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$5 Cover: Life on the Memphis Indie Scene

If you’ve spent any time in Memphis, you might know it’s a creative hotbed. The scraggly little city in western Tennessee boasts a rich history of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, has given us both Elvis and Justin, and offers lots of cheap rents to sustain the creative spark of modern indie rockers such as Lucero, Amy LaVere, and Two Way Radio. Those last three, plus several other Memphis-based artists, are at the center of $5 Cover, MTV’s ongoing Web series that explains how all the people and passion of a scene – could be Austin, could be Seattle – is interconnected. It’s rather addictive.

One of the reasons it is so addictive is Craig Brewer‘s direction. The guy behind Hustle & Flow (another Memphis tale), Brewer’s got a knack for telling the stories of striving musicians. As these characters interact through an ever-churning blend of career moves, clique dynamics, and sexual hook-ups, they share themselves completely. Black, white, young old – Brewer reveals alot about each of them in a short amount of time.

Check the latest Webisode above, and cut yourself some time. No doubt you’re going to want to absorb all the earlier parts of the story. As each new Webisode drops, we’ll slap it in here for you. The Hills ain’t the only show in town. Get ready for the steamy side of life on the Mississippi.

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Best Week Ever Sneak: Adam Lambert Hits Town!

There’s been lots of speculation about the superstar Idol runner-up, and Paul F. Tompkins doesn’t mess around – he just comes right out and asks. Does Lambert come clean? Check the clip now, and tune in tonight at 11 pm ET to watch the entire show. Mr. Kris Allen is also in the house tonight, so it’s Idol mania time. Just check how fangirl our Michelle Collins went when she connected with one of the guys yesterday. Read the interview.

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Iron Maiden: Flight 666 – VH1 Rock Doc June 6

Last year Iron Maiden flew around the world for their Somewhere Back In Time Tour.? Making their home in a 757, they took 45 days to shake the planet with their metal anthems. They knew where they were going: lead singer Bruce Dickinson was in the cockpit, piloting the plane to every one of the 23 sold-out stadium gigs. Want to know what it’s like to be on the road with one of hard rock’s most acclaimed acts? Iron Maiden: Flight 666, a full-length documentary of the whole deal, tells the story. It premieres on VH1 Classic and Palladia on Saturday, June 6 at 9 pm; it’s VH1 premiere is 12 midnight that same evening.

?Having what is basically a flying ?splitter bus? with all our gear and crew on board allowed us to undertake a touring schedule the likes of which has never been attempted before,” says Dickinson. “By being independent of flight and freight connections and schedules we could literally go where we wanted when we wanted. And so we did. It was quite a journey, exhausting at times with jet lag taking its toll, but our fans everywhere were magnificent which made all the effort and planning and time well worthwhile. It really was a unique experience until, that? is, we did it again earlier this year!!?

The band played in 13 countries, also landing in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea en route for fuel stops, traveling 50,000 miles (70,000 km) and performing to almost half a million fans — a schedule that was only made possible by having their own “magic carpet” which enabled them to go where they wanted with all the key elements of band, crew and equipment on board one plane, christened “ED FORCE ONE.”

The film is produced by celebrated award-winning film makers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Global Metal.

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The Jonas Brothers: Sneak Peek The New Video

From Paul Newman to Tom Cruise, lots of stars have enjoyed driving fast. By the looks of this sneak of new “Paranoid” video, they don’t mind a little speed out in the desert either. Actually, it’s looking pretty darn macho – they’re doing business in boxing rings and airplane hangers, too. Be here Saturday, May 23, at 8 pm ET, for the premiere of the full video. It’s the first song from their forthcoming album, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, which is due June 16.?
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Rock Band’s New Classic Rock Track Pack

Sure it’s fun to play modern songs on Rock Band – from Angels and Airwaves to Avenged Sevenfold there are plenty of tracks that keep things contemporary. But heading back in time can be a blast, too. That’s what the latest Track Pack release is all about: dealing with the classics. And classic can have a few different meaning these days. The ’60s are represented by Jethro Tull, the Who, and James Gang (all hail Joe Walsh!). The ’70s stretch from Boston to Benatar. And punks have their say, too. Should be fun to see if a room full of participants can get their rocks off blasting through the Dead Kennedys‘ “Holiday in Cambodia.”

Those who can’t get enough of Pete Townsend and company even have the ultra classic “Baba O’Reilly” to mess with in this Pack. Wouldn’t want to be the guy trying play Keith Moon‘s part perfectly. Get back to us on which of these is the most fun.

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Chrisette Michele: Get News About Her Chart-Topping Breakup Disc

Guess bad news is good news. Chrisette Michele recently went to the top of the charts with her new disc, Epiphany, even though the CD’s songs are all about a particularly heart wrenching breakup. Stylistically, the young soul singer is ultra impressive, bringing a variety of approaches to the tunes on the record. Some are sweaty, some are wispy, a couple feel like a kick in the gut. Without question, she sees R&B from a number of perspectives.

We’ve been documenting Chrisette’s gorgeous rasp and passionate performances for awhile now. Check out the way she recently glided through our “SoulStage” presentation, and watch her get intimate with her tunes during one of our Unplugged shows.

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