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The Week in Music: Adele Opens Up About Love; Coachella Kicks Off

Also: Live reviews of shows by Prince, Foo Fighters, James Taylor, Dave Matthews and TV on the Radio

April 15, 2011 5:45 PM ET
The Week in Music: Adele Opens Up About Love; Coachella Kicks Off
Photograph by Simon Emmett

The new issue of Rolling Stone – on newstands and in the digital archives today – features an interview with Adele in which the British soul superstar opens up about her romantic life, her childhood and why she isn't too concerned about her fluctuating weight. You can read some highlights from her interview and check out a gallery that places Adele in a lineage of amazing British soul divas.

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one of the world's largest and most celebrated music events, will take place this weekend in Indio, California. Rolling Stone will be there, providing you with comprehensive coverage of the festival with a steady stream of news, concert reports, photos, interviews and videos on our Coachella blog all weekend long. To get a taste of what is to come, we've already posted a sneak preview of the multimedia installations that have been made for the festival in collaboration with artists such as Animal Collective and Arcade Fire.

The Hottest Live Photos of the Week

Rolling Stone was also at some of the hottest live shows this week. We covered the first night of Prince's 21-concert residency in Los Angeles, the Foo Fighters' show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, James Taylor's anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall, Dave Matthews' performance with the Blue Man Group and TV on the Radio's hometown gig at Radio City Music Hall.

Photos: Rockers Rally for Japan - Handwritten Letters From Bono, Elton John and More

In celebration of Record Store Day this weekend we put together a list of the 20 best Record Store Day exclusives hitting stores on Saturday, as well as a gallery showcasing the 30 best independent record shops in the United States. Plus, electro pop singer MNDR came to the Rolling Stone office to perform her latest singles, Fitz and the Tantrums were named our latest Band to Watch and Ray Davies talked to us about a potential reunion for the Kinks. Also, we analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases.

Photos: Teen Internet Celebrity Kiki Kannibal

On the pop culture front, Peter Travers paid tribute to the late Sidney Lumet, a filmmaker he calls a "master director." Travers also reviewed Scream 4, which he says isn't on par with the original Scream movies, as well as The Conspirator and the utterly horrendous screen adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Also, Mallika Rao commented on the contestants' choice of songs and the dismissal of Paul McDonald on this week's episodes of American Idol.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite lead singers of all time, as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is the best music video of all time? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

LAST WEEK: The Week in Music: Bob Seger Opens Up and Ricky Gervais Speaks Out

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

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