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Wrenn Wants You to Get Angry

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And embrace your most troubling emotions

For the internet and her many fans, Wrenn is a mysterious, monster-making enigma, one dedicated to the art and image she so carefully curates. That isn’t to say her artistic persona is meant to keep fans at arm's length; instead, the 20-year-old connects with them with her music, that's both a rehabilitative and an often spiritual experience for both the creator and the appreciator.

Born in L.A. and known to friends and family simply as Zoë, Wrenn is the daughter of Paul Mirkovich, who was not only the duet singing partner for Cher—for 16 years—but was also the band director for Janet Jackson and current musical director for The Voice. It's easy enough to say that Wrenn has some mighty footsteps to fill; however, she is prepared to do so based on what she's observed over the years: a tendency toward perfectionism, a constant search for technical excellence in music (clean, crisp, and direct), and an intense drive for success. She says, “My dad’s career pushed me to keep getting better. You look around and listen—everything is incredible—and you're like, ‘Man, I want to do that.’” 

Upon turning 18, Wrenn spent a year in New York, where she attended NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recording Music and slowly built her artistry. This was also when she came to terms with her intense mental state, as she battled anxiety and depression. “When you have crazy anxiety, it's always, ‘Man, this isn't good enough, it is never good enough. How do I make this better?’ My mind is always going,” Wrenn admits. “I felt it was a real battle between my incredibly strong emotions, that I got from transitioning to this insane city, and the downers that were like, ‘Keep it down!’” 

But Wrenn feels that this type of constant, anxiety-ridden spiral actually affected her artistry in a somewhat positive manner. “Me overthinking a particular color scheme made me create an entire language for this record,” she said. “There would be a manic moment where I would spark up and be so creative for such a short period of time before I went back into this other state.”

Photos by Brendan Blaney 

Having returned to Los Angeles after school, Wrenn reflects on how the two cities affect her creative process:

Los Angeles me and New York me are two halves of a whole. My time in L.A. is a train that slowly gains momentum. In New York, I threw a whole bunch of coals in the furnace and said "GO!" Sometimes, I do miss the way I used to create in New York. It was a lot more poetic because it was a lot more sporadic. In L.A., I had a lot of time to come down and relax and take a moment. I'm very much a product of my environment.

Good Mo(u)rning, her latest work, is ultimately a result of that moving train, one fueled by unapologetic emotion. “I want my fans and listeners to know it's cool to be sad, it's cool to be angry,” Wrenn mused. “You should feel those emotions and take pride in them because they are so true to you as a person.”

Feelings of anger, sadness, frustration, and anxiety are all littered across the six-track record. Unlike the intense emotions of “Cease Fire,” a previous single, “All My Friends (Are Sh!t),” premiering here on NYLON, takes a different path, a fresh reminder of what it means to say goodbye to toxic friends.

Wrenn says, “It’s pretty self-explanatory. Basically, I had shitty friends. I got rid of them and cut that toxic energy out of my life. I was over putting up with people that bring negative energy into my life. I’d rather be friends with people that deserve it, or [with] the things I create in my head, aka 'the monsters.'” 

Wrenn has talked about "the monsters" before; she says that they're basically “a couple cool friends up inside [her] head... They’re called the monster people, and they live in the field.” Never fear, though, Wrenn's not the only one who can see these monsters; she's made illustrations of her pals, a project she's worked on for four years now. The eight-piece "monster" collection began as an “intent to create a visual extension of the music, something to enhance the listener’s experience and show them greater insight into what I believe is the emotion, or intention, behind the work.” For Good Mo(u)rning, then, there's a monster for each song, which “we’ll all be seeing more of, very soon.” The one that stands out most is Abbott, a little flying dude with a wicked mane who can be seen on all of the merch, most of the visual content, and also happens to be tattooed on Wrenn’s wrist. 

Until Good Mo(u)rning drops in early summer, SoundCloud is chock-full of Wrenn’s entire discography, from the sweet acoustics of years past, such as "a lullaby for the boy who knows who he is," to the the intensity of “Cease Fire,” which exhibits just how far Wrenn has transformed and reminds us of just how much is to come.

More info on the upcoming album, the monsters, and Wrenn's current tour with Gnash can be found on her (self-coded) website, WrennMusic.com

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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 www.youtube.com

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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.

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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 youtu.be

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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) www.youtube.com

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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.

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