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On The Road
  • Little Richard Tears Through Raucous Set in Washington, D.C.

    June 17, 2012 4:26 PM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    Sitting on a golden throne at his piano last night at Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre, Little Richard began his set by telling the crowd he was in pain. "I got sick and I had surgery," he said. "And the hip broke inside of me. And you know they’ve never been able to get that hip out of me yet? It’s been in me almost three years and it hurts day and night. I’m in pain 24 hours a day. I never let them cut nothing out of me." Despite his health problems, Little Richard...  | More »

  • Drake Brings Club Paradise to Jones Beach

    June 17, 2012 10:03 AM ET
     |  Matthew Trammell

    Drake hit New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday night the way he prefers to travel: with friends and family in tow. Boasting a packed bill of today’s brightest young rap stars, the penultimate stop on his Club Paradise tour felt celebratory, but tense. Earlier that day, rumors swirled that the rapper might be apprehended by the NYPD at the concert following an alleged nightclub brawl with Chris Brown that left bodyguards and bystanders in stitches. But no bottles flew in...  | More »

  • Aerosmith Kick Off Global Warming Tour in Minneapolis

    June 17, 2012 9:41 AM ET
     |  Dan Hyman

    It was an image that less than a year ago would have seemed implausible: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, or the "toxic twins," as Tyler had dubbed himself and the longtime guitarist with whom he has had a notoriously rocky relationship, standing side-by-side on Saturday atop a white baby grand piano, belting out the chorus to "Dream On" during the first night's encore of a brand-new Aerosmith tour. That the two musicians and their bandmates – guitarist Brad Whitford, drummer Joey Krame...  | More »

  • Video: ALO in Conversation at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 5:30 PM ET

    "It started as a rivalry," ALO's keyboardist Zach Gill says of the band's early support from Jack Johnson. They all met as students at UC Santa Barbara, fiercely competing to be the biggest backyard party band in the freshman dorms. In this interview at Bonnaroo, ALO talk to Rolling Stone about how to practice improvising, moving to Georgia to meet James Brown, recording their latest album in San Francisco, and how they feel about the "jam band" label. "It's kind of a...  | More »

  • Video: SOJA Talk About Reggae Roots and Politics at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 5:00 PM ET

    Jacob Hemphill and Bob Jefferson of the Virginia-based reggae band SOJA met as first graders and were already performing together in middle-school hip-hop talent shows when they discovered the power of reggae. "It seemed like reggage was bigger than music in a way," Hemphill tells Rolling Stone in this interview at Bonnaroo. "The goal of reggae wasn't to be famous or rich or have an opulent lifestyle. It was kind of the opposite. It was to change the system." Hemphill and Jeffe...  | More »

  • Video: Ben Folds Five Talk New Album at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 5:00 PM ET

    "I think when you're making music, you should always come into it with a little sense of naivity and what-the-fuck-are-you-doing-ness," Ben Folds tells Rolling Stone in this interview at Bonnaroo. The band talks about keeping in touch during their hiatus, getting back together, and why they chose to go the crowd-funding route for their new album. "The music business is so unpredictable now," Folds explains. "For some people, it's an opportunity to experiment. For us, it&rs...  | More »

  • Video: Yelawolf Talks New Projects at Bonnaroo

    June 16, 2012 4:35 PM ET

    Yelawolf was first introduced to hip-hop as a child in Alabama when Run-DMC paid a visit to his mom's boyfriend and left behind some tapes. "It was destiny, you know, man," he says. "It just kind of fell into my world. I had no business at all knowing anything about it." In this interview at Bonnaroo, the rapper talks about those early influences as well as his recent collaborations with Eminem, Kid Rock, and Travis Barker. As for the state of hip-hop today? "Hip-hop is soft as fuck...  | More »

  • Kitty Pryde Makes Live NYC Debut

    June 16, 2012 1:00 PM ET
     |  RJ Cubarrubia

    If you only exist online, are you real? After releasing her video for "Okay Cupid" last month, young Florida rapper Kitty Pryde practically broke the Internet, sparking frenzied attention around her unfiltered stream-of-consciousness lyrics and enchantingly flippant flow. But after waves of interviews and a new EP, haha, i'm sorry, out this past week, Kitty Pryde arrived at New York's Knitting Factory with about 35 minutes total of career material and a throng of eager attendees anx...  | More »

  • Paul Simon Makes Surprise Appearance at Jerry Douglas' New York Show

    June 16, 2012 11:25 AM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    Dobro master Jerry Douglas was midway through his set at New York's tiny B.B. King Blues Club on Friday night, when he stopped to introduce "a very well-known friend of mine. I hope he's here." The fellow, it turns out, was Paul Simon (Douglas has opened for Simon on tour in recent years). Simon poked his head out from the side of the stage and grinned while audience members rose to their feet, pulling out their camera phones. Looking casual in jeans, a brown jacket and fedora, Sim...  | More »

  • Kaskade Takes Freaks of Nature to Coney Island

    June 16, 2012 10:55 AM ET
     |  Joe Tacopino

    There were only three items on Kaskade's Friday agenda, according to his Twitter feed: "Eat hog dog, ride Cyclone, smash it." The final item on that to-do-list was ceremoniously checked off at Brooklyn's MCU Park, where the Chicago-born DJ and electronic dance musician brought his Freaks of Nature tour to more than 8,000 fans on a cool summer night in Coney Island. Fresh off his performance at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas, Kaskade performed against the backdrop of...  | More »

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