band crush: liza anne

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‘two’ times the charm

Liza Anne hails from Georgia, but is more a citizen of the world. When we spoke, she was in the car headed to see fellow NYLON Band Crush Lady Lamb play a set in Chicago. Afterwards, the 21-year-old was set to venture off to Rock Island for some downtime. Following that, she'll head out on tour. Anne has logged more miles than most people her age, and it shows in her music.

Her latest LP, TWO (out May 19), is a stunningly somber album that is as much about her globetrotting as it is about a former love. It showcases Anne’s keen ability to turn even the smallest of feelings into a sweeping song (something her first LP, The Colder Months, highlighted). The seven songs are personal, but written in a way that anyone from all walks of life can relate to. A part of that sensibility is due to an innate sense of the world around her, but another part is simply because she doesn’t just exist in the world, but seeks to understand how the world exists. And she translates that through melancholy songs with the hope that you, too, can understand just a bit more about yourself. 

How did you get involved with music?
Well, I have always written. When I was a kid, I wrote all of the time. I’ve always been observant, but never really knew how to focus anything so I started writing poetry and random rants. When I was 14 or 15 I started listening to Joni Mitchell, The Cranberries, and Brandi Carlile. I started to realize I could channel all of these internalized rants in a way that was more healthy.

So music became a release?
Yeah, definitely! It’s very therapeutic.

Is music your only form of therapy and dealing with all the things life throws at you?
Not totally! Any form of creative expression is therapeutic. I painted a lot up until last year. I read a lot—any sort of way of taking in different things and finding different ways to put things into a tangible form is how I learn to understand the world around me. I travel a lot, too, so just the act of moving around is really therapeutic to me.

How often are you traveling?
Oh my gosh; all the time! I’m traveling all of summer. I live in Nashville; I’ve lived there for the past three years. I was in school for two years, but I dropped out. You could say I ran away to Europe for three and a half months. I was in France, Germany, Ireland and Norway. I played shows along the way, too. I learned so much about how much more I can create Like I was saying before: I’m a very observant person so being in a place where I’m experiencing different cultures and people had such a huge impact on the art I was creating.

What place has had the most impact?
The most impact? That’s such a good question. I don’t know; I guess being in London last summer was pretty impactful. There were so many different corners of last summer that are attached to a very vivid moment in my mind. I think London had the most. I was there for the longest time and forged really cool, creative relationships with different people that really dictated a lot of how this new album came together.

I was going to ask about London because you sample the Tube in “Ocean.”
Yes! Actually, all summer long I was collecting field reportings from everywhere—like I had like a storm rolling in over Norway and the sound of the sea in Ireland. My phone crashed, so I lost all of them. The whole record was meant to have like a corner of every place I had seen and I was really excited. Luckily, my best friend Tom lived in London and recorded the train for me. It just fit perfectly with the project and everything.

How have you changed since The Colder Months came out?
I was 18 when I wrote that project, so the move to Nashville when I was writing that was a huge growth in and of itself. I really had no plans or motives behind the album. It was just me cataloging whatever melodramatic thing I was going through at 18. Over the last year with touring the project, I learned how I am as a performer and also as a writer. I’ve learned and still am learning how to not set up walls for myself in the beginning of the creative process. There was a lot more intention behind TWO; I was less scared to try out new sounds and make things bigger. I think touring, traveling, and releasing something is completely intimate and vulnerable. There’s no way not to grow.

Do ever you hesitate to put out such honest and raw material?
You know, I recently had this mini panic moment when I realized I’m putting out seven very intimate, very secret things that really no one has been let in on. What I do is I stand in front of strangers and sing these songs that are very, very personal and it sometimes freaks me out.

Yeah, but then you find that your fans and listeners identify with the words so it becomes this universal thing.
Exactly; the lyrics are the most important part to me, too.

One thing I’ve always wondered is when someone has a good way with words, some say, “they’re wise beyond their years”—do you like that label?
It’s so weird. People have told me that since I was, like, 10. I think it’s because at such a young age, I really started idolizing my aunt. She was about 13 years older than me, so I think I’ve always been aware of myself and aware of how people were perceiving me. It’s fine when people have said, I’m wise beyond my years, but then other times I’m like, “I’m still 21 and literally don’t know what the fuck I’m doing,” I start to wonder whether I am that smart. I think any person who can be self aware enough to the point of expressing their emotions. I feel like there’s a sense of maturity to that, but I don’t think that necessarily means someone is “wise beyond their years.”

What do you want to accomplish with your music?
I just want people to not feel alone in those super dark places of emotional instability. Because I know that for me, I have struggled with anxiety and depression and there have been times where it feels like no one has experienced the things I’m experiencing. But then, you know, you hear a song and it’s completely gets you. I want my music to be that.

How do you pull yourself out of a rut to write?
I really just take the “fuck it, I’m gonna do it” route. I can’t help but write, really. There’s never a struggle of like, How do I start writing, I’m so sad. I just have to write. I write everyday. So, there’s no way for me not to. I’m not saying it’s good writing, but it’s practice.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.