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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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Franz Ferdinand: The Rolling Stone Interview
Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy join host Brian Hiatt to discuss their great new album, '00s nostalgia and much more
41 min
Lana Del Rey vs. Radiohead (plus: one of Claren...
Inside Radiohead vs. Lana Del Rey, the copyright battle that set the Internet ablaze – plus, one of Clarence Clemons' final interviews
38 min
Can Greta Van Fleet Save Classic Rock?
Host Brian Hiatt talks to Greta Van Fleet, the young Michigan buzz band whose songs sound like unearthed Led Zeppelin tracks
42 min
Bob Seger: The Rolling Stone Interview
Seger talks to Andy Greene about his recent health scare, his new album and more
40 min
What's Next for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, the Moody Blues' Justin Hayward and more talk about their Hall of Fame induction
37 min
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen: The Rolling Stone In...
In his first major interview since Walter Becker's death, Fagen talks about their decades-long partnership
42 min
The Best Songs of 2017
We explore the hits and shoulda-been hits of a wild year in music
37 min
The 50 Best Albums of 2017
Inside our list of the year's best albums, from hitmakers like Lorde and Kendrick to discoveries like Open Mike Eagle
40 min
Scott Weiland: The Lost Interview
An intense 2007 conversation with the late singer about drugs, rock n’ roll and his hopes for the future
47 min
Taylor Swift's "Reputation": The Ultimate Break...
Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos and Brian Hiatt go track-by-track on Taylor's just-released new album
34 min
Bowie's Last Years – and Nile Rodgers on Making...
As a new Bowie documentary looms, a look at the star's insanely productive final years – plus, Nile Rodgers goes in-depth on making "Let's Dance."
49 min
The Mystery of Dylan’s Gospel Years
Biographer Clinton Heylin, gospel singer Regina McCrary and drummer Jim Keltner on Bob Dylan’s most mysterious era
41 min
The Untold Story of New Order and Joy Division
Former New Order bassist Peter Hook breaks down the final days of Joy Division and the birth of New Order
42 min
Kurt, Janis, Amy: The Stories Behind the Photos
From a drugged-out Amy Winehouse to a rebellious Kurt Cobain, legendary photographers recall shooting Rolling Stone's most famous images
43 min
Inside Springsteen on Broadway
We break down the hottest show on Broadway – and dive deep into Springsteen's acoustic history
36 min
Tom Petty: His Life and Music
The late star speaks in unheard interview recordings – and biographer Warren Zanes explains his legacy
44 min
The Secret Lives of Lou Reed
Before Lou Reed changed rock history, he had to invent himself.
42 min
The Case For Taylor Swift – And Every One of He...
Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos join host Brian Hiatt to break down Rob's ranked list of every single Taylor Swift song
42 min
Prophets of Rage: RATM + Public Enemy + Cypress...
2017's leading supergroup explains how Rage Against the Machine merged with Public Enemy and Cypress Hill
40 min
The Genius of Steely Dan's Walter Becker
Inside the complex life and brilliant music of the co-mastermind of one of rock's greatest and most singular bands
37 min
Alice Cooper: The Rolling Stone Interview
In a deep, hilarious career-spanning conversation, 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.
43 min
Sammy Hagar's Life Lessons
The singer shares 69 years worth of rock n' roll wisdom – plus his thoughts on a Van Hagar reunion
49 min
The National Break Down Their Great New Album
The National's Matt Berninger breaks down the band's new album, Sleep Well Beast, and ponders whether he's making "music for grown-ups"
34 min
The Story of the Strokes – and NYC Rock's Most ...
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.
39 min
Liam Gallagher: Confessions of a Frontman
Gallagher talks about his new solo LP, the possible future of Oasis and more
42 min
The Life and Music of Linkin Park's Chester Ben...
Hybrid Theory producer Don Gilmore and Machine Gun Kelly pay tribute to the late singer
45 min
Iggy Pop: Why I'm Done With Rock Albums
Iggy goes deep on the making of his most recent album and the mysteries of his musical future
39 min
Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic: Dan Wilson on a...
Semisonic's Dan Wilson explains how to write hits for Adele, Taylor and the Dixie Chicks
37 min
Radiohead: The Making of OK Computer
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
39 min
The Wildest Van Halen Stories Ever Told
Former Van Halen manager Noel Monk tells all about his wild ride with the band in their prime
34 min
The Greatest Metal Albums of All Time, with Rob...
Judas Priest's Rob Halford helps us discuss Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest metal albums ever
44 min
The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)
From Kendrick Lamar to Father John Misty to Lorde, we break down this year's must-listen albums
40 min
Dan Auerbach on His New Solo LP and the Black K...
Dan Auerbach breaks down his wildly different new album, Waiting On A Song. Plus, Rolling Stone's Mark Binelli remembers his time with Gregg Allman
41 min
"Sgt. Peppers" at 50! (With an all-star panel: ...
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, David Crosby, the Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen join us to go deep on the album that changed the world
36 min
Steve Van Zandt Tells All
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
34 min
The Life and Music of Chris Cornell
We remember the late Chris Cornell, and play audio from his revealing Rolling Stone interviews with Kory Grow and Andy Greene.
42 min
The Secret History of the Beatles, with Rob She...
Rob Sheffield, author of the new book Dreaming the Beatles, explains why the Fab Four will be relevant forever
39 min
John Lennon: Hear Jann Wenner's Legendary 1970 ...
In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon for what became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, with Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' breakup and much more.
53 min
Sheryl Crow: My Life in Music
Sheryl Crow guides us through the winding road of her career, and explains why she thinks grunge killed rock n' roll
43 min
"Almost Famous 2": Cameron Crowe on his Harry S...
Crowe, the Rolling Stone legend turned filmmaker, talks about hanging with Harry, the art of the profile, Prince and his showbiz future
46 min
Album Flashback: The Making of Dylan's Empire B...
As Bob Dylan continues his latest unexpected career turn with his standards LP Triplicate, Empire Burlesque producer Arthur Baker joins us for an in-depth chat about the making of Dylan's most ultra-'80s album.
44 min
The Wildest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments
As Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and others get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back at some of the greatest – and craziest – moments in past ceremonies, from Mike Love's fury to Prince's legendary guitar solo.
38 min
Halsey Explains It All: Inside Her New Album an...
In her first interview about June 2nd's hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey goes in-depth on the creation of the album, its elaborate concept and the real-life heartbreak behind the songs.
49 min
The Life and Music of Chuck Berry
How Chuck Berry helped invent rock n' roll, and changed America forever
41 min
Wayne Coyne on Acid, Miley, Mid-Life Crises and...
The Flaming Lips frontman goes deep on his musical and personal evolution over a 30-year-plus rock career
48 min
Why Fans Love Ed Sheeran (And Some Critics Don't)
Behind the scenes of Ed Sheeran 's new Rolling Stone cover story – and inside the critical debate over his music.
43 min
U2's Pop Turns 20: Great Acts In Artistic Confu...
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?
41 min
Lenny Kravitz Looks Back
In a deep, career-spanning conversation, Lenny Kravitz talks about the origins of his style, hanging with Prince and whether love can rule in the age of Trump
44 min
Confessions of a Backstreet Boy: A.J. McLean Te...
Sex, drugs and boy bands: the Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean gets real about pop life in a frank, funny interview as his group preps for a Vegas residency
47 min
Is Rock Dead? An Intense Debate
Long live rock – but is it dead or alive? In an in-depth and fiery discussion we break down the current state of rock and roll
44 min
Grammy Confidential: Behind the Scenes With the...
The makers of the Grammys preview this year's shows, and delve into controversies and triumphs of past years
44 min
Go inside Paris Jackson's Blockbuster Rolling S...
We go behind the scenes of the Paris Jackson cover story that had the world talking – and take a new look at Michael Jackson's own complicated history
44 min
The Edge on U2's Joshua Tree Tour
Why is U2 replanting the Joshua Tree? The Edge explains, and looks forward to the band's next album and more
44 min
Inside the E Street Band, with Jake Clemons
Jake Clemons talks about replacing Clarence, working with Bruce Springsteen, and making his first solo album, Fear & Love
45 min
Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class o...
Neal Schon of Journey and Jon Anderson of Yes discuss their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, and we dive into the endless controversies over the Hall's picks
44 min
Tom Petty on his 2017 tour and his future
Petty goes deep on his next tour with the Heartbreakers, his recording plans and much more in an interview with senior writer Andy Greene
46 min
Sebastian Bach's Most Insane '80s Metal Stories
From hanging with Axl to waking up during surgery, the former Skid Row singer shares some of the wildest tales from his new book.
48 min
Inside "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" – with Fa...
How is making a "Star Wars" movie like recording a pop-rock song? Host Brian Hiatt and Pete Wentz go deep on "Rogue One," and the saga's unlikely influence on musicians. Also, we discuss Trump and Kanye's unnerving bromance.
45 min
Neil Young on his new album, Trump, Pono and more
The rock legend explains his spontaneous approach to his new album, Peace Trail, reveals his complex thoughts about Trump, and more
45 min
The 25 Best Albums of 2016
2016's greatest albums: From Beyoncé to Paul Simon to Green Day, we debate Rolling Stone's new list
44 min
Alicia Keys on sex, love and her new album – pl...
Alicia Keys reveals the inspirations behind her gritty new album, Here. Plus: We discuss the “Hamilton”/Pence incident and Kanye West’s health situation
46 min
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their new alb...
An in-depth conversation with the Rolling Stones about returning to the blues, the state of rock, their renewed partnership and more.
45 min
The Life and Music of Leonard Cohen
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?
41 min
Tegan and Sara on Springsteen, Taylor Swift and...
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.
44 min
The Music of 'Luke Cage' (Plus: Inside A Tribe ...
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
43 min
Artists Against Trump
What's it like to write songs about Donald Trump? In our first live episode, Matt Berninger, Corin Tucker and Dave Eggers discuss “30 Days 30 Songs." Also: For Chuck Berry’s 90th birthday, Neil Strauss looks back on his wild Berry interviews.
45 min
Does Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize?
Nathan Brackett, Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene weigh in on Dylan's surprise triumph.
21 min
Bruce Springsteen on Youth, Manhood and his Tou...
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.
36 min
Fred Armisen on “Stop Making Sense,” Prince and...
“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, and more. Plus: the Descendents
38 min
David Crosby Has Regrets
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
33 min
Sting Puts Down the Lute! Police Frontman Talks...
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 us about his upcoming album, 57th & 9th – as well as Prince, climate change deniers, and why he’s always working it.
27 min
21 Pilots’ Surprising Lift-Off: At Home with 20...
How did two guys who grew up in strict evangelical homes become the biggest breakout pop success of 2016? We got the story from frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dunn in their hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Plus: New music from Francis and the Lights
31 min
Apple Vs. Spotify: Who’s Winning the Streaming ...
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: new music from Hamilton Leithauser and Carly Rae Jepsen
25 min
Lars Ulrich on Metallica's New Groove; Frank Ocean
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.”
43 min
Billie Joe Armstrong Breaks Down Green Day's Po...
The Green Day frontman reveals how the Black Lives Matter movement inspired the title track to Revolution Radio, and why he's psyched to get back on the road after the longest break of his career.
25 min
Paul Isn’t Dead: Rock’s Greatest Urban Legends
From “Paul is Dead” to Jay-Z and the Illuminati, wild rumors about rockers have been around as long as there have been fans to repeat them. We delve into how the Internet has both helped debunk and spread rock’s biggest urban myths.
23 min
The Story of Grunge's Lost Supergroup: Temple o...
Chris 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.
24 min
Keith Richards on His First Guitar Hero; plus: ...
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.
30 min
When Great Artists Make Terrible Songs
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.
32 min
Florence Welch on What Makes Her Machine Tick
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.
31 min
Noel Gallagher’s Life Lessons
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
37 min
Neil Young’s New Groove; Blood Orange
Neil Young has a new band with the sons of an old buddy, and he’s having the most fun he’s had in years; he talks about his new groove with associate editor Patrick Doyle; plus: producer Dev Hynes’ new Blood Orange album, Freetown Sound.
30 min
Concert Security: Can Anything Be Done? + Rob S...
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? Plus: Rob Sheffield talks about his great new book, “On Bowie,” and his favorite David Bowie moments.
29 min
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea on their New LP; Pl...
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.
32 min
Classic Albums We Trashed
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
36 min
From “Spinal Tap” to “Popstar”: Best Rock Mocku...
David Fear, Rob Sheffield and Nathan Brackett delve into Lonely Island’s new Bieber send-up, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and ask the bigger question: Why are the best movies about music so often mockumentaries? Plus: Car Seat Headrest, Phish
38 min
Meet and Greet for Dollars: Craziest Concert VI...
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? We take a tour of the most absurd concert VIP packages available this summer, from Guns N’ Roses to Nick Jonas.
42 min
Paul Simon on His New Album; Plus: The Triumph ...
Paul Simon is still restless after all these years, as he proves on his excellent new album “Stranger to Stranger”; he talks to Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene. Plus: the rise of feel-good Chicago MC Chance the Rapper.
36 min
Inside Radiohead’s Return; Plus: The Myth of Ro...
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 new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, a return to form? Plus: Writer Mark Binelli on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
45 min
Inside Music Taste: Why Do You Really Like That...
Why do you like what you like? And what does that mean? Host Nathan Brackett talks to author Tom Vanderbilt about the real roots of music taste. Plus: Inside the new Beyonce and Drake albums, and Pearl Jam’s new tour.
53 min
Music & Activism: When Do They Go Together?; Pl...
Many pop stars have causes - but when are they really able to make a difference? RS editors run down the most successful examples of rock activism, from the No Nukes concert to Bruce Springsteen's North Carolina boycott. Plus: D.R.A.M., Cate Le Bon
32 min
The Power and Glory of Prince; plus: A Lost Day...
In this special, all-Prince episode, a writer remembers his 2014 daylong visit at Paisley Park for an aborted Rolling Stone cover story, and critics go deep into their favorite Prince songs
33 min
Punk Rock’s Greatest Albums; Plus: Schoolboy Q,...
Punk’s not dead! For the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ first album, we took a crack at naming the greatest punk records of all time, from “Never Mind the Bollocks” to Bikini Kill. Plus: new Paul Simon and Schoolboy Q
44 min
Merle Haggard’s Badass Life; Drake; Rock’s Best...
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: Drake; Bleached; and readers react to our 100 Greatest Drummers list.
56 min
Iggy Pop’s Last Go-Round? Plus: The National; S...
Senior writer 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, and new music from Sturgill Simpson
40 min
When Lead Singers Get Replaced; Last Shadow Pup...
What happens when a big rock band loses its head? We look at the best and worst case scenarios, from AC/DC to Stone Temple Pilots. Also: new music from Arctic Monkey Alex Turner’s side project, Last Shadow Puppets, and Zayn.
38 min
Inside the Guns N’ Roses Reunion; Andrew Bird &...
Can Axl Rose and Slash pull off the rock reunion of the year? A deep dive into the monster band’s ups and downs; plus: new music from Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple; and what did Beatles producer George Martin actually do?
47 min
Bob Dylan’s Secret Stash; Kendrick Lamar’s Jazz...
Bob Dylan just dropped a magical treasure trove of music, film and writings onto the world; Rob Sheffield and Andy Greene delve deep into the heart of this Dylanologists’ dream. Plus: has Kendrick Lamar brought back jazz?
47 min
Does HBO's "Vinyl" Get Rock Right? Plus: Greate...
HBO's "Vinyl” aims to capture the wild energy of the music biz in the 1970s. So what does it get right about rock and roll, and what does it gets wrong? Plus: The 40 greatest emo albums; Car Seat Headrest; and Parquet Courts
49 min
Rivers Cuomo on Weezer’s New Album; FKA Twigs; ...
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: FKA Twigs’ new song; lost Elliott Smith tracks; and DIIV.
33 min