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The writers and editors of Rolling Stone take you inside the biggest stories in music. Featuring interviews with our favorite artists; what's playing in the office; expert insight on the week's biggest music news; and much more.

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2018: The Year in Pop
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From Ariana Grande’s chart domination to Taylor Swift’s monster tour and much more, a deep look at a weird year in pop with Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt
Dec 10, 2018
2018: The Year in Hip-Hop
2499
Inside the artists and trends that defined the year’s dominant genre, with Brendan Klinkenberg, Charles Holmes and host Brian Hiatt 
Dec 04, 2018
Elvis Costello: The Rolling Stone Interview
2623
Costello sits down with host Brian Hiatt for a career-spanning chat, from his debut album to his just-released latest with the Imposters, <em>Look Now</em>
Nov 26, 2018
Rediscovering the Beatles' 'White Album'
2515
Rob Sheffield and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to dig into the highs and lows of the Beatles' massive new 'White Album' reissue
Nov 20, 2018
The 98 Best Songs of 1998
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From Harvey Danger to Fatboy Slim to Aaliyah, Rob Sheffield breaks down his list of 1998's greatest with host Brian Hiatt
Nov 12, 2018
'Bohemian Rhapsody' – and Why Even Flawed Music Biopics Rule
2255
We (lovingly) roast Queen's smash-hit biopic, and break down its factual inaccuracies – host Brian Hiatt is joined by Brittany Spanos, David Fear and Andy Greene
Nov 06, 2018
The Making of Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'
2132
How Dylan went to Nashville to make one of the greatest albums ever – Daryl Sanders, author of a new book on the album, and guitarist Wayne Moss join host Brian Hiatt
Oct 30, 2018
Johnny Marr: The Rolling Stone Interview
2322
From the Smiths' break-up to his excellent new solo album and everything in between, Marr sits down for a career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt
Oct 23, 2018
What's Up With Kanye's MAGA Adventure?
2191
Taylor Swift made an eloquent political statement; Kanye West says his red hat gives him superpowers. We dig deep into Kanye's Oval Office visit, as well as Taylor's own political move, with host Brian Hiatt joined by Tessa Stuart, Brittany Spanos and Simon Vozick-Levinson
Oct 15, 2018
"A Star Is Born": Inside Lady Gaga's Triumph
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Brittany Spanos and David Fear join host Brian Hiatt for an obsessive discussion of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's instant classic (is it anti-pop?)&nbsp; – and the long, campy lineage of "A Star Is Born"
Oct 10, 2018
Phil Collins on the Weirdest Moments of His Career – and His New Tour
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Collins talks to Andy Greene about playing with Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel and more, and previews his U.S. tour
Oct 02, 2018
Paul Stanley Explains Why Kiss Is Saying Farewell
2649
The Starchild himself joins host Brian Hiatt to break down Kiss' impending retirement, his relationship with Gene Simmons and much more; plus, Andy Greene takes on the larger trend of rockers leaving the road
Sep 24, 2018
The Life and Music of Mac Miller
2493
We look back at the far-too-short career of Mac Miller, who died at the age of 26 on September 7th, with Brendan Klinkenberg and Brittany Spanos joining host Brian Hiatt, who also plays some of his 2016 interview with the rapper
Sep 18, 2018
Britney's "...Baby One More Time" At 20!
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Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt go deep on how a teenage Britney Spears changed the face of pop
Sep 11, 2018
Ice Cube on the Secret History of N.W.A.
2410
In a revealing 2015 interview with host Brian Hiatt, Ice Cube dug into the earliest days of N.W.A. – and gangsta rap itself – while also explaining exactly why he left the group
Aug 28, 2018
The Life and Music of Aretha Franklin (Plus, Aretha on Her Favorite Songs)
2357
Biographer David Ritz joins host Brian Hiatt, David Browne and Patrick Doyle to talk about the formative influences behind Franklin's music, and we play Doyle's emotional 2014 interview with her, where Franklin goes through decades of her favorite music.
Aug 20, 2018
Best Songs of the 21st Century (Pt. 1, feat. Patrick Carney and Amerie)
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The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Amerie join host Brian Hiatt (along with Brittany Spanos and Simon Vozick-Levinson) to talk about “Tighten Up” and “1 Thing” – their entries on Rolling Stone’s list of the 21st century’s best songs
Aug 14, 2018
Roger Daltrey on the Legend of the Who
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The Who's frontman talks with Andy Greene – plus, Andy joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the band's legacy
Aug 06, 2018
50 Years of the MC5's Rock Revolution: Wayne Kramer Looks Back
2240
Soon after the MC5 changed rock forever, guitarist Wayne Kramer was in prison. Kramer, author of a new autobiography, joins host Brian Hiatt to look back on one of rock's wildest lives
Jul 30, 2018
Interpol frontman Paul Banks: The Rolling Stone Interview
2636
As Interpol prepare to release their strong new album, Marauder, frontman Paul Banks joins host Brian Hiatt for a look back on their entire career
Jul 24, 2018
What is 2018’s Song of the Summer?
2524
From Drake to Kacey Musgraves, we evaluate the candidates for the defining song of summer 2018. Rolling Stone’s Sarah Grant, Brendan Klinkenberg and Simon-Vozick-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt to discuss
Jul 17, 2018
The Life and Music of Paul Simon
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From battles with Art Garfunkel to the Graceland controversies, Paul Simon's biographer, Robert Hilburn, takes host Brian Hiatt inside the surprisingly dramatic artistic journey of a great American singer/songwriter
Jul 02, 2018
Inside 2018's Best Albums, So Far
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Take a guided tour of Rolling Stone's list of the 50 best albums of 2018, so far, with staffers Sarah Grant, Simon Vozick-Levinson and Chris Weingarten, plus host Brian Hiatt
Jun 26, 2018
Bowie, "2001" and The Secret History of Sci-Fi Rock
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Author Jason Heller breaks down his the new book "Strange Stars," which traces the weird, fascinating synergy between classic rock and science fiction, with host Brian Hiat
Jun 19, 2018
Drake vs. Pusha-T and The Greatest Hip-Hop Beefs of All Time
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Brendan Klinkenberg, Simon Vozick-Levinson, Chris Weingarten and host Brian Hiatt break down the Drake vs. Pusha-T battle , and trace the rich history of rap beefs
Jun 12, 2018
How Camilla Cabello Conquered Pop
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Brittany Spanos, Joe Levy and Alex Morris – who wrote Rolling Stone's new Camilla Cabello cover story – join host Brian Hiatt to go deep on the pop star's rise
Jun 04, 2018
Secrets of Def Leppard's Hits
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As Def Leppard hit the road with Journey, frontman Joe Elliott breaks down the making of their greatest hits, their unlikely hip-hop influences, working with a young Taylor Swift and much more with host Brian Hiatt
May 30, 2018
Confessions of A Frontman: Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody on His Hard-Fought Return
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Why did it take seven years between Snow Patrol albums? Frontman Gary Lightbody tells host Brian Hiatt about overcoming depression and a drinking problem to make some of his best music
May 22, 2018
Questlove's Secrets of Musical Creation
2335
The Roots' Questlove, author of the new book Creative Quest, breaks down a dazzling list of musical influences, from Michael Jackson to Meg White, in a wide-ranging interview with host Brian Hiatt
May 14, 2018
The Long Life and Slow Death of "Classic Rock"
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What exactly is "classic rock"? And are we in its last days? Steven Hyden, author of "Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock," weighs in on the legends of the Doors, Led Zeppelin and more with host Brian Hiatt
May 08, 2018
A Conversation with Fleetwood Mac
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Where did Lindsey Buckingham go? As they prep for a new tour, the members of Fleetwood Mac (including new additions Mike Campbell and Neil Finn) explain it all to Andy Greene
May 01, 2018
Beyoncé at Coachella: The Ultimate Play-by-Play
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Suzy Exposito, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to analyze the highlights of Beychella
Apr 23, 2018
Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss: Desmond Child Tells the Stories Behind the Hits
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As Bon Jovi enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, legendary songwriter Desmond Child tells host Brian Hiatt about co-writing their hits – plus tales of Aerosmith, Kiss, Ricky Martin and more
Apr 17, 2018
The Genius of Nina Simone, Remembered by Her Brother
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As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prepares to induct Nina Simone, her brother Sam Waymon joins host Brian Hiatt and David Browne to share intimate memories of his genius sister
Apr 09, 2018
The Death of Downloads and CDs; Artist to Watch: Soccer Mommy
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Steve Knopper joins host Brian Hiatt to trace streaming's conquest of music sales back to Napster; Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy explains the influences behind her great new album
Apr 03, 2018
Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls: The Rolling Stone Q+A
2573
The bassist for England's loudest band sits down with host Brian Hiatt to discuss exploding drummers, his new solo LP, Spinal Tap's break-up, Brexit, Satan's toupee, erectile dysfunction and much more
Mar 26, 2018
Craig Mack's Life and Career – and Jack White's new LP
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We go deep on the life of Bad Boy Records legend Craig Mack – as well as Jack White's new album and Rolling Stone cover story. Host Brian Hiatt, who wrote the White story, is joined by Christian Hoard, Chris Weingarten and Jon Dolan to discuss.
Mar 20, 2018
The Making of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks – and 1968's Secret History
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Author Ryan H. Walsh discusses his new book, Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, with host Brian Hiatt – and musician John Payne shares stories from the making of the LP
Mar 13, 2018
Kelly Clarkson: The Rolling Stone Q+A
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Clarkson joins host Brian Hiatt to talk about returning to TV with The Voice, her new album, her dramatic clashes with her old label, and much more
Mar 07, 2018
Julian Casablancas on his Voidz reinvention, the Strokes and the Looming Apocalypse
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Casablancas and his Voidz bandmates Beardo and Jake Bercovici join host Brian Hiatt for a deep conversation on their new album, the disappointments of modern pop, the dark state of the world and much more&nbsp;
Feb 26, 2018
Is the Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Really a Reunion?
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The Pumpkins just announced a major reunion tour – without bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. Host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene dig into how we got here, and whether fans will buy three-quarters of the classic line-up – while also going through the band's entire fraught history.
Feb 21, 2018
Why is Everyone Picking on Justin Timberlake?
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Timberlake just scored a number-one album in the face of a huge backlash. Host Brian Hiatt goes deep with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield on how Justin went from beloved pop icon to online punching bag.
Feb 13, 2018
Can the Grammys Be Saved?
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This year's Grammys ceremony made almost no one happy. Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to discuss its ups (Kesha, Kendrick) and downs (no Lorde performance?), the awards' oft-bizarre history (Natalie Cole!), and its possible future.&nbsp;
Feb 06, 2018
The Life and Music of Dolores O'Riordan
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Legendary video director Sam Bayer and Rolling Stone reporter David Browne join host Brian Hiatt to dive into the late star's story – and the making of the "Zombie" video. Plus, Bayer talks two of his other '90s classics: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "No Rain"
Jan 30, 2018
Franz Ferdinand: The Rolling Stone Interview
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Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy join host Brian Hiatt to go deep on their new album, <em>Always Ascending</em>. They also look back at their classic debut LP, review the new Justin Timberlake song and much more
Jan 23, 2018
Lana Del Rey vs. Radiohead (plus: one of Clarence Clemons' last interviews)
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Brittany Spanos and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to break down the history behind the Radiohead vs. Lana Del Rey battle; plus, to celebrate what would've been Clarence Clemons' 76th birthday, we play one of his final conversations
Jan 16, 2018
Can Greta Van Fleet Save Classic Rock?
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Host Brian Hiatt talks to Greta Van Fleet, the young Michigan buzz band who make songs that sound like unearthed Led Zeppelin outtakes. Plus: rock critic Steven Hyden explains why the band might have a shot at mainstream success
Jan 08, 2018
Bob Seger: The Rolling Stone Interview
2467
Seger talks to Andy Greene about his recent health scare, his new album, his rock n' roll legacy and more
Jan 02, 2018
What's Next for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
2430
Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, the Moody Blues' Justin Hayward and more talk about their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Andy Greene, while Greene and host Brian Hiatt discuss the future of the institution
Dec 26, 2017
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen: The Rolling Stone Interview
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In his first major interview since Walter Becker's death, Fagen talks about their decades-long partnership, Becker's final years and much more with host Brian Hiatt
Dec 19, 2017
The Best Songs of 2017
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Exploring the hits and shoulda-been hits of 2017 with Rob Sheffield, Sarah Grant, Chris Weingarten, Jon Dolan and host Brian Hiatt
Dec 12, 2017
The 50 Best Albums of 2017
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Inside our list of the year's best albums, from hitmakers like Lorde and Kendrick to discoveries like Open Mike Eagle. Brittany Spanos and Jon Dolan break down the list – and the year's music trends.
Dec 04, 2017
Scott Weiland: The Lost Interview
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An intense, never-before-heard 2007 conversation between the late singer and host Brian Hiatt about drugs, rock n’ roll and Weiland’s hopes for the future
Nov 27, 2017
Taylor Swift's "Reputation": The Ultimate Breakdown
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Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to go track-by-track on Taylor's just-released new album
Nov 20, 2017
Bowie's Last Years – and Nile Rodgers on Making "Let's Dance"
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As a new Bowie documentary looms, host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene look at the star's insanely productive final years – an in-depth chat with Nile Rodgers on making 1983's "Let's Dance."
Nov 14, 2017
The Mystery of Dylan’s Gospel Years
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Biographer Clinton Heylin, gospel singer Regina McCrary and drummer Jim Keltner join host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene to weigh in on Bob Dylan’s most mysterious era, as he releases the box set Trouble No More
Nov 06, 2017
The Untold Story of New Order and Joy Division
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Former New Order bassist Peter Hook (author of the new book <em>Substance: Inside New Order</em>) breaks down how Joy Division turned into New Order, remembers Ian Curtis, and much, much more in a hilarious, deep, career-spanning interview with host Brian Hiatt
Oct 30, 2017
Kurt, Janis, Amy: The Stories Behind the Photos
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Three legendary photographers – Baron Wolman, Mark Seliger and Max Vadukul – join Rolling Stone's creative director, Jodi Peckman, and host Brian Hiatt to share tales of creating some of the magazine's most famous images, from a drugged-out Amy Winehouse to a playfully rebellious Kurt Cobain
Oct 23, 2017
Inside Springsteen on Broadway
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Breaking down the hottest show on Broadway with host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene, who also explore Springsteen's extensive history as an solo acoustic performer and storyteller
Oct 16, 2017
Tom Petty: His Life and Music
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The late star speaks in unheard interview recordings – plus, Mike Campbell recalls the early days of the Heartbreakers and biographer Warren Zanes joins host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene to recall his time with Petty
Oct 10, 2017
The Secret Lives of Lou Reed
2558
Before Lou Reed changed rock history, he had to invent himself.&nbsp; Anthony DeCurtis, author of "Lou Reed: A Life," joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the life, music and decadent times of one of rock's most essential artists
Oct 03, 2017
The Case For Taylor Swift – And Every One of Her Songs, Ranked
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Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to break down Rob's ranked list of every single Taylor Swift song
Sep 25, 2017
Prophets of Rage: RATM + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill
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The supergroup explains to host Brian Hiatt how Rage Against the Machine merged with Public Enemy (Chuck D and DJ Lord) and Cypress Hill (B-Real) – and became a real band along the way.&nbsp;
Sep 18, 2017
The Genius of Steely Dan's Walter Becker
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Inside the complex life and brilliant music of the co-mastermind of one of rock's greatest and most singular bands.&nbsp; Longtime Steely Dan collaborator Eliot Scheiner calls in to discuss his time with Becker (and reveal the secret origin of "Haitian Divorce"); Hank Shteamer, David Browne and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to break down Becker's story.
Sep 11, 2017
Alice Cooper: The Rolling Stone Interview
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In a deep, hilarious, career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt, Cooper talks about breaking up his original band, touring with <a href="x-apple-data-detectors://2">Johnny Depp</a>, his friendship with <a href="x-apple-data-detectors://3">Glen Campbell</a>, and much more – plus, he reviews the new <a href="x-apple-data-detectors://4">Taylor Swift</a> single.
Sep 05, 2017
Sammy Hagar's Life Lessons
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The singer shares 69 years worth of rock n' roll wisdom with Andy Greene&nbsp; – plus his thoughts on a reunion with Van Halen
Aug 28, 2017
The National Break Down Their Great New Album
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The National's Matt Berninger and Bryan Devendorf join host Brian Hiatt to go deep on the making of their new album, <em>Sleep Well Beast. </em>They explain how weed, Donald Trump, Karl Rove inspired some of the songs, and&nbsp; why "rock n' roll in general is on its way out."
Aug 21, 2017
The Story of the Strokes – and NYC Rock's Most Decadent '00s Moments
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Did the 2000s NYC rock scene change the world, or fizzle out? Or both? Lizzy Goodman, author of new oral history Meet Me in the Bathroom, joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss.&nbsp;
Aug 14, 2017
Liam Gallagher: Confessions of a Frontman
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The former Oasis singer joins host Brian Hiatt to talk about his new solo LP, his relationship with Noel, the possible future of his band and much more. Plus: Andy Greene gives the odds on rock reunions
Aug 07, 2017
The Life and Music of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
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Hybrid Theory producer Don Gilmore and Machine Gun Kelly pay tribute to the late singer, and Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos and Kory Grow join host Brian Hiatt in the studio
Jul 31, 2017
Iggy Pop: Why I'm Done With Rock Albums
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Iggy tells Rolling Stone's Kory Grow about making the new documentary American Valhalla, his album Post-Pop Depression and the mysteries of his musical future
Jul 24, 2017
Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic: Dan Wilson on a songwriting life
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Semisonic's Dan Wilson spills secrets of writing hits for Adele, Taylor and the Dixie Chicks – and explains how he got there from "Closing Time"
Jul 17, 2017
Radiohead: The Making of OK Computer
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How Thom Yorke and his bandmates channeled millennial angst, a haunted castle and the agonies of touring into the final masterpiece of the alt-rock era: Rolling Stone's Andy Greene joins host Brian Hiatt to talk about his cover-story interviews with the band &nbsp;
Jul 10, 2017
The Wildest Van Halen Stories Ever Told
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From throwing guacamole at Steve Perry to dissing Michael Anthony, former Van Halen manager Noel Monk (author of the new tell-all Runnin' With the Devil) tells host Brian Hiatt about some of the band's most outrageous (alleged) behavior&nbsp;
Jul 03, 2017
The Greatest Metal Albums of All Time, with Rob Halford
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Judas Priest's Rob Halford joins Kory Grow, Hank Shteamer and host Brian Hiatt to discuss Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest metal albums of all time
Jun 27, 2017
The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)
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From Kendrick Lamar to Father John Misty to Lorde, host Brian Hiatt is joined by Jon Dolan, Brittany Spanos and Will Hermes to&nbsp; break down this year's must-listen albums
Jun 19, 2017
Dan Auerbach on His New Solo LP and the Black Keys' Future (Plus: Remembering Gregg Allman)
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Dan Auerbach breaks down his wildly different new album, <em>Waiting On A Song</em>, looks back at The Big Come Up's 15th anniversary and more.&nbsp; Plus, Rolling Stone's Mark Binelli remembers his time with Gregg Allman.&nbsp;
Jun 13, 2017
"Sgt. Peppers" at 50! (With an all-star panel: David Crosby, Micky Dolenz and Rick Nielsen)
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, David Crosby and the Monkees' Micky Dolenz (who both visited the Beatles during sessions for the LP), along with Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, join host Brian Hiatt and Rolling Stone's Andy Greene and Rob Sheffield to go deep on the album that changed the world
Jun 06, 2017
Steve Van Zandt Tells All
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From his LSD experiments to his days as Bruce Springsteen's roommate to the origins of his <em>Sopranos</em> career and his great new solo album,<em>Soulfire</em>, Little Steven gets real in a live-in-the-studio chat with Andy Greene and host Brian Hiatt
May 31, 2017
The Life and Music of Chris Cornell
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We remember the late Chris Cornell, and play audio from Cornell's in-depth, revealing Rolling Stone interviews with Kory Grow and Andy Greene.
May 22, 2017
The Secret History of the Beatles, with Rob Sheffield
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Rob Sheffield, author of the new book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World, joins host Brian Hiatt and Brittany Spanos to explain why the Fab Four will be relevant forever
May 15, 2017
John Lennon: Hear Jann Wenner's Legendary 1970 Interview
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In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon in New York City as the ex-Beatle prepared to release his solo debut. It became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, thanks to Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' then-recent breakup and much, much more. This is part one of the audio, presented in celebration of Rolling Stone's 50th anniversary.
May 10, 2017
Sheryl Crow: My Life in Music
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Sheryl Crow guides host Brian Hiatt through the winding road of her career, explains why she thinks grunge killed rock n' roll and tells the story of how she made her new album during school hours
May 02, 2017
"Almost Famous 2": Cameron Crowe on his Harry Styles Cover Story
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Crowe, the Rolling Stone legend turned filmmaker, talks with current RS staffers – host Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard and Brittany Spanos –&nbsp; about hanging with Harry, the art of the profile, Prince and his showbiz future
Apr 24, 2017
Album Flashback: The Making of Dylan's Empire Burlesque
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As <a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1">Bob Dylan</a> continues his latest unexpected career turn with his standards LP Triplicate, Empire Burlesque producer Arthur Baker joins host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene for an in-depth chat about the making of Dylan's most ultra-'80s album.
Apr 17, 2017
The Wildest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments
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As Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and others get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, host Brian HIatt and senior writer Andy Greene take a comprehensive look back at some of the greatest – and craziest – moments in past ceremonies, from Mike Love's fury to Prince's legendary guitar solo.
Apr 10, 2017
Halsey Explains It All: Inside Her New Album and Much More
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In her first interview about June 2nd's hopeless fountain kingdom, she goes in-depth on the creation of the album, its elaborate concept and the real-life heartbreak behind the song. She also talks with host Brian Hiatt about the making of her smash-hit Chainsmokers collaboration "Closer," her reaction to newfound fame and more.
Apr 04, 2017
The Life and Music of Chuck Berry
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How Chuck Berry helped invent rock n' roll, and changed America forever: Berry biographer Bruce Pegg joins host Brian Hiatt&nbsp; – and Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos, Patrick Doyle and Andy Greene – for a revealing discussion.
Mar 27, 2017
Wayne Coyne on Acid, Miley, Mid-Life Crises and More
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The Flaming Lips frontman goes deep on his musical and personal evolution over a 30-year-plus rock career, in an ultra-honest interview with host Brian Hiatt
Mar 20, 2017
Why Fans Love Ed Sheeran (And Some Critics Don't)
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Behind the scenes of Ed Sheeran 's new Rolling Stone cover story – and inside the critical debate over his music. Patrick Doyle, who wrote the story, joins host Brian Hiatt and staff writer Brittany Spanos.
Mar 13, 2017
U2's Pop Turns 20: Great Acts In Artistic Confusion
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It's the 20th anniversary of U2's Pop – and the 25th of Bruce Springsteen's Human Touch and Lucky Town. What happens when great artists hit moments of artistic confusion? Host Brian Hiatt is joined by Rolling Stone senior writer Andy Greene for an-depth discussion.&nbsp;
Mar 07, 2017
Lenny Kravitz Looks Back
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Can love still rule in the age of Trump? Lenny Kravitz ponders that, and many other questions, from the origins of his style to his views on hip-hop, in a deep, career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt
Feb 27, 2017
Confessions of a Backstreet Boy: A.J. McLean Tells All
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A.J. McLean talks about the pressure of living up to his bad-boy rep, his fight for sobriety, Lou Pearlman's death, why he thinks the Grammys were right to pick Adele and much more as the Backstreet Boys prepare for a Vegas residency
Feb 21, 2017
Is Rock Dead? An Intense Debate
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Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos, Andy Greene and Steven Hyden join host Brian Hiatt for an-in-depth debate: Is the heart of rock and roll still beating?
Feb 13, 2017
Grammy Confidential: Behind the Scenes With the Show's Producers
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From private Prince concerts to arguing with Frank Ocean, longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehlrich and writer David Wild tell all
Feb 07, 2017
Go inside Paris Jackson's Blockbuster Rolling Stone Interview – how Michael Jackson's daughter got the world talking
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Host Brian Hiatt discusses the making of his Paris Jackson cover story with Brittany Spanos and Andy Greene, and they take a fresh look back at Michael Jackson's complex history
Jan 31, 2017
The Edge on U2's Joshua Tree Tour
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The Edge tells senior writer Andy Greene how the current political climate led U2 back to the Joshua Tree, how the shows will work and what U2's future looks like
Jan 23, 2017
Inside the E Street Band, with Jake Clemons
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What's it like for Bruce Springsteen to be your actual boss? Jake Clemons shares the unlikely story of his journey from fan to member of E Street Band – and goes inside his debut album as a singer/songwriter, Fear &amp; Love
Jan 17, 2017
Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017
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&nbsp;Senior writer Andy Greene interviews some of the Rock and Roll of Fame's 2017 class –&nbsp; Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Yes frontman Jon Anderson, original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen – and debates the future of the institution with host Brian Hiatt
Jan 09, 2017
Tom Petty on his 2017 tour and his future
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As he preps for a 2017 tour with the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty chats with senior writer Andy Greene about what still drives him, his plans for an expanded version of Wildflowers and much more&nbsp;
Jan 02, 2017
Sebastian Bach's Most Insane '80s Metal Stories
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Sebastian Bach shares some of the wildest tales from his new book, from a night on Sunset Strip with Axl and David Lee Roth to waking up in the middle of surgery.&nbsp;
Dec 26, 2016
Inside "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" – with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. (Plus: Why are Kanye and Trump hanging out?)
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How is making a "Star Wars" movie like recording a pop-rock song? Host Brian Hiatt and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy go deep on "Rogue One," and the saga's unlikely influence on musicians. Plus: Andy Greene and Brittany Spanos join the show to discuss what Trump has in common with Kanye – and wonder just who's going to perform at January's inauguration.
Dec 19, 2016
Neil Young on his new album, Trump, Pono and more
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Neil Young discusses the future of Crazy Horse, the possibility of a Pono streaming service and his skeptical views on technology
Dec 12, 2016
The 25 Best Albums of 2016
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Inside our list of 2016's best albums, from Beyoncé to Paul Simon to Green Day, from Young Thug to Rihanna. Brittany Spanos and Jon Dolan break down the list and discuss the year's musical trends with host Brian Hiatt.
Dec 05, 2016
Alicia Keys on sex, love and her new album – plus "Hamilton" vs. Pence and more
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Alicia Keys talks about making her raw, political new album Here, and reflects on the 15th anniversary of her debut, Songs in A Minor.&nbsp; Plus: Host Brian Hiatt and associate editor Andy Greene debate the "Hamilton" cast's confrontation with VP-elect Mike Pence, and discuss Kanye West's tour cancellation and hospitalization.&nbsp;
Nov 28, 2016
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their new album, their future and much more
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An in-depth conversation with the Rolling Stones about returning to the blues, the state of rock, their renewed partnership and more.
Nov 21, 2016
The Life and Music of Leonard Cohen
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He was a poet, a singer/songwriter, a monk, a septuagenarian arena headliner and much more: We tell the amazing life story of Leonard Cohen. Also: How will music change in the face of a Trump presidency?
Nov 14, 2016
Tegan and Sara on Springsteen, Taylor Swift and more. Plus: Senator Tim Kaine goes deep on his fave music!
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Tegan and Sara join us live to discuss their turn to pop, their future musical plans, and much more.&nbsp; And in an exclusive interview, Senator Tim Kaine talks about the Replacements and his other favorite bands.&nbsp;
Nov 07, 2016
The Music of 'Luke Cage' (Plus: Inside A Tribe Called Quest’s New Album)
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We trace the roots of the astonishing music for Netflix’s 'Luke Cage' in an in-depth chat with its production super-team: Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Also: Muhammad shares details on Tribe’s final album
Oct 31, 2016
Artists Against Trump
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What's it like to write songs about Donald Trump? In our first live episode, Matt Berninger, Corin Tucker and Dave Eggers discuss the “30 Days 30 Songs” project, and ponder the impact of political music. Also: For Chuck Berry’s 90th birthday, Neil Strauss looks back on his wild Berry interviews.&nbsp;
Oct 24, 2016
Does Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize?
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Oct 17, 2016
Bruce Springsteen on Youth, Manhood and his Touring Future
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Greetings from Colt’s Neck, New Jersey! In this exclusive audio from his Rolling Stone interview with Brian Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen goes deep into his childhood, masculinity, his creative process and why does those four hour shows.
Oct 11, 2016
Fred Armisen on “Stop Making Sense,” Prince and Mac & Cheese
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“Portlandia” and “Documentary Now” star Fred Armisen is the hardest working man in comedy, but he still thinks of himself as a musician. In this episode, he talks about spoofing the Talking Heads, meeting Prince, working with Billie Joe Armstrong and much more. Plus: the latest from pop-punk pioneers the Descendents
Oct 03, 2016
David Crosby Has Regrets
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The Crosby Stills Nash &amp; Young singer shares some hard-won life lessons – on everything from prison to the music biz – with Rolling Stone associate editor Andy Greene; plus: new music from the Weeknd
Sep 26, 2016
Sting Puts Down the Lute! Police Frontman Talks About His Return to Rock
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Sting’s “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” is the closest thing he’s made to a new Police song in decades. He talks to Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle about his upcoming album,&nbsp;<em>57th &amp; 9th</em>&nbsp;– as well as Prince, climate change deniers, and why he’s always working it. Plus: first thoughts on the new Lady Gaga single, “Perfect Illusion."
Sep 19, 2016
21 Pilots’ Surprising Lift-Off: At Home with 2016’s Biggest Band
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How did two guys who grew up in strict evangelical households become the biggest breakout pop success of 2016? Rolling Stone's Andy Greene got the full story from frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dunn in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Plus: New music from Francis and the Lights, the singer/songwriter/producer who has inspired everyone from Drake to Bon Iver.
Sep 12, 2016
Apple Vs. Spotify: Who’s Winning the Streaming Wars? (And Are Fans Losing?)
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There is a battle at the heart of the music business for high stakes exclusives – with Frank Ocean’s “Blond” being the most recent example. But is this good for music fans? Plus: Walkmen lead singer Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam of Vampire Weekend gang up, and Carly Rae Jepsen grows up.&nbsp;
Sep 06, 2016
Lars Ulrich on Metallica's New Groove; Frank Ocean
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The world’s biggest metal band is now basically a DIY operation. The ever-voluble Lars Ulrich talks about what that’s like – and how it helped them record their upcoming double album, “Hardwired… To Self Destruct,” which emerged from an iPod of 1600 loose jams. Plus: a deep dive into Frank Ocean’s long-awaited album “Blonde."
Aug 29, 2016
Billie Joe Armstrong Breaks Down Green Day's Politically-Charged New Album
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e Green Day frontman reveals how his impromptu march in a New York Black Lives Matter protest inspired him to write the title track to Revolution Radio, why he thinks that group's 2012's trilogy was a misguided project, how two cancer diagnoses shook the band's world and why he's psyched to get back on the road after the longest break of his career.&nbsp;
Aug 23, 2016
Paul Isn’t Dead: Rock’s Greatest Urban Legends
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From “Paul is Dead” to the harrowing supposed story behind Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight” to Jay-Z joining the Illuminati, wild rumors about rock stars have been around as long as there have been fans to repeat them. We take apart the biggest doozies, and look at how the Internet age has both helped debunk and spread many of rock’s greatest urban myths. Plus: new music from Father John Misty and Chance the Rapper pal Noname
Aug 15, 2016
The Story of Grunge's Lost Supergroup: Temple of the Dog Returns
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Before Pearl Jam existed and Nirvana broke big, there was Temple of the Dog: a one-off&nbsp; album featuring Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and an unknown guy named Eddie Vedder. In this episode, Cornell, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready tell the story of grunge's lost supergroup - and why they decided to finally reunite this fall for their first-ever tour.
Aug 08, 2016
Keith Richards on His First Guitar Hero; plus: Best Shows of the Summer
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Keith Richards spoke to us about his idol, Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore, who died in June. Plus: Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle, Andy Greene, Annie Licata and Nathan Brackett talk about their favorite shows of the summer so far.&nbsp;
Aug 01, 2016
When Great Artists Make Terrible Songs
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You can blame bad Eighties production or a certain white powder, but even the giants of rock and pop sometimes hit a bad note; we delve into the most ridiculously entertaining examples, from musical heroes like Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and more. Plus: new music from Wilco and the Paranoid Style.
Jul 26, 2016
Florence Welch on What Makes Her Machine Tick
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One of rock’s great leadwomen talks about her musical influences, her rules for living – or lack thereof – and much more. Plus: Jenny Lewis’s killer New Wave side project, Nice as F**k.
Jul 19, 2016
Noel Gallagher’s Life Lessons
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The Oasis frontman talks to Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene about the rules he lives by, his most embarrassing rock star purchase, the music that moves him the most, and much more. Plus: new music from singer-songwriter Angel Olsen
Jul 11, 2016
Neil Young’s New Groove; Blood Orange
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Neil Young has a new band with the kids of an old buddy (Willie Nelson), and he’s having the most fun he’s had in years; he talks about his new groove with Rolling Stone associate editor Patrick Doyle; plus, Doyle, Andy Greene and Nathan Brackett break down Neil’s wild, woolly last few decades. Also: producer Dev Hynes’ new Blood Orange album,&nbsp;<em>Freetown Sound</em>.
Jul 05, 2016
Concert Security: Can Anything Be Done? + Rob Sheffield’s New David Bowie Book
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How has the music world reacted to the Orlando mass shooting, the murder of Christina Grimmie, and the recent fatal shooting at a T.I. concert in New York? Is there anything that can be done to make shows safer? Rolling Stone writer Steve Knopper speaks to host Nathan Brackett about the steps that the live industry has – and hasn’t – taken. Plus: Contributing editor Rob Sheffield talks about his great new book, “On Bowie,” and some of his favorite David Bowie moments.<br>
Jun 27, 2016
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea on their New LP; Plus: Mitski, Terrible Band Names
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Chili Peppers bassist Flea talks about his recent high-speed crash – and why the band are excited about their new phase without producer Rick Rubin. Plus: Country hope Brandy Clark, indie rocker Mitski, and bands that started out with terrible names.&nbsp;
Jun 21, 2016
Classic Albums We Trashed
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In this episode, we swallow our pride and take a hard look at underwhelming – and sometimes downright mean –Rolling Stone reviews of albums that are now acknowledged classic, from Led Zeppelin I to Weezer's "Pinkerton." Also: new music from Beck, and publicity stunts gone wrong.
Jun 13, 2016
From “Spinal Tap” to “Popstar”: Best Rock Mockumentaries
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Rolling Stone’s David Fear, Rob Sheffield and Nathan Brackett delve into Lonely Island’s new Justin Bieber send-up, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and ask the bigger question: Why are the best movies about music so often mockumentaries? Plus: New music from Car Seat Headrest, Joey Purp and Hotelier; and readers weigh in on Phish
Jun 10, 2016
Meet and Greet for Dollars: Craziest Concert VIP Packages
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How much would you pay for a photo with Drake? Okay, now what if he throws in a goodie bag with a special “6 God” air freshener? Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene, Jason Newman and Nathan Brackett take a tour of the most deluxe – and often absurd – concert VIP packages available to superfans this summer, from Guns N’ Roses to Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. Plus: The Magnetic Zeros hippie-folk hangover, Ariana Grande, Macy Gray and Prince’s lost music.&nbsp;
May 31, 2016
Paul Simon on His New Album; Plus: The Triumph of Positive Hip-Hop
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Paul Simon is still restless after all these years, as he proves on his excellent new album “Stranger to Stranger”; he recently spoke to Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene about his adventurous recording process, why it’s not always easy being Paul Simon – and why he won’t being touring with Art Garfunkel anytime soon. Plus: editors Nathan Brackett and Brittany Spanos go deep into the new album from feel-good Chicago MC Chance the Rapper.
May 23, 2016
Inside Radiohead’s Return; Plus: The Myth of Rock’s Original Wild Man
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Radiohead have been one of rock’s most exciting bands for decades, but many fans had mixed feelings about 2011’s&nbsp;<em>The King of Limbs</em>. Is their first album in five years<em>&nbsp;</em>a return to form? Rolling Stone’s Nathan Brackett, Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene go deep on the gorgeous&nbsp;<em>A Moon Shaped Pool.&nbsp;</em>Plus: Author Mark Binelli goes deep into the myth and reality of a singular Fifties rocker with his new book “Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits”; and readers respond to the new Blink-182.
May 17, 2016
Inside Music Taste: Why Do You Really Like That Record? Plus: Beyonce, Drake, Pearl Jam
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Why do you like what you like? And what does that mean? Rolling Stone executive editor Nathan Brackett sits down with Tom Vanderbilt, author of “You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice” (Knopf) to talk about the real roots of music taste, why people stop finding new bands at age 23, whether Pink Floyd appeals more to Republicans or Democrats, and much more. Plus: Inside the new Beyonce and Drake albums, and readers respond to Pearl Jam’s new tour.
May 10, 2016
Music & Activism: When Do They Go Together?; Plus: D.R.A.M., Cate Le Bon
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Many pop stars and rockers have causes - but when are they really able to make a difference, and when should they keep their mouth shut? Rolling Stone music and politics editors run down the most successful examples of pop activism, from the No Nukes concert in 1978 to Bruce Springsteen's North Carolina boycott. Plus: new music from D.R.A.M., Cate Le Bon and Pity Sex
May 02, 2016
The Power and Glory of Prince; plus: A Lost Day at Paisley Park
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In this special all-Prince episode, writer Brian Hiatt remembers his 2014 daylong visit with the Purple One at Paisley Park for an aborted Rolling Stone cover story, and contributing editors Rob Sheffield and Jon Dolan go deep into some of their favorite Prince songs.&nbsp;
Apr 25, 2016
Punk Rock’s Greatest Albums; Plus: Schoolboy Q, Paul Simon
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Punk’s not dead! For the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ first album, we took a crack at naming the greatest punk rock albums of all time, from “Never Mind the Bollocks” to Bikini Kill. In this episode, Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield, Jon Dolan, Nathan Brackett and Elisabeth Garber-Paul go deep into the moshpit. Plus: new music from Paul Simon, Schoolboy Q and rockers Whitney.&nbsp;
Apr 18, 2016
Merle Haggard’s Badass Life; Drake; Rock’s Best Drummers
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Inside the epic life and music of Merle Haggard, the only outlaw-country superstar who actually spent time in prison and rode the rails. Plus: new music from Drake; Charles Bradley’s soul explosion; California rockers Bleached; and readers talk back to our 100 Greatest Drummers list.
Apr 12, 2016
Iggy Pop’s Last Go-Round? Plus: The National; Sturgill Simpson
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Rolling Stone’s David Fricke talks about Iggy Pop’s new album with Josh Homme – and why it might be the Stooges great’s last. Plus: The National unleash their secret Grateful Dead obsession with an all-star album of covers; new music from Sturgill Simpson; and reader mail on our Weezer coverage.
Apr 04, 2016
When Lead Singers Get Replaced; Last Shadow Puppets; Zayn
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What happens when a big rock band loses its head, figuratively speaking? We look at the best and worst case scenarios, from AC/DC to Van Halen to Stone Temple Pilots. Also: new music from Arctic Monkey Alex Turner’s side project Last Shadow Puppets, Zayn and Australian indie rockers the Goon Sax. Plus: readers respond to the death of Phife of A Tribe Called Quest.
Mar 28, 2016
Inside the Guns N’ Roses Reunion; Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple; George Martin
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After decades of acrimony, Axl Rose and Slash are getting back together onstage. Can they pull off the rock reunion of the year? Associate editor Andy Greene and senior writer Brian Hiatt take a deep dive into the monster band’s ups and downs; plus: new music from Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple, Anohni and Big Thief; and what did Beatles producer George Martin actually do?
Mar 21, 2016
Bob Dylan’s Secret Stash; Kendrick Lamar’s Jazz Cats; Metallica
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Bob Dylan just dropped a magical treasure trove of music, film footage and other archives onto the world; RS editors Rob Sheffield and Andy Greene delve deep into the heart of this Dylanologists’ dream, and explain why you will have to go to Oklahoma to see it. Plus: Kendrick Lamar and the (possible) return of jazz; Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and more.
Mar 14, 2016
Does HBO's "Vinyl" Get Rock Right? Plus: Greatest Emo Albums; Car Seat Headrest
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HBO's new series "Vinyl" – produced by Martin Scorcese and Mick Jagger – aims to capture the wild energy of the music business in the 1970s. So what does it get right about rock and roll, and what does it gets wrong? Editors Rob Sheffield, Alex Morris and David Fear debate. Plus: we answer very emotional reader mail about our recent "Greatest Emo Albums" list, and contributors Suzy Exposito and Brittany Spanos attempt to answer, once and for all, the big question: What the hell is emo? Also: Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos talk about their favorite new songs from Car Seat Headrest, Parquet Courts and Mitski.
Mar 07, 2016
Rivers Cuomo on Weezer’s New Album; FKA Twigs; Elliott Smith
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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo talks about the unusual places he looked for inspiration for Weezer’s upcoming “White Album” – among them, the beach, and … Tinder! Plus: the fabulous FKA Twigs’ new song; lost Elliott Smith tracks; and shoegaze superstars DIIV. With Rolling Stone’s Nathan Brackett, Jon Dolan, Andy Greene, Annie Licata, Jason Newman and Brittany Spanos.
Mar 01, 2016
Kanye West; Courtney Barnett; Plus: A Lonely Defense of the Compact Disc
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A deep dive into Kanye West’s pained, fragmented new album “The Life of Pablo” with Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos, Simon Vozick-Levinson and Nathan Brackett. Plus: Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett makes ramen cool; and, in our first debate, writer David Browne mounts a passionate, lonely defense of the compact disc, as Brian Hiatt argues that it can’t get to history’s scrapheap soon enough.
Feb 22, 2016
Cameron Crowe on Glenn Frey of the Eagles; Beyoncé; Is the Gold Record Dead?
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"Almost Famous" director Crowe remembers his friend Glenn Frey, whom he met as a teenage correspondent covering the Eagles for Rolling Stone in the 1970s. Also: Does every gold record have an asterisk now? Inside the new rule changes which some insiders say are cheapening the music sales award. Plus: Beyoncé's "Formation"; New York rockers Sunflower Bean, a.k.a. "the coolest band in the world"; and new music from Chairlift.
Feb 16, 2016
Special Report! Bernie Sanders' Folk Album, Rubio's Rap Past and More
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Is Hillary Clinton really a Lana Del Rey fan? Is Chris Christie's favorite Springsteen album really "Magic"? And why does Ben Carson like "MacArthur Park" so much? Rolling Stone writers and critics delve deep into the presidential candidates' music tastes. Plus: New music from Rostam of Vampire Weekend; the real meaning of the Grammys; and much more.
Feb 08, 2016
David Bowie's Incredible Final Act; Rihanna
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After a decade of quiet, Bowie embarked on a remarkable comeback in his final years, even as he struggled with illness; the inside story, featuring an interview with Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti. Also: Beck, Mick Jagger and Nile Rodgers remember Bowie; Rihanna's "Anti" and the age of the surprise album; and reader mail.
Feb 01, 2016
Rolling Stone Music Now
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The writers and editors of Rolling Stone take you inside the biggest stories in music. Featuring interviews with our favorite artists; what's playing in the office; expert insight on the week's biggest music news; and much more.
Jan 25, 2016