Sometimes it’s hard to believe The Rolling Stones have been around for more than half a century, but given their iconic je ne sais quoi, it’s really not that surprising. While The Beatles redefined the modern rock ‘n’ roll band, The Stones’ early Brian Jones-era lineup took the meaning of “rock band” to an entirely new level, at which a group’s image is just as important as its music. And not only do the Rolling Stones display amazing staying power, they have a knack for keeping up with the times, too (there’s an official Rolling Stones app, for Chrissake). To help celebrate the quintessential rock band’s impressive history, Hollywood’s new art spot PROJECT Gallery brings us 50 Years of The Rolling Stones: A Rock and Roll Retrospective. The show features fantastic photographs that go far beyond the stage and into the private planes, kitchens, and backyards of the band members for a rare glimpse into the intimate day-to-day lives of the world’s original rock stars. Click through for a preview. … Read More
1. As Gawker gleefully reports, it’s definitely time to take off those yellow rubber bracelets. Lance Armstrong has stepped down as chair of the Livestrong charity and lost his Nike endorsement deal just a week after a US anti-doping agency released their report on his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
2. Obligatory Janis Joplin… Read More
You know those stories of people who stumble across Picassos at garage sales? Well, if you’re a Rolling Stones fan — or generally just interested in music — these photos of the band from their 1965 US tour are almost as good. Musician Lauren White found them at a flea market in California, and once she started researching them, she realized she’d stumbled onto a historical goldmine — the pictures had never been seen, let alone published, before. We spotted them via The Stool Pigeon, and they’re currently on display at the Dilettante Gallery in LA through October 26. Quite apart from their rarity, they’re pretty amazing photos — the band looks startling young and innocent, but full of swagger and youthful bravado, too. Click through to check out some of our favorites. … Read More
1. As part of their ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, the Rolling Stones have announced that they’ll be playing shows at London’s O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th, and the Prudential Center in Newark on December 13th and 15th. [via
Earlier this summer when the Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first gig, Mick Jagger surprised plenty of people when he told reporters that the band would perform a few live gigs some time this fall. Vague, but nonetheless, exciting! Now Mick has tweeted a photo of himself looking extremely happy… Read More
1. Scott Johnson, a 33-year-old drum technician for Radiohead, was tragically killed over the weekend when a stage roof collapsed during the band’s sold-out show in Toronto. Three other crew members were injured in the incident. “We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague,” reads a message on… Read More
Those of us who favor the weird Rolling Stones albums over their more poptimistic fare are busy getting our hopes up, now that rumors are flying that the band is planning to perform the newly reissued Exile on Main Street in full on tour. And the news made us realize that, just as albums from the ’00s may be too young to join the canon, too few records from the ’70s are turning up on the Don’t Look Back circuit.
Since that’s easily our favorite decade in music, we’ve picked out 10 Exile contemporaries we’d like to see performed live, in full. But we made ourselves a few rules: We could only choose albums by artists who are still alive (or, at least, by bands whose essential members haven’t kicked off). So that took care of Bitches Brew and London Calling and Third/Sister Lovers. And for obvious reasons, records that have already fulfilled our live-performance dreams (Suicide’s debut, Gang of Four’s Entertainment!) were out of the question. Still, we could have made a list 200 albums long… so if you don’t see your favorite here, don’t take it personally; just leave a suggestion in the comments. … Read More
You already know we love the Gorillaz, so we couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed by the recent rumor of the group’s uncredited music stealing borrowing. (Seriously, is there something in the water?) Reggae artist Eddy Grant recently claimed the electronic keyboard riffs from his song “Time Warp,” were used in the new Gorillaz song, “Stylo,” without any due credit to Grant’s name from Gorillaz leader Damon… Read More
The Flaming Lips took on a bear when they released a cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon back in December, but survey says The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing the Dark Side of the Moon (yes, that’s really the name) is a hit. Riddled with space-age eccentricity and a whole lot of Henry Rollins, who is “not frightened of dying,” the Lips’ version is an inspired slice of genius. Recruiting Peaches as the psychedelic screamer in “The Great Gig in the Sky”? Bloody brilliant.
A great full-album cover doesn’t just tip its hat to its predecessor, but instead, manipulates its base components to give them new context. That’s not to say that the originals automatically reap respect and reverence — as some of their best reincarnations kick the shit out of them in the schoolyard. Our 10 favorites pick the prototype to pieces and reassemble it to create an equally important work of… Read More