ton of great ideas. We walked on a treadmill for a few hours. 
 
The video and the cover art both seemed to have a futuristic/outer space aesthetic. Where did the inspiration for that come from? 
I'm a big fan of sci-fi and old video games. We always get excited about that stuff. This guy Marc Ericksen did the artwork. He did all the classic video game covers that you've seen. 
 
If you were going on a road trip, who would be on the playlist?
Tears For Fears, The Stone Roses, Peter Gabriel, DIIV, Sébastien Tellier.
 
What was your favorite performance of all time?
We played at this amazing theater in Iceland. When we were sound checking, the sound guy said our song was huge there. It was exciting. 
 
When you’re not performing, where can we find you and your bandmates hanging out on a Saturday night?
Lower East Side at Black & White, Lil' Frankie's, or The Library. 
 
If Caveman was a pizza, what would be the toppings?
Pineapple and pepperoni (the kind that curls up and gets crispy), no ham. 
 
If Caveman were in a horror movie, who would be the first to die, who would live the longest, and who would be secretly evil?
I think we'd all do pretty well. Maybe Jeff [Berrall] or I would go first. Somehow Jimmy [Carbonetti] would survive, and I see Sam [Hopkins] being secretly evil. 
 
Do you have a life motto or any words that you live by?
Champion!
 
What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Wet Hot American Summer series. Maybe some Battlestar Galactica.
 
What’s the vibe like when you guys tour together?
We just have fun. Everyone has their weird things that they do, but we've been friends for so long we just laugh about them. 
 
Where do you picture people listening to your music?
I'd say at big festivals and in their car. 
 
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
Playing in the NBA, without a doubt. I probably would have been drafted in the first round if I took that route instead of music. 
 
What’s the best part about being in Caveman?
Hanging with some of my best friends and making music we love. 
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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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