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2015

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Run the Jewels, Al Green Issuing Pink Vinyl LPs for Charity

July 28, 2015

Run the Jewels, Al Green, Primus and Sturgill Simpson are among the artists who will issue pink vinyl versions of their albums on September 29th as part of Ten Bands One Cause, a RED-led effort to raise cancer aid and awareness. Joey Bada$$,...

2014

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See Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars Honor Sting

December 31, 2014

Sting waved his fists victoriously in the air and grinned from ear to ear when Bruce Springsteen took the stage to pay tribute to the former Policeman at this year's Kennedy Center Honors, broadcast Tuesday night. The other honorees of the evening...

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Stephen Colbert Leads Kennedy Tributes to Sting, Tom Hanks

December 8, 2014

Every year, D.C.'s Kennedy Center toasts five people or groups for their important contributions to American culture. These ceremonies always include some of the greatest artists of our time, and this year's event was no exception, celebrating a class...

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Dance Dance Revolution: Nelson George on 'Soul Train'

April 24, 2014

For a generation of kids, Saturday morning at 11am was appointment-television time. You put away your cereal bowl and switched from cartoons or pro-wrestling to a channel a little further down the dial. After a minute or two, you'd finally see that signature...

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Al Green Blows Letterman's Mind With 'Late Show' Performance

December 9, 2014

A night after being celebrated by President Barack Obama and other D.C. dignitaries at the Kennedy Center Honors, Al Green visited the Late Show With David Letterman. The soul legend – still wearing the rainbow-colored ribbon and medal...

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Sting, Al Green, Tom Hanks Named Kennedy Center Honorees

December 7, 2014

Sting, Al Green and Tom Hanks are among this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. The two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singers and Forrest Gump actor, along with comedian Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride, will be celebrated in a ceremony at the...

2013

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Memphis Soul Gets White House Tribute

April 10, 2013

Barack and Michelle Obama paid tribute to Memphis soul yesterday in the latest iteration of "In Performance at the White House," celebrating the Tennessee city that brought blacks and whites together through music despite segregation and racism in the...

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Jennifer Hudson Serenades Obamas

January 22, 2013

Jennifer Hudson serenaded Barack and Michelle Obama with a grooving rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" during the first couple's dance at last night's inaugural ball – after, of course, the President toasted and introduced his "better...

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SXSW: Gus + Scout's Simple Math

March 17, 2013

From Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW, Gus Wenner and Scout Willis of the New York-based duo Gus + Scout talked about the self-confidence that defines their music. "Sometimes I think, 'Gus + Scout, is that a weird band name?' But that's the basis...

2012

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Obama: 'I Wasn't Worried' About Singing Al Green

April 25, 2012

President Barack Obama wowed an audience at a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York back in January by singing the opening line from Al Green's classic, "Let's Stay Together." A clip from the event immediately went viral, and it was soon released...

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Obama's Al Green Tribute Available as Free Ringtone

January 23, 2012

President Obama's recent impromptu a cappella performance of Al Green's hit "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York last week is now available as a ringtone on his official website. The ringtone captures eight seconds...

2010

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Kings of Leon Top Day Two of Outside Lands Fest

August 16, 2010

Outside Lands in photos: Furthur, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon and more. Mike Ness of Social Distortion had a message for the thousands gathered yesterday afternoon for the second and final day of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden...

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Outside Lands Scores Kings of Leon, Furthur, Strokes

June 2, 2010

Kings of Leon, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir's Furthur, the Strokes and My Morning Jacket are booked to headline San Francisco's scenic Golden Gate Park this August 14th and 15th at the third annual Outside Lands Festival. Cut down from three days to two for...

2009

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OK Go to Preview Dancey, Prince-Inspired Summer LP on March Tour

February 18, 2009

Starting March 6th, OK Go are hitting the road to preview songs from their next album, the follow-up to 2005's Oh No. On this upcoming third full-length, the band is looking to some unlikely influences: Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Prince. "I was in...

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Your Grammy Highlights: Jennifer Hudson Returns, Coldplay Soar

February 9, 2009

Amid fizzling sales and dwindling business, the music industry responded with a Grammy show thick on collaborations, stirring performances and once in a lifetime moments. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took home the most hardware, but the night's performances...

2008

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Al Green Takes L.A. Crowd to Church With Motown, Gospel Hits

September 22, 2008

Saturday night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Al Green took a capacity crowd to church 12 hours earlier than usual. "God gave me the ministry of love and happiness," the veteran Memphis soul man announced before launching into another of his velvet-brimstone...

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Lay It Down

May 29, 2008

Al Green surrounds himself on his new album with younger stars, including John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and the Roots' ?uestlove. It's retribution in action: For years, the neosoul brigade has been copping the Rev. Al's sound — the plush, subtly...

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In the Studio: Al Green

April 21, 2008

While visiting his record company in 2005, Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson picked up Loretta Lynn's 2004 Van Lear Rose album, the singer's late-career collaboration with Jack White. "I couldn't stop listening to it," says Thompson. "I thought,...

2007

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Questlove Trying to Pin Down Justin Timberlake for Al Green Record

September 5, 2007

The Roots multitasker ?uestlove has spent three years working on Al Green's as-yet-untitled new album that's due next spring, and he tells MTV News that guests on the record will include D'Angelo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Anthony Hamilton and possibly Justin...

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