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Hear R.E.M.'s Unearthed 'Shiny Happy People' Demo Recording

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary reissue of R.E.M.’s blockbuster seventh album, Out of Time, the band has released some of that album’s unheard demo recordings. After unveiling the demo for “Losing My Religion” last month, it has now released an early cut of that song’s follow-up single, “Shiny Happy People,” via the Wall Street […]

'For What It's Worth': Inside Buffalo Springfield's Classic Protest Song

Fifty years ago this Saturday, Stephen Stills, then in Buffalo Springfield, was on his way into Hollywood to hear live music on the Sunset Strip. But in one of those defining rock & roll moments, what he encountered was a rally: hundreds, if not thousands, of kids protesting a new curfew and the imminent closing […]

Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Leonard Cohen Song of Past 30 Years?

Just a few weeks before Leonard Cohen passed away, we spoke to his son Adam. “They say that life is a beautiful play with a terrible third act,” he said. “If that’s the case, it must not apply to Leonard Cohen. Right now, at the end of his career, perhaps at the end of his […]

Rolling Stones' Revealing New York Museum Exhibit: What to Expect

How did the Rolling Stones live before they were famous? Apparently like pigs.  As part of Exhibitionism, a showcase of Rolling Stones artifacts that opens this Saturday in New York City, visitors can see a reconstruction of the infamous Chelsea flat shared by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones in 1962 and 1963. It […]

Leonard Cohen at Home in 1992: Singer-Songwriter on Pop Success, New Love

During an intimate 1992 interview at his home in Montreal, Leonard Cohen discussed his pop-music ambitions, his early musical inspirations and more. Roy Tee/Hollandse Hoogte/Redux It was about 9 o’clock one Montreal morning, and I found myself at Leonard Cohen‘s front door. It wasn’t a trip I’d initially anticipated. It was late 1992, Cohen had […]

Hear Coldplay's Tender, Stripped-Back Version of 'Everglow'

On new single version of Coldplay‘s “Everglow,” Chris Martin sounds nearly unaccompanied. He’s joined by brief harmony vocals and splashes of ethereal electric guitar. “If you love someone, you should let them know,” he sings, stretching his voice to a mighty falsetto. The track ends with a 1977 audio sample of Muhammad Ali speaking to […]

Reconsidering Yoko Ono: Three Reissues Honor Legacy of Avant-Rock Icon

Yoko Ono’s five unapologetically noisy, quietly influential albums released between 1968 and 1971 (two solo, three with John Lennon) are some of the most misunderstood and maligned in rock history. Rolling Stone‘s own Lester Bangs called the first two Ono/Lennon albums, “the ego-trips of two rich waifs adrift in the musical revolutions of the Sixties […]

Review: Sting Flexes Rock Muscles on '57th and 9th'

It’s been ages since Sting even seemed to conceive of himself as a rock artist, which is why his straight-ahead new LP is so surprising: 57th & 9th is a no-lute zone. You’d have to go all the way back to “Born in the 50’s,” from the very first Police album, to hear him sing […]

Emeli Sande Talks Gospel-Fueled Reinvention, Shock of Sudden Fame

Four years is an eon in pop music, so even though Emeli Sandé has had a slew of hits in the U.K. and a Top 25 entry in the U.S., she announced her return in September with all the subtlety of a 21-gun salute: “Hurts,” the first single from the Scottish singer’s new album Long […]

David Bowie Art Auction Fetches $30 Million on First Day

The first day David Bowie‘s massive art collection went to auction, it fetched a total of $30.3 million, nearly tripling pre-auction estimates. The auction featured 47 of the more in-demand pieces of art hitting the block, including paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Sotheby’s is hosting the two-day Bowie/Collector auction featuring 350 works, which was […]