Billy Corgan on D’arcy Wretzky: ‘Encouraged to Hear That She Is Playing Music’

May 2, 2016 Music

Smashing Pumpkins wrapped up their In Plainsong tour Sunday, a jaunt that saw frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin reuniting with guitarist James Iha for the first time in 16 years. Corgan penned a tour postmortem on his Facebook Monday, and he subtly left the door open for another former Pumpkins bandmate to potentially reunite with the group in some capacity.



Billy Corgan on Pumpkins' New Tour, Quitting Twitter


"I see that it's D'arcy Wretzky's birthday today: So a big and happy B-Day to her from here! I'm encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs," Corgan wrote of the band's former bassist. "As I've often said, no one had better musical discernment in our band than she."

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Listen to ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast: Music and Activism

May 2, 2016 Music

The latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, our first-ever podcast, is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check it out below.



Listen to 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast: Power of Prince


For this episode, we discuss the fact that many pop stars and rockers have causes – but when are they really able to make a difference, and when should they keep their mouth shut? Rolling Stone music and politics editors run down the most successful examples of pop activism, from the No Nukes concert in 1978 to Bruce Springsteen's North Carolina boycott. Plus, new music from D.R.A.M., Cate Le Bon and Pity Sex


Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Executive Editor Nathan Brackett, is a new weekly podcast that features

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Garbage Plan Summer Tour in Support of New Album

May 2, 2016 Music

Garbage will support their new album Strange Little Birds, their first LP in four years, this summer with a month-long U.S. headlining tour. Shirley Manson, Butch Vig and company kick off their 20-date trek July 6th at Milwaukee's Summerfest.



Shirley Manson on Garbage's 'Adult' New LP


Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, May 6th; check out Garbage's site for full information. Along with tickets, the site is also offering VIP packages through Adventures in Wonderland that include early entry, meet-and-greets, soundcheck access and Q&A sessions at each stop.


On May 17th and 18th, Garbage will celebrate the arrival of their new LP with a pair of Los Angeles listening parties at EastWest Studios. In addition to debuting

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Deadmau5 Talks Video Game Obsession, Lazy DJs

May 2, 2016 Music

"I'm no coach and I'm no pro myself," Deadmau5 says of his relationship with video games. "I love watching professionals play more than I love sitting there 20 hours a day trying be a pro myself." On Sunday afternoon, the DJ and Twitter provocateur found time for both, challenging a few professionals at a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 event in New York City. An hour-long livestream captured every frag, frenzy and headshot. When the competition ended, Deadmau5 spoke to Rolling Stone about selling out, his place in music history and the connection between gaming and EDM.



'Star Wars' Goes EDM: Beatmakers on Iconic Sound Effects


Why did you get involved with the Call of Duty game?I'm a video game enthusiast. I love video games! They

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Kacey Musgraves Leads G Fest Lineup

May 2, 2016 Music

Kacey Musgraves has been announced as one of the performers at the inaugural G Fest in honor of late country legend Merle Haggard. Set for June 16th through the 18th in the Haggard-immortalized town Muskogee, Oklahoma, the three-day festival also includes Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, Marty Stuart, Aubrie Sellers, Robert Randolph and the Family and others. See the full lineup here. 



Willie Nelson Recalls 50-Year Friendship With Merle Haggard


Additionally, a project five years in the making — the placement of Haggard memorial on the north lawn of the Muskogee Civic Center — is progressing, with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame leading the charge. Plans call for the memorial to include a bronze sculpture of the entertainer, who will be

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Keith Urban Plans Special Shows for ‘Ripcord’ Release

May 2, 2016 Music

Keith Urban's summer tour doesn't officially kick off until June 2nd, nearly a month after his new album Ripcord hits stores. To celebrate the release in a timelier fashion, though, the singer will hit the road this week for a string of one-off launch events in three cities.



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First up is a May 4th performance at New York City's Stage 48. Built in the 1950s as a horse stable, Stage 48 will feature the live premiere of many Ripcord songs, whose mix of synth pads, drum loops and organic instrumentation finds Urban picking up where 2013's genre-jumping Fuse left off. The show will also be broadcast that same evening on Tidal.com, which premiered Beyonce's Lemonade last month.

During the week following

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Keith Urban Plans Special Shows for ‘Ripcord’ Release

May 2, 2016 Music

Keith Urban's summer tour doesn't officially kick off until June 2nd, nearly a month after his new album Ripcord hits stores. To celebrate the release in a timelier fashion, though, the singer will hit the road this week for a string of one-off launch events in three cities.



10 Best Things We Saw at All for the Hall

First up is a May 4th performance at New York City's Stage 48. Built in the 1950s as a horse stable, Stage 48 will feature the live premiere of many Ripcord songs, whose mix of synth pads, drum loops and organic instrumentation finds Urban picking up where 2013's genre-jumping Fuse left off. The show will also be broadcast that same evening on Tidal.com, which premiered Beyonce's Lemonade last month.

During the week following

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See Dixie Chicks’ Stripped-Down Cover of Beyonce’s ‘Daddy Lessons’

May 2, 2016 Music

The Dixie Chicks' North American tour just got an upgrade, with nine shows added to what is now a 50-city run. Kicking off June 1st in Cincinnati, the DCX MMXVI Tour will stretch a wide arc across North America before wrapping up on October 10th in Natalie Maines' adopted hometown of Los Angeles.



Dixie Chicks Return 'Home' With Album Reissues

The news arrives during the final stretch of a European tour that's kept the country trio busy since mid-April. Recent shows have found the Chicks not only digging deep into their own catalog of hits, but offering up harmony-heavy versions of pop songs and R&B covers, too, from the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" to Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U." Last weekend, during a pair of arena shows in Manchester and

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Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who Tease Mega-Festival

May 2, 2016 Music

The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Who and Roger Waters have all released teasers surrounding their involvement in a rumored mega-festival set to take place at the Coachella festival grounds in October.



Stones, Dylan, McCartney, Neil Young in Talks for Mega Show


All of the acts posted teasers for the blockbuster fall event on their social media accounts. In a 30-second clip, the Stones showed a record spinning "All Down The Line" while cigarette smoke wafted upward. Waters' clip showed a grainy black-and-white concert footage playing a stadium show. Dylan posted a brief career reel to the song "Ballad of a Thin Man." McCartney posted live audio footage singing the Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling." All of posts

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See Carrie Underwood Channel Freddie Mercury and C-3PO at ACC Awards

May 2, 2016 Music

Carrie Underwood's current single goes by the name "Church Bells," and at the May 1st American Country Countdown Awards she seemed to be paying tribute to two saints from the house of pop.



Stagecoach 2016: Rolling Stone Country's Best Photos, Day 2


The newly-crowned ACC Awards Female Vocalist of the Year delivered a strutting performance of the song that must have been somebody's idea of heaven, carrying a golden half-staff mic stand just like Queen's immortal front man Freddie Mercury, and also looking like the sexiest C-3PO the galaxy has ever seen. Her epic attire perfectly complemented the song's equally epic story line, a revenge romper all about spousal abuse and righteously reconciled murder.


The song is only just now starting to work

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