Music

Song You Need to Know: Kelsy Karter, ‘God Knows I’ve Tried’

Seven seconds into Kelsy Karter’s “God Knows I’ve Tried,” an electric guitar wails languidly and the listener immediately knows what they’re in for. It’s a power ballad, and an undeniably soulful one at that. “Daddy wishes I was the girl next door, mama tells me I should smile some more,” …

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Bon Iver Encourages Voter Registration in ’22 (Over S∞∞N)’ Performance

Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon performed “22 (Over S∞∞N)” as part of The Late Show‘s #PlayAtHome series, showcasing artists performing at their houses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Vernon put a meditative spin on the opener from his 2016 album 22, A Million, extending its run time to nearly six minutes and adding …

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Record Store Day 2020: 18 Great Exclusive Releases From the September Drop

When Record Store Day announced this year’s event will be spread in three “drop” dates — August 29th, September 26th, and October 24th — we knew we had to organize three separate lists to highlight the event’s spectacular releases. The September drop, which occurs on Saturday, features classics (alternate takes …

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‘The First Time’ With SuperM

On the release day of their debut album Super One, K-pop group SuperM discussed their career in the latest installment of Rolling Stone’s The First Time.  The leader of the group, Baekhyun, kicked it off by recalling what it was like to hear their song on the radio for the …

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My Morning Jacket Keep the Grooves Flowing on ‘The Waterfall II’

The orange waterfall on the cover says it all: My Morning Jacket bliss out on 10 psychedelic, southern-tinged, soft-rock mood-pieces about traveling, getting wasted, and falling in love. The songs are leftovers from the sessions that yielded 2015’s The Waterfall, but they feel less like a tributary and more like …

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Bob Mould Rages Gloriously Against Injustice on ‘Blue Hearts’

Thirty years ago, Bob Mould released an album titled Black Sheets of Rain, a turn of phrase that could have doubled as his outlook at the time and for many of the years that followed. But he seemed to soften up last year when he put out Sunshine Rock, a …

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Royal Blood Bring Big Riffs to the Dancefloor on New Song ‘Trouble’s Coming’

British duo Royal Blood inject a bit of dancefloor energy into their hard rock sound on their new song, “Trouble’s Coming.” The song is still centered around Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher’s headbang-worthy bass and drum attack, but the flourish on the hi-hat hits and the song’s sinewy lead synth …

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Pixies Get Creative in the Desert in ‘Hear Me Out’ Music Video

Pixies celebrate creativity in the desert in the visual for their new single “Hear Me Out.” Directed by Maximilla Lukacs, the video depicts two cowboys creating art and finding beauty in the oft-considered barren landscape of the desert plains. In various scenes, we see them pondering over a typewriter, painting …

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Alessia Cara on Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’: ‘She Just Laid It All Out’

This piece is part of our ongoing coverage of Rolling Stone’s newly updated 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black topped Alessia Cara’s personal ballot and landed at number 33 on the overall list. Here, Cara reflects on how the album comforted and inspired her during a …

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Watch Stevie Wonder Discuss Breonna Taylor, Protests and Trump

Stevie Wonder released a powerful video statement Wednesday that touched on the death of Breonna Taylor, the George Floyd protests and the divisiveness and untruthfulness of the Trump administration. “As time is evolving, it seems so much has changed. So much is moving to a different rhythm. The way we …

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