U.K. Rock Band Black Honey Is Ready For World Domination

Photographed by Charlotte Rutherford. From left: on Ostler: suit by John Varvatos, shirt by Topman Design; on Phillips: coat by Dilara Findikoglu, shirt by Vivienne Westwood, pants from Rokit Vintage; on Taylor: jacket by John Varvatos, t-shirt by Topman;

Charli XCX talks to lead singer and guitarist Izzy B. Phillips about the band’s next moves

The following feature appears in the June/July issue of NYLON. Every year we scour the music scene to round up the best rising acts for our annual music issue. This time around, Charli XCX guest-edited the feature, hand-picking a crop of new musicians to be interviewed by veterans in the game who have been there and done that. To meet more up-and-coming artists on Charli’s radar, click here

This four-piece once preferred to send cryptic texts to fans rather than reveal their identities, but the popularity of their shoegazey sound and melancholic lyrics left people begging to meet them IRL. Now the band—composed of lead singer and guitarist Izzy B. Phillips, guitarist Chris Ostler, bassist Tommy Taylor, and drummer Tom Dewhurst—is ready for full exposure.

Charli XCX: When did Black Honey form? Why are you the best rock band in the world?
Izzy B. Phillips: We each played in loads of different bands in Brighton [England]. I had been writing songs for a while but everything just clicked with [my Black Honey bandmates]. I think we are different because we are paving our own path, making music we love on our terms and our standards.

Do people often ask you what it’s like to be a girl fronting a rock band? On a scale from one to 10, how annoying is that? 
Surprisingly, not that often. Though people do ask—and, yeah, it’s a nine—I prefer it to the blinkered expressions I get daily from engineers, as they try to figure out why a band member’s eccentric girlfriend is asking for guitar levels in the monitor mixes.

Out of all the members in the band, who parties the hardest? What’s the stupidest thing they’ve done? 
I mean, there are a lot of stupid things that we get up to. We recently lost Tom in Newcastle, half-naked in a red magician’s fez. Thankfully, he turned up in Slaves’ tour bus at 5 a.m., singing. Our other great late-night ideas involve stick and pokes and naked swimming.

You definitely have an eye for fashion. What are some of your favorite pieces in your wardrobe?
I collect vintage clothes, and my all-time winners are my red berets, a dress, and black boots. Right now I’m digging my hand-painted leather jacket and my heart-shaped Lolita sunglasses.

How many berets do you own?
I own about five at the moment but they get stolen off the stage by fans at every show, so I have to keep my eBay searches on constant rotation.

Who’s at Black Honey’s ultimate rock ’n’ roll dinner party? You can invite anyone, dead or alive.
I’d invite David Lynch to cook the dinner. It would be set in the Twin Peaks diner with some of his characters from other films there, too—like the Elephant Man and Eraserhead. Also I would invite Elvis, but only if he came bearing some donations from his stage wardrobe. Françoise Hardy, Charles Manson, and Ringo Starr, too.

You’re on tour with Royal Blood—what’s it like? 
Mike [Kerr] and Ben [Thatcher, of Royal Blood] are amazing. We always have a laugh just hanging out and going to gigs together, so touring is fun. They have always been super supportive of what we do, so we’re stoked to finally hit the road with the guys.

Are you making a record? Can you sum it up in three words?
Lips are sealed.

What’s next for Black Honey, aside from world domination?
After we’re done touring with Royal Blood we start festival season—Reading and Leeds, Ibiza Rocks, to name a few. Expect to see us back on the tour circuit with loads of surprises, too. Watch this space.

Photographed by Charlotte Rutherford. From left: on Ostler: suit by John Varvatos, shirt by Topman Design; on Phillips: top by MSGM; on Dewhurst: shirt by Vivienne Westwood; on Taylor: jacket by John Varvatos, t-shirt by Topman, pants by Roberto Cavalli.

Styled by Krissie Torgerson. Hair: Sami Knight at Starworks Artists. Makeup: Amber Dreadon. Photo assistant: Brooke Taffet.

Photo by Imani Givertz

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

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

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)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

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.