Music on TV This Week: Christina Aguilera

Why is it that chicks dig robots all of a sudden? Between the futuristic style choices of Lady Gaga, the dancing of Ke$ha and basically all of Janelle Monae's (fabulous) persona, it's no wonder that womandroid pioneer Grace Jones is reportedly poised for a comeback. Ever the follower, Christina Aguilera has now entered into the fray this week with her rather tepid release, Bionic, and to support it she's taken to the airwaves.

Besides last night's somewhat outrageous performance on The MTV Movie Awards, she's appearing on Letterman Wednesday, and then it's a VH1 doubleshot on Sunday night, with an episode of the iconic documentary series Behind the Music*, and a special edition of Storytellers. For the latter, she stuck mostly to her classics, including a powerful take on "Fighter," one of her biggest hits (see video below). Her new album may be critically panned, and she may have had to postpone her tour because of a rumored low ticket sales, but you cannot deny that voice.

*The series had ended its run back in 2006, but quietly made its comeback last fall and has seven new episodes in the works for the coming months -- featuring DMX (Monday), Courtney Love, Eve, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez and Usher, (I wonder... do Eve and Hudson have long enough careers to even fill an hour?)

Meanwhile, Dinner With the Band continues its excellent booking run with a guest appearance from the reformed Murder City Devils, marking the punk legends' television debut. Having Spencer Moody screaming for his supper in Chef Sam Mason's living room is just as tantalizing as the menu: Midnight Burritos washed down with Aqua Verde (Tomatillo-based Bloody Marys). Even though they reunited back in 2006, it's only recently that they'd started working on a new album, set to be released sometime in 2010. Just like the menu for DWTBand, it's something worth salivating for.

Playlist: Picks for the week

Monday, June 7

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Hole

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Kings of Convenience

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Mishka (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Hanson

VH1: Behind the Music: DMX

Tuesday, June 8

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Sarah McLachlan

IFC: Dinner With the Band: Murder City Devils

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sting

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Circa Survive

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Surfer Blood (REPEAT)

Wednesday, June 9

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Massive Attack (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Christina Aguilera

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: OK Go

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Phish

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Living Sisters (REPEAT)

Thursday, June 10

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Damian Marley & Nas

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Alanis Morissette

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Angels & Airwaves (REPEAT)

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Lil Jon with LMFAO

Friday, June 11

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Miike Snow (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Allison Moorer

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Against Me!

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Circa Survive (REPEAT)

SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: Bat for Lashes, Starsailor (REPEAT)

Saturday, June 12

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (REPEAT)

Sunday, June 13

HBO: Treme: Various artists from New Orleans

VH1: Behind the Music: Christina Aguilera

VH1: Storytellers: Christina Aguilera

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