Archive for June, 2012

Robyn: a 90s Throwback

Posted by    |    June 25th, 2012 at 11:29 am

Robyn at American Airlines Center

I was waiting patiently in my seat at American Airlines for Coldplay to come on stage and rock my world forever, when I was struck by the voice of the very Swedish opening act, Robyn. Yes, I knew her most current hit, Dancing On My Own, but all I could think about was the song my mom and I would listen to on the radio as she chauffeured my seven-year-old self around.

Robyn, a Swedish pop star with the most wild hair cut I have ever seen, released her first album in 1996 (I was 6) and on that record was one of the most memorable and karaoke-able songs of my childhood: ‘Show Me Love’.

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Backstage with Bean at House of Blues

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2012 at 3:32 pm

“I am so excited. I don’t know why I get to play here,” said Bean in the Green Room of House of Blues. Her hair is being styled into Shirley Temple-like curls while she listens and hums along to some of her favorite songs. “My show isn’t until 8,” said Bean. “That’s why they’re curling my hair like this. It has to last.”

20-year-old Noelle Bean has undergone a lot of changes since YouPlus last saw her sixth months ago. For one thing, she’s dropped the ‘Noelle’, wishing only to be known as Bean. As with most artists who wish to be known by one name only, there needs to be a lot of personality and character behind that name to make it work. This is no problem for Bean, who has enough joy and personality to fill the entire green room. The change of name is representative of her switch from singer/songwriter to pop star.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD”

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Courtesy of Google Images

 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Thursday, June 21st, I saw a pre screening of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Mark Moses, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, and more.  As a member of the Dallas Film Society, I received an invitation to see this film at Studio Movie Grill the night before it was released in theaters Friday.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World centers around Dodge (Carell), a meek insurance salesman, who is dealing with the final days of earth.  As an asteroid hurls towards the planet with only three weeks left for mankind, Dodge meets his neighbor, Penny (Knightley), and they travel around in search of Dodge’s high school sweetheart.  Both being lonely, lost souls, with kind hearts, Dodge and Penny quickly develop a strong bond.  This motion picture is extremely funny and emotional.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a dramatic and romantic comedy, which depicts the end of the world with a “throw caution to the wind” attitude, which understandably sets the screen for a few wild scenes with partying, drugs, and alcohol that are not suited for ages under 17.  The film was given an R rating for language, sexual references, drug/alcohol use, and brief violence.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the first major film directed by Lorene Scafaria, who also wrote “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, and starred in several other films.

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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (Behind the Scenes)

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Yesterday, a one of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders woke up with blonde hair and a side part. Today, she has dark brown hair, parted down the middle. It’s all just part of the job.

We caught up with the girls at one of their training camps at Gilley’s yesterday to shoot a behind the scenes look at season 7 of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. The new season debuting this September will go beyond the training camps, showing more in-depth storylines, drama, and dance.

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Tomorrow at LaGrange: Beat Connection

Posted by    |    June 19th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger of Beat Connection, the Seattle-based, electro-pop quartet, had a pretty good 2011. After playing for sold-out rooms and receiving pretty stellar reviews while touring with STRFKR this past September, the group hit up SXSW. 2012 promises to be another great year for the band with the addition of Tom Eddy as lead vocalist, and drummer Jarred Katz. This summer also marks the release of their first full-length album, The Palace Garden with Moshi Moshi/ Tender Age, as well as their first North American headlining tour. Tomorrow, the band will be playing at LaGrange. We caught up with the quartet before they embark on a crazy summer.

How did you first come together as a band? 

Well Jordan and I met as freshmen in college over a mutual appreciation for music and drinking.  We started making music and djing house parties, and after a while we felt ready to get some songs together and put em out for people to hear.  At that point we had no idea how to perform live so we had to figure that out too.

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Why Isn’t Justin Singing Anymore?

Posted by    |    June 19th, 2012 at 10:51 am

I recently read Julianne Hough’s interview in Glamour where she mentioned that she moved to London for 5 years when she was 10 (so fetch, Julianne) and completely missed the boy band craze. To which I say, “You missed out, Julianne. You missed out.” There was nothing that made my pre-teen heart beat faster than *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys.

I felt bad for Julianne. She had been robbed of witnessing so many momentous musical moments. Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’: an instant classic. Sure her first concert was Green Day and Fred Durst apparently pulled her on stage at a Limp Bizkit show and told her she had pretty eyes (prove it, Jules). But she never got to scream the lyrics to ‘Genie in a Bottle’ or ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ with her friends at a slumber party, and that must truly be one of life’s tragedies.

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‘Girls’ Recap: So Many Emotions, So Much Plaid

Posted by    |    June 18th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Spoilers Alert!

So season one of HBO’s ‘Girls’ is officially a wrap, and I am still overwhelmed with emotions and questions. I’m always at a loss for how I’m supposed to feel when I’m watching this show; I’m laughing one minute than cringing and covering my eyes the next. But at the end of the day, I am really going to miss these girls. My roommate and I have started referring to them like we know them intimately, and we desperately wish we had our own personal Shoshanna to entertain us 24/7. So in order to work through my ever-changing emotions I think it is worthwhile to recap last night’s finale, for better or for worse.

I love you, Elijah

So first off, Moody Marnie finally moves out. After last week’s fight, it’s not like I didn’t see it coming, but it broke my heart nonetheless. On the bright side, it looks like we’re going to be getting a lot more of Hannah’s ex-(gay)-boyfriend, Elijah (former Book of Mormon star), which I am thrilled about. He’s the only character I don’t have mixed emotions about; I straight up love that guy. So as long as Angsty Adam doesn’t get in the way of Elijah’s moving in, next season already has an awesome amount of potential.

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LMFAO: Surprisingly Awesome

Posted by    |    June 18th, 2012 at 11:05 am

photo courtesy of popstache.com

This past weekend, I unexpectedly found myself at the LMFAO concert, and in pretty baller fashion I might add. A friend of mine used to be a hostess in one of the suites at American Airlines and scored us free tickets to see the uncle/nephew duo. Before I continue, can we address the fact that the guy with the afro is the other guy’s UNCLE? And that they changed their names to Redfoo (the older guy) and Skyblu? I’d love to witness a Thanksgiving at that household.

Getting Our 'Party Rock' On

But regardless, I’m thankful that this serendipitous opportunity flew into my lap, because this was quite possibly one of my favorite concerts of all time. I’m just as surprised as anyone. I enjoyed “I’m in Miami B****” just as much if not more than the next person, but I really did not expect to have as good a time at this thing as I did.

These guys clearly have a lot of charisma (must run in the fam) and a lot of money to spend, and they definitely milked it. Also, apparently their dad/grandfather is this music mogul named Berry Gordy, founder of Motown record label, so that probably didn’t hurt their chances of shooting to fame. Fun fact: their original name was going to be “Sexe Dude” but Skyblu’s GRANDMOTHER told them to change it. I seriously was not kidding when I said I wanted to witness a Gordy family get-together.

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“PROMETHEUS” MOVIE REVIEW

Posted by    |    June 17th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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“Prometheus” (2012)

(NO MAJOR SPOILERS)

I recently saw the newest science fiction blockbuster movie, “Prometheus”. This movie definitely left an impression, but not all positive. I left the movie theater with a lot of questions after seeing this film. I saw the film in 2D, which may have been a mistake. The film has some amazing footage and special effects and could possibly be a great movie to see in 3D or 3D IMAX. I saw this film at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas, TX. This theater is one of my favorites and features comfortable seating and an amazing dining experience, where you can order gourmet food, drinks and cocktails, as well as typical movie theater snack food.

The movie, “Prometheus”, involves a team of scientists that travel into space aboard a spaceship called “Prometheus” to investigate alien life forms. They travel to a planet with similar conditions to Earth after finding clues of the origins of mankind. When the crew arrives on the planet, everything looks deserted except for structural remains that they believe to be man-made. As they explore the planet, they realize they may have made a mistake. They quickly discover they are not alone on the planet, and the horrors they encounter begin to threaten the lives of the crew and possibly all of mankind. “Prometheus” was directed by Ridley Scott and is a prequel to Scott’s previous “Alien” films. “Prometheus” stars actors Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green and more. This film was given an “R” rating for sci-fi violence, intense images, language, sex, nudity, drugs, and alcohol.

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The Charming Bean Comes to House of Blues Thursday (6/21/12)

Posted by    |    June 15th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Little ray of sunshine, Noelle Bean, sounds like a cross between Colbie Caillat and Zooey Deschanel with bubbly vocals and an indie vibe. The 20-year-old Nashville native got her start after putting some videos on YouTube last year. The encouraging responses were enough to make her decide to make a career out of it. Her beautiful and soulful songwriting marks her as a truly talented star on the rise.

As Bean is new to the music industry, her first REAL concert  in the DFW area will take place Thursday, June 21 in the Cambridge Room at House of Blues. Bean will be opening for her friend Taylor Thrash, along with People on Vacation, The Klanks, and Start the Day

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