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Motion City Soundtrack Ready to Rock “Dinosaur,” NIN on the Road

April 6th, 2010
For years, it bugged Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre that he couldn’t fully replicate the sound of the band’s records live. “Some people can go on day after day; they can just yell, scream, do whatever, not do anything, and then they sing, they sound perfect and brilliant. And those people have upset me because I want to be that guy,” Pierre tells Rolling Stone. “And unfortunately for me, I’m not that guy.” But ...

Jeff Buckley-Inspired Musical Could Be Headed to Broadway

March 5th, 2010
Photo: Eichner/WireImage Jeff Buckley’s music may be joining the Who and Green Day on Broadway thanks to a new show that fuses his songs with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Last Goodbye was first conceived three years ago by Michael Kimmel, a New York director and theater professor who started up the project when he noticed how uncannily well Buckley’s lyrics accented the Bard’s language. With approval from Buckley’s estate, Kimmel created a musical ...

John Mayer Chooses Rock Over Drama at Madison Square Garden

March 1st, 2010
Photo: Coppola/Getty John Mayer the musician has been carefully cultivating John Mayer the brand over the last 10 years. He’s merged his acoustic singer-songwriter persona with his blues-virtuoso alter-ego, developed the logos on his tour T-shirts and spat out streams of 140-character tweets that broadcast his most off-the-cuff musings. But though he clearly knows how to get results on his own terms, sometimes the terms aren’t his to define — and as his recent Playboy ...

Cowell on Howard Stern, Perez Hilton, Lady Gaga’s “Idol” Chances

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Becker/FOX Simon Cowell has one requirement for his replacement on American Idol: “My role on the show is somebody who has run a successful record label,” he told reporters during a conference call last night. “This person, specifically, has got to have a lot of experience in the music industry.” Cowell says managers, artists and A&R representatives are solid candidates — with a caveat. When Rolling Stone mentioned producer Steve Lillywhite’s campaign for ...

Hanson Team With Funk Brother, Michael Jackson Collaborator For June LP “Shout It Out”

February 18th, 2010
Photo: Jiro Schneider Hanson have been striving to integrate the smooth music they grew up on — Billy Joel, Steve Winwood and classic Stax and Motown records — into their pop-rock sound, and on their upcoming fifth album Shout It Out (due June 1st) the trio of brothers push their love of soul and R&B to the next level. Michael Jackson’s horn arranger Jerry Hey and funk brother Bob Babbitt guest on the record, which they ...

Randy Jackson Promises “Interesting Wrinkles” for Ninth Season of “American Idol”

January 8th, 2010
Photo: Michael Becker / FOX Randy Jackson predicts America has an “interesting, funny, different season” in store when the ninth cycle of American Idol kicks off next Tuesday on Fox. In a press conference earlier today Jackson assured reporters “this season we have some really good, bona fide, stand-in-your-shoes singers without all the props or all the affectations.” Look back at Idol’s Season Eight in photos. Permanent fourth judge Ellen DeGeneres won’t make her debut until Hollywood Week ...

Death Cab for Cutie, Pete Wentz, 3OH!3’s Favorite Albums of 2009

December 31st, 2009
Photo: Bedder/Getty Images; Ach/Getty Images; LaVeris/FilmMagic Rolling Stone unveiled our Best Albums and Best Songs of 2009 — now it’s the artists’ turn. Check out who Death Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and 3OH!3 had on repeat this year (and read Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill’s picks): Death Cab for Cutie Brand New Eyes by Paramore Chris Walla: “I was surprised at what a totally well-written, well-constructed record it was, and I guess I ...

U2, Paul McCartney, “Glee” Earn Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009
Photo: WireImage U2, Paul McCartney and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O — along with musical-TV comedy Glee and country music film Crazy Heart — all earned Golden Globe nominations when Justin Timberlake joined The Office’s John Krasinski and Inglourious Basterds‘ Diane Kruger this morning to announce this year’s contenders live in Los Angeles. The 67th annual awards ceremony will be held January 17th and broadcast on NBC. U2 earned a nod in the Best Original Song ...

Lambert, Bieber, Meester Reflect on 2009 Backstage at Jingle Ball

December 14th, 2009
Photo: Parra/WireImage Backstage at Jingle Ball, the annual holiday concert for New York radio station Z100, the show’s big names — from teen sensation Justin Bieber to Adam Lambert — celebrated the end of 2009, a year that propelled many of them into megastardom. Fifteen-year-old Bieber, who solicited the most screams and swoons from the mostly teenage sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, greeted reporters by beatboxing and coyly answered “Beyoncé” to nearly every question, from ...

Death Cab for Cutie, Dead Weather Rock mtvU’s Woodie Awards

November 19th, 2009
Photo: Schwartz/FilmMagic The Dead Weather and Death Cab for Cutie didn’t pick up any trophies last night at mtvU’s Woodie Awards — the college network’s sixth annual party — but they won the crowd over with two strong performances that capped a night of rock & roll dominance as the big awards went to Kings of Leon (Woodie of the Year) and Green Day (Performing Woodie). The show, which was filmed live at New York’s Roseland ...