• Video: ALO in Conversation at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 5:30 PM ET

    "It started as a rivalry," ALO's keyboardist Zach Gill says of the band's early support from Jack Johnson. They all met as students at UC Santa Barbara, fiercely competing to be the biggest backyard party band in the freshman dorms. In this interview at Bonnaroo, ALO talk to Rolling Stone about how to practice improvising, moving to Georgia to meet James Brown, recording their latest album in San Francisco, and how they feel about the "jam band" label. "It's kind of a...  | More »

  • Video: SOJA Talk About Reggae Roots and Politics at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 5:00 PM ET

    Jacob Hemphill and Bob Jefferson of the Virginia-based reggae band SOJA met as first graders and were already performing together in middle-school hip-hop talent shows when they discovered the power of reggae. "It seemed like reggage was bigger than music in a way," Hemphill tells Rolling Stone in this interview at Bonnaroo. "The goal of reggae wasn't to be famous or rich or have an opulent lifestyle. It was kind of the opposite. It was to change the system." Hemphill and Jeffe...  | More »

  • Video: Ben Folds Five Talk New Album at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 5:00 PM ET

    "I think when you're making music, you should always come into it with a little sense of naivity and what-the-fuck-are-you-doing-ness," Ben Folds tells Rolling Stone in this interview at Bonnaroo. The band talks about keeping in touch during their hiatus, getting back together, and why they chose to go the crowd-funding route for their new album. "The music business is so unpredictable now," Folds explains. "For some people, it's an opportunity to experiment. For us, it&rs...  | More »

  • Video: Yelawolf Talks New Projects at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 4:35 PM ET

    Yelawolf was first introduced to hip-hop as a child in Alabama when Run-DMC paid a visit to his mom's boyfriend and left behind some tapes. "It was destiny, you know, man," he says. "It just kind of fell into my world. I had no business at all knowing anything about it." In this interview at Bonnaroo, the rapper talks about those early influences as well as his recent collaborations with Eminem, Kid Rock, and Travis Barker. As for the state of hip-hop today? "Hip-hop is soft as fuck...  | More »

  • Video: Dirty Guv'nahs on Meeting Expectations and Levon Helm's Christmas Party

    June 16, 2012 1:00 PM ET

    "Our band really started as a group of music appreciators," says James Trimble, the frontman for Knoxvilee, Tennessee band the Dirty Guv'nahs. "We'd never been in a band before, but we knew we wanted to be a part of music." Trimble and guitarist Michael Jenkins sat down backstage at Bonnaroo to chat with Benjy Eisen about how juggling real life expectations and recording in Levon Helm's legendary studio in Woodstock in 2009 – and what it was like attending the late Band d...  | More »

  • Video: Here We Go Magic Reveal Their Origin Story at Bonnaroo

    June 15, 2012 6:50 PM ET

    Hot of the heels of Bonnaroo, indie rockers Here We Go Magic took some time to chat with Rolling Stone about their origin story, preparing for live shows, performing at the festival, meeting Thom Yorke and more. "I made a record, and then some shows that were booked and it wasn't solo material," says frontman Luke Temple on the band's beginnings. "I need to put a band together to play the shows." But the group maintains a "true band vibe" by keeping it "really simple and open-...  | More »

  • Video: D'Angelo and Questlove Jam at Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2012 12:50 PM ET

    At this year's Bonnaroo, the Questlove-curated Superjam had a surprise guest in R&B star D'Angelo, who was making his first live U.S. appearance in twelve years. Though the singer didn't play any of his originals, he joined Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, the Who touring bassist Pino Palladino, the Time guitarist Jesse Johnson, Questlove and more on stage to perform covers like Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be" and the Beatles' "She Came in T...  | More »

  • Inside Glenn Danzig's Photographer Beef at Bonnaroo

    June 12, 2012 2:28 PM ET
     |  Adam Gold

    Security had to physically hold Glenn Danzig back from attacking photographers at Bonnaroo on Saturday. The muscle-bound metal legend's inner Axl Rose got the best of him eight songs into an early-evening Danzig Legacy set at the Manchester, Tennessee music festival. The Danzig singer, who is, to say the least, a little finicky about having his picture taken, ran offstage and over to an adjacent media area, where he tried to confront photographers before storming off to his backsta...  | More »

  • Photos: Photos: Backstage at Bonnaroo 2012

    June 11, 2012 4:49 PM ET

    Behind the scenes with Kenny Rogers, fun., Gary Clark Jr. and more  | More »

  • Beach Boys, Phish, Fun. Bring Good Vibes to Bonnaroo

    June 11, 2012 11:40 AM ET
     |  Adam Gold

    Bonnaroo 2012's defining singalong moment came late in the festival, which wrapped up last night in Manchester, Tenneesee. It was at That Tent shortly before 8 p.m., when New York power-pop sensation fun. hit the first chorus of their ubiquitous hit, "We Are Young." Across the vicinity, it seemed like every single attendee — from festivalgoers to vendors and event staffers — was singing along to the rousing, undeniable anthem with the same life-affirming gusto as fun.�...  | More »

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