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The Smiths’ Biggest, Most Unlikely Fan: Pantera’s Phil Anselmo

“You think you know depression, grimness and self-loathing?” Anselmo said. “Listen to Morrissey!”


Sheryl Crow classic country albums video Essentials: Perusing the Classic Country Stacks With Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow sat down with and perused our vinyl collection to discuss country legends like Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, who have been important to her as an artist.


(Anthony Mandler/Interscope Records) Essentials: Robin Thicke Shares His Sex & Relationship Advice

So when he stopped by HQ to discuss his new album, also titled Blurred Lines and out this week, we bent his ear on sex, romance, pick-up lines and real-deal, full-fledged, forever love.


Jason Aldean Essentials Essentials: Jason Aldean, Country’s Biggest Rock Star

After packing Madison Square Garden and Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, and with upcoming shows at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, Jason Aldean is taking his career “to the next level” this year.


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Kelly Rowland’s Third Act: ‘Talk A Good Game’ Brings The Female Empowerment

“I always think about women when I’m making a record,” she tells “I think about how many women inspired and touched me throughout my life. I feel it’s my duty to give that back.”


(Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Essentials: Darius Rucker Digs His Boots Deeper Into Country

In our Essentials profile, Rucker broke down country music stereotypes and explained the stories behind many of the songs on his new album, while Entertainment Weekly’s Grady Smith provided some back story on the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer.


(Donald Bowers/Getty Images for American Express) Essentials: Vampire Weekend Plays The Game Of LIFE

The revealed their thoughts on the biological imperative that causes parenthood, God and the unmoved mover, the nature of good and evil in man and why they’re so into making album covers out of found art.


Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night Essentials: Tim McGraw & His ‘Superstar Summer Night’

Tim McGraw may have released his new album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” back in February, but he’s keeping the momentum going with a superstar summer jam. We delve into it in our new Essentials profile.


LL Cool J Essentials: LL Cool J Stays ‘Authentic’

In our Essentials video, we profile LL Cool J, who makes his bold return to the music world this Tuesday with “Authentic.”


Courtesy of Glassnote Records Essentials: Phoenix Try To Experiment Their Way To The Top

With their new album “Bankrupt!,” Phoenix wanted to play around with their sound and maybe even force a few people to question whether they were even the same group of guys who made “1901.”


(Steve Gullick/Warner Brothers Records) Essentials: Are Foals On The Brink Of Something Big?

For their latest record, “Holy Fire,” Foals have made a lot of moves. But while the pieces seem in perfectly in place for a major breakthrough, the band says they’re artists first.


(Photo Credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images) Essentials: Enter The Wu-Tang Clan’s Coachella Chamber

Twenty years ago the Wu-Tang Clan crowded into a small office in New York City and took turns spitting thorny raps, transforming the four walls into a show of lyrical fireworks. In 2013, they’re headlining Coachella.


Glassnote Records Essentials: Phoenix’s Long Road To Coachella Headliner

At first Phoenix might have seemed like an unlikely choice to headline this year’s Coachella Festival, but the combination of great songs and a stellar live show proves the band is more than ready for top billing. We explore in this episode of Essentials.


(Courtesy of Fueled by Ramen) Essentials: Paramore Grows Up

Paramore’s new album perfectly captures the sound of a band growing up and, after some struggles, finding itself. We sat down with the band to discuss all the changes for a special Essentials video package.