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...



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...


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...


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...



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...


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...



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...


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...



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...


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...



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...

Album Review

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...


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,...



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...



Smoking Section: Strokes Tour South America, Questlove and Al Green

November 17, 2005

Life is good for the Smoking Section. A month ago, at the premiere of the new Dylan doc, we asked the Strokes, "Why doesn't someone film you guys on the road?" There was no answer, so for eight days in October, we joined them on their first-ever South...

Album Review

Everything's OK

March 24, 2005

The rousing and arousing musical partnership of Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell in the Seventies was built around the high art of the lowdown groove. Yet it took these two soul giants a bit of time to rediscover their own groove. I Can't Stop —...



Al Green's "OK" With God

November 23, 2004

Al Green can't even visit his local drugstore without some guy showing him baby pictures and confiding that the youngsters were conceived to a soundtrack of his romantic R&B hits. But these days, Green -- whose religious struggles once led him to...

Album Review

Call Me (Reissue)

June 29, 2004

When writer Toni Morrison said that black artists always seem to move with ease, she was talking about someone like Al Green. He sings from the side of his mouth, seemingly straight from the heart — his every sigh, mutter, trill and moan worth 100...

Album Review

Al Green Explores Your Mind

August 5, 2004

When writer Toni Morrison said that black artists always seem to move with ease, she was talking about someone like Al Green. He sings from the side of his mouth, seemingly straight from the heart — his every sigh, mutter, trill and moan worth 100...