Early James doesn’t like it when his lyrics sound too straightforward. The Alabama singer-songwriter tends to approach things obliquely, adding an air of mystery and haziness that doesn’t just spell it all out. Sometimes he even does it to his detriment. “I like to confuse myself by what I even mean,” James says. “It’s like, what do you mean by that? I’m like, ‘That’s a fun turn of phrase. Does it make sense? No, not yet.’ And then you just make it make sense.” James had to do some sense-making labor for “Real Low Down Lonesome,” a duet with roots star Sierra Ferrell that appears on his upcoming album Strange Time to Be Alive (Aug. 19). Over a dramatic, flamenco-influenced set of chords, Ferrell coos about “an awfully strange gallows trick” and James murmurs about “striking matches just for fun,” vividly illustrating the potently seductive and dangerous attraction between two people. James had written it with Ferrell and Strange Time to Be Alive ‘s producer Dan Auerbach … [Read more...] about Early James Wasn’t Made for These Times
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To paraphrase Cher Horowitz, searching for authenticity on a social media app is like trying to find meaning in a Pauly Shore film. Yet that hasn’t stopped Silicon Valley from trying. Apps like VSCO, Cluster, We Heart It, and Dispo all aim to take the pressure off curating one’s flawlessly Valencia-hued Instagram grid in favor of a grittier and more real social media experience, as if there were such a thing. Social media is an inherently inauthentic experience, one that relies on playacting various expertly curated personae to a select audience of followers. Whether you’re posting latte art from your NOLA vacation or trying to craft the perfect Jordan Peterson quote tweet dunk for clout, there is a tacit understanding that you’re not behaving anything like your real self, because that version of you is far more boring than the one you put out online. One app, however, is willing to bet that your real, authentic self — zits, raccoon eyes, flyaways and all — is a lot more … [Read more...] about The Strange and Alluring Mystique of BeReal
If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. Noise-cancelling headphones usually command a pretty high price. A good pair of headphones from Sony like the Sony WH-1000XM4 c an set you back close to $350 and even headphones like the AirPods Max can cut a massive hole in your wallet. That’s why a good headphones deal can make your shopping experience easier. Right now, you can snag Monoprice’s SYNC-ANC headphones for just $59.99 — one of the best headphone deals under $100 . Monoprice Buy: Monoprice SYNC-ANC Headphones at $59.99 Packed with active noise cancelling (ANC) technology, up to 20 hours of playback time, and support for both a wired and wireless connection, these Monoprice headphones are a steal at their current price. There’s also support for multiple advanced codecs, including the Qualcomm aptX low latency codec for minimal lags on your … [Read more...] about RS Recommends: Yes, You Can Get These Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Under $60
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers. As one of the fastest-growing, highly regulated industries in the country, the cannabis industry has been a potential goldmine for years. Brands have evolved from illicit-market-esque branding with sophisticated marketing strategies. In the messy throes of brand strategy, in-store design, social media marketing, digital advertising and more, packaging design remains an underestimated piece of the mix. Cannabis product packaging is a quiet sales pitch to your customers to buy your product; it communicates the price, value, product benefits and the brand’s identity. It is often the first touchpoint when a customer browses displays in a dispensary. In fact, 72 percent of American consumers say that a product’s packaging design has an impact on their decision to buy. Let’s look at why cannabis packaging is so overlooked and how you can change the game by … [Read more...] about Cannabis Packaging Regulations and Best Practices
Getty The GOAT is GONE in Tampa -- at least for the next roughly two weeks -- the Buccaneers revealed on Thursday that Tom Brady is now out of training camp while handling a "personal issue." Todd Bowles was just peppered with questions about his star QB -- who left training camp Thursday and is not expected to return until sometime in late August -- but the Bucs head coach declined to get into specifics of it all. Instead, Bowles would only say Brady is out dealing "with some personal things." Tampa Bay Buccaneers "It's something he needed to handle," Bowles said. "We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled way before training camp and he will not be here until after Tennessee." The Bucs are slated to play the Titans in a preseason contest in Nashville on Aug. 20 -- which means a return date for Brady won't come until at least Aug 21. And, it seems the 45-year-old's absence could extend longer than that, 'cause Bowles wouldn't … [Read more...] about Tom Brady Out Of Bucs Training Camp Dealing With ‘Personal Issue’
Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers. Honest and transparent teams are likely to succeed for the simple fact that they value an open dialogue. If your team isn’t on the same page about your plans, projects will suffer and the business may lose the momentum it needs for growth. This is why, as a business leader, it’s critical to ensure you’re receiving constructive and helpful feedback from your team. To help you make this a priority for both you and your business, 12 members of Rolling Stone Culture Council discuss their best tips for leaders. Start With Transparency In my experience, leading from a place of transparency creates strong bonds and better performance. Spending the time sharing what goes into these decisions takes away some of the confusion and gives the team an opportunity to feel involved and to understand why, and it also provides a moment for them to give their ground-level … [Read more...] about 12 Tips to Get Honest, Constructive Feedback From Your Employees
If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. Though mask restrictions are easing across the country (and around the world), officials say you shouldn’t be taking off your masks just yet, especially if you’re in crowded places or starting to travel. Even if you have received your vaccine and booster, medical experts continue to promote the wearing of face coverings as an effective way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 , the Omicron variant, the new BA.5 variant and other potentially harmful viruses in the air. And while airlines and the FAA have relaxed guidelines mandating the wearing of face masks in-flight, many travelers are still keeping their masks on when sharing air with hundreds of passengers for hours at a time. With Covid infections rising again, some states have also started debating reinstating a mask mandate, especially for indoor dining and entertainment. … [Read more...] about N95 Masks vs. KN95 Masks: Which Work Best to Protect Against Covid?