• Watch the Best of Bonnaroo in Video Highlights

    June 13, 2011 4:55 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Bonnaroo 2011 has come to an end, but the mammoth four-day festival lives on in Rolling Stone's extensive coverage. Below, you can check out hot performances by Sleigh Bells, Gregg Allman and Choose the Cover contest bands the Sheepdogs and Lelia Broussard, as well as exclusive interviews with Buffalo Springfield, the Decemberists, Mumford & Sons and the Strokes, who dropped details of their upcoming fifth album. Plus, you can watch the dudes in Deer Tick talk about their wild set o...  | More »

  • Mavis Staples Loves the 'Flower Children' of Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2011 12:05 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    "I had a wonderful time here at Bonnaroo, the audience was just so receptive and so responsive and had me wanting to go on and on and on," soul legend Mavis Staples told Rolling Stone backstage at the festival. "Bonnaroo reminds me of back in the day, the folk festivals," she says. "All of these kids look like flower children to me because everything's so colorful and they seem so pure and innocent. They might not be, but to me they seem like good kids."  | More »

  • Video Exclusive: Strokes Reveal New Album Details Backstage at Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2011 11:25 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    In this interview shot at Rolling Stone's lounge at the Bonnaroo festival, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and bassist Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes chat with Patrick Doyle about their rehearsal regimen, their favorite songs to perform live and their next studio album, which is already in the works. "We kinda went back into the studio not to lose the momentum that we had and that we'd been building," Fraiture says. "We want to finish the album as soon as possible, but we wan...  | More »

  • Gregg Allman Brings Classic Blues to Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2011 11:25 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    In this clip filmed at the Bonnaroo festival on Sunday afternoon, Southern rock legend Gregg Allman plays an inspired rendition of Amos Milburn's rhythm and blues classic "Tears Tears Tears." Allman recorded the song for Low Country Blues, his first solo album in 14 years, but it sounds even better onstage where Allman's lived-in, soulful voice can play off the energy of his remarkable band of veteran musicians. The piano and saxophone in this performance is especially gorge...  | More »

  • Four Days of Mindblowing Music at Bonnaroo Wraps With the Strokes, Robyn, Robert Plant

    June 13, 2011 11:15 AM ET
     |  Josh Eells

    As the sun was setting on the fourth and final day of Bonnaroo, Strokes singer Julian Casablancas faced a dilemma. Even at dusk, the temperature was still in the 90s – but the leather jacket he was wearing looked so cool. Casablancas moved to take it off, then stopped, then started, then stopped again. Finally he decided to keep it on. After giving a shout-out to gypsy-indie troupe Beirut, whom he’d just finished  watching, he had a message to the crowd: "You guys have so man...  | More »

  • Eminem, Buffalo Springfield Rule Bonnaroo Day Three

    June 12, 2011 2:45 PM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    A little past midnight during his headlining set at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Eminem took a rare breather to address the crowd. “Everybody here tonight,” he said, “I just wanna say thank you for sticking by me and not giving up on me.”His fans got their reward: From the moment he took the stage to a heavy dramatic symphony  – wearing a black hoodie, a Bad Meets Evil t-shirt and army-print pants while spitting the rhymes to “Won’t Back Down” &nd...  | More »

  • Mumford and Sons Preview New LP at Bonnaroo

    June 12, 2011 1:10 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Mumford & Sons have been touring their debut album Sigh No More for nearly two years. During that time they have gone from playing tiny clubs to headlining festivals around the world. "People often think of Bonnaroo as being like the American Glastonbury," bassist Ten Dwane says. "It's about ten to fifteen times hotter." The group has been working on their second disc in Nashville and London, and have even been road-testing some of the new material on tour. "It help...  | More »

  • Buffalo Springfield Backstage at Bonnaroo

    June 12, 2011 12:45 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Before taking the stage in front of an incredibly enthusiastic crowd Saturday night at Bonnaroo, Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills and Richie Furay sat down with Rolling Stone's Patrick Doyle to explain how this shocking reunion came to be. "Neil and I were sitting down at lunch one day and were were talking about 'let's do something fun,'" Stills recalls. "I said, 'let's do Buffalo Springfield a the Bridge School.'" That was their first appearan...  | More »

  • Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne Burn Up Bonnaroo Day Two

    June 11, 2011 2:25 PM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    After an epic hour-and-a-half set on the Bonnaroo main stage last night, Arcade Fire returned for an encore. "We wrote this song for 20 people," frontman Win Butler said. "It's amazing to play it for a giant fuckin' field of people." They then launched into the stomping "Wake Up," Butler leading a mass chorus sing-along where you could almost feel the field shake.  During their 17-song-set, Arcade Fire played like a band on a mission. There were no major surprises – they ...  | More »

  • A Laidback Ben Sollee on the 'Beautiful Crowd' at Bonnaroo

    June 11, 2011 1:15 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    If songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee feels at all overwhelmed by the madness that is Bonnaroo, he's not betraying it in this exclusive interview with Rolling Stone. He acknowledges that he encouraged his band to use "bigger gestures" to better reach the festival's massive audience, an effort documented here in the live footage. But what he saw from the stage was simply a "beautiful crowd" that even fell into moments of hushed quiet. He also discusses tour plans, working with fello...  | More »

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