Rolling Stone executive editor Joe Levy tells the group of writers that they will be leaving in two days to cover Denmark's Roskilde Music Festival. The four-day event will feature everyone from Guns 'N Roses and Bob Dylan to Kanye West and...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Rolling Stone executive editor Joe Levy tells the group of writers that they will be leaving in two days to cover Denmark's Roskilde Music Festival. The four-day event will feature everyone from Guns 'N Roses and Bob Dylan to Kanye West and Wolfmother.
As a hip-hop fan who feels she does her best work on the subject, Krishtine feels out of place and a bit irritated looking at the largely rock festival's lineup. When she tells Joe that she feels "benched," he reminds her that he recently set her up to interview hip-hop artist El-P. Joe also makes it clear that sometimes she'll get assignments simply because the magazine needs coverage, regardless of genre.
As the group packs to prepare to head to Denmark and work on their first group assignment, Tika wonders if they will "kill each other" or bond on the journey.
On day one at Roskilde, Colin and Peter contemplate how to get backstage passes for the team. After rocking out to a live performance by The Strokes, Krystal tries to get backstage, telling the guard, "I'm with Rolling Stone magazine." But their manager doesn't care and Krystal walks away without an interview.
Russell tries squeezing information out of Rufus Wainnwright's manager. She's not willing to tell him much about what will be on Rufus' new album, but she does reveal that he will perform one new song.
Tension begins to build in the group when Russell and Krishtine both go after a Tech N9ne story. "It was my story," Krishtine says later, but Russell tells her, "You can do stories that are not hip-hop stories. You're a music journalist. You can do stories about bands you don't like."
Later, Big Krizz Kaliko calls Krishtine onstage, as they have common acquaintances "back home in the Bay." The crowd goes wild when the large rapper stands over the petite Krishtine and sings, "Can I suck your tongue?"
The next day, Australian native Peter speaks with Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic about the band's performance down under. Later, he bobs his head to a Wolfmother performance, then interviews singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale.
Krishtine stresses out when she can't land an interview with Kanye West through his manager, but when she meets his DJ, A-Trak, she pleads her case. That night, while Russell, Peter, Colin and Krystal sing along to a Roger Waters performance, Krishtine sits alone under the dark sky repeating, "No Kanye, no Kanye," after hitting another brick wall.
On the festival's final day, Krishtine, the only writer without a story, goes on a hunt for hip-hop or Cuban bands.
Talking to Russell, members of George Clinton's band, Parliament/Funkadelic, say, "California rap music would not exist without George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic." Clinton "started this whole musical movement in the '70s," Tika explains to Peter, "and it was like soul music and rock and all these like, synthesizers and lots of acid." They get a taste of the music close up when they are invited to onstage to dance to Clinton's performance of "Atomic Dog."
Come Monday morning, the writers are back in New York and handing in their articles, except for Krishtine, who did not get a story. Krystal's mentor, associate editor Jonatha Ringen, is surprised to hear that they danced onstage with George Clinton, but she didn't write about it. From Colin's lost notes, to Russell's use of the non-descriptive word "amazing," the editors are disappointed with their results.
Joe Levy tells editor Alex Mar that they "started at the top and have been working their way to the bottom." She says the young writers are not used to writing quotes and chalks it up to a lack of experience. Joe also says that they didn't work well as a team.
Tika, who is used to getting praise for her writing, tells the group that the editors were not happy with their work and wants them to step it up. Krystal defends the scribes, stating that they're new. But Tika says it makes those who are ambitious look bad.