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May 2021
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
love letters & advice

“Cheer up, John. I seriously didn’t even know you were Denzel’s kid until I read the first couple paragraphs of this article, and I totally adore your acting!”@prioritize12 Washington’s Crossing Whether they focused on his acting, his athleticism, or his character, most readers loved spending time with April cover star John David Washington and learning about the choices he’s made in forging his own path to the silver screen [“John David Washington Does the Right Thing,” RS 1350]. “Excellent story and cover! Amazing actor, such a talent,” gushed Regina Jansen. “Fantastic article on Mr. Washington, I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve seen John David Washington in to date. Your article made me feel like I was there interviewing him with you!” exclaimed Jared Gadson. “Wow, now I need to see all of his…

3 min.
lucy dacus remembers everything

WHEN LUCY DACUS was 13, she spent a summer at a Bible camp in her home state of Virginia. When she looks back now, she remembers the sermons preaching abstinence, the “slightly erotic God-loving songs” at worship times, and the talent show where she performed Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” backed by five male friends with acoustic guitars. Most of all, though, she remembers meeting her first boyfriend. “He was into Slayer, and he was a stoner, and I told him that if we dated, he would have to stop smoking weed,” Dacus, 26, recalls over Zoom from the house she shares with six friends in Philadelphia. “I was a straight-laced, hardass, morally superior 13-year-old.” She turned her recollections of that early-teenage romance into a song called “VBS” (short for “Vacation Bible…

2 min.
stairway to bootleg-lp heaven

IN 1971, Ross Halfin wandered into Richard Branson’s original Virgin Records shop in London and noticed a Led Zeppelin album he didn’t recognize, called Live on Blueberry Hill. “They told me it was a bootleg,” he says. “I had no idea what a bootleg was, but I didn’t want to look stupid, so I ended up buying it.” That album, recorded at the L.A. Forum, kicked off a lifelong fascination with rare Zeppelin releases, both legal and illegal, which only grew once Halfin’s career as a rock photographer took off and he became friends with Jimmy Page. Halfin owns hundreds of Zeppelin records now (including 36 copies of Led Zeppelin II), and they form the basis for his new coffee-table book, Led Zeppelin Vinyl, which showcases foreign editions with bizarre…

3 min.
the ultimate sound at home

THERE’S NO SHORTAGE of decent audio gear on the market, from Bluetooth headphones that double as a work-from-home essential to wireless subwoofers that promise room-shaking bass. But which devices are most worth buying — and which new releases live up to their hype? We’ve spent the past year testing out hundreds of headphones, speakers, and sound systems for our first-ever Rolling Stone Audio Awards. These products all earned a place on our list for superior performance, technology, design, and utility — because, after all, your favorite songs, TV, and movies will only sound as good as the devices they’re being played on. SEE THE FULL LIST ROLLING STONE AUDIO AWARDS AT ROLLINGSTONE.COM…

1 min.
healing us softly with her song

YAYA BEY has lived some lives. At 32, she’s been a wife, a divorcée, a weed peddler, an art educator for the unhoused, a curator, and a street medic. She’s also been a songwriter since age nine, first crafting hooks for her father — an MC who’d seen moderate success in the Nineties — in their Queens, New York, home. “He was like, ‘You can’t sing,’” Bey recalls, laughing. “But he always thought I was a good writer.” Now based in Brooklyn, Bey began this spring with an engrossing EP, The Things I Can’t Take With Me. “I’m just trying to heal,” she says. “I lived a lot of my life having men kind of run the show: my dad, my ex-husband, men I’ve dated.” The music is sensitive and bare.…

3 min.
rs charts

The Viral Hits of Spring NOW MORE THAN EVER, the charts are anyone’s for the taking, with songs from unknown artists and decades-old classics regularly reaching the RS 100. On this month’s Trending 25, which ranks the fastest-rising songs via streaming, a mid-aughts rap-rock track ba-da-das back into the mainstream, and a 44-year-old disco hit gets its moment under the mirror ball again. HIGHLIGHT GYM CLASS HEROES’ TIKTOK CHOKEHOLD IT’S BEEN 10 YEARS since Gym Class Heroes released a new album, and the group has been completely inactive since 2018, so frontman Travie McCoy was more than a little surprised to learn recently that the group’s song “Cupid’s Chokehold” had become a megahit on TikTok, a platform that McCoy admits he knew next to nothing about. The rap-rock tune, which features Fall Out Boy’s Patrick…