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Week in Review: The Sheepdogs' Moment of Triumph

Plus: Lady Gaga on Amy Winehouse, Mike Judge on 'Beavis and Butt-Head' and more

August 5, 2011 5:15 PM ET
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After six months of competition and 1.5 million votes, the Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone this week. The guys celebrated by appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, partying in New York City and topping the iTunes charts in their native Canada. Well done, dudes!

Photos: The Sheepdogs' Rolling Stone Cover Shoot

We also talked to Lady Gaga about how she's dealing with the loss of Amy Winehouse, learned all about Feist's new album, found out about Taylor Swift's fascination with American history and chatted with the RZA about his role in Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne. Also, we reviewed concerts by Rage Against the Machine, Weezer and the Flaming Lips, and Stevie Wonder with Drake.

Photos: Rock Stars Get Tattooed

Plus, British indie rockers Yuck performed a brief set at our office, Sleeper Agent were named our latest Band to Watch, we analyzed this week's pop charts, listed off the most exciting new tour kickoffs, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases.

Photos: Rock's Greatest Feuds

On the pop culture front, we caught up with Mike Judge about the return of Beavis and Butt-Head, Peter Travers got excited about Andy Serkis' performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rob Sheffield wondered why the sleaze never sticks to Dr. Drew and we recapped the latest episodes of Jersey Shore and True Blood.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 best punk bands of all time as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is the best collaboration of all time?  (Think Bowie and Queen, or Beyoncé and Lady Gaga...) You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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