Watch: Rick Rubin's Latest Dream Team Sing Their Latest Single

After sweeping the ARIA Music Awards (Australia's Grammys) with their 2010 album Down the Way, Sydney-bred brother-and-sister act Angus and Julia Stone split up to pursue solo careers. Then came an act of divine intervention in the form of Rick Rubin, who judged their precise mix of sixties pop and seventies folk-rock "unbelievable" and began courting them. "It seems so obvious to just say yes, but it had taken us so long to decide to go our separate ways," explains Julia, 30, who's recorded with Angus, 28, since 2006. "After hanging out with Rick, we were both like, 'Alright, see more

He Sings, He Acts, He . . . Designs? Adam Levine on His New Fashion Gig

Levine, wearing a tie-dyed sweatshirt from his Kmart line. Sure, he's the lead singer of one of the most successful bands in contemporary pop music, but Adam Levine is so much more than that. The reality—whether or not his haters (and there are many) want to admit it—is that the chiseled-jawed Maroon 5 frontman is, well, one of the most recognizable celebrities around right now. Much of that, of course, is because of his multi-year stint as a coach on NBC's The Voice, a venture that's likely already caused him to win over the heart of your mother, aunt, and see more

A Brief History of the World's Most Controversial Opera

Since its premiere in 1991, The Death of Klinghoffer has been decried as anti-Semitic and as Zionist propaganda. That makes sense—the opera, created by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, is based on the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by the Palestinian Liberation Front and subsequent murder of 69-year-old wheelchair-bound American Jew Leon Klinghoffer. Tonight, New York City's Metropolitan Opera will mount a production that's already mired in controversy. "The really ironic and sad fact," Adams has said, "is that the content of this opera is more relevant in 2014 than it was even in 1991." • • see more

Jessie Ware on Her New Album, Collaborating With Ed Sheeran, and Staying Humble

She has landed a top-five album in her native U.K., was nominated for its prestigious Mercury Award, and has collaborated with everyone from Disclosure to the late soul legend Bobby Womack. Still, ask Jessie Ware and she'll tell you she's hardly a pop star. "I'm putting shelves up at the moment," the British singer, who has toured around the globe in the previous two years, says, calling from her London home on a recent afternoon. "So, yeah, not feeling like much of a pop star at the moment." It's in Ware's nature to be of the humble variety—the contemporary-soul singer see more
Sex + Relationships

The Best Songs To Have Sex To? Here are 17 Picks

Recently I asked a friend what his favorite seduction song is, and his answer surprised me: He prefers silence. see more

The Madden Brothers Play Details

The Madden Brothers sing "Brother" from their album Greetings from California In our September issue, writer David Marchese profiled twins Joel and Benji Madden—known collectively as The Madden Brothers—as they outgrew their roots as members of punk-pop band Good Charlotte and forged a new career path with the release of their album Greetings from California. When we heard they'd be in town, we invited them to our office for a "Sofa Session" performance and they more than obliged: The Maddens sang two songs and answered all our probing questions. (Who's the alpha sibling? Click below to find out). Now, see more

The Best, Weirdest, Funniest, and Sexiest Celebrity Instagrams of the Week

Every week we dive into the pool of celebrity Instagram posts to see what our favorite actors, artists, writers, musicians, DJs, designers, and notorious selfie-takers are posting. Below are recent shots that captured our attention--because they're funny, telling, timely, or all of the above. see more

What in the Hell is Going On in Adam Levine's New Music Video?

Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine enlists the talents of his model wife Behati Prinsloo for his latest video, Animal. see more

Singer Twin Shadow Steps Into the Light

George Lewis Jr., who records as Twin Shadow, is not the kind of guy you want to leave alone with your girlfriend, lest he roar off with her on the back of his 1972 Triumph Bonneville. Which is exactly what happens in his video for "Patient"—a single off 2012's Confess, the second album of eighties-throwback-synth-and-guitar theatrics by the Dominican-born, Los Angeles-based artist. Lewis has always exhibited a Prince-like pansexual flair, as evidenced by the smoldering cover art for Confess (black leather motorcycle jacket, bare chest) and the gay-porn-audition-tape aesthetic of the video for his 2010 single "Slow." Now 30, Lewis see more

True Confession: Dear God, I Love a Taylor Swift Song

There are probably a lot of things I could say to Taylor Swift that would make her want to set herself on fire, but I'd be willing to bet that none would irk her more than this: While I know a lot about the reigning Princess of the Billboard Charts, very little of that knowledge bears any relation to her music. see more
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