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Norah Jones Takes Quiet Revenge In New Video For “Miriam”

“Miriam,” off of Norah Jones‘ recent Little Broken Heart, is as leaden a lullaby as a lullaby can be. In the new Phil Andelman-directed video, Norah sits alone in row boat, floating quietly on a twilight lit Texas pond and singing about just how nice a name Miriam could be. But, pretty as could be in her red dress, she is a woman scorned, and nothing else is so peaceful as it seems. “Never been the killing kind, but I know what you did,” she warns. “Now I’ve saved the best for you.” And well, what was started in the “Happy Pills” video gets finished and we are reminded that no water should sit so still.

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VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Has The “Medicine” We Want

Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals really does have the medicine that everyone wants; and this devastatingly good outtake of “Medicine” from their VH1 Storytellers session that aired tonight (PS: If you missed it, you can watch it online right now!) is everything that’s got us spinning. Over classic rock drum rolls and a come-hither guitar hook, Potter first weaves an alternative world wherein a gypsy woman with dark brown eyes and long black hair has put a spell on her man. “She’s crossing me with magnetic sand / She hypnotizes with her mojo hand,” she wails. Then, two-thirds of the way through, voice hushed, she shares her plan to take the other woman down “deep in the night, when no one’s around” and off we go!

The whole band comes together at the drums for an epic precision-jam break-down, from which Potter returns even more powerful than before. “I’ve got the medicine,” she shrieks as the song returns, even bigger and badder than before. How, really, could anyone compete with a vocalist and performer as riveting as Potter?

It’s eight-minutes long, but really, not long enough. And so it’s good that there is more where that came from.

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VH1 Storytellers Stars Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Will “Never Go Back”

Here at VH1, we are letting Grace Potter & The Nocturnals drive us into the weekend.

This morning, the band dropped in Big Morning Buzz Live. Performing “Never Go Back,” the first single off of their fantastic The Lion the Beast the Beat. The song, as Potter has explained, was written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach in 45 minutes and is “one of those great rock and roll moments that I’ll never forget.”And probably neither will we, thanks to Potter’s cooly powerful vocals and those almost dangerous sounding guitars. Alive with rock and roll and glamor, their performance has us amped for the weekend when we will never go back to work no more (until at least Monday).

And tonight, you’ll want not to miss VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals when it premiers tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the sneak-peak of them playing “Never Go Back” below and you’ll see why.

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VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Sneak Peek: How “Never Go Back” Was Created

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are embarking on some exciting projects, including assisting The Flaming Lips with breaking the Guinness World Record during the O Music Awards. In addition, this Friday VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals premieres with a riveting musical set accompanied by the stories behind the songs. The first single “Never Go Back,” co-written by The Black Keys, is from The Lion the Beast the Beat album, which is in stores today. And in this sneak peek clip not only do we hear the vibrant vocals of Grace Potter, she also delves into the making of “Never Go Back.” Read more…

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Music Seen: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Rock The Socks Off Storytellers

While Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have been melting the faces off audiences all over the country for a decade, they didn’t hit the mainstream until last year’s sexy single “Paris Ooh La La.” From their start on the jam band circuit to being a VH1 You Oughta Know artist in 2010 to collaborating with The Black KeysDan Auerbach on their latest album The Lion The Beast The Beat, the tight-knit, fun-loving, ridiculously talented band has plenty of stories to tell.

As a GPN superfan, it was a test in my professionalism to contain my excitement as I trailed them all day, camera in tow, from the Lucerne Hotel on NYC’s Upper West Side to Metropolis Studios in Harlem for rehearsals and what turned out to be one hell of a rock show. Insidery highlights of the day included Grace singing Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships” en route to the taping, her gushing about a recent splurge on a hot plate for her gourmet tour bus cooking, drummer Matt Burr revealing his colorful sock fetish, and the enthusiasm when Grace revealed new album art to bandmates Benny Yurco, Scott Tournet, and new bassist Michael Libramento. Below you can take a sneak peek at Grace prepping for the show, the gorgeous Storytellers set, some goofy backstage antics, and of course, plenty of rockin’ out goodness.

Be sure to tune into VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals on June 15th at 11 p.m. ET/PT, but for now, please enjoy the latest entry in our ongoing photographic series, Music Seen!



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Vh1 Storytellers Sneak Peek: Norah Jones Purposely Made “Happy Pills” A Mean Song

We’re beyond ecstatic for the premiere of VH1 Storytellers: Norah Jones this Friday. The video to “Happy Pills” may have been about revenge and murder, but in this sneak peek she says the inspiration for the song originated from a far less dramatic place. As far as we know there was no real revenge plot she concocted to get back at a cheating husband as the video shows. It all started from her hunger. No, really. Read more…

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Vh1 Storytellers Exclusive: Jason Mraz Performs “Lucky” And “You Fckn Did It”

In this exclusive clip from VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, Mraz performs “Lucky” as a duet. His partner’s strong vocals accompany his soft mellow voice that croons to the sound of the guitar. Not quite the tearjerker as “I Won’t Give Up,” but a stellar performance nonetheless. Mraz sings, “Lucky to be in love with my best friend.” We love sweet love songs that show appreciation for one’s significant other. And when the band plays the instruments without any singing– it’s heavenly! Jason Mraz gets five stars for this live ode to a lover/best friend. Read more…

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Jason Mraz Says Tears At His Shows Are ‘Equivalent To Smelling Pot Smoke At A Concert’

Tonight is the night, folks, for VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, which airs at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Since Mraz’s Twitter followers had a significant impact in choosing his setlist for Storytellers, it’s them we can thank for the tearjerker performance of “I Won’t Give Up”, which even caused Mraz himself to cry while telling the story of writing such a touching song. We caught up with Mraz to find out what he thinks of the sobbing at his shows. Turns out he doesn’t mind it at all. Read more…

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Jason Mraz Looked To His 3.6 Million Twitter Followers When Cultivating His VH1 Storytellers Setlist

We’re a little under 36 hours away from the premiere of VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, which will be making its debut on VH1 tomorrow night, June 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT. We’ve already shown you an advance look at Jason’s highly emotional performance of “I Won’t Give Up,” which is indicative of the entire evening’s vibe. But before the show taped last month here in New York City, we were able to grab a few minutes with Mr. A-Z himself to ask him the creative process that he went through in trying to determine which songs from his rich catalog he was going to include in his VH1 Storytellers set.

“When I first found out I would possibly do Storytellers, I did do a tweet to the masses that said, ‘Hey, if I were to do Storytellers, which songs would you want to know the stories behind?’,” he explained to us. Considering that his @jason_mraz feed is made up of some 3.6 million followers, that’s a lot of healthy insight! “[The rest of the set] is a little combination of greatest hits, and some songs that just have a great story [behind them] that I had to put in.”

To find out which songs made Jason Mraz’s VH1 Storytellers setlist, be sure to tune-in to VH1 tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET/PT!

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VH1 Storytellers Preview: Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up”

“I’ve had everything. I’ve had all my dreams come true. I was given a great gift, I was given a great community to share it, and I was given a great network of people to get it all around the world. And yet, one still experiences melancholy.”

We told you yesterday that this weekend’s episode of VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz was a particularly emotional one, and after watching this special preview of “I Won’t Give Up,” you’ll start to understand what we mean. Jason Mraz is one of those rare artists these days who does not hide their true selves behind a façade of slick, glossy, Top 40 friendly sound. Instead, when he sits down to write a song, he draws from his own personal reserve of life experiences, sharing all of the intimate details surrounding his life’s highs and lows with his audience. This quality is expressly why we chose him to appear on the current season of VH1 Storytellers, and we hope that you tune-in to VH1 this Friday night, June 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT to experience the rest of this magical set.

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