Go Inside Rolling Stone's Cover Contest Photo Shoot

Entertainment Apr. 1, 2011 AT 3:42PM

Ever wonder what it takes to make the cover of Rolling Stone?

Eight unsigned bands are vying for a chance to cover the legendary music mag's August 18 issue and UsMagazine.com has a sneak peek of one of their recent photo shoot sessions.

Photographed at the famed Milk Studios in New York City, the contestants in Rolling Stone's Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star? contest reveal their ultimate style inspirations in a series of new clips. (Watch above)

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At RollingStone.com, you can check out their sounds and cast a ballot for your fave.

"Since its inception, part of Rolling Stone's central mission has been discovering and featuring new music," the magazine's founder, Jann Wenner, said. "This competition shines a light on the country's top unsigned bands and gives them a chance to grace the cover of the magazine that has launched the careers of some of the most well-known artists in rock history."

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Voting for the top four is open until April 14.

The contest culminates in June with the final two acts rocking out in a battle of the bands at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The winner will be announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and receive a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

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