The second part of Stephen Colbert's visit with Jack White at the Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville aired last night on The Colbert Report. In this segment, Colbert convinces White to produce the follow-up to the host's "restraining order-winning" Eighties hit "Charlene (I'm Right Behind You.)" While White cannot promise Colbert another Grammy, he agrees to pair the comedian with his proteges the Black Belles, a band of young goth girls.Read More »from Jack White Agrees To Produce Stephen Colbert
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- Rolling Stone | The Rolling Stone Blog – Wed, Jun 22, 2011 9:42 AM EDT
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and in the digital archive on June 24th, Katy Perry takes contributing editor Erik Hedegaard backstage at the kick-off of her California Dreams Tour. Between the elaborate rehearsals and three-hour make-up sessions, Perry reveals that she's recently undergone a political awakening. "It just feels like the thing running our country is a bank, money," she says. "I know it sounds like an intense viewpoint, but I'm only slowly but surely getting the wool taken off my eyes. When I was a kid, I asked questions about my faith. Now I'm asking questions about the world."
She continues: "I think we are largely in desperate need of revolutionary change in the way our mindset is. Our priority is fame, and people's wellness is way low. I saw this knowing full well that I'm a part of the problem. I'm playing the game, though I am trying to reroute. Anyway, not to get all politically divulging and introspective, but the fact that America doesn't have freeRead More »from Katy Perry Talks Body Image, Fame and Politics in Rolling Stone Cover Story
Radiohead debuted a brand new song called "Staircase" in their appearance on the BBC concert program From the Basement, which will air in full on July 1st. The band released the tune early on their YouTube page this morning for no apparent reason other than to thrill their fans with something fresh. Like a lot of the music on the band's most recent album The King of Limbs, "Staircase" is heavy on atmospheric synths and busy, skittering beats, but the tone is a bit more easygoing and relaxed this time around. The band was joined for the performance by second drummer Clive Deamer, who is best known for his work with Robert Plant and Portishead.Read More »from Radiohead Debut New Song ‘Staircase’ On BBC
Hours after the news came down that Clarence Clemons had passed away, U2 took the stage in Anaheim, California. Before the finale of "Moment Of Surrender," Bono addressed the audience. "I want you to think about a beautiful symphonic sound that came out of one man's saxophone," he said. "I want you to think about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band of brothers. I want you to think of Clarence Clemons. This man just carried music, and music carried him until this day." Towards the end of the song, Bono was handed the lyrics to "Jungleland," which he recited to the crowd like it was a prayer.Read More »from U2 Pays Tribute To Clarence Clemons
- Rolling Stone | The Rolling Stone Blog – Tue, Jun 14, 2011 8:24 PM EDT
Shortly after news got out that the E Street Band's Clarence Clemons had suffered a stroke, Lady Gaga rallied her Little Monsters on Twitter to send messages of support to the ailing sax legend. In a video released this morning, Gaga introduces a selection of these incredibly sweet clips, which feature fans from around the world wishing him well while blasting the new Gaga tunes "Hair" and "The Edge of Glory," both of which feature the Big Man on saxophone.
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- Rolling Stone | The Rolling Stone Blog – Tue, Jun 14, 2011 3:04 PM EDT
Lenny Kravitz has always been a stylistic chameleon, but it's still a bit surprising to hear a touch of early Elvis Costello in "Stand," the first single from his ninth studio album Black and White America. It's also very refreshing. While Kravitz's vocal phrasing recalls Costello circa Armed Forces and Get Happy!, the music is rooted in the sort of upbeat funk pop that has been a consistent thread through all of his albums. With its easygoing melodies and good time vibe, "Stand" immediately announces itself as one of the most instantly likeable rock tunes of the summer. Black and White America will hit stores on August 30th, but you can stream the song now.
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- Rolling Stone | Music Fests – Fri, Jun 10, 2011 7:59 AM EDT
At 10:30 p.m. last night, Sleigh Bells arrived onstage at Bonnaroo - the epic four-day musical festival in Manchester, Tennessee that kicked off yesterday - to the blaring riff of "Iron Man" in front of a wall of Marshall amps. Frontwoman Alexis Krauss extended her arms to the crowd while strobe lights flashed, and the band kicked into "Crown on the Ground," with its thudding, hand-clapping beat, fuzzed-out guitar and a synth that sounds like a siren. It was clear: Bonnaroo has officially begun.
The Brooklyn duo -Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller - were a perfect group to help launch the festival, whose 10th anniversary is this year. Thousands of festivalgoers who had just endured long drives and tent setups were eager to let loose, dancing as Miller unleashed earsplitting guitar riffs and Krauss wailed intensely in a Sleigh Bells basketball jersey. Their hit song "Tell 'Em" was a raucous, machine gun blaze of rhythm while "Infinity Guitars" lived up to its title (even though thereRead More »from Sleigh Bells, Wavves Kick Off Bonnaroo With Hard-Charging Sets
Prince, one of the great icons of Eighties pop and beyond, turns 53 today. To celebrate the occasion, Rolling Stone is sharing a classic Prince cover story from the archives, a set of photo galleries documenting the singer's recent concerts in New York City and Los Angeles and ?uestlove's list of his Top 15 favorite Prince jams.
In "Prince Reclaims His Crown," our cover story from 2004, writer Anthony DeCurtis goes behind the scenes of the singer's Musicology tour, which reestablished Prince as a commercial and artistic force after years of retreating from the spotlight following his departure from Warner Bros. Records. This period set the stage for the Prince of today - a brilliant entertainer who plays epic hits-centric shows for arenas full of rabid fans from around the world.
- Prince Reclaims His Crown
- ?uestlove Picks His Top 15 Prince Songs
- Photos: Prince's Welcome 2 America Tour at Madison Square Garden
- Photos: Prince's Welcome 2 America Tour in Los Angeles
- Rolling Stone | The Rolling Stone Blog – Wed, May 25, 2011 11:45 AM EDT
The new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and in the digital archive on May 27th, includes an in-depth cover story of Lady Gaga by writer Brian Hiatt, who was given intimate, fly-on-the wall access to the pop superstar as she played the final dates of her Monster Ball Tour and put the finishing touches on her new album Born This Way. "When I am not onstage I feel dead," she says. "Whether that is healthy or not to you, or healthy or not to anyone, or a doctor, is really of no concern to me. I don't feel alive unless I'm performing, and that's just the way I was born."
In the story, Gaga reveals that she's recently derived a lot of inspiration from an unlikely source: Rocky IV. "My favorite part is when Apollo's ex-trainer says to Rocky, 'He is not a machine. He's a man. Cut him, and once he feels his own blood, he will fear you.' I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking about the machine of the music industry. I started to think about how I have to make the music industry bleed toRead More »from Lady Gaga Discusses Her Struggles and Connection to Fans in Rolling Stone Cover Story
- Rolling Stone | The Rolling Stone Blog – Mon, May 23, 2011 9:52 AM EDT
Buddy Holly was one of the Beatles' biggest influences, a pioneer whose simple tunes and insane two-year hot streak inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to start writing their own songs. So it's no shock McCartney contributed to Rave On, a giant sundae of a Holly tribute album (featuring the Black Keys, Kid Rock and others) due out June 28th. What's surprising is how awesomely batshit his performance is. Over bar-band chug-a-lug, with scruffy guitars egging him on, he yowls through "It's So Easy" like he popped some Viagra, then set his pants on fire. Things get truly odd around the three-minute mark: The music stops while he launches into a bizarro jive-rap about how he's gonna hit the town with his lady. The chorus kicks back in, then McCartney delivers an even odder rap: "By 'bout half past nine, we're gonna be down by the old juke joint, man, we're gonna be playin' them records, we're gonna be dancin', man, we're gonna have such fun." True, that.Read More »from Exclusive Stream: Paul McCartney Wails on Buddy Holly’s ‘It’s So Easy’
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