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The Week in Music: Thom Yorke's Secret DJ Gig, Lady Gaga vs. Photographers and More

Also: Mumford & Sons on their next album and new tour, in the studio with TV on the Radio

March 11, 2011 6:25 PM ET
The Week in Music: Thom Yorke's Secret DJ Gig, Lady Gaga vs. Photographers and More
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It was a busy week in music: Not long after releasing a new Radiohead album from out of nowhere, band leader Thom Yorke surprised the world yet again with an unannounced DJ gig in Los Angeles. Rolling Stone was there, and reported on the singer's setlist and crazy dance moves.

Photos: Hottest Breakout Stars of 2011

We also covered the photography world's response to Lady Gaga's demand that photographers at her gigs give her the copyright to their images, the death of former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, Yoko Ono's unlikely rebirth as a dance music icon and how the Monkees got over their personal issues for their upcoming 45th anniversary tour.

Photos: Alice in Chains in the Nineties

We checked in with Duff McKagan on the possibility of a Guns N' Roses reunion, talked to the Meat Puppets about their new album Lollipop and learned about the making of TV on the Radio's upcoming record Nine Types of Light. Plus, Mumford & Sons told us about their plans for their second album and their ambitious Railroad Revival Tour.

Photos: Katy Perry's Best Looks

Rob Sheffield raved about his favorite new band Wild Flag, we looked back on the best moments in the history of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Brooklyn indie pop band the Pains of Being Pure at Heart was named our latest Band to Watch and as always, we reviewed all the week's hottest new releases.

Photos: Random Notes

On the pop culture front, Peter Travers reviewed  Win WinJane Eyre and Red Riding Hood, which he says is a Twilight rip-off and dull in the extreme. We also recapped this week's episode of Glee featuring the return of Gwyneth Paltrow, examined the Situation's identity crisis on Jersey Shore and commented on the just-okay performances and Ashton Jones' dismissal in this week's American Idol coverage.

The Hottest Live Photos of the Week

In the world of politics, Tim Dickinson responded to the horrible destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and Matt Taibbi reconsidered his views on gun control in light of the Tea Party's obsession with the government taking their guns away.

Photos: The Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year

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

LAST WEEK: Snooki Opens Up About 'Jersey Shore'; Mariah Carey and Beyoncé Respond to Qaddafi Controversy

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“I Was Made to Love Her”

Stevie Wonder | 1967

Stevie Wonder discovered true love while still a teenager, writing this ode to young love when he was only 17. The song, Wonder explained, "kind of speaks of my first love, to a girl named Angie, who was a very beautiful woman. She's married now. Actually, she was my third girlfriend but my first love. I used to call Angie up and we would talk and say, 'I love you, I love you,' and we'd talk and we'd both go to sleep on the phone.” The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men have all recorded versions of "I Was Made to Love Her."

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