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Tuned In: Young The Giant Are Hypnotic On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Young The Giant played “Cough Syrup” last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and they were simply hypnotic. With something of a young Kings Of Leon in the verses (sing “The Bucket” along with the first verse of “Cough Syrup” and you’ll see), Young The Giant are both familiar and new. Their referential (the choruses are reminiscent of The National) style is comfortable, and yet they evoke wide open, uncharted spaces in the way they play their influences off one another to create dynamism in both music and vocal.

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Tuned In: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry And Randy Jackson “Chip Away The Stone” On Leno

American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson teamed up with Joe Perry on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to give a super fun performance of Aerosmith‘s “Chip Away The Stone.” With a full band, the veterans we’re lively and animated, for what was a joy filled performance. The guys had great chemistry together on stage, and proved that age ain’t nothing but a number when it comes to rocking out.

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Tuned In: The Avett Brothers Cover Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” On Fallon

It’s a tall order to cover the music of a legend, but last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon The Avett Brothers pulled it off just about as perfectly as one could hope to. Covering Bob Dylan‘s “One Too Many Mornings,” the North Carolina band embraced the spirit of folk, giving a refined, whimsical performance. Did you love their rendition of the Dylan classic? Well never fear — The Avett Brothers’ version of “One Too Many Mornings” will appear on a 4-CD box set of Dylan covers, Chimes Of Freedom, set to be released on January 24th.

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Tuned In: Parachute Give Leno “Something To Believe In”

Giving a dynamic performance of “Something To Believe In,” Parachute shook the stage at The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. With a full band including grand piano and saxophones, not to mention a lineup of impressive back up singers, the performance was uplifting and inspirational. A little bit anthemic, “Something To Believe In” feels like a call to arms, a song that would find itself very comfortable in a cinematic landscape. The track is off their new album, The Way It Was.

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Tuned In: Adam Lambert Sings “Better Than I Know Myself” On Leno

Adam Lambert fans — this is what you’ve been waiting for. Performing his first single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” from his forthcoming album Trespassing, last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Lambert owned the stage with his compelling presence. Looking sharp as always in his signature glam-goth style and vertiginous hair, Lambert gave an emotional performance. With an 80s, synth-led sound shaping the song, Lambert’s voice soared through “Better Than I Know Myself” with confidence and ease, both chilling and uplifting, especially when he hit the high notes with his flawless rock-style vocal.

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Tuned In: St. Vincent Performs A Moody “Cheerleader” For Conan

St. Vincent‘s “Cheerleader” sounds like Zola Jesus and Shirley Manson took a really fun trip to the beach. On the way they probably ran into Girls and listened to Veruca Salt on the radio. There’s something of the angst riddled 90s alterna-girl in St. Vincent, but something of the West Coast too. Performing last night on Conan, St. Vincent gave a moody rendition of “Cheerleader,” with an anti-authoritarian attitude and irreverence on her sleeve. And can we just talk about that red skirt for a moment? Everything about the performance was wonderful, from St. Vincent’s haphazard sex appeal and 90s redux style to her Garbage-esque vocal and defiant lyricism.

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Tuned In: VH1 Posted‘s Kina Grannis Is “In Your Arms” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The adorable Kina Grannis, VH1′s January Posted artist, performed a beautiful, acoustic version of “In Your Arms” for Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. It’s no secret that we love Kina, and it’s not hard to see why. The young performer is sincere, relatable and perfectly imperfect as she sings with true emotion. Promoting her album Stairwells, Kina took to the stage with the presence and easy charm of a veteran performer, despite her relative newness to the limelight. Her charming smile accompanying the heartfelt vocal made for a convincing performance that has stuck in our minds the same way as the passionate kind of love affair Kina sings about would. We were even lucky enough to go backstage at Jimmy Kimmel with Kina to find out all about her upcoming US and European tours. See our video after the jump!

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Tuned In: Demi Lovato Sings “Give Your Heart A Break” At The People’s Choice Awards

Last night at the People’s Choice Awards Demi Lovato bought the house down with a power performance of “Give your Heart A Break.” Appearing on a checkerboard stage atop a huge digital cube, Watch The Throne style, Lovato belted out her song to an adoring audience. Looking glamorous in a red gown, she owned the stage and ripped through the melody with her soulful voice. Not only did Lovato kill it on stage, she won the Favorite Pop Artist award over super stars Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. All we have to say to that is “Go, Demi, GO!”

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Tuned In: Augustana “Just Stay Here Tonight” On Leno

We have to admit we got a little bit of a chill on the backs of our necks watching Augustana perform “Just Stay Here Tonight” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night. Sweeping and evocative, and led with a gravelly vocal with echoes of Bruce Springsteen, there’s something of the romantic runaway in Augustana’s performance. There’s also a nostalgic simplicity to the song, in it’s bare emotions and uncomplicated melody. We think we just found our new anthem for falling in love in 2012.

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Tuned In: Snow Patrol Go To “New York” On Letterman

It isn’t much of a surprise that a band with a song called “New York” should chose to play said song while in New York. What is a surprise is just how lovely that song is. Last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, Snow Patrol played the deeply melancholic “New York” to a reverent silence. Without all the excesses of grand instrumentals and layered melody, Snow Patrol played simply with voice and piano to evoke true emotion. Warning: Don’t watch this video if someone you love/miss/are heartbroken by has recently moved to New York without you — it will definitely make you cry, and we can’t have that!

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