Music on TV This Week: Kings of Leon

It's been a crazy ride to the top of the heap for Kings of Leon. Once dubbed "the Southern Strokes," the band born in a garage has risen quickly to selling out stadium shows and gaining a new moniker: "the Southern U2" (or, as Pitchfork has christened them, "Y'All2"). Their latest release, (Come Around Sundown), only reinforces the idea that the title is not without merit.The Followill family (brothers Nathan, Caleb and Jared, along with cousin Matthew) were a plucky, bearded bunch, with more positive press than sales when U2 nabbed them in 2005 to open for the band on their North American tour. That tour provided the eager Kings with the opportunity to learn from their successful elders, and as the successive albums would attest (2006's Because the Night and 2008's breakthrough success Only the Night), more than a little bit rubbed off on the band. It's tempting to believe that Matthew Followill stole The Edge's guitar pedals at the end of the tour ("he has so many, perhaps he won't notice?").When the band plays Letterman on Monday, in support of Come Around Sundown, it's obvious they're mostly keen on just holding on to their current fans, crafting songs with big sing along choruses for the stadium Bic lighters illuminated cellphones. Those early fans hoping for a return of their hungry Appalachian garage rock can only be consoled by Caleb bringing back his beard -- as perfumed and well-groomed as it is. Perhaps the pigeons had the right idea.Elsewhere, Kid Cudi is poised and ready to follow-up his Kanye West-approved debut (Man on the Moon: The End of Day) with the similarly titled Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. While it won't be in stores until November 9, the rapper gives us a preview with an appearance on Letterman Thursday.Meanwhile, it's the week of Halloween, which can only mean Rob Zombie and Gwar is on tour somewhere. This year, Virginia's shock rockers are upping the ante with a special Halloween online concert broadcast and a performance with The Roots (maybe?) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Thursday night. We should expect Fallon, The Roots and members of the audience to employ plastic covering to help shield them from the projectile liquid emanating from the World of Warcraft-looking crew. (Or, perhaps Orcs from Lord of the Rings? The result is scary, regardless.)Picks for the week

Monday, October 25

ABC: ABC: The View: Janet Jackson

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: K'naan

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Kings of Leon

FUEL: The Daily Habit: All That Remains

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Norah Jones

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

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: One eskimO

Tuesday, October 26

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Donavon Frankenreiter

THE DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL: New York Doll: New York Dolls

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Chiodos

IFC: 360 Sessions: Editors

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Underworld

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: She & Him

Wednesday, October 27

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: A Perfect Circle

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Kylie Minogue

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: School of Seven Bells

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Interpol

Thursday, October 28

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Kid Cudi

FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Temper Trap

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Corinne Bailey Rae

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: GWAR

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Ra Ra Riot

OVATION: Tommy: The Who, Elton John, Eric Clapton

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Sugarland

SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Seal

Friday, October 29

THE DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL: Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam: The Kominas, The Secret Trial Five, AL-Thawra, Omar Waqar

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jimmy Eat World

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Villagers

VH1: Friday Night Alright - Glastonbury 2010: Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, MGMT, Muse, Pet Shop Boys, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Editors, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae

Saturday, October 30

COMEDYCENTRAL.COM: Rally to Restore Sanity: Elvis Costello

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Charlotte Church

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Rihanna

PBS: Austin City Limits: Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carlldrake lelane

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