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.
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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.
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.
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.
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On the pop culture front, Peter Travers reviewed Win Win, Jane 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.
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.
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.