Tag: Kings of Leon (1-10 of 31)
Let’s get this out of the way first: Gary Clark Jr. is a rock star. The Texan guitarist opened for Kings of Leon Friday night at Madison Square Garden and gave one of those performances that makes you wonder, “Uh, why is this guy the opener and not the main event?” He seldom spoke, but his singing voice was consistently smooth and soulful, and his guitar solo on “When My Train Pulls In” was flawless, chills-inspiring, amazing.
But it wasnt a long set: After only five songs, it was time for the Kings. A white sheet was lowered down in front of the stage while the roadies prepared the set, and a fellow concert-goer and I joked, “wouldn’t it be kinda sexy if the band performed behind that white sheet?” In fact, the Kings actually did perform their first song, “Charmer” behind it. Frontman Caleb Followill’s shrieks were just as ear-splitting (in a good way) live as they are on the album track, and the chaotic nature of the song matched the flashing images of the boys’ shadows on the white sheet and the video of a screaming girl playing behind them. READ FULL STORY
Kings of Leon weren’t kidding when they named their album: A mechanical bull figures prominently at the center of the band’s new “Beautiful War” video, and it even leads a man to prison.
The six-minute clip stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Friday Night Lights) as a hot-tempered cowboy who, after a violent altercation at a dive bar, winds up in jail. But of course, you can take the cowboy out of the rodeo, but you can’t take the rodeo out of the cowboy.
What do we mean by that? Take a look at the video below to find out:
On the heels of Kings of Leon’s excellent new album, Mechanical Bull, we asked frontman Caleb Followill, 31, about the music he grew up. Turns out, the man had some illuminating answers about New Orleans karaoke, loving Whitney Houston, and more. Read his answers below:
The first song I was obsessed with: I remember the first time I heard Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” I flipped out. I was about 8. Before I went to school, I’d press “record” on the oldies station. When I got home, I’d go through the whole tape—and then I found “Stand by Me.” I used to just play it and rewind and stop it and play it again and rewind it.
The song that reminds me of my first crush: [Sighs] That would be the Bodyguard soundtrack. I was definitely Kevin Costner to her Whitney Houston. READ FULL STORY
Stand back, Hannah Horvath — there’s more than one way to skin the brilliant dance-jam cat this is “Dancing On My Own.”
Last night on the BBC, Kings of Leon gave it the full-on Joshua Tree slow burn treatment. So far away, but still so near – watch it here:
The Kings will also headline the ongoing iTunes Festival in London tomorrow night; but you can still experience it live in housepants, too.
You already got to see Fred Armisen crack some jokes with Kings of Leon earlier today, but the Followill boys aren’t done taking up your time just yet.
The band has dropped the official music video for Mechanical Bull’s lead single “Supersoaker,” which you can watch below. Shot (or at least designed) with vintage filters, the clip features retro milkshake joints full of sailors and dames, among other neat visuals.
Check it all out below:
Fred Armisen will direct a live stream of an upcoming Kings of Leon concert for the digital series “American Express Unstaged.”
The Nashville, Tenn., band’s Aug. 9 concert at London’s Shepherd’s Bush will be webcast globally on Vevo and YouTube, a spokesman for American Express told The Associated Press. READ FULL STORY
After a break to handle some family business and a canceled tour that had everyone worried we’d seen the last of them, Kings of Leon are back with a new album, Mechanical Bull, that will arrive in stores on September 24.
The first taste of that album arrived a few weeks ago when the band started introducing new stuff into its live set, but the completed studio version of the first single “Supersoaker” is now official. Hear it below: READ FULL STORY
The British have a lot of weird old traditions, but perhaps the most peculiar one is their annual insistence on hanging out in the rain and mud to listen to music. Every year, thousands of otherwise normal-seeming Britons convene in the farms and parks of Reading and Leeds with the knowledge that they and their loved ones have a high chance of getting soaked. And the sick part is, they seem to enjoy it.
From what I could tell, the majority of people at the opening day of the Governors Ball Festival on New York City’s Randall’s Island were not British, and did not enjoy it. Yet amid a relentless battery of heavy rains and high winds courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea, the festival did its best to keep calm on and carry on by sticking to their schedule of artists, which included Erykah Badu, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Best Coast, and more. At a certain point, though, you gotta know when to call it, and the Gov Ball organizers were forced to cancel the party before the night’s headliners, Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights, had a chance to take the stage. (To make up for it, Kings of Leon is now scheduled to play this evening.)
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