Old Dominion and Brothers Osborne had a running joke on Twitter for a while about being mistaken for the other. Apparently it’s easy to confuse bands with duos in country music — even if their sounds couldn’t be more different. “It still happens,” says Old Dominion’s singer Matthew Ramsey, calling from Glasgow, where the reigning ACM Group of the Year are in the midst of a U.K. tour. “I think people want to gravitate toward a person or a face. It didn’t used to be that way. Bands used to be a little bit bigger of a deal. But for the most part, people just know if they like the song or not and ultimately that’s all we care about.” Like their current single “One Man Band,” Old Dominion stack the deck with likable songs on their new album, the self-titled Old Dominion, out on Friday. It’s the group’s third LP and the first they co-produced, alongside frequent collaborator and confidant Shane … [Read more...] about Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey on Why It’s Hard to Write a Song About America
Jeffrey Epstein’s death by suicide in federal custody on August 10th means that the wealthy financier will never be criminally prosecuted for sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy. The July indictment alleged that Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes” in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida, the US Virgin Islands and other locations from 2002 to 2005. According to Attorney General William Barr, the FBI probe into Epstein’s alleged crimes is far from over, and possible co-conspirators “should not rest easy.” “Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr said. Those who associated with Epstein include well-known heads of state and successful businessmen, as well as at least one high-powered lawyer, science luminary, and loyal ex-girlfriend. Some of them have already been accused of participation in Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking … [Read more...] about Jeffrey Epstein: Who’s Who in Underage Sex Trafficking Case
Two months after observing the autopsy of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, a forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother has claimed that the injuries associated with his death are more consistent with homicide than suicide. But until we have more information, according to experts, it’s impossible to know what really happened. Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner and a Fox News contributor, went on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning to discuss why he thinks Epstein likely did not die by suicide. Specifically, Baden noted that Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple, which he said “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.” Despite Baden’s new revelations, New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson stands by her office’s … [Read more...] about What’s Going on With Jeffrey Epstein’s Autopsy?
The New York City Chief Medical Examiner has determined the cause of socialite sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s jail-cell death as suicide. A statement by Barbara Sampson released to the media reads: After careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings, the determination on the death of Jeffrey Epstein is below— Cause: HangingManner: Suicide Epstein, who was found in his cell, reportedly with a bedsheet noose around his neck and in cardiac arrest on Saturday morning, was declared dead at a local hospital shortly after. The cause of death was slow to be confirmed as the medical examiner weighed evidence of broken bones in Epstein’s neck, which had reportedly raised concerns of a homicide by strangulation. According to CNN reporter Erica Orden, lawyers representing Epstein’s interests believe the official investigation has fallen short, putting out a statement insisting, “We are not satisfied with the conclusions of … [Read more...] about Jeffrey Epstein Death Ruled a Suicide
The Good Place is back for a third season, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I do a wheelie on a dirtbike through an entire waffle house… Lord, I missed these dum-dums. When last we left our heroes, it appeared that Michael had convinced the Judge to resurrect them in order for them to earn Good Place spots via their mortal existence. There was some question of whether this was really Earth or another simulation, but Mike Schur explained over the summer that this was real, and Season Three’s first episode — “Everything Is Bonzer!” — wastes little time confirming this for the people who are not generally inclined towards reading 2400-word showrunner interview transcripts. If Season Two’s finale left me with any concerns about one of TV’s cleverest and most fun series, it was that the Earth-bound flashbacks were rarely a comic highlight of either season. Would abandoning the metaphysics of the afterlife … [Read more...] about ‘The Good Place’ Season Premiere: Heaven Is a Place on Earth