July Favorites: Polish First Lady Duda & Brandless

As I predicted, the good music kept it coming in July 2017.

I’m really not sure where the year went at this point. Like really. I feel like I just celebrated my birthday but then I look at the calendar and I realize that was almost 3 months ago.

Anyway, here are my faves in the world of pop culture and entertainment for the month of July 2017:

Favorite News Articles

1. Polish First Lady Duda avoided shaking Donald Trump’s hand in Warsaw. Girl, I don’t blame you.

2. Brandless. I’ll be buying from this site in the coming weeks.

3. Lush sent Harry Styles 100 bath bombs. Baths with wine for days.

4. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t work out? Impressive.

5. These two on Tinder spent 3 years sending late messages to each other on the app. And now they finally met IRL. On live TV. How crazy!

Favorite Music

1. “Miracles (Someone Special)” by Coldplay feat. Big Sean. That heavy violin intro and outro gets me every time.

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Fan Art Fridays: Lana Del Rey

lana del rey fan art will costa

Elizabeth Grant’s, erm, Lana Del Rey’s new album, Lust for Life was released today, and boy, is it one sultry 16-track album.

I just can’t get enough of her voice sometimes!

My favorite track on the album is the title track, “Lust for Life,” featuring another crooner fave The Weeknd. There’s so much intense imagery and repetition in the lyrics, which I’ve always really loved about Lana Del Rey’s music.

To celebrate Lust for Life, let’s enjoy this piece of Lana Del Rey fan art by Brazilian illustrator Will Costa that I found on Facebook. It has just the right amount of playful cartoon characteristics mixed with real human qualities. He captures Lana’s lips and eyes perfectly!

See more of Will Costa’s work on Facebook and watch the music video for “Lust for Life“.

 

Fan Art Fridays: Capital Cities

capital cities band fan art

Capital Cities duo Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant just made my Friday with the release of their new EP Swimming Pool Summer.

I was so caught off guard when I heard their voices coming through my headphones at the office while listening to Spotify’s New Music Friday!

The EP is super summery and upbeat. Long-time fans will not be disappointed.

In celebration, let’s enjoy this fan art I found on Twitter by Filipino Capital Cities fan @imnotjess. I love how vibrant and fun the colors are in this poster-like fan art. Perfectly matches the personality of the band!

View the original fan art here, and check out Swimming Pool Summer.

Fan Art Fridays: Demi Lovato

And here we all thought that the sass was real on Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”
Today, Demi’s collab with Jax Jones and Stefflon Don titled “Instruction” was released, and boy, I don’t think I wanna disobey!

Demi is basically boss lady on this track and I love every second of it.

To celebrate this amazing song, here’s some fan art of Demi by @londonhazz on Instagram. Look. At. Those. Lashes!

Check out some more of @londonhazz’s art and listen to “Instruction” here.

Fan Art Fridays: Katy Perry

katy perry fan art

Katy Perry’s new album Witness dropped today, and although some think it’s pretty terrible, I kinda liked it. A little.

“Chained to the Rhythm,” one of the singles on the album, is an instant fave for me. I absolutely loved the music video for it as well. In terms of non-singles, “Tsunami” and “Déjà Vu” are really great. I do agree that Katy Perry tried to stray from her playful self a bit too much on this album.

Regardless, Teenage Dream still holds the spot as my favorite Katy Perry album.

Enjoy this intense digital fan art of Katy Perry that I found over on Instagram. It’s by by Indonesian graphic artist Muhammad Lutfi (@mdlutfi057). I can’t get over how captivating her blue eyes are in this piece!

Anyone else kind of miss Katy Perry’s dark hair days?

See more of Lutfi’s amazing fan art on Instagram, and give Witness a listen.

 

Fan Art Fridays: Paramore

paramore fan art

Paramore is back with some new music this week!

Their new song and music video “Hard Times” was released on Wednesdays, and Paramore fans are super stoked. So many things have changed about the band since their self-titled album came out in 2013. Hayley Williams got married, she died her hair blonde (loving it!), Zac Farro left for his solo project HalfNoise, and now he’s back!

So much excitement going on here!

In honor of this, enjoy a piece of Paramore fan art I found on Deviant Art by KoRniszonka. It features a 2012 version of the band, which included Hayley, Jeremy, and Taylor.

Oh, how times have changed.

Be sure to check out the original fan art on Deviant Art and watch “Hard Times” below!

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!