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John Mayer Debuts “Battle Studies” at Intimate New York Gig

November 17th, 2009
Photograph by Matt Salacuse As John Mayer strummed the opening riff of his 2003 hit “Why Georgia” at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, last night, he reassured the crowd of several hundred, “If you were afraid of me ever evolving away from you… if you were afraid that I could never be the guy who still wondered what the hell was going on sometimes like you do… I play this for you ...

“Glee” Stars Pick Their Favorite Songs for All-Madonna Episode

November 12th, 2009
There are plenty of reasons to be Gleeful these days: the hit freshman comedy returned after a two-week break with last night’s poignant episode, “Wheels” — the same day the first installment of its soundtrack debuted at Number Four on the Top 200 chart, propelled by lovable renditions of “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Somebody to Love.” And when the show returns next year, Glee will be tackling the ultimate diva (and recent RS cover ...

Exclusive: Behind the Scenes as Lady Gaga Hits “Gossip Girl”

November 4th, 2009
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/the CW In just over a week Gossip Girl will go Gaga when the singer performs a special rendition of her new single “Bad Romance” on the November 16th episode, fittingly titled “The Last Days of Disco Stick.” “She was amazing,” one of the show’s executive producers, Stephanie Savage, tells Rolling Stone. “She was willing to stay on set and perform silently in the background of all of our shots so that she could ...

Regina Spektor Brings “Far” to “SNL”

October 13th, 2009
Regina Spektor took the Saturday Night Live stage over the long weekend to perform two numbers from this year’s excellent Far backed by a drummer, cellist and violinist: the quirky, upbeat “The Calculation” and the wistful, building “Eet.” (Check out “Eet” above and “The Calculation” after the jump.) More demure than Lady Gaga’s theatrics on last week’s episode and U2’s explosive set on the season opener, Spektor’s vocals sounded stellar against the often unfriendly acoustics ...

Watch Sonic Youth Make Their “Gossip Girl” Debut

October 13th, 2009
As Thurston Moore told Rolling Stone last month, Sonic Youth paid a visit to the Gossip Girl set in September to film a cameo for an upcoming episode. The clip aired last night, finally answering the question, “How is Gossip Girl going to work Sonic Youth into a plot line?” Exclusive photos from the set of Rolling Stone’s sexy Gossip Girl shoot. The premise: the downtown legends portrayed a wedding band performing at the union of the ...

Preview Tokio Hotel’s “World Behind My Wall” from “Humanoid”

September 22nd, 2009
In our second exclusive preview clip from Tokio Hotel’s Humanoid (due October 6th), the German pop-rockers turn introspective with the wistful ballad “World Behind My Wall.” As singer Bill Kaulitz — who fronts the band with his twin, Tom — explained when we premiered an excerpt of the more metallic-sounding title track, Tokio Hotel’s second English-language album has “many different parts and melodies.” (Hear the clip after the jump.) As Rolling Stone also reported, the brothers ...

Panic! at the Disco Talk “Jennifer’s Body” Song, Plans for New LP

September 18th, 2009
When Panic! at the Disco wrote “New Perspective,” they had no idea it’d wind up on the soundtrack for the Diablo Cody-penned horror flick Jennifer’s Body starring current RS cover girl Megan Fox. “I had this really lucid dream — it was so vivid I wanted to write it down before I forgot about it,” lead singer Brendon Urie tells Rolling Stone. “I was never the best at explaining anything, so it wound up being ...

Extended “New Moon” Trailer Debuts During MTV’s VMAs

September 13th, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage Twilight stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart took the VMAs stage tonight to debut an extended trailer for the upcoming The Twilight Saga: New Moon — “a first look at a movie we’ve been working on for months,” said Pattinson. Q&A with Robert Pattinson: “There’s only so much adoration you can take.” The trailer offers a look at the darker sequel to last year’s blockbuster, which details what happens when Pattinson’s vampire hunk ...

Jason Mraz Goes Acoustic for “Butterfly,” Talks Record-Busting Hit “I’m Yours”

August 21st, 2009
Jason Mraz set a Billboard Hot 100 record this week with his hit single “I’m Yours” (which he calls his “happy little hippie song”), but confesses he can’t explain the song’s success: “I don’t know what’s behind it — if I knew, I would write more of it!” Adds Mraz, “The song is about generosity — giving yourself or your time to someone else. What moves me about seeing the world take to ‘I’m Yours’ ...

Green Day’s “American Idiot” Musical: Meet the Rocker Cast

August 20th, 2009
Photo: Carole Litwin The American Idiot musical is set to begin previews on September 4th in Berkeley, California, and prep for the Green Day-inspired production is kicking into high gear: tickets for the limited run (scheduled through October 11th) are selling quickly, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre blogged a sneak peek at the show’s stage (revealing the set required extra support to accommodate its size and its massive walls will be covered in rock posters) and the ...