Off Island Ghost Release New EP

Off Island Ghost are a Milwaukee duo who just released their new EP Impossible Things. The four song EP is now available on Apple Music and Spotify and can be described as melodic alternative rock with an early 2000’s vibe. Think Jack’s Mannequin meets Death Cab for Cutie with some Airborne Toxic Event thrown in.

The four song EP was produced, engineered, and mixed entirely by the band over the course of six months, and you can check out a lyric video for “Wildfire” on YouTube to get a feel for the band and EP.

‘Dunkirk’ Has a Strong Opening Weekend

Dunkirk beat expectations over the weekend with a $50.5M debut:

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk became the first non-franchise film to top the weekend box office this summer and the first since March of this year as it delivered over $50 million this weekend. Additionally, Universal’s Girls Trip played strong, finishing in second position, while STX’s release of EuropaCorp’s Valerian failed to take off. Also, for a second weekend in a row, we have another franchise title dipping over 60% in its second weekend in release.

I saw the film on IMAX yesterday and loved it. Heart pounding and relentless.

Jay-Z Tops the Charts Again

Jay-Z once again has the number one album in the country:

4:44 sold 61,000 in traditional album sales in its second week (down 65 percent from 173,000). The album was also down in streaming and track equivalencies, falling 72 percent in SEA units (22,000 — down from 82,000) and 52 percent in TEA units (3,000 — down from 7,000).

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Passion Pit Announce Hiatus

Passion Pit have announced a hiatus for the foreseeable future to focus on mental health:

Until it is safer and healthier for us to be advocates, to be a writers, producers, and performers, I simply cannot continue making music. You’re either committed to it or not. To raise awareness one moment and announce a show the next doesn’t help me. It hurts me. And others. I love Passion Pit and I love music even more. When something would be wrong, I’d try to ignore it. Then I’d almost die. Really.History loves to repeat itself and it’s because of systems and their flaws. So, I decided to make solving this issue my priority for now. xo

how many more episodes of behind the music do we need? how many more artists need to die? sexual harassment lawsuits need to be thrown out? i make so much music on a regular basis. the only way i can do that is because i work really hard to stay healthy. better health = more art. it’s the 5th-anniversary of Gossamer, an album that is about and the product of a manic episode. I nearly lost everything, including my life. trying to make sure that Gossamer doesn’t happen to me or anyone ever again. i am always making music. will only release music if it is to benefit the work i am doing to improve the environment in which it is made.

George R.R. Martin Offers Update on Books

George R.R. Martin has updated his blog on the future of his books:

“And, yes, I know you all want to know about The Winds of Winter too. I’ve seen some truly weird reports about WOW on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth. I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.