Kings of Leon Storytellers Online Exclusive: “Crawl”

Our cup runneth over with Kings of Leon VH1 Storytellers clips! The band apparently played such a long set in their home city of Franklin, TN that this rocking performance of “Crawl,” the fifth single from their monster 2008 album Only by the Night, unfortunately won’t be a part of the episode when it premieres Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. But we’re such fans of that album, and this barnburner of a song in particular, that we couldn’t let the footage just sit around gathering dust!

Sadly, we’re disqualified from entering the Road to Slane Castle contest, but for all you fans who don’t work here, go enter! You could win a trip to Ireland to meet the band and see them play at Slane Castle, or a signed instrument from one of the band members plus free admission to Kings of Leon shows this year.

Kings of Leon Take The Stage In Nashville For Storytellers
Kings of Leon, “Slow Night, So Long (Live on VH1 Storytellers)”
Kings of Leon, “Radioactive (Live on VH1 Storytellers)”


Kings of Leon VH1 Storytellers Sneak Peek: “Radioactive”

“Our background was the church,” Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon explains in this clip from their episode of VH1 Storytellers. So, if any of the lyrics of “Radioactive” sound familiar, it’s because the band borrowed them from gospel hymns they’ve known forever. Hear the whole story, and their performance, in the clip above, or tune in Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT for the VH1 Storytellers: Kings of Leon premiere.

If you’re a particularly devoted Kings of Leon fan, enter to win a trip to Slane Castle in Ireland (airfare included) to meet the band, or instruments signed by the band, or tickets to any Kings of Leon show in the United States. But be warned?you’ll have to prove your love in the face of your fellow fans. Good luck!


Kanye and Jay-Z Have Young Museum Donors Going “H.A.M.”

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has upped the ante for musical guests at donor galas. Last night’s Party in the Garden, the museum’s annual major donor dinner-benefit afterparty, featured a ninety minute set from Kanye West, who (after a reportedly characteristic rant) took the further step of inviting surprise guest Jay-Z onstage with him for a joint performance of “H.A.M.” and “Empire State of Mind.”

Cameraphone footage of the Cartier-sponsored concert (such as this clip of “Runaway”) is all over Youtube. Previous Parties at the Garden have featured Karen O and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Estelle, and M.I.A.


Anniversaries: Marcus Mumford Honors Dylan’s Birthday; Cannes Remembers Bob Marley

In honor of Bob Dylan‘s 70th birthday on May 24th, Rolling Stone has compiled a heap of birthday coverage today, including a feature in which ten artists reflect on their favorite Dylan songs. The one surprise in the set?and the only post-1975 Dylan song selected?is “Not Dark Yet,” from 1997′s Time Out of Mind, selected by none other than Marcus Mumford. Read more…

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Can The Cars Make A Comeback Simply By Sounding Exactly The Same As They Always Have?

Move Like This, the new record from The Cars (not the New Cars, but the Famous Original Cars), joins Raphael Saadiq‘s?Stone Rollin’ and Posted artist Christina Perri‘s lovestrong on record store shelves today. The band is a bit darker without bassist and co-lead singer Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, but otherwise they pretty much sound like the Cars circa their multi-platinum heyday. However, critics seem to be divided as to whether that’s enough.?

Watch their Philip K. Dick-via-Ren? Clair?video for?“Sad Song” below. Read more…


Kings of Leon Storytellers Sneak Peek: “Slow Night, So Long”

Kings of Leon inaugurates the 15th Anniversary Season of VH1 Storytellers on Friday, but we’ve shared an exclusive clip on Facebook for those who can’t wait that long. The band closed out their set with an extended jam on “Slow Night, So Long” from 2005′s Aha Shake Heartbreak.

Storytellers: Kings of Leon premieres Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.


Charlie Sheen’s “Winning” Is a Loser

In the wake of his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour, Charlie Sheen gave an extended interview to E! News (as opposed to his prior favorite news outlet, his now-defunct UStream channel) and premiered the re-cut video for the “rock version” of “Winning,” the track he recorded with Snoop Dogg and Rob Patterson. The song is available on iTunes (in both “rock” and “original” versions), and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Sheen’s new non-profit Torpedos Against Tornados [sic].

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Sneak Peek: Raphael Saadiq Performs For Top 20 Live

Raphael Saadiq‘s new album Stone Rollin’ hit stores today, and the man himself hit up VH1′s New York City offices, appearing for an interview on Big Morning Buzz Live this morning and then recording an exclusive VH1 Top 20 Live set that we were lucky enough to witness.

The youthful Saadiq (if not for Tony! Toni! Ton?! you’d never believe he turns 45 on Saturday) immediately got the assembled crowd clapping?and even singing a callback?for “Heart Attack,” the album’s opener and one of its more straight-ahead soul tracks. But despite adapting retro song styles (like the blues form of “Daydreaming”), his songs still sounded like music of today, a distinction implicitly proven by their juxtaposition with the band’s cover of Marvin Gaye‘s 1963 classic “Pride and Joy.” That cut was retro in the best way: some audience members even provided callbacks without prompting.

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Jim Jones Records Soulful New Single…with Mashup DJ Girl Talk?

If you’re looking for a sneak peek at a new Jim Jones song (or are just nostalgic for his braids),’s Selector has you covered. The most recent episode paired the Love & Hip Hop favorite with mashup DJ Girl Talk in Jones’s Manhattan studio. Girl Talk previewed two beats: the glitchy “Happen,” which the Jones was definitely not feeling, and the 1970s-soul “Believe in Magic,” based on a sample of Honey Cone‘s 1970 number-one hit, “Want Ads.” The Dipset head’s skepticism about the sound soon faded when he started recording a freestyle over it, and he ended up loving it so much that he cleared the sample and recruited Lloyd to sing a featured verse on what now looks to be an upcoming single.

Watch Jim Jones record his freestyle and ad libs below, or check out the whole Selector episode at And don’t forget to tune in to the Love & Hop Hop reunion Monday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.


Lady Gaga Explores The Joy Of Sax On Her New Single, “Edge of Glory”

A mere weekend after the video premiere of “Judas,” Lady Gaga has released “Edge of Glory,” the third-and-counting track from the forthcoming Born This Way, to radio stations nationwide. It doesn’t have a provocative “hook” to it, as the righteous “Born This Way” and the religious “Judas” did (which may explain why the song went straight to radio), but that doesn’t matter because its musical hook steamrolls the other two songs with ease.

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