Kylie’s back and could she add a new action twist?

21 Nov

Kylie Minogue’s new single Better Than Today is out on December 6th. There is added interest and attention to the release because Kylie directed the promotional video herself.

Elsewhere, Kylie has been short listed for Festival At Large 2010. She is shortlisted for one of the roles for a Female Lead and is up against Duffy, Christina Aguilera, Pat Benatar and Hilary Duff.

We all know Kylie can re-invent herself every new decade, and successfully. Check out the new Kylie video for some Mash-Up inspiration for your own action thriller sequence with Kylie as a main performer!

Modern Progressive Rock AND Gothic Metal – go listen!

10 Nov

Benighted Soul are currently recording their first full album, following a couple of years of powerful performances at various rock and metal festivals around Europe.

Benighted Soul vocalist JayJay is an expressive and, at times, thrilling vocalist, combining theatrical movements and soaring vocals in many of the band’s songs. She stands out as a creative and passionate front-woman and it’s no surprise the band have been a success at Metal Ladies Fest and H’elles On Stage (for example).

Jay’s operatic style is emphasised during the frequent duets with five-string-bass player Djang, his deep vocals and growls providing contrast and depth. The music is further lifted by one of the most energetic drummers, Niko, and his solid combination of rock and metal styles.

As you can see and hear from their posts on YouTube, Benighted Soul drive forward with plenty of nods to progressive rock – is Jay the new Peter Gabriel and guitarist Jeyms the new Townsend?

Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal, Female-Fronted Metal – all are perfect descriptions for this band and I hope they gain a huge following with their new album. This is powerful, intelligent and thrilling music, appealing to heart, mind and feet!

YouTube track Ticking Time Bomb is a perfect example of their style


Benighted Soul live

Was 2008 the high point for the music of Katy Perry?

10 Nov

Despite having a heavy cold, probably courtesy of Britain’s worst winter in 20 years, Katy Perry scooped up the award for Best International Female in London a couple of years ago.

Katy Perry and her "cleavage style"Other good news was Katy’s album One Of The Boys went platinum. So the Brit Award was icing on the cake for a very successful 2008 for Katy. Other highlights include Best New Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Favorite Pop Song at the People’s Choice Awards for I Kissed a Girl and International Album of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards.

Some other awards nominations show the impact of Katy’s clever and quirky style, including Most Addictive Track and a long list of Video categories: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Female Video and Best New Artist.

But at the end of 2010 we ask, what about the music? Yes Katy has been very high profile with cleavage and various dress-to-shock “style statements”. And her relationship with Russell Brand can be summed up with his comment in September 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards: “Katy Perry didn’t win an award and she’s staying at the same hotel as me, so she’s gonna need a shoulder to cry on. So in a way, I’m the real winner tonight.”

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Girl Power wins through

20 Aug

Blake Lively in Interview magazineAll during the season there are plenty of photo opportunities – and pretend-scandal opportunities – for top rating shows like Gossip Girl. This year, however, the “off season” has provided fantastic stories and images.

Hot on the heels of Taylor Momsen is, perhaps in some ways a surprise, Blake Lively. Appearances at awards shows, fashion catwalks and just walking down the street have been newsworthy and, to many fans, most welcome.

However, as with many tv and movie stars, it can sometimes take a great magazine and great photographer to raise the standard and really please and surprise us.

The photoshoot of Blake Lively for the September issue of Interview magazine is a stunning example. Craig McDean held the cameras as the popular young star “performed” to the styling requests of Karl Templer.

As you can see from just the few examples of the cover feature for the magazine, the character she plays is in trouble with the law. Fortunately all is well as Blake covers all the angles in a terrific selection of ensembles from star names like Balenciaga, Fendi and Burberry.

Great job Blake, and Interview.

Fashion Update – and testing from Ping

21 Feb

We admit to being waylaid by Twitter – a lot – recently. So here’s a quick update and, purely in the interests of science, we’re testing Ping.

Taylor MomsenIf this all works we should be able to update blogs and Twitter and all sorts – easily – and, we hope, more regularly.

Taylor Momsen started acting alongside Jim Carrey in The Grinch (as baby-faced Cindy-Lou Who). At 14 she joined the modelling agency that represents Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen.

Now, in addition to starring in Gossip Girl, Taylor also fronts a rock band, The Pretty Reckless.

Now all we need to do is work out how to post a pic too.

UPDATE: We needed to go back to WordPress to add the pic and the Tags and the Categories. Guess Ping is not quite there yet.

Winds of Plague aka Winds of Change

14 Jan

Just when you thought you knew the line-up of Wings of Plague, whoops there goes another player. Winds of Change could serve them well as a new band name if the need arises.

Kristen RandallKristen Randall (photo left) had been in the band two years and a constant feature in just about every metal magazine that boasted a calendar. Kristen is also well-known in tattoo magazines and is soon to be seen on LA Ink with Kat von D.

But after a big “thank you” to the Winds, Kristen is off to pursue her own musical direction, plus exposure of and in websites and magazines concerning ink. The LA Ink episode is scheduled for next month (February).

Lisa MarxIn a press release Kristen said: “The experiences we shared have been such a huge part of my life the past couple years and I will cherish that forever. As for myself, music is my deepest passion.”

The next new keyboard player for the Winds was Lisa Marx (photo right), also a model at times like Kristen. Lisa had previousy played with Kittie and Day of Contempt and was invited to join Winds on the California Love tour which also included Stick To Your Guns, Sleeping Giant, Oceano and Circle of Contempt .

Alana PotocnikLatest news is that former The Breathing Process keyboardist Alana Potocnik (photo left) has replaced Lisa on a fulltime basis.

And, you guessed it, Alana has also had a ModelMayhem profile. Guess the guys in Winds have great talent at using Google to find their new band members – lol.

Femme Metal Fashion

4 Jan

Update from Goth Style: Modern Amazons – Metal Maidens- Femme Metal –