The Veils Unveil New Songs At Last Night’s Hush-Hush Rose Bar Sessions

The Veils – otherwise known as That Indie Rock Band From London Who Shamelessly Performs Like Their Possessed – hit NYC last night, performing a slew of new songs at the very hush-hush Rose Bar Sessions – Rose Bar’s secret show inside the Gramercy Park Hotel for a hand-picked 100 people who are generally very good-looking, successful, entrepreneurial, and artistic. Brandy was there (photo evidence here.) 

The performance comes just days since the release of their 4th and latest album Time Stays, We Go, and spotlighted their single "Through The Deep, Dark Wood," which is deep…dark… and absolutely rocking. Rose Bar’s tiny stage was lit in sea-blue light, and lead singer/songwriter Finn Andrews wore his signature fedora and played the drums while drummer Raife Burchell played them too. Why am I telling you this? Just watch the 22-second video of their concert and get on with it already.

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Today in Celeb Sex Tapes: Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly, who is someone I have never heard of (I still haven’t watched Friday Night Lights, SORRY. While we’re on the subject, don’t ruin Battlestar Gallactica for me since I plan on catching up on that in, oh, ten years or so. Seriously, I’m still on Season Five of Cheers), apparently has a sex tape. This is big news for fans of nude celebrities and underage girls as, supposedly, the video was filmed just shy of Kelly’s 18th birthday.

TMZ, those sex-tape experts, claim that the video is 30 minutes long and "is shot in a semi-professional manner. The camera is secured by a tripod and hooked up to a TV monitor, so both Minka and the BF can watch the action they create. Minka is very aware of the camera." Kelly’s ex-boyfriend is the one who’s currently shopping around the video, which also features the actress dancing and singing along to two songs from Brandy’s 1998 album Never Say Never, which, if you do the math (I did not), was released just sixteen days before Kelly’s 18th’s birthday.

First of all: don’t make a sex tape. See? Problem solved! Now, if you’re a Brandy super-fan like Kelly was supposedly, maaaaybe you might think it a good idea to get all crazy down in New Mexico with your potentially shitty boyfriend and make what sounds like the most boring underage porn ever. Although, honestly, how fishy does all of this sound? Do you think this is some viral marketing campaign for Minka Kelly who, as far as I’m concerned, just looks like a poor man’s Leighton Meester? Or perhaps it was just a slow-burn attempt to get us all talking about Brany again, in which case: mission accomplished. 

Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Michael McKean
Talk about a comeback. This morning’s most Googled phrase is Michael McKean, as in the actor from Laverne & Shirley and This Is Spinal Tap. He was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and ended up with a broken leg. The most eye-opening things about this sad turn of events is that it brought us to McKean’s IMDB page, which made us realize dude has been in a ton of movies and we never really noticed him before. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring people together.

Lolo Jones
Also of interest to Google users this morning is gorgeous Olympic track and field hopeful Lori “Lolo” Jones, who recently announced to the world via Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that she’s in fact a 29-year-old virgin. "It’s something, a gift I want to give my husband," she says on the show. "It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college has been staying a virgin before marriage."

Ray J Hospitalized
Yahoo! readers are very concerned over the hospitalization of Ray J, the supposed rapper and former boyfriend of Kim Kardashian and Whitney Houston. Ray J, who’s the brother of 90s singing phenom Brandy, was put into a hospital "to recuperate from exhaustion and jet lag" after flying from China to Las Vegas for the recent Billboard Music Awards and to hawk his line of hair serums at a local salon. We’re glad you care, Yahoo!, because we’re finding it really difficult.

Bellagio Robbery
A malfunctioning can of pepper spray is what did in 24-year-old Michael Quinn Belton, who was part of a gang that tried to make off with over $100,000 in chips from Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino this weekend. When his spray, intended to disable a blackjack dealer, wouldn’t work, Belton, who had come into the club as part of a wigs- and sunglasses-wearing posse, was captured. He explained he had been recruited for the gig via Craigslist by a mysterious high-roller named Carlos Rodriguez. Now he’s sitting in a local jail with a $60,000 bond on his head—the odds on this one were never in his favor. 

Brain Tapeworms
People at Bing are holding nothing back this morning with their number one search for Brain Tapeworms, a rare but totally gnarly sounding diagnosis that can come from eating undercooked pork.  “Minimally there are 5 million cases of epilepsy from neurocysticercosis,” an expert recently told Discover magazine. So, nothing too serious to worry about but nasty nonetheless.

#100ThingsToDoBeforeIDie
This morning’s Lady Gaga death hoax isn’t all that interesting—the Little Monsters have already reclaimed RIP to mean “Really Inspiring Person”—so the next best thing is this communal bucket list.

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Brandy & Monica Reunite on ‘It All Belongs to Me’

Back in the summer of 1998, Brandy and Monica teamed up on "The Boy is Mine," one of those ubiquitous R&B jams that spent over three months on top of the Billboard 100. Forever years later, the two have reunited for "It All Belongs to Me," off Monica’s upcoming album New Life, about a soon-to-be ex who just isn’t any damn good. They’ve released a video for the song, which you can watch after the click.

Lyrics like "So log off your Facebook" sound awkward as hell, and the song probably isn’t going to burn down the charts the way their previous collaborations did. But it’s comforting, in a way, to see that the two have grown into their adult years as friends forever. (Maybe you should follow their lead and call your high school BFF to catch up, if you’re not already GChat buddies.) New Life is out on April 10.

Morning Links: M.I.A. Splits With Benjamin Bronfman, Lana Del Rey Tour Postponed

● Rumor has it that M.I.A. has split with Benjamin Bronfman, her long time fiancé and the father of her son, Ikhyd. M.I.A. [NYDN]

● Lana Del Rey’s tour has been postponed in the wake of her disastrous Saturday Night Live showing so that she can’t "disappoint again." ”It would have backfired," says someone who knows. [Page Six]

● New momma Beyoncé looked fabulous — if a bit tired — in her fitted red dress and with a big blue rock on her finger at Jay-Z’s big show at Carnegie Hall last night. [YBF]

● Fourteen years later, Brandy and Monica have finally gotten around to that "The Boy Is Mine" follow-up we’ve been waiting for: Behold at last, "It All Belongs To Me." [Rap-Up]

● Dennis Rodman’s topless basketball team is almost ready to hit the courts! [PageSix]

● Kanye West doesn’t keep a cell phone. As French Montana, the rapper who opted not to joing G.O.O.D., puts it: “I always thought it was brilliant for Kanye not to have a phone…If you are at a certain level like Kanye is at, most of the people who are calling your phone, are people who are going to ask you for something, negative energy.” [Vibe]

● According to contract, M.I.A. will have to pay up if the NBC gets fined for her little show within the show. [TMZ]

Links: Robert Pattinson Not Romantic, Megan Fox Not Hot

● Robert Pattinson may be the romantic interest in the lives of many tweens and middle-aged women, but the Twilight actor says he “can’t think of a single romantic thing” he has ever done. [People] ● Despite showing up to an event with visibly lighter skin, Sammy Sosa is not trying to be like Michael Jackson, he just went through a “rejuvenation process for his skin.” [ChicagoTribune] ● Duncan Jones will follow up his breakout film Moon with a thriller entitled Source Code, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. [Screendaily]

● You can thank Brian Austin Green for Megan Fox not knowing how hot she is. Fox says she doesn’t notice all the notice because she’s been in the same relationship “forever.” [DigitalSpy] ● Sapphire, author of Push which is now the movie Precious, says that Brandy originally inquired about playing Precious, but the author turned her down. [Rap-Up] ● Paris Hilton is upset that her likeness is being used on an empty billboard in New Zealand; the billboard features Hilton with the word “Vacant” over her face. [Stuff]