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Tom Petty Admits Touring With The Confederate Flag Was Stupid

Ever since the horrific racist mass murder in South Carolina last month, we as a society seem to be reassessing what it means to throw images of the Confederate battle flag anywhere. Various states, including South Carolina, have decided to stop flying it from their state house, and retailers have pulled the flag from their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Tom Petty – “Somewhere Under Heaven”

One of the great things about rock stars growing old is they begin to buy into their own mythologies. This spurs them to release things like Tom Petty’s new collection, Wildflowers – All The Rest: a bunch of songs he wrote from 1992-1994 that didn’t quite make it onto Wildflowers proper. Since that’s my second-favorite… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 2, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Kris Kristofferson – “Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty Cover) Video

Kris Kristofferson wrote “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down” for Johnny Cash and played Whistler in Blade. He is one of American music’s great living badasses, and he’s contributed a new cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” the the soundtrack of Texas Rising, a new History Channel miniseries about Texas’ struggle for independence. In the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

POP ETC – “I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty Cover)

True to their name, POP ETC have never had a problem taking on the most ubiquitous hit songs. In January, they gave us an aching, sparse cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” and before that, the band warped Gin Blossoms’ immortal ’90s alt-pop gem “Follow You Down” into springy Strokes-esque rock. The trio can stri… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / April 10, 2015 - 11:24 am

Tom Petty Releases Statement “About The Sam Smith Thing”

Sam Smith has been having a rough time of it this month, and part of the reason is that “Stay With Me,” Smith’s breakout hit from last year, turns out to be a little too close for comfort to Tom Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down.” Earlier this week, the news came out that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015 - 10:19 am

Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Credit For Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Tom Petty has been awarded a songwriting credit on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which bears a close resemblance to Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” According to The Sun, the deal was settled out of court back in October, but is just coming to light now. Both Petty and singer/composer Jeff Lynne were given a… More »

By: James Rettig / January 26, 2015 - 8:49 am

The 5 Best Tom Petty Albums Of 2014

As you might’ve heard, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers scored their first #1 album this year, with Hypnotic Eye. Thing is, it’s merely pretty good in the grand scheme of the Petty canon. It garnered a lot of positive of reviews, but when it comes down to it, the fact that Petty just now got… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 11, 2014 - 3:17 pm

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here.

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The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won’t learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 9:02 am

Wildflowers Turns 20

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

The opening verse of the title track from Tom Petty’s 1994 mid-career high-water mark Wildflowers at first blush seems like little more than tattoo bait… More »

By: Shawn Macomber / October 31, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Watch Pearl Jam Cover The Who & Tom Petty In Milwaukee

At a Friday night show in Moline, Illinois, Pearl Jam randomly decided to play their 1996 album No Code in full. (They also played a new song called “Moline.”) Last night, playing Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center, the band busted out another superfan treat, playing all of 1998’s Yield in the middle of a titanic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2014 - 10:15 am

Stereogum’s 14 Favorite Sets At Outside Lands 2014

Nearly 200 years ago, back when the shoreline dunes of San Francisco were considered uninhabitable, they came to be known as the Outside Lands — terrain fit only for the bravest pioneers. These days that territory is a lot more comfortable: Among other landmarks, it’s become home to Golden Gate Park, an oasis of urba… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 12, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Tom Petty Albums From Worst To Best

If so-called rockists ever decide to secede and form their own nation, Tom Petty is a shoo-in for the country’s first presidential nominee. Petty’s music advances the notion of rock and roll as utopian ideal, and the tremendous success of his band Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers proves that populism is not necessarily the byproduct… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / August 5, 2014 - 11:15 am

Watch Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Play Three Hypnotic Eye Tunes On Kimmel

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers just released their new album Hypnotic Eye, and it’s about to be their first-ever #1. That’s probably not why Jimmy Kimmel Live made a big deal about featuring the band on last night’s episode. That probably had something to do with four decades of incredible songs. Rather than playing i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Tom Petty’s Lackluster New Album Will Be His First #1

Into The Great Wide Open peaked at #13. Wildflowers made it to #8. Full Moon Fever, one of the most iconic rock albums of its day, stalled out at #3. Damn The Torpedoes was stuck at #2 for seven weeks in 1979, unable to overcome Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Even 1993’s Greatest Hits collection, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2014 - 9:49 am

You’ll Never Believe This, But Tom Petty Thinks EDM Shows Are Stupid

Tom Petty has been doing some press to promote the new Heartbreakers record Hypnotic Eye, and one of those interviews found him sounding off on electronic dance music festivals. You’ll never guess what he thinks about them. Specifically, Petty has this to say about the highly profitable Electric Daisy Carnival, where two people died thi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Alt-Country Con Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Bilking Investors With Fake Album Feat. Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam

According to Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding investors out of almost $600,000 by promising to put on a benefit concert and release a compilation album featuring some big musicians to benefit the West Memphis Three, who were incarcerated for 18 years before being released… More »

By: James Rettig / July 26, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Stream Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Hypnotic Eye

Tom Petty is 63 years old and in the fourth decade of a legendary career, and he just keeps cranking out new music. Hypnotic Eye, Petty and his Heartbreakers’ newest album, comes out next week, and we’ve posted a bunch of its songs: “American Dream Plan B,” “U Get Me High,” “Red River,” “Fault Lines,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 21, 2014 - 10:37 am

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Forgotten Man”

Tom Petty has said his new album with the Heartbreakers is going to be “a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end,” and from what we’ve heard — “Fault Lines,” “U Get Me High,” “Red River,” and “American Dream Plan B” — he’s delivering on that. His newest, “Forgotten Man,” is another dose of rock… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Fault Lines”

Nobody would be mad at Tom Petty if he just rode off into the sunset, playing his greatest hits forever, but he’s still cranking out new jams, and some of them are pretty great. Petty and his Heartbreakers will release their new album Hypnotic Eye later this month, and we’ve already heard three of it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2014 - 10:40 am

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “U Get Me High” & “Red River”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have revealed two more songs from Hypnotic Eye. Whereas the jolting “American Dream Plan B” was a striking departure from the norm, the new “U Get Me High” and “Red River” are both standard Petty tracks. But you probably love Tom Petty, so get into them below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 10, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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