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By New York Natives Staff

We’re listening to…

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful  by Florence + The Machine

The highly anticipated third album from Florence + The Machine has finally dropped, and it was well worth the wait. The previously released singles are certainly not the only outstanding tracks — “Queen of Peace” is one of our favorites — and How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is a complete album from start to finish.

Florence Welch’s unmistakable and iconic vocals are as good as ever, and her continued heavy involvement in the writing of the music is evident. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is a triumphant, powerful musical experience.

 

We’re watching…

Spy

Not only is Spy not a flop, but it’s actually one of the best reviewed films currently at the box office, garnering a very respectable 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) manages to create a film that is an homage to the classic spy genre, while being laugh-out- loud funny without being ridiculous (we’re looking at you, Get Smart).

Spy boasts an all-star cast, anchored by comedic heavy-hitter Melissa McCarthy, that includes Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law, and a surprisingly hilarious performance from Jason Statham. Don’t miss it.

 

Staff Pick: I’m reading…

The Knockoff  by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Camilla Webster, New York Natives Co-Founder & Editor-at-Large

Having ridden the publishing and media roller coaster for over a decade in Manhattan — where lines are blurring between legacy glossy magazines and their experts, alongside a digital age of millennials, apps, and websites — The Knockoff, in many respects, is a life I have lived at work in New York City.

The book not only captures a fictional female war of stilettos and flat-heeled mavens, but it shows what’s really been happening in the office towers of publishers on the Manhattan skyline: a fashion media revolution filled with bloodshed as well as the pin marks of an exciting future.

One of the most talked about reads of summer, The Knockoff hits a delicious nerve with fashionistas and feminists alike, and is a must read for anyone climbing New York’s digital power pyramids. My congratulations to Lucy and Jo — get yourself a copy of The Knockoff and find a beach or rooftop to enjoy it on ASAP.

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