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Rolling Stone Music Now podcast

Rolling Stone Music Now

Inside the biggest stories in music, hosted by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt. Featuring interviews with top artists, expert insight on new releases and breaking news from the Rolling Stone staff, and much more.

Inside the biggest stories in music, hosted by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt. Featuring interviews with top artists, expert insight on new releases and breaking news from the Rolling Stone staff, and much more.

 

#366

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour: The Ultimate Breakdown of Opening Night and Beyond

We dive deep on The Eras Tour, from song choices to staging to guesses at surprises to come and more. Waiss Aramesh, who covered opening night for Rolling Stone, joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Mar 2023

48 MINS

48:09

22 Mar 2023


#365

'Hannah Montana' to 'Flowers': Miley Cyrus' Hits, Highs, and Lows,

We discuss Miley Cyrus' new album 'Endless Summer Vacation,' including her smash 'Flowers' – and look back at her whole wild career path, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Mar 2023

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:46

13 Mar 2023


#364

More Terrible Albums by Great Artists

We look at the second half of our list of 'Genuinely Horrible Albums by Great Artists,' from Kanye West to David Bowie, with the list's author, Andy Greene, joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Mar 2023

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:00

10 Mar 2023


#363

Introducing: Back Issue

This week we’re introducing something special: Back Issue from Pineapple Street Studios. Back Issue is BACK with a brand new season! Back Issue reminisces on moments in pop culture’s past that have shaped our present. Each episode brings personal reflection, incredible guests, and plenty of deep belly laughs. Host Josh Gwynn has invited some very special guest co-hosts to share their perspective on some of the most formative stories in pop culture. We start out with not just another hair story but a conversation about the gendered politics of specific hairstyles as Josh sets out on a mission to get a silk press.  We’ll also reflect on iconic award speeches, explore what our brains do on gossip, break down the backstories of Degrassi and Cheetah Girls, decide if Josh should become the next Black ex-pat, and discuss which multi-hyphenate performers are deserving of their flowers. Listen and follow Back Issue wherever you get your podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Mar 2023

04 MINS

04:18

09 Mar 2023


#362

Genuinely Horrible Albums by Great Artists

From Prince to Neil Young to Madonna, we discuss – and argue about – Rolling Stone's picks for the worst albums by great artists, with the list's author, Andy Greene, joining host Brian Hiatt for the discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Feb 2023

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:41

26 Feb 2023


#361

Rihanna's Halftime Show: Classic or Low-Energy? Plus: Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. Defends...

We look at criticism and praise for Rihanna's long-awaited performance comeback, with Mankaprr Conteh and Tomás Mier joining host Brian Hiatt. Plus: Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. responds to our Grammy critiques from last week Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Feb 2023

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:59

19 Feb 2023


#360

Why Can't Beyoncé Win Album of the Year? Breaking Down the 2023 Grammys

We discuss Grammy voters' repeated Beyoncé snubs, and break down the highs and lows of the 2023 Grammys, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Feb 2023

40 MINS

40:55

13 Feb 2023


#359

The Wildest Left-Turn Albums Ever, From Lil Yachty to Queen to Taylor Swift

Lil Yachty's psychedelic-rock experiment 'Let's Start Here' isn't the first album to stun fans – we look back at the history of artists taking wild left turns, from Queen getting funky with 'Hot Space' to Taylor Swift shape-shifting on '1989' and much, much more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Feb 2023

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:26

06 Feb 2023


#358

The Making of SZA's 'SOS'

With 'SOS' in its sixth week at number one, we go deep into the making of an instant classic. SZA's collaborators – Rodney Jerkins, Rob Bisel, and Carter Lang – go track by track and tell all about the complex creative process behind the album. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Jan 2023

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:39

29 Jan 2023


#357

The Life and Music of David Crosby

We look back at the chaotic life and gorgeous music of the late David Crosby – and hear unearthed interview audio – with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young biographer David Browne and Andy Greene joining host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Jan 2023

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:00

28 Jan 2023


#356

More of the Best Music You Didn't Hear in 2022

From hip-hop to indie-rock to Spanish-language music of many genres, here's a rundown of more of the greatest albums you may have missed in 2022, with Andre Gee, Julyssa Lopez, and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Jan 2023

1 HR 28 MINS

1:28:51

23 Jan 2023


#355

The Life and Music of Jeff Beck

We pay tribute to the late guitar god in a super-sized episode featuring a never-before-heard interview with Beck himself by Rolling Stone's Kory Grow, plus new conversations with Mike Campbell, Joe Satriani, and Vernon Reid – and an in-depth discussion of his career, with Andy Greene joining host Brian Hiatt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Jan 2023

1 HR 53 MINS

1:53:04

15 Jan 2023


#354

The Best 2022 Music You Didn't Hear (Pt. 1)

An in-depth look at some of the best songs and albums you may have missed in 2022, from country/Americana to Afropop to metal. Mankaprr Conteh, Kory Grow, and Joseph Hudak join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Jan 2023

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:34

09 Jan 2023


#353

The Untold Story of 'A Long December' – Counting Crows' Adam Duritz Looks Back

Is "A Long December" a Christmas song? In a special holiday episode, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz weighs in on that question, while going deeper than ever before on the making of e a seasonal classic, sharing his favorite holiday songs by other artists, and much more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Dec 2022

59 MINS

59:08

24 Dec 2022


#352

SZA Speaks! Inside Her New Album and Much More

SZA talks about the battles behind her triumphant, chart-topping new album 'SOS,' previews her tour, and much, much more in an interview conducted by host Brian Hiatt and Mankaprr Conteh. "I think this album was partially inspired by love lost, but mostly inspired by my departure from attempting to be a nice girl," SZA says. "I've tried to be a nice girl for so long, and it's just not who I am, inherently. I think I've done nice things and I am a kind person, but I'm not a nice girl. And that's okay."   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Dec 2022

33 MINS

33:29

18 Dec 2022


#351

The 50 Best Albums of 2022

From Taylor Swift to J. Hope, from Spoon to Beyoncé, we look at each of the 50 greatest albums of 2022, hitting genres from superstar pop and hip-hop to indie-rock, Afropop, reggaeton, reggae, R&B, and more. Andre Gee, Julyssa Lopez, Brittany Spanos, and Simon Vozick-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Dec 2022

1 HR 39 MINS

1:39:31

12 Dec 2022


#350

The 50 Worst Decisions in Music History

From Britney Spears turning down "Umbrella" to Garth Brooks deciding to become "Chris Gaines," we look at the worst and most ridiculous music blunders of all time, with Andy Greene joining host Brian Hiatt to discuss his list Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Dec 2022

1 HR 39 MINS

1:39:13

03 Dec 2022


#349

The Beatles' 'Revolver': The Ultimate Breakdown

Was 'Taxman' Inspired by the 'Batman' theme? Who or what was 'And Your Bird Can Sing' actually about? We dig into burning Beatles questions and go through every track on the new deluxe 'Revolver' reissue, with Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt for the deep-dive discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Nov 2022

1 HR 54 MINS

1:54:44

26 Nov 2022


#348

Fat Joe Looks Back: "I Might've Been the First Lizzo!"

From his days as a teenage hustler in the Bronx to his endless string of comeback hits to his friendship with Big Pun, Fat Joe – who has a new autobiography, The Book of José, out now – looks back with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Nov 2022

33 MINS

33:23

19 Nov 2022


#347

Kathleen Hanna + Syd: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series

What happens when we take the writer away and ask two groundbreaking female artists from two different genres to interview each other? On the final episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – also running as a special series in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed – Kathleen Hanna meets with Syd to talk about learning to sing, star signs, and what it means to be a rebel. Kathleen Hanna is a pioneer of the feminist punk movement, and she’s as active as ever, performing sold out shows across the country with her iconic bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. At a Hollywood studio this fall, punk rock's original "Rebel Girl" met with Syd, who's highly respected in R&B and hip-hop for the unconventional path she's carved out with her band, The Internet, and as a solo act. The conversation revealed two women with a unique ability to connect deeply to their audience through their music, and to each other through their individual forms of female empowerment. Produced by OBB Sound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Nov 2022

42 MINS

42:12

17 Nov 2022


#346

Willow: The Rolling Stone Interview

"I'm just not a pop star. I love doing weird shit": Willow tells all about her new album, her love of System of a Down and Deftones, why she doesn't care about 'nepo baby' discourse, why she's not embarrassed by "Whip My Hair," and much more in an in-depth interview with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Nov 2022

45 MINS

45:36

16 Nov 2022


#345

Remembering Migos' Takeoff – and How TikTok is Rewriting Pop Hits

We look back at the life and career of Migos' Takeoff – and talk to Rufus Wainwright about his duet with Carly Rae Jepsen on the viral TikTok smash 'The Loneliest Time.' We play unheard interview audio with Takeoff while discussing his career with Andre Gee and Simon Vozick-Levinson, and also talk with Tomas Mier about how TikTok is essentially crowd-sourcing remixes of songs like Jepsen's. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Nov 2022

52 MINS

52:45

05 Nov 2022


#344

Common + John Legend: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series

What happens when we take the writer away and ask two old friends and Oscar-winning collaborators to dive into what drives their music and their words?   On the new episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians, also running as a special series on the Rolling Stone Music Now feed, we hear Common and John Legend discuss the emotional nature of collaboration and how their shared activism has connected them forever.  In the past few years, John Legend has cemented his position as the king of inspirational R&B. His latest album, Legend, is a legitimate double album that features A-list guests and mixes snappy pop-funk with moving piano ballads. At a studio in New York this fall, he reconnected with another long-time friend and collaborator: Common. Legend has that EGOT; Common has a Grammy, Emmy and Oscar of his own, and the pair two won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for ‘Glory,’ the song they performed for the film Selma. And both have contributed their own entries to Audible’s Words + Music series, blending memoir and performance to bring listeners closer to their unique journeys as artists.The conversation revealed the strength of their bond — and a mutual appreciation of the way that art can serve as an important bridge between cultures.  Produced by OBB Sound.  Content in partnership with Audible's Words + Music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Nov 2022

31 MINS

31:59

03 Nov 2022


#343

RM + Pharrell Williams: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series

What happens when we take the writer away and ask two pop phenoms, from two completely different places and generations, to interview each other? On today's episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – also running as a special series here in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed – Pharrell Williams sits down with RM of BTS to talk about the price of fame, the keys to creativity, and why it's important to take a break every so often. RM went from underground rapper in South Korea to performing in sold-out stadiums around the world as the leader of BTS. Now, he's working on his first official solo album. At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles this fall, the young superstar met with Pharrell Williams, whose one-of-a-kind career as a producer, rapper, and singer has spanned decades. The conversation highlighted the way both artists use their emotions in their work: from the value of pain to the electric experience of playing for the whole world to the intimacy of producing another artist's work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

33 MINS

33:55

01 Nov 2022


#342

Rick Rubin + Finneas: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series

What happens when we take away the writer and ask two groundbreaking producers, from two different generations, to interview each other?  On this episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians, also running as a special series in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed, Rick Rubin and Finneas talk about how they work in the studio, their listening habits, and the frustrations and the joy involved in making great music.  Rick Rubin started Def Jam Records out of his NYU dorm room in the 1980s, and went on to produce classic albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and many others. He’s still going strong: In addition to his continued collaboration with groups like the Chili Peppers and The Strokes, his book The Creative Act hits bookstores in 2023. Rubin sat down with a young talent making waves of his own: Finneas O’Connell. Finneas produced his sister Billie Eilish’s 2019 smash hit debut in his childhood bedroom in L.A., and has a career of his own as an incisive singer-songwriter — just last year he released his solo debut Optimist. Rubin was a key influence when Finneas was growing up, and their conversation revealed two cutting-edge minds eager to learn from one other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Oct 2022

48 MINS

48:20

31 Oct 2022


#341

Cameron Crowe on 'Almost Famous: The Musical' and More

Cameron Crowe tells all about making the new musical, the real-life rock stories behind it, the day Joni Mitchell came to see the show, why he's into the idea of making a movie in the MCU, and much more; plus Broadway veteran Tom Kitt digs into the making of the music Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Oct 2022

1 HR 26 MINS

1:26:01

29 Oct 2022