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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 Best Songs of 2019
We look back at the musical highlights of 2019
36 min
2
A Conversation with the Black Keys
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney sit down with Rolling Stone's Patrick Doyle
37 min
3
Debbie Harry: My Life in Blondie and Beyond
Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein discuss their career and Harry's new book
33 min
4
The Life and Music of Juice Wrld
In early December, Juice Wrld died not long after his 21st birthday. We look back at the Chicago rapper's genre-hopping, too-short career
39 min
5
Billie Eilish, Van Halen, and Musical Generatio...
Billie Eilish doesn't know Van Halen – which is totally fine. We discuss the two artists' differences and similarities, and much more
40 min
6
Rediscovering Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin biographer Holly George-Warren joins host Brian Hiatt to offer fresh perspective on the life of a rock legend
40 min
7
The Secret History of the Black Crowes
Black Crowes co-founder Steve Gorman tells host Brian Hiatt the harrowing, occasionally hilarious story of the band's self-destructive tendencies
44 min
8
Exploring the Rage Against the Machine and My C...
Brittany Spanos and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to discuss the reunions of Rage Against the Machine, My Chemical Romance and the Black Crowes
37 min
9
Kanye West's Road to 'Jesus is King'
Brendan Klinkenberg joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss Kanye West's gospel turn
34 min
10
The Making of Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Star...
Longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, who co-directed 'Western Stars,' joins host Brian Hiatt to go behind the scenes
31 min
11
Billy Idol on the Birth of Punk Rock and His Li...
Idol sits down for a revealing, surprise-filled, career-spanning interview with host Brian Hiatt
39 min
12
A Conversation with the Pixies
The Pixies sit down with Andy Greene to discuss their new album and their whole career
35 min
13
A Conversation with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy
Tweedy joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss Wilco's 'Ode to Joy' and much more
34 min
14
The Life and Music of the Cars' Ric Ocasek
The quirky musical path of the Cars frontman – plus, remembering Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter
33 min
15
Taylor Swift's "Lover": The Ultimate Album Brea...
Host Brian Hiatt, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield go track by track on Swift's new album
37 min
16
The Life and Music of Linda Ronstadt
Longtime manager Peter Asher explains how Ronstadt became a '70s superstar
35 min
17
An Intimate Look at Harry Styles' Life and Music
Rob Sheffield, author of Rolling Stone's Harry Styles cover story, joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt to discuss Styles' rise
37 min
18
How Spoon Made Their Greatest Hits
The guys from Spoon tell the story of the band and the making of songs on their new best-of compilation
40 min
19
How Migos, Lil Baby and Atlanta Hip-Hop Conquer...
Quality Control co-founders Coach K and Pee tell the story of their Atlanta label's underdog triumph
33 min
20
Woodstock at 50: The Untold Stories
Country Joe McDonald and Santana's Michael Carabello look back at the original Woodstock
37 min
21
The Secret Origin of Sublime
Founding bassist Eric Wilson digs into his early days with Bradley Nowell
29 min
22
Was There Anything Good About Woodstock '99?
Rob Sheffield and host Brian Hiatt look back at their messy experiences at a disastrous festival
40 min
23
The Best Hip-Hop Songs and Albums of 2019 (So Far)
From DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion to J. Cole and Lil Nas X, here are the moments defining hip-hop in 2019
38 min
24
The Best Songs of 1999
Rob Sheffield joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt to dip into his list of the 99 best songs of 1999
38 min
25
The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)
From Lizzo to Springsteen and way beyond, hear a breakdown of the year’s stand-out albums
35 min
26
Duff McKagan: The Rolling Stone Interview
The Guns N' Roses co-founder on reuniting with Axl and Slash, his new solo album, his road to sobriety and much more
39 min
27
True Tales of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue
Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and Rolling Thunder Revue producer Louie Kemp share memories of the legendary tour and discuss Martin Scorsese's documentary
37 min
28
Justin Townes Earle: The Rolling Stone Interview
Songwriting secrets, addiction, the glories of Springsteen and much more in a wild conversation with Justin Townes Earle
36 min
29
Jakob Dylan on His New Laurel Canyon Documentar...
Jakob Dylan and director Andy Slater discuss 'Echo in the Canyon' documentary and the making of the Wallflowers' hits
37 min
30
A Conversation with Billy Joel
Billy Joel talks about turning 70, quitting songwriting, making The Stranger and much more
39 min
31
A Conversation with Stephen Malkmus
The former Pavement frontman on his wild new album and much more
37 min
32
How Apple's GarageBand Changed Music
From the "Umbrella" beat to whole albums, how a single software program has altered the sound and story of music
35 min
33
The Zombies: The Rolling Stone Interview
In a frank, hilarious interview, Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone tell all about recording their greatest hits and their path to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
43 min
34
How Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are reshaping m...
We take a deep look at two of 2019's biggest new stars – Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X
39 min
35
The 50 Greatest Grunge Albums of All Time
From L7 to Pearl Jam, inside Rolling Stone's list of the best grunge albums ever
40 min
36
Hear Untold Tales of Bruce Springsteen and CSNY
Inside two new books on the songs of Bruce Springsteen and the roller-coaster career of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
42 min
37
Can Hollywood Save Rock? Inside the Biopic Boom
Rock lives – but mostly at the movies. We discuss 'The Dirt,' 'Rocket Man,' and all the rock movies to come
37 min
38
Rob Thomas: The Rolling Stone Interview
Rob Thomas breaks down his new solo LP, the making of "Smooth" and much more in a career-spanning interview
33 min
39
Was Lil Peep Destined to Be The Next Kurt Cobain?
Inside the short career and tragic death of Lil Peep, who could've been a generation's voice
31 min
40
Green River and the Birth of Grunge
Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mark Arm on the story of Seattle's Green River
46 min
41
The Many Lives of Weezer
The weird story of how Weezer became rock’s most unkillable band
35 min
42
The Life and Music of the Monkees’ Peter Tork
Unheard interviews with the late Peter Tork – and the case for the Monkees’ greatness
36 min
43
Best and Worst Moments of the 2019 Grammys
Did the Grammys pull off a course correction this year? We discuss.
38 min
44
The Secret History of "Walk This Way"
How Run-DMC and Aerosmith changed music, with author Geoff Edgers and producer Jack Douglas
36 min
45
The Best and Worst Super Bowl Performances of A...
From the glories of Prince, Beyonce and Bruce to the Who's flop, we praise and roast the whole history of Super Bowl performances
36 min
46
Gary Clark Jr.: The Rolling Stone Interview
The guitar hero breaks down his whole career and his bold new album in a definitive interview
34 min
47
Fyre Festival and the Long, Wild History of Dis...
From Fyre Festival to Altamont to Woodstock '99, we examine some of the most disastrous music fests of all time
37 min
48
Pete Townshend on the Past and Future of the Who
Townshend discusses the Who's orchestral tour, surprise new album and much more with Andy Greene
37 min
49
The Best Albums of 2018
Inside our list of the year's best albums, from Nicki Minaj to Paul McCartney
38 min
50
Life Lessons from Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart looks back in a career-spanning interview with Andy Greene
39 min
51
Will Radiohead Show Up? And Other Pressing Rock...
A deep dive into one of the strongest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame classes in years
42 min
52
2018: The Year in Pop
From Ariana Grande’s chart domination to Taylor Swift’s monster tour and much more, a deep look at a weird year in pop
40 min
53
2018: The Year in Hip-Hop
Inside the artists, trends and hits that defined music’s dominant genre
38 min
54
Elvis Costello: The Rolling Stone Interview
Costello, who just released the new album Look Now, sits down with host Brian Hiatt for a career-spanning chat
43 min
55
Rediscovering the Beatles' 'White Album'
We break down the Beatles' massive new 'White Album' reissue
39 min
56
The 98 Best Songs of 1998
Rob Sheffield breaks down his list of 1998's greatest with host Brian Hiatt
46 min
57
'Bohemian Rhapsody' – and Why Even Flawed Music...
We (lovingly) roast Queen's smash-hit biopic, and break down its factual inaccuracies
37 min
58
The Making of Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'
How Dylan went to Nashville to make one of the greatest albums ever
32 min
59
Johnny Marr: The Rolling Stone Interview
From the Smiths' break-up to his excellent new solo album, the guitar legend digs in for a career-spanning conversation
38 min
60
What's Up With Kanye's MAGA Adventure?
Taylor Swift made an eloquent political statement; Kanye says his red hat gives him superpowers. We dig deep into Kanye's Oval Office visit – as well as Taylor's own political move.
33 min
61
"A Star Is Born": Inside Lady Gaga's Triumph
An obsessive discussion of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's unlikely instant classic – and the long, campy lineage of "A Star Is Born"
40 min
62
Phil Collins on the Weirdest Moments of His Car...
Collins talks to Andy Greene about playing with Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel and more, and previews his U.S. tour
30 min
63
Paul Stanley Explains Why Kiss Is Saying Farewell
The Starchild himself breaks down Kiss' impending retirement and more
41 min
64
The Life and Music of Mac Miller
We look back at the far-too-short career of Mac Miller, who died at the age of 26 on September 7th
41 min
65
Britney's "...Baby One More Time" At 20!
A deep and hilarious exploration of how Britney Spears changed the face of pop in 1998
40 min
66
Ice Cube on the Secret History of N.W.A.
In a revealing 2015 interview with host Brian Hiatt, Ice Cube dug into the earliest days of N.W.A. – and gangsta rap itself
40 min
67
The Life and Music of Aretha Franklin (Plus, Ar...
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 2014 interview with her.
39 min
68
Best Songs of the 21st Century (Pt. 1, feat. Pa...
The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Amerie join us to talk about their entries on Rolling Stone’s list of the best songs of the 21st century
37 min
69
Roger Daltrey on the Legend of the Who
The Who's frontman talks with Andy Greene – plus, Andy joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the band's legacy
43 min
70
50 Years of the MC5's Rock Revolution: Wayne Kr...
Soon after the MC5 changed rock forever, guitarist Wayne Kramer was in prison. Kramer, author of a new autobiography, looks back on one of rock's wildest lives
37 min
71
Interpol frontman Paul Banks: The Rolling Stone...
As Interpol prepare to release their strong new album, Marauder, frontman Paul Banks looks back on their entire career
43 min
72
What is 2018’s Song of the Summer?
From Drake to Kacey Musgraves, we evaluate the candidates for the defining song of summer 2018
39 min
73
The Life and Music of Paul Simon
From battles with Art Garfunkel to the Graceland controversies, Simon's biographer takes us inside his surprisingly dramatic story
45 min
74
Inside 2018's Best Albums, So Far
Take a guided tour of Rolling Stone's list of the 50 best albums of 2018, so far
40 min
75
Bowie, "2001" and The Secret History of Sci-Fi ...
Inside the new book "Strange Stars," which traces down the weird, fascinating synergy between classic rock and science fiction
45 min
76
Drake vs. Pusha-T and The Greatest Hip-Hop Beef...
We break down the Drake vs. Pusha-T battle, and trace the rich history of rap beef
44 min
77
How Camilla Cabello Conquered Pop
How Camilla Cabello went from Fifth Harmony to Near-Instant Solo Stardom
38 min
78
Secrets of Def Leppard's Hits
As Def Leppard hit the road with Journey, frontman Joe Elliott breaks down their greatest hits
42 min
79
Confessions of A Frontman: Snow Patrol’s Gary L...
Why has it taken seven years between Snow Patrol albums? Gary Lightbody tells all
45 min
80
Questlove's Secrets of Musical Creation
The Roots' Questlove breaks down a dazzling list of musical influences, from Michael Jackson to Meg White, in a wide-ranging interview with host Brian Hiatt
38 min
81
The Long Life and Slow Death of "Classic Rock"
What exactly is "classic rock"? And are we in its last days? Author Steven Hyden weighs in
39 min
82
A Conversation with Fleetwood Mac
Where did Lindsey Buckingham go? As they prep for a new tour, the members of Fleetwood Mac explain it all to Andy Greene
44 min
83
Beyoncé at Coachella: The Ultimate Play-by-Play
We trace the history of both Beyoncé and Coachella itself, and break down performance highlights, moment by moment
41 min
84
Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss: Desmond Child Tells ...
Hitmaking songwriter Desmond Child goes deep into the making of "Livin' On A Prayer," "Dude Looks Like A Lady" and much more
40 min
85
The Genius of Nina Simone, Remembered by Her Br...
Sam Waymon, Nina Simone's youngest brother, shares intimate memories of his genius sister with host Brian Hiatt
41 min
86
The Death of Downloads and CDs; Artist to Watch...
We explore the history behind streaming's conquest of downloads and CDs, and meet rising indie star Sophie Allison, a.k.a. Soccer Mommy
36 min
87
Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls: The Rolling Stone Q+A
The bassist for England's loudest band joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss Spinal Tap's break-up, his new solo LP and much, much more
42 min
88
Craig Mack's Life and Career – and Jack White's...
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
39 min
89
The Making of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks – and...
The untold story of how an Irish genius found the roots to his masterpiece – in Boston
38 min
90
Kelly Clarkson: The Rolling Stone Q+A
Clarkson talks about returning to TV with "The Voice," her new album, her dramatic clashes with her old label, and more
44 min
91
Julian Casablancas on his Voidz reinvention, th...
Casablancas and his bandmates break down their new album – and explain why "repeating the past is boring"
39 min
92
Is the Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Really a Reunion?
The Pumpkins just announced an arena tour – without bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. We look into what happened.
43 min
93
Why is Everyone Picking on Justin Timberlake?
Timberlake just scored a number-one album in the face of a huge backlash. We go deep on how he went from beloved pop icon to online punching bag.
41 min
94
Can the Grammys Be Saved?
This year's Grammys ceremony made almost no one happy. We discuss what went wrong, and how it can be saved.
42 min
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The Life and Music of Dolores O'Riordan
Legendary video director Sam Bayer and Rolling Stone reporter David Browne join host Brian Hiatt to dive into the late Cranberries frontwoman’s story – and the making of the "Zombie" video
37 min
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
Bob Seger: The Rolling Stone Interview
Seger talks to Andy Greene about his recent health scare, his new album and more
40 min
100
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