• Portishead, Public Enemy, Jeff Mangum Dazzle at ATP: I'll Be Your Mirror

    October 3, 2011 11:25 AM ET
     |  Andrew Flanagan

    After three years tucked into Kutsher's Resort in the Catskills, All Tomorrow's Parties brought this year's fest, titled I'll Be Your Mirror and curated by Portishead, to the Atlantic Ocean. ATP is known unofficially as "the festival for grown-ups," and it's true. Not only would many of the weekend's guests be beyond the taste capacity of any normal teenager but the sight of someone under 25 is rare. What that means is: professional-level partygoers, a ...  | More »

  • Arcade Fire Closes Out Austin City Limits With Tame-Turned-Ecstatic Set

    September 19, 2011 1:05 PM ET
     |  Doree Shafrir

    All weekend, Austin City Limits had been about choices – Kanye or Coldplay, Stevie Wonder or My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes or Manu Chao – until Sunday night, when Arcade Fire played up against no one but themselves. The set they performed is a familiar one to anyone who's seen them in the past year or so, and at first, even frontman Win Butler seemed a little tired of it: "The heat has been getting to me," he admitted. It wasn't just Arcade Fire's set that was rep...  | More »

  • This Week in Rock History: Bob Dylan Goes Electric

    July 26, 2011 2:20 PM ET
     |  Stacey Anderson

    This week in rock history, Bob Dylan went electric, the Jackson Five inked a deal with Motown, Elvis Costello was arrested for busking, Woodstock ’99 ended in disaster and the Who’s John Entwistle died. July 25, 1965: Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk FestivalYoung Bob Dylan’s performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was always intended to be a straightforward, acoustic event: the 24-year-old singer/songwriter had enjoyed a tremendously positive reception whe...  | More »

  • Wavves on Meeting Lil Wayne and Writing a Song For Dave Grohl

    June 10, 2011 3:20 PM ET
     |  Eric Helton

    "Normally when I do festivals, I don't really think about it," Wavves frontman Nathan Williams told Rolling Stone backstage at Bonnaroo. "I'm just gonna play the music we wrote, get shitfaced and fall down." In this often silly conversation, the Southern California rockers chat about possibly meeting Lil Wayne at the festival, collaborating with Odd Future rapper Hodgy Beats and writing a song for Dave Grohl. Williams also treats us to a goofy a cappella rendition of A...  | More »

  • Coachella Expands to Two Weekends in 2012

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    The promoters behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have announced that the event will be expanded to two consecutive weekends next year, April 13-15 and April 20-22, with the same lineup in the same location in Indio, California. The promoters are clearly banking on the notion that there is enough audience demand to fill the 75,000 capacity park two weekends in a row. Passes for both weekends will go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets for this year's festival sold o...  | More »

  • Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye Headline Austin City Limits

    May 17, 2011 1:05 AM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Coldplay and Arcade Fire are set as headliners for the 10th annual Austin City Limits Festival, which will be held at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas September 16th-18th. My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Iron and Wine, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Big Boi, Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Bright Eyes, Santigold, Wild Beasts, Death From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene, Skrillex, Social Distortion, Marvis Staples, Chromeo and Randy Newm...  | More »

  • Kanye, Mumford, Arcade Fire Light Up the Desert

    May 12, 2011 3:55 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    On the opening night of the 12th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – as over 75,000 fans gathered in the California desert for 190 acts, including Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Kings of Leon and the Black Keys – one of the world's most famous faces must have seemed like a hallucination among the deafening boom and jittery strobe lights of Dutch DJ Afrojack's set. But Paul McCartney was totally real: After headlining the festival in 2009, he jetted in this year as a f...  | More »

  • Kanye West Releases Coachella Set as Free Mixtape

    May 10, 2011 12:50 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    Download Kanye's Coachella ShowKanye West has released his full live set at the Coachella Festival in April as a free mixtape. The show includes most of West's biggest hits and guest performances from Pusha T and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. [Idolator]Lady Gaga to Release Another New SongLady Gaga has announced that "Hair," a track from her upcoming album Born This Way, will be released as a digital single on Monday. According to Billboard, fans who purchase this track and the thr...  | More »

  • Video: Electronic duo talks guitar-driven new LP

    April 18, 2011 2:50 PM ET

    Ratatat have come a long way since their first time at Coachella four years ago. That was when the New York electronic duo played to the biggest crowd up to that point in their career. "Back then, we just had this tiny little projector and, like, a bedsheet," says Ratatat guitarist Mike Stroud. "It's exciting to come back now, because we have a full production now." The group returns to the road in late May, but right now its members are working on the next album. "We've been h...  | More »

  • Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Duran Duran Wrap Up Spectacular Coachella 2011

    April 18, 2011 2:15 PM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    The desert landscape of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival has become a setting for epic gestures though the years, and no way was Kanye West going to let that opportunity pass him by on Sunday night. As anyone might have expected, the visionary rapper brought all he had to the giant stage – drama, bravado, tragedy, redemption – and found a genuine connection to the massive crowd. As his two-hour performance began, fans saw a large troupe of dancers in flesh-colored costumes s...  | More »

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