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Hotels We Love: Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos Is Baja California Sur’s Newest Adults-Only Luxury Getaway

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I’ve only been to Mexico once before — to Tulum and Playa del Carmen on the east coast. We’re talking lush, tropical jungles with plenty of cenotes to explore and bask in while Instagram influencers flood the streets to get their photos taken standing backstage at house and techno parties. It’s fun, to be sure, but in my experience it’s certainly not tranquil.

So when I landed in Los Cabos, on the southern tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a completely different setting. Calmer, quieter, and decorated with cardon cacti peppered across a desert oasis backdrop. Newly placed in this landscape lies Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos. Having opened in January 2024, the all-inclusive, five-star resort is Velas Resorts’ third property in Los Cabos, following the footsteps of its sister properties of Mar del Cabo and Grand Velas Los Cabos.

Upon arrival at Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos, you’re greeted with breathtaking ocean views at nearly every corner, vibrant magenta bougainvilleas lining the hallways and white-painted corridors, and a colorful geometric infinity pool that overlooks the Sea of Cortez and the surrounding mountains. And with 79 suites — each boasting a private terrace and personal concierge — the property is a picture of luxury, privacy, and escape.

As you might imagine, the fact that no kids are allowed helps with that latter point.

WHY IT’S AWESOME

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Sorry-not-sorry but the best part about this place is that it truly is an adults-only resort.

I didn’t see any children or teenagers during my stay, which helped me to relax while on vacation. Everything was created with only adults in mind, all the way down to the food offerings, the communication style between the staff, and the design of the resort itself. Also, having opened just four months ago, everything is brand new. The infinity pool’s colorful geometric design is completely jaw-dropping while the freshly planted bougainvilleas adorn each little hallway and corridor of the resort making me feel like I was in a sexy fairytale.

Additionally, all guests of Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos have access to the five Grand Velas Los Cabos gourmet restaurant offerings at no additional charge. With the sister resort being a quick two-minute walk away, this was a game changer — greatly expanding your food offerings each night.

I also love that Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos offers complimentary cultural experiences to guests. These include a Mexican chocolate tasting journey of 12 flavors; Mexican wine and cheese pairing from varying states of Mexico like Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and Michoacán; and tequila tasting in the Agave Tasting Room.

FOOD & DRINKS

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There are endless food options at Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos. With the hotel being newly opened, it was clear that some recipes and dishes were still being dialed in. I ordered several of the same dishes every day and some came out completely different each day, which was confusing but also thrilling — in that you weren’t quite sure what you were going to get. (I joke, but the various chefs can surely be forgiven for needing to get presentations and expect ingredient ratios dialed.)

There are four direct on-site restaurants and bars to satisfy your cravings at any time of the day or night. Frida, featuring high end Mexican cuisine; Piaf, with traditional French cuisine; Lucca, showcasing Italian-Mediterranean specialties; Velas 10, serving seafood and prime cuts; and Cocina de Autor, presenting creative gastronomy led by Chef Sidney Schutte.

In the morning, you can order your breakfast to your room or start your day overlooking the Sea of Cortez at Del Mar restaurant.

A few highlights of Del Mar breakfast:

  • Hash Brown Potatoes: I wouldn’t even call these “hash browns” as more like scalloped breakfast potatoes. These came as a surprise side on the first morning and I requested them every morning after. They were, without a doubt, one of the best breakfast offerings. The only issue is that they never came completely consistent or the same each morning but when they came crispy and hot they were unbelievable.
  • Omelet: Just make sure to tell them what you want in it — otherwise it will come as fluffy scrambled eggs. But if you tell them how you want it – filled with bacon, sausage, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese – it’s the perfect size and consistency.
  • Avocado Toast: Not all avocado toast is made equal. Instead of a usual guacamole-style avocado spread, these were freshly cut pieces of avocado stacked alongside hummus, cherry tomatoes, and crushed pistachios.
  • Lox & Bagel: I ordered this every morning and it came out very consistent. The capers added a great pack of flavor to the salmon. They put lox on one side of the bagel though and leave the other half with the smallest amount of cream cheese — they shouldn’t tease you like that!
  • Crème Brúlee French Toast: I’m a sucker for something sweet in the morning and this satisfied my sweet tooth. The crust was a little too thick but the fluffy middle was to die for, especially if you drizzled just a touch of maple syrup.
  • Seasonal Fruit: The fruit was fresh! The pieces of papaya melted in your mouth. Bravo to the kitchen team on sourcing produce fresh and at scale!

Then there was the poolside Roca Bar. You could dip into the stunning infinity pool and order your drink of choice at the swim-up bar or bask at one of the dozens of poolside or beachside chairs for a drink and mid-day snack or lunch.

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Highlights include:

  • Al Pastor Tacos: These were initially my favorite. The three “street-style” tacos had exceptional flavor rounded out with red peppers, raw onions, tomatoes, and pickled onions. The meat was juicy and tender and the serving size was perfect. Unfortunately, they didn’t come out the same each day and came out looking and tasting completely different. Overall, the dish was hit-and-miss.
  • Ceviche: This is where consistency doesn’t have to be an issue. I really liked this because it was different each day depending on the type of fresh fish that was caught. While the fish was fresh and silky, the chips weren’t doing it any justice and were pretty hard and crunchy.
  • Tempura Shrimp Tacos: The pineapple is perfectly complemented with a hint of lime and overall crunch.
  • Veggie Samosas: Indian food in Mexico just hits different, right? The curry sauce was to die for and had my mouth water just by the smell of it. That said, they need a new name for these though because they only had potatoes in them with no addition of any vegetables.

LOTO Robata Grill is the flagship culinary destination for the resort. Led by two-Michelin-starred chef Sidney Schutte, I tasted my way through Japanese cuisine prepared over a slow-cooked robata open-fire grill.

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Highlights of dinner:

  • Steak & Tuna Tartar Cones: I’m always wary of steak or beef tartar. The cone presentation made these welcoming and fun to try while the flavors burst in your mouth like how you would take bites of the end of an ice cream cone. Amazing execution.
  • Rock Shrimp Salad: I was a big fan of the flavor but the shrimp wasn’t crispy. I did like that it came on a bed of French lettuce so it was a nice, light appetizer.
  • Ribeye: I tried a variety of cooked meats and steaks and the ribeye was by far the best. I’m pretty picky with wanting my steak cooked medium rare, and I thought the ribeye was perfectly juicy and tender.

Again, the restaurant is new and working through kinks. That said, I didn’t have a good experience with the corn or the french fries.

AMENITIES

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  • SE Spa
  • Private butler-concierge service for every suite
  • Ocean views
  • Personal plunge pools
  • Private terraces
  • Private beach access
  • Outdoor infinity pool
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 24-hour suite service
  • Minibar in suite replenished daily
  • Parking and valet parking
  • Business center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary cultural programming, including Tequila and Mezcal tastings, Mexican Wine & Cheese Pairing, Mexican Chocolate Tasting

ROOM TYPES

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Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos features 79 brand-new luxurious suites exceeding 900 square feet of living space. Each suite includes a walk-in shower, a personal jacuzzi, a daily-stocked minibar, welcome bottles of wine and mezcal, aromatherapy diffusers, 24-hour personal concierge service, bathrobes, electric curtains, and Dyson hairdryer and straighteners.

  • Garden Suite – King bed with double outdoor daybed + outdoor jacuzzi
  • Ambassador Ocean View Suite – King bed with private terrace + plunge pool
  • Sunrise King Suite – Ocean-facing King bed with private terrace + outdoor jacuzzi
  • Pool King Suite – King bed with private fire pit + plunge pool
  • Grand King Suite – King bed overlooking the highest point of the building with outdoor jacuzzi + separate living room
  • Grand Class King Suite – King bed with private terrace, plunge pool, firepit + two separate living spaces
  • Elite King Suite – Two bedroom King bed suites with indoor jacuzzis, outdoor terrace, plunge pool, fire pit

THE BEST THING TO DO WITHIN A 15-MINUTE WALK

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The best thing to do at Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos is fully relax and bask in its offerings. With the private beach just steps away from the pool, you can spend your days sitting poolside getting waited on with endless food and drinks overlooking the Sierra de la Laguna mountains or get your toes sandy and walk the beach. I will say that the beach isn’t set up for swimming unless you walk five or ten minutes to the left where it levels off more, but it’s a great area for exploring the rocks and environment.

With the property still undergoing construction, its on-site spa hadn’t opened yet for guests when I visited. However, guests of the hotel do have access to its sister property Grand Velas Los Cabos’ SE Spa. Spanning 35,000 square feet, spending an afternoon here is true luxury.

The Water Ceremony was unlike anything I’ve experienced before. With my own spa valet, I was directed through a seven-step water journey that included a eucalyptus-scented steam room, polar pool, sauna, and multi-sensory hydro pool with massaging faucets and bubble beds. The bubble beds made me feel like a kid again as they tickled my body but also sent me into a state of full relaxation.

I always deem a massage successful if I fall asleep, which doesn’t always happen. After I spent an hour guided through the water ceremony, the tequila massage sent me into a deep state of relaxation that I wish I could tap into more. As the name implies, they mix one shot of tequila with massage oil to rub into your muscles, which was something completely new and very well received by me. I was worried that the smell of tequila would be too overpowering but it wasn’t at all.

THE BEST THING TO DO WITHIN A $20 TAXI RIDE

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With the resort being 30 minutes from the Los Cabos airport and 15 minutes from the downtown area, exploring the area is quite easy. The hotel offers transportation and personal scheduling for several activities including visiting El Arco De Cabo San Lucas and Medano Beach, yacht charters, fishing expeditions, and sunset cruises at Cabo San Lucas Marina, snorkeling and swimming at Santa Maria Beach, whale watching, and more.

I decided to set off on my own and get dropped at ​​Plaza Mijares. The town square is the main square of the city and is the perfect place to spend hours walking around like a local. It almost reminded me of Frenchmen Street and Bourbon Street in New Orleans where you can get drinks to go and freely walk around and find something new on every corner. The place lights up on a Friday night with skateboarders, rollerbladers, bikers, and people just frolicking around enjoying the atmosphere.

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I’m a sucker for being a cheesy tourist, so taking a photo of the San Jose del Cabo sign in front of the Church of San José was a must. Getting a margarita to go and spending hours poking your head into dozens of little shops, art galleries, and filling up on appetizers from restaurants was the perfect way to spend an afternoon and evening.

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Some highlights of the Historic District:

  • Corsica Galeria De Arte: Offered a compelling walk through multiple rooms featuring contemporary and modern art from Mexican artists.
  • TWH Art Gallery: I loved this little art gallery! The sculptures, paintings, and jewelry were so unique and most of them touched on graffiti street-style art. I spent quite a bit of time chatting with the owner about the stained glass lamps.
  • Tequila Town: Pop in here to get a $1 can of beer to walk the streets with.
  • La Lupita: This place was packed and for good reason. I had some of the best tacos of my life here accompanied with tunes by a local live band. The soft shell crab and kampachi tostadas melted in your mouth. I’m pretty sure I died and went to Heaven when I ate the al pastor tacos, which are wrapped in an asadero cheese crust wrap.

BED GAME

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Let’s be clear here: I’m not a morning person. Was I a morning person in Los Cabos? Very much so. The bed faces the near floor-to-ceiling balcony windows and doors, so you can easily catch the sunrise wrapped up in blankets in bed. The goose-down comforters and addition of the pillow menu elevate this bed to the next level.

Rating: 9/10

SEXINESS RATING

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Having your own private ocean-view balcony naturally decorated with pink little flower petals would make anyone swoon. The jacuzzi or plunge pool that’s perched on each one sends it over the edge. Having 24-hour access to endless food and drinks straight up to your room – meaning you can relish rich desserts naked on your balcony with your lover – is priceless.

Rating: 10/10

THE VIEWS AND PHOTO SPOTS

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Grand Velas Los Cabos is perfect for scoring ultra-sexy Instagram photos. Each suite’s balcony is naturally adorned with bright magenta bougainvilleas flowers to accentuate any photo while the geometric infinity pool lends a beautiful backdrop for a golden hour photoshoot.

Rating: 9/10

BEST SEASON TO VISIT

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There really isn’t a bad season to visit and stay at Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos. I enjoyed my stay here in February which granted me warm days and cool nights. I personally would have liked it to be a tad bit hotter to fully enjoy the ocean and pool, but it was nice to not be sweating just walking around the property.

December through April is considered “high season” and you can also count on seeing whales coming up for air from your balcony during this time.

IF I HAD TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ONE THING

The hotel is very much still under construction, both literally and figuratively. Literally in the sense that some corridors were blocked off for construction and you could see some parts of the hotel getting built up more from your balcony, which at times was disruptive. Figuratively in that with it being completely new and open, the service is not completely dialed in. Is that something to be expected of a new hotel? Sure. But if you’re paying for five-star service, you should know that this is a work in progress.

Another thing to note is that I’ve never been so bummed to get on an elevator. Knowing that the elevator is the magical vibe holder to the grander hotel experience, this was like getting into a dark, futuristic warehouse-style room that lacked air conditioning. The elevators did not align with any of the design of the resort in the slightest, which was just bizarre to me.

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Mitski Sets Sail Toward Love In Her New Video For ‘Star’

The story of The Land Is Inhospitable, And So Are We continues. Today (April 23), Mitski has shared the video for “Star,” a fan-favorite from the album.

On the song, Mitski remembers the pleasant moments of a love that was short-lived, but still ever-so-special.

“That love is like a star, it’s gone / We just see it shining / It’s traveled very far, I’ll keep a leftover light burning / So you can keep looking up / Isn’t that worth holding on?,” she sings on the song’s chorus.

The song’s music video was filmed last summer and presents Mitski as she sails through a pond among painted pieces of wood, crafted to create the illusion of mountains in the background. Directed by Maegan Houang, the video captures the otherworldly feelings of the song, visualizing the experience of holding onto a fading love.

“Unlike the more narrative/concept driven videos Mitski and I have done together in the past, I wanted this video to encapsulate the impressionistic circularity we all experience. Our lives oscillate between light and dark repeating itself in an endless cycle where nothing is permanent,” said Houang in a statment. “The best moments are fleeting, but so are the bad.”

You can see the video for “Star” above.

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Sydney Sweeney And Glen Powell Are Getting Frank About Those ‘Anyone But You’ Dating Rumors

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Back in November, the Anyone But You publicity shuttle began to heat up with a joint appearance from stars Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell. The pair beamed at each other in a manner that instantly inspired rumors that the two were secretly dating. This speculation surfaced despite Sweeney’s engagement to Jonathan Devino, and of course part of the chatter only grew more fierce when Powell and girlfriend Gigi Paris called it quits.

Anyone But You then experienced a slow start at the Christmas box office, although it’s gone on to exceed $218 million at the global box office, which is much more impressive than that of big-budgeted superhero fiasco Madame Web. As of April 23, Anyone But You has finally arrived on Netflix, and now, those rumors are popping up in a conversation with the New York Times.

Would you be surprised to learn that Sweeney and Powell “intended” for that fuss to happen in the first place? Those stinkers:

The speculation played out, the stars said, exactly as they intended.

“The two things that you have to sell a rom-com are fun and chemistry. Sydney and I have a ton of fun together, and we have a ton of effortless chemistry,” Powell said in an interview. “That’s people wanting what’s on the screen off the screen, and sometimes you just have to lean into it a bit – and it worked wonderfully. Sydney is very smart.”

What did Sydney do? As a producer, she had an especially vested interest in, well, making sure that interest in the film flourished:

“I was on every call. I was in text group chats. I was probably keeping everybody over at Sony marketing and distribution awake at night because I couldn’t stop with ideas,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that we were actively having a conversation with the audience as we were promoting this film, because at the end of the day, they’re the ones who created the entire narrative.”

In retrospect, not too surprising! And yes, the tactics most certainly worked, and hopefully, this film’s success has invigorated people’s appetites to leave the house a little more often to see romcoms — and ideally, that trust will also be in good Hollywood hands.

(Via New York Times)

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When Do Tickets For Ohana Festival 2024 Go On Sale?

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The 2024 lineup for Ohana Festival has been revealed. The festival is billed for September 27, 28, and 29, with headlining performances from Neil Young And Crazy Horse and, of course, Pearl Jam (the Seattle band’s lead vocalist Eddie Vedder is the festival’s founder). Other acts on the bill include Alanis Morissette, Black Pumas, Cat Power, Dogstar, Garbage, Idles, Jenny Lewis, Kim Gordon, Maren Morris, and more.

When Do Tickets For Ohana Festival 2024 Go On Sale?

Pre-sale for Ohana Festival tickets starts on April 25 at 10 AM PT. After that, a general sale will be held, provided there are still tickets available. You can sign up for a pre-sale code here.

Last year’s Ohana Festival was headlined by Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Eddie Vedder, with performances from The Chicks, Father John Misty, Haim, Japanese Breakfast, Pretenders, and The War On Drugs, among others. You can read Uproxx’s review of the festival by Editorial Director Phil Cosores here.

Aside from booking his fest, Vedder’s been pretty busy of late promoting Pearl Jam’s new album Dark Matter, which Uproxx’s Steven Hyden called the band’s best album in “decades.” Ahead of the band’s performance at Ohana Festival, they’re going on a tour spanning from their hometown’s neighboring Vancouver, BC, Canada to Boston before hopping the pond for a slate of European dates after the festival

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Why Is Jelly Roll Not On Social Media?

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In the modern era of the music business, when so much of success relies on artists’ connection with fans via social media, it’s rare to see any artist completely disconnect. Yet, Jelly Roll — one of the breakout stars of modern country music after jumping genres in 2021 — has made it a point to do. He hasn’t made a new post since April 10. So why did the breakout star quit social media?

As his wife, influencer Bunnie Xo, revealed in a preview of her podcast Dumb Blonde, the Tennessee native decided to step away from social media after being bullied over his weight. Earlier this month, he told fans he was training to run a 5K marathon next month. When he shared his goal, and said he wanted to lose 100 lbs. after already losing 70 lbs., the response was less than encouraging, however.

“I’ve really been kicking ass, man. I’m doing two to three miles a day, four to six days a week,” he said. “I’m doing 20 to 30 minutes in the sauna, six minutes in a cold plunge every day. I’m eating healthy right now. I was thinking, I plan on losing another 100, 100-and-something. If I feel this good down weight, man, I can only imagine what I’m going to feel like by the time I go on tour.” Jelly Roll’s Beautifully Broken Tour is set to begin in August.

In a clip from the upcoming episode of Dumb Blonde, Bunnie addressed the backlash. “My husband got off the internet because he is so tired of being bullied about his f*cking weight,” she said. “My husband doesn’t show it to you guys, but I’m going to have a very vulnerable moment here. It hurts him… The internet can say whatever the f*ck they want about you. And they say, ‘Well you’re a celebrity, you’re supposed to be able to handle it.’ No, the f*ck we’re not.” You can watch the clip below and the full episode tomorrow.

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Here Are The Sick New World Festival Set Times For 2024

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Hard rock/alternative festival Sick New World is back after its inaugural 2023 iteration. After last year brought Deftones, Korn, Incubus, and System Of A Down to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, this year’s lineup again brings System Of A Down out, paired with Slipknot as headliners with features from Alice In Chains, Bring Me The Horizon, Danny Elfman, and A Perfect Circle. With the festival returning this Saturday, April 27, Sick New World has announced its set times, spread across five stages and running into the wee hours of the night. You can see the full schedule of set times below.

Thanks to the packed schedule, plenty of fans appear to be distraught at having to choose between seeing System Of A Down — who are only playing a handful of shows this year — and other bands playing in the same time slot, such as Sleep Token. Meanwhile, similar cross-programming conflicts appear to be terrorizing fans of Slipknot and Bring Me The Horizon, with one fan highlighting their troubles by showing off their wishlist and all the hiking — or outright teleporting — it’d entail. Fans in the comments on Sick New World’s Instagram post echoed those sentiments, expressing frustrations with the tight programming. You can see the full schedule below and get more info on sicknewworldfest.com.

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How To Buy Tickets For Outside Lands Festival 2024

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Coachella is officially over, but all that means is that festival season has just begun. It’s still early in the year and there are plenty of major events yet to come. That includes San Francisco favorite Outside Lands, which hits Golden Gate Park from August 9 to 11. The lineup was announced today (April 23) and it features Tyler The Creator, The Killers, Post Malone (performing a “special country set”), Sturgill Simpson, and more.

If that sounds cool, here’s what to know about getting tickets.

How To Buy Tickets For Outside Lands Festival 2024

Tickets go on sale starting on April 24 at 10 a.m. PT. As for pricing, 3-Day GA tickets are $465 plus fees, 3-Day GA+ tickets go for $715 plus fees, and 3-Day VIP tickets cost $1,075 plus fees. If that sounds like a lot at once, payment plans are available, starting at $99 down for GA, $159 down for GA+, and $199 down for VIP.

Visit the Outside Lands website for more information. The site includes a handy chart that breaks down the perks that come with each tier of ticket, making it easier to choose the right option for you.

Aside from the aforementioned artists, the lineup also features The Postal Service, Grace Jones, Kaytranada, Jungle, Chappell Roan, Tyla, Slowdive, Idris Elba, The Last Dinner Party, Victoria Monét, and others.

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When Will ‘X-Men ’97’ Episode 7 Be On Disney+?

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The first season of Disney+‘s X-Men ’97 continues with a new episode. Now you have something to look forward to during the 30-minute gap in the day where your kid isn’t watching Bluey. Episode 7, “Bright Eyes,” is not about Conor Oberst’s band. Instead, according to Collider, it appears to be a Rogue-centric episode following the shocking events of episode 5, “Remember It”

As for when you can watch it, X-Men ’97 episode 7 will begin streaming on Disney+ at 3:00 a.m. EST / 12 a.m. PST on April 24.

X-Men ’97 star J. P. Karliak, who voices non-binary character Morph, recently spoke to Pride about the importance of representation in media. “There’s a beauty of just letting him exist,” he said. “So many of our stories are just so steeped in the transition or the coming out, and we’re more than that. There’s so much more going on than that.”

Here’s the official series synopsis:

Marvel Animation’s X-Men ’97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

New episodes of X-Men ’97 stream on Wednesdays on Disney+.

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St. Vincent Gets One More ‘All Born Screaming’ Tease In With The Groovy ‘Big Time Nothing’

Since late February, St. Vincent has been rolling out her seventh album, All Born Screaming. She has been absolutely hitting with the pre-release singles and with the album dropping this Friday, April 26, there’s not much time for more of those.

A new one did arrive today (April 23), though: “Big Time Nothing.” The tune is carried by a killer electronic bass line, creating a heavy groove for some funky and alt-rock influence to lay atop. A press release notes the song “expands on the incendiary sonic palette of side one of the new album,” indicating that we’re in for a diverse album when it drops in a few days.

St. Vincent previously said of the album, “There are some places, emotionally, that you can only get to by taking the long walk into the woods alone — to find out what your heart is really saying. It sounds real because it is real.”

It’s not just St. Vincent on the album, as she also worked on the project with folks like Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Josh Freese, Stella Mogzawa of Warpaint, Cate Le Bon (who appears on the title track and is the project’s only credited feature), Rachel Eckroth, Mark Guiliana, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and David Ralicke.

Listen to “Big Time Nothing” above.

All Born Screaming is out 4/26 via Total Pleasure Records/Virgin Music Group. Find more information here.

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Amaarae Elevates ‘Fountain Baby’ Onstage, Where It’s Sure To Rock Your World

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Amaarae’s second album Fountain Baby has taken on a life of its own. Nearly a year after its release, the 14-track project is still heavily in rotation by fans near and far. Additionally, it’s helped to take Amaarae to all corners of the world, most recently for a performance at Dreamville Festival earlier this month.

With every spin of Fountain Baby, there’s something new to love which explains the recent surge in popularity of “Angels In Tibet.” The track was recently crowned as the fourth single from the album, joining favorites “Reckless & Sweet,” “Co-Star,” and “Wasted Eyes.” It also received a mass remix treatment thanks to a new EP that delivered new takes of the song from the likes of Juls, Kaytranada, and Aliyah’s Interlude.

The magic of Fountain Baby also comes alive onstage where Amaarae has the opportunity to present the album in a new way. The in-person experience grants the singer a control panel with all the necessary levers, nooks, and crannies needed to reimagine her album is a multitude of ways. Creating Fountain Baby is one thing and crafting a live experience behind it is another tall task, but it’s one that Amaarae was excited to accomplish from the very beginning.

Following her performance at Dreamville Festival, we caught up with Amaarae for a conversation about live performances of Fountain Baby records and what her dream concert experience for the album would look like.

When making a project like Fountain Baby, how much thought goes into what performing these songs might sound like while also maintain the cohesiveness of the project?

I thought about it a lot. When I made this project, I really went into it thinking about the performance aspect and how to really translate the songs beautifully to live. My first album, when we would do it live, it just felt very soft, it wouldn’t knock on the stage. So every time I was with the guys, I’d be like, “Yo, the drums gotta knock,” cause when we take this to the stage, people need to be slapped in the face with it. That that was a big thing, making sure those drums are heavy and you feel them, and [that] those synths are really in your face and pulsate through your body. That was a big thing for me, thinking about how it would translate live.

What’s a song from the project that made you say, “Oh, I cannot wait to perform this!” once it was done?

Probably “Co-Star” or “Princess Going Digital.”

What are some things you try to emphasize in order to really bring this album to life when you perform it?

I think lights are really important. Every time I write a song or make an album, I think about color. That’s one of the first things that I think about. So, making sure that the lights feel as intentional and as powerful as the music, and it feels almost like a beating heart and a pulse that works through the music is really important for me. I [also] think about certain live elements that I like to bring to stage like drums — mixing live drums and programmed drums to make sure that they really knock — and synths. As I get bigger and bigger and as production gets bigger and bigger, I want to have huge synths where you can really feel the power of music. Also, recently: movement. I didn’t used to be much of a dancer, I’m not a crazy dancer, I’m not a crazy dancer at all, but I kind of seen the value in finding your own swag, what works for you movement-wise, and really using that to tell the story of the music as well. I’ve enjoyed finding my own swag as a dancer, I think I have my own brand now.

Describe what would be the perfect Fountain Baby concert experience. Who would be the artists opening for and performing with you? Where would you have it? What other elements would you have? There are no limitations here.

Think about the biggest waterfall on Earth, and if I can build a stage in the waterfall where it’s seamless with the waterfall? That would be fire. I like my openers so far. I think I would stick with the openers that I have now. Talia Goddess is crazy, Amindi is crazy as well. I would have a fire DJ open for me because I think the a really great DJ can just set the tone and really prepare the audience for what’s about to come next. So I would have a really amazing DJ open up for me and yeah, I would love to do it in a waterfall, that would be spiritual to imagine.

What’s the message, feeling, or emotion that you hope people leave with after seeing you perform?

I think belief in self and the confidence to make choices that benefit them the most. I’m not a perfect person. and as I’ve been performing the album, I’ve really been listening to the lyrics and I’m like man, I was really going through something there and I was really in a shift and experiencing so much. Now, I’m realizing how much that album wasn’t even about love or lust, but it was about discovery of my own self through the good, the bad, [and] the evil, and here I am still standing. So here y’all should be still standing and we should all go forth and motherf*cking prosper.

Angels In Tibet (Remix Pack) is out now via Golden Angel LLC/Interscope Records. Find out more information here.