Rob Sheffield

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The Beatles, Gone but Not Forgotten

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rob Sheffield discusses the long-lasting cultural impact of The Beatles. 

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How Music Punches Up Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thomas Pynchon's psychedelic stoner-noir is crammed with hundreds of music references. Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield picks which songs may make it into Paul Thomas Anderson's film.


Rob Sheffield On Music Of 'Inherent Vice'; Comedian Judah Friedlander; Paloma Faith Plays Live

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Writer Rob Sheffield dives into the wild music references of Thomas Pynchon's novel-turned-film. Judah Friedlander shares funny songs. Paloma Faith plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Karaoke With Rob Sheffield; Future Bible Heroes Play Live

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his recent karaoke-themed memoir called Turn Around Bright Eyes – and about his favorite karaoke jams, do’s and don’ts in the karaoke booth, and karaoke’s meteoric U.S. rise from obscure Japanese hobby to mainstream American entertainment. 

Plus, the Soundcheck staff shares some of their karaoke hits and misses – from Temple of the Dog to Whitney – and asks listeners to do the same.

And: Synth-pop ensemble Future Bible Heroes recently put out Partygoing, its first full-length album since 2002’s Eternal Youth. Anchored by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, the group performs in the Soundcheck studio.


A Karaoke-Soaked Memoir: Rob Sheffield's 'Turn Around Bright Eyes'

Monday, August 05, 2013

Karaoke and the idea of becoming whole again are at the heart of Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s newest memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.

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Tales Of Love And Karaoke; Future Bible Heroes

Monday, August 05, 2013

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his new karaoke-themed memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes.

Then, members of the Soundcheck staff share some karaoke hits and misses, and ask listeners to do the same.

And synth pop group Future Bible Heroes -- anchored by Magnetic Fields members Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, and electronic musician Chris Ewen -- drop by the Soundcheck studio to perform songs from its first full-length album since 2002, Partygoing

Rob Sheffield's Summer '93 Albums

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rolling Stone contributor and author Rob Sheffield reflects on a few important albums and favorite songs from the time — from Radiohead's Pablo Honey and Pet Shop Boys' Very to U2's Z...

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Summer Of '93: Writer Rob Sheffield; Mandela Day; Savoir Adore, In The Studio

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rolling Stone contributor and author Rob Sheffield reflects on a few important albums and favorite songs from the time -- from Janet Jackson's janet. to U2's Zooropa to Radiohead's si...


Year to Remember: 1986

Monday, April 09, 2012

Reagan isn’t president, Top Gun isn’t the biggest movie of the year, and mullets have somehow lost their appeal. But after releasing new albums last week, ‘80s icons Madonna and Lionel Richie have managed to reclaim spots at the top of the Billboard charts. It’s a feat that’s inspired us to look back at the last time the now-aging pop stars had a Top 5 album at the same time – a quarter of a century ago, in 1986. Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield joins us to look back at an “underrated” year in music.

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Smackdown: Taylor Swift

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Taylor Swift called her second album Fearless, and with good reason: the 21-year-old singer seems to be on an unbreakable winning streak. Fearless was the top-selling album of 2009 and snared the Grammy for Album of the Year; Swift followed those successes last year with a blockbuster tour and a chart-topping third album, Speak Now. But not everyone’s got Taylor Fever.

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The Year in Rock and Pop

Friday, December 17, 2010

This was the year when a band from Montreal topped the charts, American Idol went indie, and Lady Gaga and Beyonce had their very own Thelma and Louise moment. Los Angeles Times chief pop music critic Ann Powers and Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield join us with their lists of 2010’s best rock and pop music.

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Smackdown: The Sax

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Soundcheck talked with jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins last week about his memorable (and uncredited) performance on the Rolling Stones song “Waiting on a Friend.” But the sax blows hot and cold in pop music. For every “Walk on the Wild Side,” there’s a “You Belong to the City” lurking around the corner.

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Leonard's Questions: Rob Sheffield

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rob Sheffield came on The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his favorite books, music and more!


Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

Monday, July 19, 2010

Music journalist Rob Sheffield discusses coming of age in the 1980s, the years of MTV and John Hughes movies, the era of big dreams and bigger shoulder pads. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut is his memoir of stumbling into adulthood.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Eminem's New Album "Relapse"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eminem is newly sober, but his first album in 5-years features raps about pill-popping, rape, abuse, family problems and Lindsay and Britney. In another Soundcheck Smackdown we debate the relevance of Eminem and the brutal fantasies he describes in detail on the album. Guests include author and journalist Touré and ...

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