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Last week, Neil Young released a new record called The Monsanto Years. It isn’t very good. It’s a cartoonish protest concept record revolving around the agriculture company Monsanto and GMOs. The other distinguishing factor of the album is that Young chose to record it with Promise Of The Real, a band led by Lukas Nelson… More »

Aliens land. They’ve traveled from some distant planet with a specific mission: to find out what this ‘rock and roll’ stuff is all about. Through some curious coincidence, they find you. “What is rock and roll?” they demand, rayguns drawn. You begin to sweat. Still, there is really only one question you need to ask… More »

Sometimes, in the course of writing this column almost every week for the past year, I’ve had the following response to hearing a great album for the first time: “Fuck, now I have to decide if this is better than this other great album.” The whole Album Of The Week idea is, admittedly, entirely a… More »

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There are lots of good reasons to go see Patti Smith play a New York show if you get a chance, but here's an extra…
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2015 - 8:44 am

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Neil Young is currently on tour with Promise Of The Real as his backing band, and he's been dusting off some old material that hasn't…
Peter Helman | October 15, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Watch Pearl Jam & Stephen Colbert Cover Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World”

Pearl Jam have not been active in 2015. They haven't played any shows or released any music. Eddie Vedder has shown up at a whole…
Tom Breihan | September 24, 2015 - 9:12 am

Watch Ryan Adams, Norah Jones, Patrick Carney, Charles Bradley & More Cover Neil Young At Neil Fest Night 2

The two-day Neil Fest benefit concert concluded last night, with a stacked lineup of artists taking the stage at the Bowery Ballroom to pay tribute…
Peter Helman | September 15, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Watch Ryan Adams Cover “Cinnamon Girl” & “Old Man” At Neil Fest

Last night, an all-star lineup of musicians converged on the Bowery Ballroom to pay tribute to Neil Young. The occasion was Neil Fest, a two-night…
Tom Breihan | September 14, 2015 - 10:06 am

Iron & Wine – “Albuquerque” (Neil Young Cover)

Over the years, Iron & Wine has (d)evolved into this overgrown jam-band entity that grosses me out and makes me sad -- but it was…
Chris DeVille | September 9, 2015 - 11:59 am

Neil Young Tribute Concert Lines Up Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Body/Head, Patrick Carney, & More

This fall, NYC's Bowery Ballrooom is hosting the first-ever Neil Fest, a two-day tribute concert event organized by the same people who previously brought us…
Peter Helman | August 26, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Neil Young Says Pono Is Expanding As Soon As It Finds CEO, Money

Neil Young raised $6.2 million on Kickstarter to launch Pono, a high-resolution digital audio player whose promises of a transcendent sonic experience unlike any other…
Chris DeVille | August 24, 2015 - 9:20 am

Watch Neil Young Teach Meryl Streep How To Play Guitar

Because Meryl Streep is a goddess and literally never half-asses anything, she actually learned how to play guitar for her starring role as an aging…
James Rettig | August 14, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Neil Young: “Streaming Ends For Me Today”

Neil Young has made a big stink about sound quality in recent years, and he continued to do so today, posting a Facebook message and…
Chris DeVille | July 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Watch Dave Grohl And Friends Cover Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” At His Motorcycle Rally

In conjunction with the Foo Fighters' blowout anniversary bash this weekend, Dave Grohl co-hosted a motorcycle rally because, well, he's Dave Grohl. That's just what…
Caitlin White | July 7, 2015 - 11:02 am

Donald Trump Fires Back At Neil Young

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last week, Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" played as he walked onto the stage at…
Peter Helman | June 24, 2015 - 10:05 pm

Stream Neil Young + Promise Of The Real The Monsanto Years

Neil Young has been in the news a lot lately, for taking "Rockin' In The Free World" away from Donald Trump and gifting it to
Tom Breihan | June 22, 2015 - 11:26 am

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World”

Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" is an obvious choice for a presidential campaign theme song, so it's no surprise that the debate over…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 22, 2015 - 10:20 am

Neil Young Shares Statement About Trump Campaign, Monsanto

This has been a rough couple of days for Neil Young fans who also happen to be affiliated with massive corporations. First, a few of…
Peter Helman | June 17, 2015 - 6:48 pm

Duh, Neil Young Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using “Rockin’ In The Free World” For His Presidential Campaign

UPDATE: Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Rolling Stone that they will refrain from using Young's music from now on: We won't…
Peter Helman | June 16, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart Respond To Neil Young’s The Monsanto Years Lyrics

Neil Young And Promise Of The Real's upcoming The Monsanto Years is a protest album that continues Young's recent trend of taking corporations to task…
Chris DeVille | June 16, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – “Wolf Moon” Video

Neil Young and the band Promise Of The Real (comprising Willie Nelson's sons) will release their collaborative album, The Monsanto Years, at the end of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 10, 2015 - 11:46 am

Watch Neil Young Peform “Monsanto Years” & “Down By The River” At Anti-GMO Events In Maui

At the beginning of the year, Neil Young announced that he would release a concept album alongside Micah and Lukas Nelson, the sons of his…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 26, 2015 - 10:28 am
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