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Two Robots and a Dream: What Was Daft Punk’s Legacy?

In the wake of Daft Punk’s break-up, Rolling Stone Music Now podcast looks back at their era-defining story

Thomas Bangalter, right, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the group Daft Punk pose for a portrait on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Thomas Bangalter, right, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the group Daft Punk pose for a portrait on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Images

Besides a couple tracks with the Weeknd, robot-helmeted French dance legends Daft Punk hadn’t done much since 2013, which made it all the more puzzling that they chose to make a splashy video announcement of their break-up last week (which sent streams of their music soaring up by 500 percent). They only made four studio albums (plus the Tron: Legacy soundtrack and music for several tracks on Kanye West’s Yeezus, among other projects), but the duo still stands as one of the most influential acts of the 21st century.

In the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, we dig into the full story of Daft Punk, with Jonah Weiner, who wrote our definitive 2013 cover story on the duo, joining host Brian Hiatt for the discussion, sharing his rare experience of meeting the men under the masks.

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