I was totally in my element watching last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, basking in the hotness that is Luke Bryan and contemplating my love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift, when Stevie Nicks showed up and totally changed the game. She took the stage with Lady Antebellum for a medley of Lady A’s tune “Golden,” and— wait for it— Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon.” In that moment, dreams came true. I didn’t even mind that Hillary Scott was a bit pitchy at times, because it was THAT magical. It was like watching the Power Rangers get together for the first time. Check it out for yourself and thank us later.
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Bringing dead celebrities “back to life” via hologram is hella morbid. But the very-much-alive Janelle Monae performing via hologram with M.I.A. on “Bad Girls”? That’s really fucking cool. (Maybe if Justin Bieber only performed via hologram, he would show up to his concerts on time.) [YouTube via AV Club]
O-Town was the by far the best boy band ever created on a reality show called “Making The Band” in the year 2000. We all enjoyed their vocal (and hair) stylings until 2003, when the band broke up, leaving the world a dark, sad, lonely place where fans could only ask, “Why? Whyyyyy?” while listening to “Liquid Dreams” on repeat and crying. (Not that I did that.) (I totally did.) Today, our long national nightmare comes to an end: O-Town has announced they are reuniting and working on a new album. Hooray! Rejoice! But wait, there’s a catch. The new O-Town will be a smaller and significantly less blonde group, because Ashley Parker Angel has opted not to renew his O-Town membership card. This news brings up many important questions, most pressingly: What is O-Town without Ashley Parker Angel? What is life without Ashley Parker Angel? Doesn’t this go against the message of their biggest hit, “All Or Nothing”? I need to go lie down. Check out the band’s reunion announcement video after the jump, if you feel emotionally ready for it. Keep reading »
I am always weary when anyone covers a Stevie Nicks song — especially when it’s a celebrity who is not known for being a singer. Naturally, I was ready to hate Leighton Meester and Dana Williams’ version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” but remarkably, I didn’t. Williams, whose EP The Lonely One is now available on iTunes, sounds amazing and Meester’s not so bad either. She gets extra respect from me for her guitar-playing abilities. I rate this highly listenable, as far as Fleetwood Mac covers go. [Refinery 29]
If you were a certain type of teenaged girl, your inner emotional landscape was set to a channel of all Tori Amos, all the time. As someone who still has deep emotional connection to Little Earthquakes, I’m already losing my shit over the first song from her new album. “Trouble’s Lament” is CLASSIC TORI and gives me hopes for her upcoming album, Unrepentent Geraldines, out on May 13. Give a listen: I think you’ll love it as much as I do. [YouTube]