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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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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  

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

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

David Fear, Rob Sheffield and Nathan Brackett delve into Lonely Planet’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

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