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How Ryan Adams Saved His Career With 'Heartbreaker'

May 3, 2016

At the turn of the century, Ryan Adams was in a bad way. His alt-country band Whiskeytown dissolved, thanks in large part to major record-label consolidation; a long-term relationship with music publicist Amy Lombardi ended, prompting her to move...

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Ryan Adams to Release 'Heartbreaker' Deluxe Box Set

April 15, 2016

Ryan Adams is going back to the beginning. The mercurial and prolific singer-songwriter is reissuing his landmark 2000 debut Heartbreaker as a deluxe box set. The album, Adams' first as a solo artist following his departure from the acclaimed alt-country...

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Watch Ryan Adams' Riveting 'Austin City Limits' Acoustic Set

January 17, 2016

After taking part in Austin City Limits' milestone 40th season, Ryan Adams was back on the long-running music program Saturday as the prolific singer-songwriter delivered a rare all-acoustic set as part of ACL's Season 41. Both ACL performances stemmed...

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Watch Ryan Adams' Tender 'ACL' 'Desire' Performance

January 15, 2016

Ryan Adams last appeared on Austin City Limits last January with Jenny Lewis. But for his latest episode of the long-running concert show, Adams is delivering a rare solo acoustic set. Rolling Stone has a clip from his tender performance of "Desire,"...

2015

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New Music Friday: Trey Anastasio, Def Leppard, EL VY

October 30, 2015

Heads up: It's Friday! That means a tasty crop of new music releases available on your favorite digital retailer, streaming service, or even at a real, live record store if you can find one. Check out these brand-new albums, all out today, October 30th. Phish...

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Ryan Adams Performs Taylor Swift Cover on 'Kimmel'

October 20, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel Live! returned to Brooklyn Monday to kick off five nights of episodes taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, so it was only appropriate that New Yorker Ryan Adams welcome the Los Angeles-based show with a cover of Taylor...

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Watch Ryan Adams Cover Taylor Swift on 'Daily Show'

October 2, 2015

Ryan Adams helped cap off Trevor Noah's first week behind the desk at The Daily Show Thursday night as the host's first musical guest. Adams performed songs from his album of Taylor Swift covers, 1989. Thursday's performance saw the...

Album Review

1989

September 24, 2015

One year after releasing 1984, his love-letter EP to mid-Eighties punk, Ryan Adams is back with an album-length cover of Taylor Swift's 1989. It plays like the latest chapter in his ongoing recent Tom-Petty-meets-the-Smiths re-imagining of the Reagan...

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Hear Father John Misty Cover Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space'

September 21, 2015

Father John Misty has gotten in on Ryan Adams' 1989 fun, as the former Fleet Foxes drummer posted his own unique take on Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" on his SoundCloud. "My reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album 1989," Josh Tillman...

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Stream Ryan Adams' Full-LP Tribute to Taylor Swift's '1989'

September 21, 2015

Ryan Adams promised "tears" with his track-by-track re-recording of Taylor Swift's pop smash 1989 – and he's delivered. The full LP is available on iTunes, and Adams has posted 12 of the cover LP's 13 tracks on YouTube.   The...

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10 Best Things We Saw at Neil Fest

September 15, 2015

There are very few artists whose catalogue — wildly diverse, full of forgotten gems and disparate genres — lends itself more naturally to the tribute-show format than Neil Young. On Sunday and Monday night at New York's Bowery Ballroom,...

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Watch Ryan Adams, Norah Jones Cover 'Old Man' at Neil Fest

September 14, 2015

Neil Fest swept into New York's Bowery Ballroom Sunday night, the first of two all-star performances dedicated to Neil Young's music. This year's fest featured artists like Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick...

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How Ryan Adams' Bromance Led to '1989,' 'Classic' La Sera LP

October 29, 2015

Ryan Adams is a notoriously fast worker in the studio, and as a producer, he encourages the same. A week was all it took for Adams and the members of La Sera — ex–Vivian Girl Katy Goodman and guitarist Todd "Totally Tod" Wisenbaker with...

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See Ryan Adams, Taylor Swift Discuss '1989,' Songwriting

October 19, 2015

Ryan Adams recently re-recorded Taylor Swift's 1989 – a covers album that was enthusiastically approved by Swift herself – and now the two artists have sat down for a conversation for GQ. In their chat, they discuss the...

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Charts: Drake, Future Take 'What a Time' to Number One

September 27, 2015

Drake and Future each scooped up their second Number One album of 2015 as the rappers' surprise joint mixtape What a Time to Be Alive cruised to the top of the Billboard 200 despite heavy competition. What a Time to Be Alive sold...

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Father John Misty Drops Taylor Swift Cover After Crazy Dream

September 22, 2015

Father John Misty has removed his Velvet Underground-style covers of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and "Welcome to New York" after detailing on Facebook a presumably apocryphal, ridiculous dream in which the angry spirit of Lou Reed...

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Ryan Adams on His Full-Album Cover of Taylor Swift's '1989'

September 21, 2015

Last Christmas, Ryan Adams was, in his words, "a little lost." He'd wrapped up one leg of a tour supporting his self-titled album, and he and his wife Mandy Moore had just separated. "I had gone through some life changes, and it would be the first...

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Hear Ryan Adams' Moody Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood'

September 17, 2015

Ryan Adams has been slowly previewing his moody takes on Taylor Swift's 1989 on Twitter. Now, he's given the covers LP a release date — September 21st — album art and the first taste of the final product with his version of "Bad Blood." Adams'...

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Neil Young, Ryan Adams Lead Bridge School Benefit

September 15, 2015

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Ryan Adams, Dixie Chicks and St. Vincent will perform at the 29th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which heads to Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 24th and...

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Ryan Adams Recording Covers LP of Taylor Swift's '1989'

August 6, 2015

Ryan Adams is a master of stripped-down, emotional covers, but he's taking that mastery to a new level as he records covers of Taylor Swift's smash album 1989 in its entirety and in the style of the Smiths. "Guaranteed saddest version of...

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