• The Drums Are Cool and Casual on Bonnaroo Stage

    June 10, 2011 5:30 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Brooklyn indie rockers the Drums helped kick off the opening night of Bonnaroo 2011 with a set focused on jaunty pop tunes in the tradition of the Smiths and the Strokes. The band, who have played several large festivals abroad, were totally at ease in front of the enormous Bonnaroo crowd, with lead singer Jonathan Pierce projecting a cool, casual vibe as he strutted around the stage as if he was playing a small club. RELATED: Sleigh Bells, Wavves Kick Off Bonnaroo With Hard-Chargi...  | More »

  • School of Seven Bells Get Ethereal at Bonnaroo

    June 10, 2011 4:15 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    New York electronic rockers School of Seven Bells delivered a moody, ethereal set on the opening night of Bonnaroo 2011. Despite being reduced to a duo following the departure of founding member Claudia Deheza last year, the band were still capable of reproducing the densely layered, atmospheric sound of their studio recordings on stage. In this footage from the show, you can watch the band perform "Camarilla" and "Windstorm," two of the best songs from their most recent album Disco...  | More »

  • Best Coast Show Off Their Noisy Side at Bonnaroo

    June 10, 2011 1:05 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Best Coast showed off their buzzy, noisy side at the Bonnaroo festival last night. In this video from the gig, the trio plays "Wish He Was You" and "Up All Night," two loud, summery non-album rockers. Singer and guitarist Bethany Cosentino leads the band with a low key charm, playing to the large audience with the relaxed, tossed-off confidence of someone jamming out in their practice space. Bassist Bobb Bruno adds a lightly groovy counterpoint to Cosentino's hazy, strummed chords wh...  | More »

  • Sleigh Bells, Wavves Kick Off Bonnaroo With Hard-Charging Sets

    June 10, 2011 10:25 AM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    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 of...  | More »

  • How to Do Bonnaroo

    June 1, 2011 10:55 AM ET
     |  J. Edward Keyes

    Since its inception in 2002, the Bonnaroo festival has evolved from a jam-band-heavy, new millennium neo-hippie hoedown to four days and nights of performances that are staggering in their diversity. Indeed, it's now possible for every attendee to leave on Sunday with a completely different experience, their Bonnaroo shaped by their tastes and inclinations. In recognition of the fest's breadth of style and sound, we present four completely different, completely unique festiv...  | More »

  • The Insider's Guide to Bonnaroo

    June 1, 2011 10:50 AM ET
     |  Nicole Frehsee

    With nearly 175 acts, 12 stages and countless rules outlining what you can and can't do, Bonnaroo can get confusing. But don't worry: We surveyed vets of the four-day Manchester, Tennessee music circus – which kicks off its 10th annual installment on June 9th – to score tips on how to maximize your festival experience. From where to find the tastiest barbecued pork sandwich to what to stock up on at Walmart, here's the lowdown on summer's best mega-fest. ...  | More »

  • Listen: The Essential Bonnaroo 2011 Playlist

    June 1, 2011 10:50 AM ET
     |  J. Edward Keyes

    Trying to tackle a schedule as sprawling and all-encompassing as Bonnaroo's can be a daunting task. Over the course of the last decade, the festival has expanded its lineup to reach every conceivable taste. Just thinking about it is enough to induce fatigue. Let this playlist, then, serve as your cheat sheet – an overview of the 25 must-see acts at Bonnaroo 2011. Whether you favor the classic Americana of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss or the bleeding-edge anthems of Sleigh Bells a...  | More »

  • How Bonnaroo Got Buffalo Springfield

    May 4, 2011 9:30 AM ET
     |  Andy Greene

    In less than six weeks, tens of thousands of people will flock to Manchester, Tennessee for the 10th annual Bonnaroo Music Festival, which runs from June 9th through 12th. What started as a jam band festival has grown into a huge annual event, with everybody from Bruce Springsteen to Radiohead and Metallica having headlined. This year's lineup features Lil Wayne, Eminem, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, My Morning Jacket and a reunited Buffalo Springfield. Rolling Stone spoke with Bonnaroo ...  | More »

  • Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, Buffalo Springfield Headline Bonnaroo

    February 15, 2011 12:00 PM ET
     |  Andy Greene

    Bonnaroo has officially announced the line-up for their 10th anniversary festival. Headliners include Eminem, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic and The Black Keys. It will also feature the only festival appearance of Buffalo Springfield, featuring original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. The 1960s Los Angeles band played their first concert in 42 years last October at the Bridge School Benefit. (Last week David Crosby told Rolling St...  | More »

  • Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dead Weather Scorch Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2010 12:45 PM ET
     |  J. Edward Keyes

    Ten minutes before Jay-Z took the stage Saturday night at Bonnaroo, the P.A. played Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," Tupac Shakur's "Hail Mary" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" back to back. Intentionally or not, the playlist underscored a particular point: all of those artists were Jay-Z's contemporaries in the '90s, and none of them are with us in 2010. It cast Rolling Stone's current cover star in a role that suits him: as not just a survivor, but a victor....  | More »

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