With the release of his new Prisoner LP just a couple of weeks away, Ryan Adams is sharing some of the goods early. This week we get a brand new video for “Do You Still Love Me?,” a dramatic, classic-feeling rock ‘n’ roller that shows the XPN favorite recording in the studio and playing in venues across the country during last summer’s tour.
A Prairie Home Companion, Minnesota radio’s hub for live musical guests, recently brought in the always incomparable Ryan Adams. He took the stage to perform old and new material, even collaborating with fellow guests.
How the heck are Ryan Adams‘ songs this consistently good? The singer-songwriter is readying his sixteenth (!) studio album, Prisoner, due out on February 17 via Blue Note and his own label Pax/Am, and while we already thrilled to the dynamic rock of its lead-off track “Do You Still Love Me?,” the latest from the album is pure balladeer perfection. The contemplative acoustic number “To Be Without You” surfaced today, and it’s another remarkably strong single in Adams’ vast catalog of strong singles. Listen to it below. Continue reading →
Ryan Adams is known for escaping the bounds of what is sometimes expected of him, and he’s done it again: this time by recording an acoustic version of his new single ”Do You Still Love Me”? on a vintage “Voice-O-Graph.”
“I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything. I felt like I needed to tell a story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could.”
-Ryan Adams interview with NME
Ryan Adams has revealed that his16th album will be called Prisoner” and it will come out on February 17th. He also revealed the first single, “Do You Still Love Me?”, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →
“No lectures tonight,” Ryan Adams told the crowd at the BB&T Pavillion last night. “Let’s just have some fun.”
In part, it felt like a dig at his fellow Los Angeleno Father John Misty – who played a very polarizing performance at Wiggins Park earlier in the day. It was also a bit of a nod to the admittedly mercurial tone of his own Philly gigs with The Shining in recent years. They always rock hard, no doubt, but sometimes the interaction is minimal. Other times its aggressive, like when an oblivious fan at the Tower Theater insisted on repeatedly shooting flash photos of Adams – who has been very open about his meniere’s disease and how difficult it makes performing with bright lights – and so the singer gave the fan a piece of his mind.
There was none of that last night. For his headlining XPoNential Music Festival set, Adams opened up with that call to have fun and a shout out all the party people in the house – and true to that, he and The Shining seemed to be having the absolute best time up there. Continue reading →
Sonia Petruse remembers exactly where she was the first time she listened to Ryan Adams. Like really, really listened to him.
She was familiar with the album 2001 Gold, of course, and its ubiquitous hit “New York, New York.” She remembered the song being paraded around patriotically in the months after 9-11, and hearing stories about how the songwriter wasn’t keen about its point being misconstrued.
But it was 2004 when the music really kicked in. She was 18, driving around her hometown of Leighton, Pennsylvania with a motley group of teenagers. They were in a small car, an old two-door BMW, and it was crammed to the gills. She sat on a friend’s lap. People were stoned. And “Dear Chicago” from the Demolition album came on the car stereo. Continue reading →
Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session features the Los Angeles trio La Sera! La Sera formed as the solo project for bassist/singer Katy Goodman, back when she was performing with another trio, Vivian Girls. Goodman’s since released four albums under the La Sera name, each one showcasing a new set of styles and influences. The newest record, Music For Listening To Music To, was released earlier this year on Polyvinyl. The album is perhaps La Sera’s boldest statement, with its rollicking production supplied by Ryan Adams. Goodman, along with guitarist/singer Todd Wisenbaker (who produced La Sera’s previous album, Hour Of The Dawn) and drummer Brendan McCusker dropped by our studios between shows in New York and Washington, DC.