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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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The Life and Music of Chuck Berry
How Chuck Berry helped invent rock n' roll, and changed America forever
41 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Does Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize?
Nathan Brackett, Brian Hiatt and Andy Greene weigh in on Dylan's surprise triumph.
21 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Kanye West; Courtney Barnett; Plus: A Lonely De...
Rolling Stone writers and editors talk Kanye West’s pained, fragmented new album “The Life of Pablo” Plus: Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett makes ramen cool; and one very-outnumbered writer mounts a passionate, lonely defense of the compact disc.
36 min
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Cameron Crowe on Glenn Frey of the Eagles; Beyo...
"Almost Famous" director Cameron Crowe talks about covering Frey and the Eagles as a teenage correspondent for Rolling Stone in the 1970s. Plus: Beyoncé's "Formation"; Sunflower Bean; and does the gold record still count?
40 min
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Special Report! Bernie Sanders' Folk Album, Rub...
Is Hillary Clinton really a Lana Del Rey fan? And why does Ben Carson like "MacArthur Park" so much? RS editors and writers delve deep into the candidates' music tastes. Plus: Inside the Grammys, and Vampire Weekend's Rostam
38 min
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David Bowie's Incredible Final Act; Rihanna
The inside story behind Bowie's remarkable comeback in his final years, 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.
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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.
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