MGK makes grilled cheese using an iron. Because f*** your stove.
You know what they say: When life gives you lemons, make a grilled cheese using a hotel iron. Well, proverbially speaking. Because you're gonna learn how to make ironed grilled cheese, aka "the Iron Man," because that's how MGK does things in our second installment of "Afterschool Snack," where your favorite musicians show you how to make their favorite snack.
Watch MGK's "Afterschool Snack" and learn how to make "The Iron Man" grilled cheese after the jump.
Freelance Whales make full-time jams.
Freelance Whales are about to swim into your heart. The New York group got their start with a burst of blog enthusiasm, coming out on top of the Great Whale Band Flood of 2010 (Remember Or, the Whale?). Freelance Whales have been hyped by NPR, The A.V. Club, and Entertainment Weekly, who dubbed Freelance Whales' album Weathervanes "the best electronic indie-pop debut since Ben Gibbard last tuned his laptop." You've heard Freelance Whales on the MTV show The Inbetweeners, and you'll hear them again during the season finale. And the band's even been thrown some shade from the infamous tastemakers at Pitchfork, so you know they must be doing something right. Fun fact: Multi-instrumentalist Chuck Criss is the brother of "Glee"'s Darren Criss -- musical prowess must run in the fam!
On the group's sophomore set, Diluvia, the Whales combine fuzzy synths and drum thunder with twinkling acoustic arrangements, an approach that recalls the maximalist indie rock of Passion Pit or MGMT. "Aeolus" leads with a banjo-plucking melody that hints at Dave Matthews Band before going full-on M83, while "Follow Through" finds frontman Judah Dadone singing, "I am not one of them" while slow-moving drums echo meaningfully in the background. "Spitting Image" gives bassist/multi-instrumentalist Doris Cellar a solid turn on the mic, but the great thing about Freelance Whales is that the music sounds like a full-time party no matter who's on the mic.
+ Watch Freelance Whales perform "Aeolus" live, and see more interviews and performances after the jump.
See how Demi, 2 Chainz, and others got their start on "This Is How I Made It."
Have you ever wondered how Demi Lovato got so FAB or how 2 Chainz became one of the hottest rappers in the hip-hop game? Well, you probably already knew that worldwide popularity doesn't happen overnight, but now you can watch some inspirational rise-to-fame stories like those of Demi and 2 Chainz on the new MTV show "This Is How I Made It." Premiering Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon ET/11 CT, the show delves into the histories of many of your fave celebs, showcasing their path to the big leagues (so y'all better be taking notes). Seriously, we are LIVING for this show just off the preview right now!
Watch a preview for "This Is How I Made It" after the jump.
Cris Cab knows how to ride a groove.
The calendar says it's fall, but Miami-based musician Cris Cab seems intent on making summer last a little longer. With a voice like Sting and upbeat, beachy grooves influenced by Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley, (those childhood summers spent in the Bahamas didn't hurt either), Cris is ready to make it rain soul-n-B with songs such as "Face to Face" and "Echo Boom."
Some serious stars have also joined the Cris Cab movement: Big Sean dropped by on Chris' laid-back "Good Girls (Don't Grow on Trees)," a track produced by Wyclef Jean and written by Pharrell Williams, because why work with one all-star when you could get with three? And Cris even teamed up with Wyclef to perform at New York Fashion Week earlier this month.
Cris isn't just hanging out with the pop kids either -- he recently performed in an an indie-centric lineup including Tanlines, Action Bronson, and Spaceghostpurrp at Mad Decent's Chicago Block Party in August. Not bad for a 19-year-old who hasn't even released his debut yet -- but Cris has got a career coach in Pharrell, who told him to practice, practice, practice -- advice that paid off once Cris began releasing videos, starting with a YouTube cover of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow." Cris has now scored nearly 8 million views on YouTube, almost as many as Justin Bieber -- juuuust 400 million or so to go. He'll get there. Cris Cab's debut EP, Rise, soars onto iTunes on Oct. 9.
+ Watch Cris Cab's performance of "Good Girls (Don't Grow On Trees)" below, and check out more Cris videos and performances after the jump.
Cher Lloyd sings an acoustic version of "I Don't Trust Myself."
It's all kinds of Cher Lloyd-mania up in here! Not only is the girl this week's PUSH Artist, but she's also MTV's POSTED artist for the month of September! All month long, you can check out exclusive videos and performances of the always flawless Sticks + Stones singer at POSTED.MTV.com.
We've already learned that Cher has some MAY-JOR stage presence (obvs!) and killer skills after catching acoustic versions of "With Ur Love" and "Want U Back." This week, we get even more proof of the Brit Brat's talent as she takes on a cover of John Mayer's "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)." Also, is anyone else reallly hoping for a Cher Lloyd unplugged album to drop sometime soon? (Grunt if you agree -- UGH!)
Watch Cher Lloyd singing "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" after the jump!
Get bratty with "X Factor" superstar Cher Lloyd.
Meet pop music's favorite new brat. Cher Lloyd first turned heads on the U.K. version of "The X Factor," where notorious grumpster Simon Cowell called her performance of Shakespeare's Sister's "Stay" "the performance of the entire season" -- and it was the first song she didn't rap on. (Because did we mention she can rap? Because she can.)
Cher blends electro, hip-hop, and pop influences into a genre-bending mix, all delivered with a wink. Think Lily Allen meets Nicki Minaj. "You're a hater, just let it go," she sings on inspirational kiss-off "Swagger Jagger," while "Want U Back" firehoses an ex-boyfriend ("You never had much game") and his new girlfriend, before admitting she might be jealous.
The pop misfit just made Billboard's "21 Under 21" list, performed on the "Today" show, and already dropped her first perfume, "Pink Diamond" -- not bad for a 19-year-old. Cher's debut album, Sticks + Stones, drops in the U.S. on Oct. 2, yet she's already locked in die-hard fans, who call themselves "The Brats."
"I've never met such passionate people in my life," Lloyd says. "Whenever I go into an event, I know they've got my back. It's all about having the girl power." And all about dropping her "Want U Back" signature grunt, though Lloyd says getting growly isn't easy. "I did it in the studio, and I was actually angry at that point. But I don't do it when I'm on stage," she says. "I don't want someone to take a snapshot of that." Get your Rick Ross on, li'l mama. UGH! (Do I sound like a helicopter?)
+ Download Cher Lloyd's "Dub On The Track," watch her perform "Want U Back" below, and check out more videos and interviews with her after the jump.
Cher Lloyd sings an acoustic version of "With Ur Love"
We took an "Oath" to offer y'all everything Cher Lloyd, and we're keeping our promise by celebrating the adorbz Brit as MTV's POSTED artist for September! All month long, we follow the Sticks + Stones singer through exclusive videos and interviews at POSTED.MTV.com.
Last week, we learned how to be a proper Cher "Brat" (and have officially spent the majority of our free time perfecting Cher's infamous grunt that can be heard in "Want U Back" -- UGH!). We also caught a softer side of the singer during her acoustic performance of the normally in-your-face power anthem. This week, Cher has another stripped-down version of one of her tunes, "With Ur Love." SPOILER ALERT: Expect utter flawlessness.
Watch Cher Lloyd's acoustic version of "With Ur Love" after the jump!
Cher Lloyd reveals the secret behind Brats and THE GRUNT!
If you still aren't familiar with Cher Lloyd, here are a couple of starting tips: Cher recently dominated the U.K. on "The X Factor," and has likewise infiltrated American radio airwaves with smashes like "Want U Back." Want more? Well, here's your chance to take a Cher "Oath" and solemnly swear to learn everything about the singer now that she's MTV's POSTED artist for September! All month long, we'll follow the Sticks & Stones singer with exclusive videos and interviews at POSTED.MTV.com.
This week, Cher chats about her love for her devoted fans (aka "The Brats") and offers us an exclusive live version of her latest hit, "Want U Back."
Watch Cher Lloyd talk about "The Brats" and play her acoustic version of "Want U back" after the jump!
Is 2 Chainz one of THE hottest rappers in the game right now? TRU.
The road to rap stardom used to be long -- real long. Rappers could spend years hustling on small stages before finally getting a chance to shine, and if by some chance one DID experience their big break, sometimes the highest they'd get on the industry ladder would be with a single guest verse on a new hot song. So it’s interesting that in this era of the overnight sensation machine, that the old-fashioned way to stardom has actually paid off for rapper 2 Chainz and made him the bona fide hip-hop star he is today.
Watch videos featuring 2 Chainz after the jump.
Green Day rehearse for the 2012 MTV VMAs on the same stage they hope One Direction won't fall off of.
Green Day's performance at the 2012 MTV VMAs will be their fifth time rocking the VMA stage. (Only Madonna's got more VMA performances under her Boy Toy belt at seven.) And as VMA veterans -- they've won a total of 11 VMAs, in case you needed reminding -- and the show's elder statesmen (they lost their VMA virginity back in 1994), they can be relied upon to issue cautionary tales and offer words of wisdom where VMA performances are concerned.
And speaking of the VMA stage, following their VMA rehearsal tonight, they issued an official VMA warning (ehh... get it? "Warning"?) for One Direction, with whom they share performing duties at this year's show, and who'll be stepping out onto the VMA stage for their very first time. And their advice -- is pretty simple: "Don't fall off the stage." It's simple advice, but really, some of the best advice is. (Really, who even knows what "a bird in the hand is better than one in the bushel" means or whatever?) So it bears repeating: One Direction, watch your step at the VMAs.
Watch Green Day share their advice for One Direction and place their bets on Best New Artist.