THE YEAR OF TAYLOR: By any measure, Nicki Minaj is one of the world's biggest pop stars — her last album opened at Number One, "Anaconda" has nearly 345 million YouTube views, "Bang Bang" has more than 137 million Spotify streams and she was, not long ago, a TV star. And her......more
Leave it to Willie Nelson — whose reddish-white hair, jolly disposition and fondness for green foliage sort of makes him the Stoner Santa Claus — to ditch the Christmas season's traditional scents of frankincense and myrrh in favor of the potent, pungent aroma of marijuana.
Back in 2008, Shotgun Willie teamed up with......more
There are two dudes living inside of country singer Granger Smith and both get their time in the spotlight on Smith's seventh studio album, 2013's Dirt Road Driveway. Tracks like "Miles and Mud Tires" and "Bury Me in Blue Jeans" represent the native Texan's good, clean, down-home way of life.......more
Over the Rhine's Blood Oranges in the Snow may be a Christmas album, but it's one that explores the bittersweet side of the holidays, long after the bells have stopped jingling. Bandmates Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist call it "reality Christmas music." Leaving sleigh rides and Santa sightings to the......more
Tomorrow morning, on Christmas Day, rap fans can wake up and download Fabolous' The Young OG Project. "When you get to a certain age, Christmas is for your kids," says the Brooklyn MC. "Other than that, you're just sitting at home, eating, watching some football. Now this album can become......more
Rodney Atkins will release his first greatest hits collection in February. The album will include his six chart-toppers: "If You're Going Thru Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," "Watching You," "These Are My People," "Cleaning This Gun (Come On in Boy)," "It's America" and "Take a Back Road." The other......more
The first piece of new, original music from the recently reunited Replacements may not be what fans expected from the snotty kings of college rock, but "Poke Me In My Cage" is a holiday gift nonetheless: A 24-minute improvised jazz track, which the band uploaded to Soundcloud last week with little fanfare.
Written by Paul Westerberg......more
Teenage Time Killer, a supergroup spearheaded by members of alt-metal vets Corrosion of Conformity, have signed a deal with Rise Records. A rep for the label confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. The band's debut will feature appearances by rockers ranging from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to Slipknot screamer......more