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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.

Episodes

The 25 Best Albums of 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  

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  

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  

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!  

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. 

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 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. 

Bruce Springsteen on Youth, Manhood and his Touring Future  

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  

“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  

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  

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  

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?)  

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  

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… For Self Destruction,” 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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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.

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