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Shania Twain turns 50 today, adding another milestone to a 25-year career that’s full of landmark albums, chart-topping hits and bare midriffs. To celebrate, she’s gearing up for another leg of her Rock This Country tour, which will help bring her days on the road to a close. “I want to write more music,” she told Rolling Stone Country this summer, explaining her decision to retire from performing once the tour wraps. “I’d like to spend a lot more time doing that. I’d like to make more records....

The overwhelming success of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton may cause Hollywood execs to start digging around for more hip-hop backstories to plunder. If veteran producer DJ Premier, who worked with Dr. Dre on the latter’s “Animals” track for new album Compton, has his way, his former group Gang Starr will be next on the slate for a biopic. Sidebar ...

During the sessions for his band’s new record in the South of France, Yannis Philippakis — singer-songwriter-guitarist of the English quintet Foals — often passed a building on the outskirts of town where in 1889–90 Vincent Van Gogh was hospitalized after slicing off part of his left ear. It was a good place to contemplate madness — a running theme...

Keith Richards has unleashed “Substantial Damage,” a funk-inspired track from his upcoming solo LP, Crosseyed Heart.   Related: Keith Richards: ‘I Want to See How Far the Stones Can Go’ “Substantial Damage” is a groove monster, defined by Richards’ brash guitar riffs and the propulsive drumming of co-writer/producer Steve Jordan. The track is the third sample thus far from Crosseyed Heart, following lead single “Trouble” and the recently unlocked “Amnesia.” The song was...

“Ringling Road” — a twisted tale of circus freaks and vice from sharp-tongued country-rocker William Clark Green — comes to life word-for-word in its eerie, coulrophobic new video. Sidebar 30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear » “We wanted to hit a couple of levels,” Green says. “We wanted it creepy, but...

The season for beach reads may be on the way out, but fortunately this Autumn promises plenty of good books to curl up with it inside — especially if you’re a fan of rock & roll. Four veterans have written their memoirs, and Tom Petty has opened up to musician-turned-author Warren Zanes in a revealing biography. Get a sneak peek below. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. RollingStone.com:...

Justin Bieber looks for romantic clarity on his breezy new single, “What Do You Mean?,” the first sample off his upcoming fourth LP, out November 13th via RBMG/Def Jam Recordings. The limber track finds Bieber crooning over looped vocal samples, gentle piano chords and tropical synths. “What do you mean / When you nod your head yes, but you...

Keith Urban barely appeared in last year’s video for “Somewhere in My Car,” a steamy clip that focused less on the singer and more on a pair of window-fogging, hot-and-heavy actors. “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” is a different story. Directed by Shane Drake, the new video shines a light — literally — on Urban, who spends most...

Slash called a huge stir this past weekend when he didn’t challenge a Swedish reporter’s assertion that he was back on speaking terms with Axl Rose. “It was probably way overdue, you know,” he said. “But it’s very cool at this point to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.” He never actually said,...

Alabama’s repertoire has always been a solid blend of foot-stomping anthems and tender ballads, and the tradition continues on Southern Drawl, the first album of original songs from the trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook since 2001. One of the many highlights on the collection is “Come Find Me,” a road weary musician’s message to...