Marcus Mumford: 'I Wouldn't Call Myself a Christian'

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford is speaking in depth for the first time about his religious beliefs and upbringing Mumford whose parents are the founders of the Vineyard the UK branch of an evangelical Christian movement has filled his band’s lyrics with references to God prayer and struggles with…

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On the Cover: Mumford & Sons Rattle and Strum

Mumford & Sons make their debut appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in our next issue Senior writer Brian Hiatt shadows the group as they finish the most recent leg of their US tour in Camden New Jersey then hangs out with them on their London home turf including…

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Rihanna 'Still Recovering,' Cancels Second Tour Date in Baltimore

Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour is off to a rough start the singer is still dealing with the flu and laryngitis and has canceled her show tonight in Baltimore A statement from Live Nation reported by the Associated Press said Rihanna is “still recovering” and suggested fans hold onto their tickets…

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Bob Dylan Voted Into American Academy of Arts and Letters

Bob Dylan has been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters marking the first time a rock musician has been chosen for the elite honor society Officials in the Academy – which recognizes music literature and visual art – were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his…

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Van Halen Shoot Down Tour Rumors: 'Nothing's Been Discussed'

Irving Azoff manager of Eddie Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen has debunked a rumor singer David Lee Roth has spread in recent interviews that rockers Van Halen will perform “probably 50 60 shows” in Europe beginning at the end of this year “Nothing’s been discussed yet” Azoff tells Rolling Stone…

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Smashing Pumpkins to Play SXSW

Add one more band to the list of big names playing SXSW the Smashing Pumpkins will hit downtown Austin on Saturday March 16th for Red Bull’s showcase Sound Select 120 Hours Also on the bill are the Sword and Girl in a Coma The show will happen in…

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Three Cuban Bands Cleared to Make Live U.S. Debut at SXSW

On Friday night when Escape take the stage at South by Southwest their 40-minute set will end a two-year wrangle between activists and government officials over whether the Cuban heavy metal band would be the first to perform on American soil Until the moment they arrived in Miami on Sunday it…

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Earl Sweatshirt Slacks Off in 'Whoa'

Earl Sweatshirt got pensive and introspective in his video for “Chum” but in his new video for “Whoa” the Odd Future MC returns to jester form slacking off and clowning around in this clip directed by Tyler the Creator (as Wolf Haley) Earl wakes up in a trailer with a…

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Johnny Ramone's Widow in Talks for Ramones Biopic

As the widow of late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone Linda Ramone thinks only one major piece is missing from the seminal punk band’s legacy “I have offers right now to do a Ramones movie because there hasn’t been one yet” she told Rolling Stone when we ran into her at…

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Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dead at 65

Peter Banks best known as the original guitarist of Yes died last Thursday in his London home from heart failure He was 65 Banks was reportedly found after failing to show up for a recording session After playing with bassist Chris Squire in the Syn Banks and Squire helped form Yes…

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