PJ Harvey to Record Studio Album in Front of Live Audience

January 3, 2015

PJ Harvey's much-anticipated follow-up to 2011's Mercury Prize-winning Let England Shake will shatter the line between a live album and a studio LP thanks to a living art exhibit called Recording in Progress. For four weeks, Harvey, her...



Watch PJ Harvey's Royal Albert Hall Debut

July 10, 2014

In October 2011, touring behind the then-recent Let England Shake, PJ Harvey played her first two shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, selling out the historic theater on both the 30th and 31st. Here, you can watch the full hour-and-10-minutes of that...


Bjork and PJ Harvey Duet on 'Satisfaction'

June 3, 2014

Twenty years ago at the 1994 Brit Awards (basically, the U.K. Grammys), the show was hosted by Elton John and RuPaul, the Stereo MCs were named the top British group, and the boy band Take That beat out Radiohead for best British Single. (And somehow,...



David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys on Mercury Prize Shortlist

September 11, 2013

Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Jake Bugg are among a dozen acts included on the shortlist for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist. The award honors the best British album over the past year as chosen by a panel of British music...


Adele and PJ Harvey Awarded MBEs in Queen's Birthday Honors

June 16, 2013

Adele and PJ Harvey became Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire this week when Queen Elizabeth II awarded them MBEs in her annual Birthday Honors, the BBC reports. The two singers were both recognized for their services to music. The...


PJ Harvey Releases New Track 'Shaker Aamer'

August 4, 2013

PJ Harvey released a new track on Saturday to draw attention to the case of a British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay. Following in the dark, politically charged vein of 2011's Let England Shake, "Shaker Aamer" describes the agony of its title subject's...


Dave Grohl Asked PJ Harvey to Cover Nirvana with Sound City Players

March 21, 2013

PJ Harvey singing a Nirvana track with the Sound City Players would have been a memorable moment, but the singer wasn't available to join the supergroup at a London gig. Sound City leader and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had asked Harvey to...



Playlist: The Ting Tings' 'Sounds From Nowheresville' Inspirations

March 20, 2012

The Ting Tings' second album "dips into ska, Eighties electro and power ballads." Frontwoman Katie White offered up a playlist of songs that influenced her and bandmate Jules de Martino while they recorded the new set. "Hey Ladies": Beastie Boys Paul's...


Nirvana's 'In Utero' Studio Set to Reopen

February 7, 2012

The backwoods Minnesota recording studio where Nirvana holed up to record their last album, In Utero, is being refurbished for a reopening after lying dormant for a year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. John Kuker, who established Seed Underbelly...



PJ Harvey Wins Mercury Prize for Second Time

September 7, 2011

PJ Harvey won the prestigious Mercury Prize for her album Let England Shake yesterday, becoming the first artist to win the honor twice. Harvey had previously won the award, which is given each year to an English or Irish artist, for her 2001 album Stories...


PJ Harvey Plans to Release Paintings, Poetry and Prose

May 20, 2011

PJ Harvey has revealed loose plans to release a stockpile of paintings, poems and prose fiction that the singer has produced privately over the past two decades. In an interview with Spinner, Harvey says that she has been working diligently on these other...


PJ Harvey Performs War Ballad 'The Last Living Rose' on 'Conan'

April 12, 2011

PJ Harvey made a rare appearance on American television last night when she stopped by Conan to play "The Last Living Rose," a jaunty war ballad from her latest album Let England Shake. Harvey and her band are exceptionally well-dressed...


Digest: PJ Harvey to Play Live Webcast; Jack White and Norah Jones Guest on New Danger Mouse Album

February 10, 2011

PJ Harvey to Play Live WebcastPJ Harvey has announced that she will be performing her new album Let England Shake in its entirety in a live webcast from Paris on Monday at 8 p.m. Greenwich Mean time. The webcast will be streamed on Harvey's official site...

Song Review

"The Words That Maketh Murder"

January 28, 2011

Fairly peppy for a PJ Harvey song about murder, this folky shuffle finds Polly Jean warbling about dead soldiers while hand claps and horns add to the oddly catchy melee. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Number 405 — PJ Harvey, Rid of Me


Couples That Rock

August 30, 2011

The Greatest Covers of Bob Dylan Songs

May 10, 2011

Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower" (Electric Ladyland, 1968) Hendrix echoes the apocalypse of Dylan's final verse with guitar riffs like gale-force winds. "It overwhelmed me," Dylan said. The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Mr. Tambourine Man, 1965)...


Exclusive Video: PJ Harvey's 'Hanging In The Wire'

April 4, 2011

Check out the video for PJ Harvey's "Hanging In The Wire," the latest single from her LP Let England Shake. It was directed by British photographer Seamus Murphy, who sent Rolling Stone a detailed account of the making of the video: "It opens with...

Album Review

Let England Shake

February 15, 2011

Click to Listen to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake All British rock stars eventually make their version of Led Zeppelin III — the album where they look to the history and mythology of England for inspiration. Usually, this means pastoral celebrations...


Reviewed: Bright Eyes Plays to His Strengths on 'The People's Key'; George Michael's 'Faith' Holds Up as a Pop Classic

February 1, 2011

It's an excellent time to go record shopping: This week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews is uniformly positive. In the lead review, Jon Dolan praises the new Bright Eyes album The People's Key for consolidating all of songwriter Conor Oberst's strengths,...