Fan Art Fridays: Darren Criss

Today I was at work casually listening to the New Music Friday playlist on Spotify when I heard a familiar voice come through my headphones.
The song was “Lost Boys Life” and the artist was Computer Games–a band didn’t know until I Googled them and found out that Darren Criss is one of the members, alongside his brother, Chuck.

Yes. The familiar voice was Darren Criss’. I’m still dumbfounded. I didn’t even know he had a brother!

Anyway, I love the song and the rest of the EP that Computer Games put out this week. In celebration of this discovery, here’s a piece of fan art I found on Pinterest of Darren Criss. I have no clue who created it, but I’m totally digging the sepia feel of it.

Listen to the EP here if you haven’t already!

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This Week in Music: Capital Cities’ “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

The Kangaroo Court

The music video for “Kangaroo Court” by Capital Cities was released today!

“Kangaroo Court” is the second single off of the Capital Cities album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.

If you’ve never heard any of the amazing 80s electro-pop music created by Capital Cities, I recommend you do your ears a favor and check them out.

Although “Kangaroo Court” isn’t my top favorite on the album, it’s definitely a fun song to listen to, with its beautiful trumpet melodies and hard drums.

The video just adds to the fun, danceable qualities of this song!

The plot line for the music video is very interesting, and goes quite well with the lyrics of the song. If I could describe it in one line, it would be, “The story of a zebra who just wanted to have a little fun.”

Kangaroo Court News

And no, this is not a zebra as in wildlife zebras. This is a human zebra, who disguises himself as a mustang to get into a club where zebras are banned.

A club called The Kangaroo Court.

There are ten things I love about this video:

1. Darren Criss. Oh my God. Is he not the hottest dog?!

Darren Criss Kangaroo Court

Darren Criss in “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

2. The synchronization between the drum beats and hand movements (when the zebra knocks on the club door for the second time, and again when Darren Criss bangs his fist on the table at the club).

3. The zebra’s car. He drives a mini cooper. Complete with GPS!

4. The zebra’s fake ID. “Imma Mustang”? Couldn’t have found a better fake name?!

Zebra's Fake ID

Zebra’s Fake ID

5. The trumpet player at the Kangaroo Court. He’s phenomenal.

6. Shannon Woodward. She looks so gorgeous in all of her scenes, and her dance moves are beyond sexy. (Coincidentally, they get sexier right before the bridge when the female voice sings “I can’t do sexy.”)

Shannon Woodley dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

Shannon Woodward dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

7. When the zebra sings in the courtroom,

I commit the crime of wasting time
Always trying to rhyme
Yes, I am guilty
But don’t misunderstand me
I admit defeat, then I move my feet
My history will never be repeated
I won’t ever be repeated.

This is the only time the zebra sings in the video, and its well waited for. Too perfect!

8. The way the the zebra is killed. It was a very artistic move to use red confetti, and it definitely worked. The party vibe of the song continues in that scene even though this part of the video is supposed to be sad.

9. The reference to lions being the “King of the Jungle” during the scene where the zebra is watching a lion prey on a zebra on television and also when the lion is served zebra on a plate.

10. The harp at the end. The beautiful harp melody does not exist in the studio version of this track, but its a nice touch to the end of this video.

Did I mention that all of the characters in this video are human animals?

You’ll have to see it to believe it.

2013 Teen Choice Awards

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Award shows are the best. Celebrities get all dressed up and come together to celebrate their achievements in film, music, and other art forms. But the best part about the Teen Choice Awards is the fact that we get to choose who wins what—not The Academy, and not the Screenwriters Guild. The power lies in the hands of the millions of teens that vote for their favorites each year.

Teen Choice does things a little bit differently. Instead of having an actual trophy-like award, winners receive a Teen Choice surf board. They also break award show tradition by having a blue carpet instead of a red carpet.

I was very excited to find out that Lucy Hale and Darren Criss were hosting this years Teen Choice Awards.

Lucy Hale and Darren Criss

Lucy Hale and Darren Criss

I love the two of them to pieces! It was so cute the way they walked down the stairs together holding hands.

They both did such a great job hosting the show!

Before the main event, Teen Choice live streamed from the blue carpet with hosts Tim Kash and Taryn Brooks. The Teen Choice Awards isn’t much of an upscale award show, so there really is no need to arrive in extremely fancy attire. However, that doesn’t mean you should wear whatever. Here are the attendees that got it right:

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Drew Chadwick (second from left), Emblem3

Drew Chadwick made dressing up a bit more casual with an open waistcoat and a button up shirt with the first few buttons undone. Nothing says laid back better than a few undone dress shirt buttons.

Melissa Benoist, Glee

Melissa Benoist, Glee

Melissa Benoist kept it simple with a floral strapless dress. I also love the braid in her hair. It’s a nice elegant touch.

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Shay Mitchell, Pretty Little Liars

Shay Mitchell jazzed up the blue carpet with a sexy black and white pant suit. It really frames her body well.

Holland Roden, Teen Wolf

Holland Roden, Teen Wolf

Holland Roden looked adorable in a bright yellow lace dress. I love the fact that the lace makes a small train at the back.

JWoww, Jersey Shore

JWoww, Jersey Shore

JWoww looked super hot in a sparkly strapless dress with a train extension. Her curls looked fabulous as well.

Nick Jonas, Jonas Brothers

Nick Jonas (third from left), Jonas Brothers

I love how Nick kept it super casual with black and white stripes and a leather jacket. In general, the Jonas Brothers have good fashion sense.

Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars and Darren Criss, Glee

Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars and Darren Criss, Glee

Our hosts Lucy Hale and Darren Criss changed outfits multiple times, but this is my favorite outfit for the both of them. Lucy looks super cute in this little white dress and red heels. Darren looks extremely dapper in that suit! Yum!

Lily Collins, Mortal Instruments

Lily Collins, Mortal Instruments

Lastly, my favorite outfit of the night, Lily Collins’ palm tree train dress. Oh my God I want this! I love how she didn’t overdo the palm trees. She calmed down the tropical party with a solid black top, which I love. A+, Lily!

And now for the highlights of TCA 2013:

1. Rebel Wilson’s wetsuit.

rebel wilson wet suit

Rebel thought it would be a good idea to wear a wetsuit to match the surf board award. She even realized how awkward it would be if she didn’t actually win her category during her acceptance speech.

2. When Darren Criss mentioned that Lucy Hale makes out with Ian Harding “on that show” sometimes. Super awkward!

3. Photobomber Adam Devine during Gabby Douglas and Logan Lerman’s acceptance speeches, and while Nina Dobrev and Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz, Big Bang Theory) announced an award.

4. When Lily Collins asked Max Schneider why he’s presenting an award for a category his show is in. Explanation: he didn’t think he had a chance of winning anyway.

5. Leah Michele’s acceptance speech:

6.  (Christopher) Ashton Kutcher’s acceptance speech: He’s right when he says that smart is sexy.

7. Bruno Mars’ acceptance speech: I could not stop laughing at this!

8. Twerking. Nuff said.

Best Performance of the Night:

Paramore, “Still Into You”

As much as I hate Hayley Williams’ new haircut, the performance was still great. I love the ballerinas! They each had different colored hair, ranging from green to yellow.

Here is the list of the TCA 2013 winners:

Acuvue Inspire Award
WINNER: Nick Jonas

Ultimate Choice Award
Ashton Kutcher (16 lifetime Teen Choice Awards)

Choice Movie: Drama
WINNER: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
»Argo
»Les Misérables
»The Great Gatsby
»The Impossible

Choice Movie Actor: Drama
WINNER: Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
»Ben Affleck, Argo
»Bradley Cooper, The Words
»Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby
»Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Choice Movie: Comedy
WINNER: Pitch Perfect
»Identity Thief
»Peeples
»The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
»Warm Bodies

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
WINNER: Skylar Astin, Pitch Perfect
»Jason Bateman, Identity Thief
»Steve Carell, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
»Nicholas Hoult, Warm Bodies
»Craig Robinson, Peeples

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
WINNER: Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
»Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect
»Melissa McCarthy, Identity Thief
»Kerry Washington, Peeples
»Olivia Wilde, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Choice TV Show: Drama
WINNER: Pretty Little Liars
»Gossip Girl
»Nashville
»Revenge
»Switched At Birth

Choice TV Actor: Drama
WINNER: Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
»Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl
»Joshua Bowman, Revenge
»Lucas Grabeel, Switched At Birth
»Nick Wechsler, Revenge

Choice TV Actress: Drama
WINNER: Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars
»Blake Lively, Gossip Girl
»Vanessa Marano, Switched At Birth
»Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
»Emily VanCamp, Revenge

Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-fi
WINNER: Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
»Jensen Ackles, Supernatural
»Stephen Amell, Arrow
»Jared Padalecki, Supernatural
»Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-fi
WINNER: Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
»Katie Cassidy, Arrow
»Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time
»Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries
»Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and The Beast

Choice TV Show: Comedy
WINNER: Glee
»The Big Bang Theory
»Modern Family
»New Girl
»Suburgatory

Choice TV Actor: Comedy
WINNER: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
»Chris Colfer, Glee
»Jake Johnson, New Girl
»Ashton Kutcher, Two And a Half Men
»Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Choice TV Actress: Comedy
WINNER: Lea Michele, Glee
»Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
»Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
»Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
»Bridgit Mendler, Good Luck Charlie

Choice Female Artist
WINNER: Demi Lovato
»Selena Gomez
»Pink
»Rihanna
»Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group
WINNER: One Direction
»Big Time Rush
»fun.
»Maroon 5
»The Wanted

Choice R&B Artist
WINNER: Bruno Mars
»Beyoncé
»Alicia Keys
»Miguel
»Trey Songz

Choice Rock Group
WINNER: Paramore
»AWOLNATION
»Imagine Dragons
»Mumford & Sons
»The Lumineers

Choice Female Hottie
WINNER: Selena Gomez
»Miley Cyrus
»Megan Fox
»Mila Kunis
»Demi Lovato

Choice Female Athlete
WINNER: Gabby Douglas
»Missy Franklin
»Alex Morgan
»Danica Patrick
»Lindsey Vonn
»Serena Williams

Choice Movie Villain
WINNER: Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect
»Javier Bardem, Skyfall
»Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises
»Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3
»Melissa McCarthy, Identity Thief

Choice TV Villain
WINNER: Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
»Carly Chaikin, Suburgatory
»Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries
»Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
»Becca Tobin, Glee

Choice TV Personality – Female
WINNER: Demi Lovato, The X Factor
»Erin Andrews, Fox Sports
»Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
»Carrie Ann Inaba, Dancing with the Stars
»Heidi Klum, America’s Got Talent

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
WINNER: Chord Overstreet, Glee
»Max Greenfield, New Girl
»Steven R. McQueen, The Vampire Diaries
»Tahj Mowry, Baby Daddy
»Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
WINNER: Miley Cyrus, Two And a Half Men
»Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries
»Heather Morris, Glee
»Eden Sher, The Middle
»Ariel Winter, Modern Family

Choice TV Breakout Star
WINNER: Blake Jenner, Glee
»Stephen Amell, Arrow
»Melissa Benoist, Glee
»AnnaSophia Robb, The Carrie Diaries
»Derek Theler, Baby Daddy

Choice Single: Female Artist
WINNER: “Heart Attack” Demi Lovato
»“Come & Get It” Selena Gomez
»“Cups” (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”) Anna Kendrick
»“I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift
»“We Can’t Stop” Miley Cyrus

Choice Single: Group
WINNER: “Live While We’re Young” One Direction
»“Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
»“I Love It” Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
»“Love Somebody” Maroon 5
»“Thrift Shop” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

Choice Love Song
WINNER: “Little Things” One Direction
»“Just Give Me A Reason” P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
»“Mirrors” Justin Timberlake
»“Treasure” Bruno Mars
»“The Way” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller

Choice Break-up Song
WINNER: “Come and Get It” Selena Gomez
»“DONE.” The Band Perry
»“Stay” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
»“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Taylor Swift
»“When I Was Your Man” Bruno Mars

Choice Music Breakout Artist
WINNER: Ed Sheeran
»Candice Glover
»Ariana Grande
»Psy
»Emeli Sandé

Choice Music Breakout Group
WINNER: Emblem3
»Icona Pop
»Imagine Dragons
»The Lumineers
»Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Candie’s Choice Style Icon
WINNER: Miley Cyrus
»Ariana Grande
»Demi Lovato
»Lea Michele
»Emma Watson

Choice Summer Movie Star: Female
WINNER: Sandra Bullock, The Heat
»Amy Adams, Man of Steel
»Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
»Michelle Rodriguez, Fast & Furious 6
»Zoe Saldana, Star Trek Into Darkness

Choice Movie: Chemistry
WINNER: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
»Don Cheadle and Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 3
»Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, The Lone Ranger
»Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 6
»Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, White House Down

Choice Summer TV Show
WINNER: Pretty Little Liars
»Teen Wolf
»So You Think You Can Dance
»The Fosters
»Under The Dome

Choice Summer TV Star: Male
WINNER: Keegan Allen, Pretty Little Liars
»Jake T. Austin, The Fosters
»Jean Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
»Avan Jogia, Twisted
»Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf

Choice Summer TV Star: Female
WINNER: Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
»Maddie Hasson, Twisted
»Chelsea Kane, Baby Daddy
»Katie Leclerc, Switched at Birth
»Maia Mitchell, The Fosters

Choice Summer Song
WINNER: “We Can’t Stop” Miley Cyrus
»“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I.)
»“Cruise (REMIX)” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Nelly)
»“Get Lucky” Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
»“Treasure” Bruno Mars

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
WINNER: Selena Gomez
»Miley Cyrus
»Ariana Grande
»P!nk
»Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
WINNER: Bruno Mars
»Jay-Z
»Pitbull
»Robin Thicke
»Justin Timberlake

Choice Summer Tour
WINNER: One Direction, Take Me Home Tour
»Beyoncé, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
»Bruno Mars, The Moonshine Jungle Tour
»Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, Legends of the Summer Tour
»Taylor Swift, Red Tour 2013

I hope you remember that at the end of the night, WE chose the winners!