Julian Casablancas, Chris Hedges Talk Founding Father Myths and People’s History on ‘S.O.S.’

Hedges discusses teaching Howard Zinn in prison, why intellectuals wouldn’t make good presidents and more Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas sits down with his “personal hero and greatest intellectual (along with elder chieftain Noam Chomsky),” journalist and professor Chris Hedges, on the latest episode of his Rolling Stone interview series, S.O.S. — Earth Is a Mess. …

Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’: The Ultimate Podcast Deep Dive

The Rolling Stone Music Now podcast goes track by track through ‘Evermore’ The latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is a definitive deep dive into Taylor Swift’s second surprise album of the year, Evermore. The discussion breaks down every track on the album, digging into fan theories, musical influences, and much more. …

Leslie West, Mountain Guitarist Who Belted Out ‘Mississippi Queen,’ Dead at 75

Co-founder of hard-rock group went into cardiac arrest earlier this week Leslie West, the towering guitarist who created the hard-rock milestone “Mississippi Queen” with his band Mountain, died Wednesday morning. West’s brother, Larry West Weinstein, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone. He was 75. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. On Monday, West …

Whodini Co-Founder John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher Dead at 56

Rapper in pioneering group appeared on hits “Friends” and “Freaks Come Out at Night” John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, rapper and founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Whodini, has died at the age of 56. The group’s Grand Master Dee confirmed Fletcher’s death to Variety. No cause of death was provided. News of Fletcher’s death was …

Kanye West Surprise-Releases ‘Emmanuel’ EP ‘Inspired by Ancient and Latin Music’

Five-song project from Sunday Service Choir follows 2019’s Jesus Is Born as a “celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ” Last Christmas, Kanye West gifted fans with the gospel-inspired Jesus Is Born, his ninth album and first with the Sunday Service Choir. On Friday evening, the rapper-producer turned the holiday into a new tradition, releasing …

Hear Eddie Vedder’s Acoustic Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Growin’ Up’

New Matter of Time EP also features singer’s at-home solo renditions of Pearl Jam’s “Porch” and “Just Breathe” Eddie Vedder has released an acoustic cover of the Bruce Springsteen song “Growin’ Up” as part of a new EP that expanded the Pearl Jam singer’s recent solo single “Matter of Time.” Vedder has performed his rendition …

Gorillaz Conclude ‘Song Machine Season One’ Videos With ‘The Lost Chord’

British singer Leee John stars in final installment of visuals from 2020 LP Gorillaz have closed out their series of Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez videos with “The Lost Chord,” inspired by the technicolor monster movies of decades past. The latest visual picks up where “The Valley of the Pagans” video left off: With …

Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell Surprise Fans With ‘December’ Performance

Six-song set of stripped-down Phish songs recorded at band’s Vermont “Barn” studio A day before Christmas, Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell gifted fans with their surprise “December” performance, which the guitarist and keyboardist recently recorded live at the band’s Barn studio in Vermont. The six-song, 45-minute gig featured six Phish tracks: Acoustic renditions of …

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Sells for $22 Million

Five years after it was listed for $100 million, King of Pop’s estate purchased by businessman Ron Burkle at drastically reduced price After years on the real estate market — at continually reduced prices — Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has finally been sold. The Santa Barbara County, California property, which has been owned by a …