Podcast

Rolling Stone Music Now

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.

Episodes

  • A Conversation with the Pixies

    Oct 16 2019

    The Pixies (Black Francis, Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Joey Santiago) sit down with Andy Greene to discuss their new album Beneath the Eyrie and their whole career

  • A Conversation with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

    Oct 09 2019

    Jeff Tweedy joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the making of Wilco's new album, 'Ode to Joy,' and much more

  • The Life and Music of the Cars' Ric Ocasek

    Oct 02 2019

     The quirky musical path of the Cars frontman, with host Brian Hiatt and David Browne. Plus: Remembering Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter

  • Taylor Swift's "Lover": The Ultimate Album Breakdown

    Sep 25 2019

    In the wake of Rolling Stone's cover story, host Brian Hiatt, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield go track by track on Swift's new album

  • The Life and Music of Linda Ronstadt

    Sep 17 2019

    Longtime manager Peter Asher joins host Brian Hiatt explains how Ronstadt became a '70s superstar; David Browne and Angie Martoccio tell the rest of her story 

  • An Intimate Look at Harry Styles' Life and Music

    Sep 10 2019

    Rob Sheffield, author of Rolling Stone's Harry Styles cover story, joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt to give an up-close look at one of the most singular stars in modern music

  • How Spoon Made Their Greatest Hits

    Aug 27 2019

    Spoon's Britt Daniel, Jim Eno and Alex Fischel tell the story of the band and the making of songs on their new best-of compilation

  • How Migos, Lil Baby and Atlanta Hip-Hop Conquered the World

    Aug 21 2019

    With their new compilation album out, Quality Control co-founders Coach K and Pee tell the story of their Atlanta label's underdog triumph, from Migos to Lil Baby to Lil Yachty and beyond

  • Woodstock at 50: The Untold Stories

    Aug 13 2019

    Country Joe McDonald and Santana's Michael Carabello join Andy Zax – producer of a comprehensive new box set – and host Brian Hiatt to look back at the original Woodstock

  • The Secret Origin of Sublime

    Aug 06 2019

    Founding bassist Eric Wilson digs into his early days with Bradley Nowell; plus, Rome Ramirez explains how he helped revive the band

  • Was There Anything Good About Woodstock '99?

    Jul 30 2019

    From Limp Bizkit and Korn to Bush and the Chemical Brothers, Rob Sheffield and host Brian Hiatt look back at their messy experiences at a disastrous festival

  • The Best Hip-Hop Songs and Albums of 2019 (So Far)

    Jul 23 2019

    Charles Holmes and Brendan Klinkenberg join host Brian Hiatt to discuss the moments defining 2019 hip-hop, from DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion to J. Cole and Lil Nas X

  • The Best Songs of 1999

    Jul 16 2019

    Rob Sheffield joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt to dip into his list of the 99 best songs of 1999, from Mandy Moore and ODB to the Chemical Brothers and Fiona Apple 

  • The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)

    Jul 02 2019

    Hear a breakdown of the year’s stand-out albums – Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos and Jon Dolan join host Brian Hiatt to discuss

  • Duff McKagan: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Jun 25 2019

    The Guns N' Roses co-founder discusses reuniting with Axl and Slash, his new solo album, his road to sobriety, the loss of Scott Weiland and much more with host Brian Hiatt

  • True Tales of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue

    Jun 18 2019

    Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and Rolling Thunder Revue producer Louie Kemp share memories of the legendary tour and discuss Martin Scorsese's fiction-spiked documentary with host Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene

  • Justin Townes Earle: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Jun 12 2019

    Songwriting secrets, addiction, the glories of Springsteen and much more in a wild conversation between Justin Townes Earle and host Brian Hiatt 

  • Jakob Dylan on His New Laurel Canyon Documentary and the Wallflowers' Hits

    Jun 04 2019

    Jakob Dylan and director Andy Slater discuss 'Echo in the Canyon' documentary and the making of the Wallflowers' hits with host Brian hiatt

  • A Conversation with Billy Joel

    May 29 2019

    Billy Joel talks with Rolling Stone's Andy Greene about turning 70, quitting songwriting, making The Stranger and much more

  • A Conversation with Stephen Malkmus

    May 21 2019

    The former Pavement frontman sits down with host Brian Hiatt to talk about his new album, '90s indie feuds, the possible future of Pavement and much more

  • How Apple's GarageBand Changed Music

    May 16 2019

    Rolling Stone music business reporter Amy X. Wang joins host Brian Hiatt to break down the story of GarageBand, and the history of home recording

  • The Zombies: The Rolling Stone Interview

    May 01 2019

    To celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll of Fame, the Zombies' Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone sit down with host Brian Hiatt for a frank, hilarious discussion of their entire career

  • How Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are reshaping music

    Apr 23 2019

    We take a deep look at two of 2019's biggest new stars – Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. Rob Sheffield, Charles Holmes and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt

  • The 50 Greatest Grunge Albums of All Time

    Apr 15 2019

    From L7 to Pearl Jam, inside Rolling Stone's list of the best grunge albums ever. Suzy Exposito, Angie Martoccio and Kory Grow join host Brian Hiatt to discuss

  • Hear Untold Tales of Bruce Springsteen and CSNY

    Apr 09 2019

    Host Brian Hiatt and David Browne tell stories from their acclaimed new books on the songs of Bruce Springsteen and the roller-coaster career of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (with assistance from Andy Greene)

  • Can Hollywood Save Rock? Inside the Biopic Boom

    Apr 04 2019

    Rock lives – but mostly at the movies. Andy Greene joins Brian Hiatt to discuss 'The Dirt,' 'Rocket Man,' and all the rock movies to come: Why is Hollywood investing so deeply in rock, and what does it bode for the future?

  • Rob Thomas: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Mar 31 2019

    Rob Thomas breaks down his new solo LP, the making of "Smooth," the glories of weed and much more in a career-spanning interview with host Brian Hiatt

  • Was Lil Peep Destined to Be The Next Kurt Cobain?

    Mar 20 2019

    Inside the short life, promising career and tragic death of Lil Peep, who could've been the voice of a generation, with David Peisner, Christian Hoard and host Brian Hiatt

  • Green River and the Birth of Grunge

    Mar 13 2019

    Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mark Arm go deep on the story of Seattle's Green River with Kory Grow

  • The Many Lives of Weezer

    Mar 07 2019

    The weird story of how Weezer became rock’s most unkillable band, as told by Steven Hyden and Andy Greene, with host Brian Hiatt 

  • The Life and Music of the Monkees’ Peter Tork

    Feb 25 2019

    We play unheard interviews with the late Peter Tork – while Rob Sheffield and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to make the case for the Monkees’ greatness

  • Best and Worst Moments of the 2019 Grammys

    Feb 18 2019

    Did the Grammys pull off a course correction this year? Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos break the show down with host Brian Hiatt

  • The Secret History of "Walk This Way"

    Feb 12 2019

    How Run-DMC and Aerosmith changed music: Geoff Edgers, author of a new book on the song's history, and producer Jack Douglas join host Brian Hiatt

  • The Best and Worst Super Bowl Performances of All Time

    Feb 10 2019

    From the glories of Prince, Beyonce and Bruce to the Who's flop, we praise and roast the whole history of Super Bowl performances – with Rob Sheffield, David Browne, Andy Greene and host Brian Hiatt

  • Gary Clark Jr.: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Jan 31 2019

    The guitar hero breaks down his whole career and his bold new album, This Land, in a definitive interview with Patrick Doyle

  • Fyre Festival and the Long, Wild History of Disastrous Music Fests

    Jan 28 2019

    From Fyre Festival to Altamont to Woodstock '99, we examine some of the most disastrous music fests of all time – and look forward to the 50th Woodstock anniversary – panelists Brittany Spanos, David Browne, Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt

  • Pete Townshend on the Past and Future of the Who

    Jan 22 2019

    Andy Greene sits down with Pete Townshend in his London home to discuss the Who's orchestral tour, surprise new album, why they can't play 'Tommy' anymore and many other topics

  • The Best Albums of 2018

    Jan 14 2019

    Inside our list of the year's best albums, from Nicki Minaj to Paul McCartney.  Brittany Spanos, Brendan Klinkenberg, Rob Sheffield and Simon Vozick-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt to break it all down

  • Life Lessons from Rod Stewart

    Dec 27 2018

    Rod Stewart shares some wisdom, musical and otherwise, in a career-spanning interview with Andy Greene

  • Will Radiohead Show Up? And Other Pressing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of '19 Questions

    Dec 17 2018

    Andy Greene and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman join host Brian Hiatt for a deep dive into one of the strongest Rock Hall of Fame classes in years. Plus: interviews with the Zombies' Colin Blunstone and former Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst

  • 2018: The Year in Pop

    Dec 10 2018

    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

  • 2018: The Year in Hip-Hop

    Dec 04 2018

    Inside the artists and trends that defined the year’s dominant genre, with Brendan Klinkenberg, Charles Holmes and host Brian Hiatt 

  • Elvis Costello: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Nov 26 2018

    Costello sits down with host Brian Hiatt for a career-spanning chat, from his debut album to his just-released latest with the Imposters, Look Now

  • Rediscovering the Beatles' 'White Album'

    Nov 20 2018

    Rob Sheffield and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to dig into the highs and lows of the Beatles' massive new 'White Album' reissue

  • The 98 Best Songs of 1998

    Nov 12 2018

    From Harvey Danger to Fatboy Slim to Aaliyah, Rob Sheffield breaks down his list of 1998's greatest with host Brian Hiatt

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsody' – and Why Even Flawed Music Biopics Rule

    Nov 06 2018

    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

  • The Making of Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'

    Oct 30 2018

    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

  • Johnny Marr: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Oct 23 2018

    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

  • What's Up With Kanye's MAGA Adventure?

    Oct 15 2018

    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

  • "A Star Is Born": Inside Lady Gaga's Triumph

    Oct 10 2018

    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?)  – and the long, campy lineage of "A Star Is Born"

  • Phil Collins on the Weirdest Moments of His Career – and His New Tour

    Oct 02 2018

    Collins talks to Andy Greene about playing with Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel and more, and previews his U.S. tour

  • Paul Stanley Explains Why Kiss Is Saying Farewell

    Sep 24 2018

    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

  • The Life and Music of Mac Miller

    Sep 18 2018

    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

  • Britney's "...Baby One More Time" At 20!

    Sep 11 2018

    Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt go deep on how a teenage Britney Spears changed the face of pop

  • Ice Cube on the Secret History of N.W.A.

    Aug 28 2018

    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

  • The Life and Music of Aretha Franklin (Plus, Aretha on Her Favorite Songs)

    Aug 20 2018

    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.

  • Best Songs of the 21st Century (Pt. 1, feat. Patrick Carney and Amerie)

    Aug 14 2018

    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

  • Roger Daltrey on the Legend of the Who

    Aug 06 2018

    The Who's frontman talks with Andy Greene – plus, Andy joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the band's legacy

  • 50 Years of the MC5's Rock Revolution: Wayne Kramer Looks Back

    Jul 30 2018

    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

  • Interpol frontman Paul Banks: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Jul 24 2018

    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

  • What is 2018’s Song of the Summer?

    Jul 17 2018

    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

  • The Life and Music of Paul Simon

    Jul 02 2018

    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

  • Inside 2018's Best Albums, So Far

    Jun 26 2018

    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

  • Bowie, "2001" and The Secret History of Sci-Fi Rock

    Jun 19 2018

    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

  • Drake vs. Pusha-T and The Greatest Hip-Hop Beefs of All Time

    Jun 12 2018

    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

  • How Camilla Cabello Conquered Pop

    Jun 04 2018

    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

  • Secrets of Def Leppard's Hits

    May 30 2018

    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

  • Confessions of A Frontman: Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody on His Hard-Fought Return

    May 22 2018

    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

  • Questlove's Secrets of Musical Creation

    May 14 2018

    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

  • The Long Life and Slow Death of "Classic Rock"

    May 08 2018

    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

  • A Conversation with Fleetwood Mac

    May 01 2018

    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

  • Beyoncé at Coachella: The Ultimate Play-by-Play

    Apr 23 2018

    Suzy Exposito, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to analyze the highlights of Beychella

  • Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss: Desmond Child Tells the Stories Behind the Hits

    Apr 17 2018

    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

  • The Genius of Nina Simone, Remembered by Her Brother

    Apr 09 2018

    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

  • The Death of Downloads and CDs; Artist to Watch: Soccer Mommy

    Apr 03 2018

    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

  • Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls: The Rolling Stone Q+A

    Mar 26 2018

    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

  • Craig Mack's Life and Career – and Jack White's new LP

    Mar 20 2018

    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.

  • The Making of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks – and 1968's Secret History

    Mar 13 2018

    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

  • Kelly Clarkson: The Rolling Stone Q+A

    Mar 07 2018

    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

  • Julian Casablancas on his Voidz reinvention, the Strokes and the Looming Apocalypse

    Feb 26 2018

    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 

  • Is the Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Really a Reunion?

    Feb 21 2018

    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.

  • Why is Everyone Picking on Justin Timberlake?

    Feb 13 2018

    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.

  • Can the Grammys Be Saved?

    Feb 06 2018

    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. 

  • The Life and Music of Dolores O'Riordan

    Jan 30 2018

    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"

  • Franz Ferdinand: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Jan 23 2018

    Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy join host Brian Hiatt to go deep on their new album, Always Ascending. They also look back at their classic debut LP, review the new Justin Timberlake song and much more

  • Lana Del Rey vs. Radiohead (plus: one of Clarence Clemons' last interviews)

    Jan 16 2018

    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

  • Can Greta Van Fleet Save Classic Rock?

    Jan 08 2018

    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

  • Bob Seger: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Jan 02 2018

    Seger talks to Andy Greene about his recent health scare, his new album, his rock n' roll legacy and more

  • What's Next for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

    Dec 26 2017

    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

  • Steely Dan's Donald Fagen: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Dec 19 2017

    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

  • The Best Songs of 2017

    Dec 12 2017

    Exploring the hits and shoulda-been hits of 2017 with Rob Sheffield, Sarah Grant, Chris Weingarten, Jon Dolan and host Brian Hiatt

  • The 50 Best Albums of 2017

    Dec 04 2017

    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.

  • Scott Weiland: The Lost Interview

    Nov 27 2017

    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

  • Taylor Swift's "Reputation": The Ultimate Breakdown

    Nov 20 2017

    Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to go track-by-track on Taylor's just-released new album

  • Bowie's Last Years – and Nile Rodgers on Making "Let's Dance"

    Nov 14 2017

    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."

  • The Mystery of Dylan’s Gospel Years

    Nov 06 2017

    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

  • The Untold Story of New Order and Joy Division

    Oct 30 2017

    Former New Order bassist Peter Hook (author of the new book Substance: Inside New Order) 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

  • Kurt, Janis, Amy: The Stories Behind the Photos

    Oct 23 2017

    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

  • Inside Springsteen on Broadway

    Oct 16 2017

    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

  • Tom Petty: His Life and Music

    Oct 10 2017

    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

  • The Secret Lives of Lou Reed

    Oct 03 2017

    Before Lou Reed changed rock history, he had to invent himself.  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

  • The Case For Taylor Swift – And Every One of Her Songs, Ranked

    Sep 25 2017

    Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to break down Rob's ranked list of every single Taylor Swift song

  • Prophets of Rage: RATM + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill

    Sep 18 2017

    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. 

  • The Genius of Steely Dan's Walter Becker

    Sep 11 2017

    Inside the complex life and brilliant music of the co-mastermind of one of rock's greatest and most singular bands.  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.

  • Alice Cooper: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Sep 05 2017

    In a deep, hilarious, career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt, Cooper talks about breaking up his original band, touring with Johnny Depp, his friendship with Glen Campbell, and much more – plus, he reviews the new Taylor Swift single.

  • Sammy Hagar's Life Lessons

    Aug 28 2017

    The singer shares 69 years worth of rock n' roll wisdom with Andy Greene  – plus his thoughts on a reunion with Van Halen

  • The National Break Down Their Great New Album

    Aug 21 2017

    The National's Matt Berninger and Bryan Devendorf join host Brian Hiatt to go deep on the making of their new album, Sleep Well Beast. They explain how weed, Donald Trump, Karl Rove inspired some of the songs, and  why "rock n' roll in general is on its way out."

  • The Story of the Strokes – and NYC Rock's Most Decadent '00s Moments

    Aug 14 2017

    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. 

  • Liam Gallagher: Confessions of a Frontman

    Aug 07 2017

    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

  • The Life and Music of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

    Jul 31 2017

    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

  • Iggy Pop: Why I'm Done With Rock Albums

    Jul 24 2017

    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

  • Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic: Dan Wilson on a songwriting life

    Jul 17 2017

    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"

  • Radiohead: The Making of OK Computer

    Jul 10 2017

    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  

  • The Wildest Van Halen Stories Ever Told

    Jul 03 2017

    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 

  • The Greatest Metal Albums of All Time, with Rob Halford

    Jun 27 2017

    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

  • The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

    Jun 19 2017

    From Kendrick Lamar to Father John Misty to Lorde, host Brian Hiatt is joined by Jon Dolan, Brittany Spanos and Will Hermes to  break down this year's must-listen albums

  • Dan Auerbach on His New Solo LP and the Black Keys' Future (Plus: Remembering Gregg Allman)

    Jun 13 2017

    Dan Auerbach breaks down his wildly different new album, Waiting On A Song, looks back at The Big Come Up's 15th anniversary and more.  Plus, Rolling Stone's Mark Binelli remembers his time with Gregg Allman. 

  • "Sgt. Peppers" at 50! (With an all-star panel: David Crosby, Micky Dolenz and Rick Nielsen)

    Jun 06 2017

    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

  • Steve Van Zandt Tells All

    May 31 2017

    From his LSD experiments to his days as Bruce Springsteen's roommate to the origins of his Sopranos career and his great new solo album,Soulfire, Little Steven gets real in a live-in-the-studio chat with Andy Greene and host Brian Hiatt

  • The Life and Music of Chris Cornell

    May 22 2017

    We remember the late Chris Cornell, and play audio from Cornell's in-depth, revealing Rolling Stone interviews with Kory Grow and Andy Greene.

  • The Secret History of the Beatles, with Rob Sheffield

    May 15 2017

    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

  • John Lennon: Hear Jann Wenner's Legendary 1970 Interview

    May 10 2017

    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.

  • Sheryl Crow: My Life in Music

    May 02 2017

    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

  • "Almost Famous 2": Cameron Crowe on his Harry Styles Cover Story

    Apr 24 2017

    Crowe, the Rolling Stone legend turned filmmaker, talks with current RS staffers – host Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard and Brittany Spanos –  about hanging with Harry, the art of the profile, Prince and his showbiz future

  • Album Flashback: The Making of Dylan's Empire Burlesque

    Apr 17 2017

    As Bob Dylan 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.

  • The Wildest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    Apr 10 2017

    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.

  • Halsey Explains It All: Inside Her New Album and Much More

    Apr 04 2017

    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.

  • The Life and Music of Chuck Berry

    Mar 27 2017

    How Chuck Berry helped invent rock n' roll, and changed America forever: Berry biographer Bruce Pegg joins host Brian Hiatt  – and Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos, Patrick Doyle and Andy Greene – for a revealing discussion.

  • Wayne Coyne on Acid, Miley, Mid-Life Crises and More

    Mar 20 2017

    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

  • Why Fans Love Ed Sheeran (And Some Critics Don't)

    Mar 13 2017

    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.

  • U2's Pop Turns 20: Great Acts In Artistic Confusion

    Mar 07 2017

    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. 

  • Lenny Kravitz Looks Back

    Feb 27 2017

    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

  • Confessions of a Backstreet Boy: A.J. McLean Tells All

    Feb 21 2017

    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

  • Is Rock Dead? An Intense Debate

    Feb 13 2017

    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?

  • Grammy Confidential: Behind the Scenes With the Show's Producers

    Feb 07 2017

    From private Prince concerts to arguing with Frank Ocean, longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehlrich and writer David Wild tell all

  • Go inside Paris Jackson's Blockbuster Rolling Stone Interview – how Michael Jackson's daughter got the world talking

    Jan 31 2017

    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

  • The Edge on U2's Joshua Tree Tour

    Jan 23 2017

    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

  • Inside the E Street Band, with Jake Clemons

    Jan 17 2017

    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 & Love

  • Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017

    Jan 09 2017

     Senior writer Andy Greene interviews some of the Rock and Roll of Fame's 2017 class –  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

  • Tom Petty on his 2017 tour and his future

    Jan 02 2017

    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 

  • Sebastian Bach's Most Insane '80s Metal Stories

    Dec 26 2016

    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. 

  • Inside "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" – with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. (Plus: Why are Kanye and Trump hanging out?)

    Dec 19 2016

    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.

  • Neil Young on his new album, Trump, Pono and more

    Dec 12 2016

    Neil Young discusses the future of Crazy Horse, the possibility of a Pono streaming service and his skeptical views on technology

  • The 25 Best Albums of 2016

    Dec 05 2016

    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.

  • Alicia Keys on sex, love and her new album – plus "Hamilton" vs. Pence and more

    Nov 28 2016

    Alicia Keys talks about making her raw, political new album Here, and reflects on the 15th anniversary of her debut, Songs in A Minor.  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. 

  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their new album, their future and much more

    Nov 21 2016

    An in-depth conversation with the Rolling Stones about returning to the blues, the state of rock, their renewed partnership and more.

  • The Life and Music of Leonard Cohen

    Nov 14 2016

    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?

  • Tegan and Sara on Springsteen, Taylor Swift and more. Plus: Senator Tim Kaine goes deep on his fave music!

    Nov 07 2016

    Tegan and Sara join us live to discuss their turn to pop, their future musical plans, and much more.  And in an exclusive interview, Senator Tim Kaine talks about the Replacements and his other favorite bands. 

  • The Music of 'Luke Cage' (Plus: Inside A Tribe Called Quest’s New Album)

    Oct 31 2016

    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

  • Artists Against Trump

    Oct 24 2016

    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. 

  • Does Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize?

    Oct 17 2016

  • Bruce Springsteen on Youth, Manhood and his Touring Future

    Oct 11 2016

    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.

  • Fred Armisen on “Stop Making Sense,” Prince and Mac & Cheese

    Oct 03 2016

    “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

  • David Crosby Has Regrets

    Sep 26 2016

    The Crosby Stills Nash & 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

  • Sting Puts Down the Lute! Police Frontman Talks About His Return to Rock

    Sep 19 2016

    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, 57th & 9th – 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."

  • 21 Pilots’ Surprising Lift-Off: At Home with 2016’s Biggest Band

    Sep 12 2016

    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.

  • Apple Vs. Spotify: Who’s Winning the Streaming Wars? (And Are Fans Losing?)

    Sep 06 2016

    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. 

  • Lars Ulrich on Metallica's New Groove; Frank Ocean

    Aug 29 2016

    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."

  • Billie Joe Armstrong Breaks Down Green Day's Politically-Charged New Album

    Aug 23 2016

    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. 

  • Paul Isn’t Dead: Rock’s Greatest Urban Legends

    Aug 15 2016

    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

  • The Story of Grunge's Lost Supergroup: Temple of the Dog Returns

    Aug 08 2016

    Before Pearl Jam existed and Nirvana broke big, there was Temple of the Dog: a one-off  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.

  • Keith Richards on His First Guitar Hero; plus: Best Shows of the Summer

    Aug 01 2016

    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. 

  • When Great Artists Make Terrible Songs

    Jul 26 2016

    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.

  • Florence Welch on What Makes Her Machine Tick

    Jul 19 2016

    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.

  • Noel Gallagher’s Life Lessons

    Jul 11 2016

    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

  • Neil Young’s New Groove; Blood Orange

    Jul 05 2016

    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, Freetown Sound.

  • Concert Security: Can Anything Be Done? + Rob Sheffield’s New David Bowie Book

    Jun 27 2016

    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.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea on their New LP; Plus: Mitski, Terrible Band Names

    Jun 21 2016

    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. 

  • Classic Albums We Trashed

    Jun 13 2016

    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.

  • From “Spinal Tap” to “Popstar”: Best Rock Mockumentaries

    Jun 10 2016

    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

  • Meet and Greet for Dollars: Craziest Concert VIP Packages

    May 31 2016

    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. 

  • Paul Simon on His New Album; Plus: The Triumph of Positive Hip-Hop

    May 23 2016

    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.

  • Inside Radiohead’s Return; Plus: The Myth of Rock’s Original Wild Man

    May 17 2016

    Radiohead have been one of rock’s most exciting bands for decades, but many fans had mixed feelings about 2011’s The King of Limbs. Is their first album in five years a return to form? Rolling Stone’s Nathan Brackett, Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene go deep on the gorgeous A Moon Shaped Pool. 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.

  • Inside Music Taste: Why Do You Really Like That Record? Plus: Beyonce, Drake, Pearl Jam

    May 10 2016

    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.

  • Music & Activism: When Do They Go Together?; Plus: D.R.A.M., Cate Le Bon

    May 02 2016

    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

  • The Power and Glory of Prince; plus: A Lost Day at Paisley Park

    Apr 25 2016

    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. 

  • Punk Rock’s Greatest Albums; Plus: Schoolboy Q, Paul Simon

    Apr 18 2016

    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. 

  • Merle Haggard’s Badass Life; Drake; Rock’s Best Drummers

    Apr 12 2016

    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.

  • Iggy Pop’s Last Go-Round? Plus: The National; Sturgill Simpson

    Apr 04 2016

    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.

  • When Lead Singers Get Replaced; Last Shadow Puppets; Zayn

    Mar 28 2016

    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.

  • Inside the Guns N’ Roses Reunion; Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple; George Martin

    Mar 21 2016

    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?

  • Bob Dylan’s Secret Stash; Kendrick Lamar’s Jazz Cats; Metallica

    Mar 14 2016

    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.

  • Does HBO's "Vinyl" Get Rock Right? Plus: Greatest Emo Albums; Car Seat Headrest

    Mar 07 2016

    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...more

  • Rivers Cuomo on Weezer’s New Album; FKA Twigs; Elliott Smith

    Mar 01 2016

    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.

  • Kanye West; Courtney Barnett; Plus: A Lonely Defense of the Compact Disc

    Feb 22 2016

    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.

  • Cameron Crowe on Glenn Frey of the Eagles; Beyoncé; Is the Gold Record Dead?

    Feb 16 2016

    "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.

  • Special Report! Bernie Sanders' Folk Album, Rubio's Rap Past and More

    Feb 08 2016

    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.

  • David Bowie's Incredible Final Act; Rihanna

    Feb 01 2016

    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.

  • Rolling Stone Music Now

    Jan 25 2016

    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.