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  • Thom Yorke Opener Flying Lotus Says Gig Arrived in Psychic Dream

    Thom Yorke Opener Flying Lotus Says Gig Arrived in Psychic Dream | ARTICLE

    When Radiohead's Thom Yorke kicks off his U.S. tour with solo band Atoms for Peace tonight in New York, he'll have a very star-crossed opening act: Los Angeles electronic music producer Flying Lotus, who makes textured beat-scapes...

    April 5, 2010 12:41 PM ET
  • Tenacious D Battle the Devil to Wrap Up Outside Lands Fest

    Tenacious D Battle the Devil to Wrap Up Outside Lands Fest | ARTICLE

    Beastie Boys replacement headliner Jack Black of mock rockers Tenacious D sent his love to the ill Adam Yauch Sunday night during a chilly set that closed out the final day of San Francisco's Outside Lands in...

    August 31, 2009 8:55 AM ET
  • M.I.A., Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather Heat Up Outside Lands

    M.I.A., Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather Heat Up Outside Lands | ARTICLE

    M.I.A. delivered a kicking and screaming Beastie Boys mash-up medley Sunday afternoon to tens of thousands at Outside Lands in San Francisco's woodsy Golden Gate Park. Clad in a garish, gorgeous tiger print dress complete with blazing...

    August 31, 2009 8:28 AM ET
  • Mars Volta and Mastodon Pummel the Outside Lands Festival

    Mars Volta and Mastodon Pummel the Outside Lands Festival | ARTICLE

    The Mars Volta wrapped day two at Outside Lands' Twin Peaks stage with a thundering and delirious 90-minute set that drew Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo and their U.K. tourmates Mastodon to the side of the...

    August 30, 2009 2:52 PM ET
  • Dave Matthews Band Grab Fergie, Robert Randolph at Outside Lands

    Dave Matthews Band Grab Fergie, Robert Randolph at Outside Lands | ARTICLE

    Dave Matthews Band closed day two of Outside Lands in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park with a masterful two-and-half-hour set featuring a cameo by the Black Eyed Peas, cuts from pathos-laden new album Big Whiskey and the...

    August 30, 2009 1:55 PM ET
  • Incubus, The National, Silversun Pickups Launch Outside Lands

    Incubus, The National, Silversun Pickups Launch Outside Lands | ARTICLE

    The first-day festivities at San Francisco's massive Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park offered a model mega-fest environment. A ballet of buses, bikes and walkers kept transportation flowing as smoothly as the free water, and the...

    August 29, 2009 3:03 PM ET
  • Pearl Jam Ignite San Francisco as Outside Lands Festival Kicks Off

    Pearl Jam Ignite San Francisco as Outside Lands Festival Kicks Off | ARTICLE

    Hairs stood on end Friday night in Golden Gate Park when tens of thousands of Pearl Jam fans took over vocal duties on "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town," singing "hearts and thoughts they...

    August 29, 2009 1:45 PM ET
  • Nirvana's "Bleach" on "Rock Band"? Sub Pop Looks to Code Catalogs Into Playable Tracks

    Nirvana's "Bleach" on "Rock Band"? Sub Pop Looks to Code Catalogs Into Playable Tracks | ARTICLE

    Music video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have become the new stars of American culture. But fans of cult or indie music like, say, the Melvins, can't exactly inhabit their inner Buzz because rhythm game...

    July 22, 2009 1:04 PM ET
  • Reclusive Rapper Doom Talks New LP "Born Like This." and Responds to Fan Rage

    Reclusive Rapper Doom Talks New LP "Born Like This." and Responds to Fan Rage | ARTICLE

    American underground rap iconoclast Doom (formerly MF Doom) releases his new album Born Like This. on Lex Records tomorrow, March 24th. The U.K.-born, New York-raised rapper's LP features contributions from Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and the beats of...

    March 23, 2009 5:27 PM ET
  • LucasFilm Says "Star Wars: A Musical Journey" Bound for U.S.

    LucasFilm Says "Star Wars: A Musical Journey" Bound for U.S. | ARTICLE

    After launching at London's O2 arena in April, a live stage treatment of the Star Wars series, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, will make its way to the U.S. But organizers say they're steering clear of a straight forward...

    February 24, 2009 1:36 PM ET
  • A More Perfect (Re)Union: The State Return to the Stage

    A More Perfect (Re)Union: The State Return to the Stage | ARTICLE

    Just four days after Barack Obama's inauguration, another emblem of national unity and pride will cause the masses to assemble: For the first time in 14 years, all 11 members of the iconic, pioneering sketch comedy group...

    January 22, 2009 2:23 PM ET
  • The Streets' Mike Skinner: "No One Needs a Record Label"

    The Streets' Mike Skinner: "No One Needs a Record Label" | ARTICLE

    UK musician Mike Skinner and his project the Streets release fourth LP Everything Is Borrowed on October 7. Everything Is Borrowed represents a series of stark departures for the 29 year-old Mercury Award winner. "I'm always rebelling...

    September 18, 2008 2:50 PM ET
  • Radiohead, Wilco, Beck Top San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival

    Radiohead, Wilco, Beck Top San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival | ARTICLE

    Radiohead, Tom Petty and Jack Johnson headlined the historic Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival this weekend, ending San Francisco's decades-long search for a world-class rock gathering to call its own. Sixty-four bands on six stages drew...

    August 25, 2008 8:40 AM ET
  • Why I Leaked It: Ben Folds Comes Clean About His Fake (And Real) New Album, "Way To Normal"

    Why I Leaked It: Ben Folds Comes Clean About His Fake (And Real) New Album, "Way To Normal" | ARTICLE

    Singer-songwriter Ben Folds responded to the inevitable leak of his forthcoming album Way To Normal in a unique way: he leaked it himself. Only the songs weren't real — he spent eight hours recording "fake" versions of...

    August 13, 2008 10:34 AM ET
  • Lars Ulrich: "We've Always Been Fiercely Independent and Controlling"

    Lars Ulrich: "We've Always Been Fiercely Independent and Controlling" | ARTICLE

    Rolling Stone caught up with Metallica at their Record Store Day signing event in northern California late last week. Drummer Lars Ulrich dialed us up to discuss the event and chatted about recording with Rick...

    April 22, 2008 1:58 PM ET
  • Metallica Talk New LP, U.S. Tour at Frenzied Record Store Day

    Metallica Talk New LP, U.S. Tour at Frenzied Record Store Day | ARTICLE

    Metallica didn't perform an impromptu parking lot set as some had hoped they would Saturday during the first annual Record Store Day, yet cheers rang out, tears fell and metal reigned during an epic six-hour marathon of...

    April 21, 2008 11:07 AM ET
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