The Americana Music Festival, held this past week in Nashville, assembled some of the best roots-music acts in the nation — and, in some cases, from overseas. Rock, folk, soul and country were all represented at filled-to-fire-code showcases throughout town. Rolling Stone Country canvassed the clubs, taking in shows by......
In its four years of existence, Las Vegas' iHeartRadio Music Fest has hosted just about every pop star we've got, placing one-hit wonders like Ylvis alongside living legends like Jay Z, Rihanna and Brad Paisley. Accordingly, this year's lineup included everyone from Meghan Trainor to Mötley Crüe, Weezer to One......
Paul McCartney has made a music video in support of his family's Meat Free Mondays campaign, which urges people to take a weekly break from eating meat in an effort to help the environment. The song – which dates back to 2009, when the outspoken vegetarian cofounded the effort with......
Tim McGraw is an eccentric centrist who can dodge the headlock of country-radio culture. So admire "Lookin' for That Girl," a hilarious robo-pop earworm radical enough to spur both a Twitter revolt among fans and a radio version dialing back the Auto-Tune. At 47, dude clearly wants relevance with his......
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Chris Brown's sixth album is adventurous musically and a total mess lyrically – it's almost defiantly oblivious to his past as a domestic-abuser. Throughout, Brown plays the victim: He pretends he's a spurned lover ("X"), claims he was lied to ("Stereotype," which opens with the line "Why are my hands......
Long after swapping East Coast class rage for comfy West Coast digs, Joel and Benji Madden (of pop-punk sensation Good Charlotte) make their debut as the Madden Brothers with a Seventies-flavored pop set. The bros meander somewhere between Abbey Road and Hotel California in "California Rain," describing their weather-beaten road......
Twenty-year-old Meghan Trainor blew up this summer with "All About That Bass," a positive-body-image bubblegum jam that claimed, "I'm bringing booty back/Go ahead, tell those skinny bitches that." Her debut major-label EP hooks similar trickle-down Beyoncé empowerment themes to sugary doo-wop and girl-group melodies. "Title" demands her boy put a name......
This 1994 album is the sole release from Senegalese griot singer Aby Ngana Diop, who performed taasu (a centuries-old, rap-like, improvised storytelling style) over contemporary Senegalese pop. Beyond her staccato megaphone of a voice, the melting-pot music is hyped-up and blown out with deafening tama and sabar drums; on "Dieuleul-Dieuleul,"......
Rapper Andre Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side, and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. "It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make......
Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Twenty-nine-year old guitarist and producer Misha Mansoor leads Periphery, a techy prog-metal outfit whose elastic, instrumentally vigorous, heavily syncopated sound is cut with......
The September 14th Ramones tribute show at New York's Bowery Electric, celebrating the band's debut gig at CBGB 40 years earlier, was a communion of generations – from the young singer-actor John Gallagher Jr., who played the title vagabond in the Broadway adaption of Green Day's American Idiot to original CBGB......
Nashville's downtown Music City Center will be the site of a special benefit screening and acoustic concert on October 19th for the documentary film Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me. The Band Perry, Delta Rae and Ashley Campbell, daughter of the iconic singer-guitarist, are among performers announced for the event. Tickets, available at......
Richard D. James has been so far ahead of his time for so long that comebacks are clearly no big thing. In June, the EDM godfather OK'd the limited release of a shelved 1994 album that sounded utterly modern. So does Syro, his first new Aphex Twin music since 2001.......
In a hot gymnasium at Montreal's McGill University Sports Centre, a seven-foot tall, retired American basketball player named Luke Bonner is singing a passionate rendition of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." The crowd goes wild, fueled by cans of Molson Canadian, and Arcade Fire's Win Butler surveys the scene with glee.......
Brenda Gail Webb was, as the famous song says, born a coal miner's daughter. But unlike her oldest sister, country music's honky-tonk girl Loretta Lynn, who penned that tune about herself, Brenda's music career would take much different trajectory. The woman who would professionally become known as Crystal Gayle, famed for......
One of the first images seen in the new Dierks Bentley video for his latest single, "Say You Do," is a plane, but this third release from the country superstar's Riser album is about as far removed from the hilarious aerial hijinks of the previous single, "Drunk on a Plane," as......
After months of rumors, Pink Floyd have finally announced the details of their new album The Endless River, which hits shelves on November 10th. It's the group’s first new release since 1994’s The Division Bell. According to a press release, The Endless River is a “four-sided instrumental album,” though one track,......
There are days when time can get a little abstract for Paul Westerberg, and his schedule gets squishy. The 54-year-old alternative-rock icon might wake up in his home in suburban Edina, Minnesota, rake wet leaves, then take some Percocet and lay on the couch to ease his bad back. He......
In his Rolling Stone cover story, Willie Nelson said that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was welcome on his bus to get high properly "anytime" after reading her account of a bad experience with a marijuana-infused candy bar. Dowd took him up on the offer and penned her Sunday......
When those big red chairs flip around during blind auditions on The Voice, expect to see Blake Shelton's smirking mug in one of them for some time to come. "It would break my heart to not be there," the 38-year-old entertainer tells Rolling Stone Country. "At this point, to see somebody......