So here’s what I think really happened when Taylor Swift released “Out Of The Woods” last week: some wild techno remix that she was saving for months down the line was accidentally released in the place of the original track, and this lovely singer Kathleen Nguyen thought she’d do Tay a solid by posting a video of the soft, acoustic, correct version of it. I’m all about Taylor trying out new sounds, but this rendition of “Out Of The Woods” is a much more emotionally honest fit for those from-the-heart lyrics. See Taylor? Your fans know you better than yourself. If you’re as in love with this cover as I am, you can download it here.
I remember watching and rooting for Kelly Clarkson when she was on Season 1 of “American Idol,” and to this day, I can’t get enough of her voice. I honestly feel like she’s one of the most underrated singers in the biz, so when she does gets credit where credit is due, I’m a happy girl. Let this video be Exhibit A.
Kelly covered Sam Smith’s ballad “Stay With Me” during a recent North Carolina concert, and absolutely blew it out of the park. While I love the original version of the song, there’s just a real, raw quality to Kelly’s voice that drives it home for me. Check out the video above and see for yourself.
Taylor Swift has gifted the world with yet another single from her upcoming album, and this one is about her love of city life. She told USA Today that ”Welcome To New York” is “a really wide-eyed, optimistic approach to moving to New York, or just visiting for the first time, or stepping off the plane for the first time. My favorite thing about that song is it sounds exactly how that feeling felt to me — just joyous, hopeful optimism and endless opportunities, endless inspiration, right there in front of you.” Apparently living in Manhattan really suits her— and also, would her street style looks really be as inspired and twee if she lived in LA or Nashville? I’m not sure how I feel about the song itself, but listen for yourselves. Maybe it’s an acquired taste. Only 6 days left until the full album drops and fangirl mayhem ensues! [Refinery 29; USA Today]
Apparently “Health Goth” is something that I’ve kind of been doing without realizing it, because it basically consists of having a background in musical subcultures and wearing head-to-toe black when you work out. Cool beans! I hope I get a pass for the color of my shoes, though; I just wear whatever isn’t going to break my feet, regardless of their color. (Is Health Rainbow Goth a thing?)
A few thoughts: First, do you have to listen to goth metal or industrial goth to be Health Goth, or can you listen to goth as in The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen? Second, I’m pretty sure most lifting gyms play “aggressive” music most of the time anyway (much to my chagrin). Third, I do not endorse statements like “No one wants to see a Grover belly poking through your Under Armour compression shirt” (from HealthGoth.com founder Johnny Love), especially in subcultures. Come on, man, the kids already get enough flack for being weirdos, don’t give them in-scene pressure about their bodies, too. Yeuch. Keep reading »
When it comes to Taylor, you either love or hate her. It’s easy to hate her– she reminds you how awful it felt when your not-boyfriend broke up with you, and you listened to Red on repeat for days at a time, while lying on your bedroom floor. It was a low point, and Taylor is an incessant reminder of how boys can be the actual worst… whether you’re in college or a bonafide celebrity. The truth is, no matter how you feel about her, when T. Swizzle’s on, she’s really on. Read more on College Candy…