While much of America spent a pleasurable July 4th weekend ensconced in BBQ heaven, beach parties, and cars changing into robot films, I remained slumped on my sad, brown couch, wiling away my hours shooting fiends, giant radscorpions, and Super Mutants with Fallout: New Vegas.

Earlier that week, I was mired in depression after Dia Frampton came in second to frontrunner Javier Colon (darn you, Justin Bieber fans!!).  As a fellow entertainment writer mused on his Twitter account, Frampton is as close to a living Ramona Flowers as one could get, and since she was really sweet during our phone interview, I was pretty much Team Blake (well, Team Frampton) for most of The Voice’s first season run.  After drowning my sorrows in Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes tunes and inexplicably loving Letters to Juliet, I tried to reclaim my dissipated manhood collecting caps, upgrading my armor, and obliterating any creature who didn’t vote for Frampton in Fallout: New Vegas.

gun6Come Tuesday, I left Sin City and was ready to soak up the L.A. sun and open my shutters.  That is, until I received an e-mail from the lovely PR people at Bethesda that new screenshots for Old World Blues, the third add-on for Fallout: New Vegas, were now available for viewing.

As far as the storyline behind Old World Blues, their cryptic press release reads: “The residents of the Mojave have long assumed the trackless wastes of ‘The Big Empty’ are a no-man’s land, a desolate stretch where no living thing can survive.  In Old World Blues, you discover that is far from the truth.”

Old World Blues is set for a July 19th release (Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, Steam).

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This summer’s breakout TV hit The Voice ends its first season run this week, as the final four singers of the competition perform tonight (NBC, 9 pm et/pt).

So who is your favorite singer?  Do you dig the mellow and innovative stylings of Dia Frampton (Team Blake), the powerhouse vocals of Beverly McClellan (Team Christina), the warrior swagger of Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo), or the smooth confidence of early frontrunner Javier Colon (Team Adam)?

Javier Colon doesn’t want The Voice experience to end:

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Beverly McClellan talks about important advice she received from coach Christina Aguilera:

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Vicci Martinez says the cure for the common hangover is…early wake-up calls for The Voice!

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Dia Frampton says she would have been “slammed in the shadows” if she did not have Blake Shelton as a coach:

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The Voice results show (and its season finale) airs tomorrow night (NBC, 8 pm et/pt)

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The Voice contestant Dia Frampton charmed coach Blake Shelton with her rendition of “Bubbly” during the audition portion of the show, and on tonight’s battle round she goes up against fellow ‘Team Blake’ member SerabeeHollywood Outbreak interviewed Frampton, who formed the band Meg & Dia with her sister back in 2004.

Outbreak: So Blake picked you on his team, but what was it like having Reba McEntire also give you advice?

Frampton: “That was crazy.  I felt like the second she walked in the room I blacked out and then came too and when she left I probably was just nervously giggling.  But she was so nice and it was amazing to meet her and I still can’t believe it happened.  So I need to watch my battle tonight to see what happened.”

Outbreak: Did you learn to play guitar and piano at an early age?

Frampton: “My older sister Meg actually taught me guitar and piano.  When I was a kid I did go to guitar lessons and piano lessons but I always quit and always screamed at my mom that I didn’t want to go.  Surprisingly, you would think that I would embrace it but I always said ‘mom I don’t want to go, I don’t want to practice piano’ I was one of those kids. But now that I’m older, I’m practicing, I’m playing, and I’m enjoying it for myself.”

Outbreak: What kind of music are you into these days?

“The last record my sister and I wrote (Cocoon, which was released on iTunes in March) we definitely wrote a lot (it was) kinda folky, kinda indie folky.  I’m a huge fan of bands like The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons, and Dawes and people like that, and Stevie Nicks.  I probably go more (towards) the folky, country, indie way, if that makes any sense.”

Outbreak: What’s next after your run on The Voice?

Frampton: “I don’t know what the future holds for me.  I’m so into writing, I’m looking into trying to get a book published.  I love music, I definitely want to keep doing that, especially with my sister.  I don’t know how good I would be acting, I think I’d be terrible.  But that would always be something interesting to try.”

Outbreak: As an avid reader and a music lover, tell us what one book or CD has a strong resonance for you?

Frampton: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers.  I think that record, that’s something I can listen to through and through and it brings so many different emotions up.  And A Tale of Two Cities is by far one of my all-time favorite books.  Even from the first sentence, ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’  The last sentence of the book just rips your heart out.  I think it’s a true love story in so many different ways and I just think it’s amazing.  You should read it if you haven’t.

The Voice airs on NBC tonight (10 pm et/pt).  You can follow Dia Frampton on Twitter at @diaframps.

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NUP_144348_0193.JPG The innate chemistry among Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton is one of the many strengths of NBC’s new singing competition show The Voice. The coaches are so close that three of them actually shared a few drinks together while shooting The Voice, much to the chagrin of the series’ producers. “I remember one day it was Adam’s birthday, we were taping the show and the producers were pulling their hair out and they were mad at us because Adam and Cee Lo and myself were in Adam’s dressing room drinking tequila because it was his birthday and we had my iPod out and Cee Lo was dancing in front of the iPod player by himself listening to INXS‘I Need You Tonight.’  Those are the things that you’re going ‘How did I get in with this group of people and why is it working like it is.’  I think somebody along the way found people that respect other artists, you know.  It matters to us, and I love that part of this.” This week on The Voice, the singers go head to head in a Battles competition, and the coaches must choose four out of their eight singers to make it to the next stage.  Part one of the Battles airs Tuesday night (NBC, 10 pm et/pt). The following video is from Dia Frampton, a member of Blake Shelton’s group.  She does a rendition of the Ingrid Michaelson song, The Way I Am.

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