The folks at Bloodshot Records have been straddling the narrow line between roots music and punk rock for two decades, armed with a roster of artists who blend twang, Telecasters and tube amps into some of the most potent alt-country around. The label turns 20 this year, and to celebrate......
Corinne Bailey Rae's silky croon is the perfect vehicle for "Bluebird," the jazzy Paul McCartney & Wings classic from 1973's Band on the Run. Rae's laid-back cover was recorded for the upcoming tribute LP The Art of McCartney, which features an eclectic group of singers interpreting staples from the former Beatle's songbook. "Bluebird," available......
OK Go's songs are a lot like their brilliant viral-hit videos: cute, ingeniously crafted and entertaining, but not something you need to experience more than a few times. Their fourth LP veers from Prince-ly falsetto pop ("I'm Not Through") to sweeping alt-rock ("The One Moment") to pretty, acoustic reverie ("Lullaby"),......
New Bob Seger albums don't show up too often (this is his second since 1995). But he's still the same heartland warrior with the same sturdy, elastic rock & roll vision. Ride Out goes from "Detroit Made," a tribute to Motor City automotive ingenuity steeped in Rust Belt rock and soul,......
Cage the Elephant singer Matt Shultz had his rock & roll breakthrough sitting in the stands at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. "I sat there and I watched them play and I cried," Shultz tells Rolling Stone in the latest installment of the "Journeys" video series. "And I was......
Kate Bush recently wrapped up a string of 22 sold-out concerts at London's Hammersmith Apollo, her first proper live shows in 35 years. The concerts were so "spectacular" that eight of Bush's albums jumped back into the Top 50 of the British album charts as a new audience discovered her music. Following the final......
The smooth jazz stylings of Kenny G are immensely popular in China thanks to the saxophonist's song "Going Home" becoming the nation's unofficial anthem to the end of the workday. However, after wrapping up a brief tour in the Asian nation, the musician visited Hong Kong and spent time with the......
For Grammy-winning Christian rocker Mac Powell, country music wasn't just a creative itch that needed scratching. "Two years ago, I made my first [country] record and a lot of people thought, 'He's got it out of his system now,'" Powell tells Rolling Stone Country, "but all that did was make me......
Sebastian Robertson wasn't looking to do an exposé on his rock star father, Robbie Robertson. So a children's book was the perfect way to share the story of his dad's legacy. In Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, Sebastian takes children (ages six to nine) on the journey of......
It's been more than three decades since John Schneider and Tom Wopat were just'a good ol' boys, never meaning no harm. But the Dukes of Hazzard co-stars are still very much a team. On October 28th, the pair will release Home for Christmas, an 18-track holiday album that mixes seasonal......
Now in its fourth year, Cyndi Lauper's annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert has helped gain awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness as well as raise money for the singer's True Colors Fund. This year, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert......
Led Zeppelin's weeklong sojourn at Los Angeles' famed Sunset Sound Recorders in 1971 — when guitarist and producer Jimmy Page mixed several tracks that he would later disavow and remix for the group's fourth album — has long been a curious part of the group's history. Now, more than four decades after......
When the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction last week, four names with roots in country music were among those included. Vince Gill and Toby Keith were nominated as performing songwriters, while tunesmiths Bobby Braddock and Bob McDill were nominated under the nonperforming distinction. Gill writes and performs......
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future next year, Universal Pictures will rerelease the 1985 Michael J. Fox time-travel classic with live orchestration. According to Variety, the film will be screened in various venues around the world without the score, so that a live orchestra could perform Alan Silvestri's Academy Award–nominated......
Neil Diamond: Melody Road (Capitol) For someone who has left such an imprint in popular music, Neil Diamond might be expected to be in his gracefully petering out phase: A few scattered recordings, released less and less frequently, issued more to prove that it all can still be done, that......
Alt-rock icons R.E.M. formed in 1980; a year later, MTV made its inaugural broadcast and soon began reporting on the Athens, Georgia-based group's career. Now, a new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV, compiles decades of footage that the network had stored in its vaults to tell the group's story. It......
In Roy Kafri's innovative music video for "Mayokero," we discover what your album covers do when nobody's looking: They form an all-star beatboxing posse. The video seamlessly animates classic covers like the Beatles' Revolver, David Bowie's Aladdin Sane and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Highway 61 Revisited to give the......
With a voice that channels the haunting, ethereal tone of Emmylou Harris as much as the ceiling-free range of Carrie Underwood, it's hard to believe Caitlyn Smith has spent most of her Nashville days behind-the-scenes. The Minnesota native has cut her country teeth inside Music Row's many songwriting rooms, penning tunes......
In addition to being 2014's probable best-selling album, Taylor Swift's 1989, out next week, could be crucial to salvaging the record industry's holiday shopping season in a terrible sales year. Week after week, the biggest music stars have put out what appeared to be blockbuster albums, selling up to a......
Country music is afraid of growing old. That is how it sounds anyway, as the past few years have seen a steady stream of songs, from artists in both their twenties and thirties, exalting a spring break philosophy more appropriate for, well, actual college kids. It's as if the format......