Best music podcasts

Looking for a good music podcast to dig into while we’re all stuck at home? We’ve got a few stellar recommendations for you.

By Will Pankey

 

We know that tuning into a podcast is usually most convenient when you have a long, mindless commute to your office. But, now that your office is your kitchen and your commute is several feet, you can’t really squeeze in a pod like the good ol’ days one month ago. If you find yourself wanting something different than whatever’s on Netflix and Hulu for the day, the humble podcast remains a beacon of lo-fi solace during a period of infinite entertainment options. So put in the earbuds and get familiar with some podcasts that break down some of music’s most unique and captivating stories.

“Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock ’99”

Nu-metal, Limp Bizkit, a contaminated military base in upstate New York, white dudes with dreads, when taking stock of all the elements that composed Woodstock ‘99, one wonders, “what’s the worst that could happen?” Well, a lot went wrong. Woodstock ‘99 actually mutated into an unmitigated disaster, with fires, sexual assaults and yes, again, a Limp Bizket set, the most infamous happenings that fateful summer in 1999. In “Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock ‘99,” renowned rock critic Steven Hyden returns to Rome, New York to uncover the full story of Woodstock ‘99, a bewildering cultural spectacle that music fans can only fully examine now, two decades later.

“Striped: The HIstory of the White Stripes”

Granted, Third Man Records, Jack White’s record label produced “Striped: The History of the White Stripes” but that doesn’t mean that this podcast is some type of hagiography. The engrossing podcast transports listeners back to the late ‘90s and early 2000’s as the “garage rock revival” began to shape popular music. While the Stripes were lumped into that scene by lazy rock critics and outsiders, “Striped” goes deeper into White Stripes lore, peeling back the layers on a band that whose influence extends beyond “Seven Nation Army.”

“Prince: The Story of 1999”

At the turn of the ‘80s, Prince was at the peak of his powers. Coming off one of his most accomplished albums yet in 1981’s Controversy, the following year saw Prince blow all his previous work out of the water with the ambitious double album, 1999. The record launched The Purple One into greater heights and turned the icon into one of the biggest artists in the world. To celebrate the album, Prince’s estate have produced “Prince: The Story of 1999.” The podcast captures that specific moment in Prince’s career and expands on the creative drive that propelled him to superstardom.

“Stay Free: The Story of the Clash”

While the story of The Clash isn’t anything new to the annals of rock criticism, where “Stay Free” differentiates itself is with its narrator, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. The inclusion of ideological ally Chuck D gives fans of The Clash a little more to chew on while recounting a whirlwind ride of a white-hot band.

“Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story”

With Tekashi 6ix9ine back in the headlines, there’s no time like now to get reacquainted with everyone’s favorite rainbow-haired scream rapper. “Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story” recounts Daniel Hernandez’s rapid ascent and his equally fast downfall. Is Tekashi a snitch? Find out for yourself in this podcast that adequately details this uniquely 21st-century rap story.