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LCD Soundsystem Rock Surprise Show
Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” Still Number One
Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper Talk Yardbirds
Arcade Fire, Spike Jonze Team for Video
Blur Set to Return With New Single
Weekend Rock List: Solo Albums
Ex-Sex Pistols Manager Malcolm McLaren Dies
M.I.A. Blasts Lady Gaga As a “Mimic”
Public Image Ltd. “Rise” on Kimmel
Remembering Kurt Cobain
Hear Deer Tick’s New “20 Miles”
Whitney Houston Slams Drug Rumors
Lil Wayne’s Prison Job: Suicide Prevention
Rolling Stones Plan Record Store Day Single
Drake Honors Wayne as Tour Launches
Lady Gaga, Soundgarden: Lollapalooza Lineup
Thom Yorke Launches Atoms for Peace Tour
Dr. Dre: “Expect Detox in 2010″
Is the iPad Better Than Your iPod?
Adam Lambert to Mentor Idol 8
The Runaways on The Runaways
Rihanna Maps Out “Last Girl on Earth” Tour
See Jakob Dylan Perform With Neko Case
Meet Thom Yorke Opener Flying Lotus
A Short History of Nude Music Videos

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Rewind: The Week in Rock Daily

  • Lollapalooza unveiled its eclectic lineup, which includes Lady Gaga, Soundgarden (rocking their first reunion show!), the Strokes and Arcade Fire. Perry Farrell told RS about assembling the fest and the potential for Jane’s Addiction rocking in Chicago this August.

  • Former Sex Pistols manager and punk impresario Malcolm McLaren died at age 64 after a battle with cancer. We looked back at his days shepherding the Pistols and his own musical work in a special flashback.
  • Thom Yorke launched his Atoms for Peace tour in New York, Drake rolled out his debut headlining tour in Illinois and LCD Soundsystem rocked the “Drunk Girls” in Brooklyn.
  • Now that The Runaways is opening in theaters across the U.S., we took another look at the band in new Q&As with Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford and their colorful manager Kim Fowley.
  • RS marked two landmark dates: the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.’s first show, and the 16th year since Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.
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Weekend Rock List: Solo Albums

After catching Thom Yorke’s Atoms of Peace concert in New York earlier this week, we began to wonder where the Radiohead singer’s 2006 album The Eraser ranks in the canon of great solo albums. Now, we’re bringing this question to you: Tell us your pick for the best solo album by an artist more well known for working with a famous band than alone. We’ll reveal the results Monday ̬ here are some of our favorites:

• George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
• John Cale – Paris 1919
• Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue
• Thom Yorke – The Eraser
• GZA – Liquid Swords

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Watch Jeff Beck and Alice Cooper Explore the Yardbirds’ Impact

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Jeff Beck will release his new album Emotion & Commotion next Tuesday, April 13th, and as an extra incentive to purchase Beck’s first studio album in seven years on iTunes, the digital music service is offering up an exclusive 30-minute interview between Beck and Alice Cooper. The two rock icons talk about a wide range of topics from cars to guitars, but in this RS exclusive excerpt from the chat, they explore the influence of Beck’s other Rock Hall band, the Yardbirds.

“It was something American kids had never heard before. You guys were sending us back our own blues, but we didn’t even know it was ours,” Cooper says of first hearing the Yardbirds during the great wave of the British Invasion. “To this day, I don’t think there’s a record as unique as ‘Happenings Ten Years Time Ago.’ ”

For much more on the Yardbirds straight from the mouths of Beck and Eric Clapton, be sure to check out the stories below:

Jeff Beck on His Legendary Unreleased 1970 Motown Album
Jeff Beck on New LP “Emotion & Commotion” and Recording the Perfect Guitar Solo
Eric Clapton On Jeff Beck’s Singing and Having An Old Man’s Voice
Eric Clapton On Revisiting “Layla,” Sobriety and Reflecting on His Life

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News Ticker: My Morning Jacket, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, “Idol Gives Back”

  • My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Bon Iver will contribute on the 12-track tribute disc Broken Hearts And Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine. According to Consequence of Sound, the LP also features the Avett Brothers and Deer Tick.

  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor are ending their hiatus. In an online press release, the band reports they’ll be rocking “9 American towns” and curating the U.K. installment of All Tomorrow’s Parties: “We are, as always, stoked, stubborn and petrified.”
  • Next week’s American Idol charity fundraiser Idol Gives Back will feature a taped appearance by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, according to Fox News’ White House blog.
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New Reviews: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, David Bowie, Peter Wolf

Two years after David Byrne collaborated with Brian Eno on the brilliant Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, the former Talking Heads frontman teams with another in-demand producer, Fatboy Slim, on Here Lies Love, a loose concept album based on the life of trendsetting former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. Santigold, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Steve Earle, Tori Amos and many more turn up in vocal cameos throughout the tale. “The songs depict Marcos’ outsize anxieties, desires and ambitions,” Jody Rosen writes in his three-star Rolling Stone review. “Dig into that heady stuff if you like — or just surrender to the inexorable beats.”

Often overlooked in the shadow of the breakthrough Space Oddity, David Bowie’s 1967 self-titled debut album is also released as a stacked Deluxe Edition reissue this week. Closer stylistically to Flower Power than the Berlin Trilogy, Bowie does hint at an early ability to pen stunning songs with tracks like “She’s Got Medals” and “When I Live My Dream.” “Released on the same day as Sgt. Pepper, David Bowie’s 1967 debut was an odd start for the man who’d soon turn his strangeness into stardom,” Barry Walters writes in his three-star review. “Even in this cabaret setting, Bowie shows his knack for mixing singalong tunes with offbeat subject matter.” The reissue also boasts stereo versions of the album tracks, demos, unreleased songs and BBC sessions.

Peter Wolf’s seventh solo album Midnight Souvenirs, the former J. Geils Band singer’s first LP since 2002’s Sleepless. Souvenirs earned a four-star rating from Rolling Stone. “Now 64, Wolf gets that nothing lasts forever. ‘The Night Comes Down’ bids farewell to rocker Willy DeVille with steady-rocking grandeur. But Wolf knows that dourness doesn’t suit him,” Anthony DeCurtis writes. The album also finds Wolf sharing the microphone for duets with Neko Case, Shelby Lynne and Merle Haggard, who sings “It’s Too Late for Me.” “It’s a lighthearted country lullaby about growing old that could have been written in 1955 — and another vital, world-wise moment on an album full of them.” For more on Wolf, check out his profile in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

For Rolling Stone’s take on all the latest releases, check out our Album Reviews section.

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Runaways on “The Runaways”: Hookups, Meltdowns and What You Won’t See Onscreen

This weekend, The Runaways opens in wide release and audiences across America will get a good look at Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as the leaders of the Seventies girl-punk icons, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. Rolling Stone tracked down the young stars and went behind the scenes of the Floria Sigismondi-directed film for Secrets of The Runaways — and now the original bandmembers are speaking out about the biopic and what really went down during the band’s brief rollercoaster career.

Check out photos from the set of The Runaways.

Like guitarist Jett and singer Currie, the band’s manager Kim Fowley signed over the rights to his story in order to have some say in how he was depicted. (But because the movie is based on Currie’s memoir Neon Angel, his control was limited). And since The Runaways is a drama rather than a documentary, the filmmakers did allow themselves dramatic license. Guitarist Lita Ford, who wasn’t quiet about her dissatisfaction with the film’s development, is kept in the background of the story, and bassist Jackie Fox, who refused to cooperate with the production, is represented by a fictitious composite character. Given such compromises, how close can the picture be to the truth? Currie, Jett, Ford, and Fowley share their experiences with RS here:

The Runaways on “The Runaways”

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Tour Tracker: LCD Soundsystem, Neon Indian, Mile High Festival

LCD Soundsystem finally add some long-awaited U.S. dates to their tour plans behind May 18th’s This Is Happening, Neon Indian — one of Rolling Stone’s best new bands of 2010 — lay out a summer trek, and Denver’s Mile High Festival (August 14th and 15th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; visit the fest’s site for ticket info) reveals its lineup, which features Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, Weezer and Phoenix. Keep reading for the full list of dates and the entire Mile High Roster.

LCD Soundsystem
April 16 – Indio CA @ Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival
May 20 – New York @ Terminal 5
May 21 – New York @ Terminal 5
May 24 – Montreal @ Metropolis
May 25 – Toronto @ Koolhaus
May 26 – Chicago @ Cabaret Metro
May 29 – Portland @ Roseland
May 30 – George WA @ Sasquatch Festival
May 31 – Vancouver @ Malkin Bowl
June 3 – San Francisco @ Fillmore
June 8 – Austin @ Stubbs
June 9 – Dallas @ Palladium
June 11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
July 15 – Mariaville @ Camp Bisco
July 17 – Chicago @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Neon Indian
May 12 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
May 13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 29 – Calgary, AB @ Hi Fi Club
May 31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch
June 2 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
June 3 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Natural History Museum
June 5 – Corvalis, OR @ Flat Tall Music Festival
June 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
June 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
June 10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
June 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
June 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
June 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
June 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 19 – Denver, CO @ Westword Music Showcase
July 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Mile High Festival
Saturday, August 14
Jack Johnson
Steve Miller Band
Slightly Stoopid
Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Cypress Hill
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Samples (all original members)
Keller Williams
Rusted Root
Donavon Frankenreiter
One eskimO
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Amos Lee
The Constellations
The Motet
Bobby Long

Sunday, August 15
Dave Matthews Band
My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Cliff
Drive-By Truckers
Railroad Earth
Punch Brothers
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Trevor Hall
Matt Morris
On My Stars
Joe Purdy
The Knew
Danielle Ate the Sandwich

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Readers’ Rock List: The Clash

Last week, before the Clash of the Titans remake shattered Easter weekend box office records — much to the chagrin of Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers — we asked for your favorite songs by a far superior Clash. The votes ranged from The Clash classics to Combat Rock, but “London Calling” captured the reader vote, beating “Train in Vain,” “Rock the Casbah” and the M.I.A.-sampled “Straight to Hell”:

1. “London Calling”
2. “Train in Vain”
3. “Straight to Hell”
4. “The Guns of Brixton”
5. “White Riot”
6. “Clampdown”
7. “Death or Glory”
8. “I Fought the Law”
9. “Rock the Casbah”
10. “Lost in the Supermarket”
11. “Police on My Back”
12. “Complete Control”
13. “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
14. “Spanish Bombs”
15. “Career Opportunities”

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News Ticker: Slash, David Bowie, Miley Cyrus

Photo: Mola/Getty

  • In a new interview with the New York Post, Slash calls Chinese Democracy “the perfect Axl record.” He adds that the LP was “exactly what I would have expected from the final years of us working together, and seeing where he was headed musically. It’s very heavy; sort of a dark, depressing record. He’s fucking phenomenal.”

  • The track list for Manimal Records’ David Bowie tribute album has been updated, according to Consequence of Sound, who spotted a press release on Duran Duran’s blog. The two-disc set includes MGMT covering “TVC 15″ and Charlift performing “Always Crashing in the Same Car.”
  • Miley Cyrus tells MTV her next album has “more of a techno vibe.” She adds that her duet with Bret Michaels on “Nothin’ to Lose” (slated to appear on the Poison singer’s next solo album) came about because she’s a big fan. “He was the first concert that I ever went to, and it’s great when you can find people you can jive with and get along with.”