band crush: shura


get starry-eyed with dream pop’s new chanteuse.

You know that feeling that comes when you discover new music? It's basically the best one ever. Regardless of how old you are or what you do--nothing beats that electric sense that happens when you press play, everything just clicks, and your ears suddenly become very, very happy.

That's exactly how we felt when Josh Madden from NYLON Guys told us about Shura. This London-based producer and singer might be a mystery for now, but she's officially blowing up the internet with her dreamy debut, "Touch." 

Weaving hip-hop beats and soaring synths around a lush pop backbone, the track is equal parts chill and danceable (think Blood Orange, Solange, and Sky Ferreira vibes). Bottom line? It doesn't matter whether you're getting dressed in the morning or looking for a midnight lullaby, because it's always a good time for "Touch." Meet Shura below! 

How did you first start playing music? 
I picked up a guitar when I was 13 because I was jealous of my Dad being able to play and wanted to jam out with him. He taught me three chords and that was that. I still have no idea what I'm playing most of the time, but I make it work. My Twin Brother is a pretty great singer and we used to write silly tunes together. Took me a while to catch up on the vocal skillz cause he's basically Mariah.

What's the story behind "Touch"? When you posted it, did you ever expect it to be as big as it became?
Absolutely not. Don't get me wrong-- I imagined some people would vibe it. But the last few weeks have been mental. I figured I'd written this track, that was special to me and that there would be some who got it. But I've been blown away by the positive response. There was this one chap--who suffers with Synesthesia--who hit me up to say "Touch" was the first track in ages to have a massive effect on it. Stuff like that is awesome. H

Which artists are making music right now who you admire?
It goes without saying that I hugely respect Blood Orange. I caught him live the other week and it was such a great show.  I'm also really into SOHN, his solo work and the stuff he's done with Kwabs, whose voice is just insane. I have a huge soft spot for the Odd Future gang too, so whenever Earl Sweatshirt or Tyler bring something out, I'm on it. I bought the FKA x Inc collaboration on vinyl about 7.5 seconds after it was announced. Oh and Frank Ocean. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your music video for "Touch"?
I had the idea for the video super early on--just a montage of "togetherness." I love when people kiss--what they do with their hands is kind of second nature--and wanted to capture that, the act of touching.

In your dream world, where is Shura in a year, career-wise?
A collaboration with Drake would pretty much make my life. So crossin' all my extremities for that one. To be honest, I really just want to continue putting out awesome tunes. Maybe a 12" single here and there, play some shows and write an incredible album. The kind my parents would play and I would dance to when I was a kid but I still listen to now. I love the idea that music is passed down through generations.  I'd like there to be a Shura album or five--music that people will listen to twenty years from release and say "Damn...she nailed it!"

Fill in the blank: the best place to listen to "Touch" is....
Apparently alone and on headphones, so that no one thinks your crazy for listening to it 10 times in a row. That being said,my New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to learn how to skateboard, and listening to music whilst skating is incredible. So yeah, if you can't ride shotgun and the bus is late, pop in your headphones and go skate.

Watch the new video for "Touch" below. 
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.