Brian Hiatt is Perfect
Love this podcast. Brian Hiatt is knowledgeable, personable, and a terrific interviewer. He prods when he needs to, shuts up when should. Just a delight to listen to. An aside: everyone is so into streaming and getting rid of their physical stuff. Sounds good, but the ugly truth of streaming is that as a listener we are then only able to listen to what’s given to us. I’m a huge Nanci Griffith fan and no service has her first three albums or her live album: “Winter Marquee” available. I want to hear those songs, am I just supposed to do without them? How about Bob Seger’s “Living Inside My Heart” from the original “About Last Night” soundtrack? And it’s the same with various TV shows and movies. Until everything is available, I’ll keep my physical copies. I don’t want to be told what I can consume, nor do I want my personal tastes censored. It’s a huge flaw in the system, at least to me.
Brian Hiatt is a terrific podcast host, but he also an accomplished journalist and author. The combination of those talents makes this podcast essential for people who love music and take it seriously.
Jim in Bethpage
Top 500 Albums List
A Rolling Stone reader since the late 60s. Love the list & your episode discussing it. The richness & diversity of that list is to be applauded. It’s been the source of some heated conversations I’ve had & that’s okay & fun. Let the passion abound!
Just listened to their review of the just turned 20 KidA by Radiohead and enjoyed it very much. Good analysis but not boring or overdone.
Love Love Love
This is one of my top 3 music podcasts with Switched on Pop and Popcast. Love everyone especially Brittany Spanos.
Voices irritate me but not bad podcast
Great episode with Katy Perry
Can’t wait for more
My Favorite Podcast
I am typically not a podcast listener, however, every time a new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now comes out… I listen! The interviews and discussions are wonderful and very informative. Great for any music lover, old or young. There is a great variety of past and present musicians/topics that makes it very engaging. As well as many different experts of the field to give their feedback, knowledge, and opinions. Love the podcast! Keep up the great work.
easily my fav music podcast
there is a level of knowledge, empathy and enthusiasm in every conversation that always leaves me very inspired to check out songs i haven’t heard before or imagine connections between albums i love. just finished the new folklore dissection ~ i could listen to rob sheffield talk about music all day. his mind hears thing in a way like no one else. also, fully support the stevie/lindsey theory for invisible string ~ silver springs forever!
Pretentious, snobby types. Isn’t this the same group that put the Boston bomber on a cover? RS is as relevant as disco music. Pass!!
Red Tube Bar
Very diverse, eclectic content. Very good overall wth one complaint ..... there is a certain level of baseline knowledge assumed and thus the learning value is limited for someone with only basic knowledge. I would appreciated his being a bit more accessible rather than having to google info for context as I go. I’m sure it’s perfect for smart music people.....
Lovely & Detailed Music History
A great listen on the way to work :)
Brian Hiatt, Music Topics Very Good
The host does an overall excellent job and the topics are generally very interesting. I wish they could play longer samples, but I understand the copyright restrictions. I am giving 5 stars to this podcast as a fan of both current music and its history. I stopped subscription to the Magazine as its messaging was becoming too hateful, intentionally incindiary and misleading, and narrative-driven even for a Dem. which is a shame. However, these hosts touch on social issues, which are a part of much music, with a bit of intelligent balance and mostly focus on good and truthful music journalism.
Ditch Spanos and Politics
I’ve been listening to these for years. Up until last year, I heard almost every episode. Now the left leaning bias has become more blatant. Why do that and dilute a usually entertaining and informative listen? The hosts make assumptions when they say, “ we can all agree....”. NO we can’t all agree!!! Get over it, and stick with the topic! I canceled my magazine subscription for this reason and hope I don’t have to do same for podcast. Leave the politics out and save your integrity. Also, how in the world did Spanos make it this far? I can’t listen to her! She takes forever to say nothing. Valley girl vocabulary. I want to delete when I see her listed in episode page. I give each episode a fair shot because I’m a huge music fan. I just don’t enjoy listening as much anymore.
Vocal fry and overuse of “like.”
Maybe it’s just me, but critics who speak in vocal fry, uptalk, cliché, and adolescent style (“like” every third word) make their podcasts unlistenable. I’ll dig the album, but not this pod. Ugh.
The young woman is grating...
These podcasts are generally great, except when BRITTANY SPANOS joins in, every other word in her sentences is “like” and she begins nearly every sentence with “I mean, like...” and it’s so dang distracting. As for the shows, save for SPANOS verbal skullduggery, these are very good on average. I really wish they would ask her to work on grammar. Makes for an extremely obnoxious listen.
I am a longtime fan of the podcast, but I wanted to give a shout-out to the episodes that Brian and the team have been doing during the quarantine. Thank you for creating great content during a time when podcasts have taken on a real role in helping a lot of us feel more normal (whatever that means - lol). Thanks again!
Choc lab 75
Brian Hiatt does by the music work
Since Rolling Stone is now only published monthly, this is a go-to source for these needing to be in the know more often then not. Mr Hiatt covers all genres with solid aplomb, and his record geekiness is never too hard to handle. Rather he tempers his extensive know-how with a keen ability to ensnare a listener with a hip on-air style. I especially love when he brings in fellow Rolling stone staff writers like the upstart Brittany Spanos or the inimitable legend of the Avenues of America’s himself, Robbie Sheffield. Bottom line (my attempt at rock critic hyperbole aside): this pod is definitely worth your time ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (5 stars, get it?)
Great content and top-notch host
I’m impressed with the knowledgeable host. The editing of the show can be extremely choppy at times. They could improve with some smoother cutting. Overall though, this podcast is inspiring and well-executed.
I met the black keys drummer in the Charlotte NC airport
Well as the title says. I met the drummer. Well ...👎not very friendly.
Really interesting analysis of various movements, time periods, music technologies, and individual musicians. This is exactly the type of podcast I’ve been looking for. I would love to see a track listing for the songs played on each episode. For example the ‘00s series. Well done!
Don’t Expect to Hear Music
The discussions and analyses are quite interesting, which you should expect from Rolling Stone. You would also expect to hear decent-length clips of music on a RS podcast, and yet the listener gets 2-3 second bursts (not an exaggeration) once in a while on this program. Seriously, you advertise on this but you’re too cheap to use longer clips? If you actually want to hear the music being discussed, try NPR’s “All Songs Considered” or “Sound Opinions.” You get the analysis and music. Sad that public radio understands what listeners want but not RS.
Very much enjoyed the live albums broadcast. Surprised you guys didn’t bring up the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. As a kid with no money to buy albums or concert tickets, these were endlessly fascinating. Felt like an exciting way to discover bands without having to leave the house. Keep up the great work.
Been listening now for a few months and find the podcast to be totally entertaining. Scan the episode listings and pick what you like. To me the interviews are the most interesting but I enjoy hearing the back and forth between the co-hosts on the “best of” shows as well. I’ve admired Rob Sheffield’s work with RS for decades and appreciate that he remains completely immersed in all genres, trends and emerging artists. He keeps the younger co-hosts on their toes with his extensive knowledge which he dips into often to discuss influences and connectivity. I would like however to hear on the “best of” shows a broader mix of artists and sounds. There’s just way too much focus on pop and pop chart hits.
Neil Peart interview.
Brian, That was the most casual and open conversation I’ve ever heard with him. Thank you.
Anyone who doesn’t listen to Van Halen...
Should listen to Van Halen.
Often awesome entertaining and fun. But a little in even
Overall I really like this podcast very much but I’m a big music fan. Some episodes have been outstanding but others a little uneven. Pick and choose your favorites as I have and you will be very happy. The episode on the rock and roll hall of fame induction performances is a keeper. Keep up the good work and thank you.
discriminating music fan
Like talking to good friends about music
Enjoyable podcast with a regular cast of clever, likeable hosts and decent production value. I was expecting an element of hipster snobbery but was pleasantly surprised that no genre or artist is off limits.
Lot of interesting info. But these guys are pretentious. They know everything. Constantly interrupt their guests basically telling their guest they are wrong and these a holes know everything. If there wasn’t so much interesting info I would give no stars. ANNOYING
Great tribute overall. Ric wrote all of their last album Door to Door. There’s one co write with Greg Hawkes like there was on every album. Ben Orr never got a writing credit on a Cars album. That contributed to their breakup. Ben had songs he wrote with his wife that he wanted to bring to the Cars. Ric was not having any of it and broke up the band. Chris
Taylor Swift Lover
I’d never heard of this podcast before today when I saw it tweeted about and tbh I probably wouldn’t have been interested, but TAYLOR SWIFT IS LIFE! I loved listening to the break down of the tracks and your guys’ opinion on them. I think you did a wonderful job. I especially enjoyed how her older albums were mentioned and used for perspective. I could tell you guys were true fans and knowledgeable about Taylor and her catalogue. It’s always nice coming across something fresh regarding Taylor and I’ll probably look more into the podcast for content on other artists I like.
Joaquin, the Swiftie =]
Oh! How the mighty have fallen!
Rolling Stone used to be such an important publication, documenting the important music and social climate of our times. When I put it that way, I guess I can’t fault them for the vapid music they now fawn over with all the exuberance of a virgin fan girl who has never left the confines of her bedroom. Case in point, their recent coverage of the latest Taylor Swift album. Instead of giving it a serious critical look, and lamenting the sad state of pop music today that this overproduced piece of silliness would be considered art, they kept comparing it with classic rock artists and crediting Swift with references that I’m sure she’s barely familiar with. At one point, they talked about a song called “London Boy” and attributed her talents to giving a knowing wink at Madness and Squeeze, and believed that the cliche lyrics in the song were done on purpose. Quite a stretch, when the more plausible reason is that she probably did her best, and these were the lyrics she came up with. I can’t conclude this review without mentioning that every time they do a show about stupid bubble gum pop, they parade out a colleague named Brittany something or other, who has a voice that somehow manages to have both that grating millennial rasp with a heavy dose of valley girl thrown in for good measure. Her insights don’t make listening to her any easier. Like when she described a Taylor Swift song to Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So,” it reminded me of that one person everyone knows who pretends to have a deep knowledge of music, but really happened to hear one song while riding around with her older brother or uncle. I guess I’m in mourning for a time when popular culture had a backbone, but it is what it is, and Rolling Stone Music Now is happy to reflect that instead of exploring new and exciting music that is happening just below the glossy surface.
Nice wide range of people
I’m really enjoying the wide span of music being covered. And one criticism and there has to be one, sorry, Brittany Spannos vocal crackly voice doesn’t belong in my ears.
Music Pod With Little Music
The conversation on this pod is usually in depth and good enough, but anytime they mention a song, they play two seconds or less. It’s one of the most annoying things in podcasting. Either play a portion of the song or don’t. Don’t just have a few seconds fade in and out.
This is my favorite podcast
I’m a music nerd, but really none of my friends are so listening to this podcast feels like having fun chats with a few like-minded friends. I’ve listened to pretty much every episode, and my only wish is that you guys keep ‘em coming! Thank you!!!
"A real realism about kind of aging." What?
The people seem nice and passionate about music, but this is another podcast "like-sortof-kindof" plague victim. Hard to justify allotting just 5 seconds per song sample while allowing such a flood of adolescent hipster affectations to ear-wade through each episode. Conversational naturalism is fine, but not verbal diarrhealism. For example, nice to hear a pro like David Fricke speak adult human English well in the Iggy Pop episode, but then here's Jon Dolan's review of the album, after kindly saying he loved it and found it moving [and this is transcribed, not typos]: "I was not sure what to expect from a new Iggy Pop solo album in 2016 really what it would kind of be like and like his going back to that, not, it doesn't necessarily always sound like that but this, the kind of predatory, stripped down kind of uh slithering sort of stoicism that has been kind of a quality of those records kind of comes through a little bit but the mood is a lot different like in those records like with Nightclubbing or I am Bored it was sort of 'gimme something' you know, 'I'm at the center of this, but show me something, I'm out,' you know. "Now there's a sense, there's one song on here called Sunday where he's kind of like, 'I wait for Sunday, I can relax.' You know and there's other songs like you know, 'get me outta here,' kind of like you know 'I'm really thinking about I've seen this this stuff happen, I've seen my friends die,' you know, you just mentioned so many names you know and like he's he's seen his own life sort of, he's seen his own mortality and there's intimations of that on the record as well. "But it's still trying to fight and find that kind of essential defiance and essential you know I don't know for a cliche, 'raw power,' that has that has been such a big part of his music as well. And and this sort of also this sort of sexuality, there's the thing about the 'America's greatest poet was ogling you last night,' in the hotel or, and these kind of lines that kind of like really balance these things or kind of almost maybe come to a kind of sense of 'I need to sort of close chapters but I still am this person who feels these things' and it's a very honest album and a and a there's a real realism about kind of aging as this figure and as almost maybe as this character. It's a moving record." I suspect there's a nice thought in there. The record may move, but this review is a self-unmotivating breakdown. And unfortunately it's typical of much of the commentary and discussion, not just Dolan's. For me, it's often too much work to get through so I bail. But if that review looks like the language you speak, then you're home.
RS Music Now is everything
Love this podcast and the hosts who I basically feel like I know after reading their work for years and hearing them discuss their favorite music every week on this incredible podcast. Thanks guys and long live Rolling Stone!
Brian is a great interviewer
Glad to have found this
I started listening to this podcast just a week ago after seeing The Who in concert. Really interesting and I can’t stop listening. I’ve seen a lot of the musicians / groups in concert which makes it interesting. But even the ones I’m less familiar with are interesting and make me want to go listen to their music with this new perspective.
I enjoy this podcast quite a bit. However, it does seemed rushed on occasion. The Grunge Album review episode seems like they could have discussed it longer, but chose not to for whatever reason. Also, I tend to be out of touch with many of the artist they cover, but that's a person problem. Peace
What happened to Rolling Stone
These guys spend half their time discussing Beyoncé and Cardi B. Very far away from the original counter-cultural spirit of the Rolling Stone. Every now and then they will interview someone cool but most of it’s garbage.
As an aspiring music journalist myself with a dream to someday write for Rolling Stone Magazine, this is the kind of knowledge that I hope to have to one day. Every single discussion is insightful, thought-provoking and really does inspire me to want to improve upon my skills and the knowledge that I have. I listen every week and always learn something new!
Music Geeks Unite!
This is a great podcast by music geeks for music geeks, even though they said Carole King wrote I'm A Believer, they still have great interviews and topics.
I’m in Good Company
As a 50-something who spent her teenage years listening to Van Halen, The Cars, and Journey, who has now morphed into a fan of a much wider array of musical groups and genres, this show is just my speed. I find that I can relate to or am interested in a fair amount of the subject matter and it usually hold my attention. Sometimes I feel like the hosts assume that all of their listeners are up to date on current bands and trends in music, and I feel mildly out of the loop. If I have one criticism, It’s that Brittany Spanos talks to quickly to follow what she says, which gets aggravating.
Stop Hosting like The View
Disappointing. Just cut all the pieces that have your hosts ranting and babbling on about their own personal opinions of people and performances, and use your resources to connect listeners to the artists, producers, engineers, and music professionals who shape our culture through their work. RS = the connector. Musicians/Artists/Producers, etc = the opinions we want to hear and learn from. As a musician, I feel offended that people can spend their time under the RS name to have a little “podcast gossip brunch” and talk down on people, their performances, the clothes they choose to wear... it’s sad. I expect more from RS. We can all improve ourselves and our work, including myself. I hope RS plans to keep improving, too.
Listening to cool people
Even if I’m not particularly interested in the topic that’s being discussed, I just really enjoy listening to this group of people talk. You feel like you’re sitting at the cool kids table in the cafeteria, but at the same time they are not pretentious or obnoxious about their music knowledge.
cool kids table
Please play more than 5 seconds of a song
I enjoy the topics covered usually and especially the countdown shows. But please don't reference a cool song or portion of a song and then not ever play it or play such a small portion that it just leaves the listener feeling shorthanded. Most other music shows play a lot more music, and I find that more enjoyable and effective.
Worth Your Time
Great to hear the voices of some of my favorite music artists, and the voices of some of my favorite music journalists. Five stars.
Just a great listen, fun and informative
I discovered this podcast only a few months ago and just can’t get enough. Do yourself a favor and subscribe first, then go back and download from the vast library, all the bands, the artists, the memories. These guys have the insight culled from years of experience as staff of Rolling Stone, and have endless contacts with some of the biggest names in Rock and Roll, from talent to production . My wife and I listen to most of them together in the car and enjoy them immensely. Thank you! Can I make a request? One of the great, underrated songsmiths and producers, Alan Parsons. Is it a band? Is he a real person? I ask you.
Viking in Denver
This is my favorite podcast
Every week, Brian Hiatt and Co. teach me something I didn't know, often about an artist I didn't think I wanted to know someting about. But I just trust them now and listen. There will be something useful in there. I particularly like the recordings of artist interviews they play from current interviews or from the vault when it's relevant again. Their inevitable obit shows for stars who died that week are always comprehensive and enlightening. I also appreciate the shows on emerging stars, rehabilitated bands, terrible bands, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, bad biopics, lists of good and bad songs and the ongoing question: Is Rock Dead? I'm not trolling you. I seriously look forward to this each week. Good stuff!