April Favorites: Goldroom’s ‘Plunge’ EP & “Woke Up Late” Music Video

So April turned out to be a pretty great month. It was kind of slow on the celebrity news side, but still loads of fun with great music and YouTube videos!

Listen to my April 2019 favorites in pop culture and entertainment on Soundcloud:

Here are some highlights:

Favorite News Articles

Brunchables Lunchables

Kid calls 911 to order McDonald’s

Favorite Music

 “Slow Dances” by Winnetka Bowling League

“Julien” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Just Like You” by Satin Jackets 

“Borderline” by Tame Impala

Plunge EP by Goldroom

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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#HappinessBegins. The album. June 7th.

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January Favorites: Bathroom Wedding & Jonas Brothers Reunion?

 

January 2018 was rough.

I feel as though a lot of the music that came out in January was very nostalgic, more so than usual. It’s as if everyone is longing to go back to a simpler time. Thankfully we can, just not for longer than the length of your favorite nostalgic tunes (and the stretch of your imagination).

Let’s take a look at some of the things in pop culture and entertainment that made January 2018 a little less rough:

Favorite News Articles

1. A New Jersey couple got married in a bathroom. Because the show wedding must go on.

2. There might be a Jonas Brothers reunion?! Be still my 13-year-old fangirling, beating heart.

3. CVS bans makeup brands from Photoshopping makeup ads. I love it when CVS takes initiative on things like this.

4. The A train is finally getting a revamp. Thank you, MTA, for finally rewarding this tri-borough train with a well deserved new look. I think some other trains are also getting upgraded…

5. RIP Rosie the Riveter. You will be missed, but never forgotten as a symbol for fierce, hard-working women.

Favorite Music

1. “Song for You” by Rhye. I am a new fan. Perfect track for Valentine’s Day this month.

2. “Stay Here” by Henry Green. He always knows how to break me down with those somber melodies, man.

3. “The Good Side” by Troye Sivan. Troye went all folk on us!

4. Cause for Concern, De Lux. Loving the old-school Beetles-esque vibes on this track.

5. “Tension (Interlude)” by BØRNSBlue Madonna as a whole is a great album, but this interlude definitely made it for me.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Viola Davis getting all done up for Jimmy Kimmel. I love her hair like this so much!

2. Lupita Nyong’o at the Black Panther premiere. SLAY.

3. Chrissy Teigen on a girls weekend in Upstate New York. Look at that baby bump ❤

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Girls weekend – Quaker Hill, NY – 2018

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4. JLo modeling some socks. Forget the socks, man. Look at that sweater and that hair!

Favorite TV Episodes

1. The Good Doctor, “Islands Pt. 2”That kiss was well waited for, and now I have to wait until they write a trip to see Lea into the show sometime in the (hopefully) near future.

2. grown-ish, “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” At what point did her thumbs decide not to tell her brain that she was sending waayyyyy too many text messages?!

3. Alone Together, “Pilot”. I love how awkward Esther is. It’s so cute it’s painful.

4. Bob’s Burgers, “V is for Valentine-detta”. Gotta love the way this episode begins. Also, Louise’s makeover had me screaming throughout the whole thing.

Favorite YouTube Videos
1. Nick Jonas on BBC Radio 1’s Heart Rate Monitor. Teenage me remembers that Selena Gomez incident. So cringey. Ugh.

2. Bath With Liza. Just when you thought she couldn’t act anymore crazy…

3. Maddie Ziegler does a clothing line haul. If I were a bit younger, I’d totally look into buying some of these.

The month of lovey-dovey is here.

Fan Art Fridays: Happy 23rd Birthday, Nick Jonas!

nick jonas fan art

If you knew me back in middle school, you’d know that I was one of those overly-obsessed “Nick chicks.” I was about 13 years old when I found out about the Jonas Brothers, and I loved Nick Jonas’ curly hair so much that I would dream of growing old with him and running my fingers through his hair when his curls turned gray.

Don’t judge me! Even Demi Lovato admits that he had the best Jo Fro!

Now that I’m older and I realize that I’m not actually going to marry a celebrity, I’ve calmed down about Nick, but he still has a special place in my heart—even though he doesn’t let his curls grow out anymore.

Nick Jonas turned 23 this week (September 16th), so I decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to him. This sketch of Nick I found on Deviant Art captures his curls just the way I like ’em.

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2013 Teen Choice Awards

teen choice

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:

Emblem3

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.

shay mitchell

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!

This Week in Music: Jonas Brother’s “Pom Poms” and Matthew Koma’s “One Night”

The first week of April 2013 has brought to us the music of the Jonas Brothers and Matthew Koma.

pom poms and one night

Truth is, I miss the Jonas Brothers. Back in 2007 I was one of those thirteen year old girls who fangirled about anything and everything Jonas. But then they died out. And now they’re trying to come back. I worry that this comeback will be unsuccessful.

Matthew Koma is slowly becoming one of my favorites. I loved his voice in Zedd’s “Spectrum” and his song “Parachute” is amazing. I was really happy to find out he was releasing a new track this week.

And now for the assessment.

JoBros!! What happened?! I used to love these guys so much, with their heartfelt lyrics, sexy vocals and hair raising guitar rifts. “Pom Poms” lacks all three of these qualities!


The video, on the other hand, was quite entertaining. I loved the choreography (this is the first Jonas Brothers video with dancers I believe). Those female dancers have some serious skills! The kid in the milkshake scene was humorous. I also thought the choir was very interesting to see popping up every now and then. I’m kind of confused though, as to why that band player at the end does the bridge, hitting his hat smack down on the grassy field as a result. Weird.

There might be hope for these guys. Might.

And, Nick, please, please let your sexy curls grow back. You’re really starting to creep me out with that shorter cut you’ve been sporting around. I used to drool over Nick’s curls, hoping that one day I’d marry him and watch them turn gray. Sigh. Those days are long gone.

Matthew Koma does some interesting things with the lyrics for “One Night.” I love how he sings the chorus. He makes the song so fun with his cool vibrato and calm vocals. The play on words in the line “In a white Mercedes that bends me to the grave” is just brilliant. The bubble gum metaphor is also genius. I can’t stop myself from singing along when it goes “Chew my love under your tongue like it’s your bubblegum. Just spit me out when it becomes more than fun.”

The music video was a bit odd though. I wish there were better visuals of the carnival, because the bell sounds in the intro of the song remind me of carnival scenes. The part where Matthew Koma touches that guy’s mustache was hilarious. Those crazy teens with the ginormous bubble and the firework were just awkward.

 

Maybe I’m being a bit to harsh, but I think “One Night” won me over. I’m sorry Jonas Bros, but I will not be putting my pom poms down for you guys. Get it together JoBros!