“It can speak!” has been the general reaction today of those familiar with overnight Internet sensation Lana Del Rey. The American singer, best known for her enthralling voice, ethereal beauty, emotive lyricism and self-made vintage montage videos (like “Video Games”), finally opened her mouth to converse rather than to sing backstage at the 2011 Q Awards. The rising star had just (aptly) won the Next Big Thing award, and the young performer seemed a bit like a deer in headlights as she was questioned about the award, her background, her critics and her forthcoming debut LP.
We love everything about Lana and her music, but the poor girl looked and sounded supremely nervous as she was questioned post-awards ceremony. We’re willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, as a newcomer to the industry and the spotlight, Lana probably hasn’t had much experience being interviewed on the spot. But still, the conversation was somewhat disappointing given her palpable discomfort. Lana’s musical persona has us imagining her as a powerful, brooding sort of character with plenty of awesome bad ass attitude, not as the delicate, unsure babe in the woods she appears to be here. Finally hearing her speak spoils her the artistic illusion she’s created, sort of like finding out Santa isn’t real; We’re admittedly a bit bummed, but it doesn’t mean we’re any less enthusiastic about Christmas!
Ever wanted to party with Beyoncé? You’re right, that was a silly question, because of COURSE you want to party with Beyoncé! Speaking of which, BET’s tantalizing preview of Bey Bey’s new video for “Party” from her latest album, 4, is getting us amped. The preview is only 30 seconds long but it’s got us all hot under the collar and devising ways to get invited to King B’s awesome backyard party. And we know that we’re not going to be able to sleep tonight as we anticipate BET revealing the full length video for “Party” tomorrow on 106 & Park.
The video preview sees Bey at a retro-themed backyard party, lounging on a chair with some serious couture, sucking on lollipops and dancing in a pool with her fellow party-goers. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. With candy colours and a vintage feel, we’ve cleared our calendars for the “Party” and think that you should too!
It’s settled, then; last night’s World Series Game 5 saw Demi Lovato take to the field to belt out the National Anthem, and we can begin debating whether she or Zooey Deschanel sang the “The Star Spangled Banner” better. And the winner is… It’s a tie! While both performers stood nervous and rigid as they sang, they both delivered very different, yet both delicately nuanced, vocal performances.
Zooey added her own special brand of sweetner to the Francis Scott Key jam with her dulcet tones and pixie girl charm, while Demi had all the big notes and soaring sentimentality. It would be unfair of us to deem one better than the other, in much the same way we’d never want to choose between vanilla and strawberry ice creams. Vanilla is a classic, like Demi’s voice: grand, bold and timeless; but strawberry is so sweet, like Zooey: relateable, fanciful and a little bit naughty. We’ll have a scoop of both, thanks!
It’s a wrap for Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O‘s self-described debut “psycho opera,” Stop The Virgens, that ran at New York’s St Ann’s Warehouse this month, but the production sure left a lasting impression on everyone who was lucky enough to snap up one of the highly sought-after tickets.?An orgy for the senses, Stop The Virgens was nothing less than stimulating, both musically and visually, from the moment guests stepped across the threshold and into Karen’s tunnel. And I mean that quite literally, in fact; the show began in a cavernous, snaking shroud of gossamer sheets and mist, from which a cast of? “Virgens” writhed enticingly as the audience meandered through, their heavy breathing rasping from behind translucent veils.
Everyone’s favorite indie sweetheart, Zooey Deschanel, belted out her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Game 4 of the World Series last night. Giving a very serious performance, an initially fidgety Deschanel quickly eased into the big notes with her signature charm, all a flutter of doe eyes and half smiles. Keeping her hands firmly folded in front of her throughout the entire performance, we’re thinking Deschanel’s stoicism and poise had something to do with wearing high heels on grass ? a girl’s got to balance, after all! And matching her red pumps, Deschanel’s dress was a show stopper in itself: Half candy cane, half flower bed, and appropriately festive.
No stranger to vocal gymnastics, we’ve been fans of Deschanel ever since she saved Christmas with her whimsical voice in Elf. Promoting her new show, New Girl, Deschanel’s World Series performance has transformed her from a manic pixie dream girl to pop culture’s newest darling. Not to mention a sporting hero. Indeed, as star of her own TV show and fronting indie pop band She & Him, it seems like there’s nothing the girl can’t do these days (especially now that she’s added “patriot” to her resume). And now we’re just wondering if her new crown as the World Series’ favorite anthem singer will be stripped tonight by our recent Posted artist, Demi Lovato, who will be following Deschanel’s performance with her own interpretation at Game 5 of the Series.