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Week in Review: Mumford & Sons Plan 'Doom Folk' Album

Plus: Beyoncé vs Rihanna, Florence and the Machine, Roger Waters and the year's best TV moments

December 16, 2011 6:00 PM ET

Mumford & Sons
Marcus Mumford and Country Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons perform at the 22nd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert.
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Rolling Stone caught up with Grammy-nominated folk rockers Mumford & Sons this week, who told us all about their next album, which is due out sometime in 2012. "[It's] certainly more mature, I’d say," says bassist Ted Dwane. "The second record is just a reflection of our mindsets, where we’re all at. It’s doom folk, kind of like Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake."

Also this week, we contemplated the difference between the creative strategies of superstar divas Rihanna and Beyoncé, chatted with Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch about Katy Perry playing her in a Saturday Night Live sketch, talked to Roger Waters about the future of The Wall tour and learned about Kreayshawn's plans for her debut album.

Photos: Rockers Dressed as Santa Claus

We covered an all-star tribute concert to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell,  reviewed Lady Gaga's appearance at Z100's Jingle Ball in New York and checked out a Dinosaur Jr. gig in which the band was interviewed by punk legend Henry Rollins. We also analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, reviewed all the week's biggest releases.   

Photos: Dimebash 2011 - Remembering Dimebag Darrell

In pop culture, Rob Sheffield listed off the 2011's best TV moments, Peter Travers praised the latest Mission: Impossible flick and we profiled superstar comedian Louis C.K. Also, we recapped the season finale of Boardwalk Empire as well as Glee and X Factor.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted your favorite albums of 2011, as determined by a readers poll. Our question for you this week is: What is your favorite song of the year? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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