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You’ve heard of triple-threat talents, but what do you call a supermodel mom who’s married to a rock god, co-owns a vintage store, and has a standout set of pipes? That’d be Karen Elson.
The impossibly porcelain-skinned, flame-haired cover girl released her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, in late May. Naturally we wondered, Is she worth all the hype?
So when we found out she was in New York for a concert with Band of Horses and Grizzly Bear last weekend, we set out with camera in tow to see how she sounded without fancy audio equipment, backing vocals, and musical accompaniment.
The result is today’s video, in which Elson performs an acoustic version of her song “Cruel Summer” in a room at Ace Hotel. Ignore the sound of our jaw hitting the floor as her dark and mesmerizing Nashville-inspired voice fills the room.
For more information and to buy the album, go to karenelson.com. If you want to keep listening, check out our videos with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Ritter, and Freelance Whales.
Blind dating. Speed dating. Online dating. You’ve tried everything in your shameless quest to find the perfect man.
So you’ll totally relate to When in Rome. The new film stars Kristen Bell as an ambitious, relationship-challenged New Yorker who takes a whirlwind trip to Rome. There she defiantly steals coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of the men who threw them in.
Her new suitors include a sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a street magician (Jon Heder), an adoring painter (Will Arnett), and a self-admiring model (Dax Shepard). But when a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) pursues her with equal zest, she’ll have to determine if it’s the work of the coins or the real thing.
Which is still easier than online dating.
When in Rome opens this Friday. Check local listings for showtimes.