Kills Birds Is Here With A Stellar Debut Track

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Kim Gordon already approves

It's not often that anyone passionately puts their stamp of approval on a band before their first song is released. It's even rarer to grab a glowing quote from a rock legend before the first track reaches the public. But Kills Birds has nabbed just that, making their debut track mandatory listening.

Admittedly, Kill Birds' song "Worthy Girl" caught my attention even before I knew Kim Gordon thought it was "hot as fuck," but Gordon's stamp of approval definitely left me feeling validated. And I'm not the only one excited: Kill Birds' producer Justin Raisen, who also works with Gordon, was excited to get such a big reaction, saying, "She just fucking loves it and gave me permission to say she does. It's not often I show her new material and she reacts in this way." Raisen himself had been quickly drawn to the band's music when he saw them open for singer-songwriter Lawrence Rothman. "The moment I heard their music, I was like a magnet to the stage's front," he said. 

Kills Birds started as a secret project between Nina Ljeti and Jacob Loeb, who initially had absolutely no plans of releasing music. Eventually, though, they added bassist Fielder Thomas and drummer Bosh Rothman, started performing live, and created the lineup—and sound—you can hear today.

Does that all sound like it came together really quickly? It did. Their forthcoming album was recorded start to finish—and completely live—in under eight hours. "Worthy Girl" itself took up less than 60 minutes of their time. "I had written these disjointed lyrics that had no sense of timing or structure," Ljeti said. "When Jack and I got together, we decided to write music that fit the rhythm of the lyrics, instead of the other way around. It was really exciting when it worked. I think Justin’s recording especially captures the excited chaos of the song." As for the inspiration behind the content, Ljeti explained, "The song itself is about feeling inadequate as a woman. And getting beat up and choked by yourself."

Loeb spoke to the excitement that comes from playing this particular track live, saying, "It's such a chaotic, unintuitive piece of music, you never get used to playing or hearing it, and it never seems to unfold exactly the same way, but somehow it just works out." 

Get lost in the chaos of "Worthy Girl" as it premieres exclusively with NYLON, below. 

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.