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Inside the biggest stories in music, hosted by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt. Featuring interviews with top artists, expert insight on new releases and breaking news from the Rolling Stone staff, and much more.

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WBEZ Making

WBEZ Making


This week, we’re sharing an episode of the podcast series Making from WBEZ. Before becoming a cultural lightning rod, Kanye West was a self-confident teenager, handing out mixtapes on the South and West sides of Chicago. In the first episode of this two-part podcast series, they track Kanye’s meteoric rise from uncredited producer to headlining star. Hear about his rise in this special episode. And if you enjoy it, you can hear about his fall in part two by finding Making from WBEZ.   Making tells the story of a different, iconic figure every episode. Subscribe and don’t miss an episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With Tina Turner's death at the age of 83, we look back on her oft-difficult life, career triumphs, and world-shaking music. Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We dig deep on Beyoncé's spectacular Renaissance Tour, from the massive spectacle to the unexpected ballad choices, with Brittany Spanos and Daily Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We mark the end of MTV News' 36-year run by talking to three iconic anchors — Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren, and John Norris — about covering Kurt Cobain's death and interviewing Tupac Shakur, as well behind-the-scenes drama, being the face of music news for a generation, and much more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A panel of hit-makers explains how a verdict against Ed Sheeran could've ruined songwriting forever, with Jenna Andrews (who co-wrote BTS' "Butter"), Jamie Hartman (Backstreet Boys, Lewis Capaldi), and JHart (Justin Bieber, Usher) joining host Brian Hiatt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Is artificial intelligence about to change music forever? We look at what's already happening — and what's coming next. Grimes, for one, is allowing anyone to use AI models of her voice, and splitting royalties 50/50; her manager, Daouda Leonard, joins host Brian Hiatt to talk about their plans and the broader risks and possibilities of AI in music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We take a deep look at Frank Ocean's controversial Coachella performance — as well as the odd discourse around it — and look back on his career, with Tomás Mier and Simon Vozick-Levinson joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
From Daisy Jones and the Six to the Oneders, we look at the best songs by fictional artists, with Alan Sepinwall joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We tell the story behind rock's most exciting supergroup — Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, and Phoebe Bridgers — with a track-by-track look at their acclaimed new album. Angie Martoccio, who wrote Rolling Stone's cover story on the band, joins host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We dive into Lana Del Rey's new album, 'Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd' — along with her whole discography and the controversies along the way, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We dive deep on The Eras Tour, from song choices to staging to guesses at surprises to come and more. Waiss Aramesh, who covered opening night for Rolling Stone, joins Brittany Spanos and host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We discuss Miley Cyrus' new album 'Endless Summer Vacation,' including her smash 'Flowers' – and look back at her whole wild career path, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We look at the second half of our list of 'Genuinely Horrible Albums by Great Artists,' from Kanye West to David Bowie, with the list's author, Andy Greene, joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week we’re introducing something special: Back Issue from Pineapple Street Studios. Back Issue is BACK with a brand new season! Back Issue reminisces on moments in pop culture’s past that have shaped our present. Each episode brings personal reflection, incredible guests, and plenty of deep belly laughs. Host Josh Gwynn has invited some very special guest co-hosts to share their perspective on some of the most formative stories in pop culture. We start out with not just another hair story but a conversation about the gendered politics of specific hairstyles as Josh sets out on a mission to get a silk press.  We’ll also reflect on iconic award speeches, explore what our brains do on gossip, break down the backstories of Degrassi and Cheetah Girls, decide if Josh should become the next Black ex-pat, and discuss which multi-hyphenate performers are deserving of their flowers. Listen and follow Back Issue wherever you get your podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
From Prince to Neil Young to Madonna, we discuss – and argue about – Rolling Stone's picks for the worst albums by great artists, with the list's author, Andy Greene, joining host Brian Hiatt for the discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We look at criticism and praise for Rihanna's long-awaited performance comeback, with Mankaprr Conteh and Tomás Mier joining host Brian Hiatt. Plus: Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. responds to our Grammy critiques from last week Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We discuss Grammy voters' repeated Beyoncé snubs, and break down the highs and lows of the 2023 Grammys, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lil Yachty's psychedelic-rock experiment 'Let's Start Here' isn't the first album to stun fans – we look back at the history of artists taking wild left turns, from Queen getting funky with 'Hot Space' to Taylor Swift shape-shifting on '1989' and much, much more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Making of SZA's 'SOS'

The Making of SZA's 'SOS'


With 'SOS' in its sixth week at number one, we go deep into the making of an instant classic. SZA's collaborators – Rodney Jerkins, Rob Bisel, and Carter Lang – go track by track and tell all about the complex creative process behind the album. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We look back at the chaotic life and gorgeous music of the late David Crosby – and hear unearthed interview audio – with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young biographer David Browne and Andy Greene joining host Brian Hiatt for the discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (34)

Chris ryan

Conspiracies? Show us your sources, why don't you? Fringe huh? Are you claiming the theories he mentioned are absolutely baseless? Syria, the nazi kill list, the U.S. backed coup in Ukraine, the U.S. sabotaging the peace deal ukraine and russia negotiated earlier this year? Are you sure about that? A few other things... Roger Waters wasnt gish-galloping. Either you straight lied or you don't know what gish-galloping really is... smh. Criticizing the israel governments doesnt make someone antisemitic. Your bit about Roger occasionaly saying "the ukraine" instead of "Ukraine," damn, that was weird as fuck, man. You are grasping at straws. Mr. Ball.. you're an unimpressive journalist and a credulous purveyor of state propaganda. Also, you seem to have an exaggerated estimation of your intelligence and critical thinking skills... and youre quite a smug arse as well arent ya?! An arrogant idiot. smh. the worst.

Oct 13th

here to avoid people

love blackpink girls 💟

Jun 20th


Finally the Beatles.

Feb 18th

Philly Burbs

cool! Aja

Jan 1st

Philly Burbs

Libya Libya Libya A war was all around Libya I think that's why "Let it Be" doc reflected his anger in not going to Libya..or anywhere else. I found the doc on 🤓😎🤓

Dec 29th

alan lund

Eric Clapton is an walking enigma. The man's stance along with Van Morrison on the public lockdown and vaccine mandate in The United Kingdom is confusing to say the least You would think he would want the best for his fan base when it comes to attending his live performances. I understand it is a matter of personal choice whether you cooperate with various local and government agencies mandates on attending large gatherings such as concerts. I have personally went along with these mandates in my home state of Oregon because it's the right thing to do to protect not only yourself but others as well to be able to see live music finally after a nearly two year absence of live shows. As far as his infamous 1976 performance meltdown, the only person who really knows the truth about what he said that day and if he truly feels that way is himself and over the years it's obvious he never will come clean about the subject.

Oct 21st

David Ames

Chester bennington's name should not be mentioned in the same sentence or podcast as Iggy Pop siryou're a journalist??

Jul 12th

David Ames

Sparks are great. Edgar Wright is only popular-hardly great. doesn't take much to get hired at rolling Stone I guess these days..

Jun 26th

Helen O'Beirne

What a good interviewer

Nov 4th
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Western intellect

She’s always been like meh to me

Sep 1st

Pietro Bini

If this is the best music in 2019, then I l’ll give up

Aug 23rd

Lucienne Letya

The Life and Music of Little Richard

Jun 25th

Thomas Alan Rugg

Relatory isn't a word. I swear they let anyone be a "journalist" nowadays. 6th Grade it.

Jun 15th

Whitney Ivanoff

Rest in peace - one of the best pop songwriters of his generation. 😞

Apr 9th

Paul McAnallen

Nothing wrong with Thin Lizzy

Mar 15th

Karen Gonzalez

I wish they would pronounce Zack's last name correctly he's Chicano not Italian.

Nov 14th

Steve Harrison

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Oct 31st

Michael Bailey

I'm hearing what sounds like overlapping audio around 31 minutes in

Aug 27th
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Karen Gonzalez

I can't believe they did not even mention Michael Jackson's supurb Super Bowl Performance. He set the bar for artists in the future. I don't think anyone has met it yet.

Jun 7th

Pat Pfeil


Jan 13th
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