The Smiths' Biggest, Most Unlikely Fan: Pantera's Phil Anselmo"You think you know depression, grimness and self-loathing?" Anselmo said. "Listen to Morrissey!" Essentials: Perusing the Classic Country Stacks With Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow sat down with and perused our vinyl collection to discuss country legends like Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, who have been important to her as an artist. Essentials: Robin Thicke Shares His Sex & Relationship AdviceSo when he stopped by HQ to discuss his new album, also titled Blurred Lines and out this week, we bent his ear on sex, romance, pick-up lines and real-deal, full-fledged, forever love. Essentials: Jason Aldean, Country's Biggest Rock StarAfter packing Madison Square Garden and Georgia's Sanford Stadium, and with upcoming shows at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, Jason Aldean is taking his career "to the next level" this year.
Kelly Rowland’s Third Act: 'Talk A Good Game' Brings The Female Empowerment“I always think about women when I’m making a record,” she tells “I think about how many women inspired and touched me throughout my life. I feel it’s my duty to give that back.” Essentials: Darius Rucker Digs His Boots Deeper Into CountryIn our Essentials profile, Rucker broke down country music stereotypes and explained the stories behind many of the songs on his new album, while Entertainment Weekly's Grady Smith provided some back story on the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer. Essentials: Vampire Weekend Plays The Game Of LIFEThe revealed their thoughts on the biological imperative that causes parenthood, God and the unmoved mover, the nature of good and evil in man and why they're so into making album covers out of found art. Essentials: Tim McGraw & His 'Superstar Summer Night'Tim McGraw may have released his new album, "Two Lanes of Freedom," back in February, but he's keeping the momentum going with a superstar summer jam. We delve into it in our new Essentials profile. Essentials: LL Cool J Stays 'Authentic' In our Essentials video, we profile LL Cool J, who makes his bold return to the music world this Tuesday with "Authentic." Essentials: Phoenix Try To Experiment Their Way To The TopWith their new album "Bankrupt!," Phoenix wanted to play around with their sound and maybe even force a few people to question whether they were even the same group of guys who made “1901.” Essentials: Are Foals On The Brink Of Something Big?For their latest record, "Holy Fire," Foals have made a lot of moves. But while the pieces seem in perfectly in place for a major breakthrough, the band says they're artists first. Essentials: Enter The Wu-Tang Clan's Coachella ChamberTwenty years ago the Wu-Tang Clan crowded into a small office in New York City and took turns spitting thorny raps, transforming the four walls into a show of lyrical fireworks. In 2013, they're headlining Coachella.

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