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You’re probably aware of roller derby’s rebirth, which happened in Austin, beginning in the year 2000. It was then that a local musician named “Devil Dan” Policarpo recruited women for what he thought would be a madcap spectacle on wheels. Get to know some of the players in Austin’s Texas Banked Track Roller Derby, or TXRD, and find out why the banked track enhances the sport. #Rsdispatches @harleydavidson

The latest ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ podcast is now available. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify. In this week's episode, Lizzy Goodman, author of the new oral history, 'Meet Me in the Bathroom', joins us to discuss the Strokes, Interpol and other key New York City rock bands of the early 2000s. Photograph by Andy Cotterill

'Patti Cake$' follows a wannabe white-girl rapper – played by Australian newcomer Danielle Macdonald – as she tries to rise above the shattered dreams of her barfly mother and assemble the Garden State's least likely hip-hop supergroup. In our new feature, we go inside how an indie about an unlikely, up-and-coming hip-hop M.C. became its own underdog success story. Read the full story at Photograph by Andrew Boyle

Elvis Presley passed away 40 years ago today. In our new feature, we go inside the King's 1968 television special that relaunched his career. The hour-long broadcast, then dubbed 'Elvis' proved that the then–33-year-old still had swagger. For years, he'd been exiled in Hollywood – making movies instead of touring, as the Beatles blew up and rock got bigger than ever – so the show was a long-overdue return to pure performing for the singer. Check out the entire story at Photograph by Gary Null

President Trump has had a long history with racism – from the early Seventies, when he settled with the Justice Department over accusations of housing discrimination, to Monday, when just hours after his speech about the events in Charlottesville news broke he is considering pardoning anti-immigrant sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read the full story at Photograph by Barton Silverman

Over the weekend, Lorde and Bleachers' Jack Antonoff performed a charming, stripped-back version of Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard" at San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival. Watch the performance and see highlights from the festival at Photograph by Tim Mosenfelder

Happy birthday Steve Martin! The stand-up comedian and actor has been featured in the films 'The Jerk,' 'Father of the Bride' and 'The Pink Panther.' "Stand-up comedy was really just an accident. I was figuring out a way to get onstage," he told us in 1982. "As I got into the movies, I was reminded, 'Hey, this is really why I got into show business.' I do like the movies." Learn more about him at

'South Park' premiered 20 years ago today. The adult animated sitcom follows four boys — Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny — and their bizarre adventures in their Colorado town. "We would view success as finally getting to the point where we get canceled because no one gets it," show co-creator Matt Stone told us. To see where it lands on our list of greatest TV shows of all time, head to

In 2012, wild-child pop diva Kesha hit a high point with her dirty, glitter-soaked rock album, 'Warrior.' But she's spent the past five years in silence. On her excellent comeback record, 'Rainbow,' Kesha channels that drama into the best music of her career. Read our four-star review of her album at Illustration by Chris Buzelli

John Stamos is used to being a pervasive pop-culture reference, but Riot Fest's obsession with him started to cross over into a different realm. This fall, the festival will feature an art show with 10 pieces interpreted to his likeness. The actor agreed to review the artwork for us in our latest feature. "If you're not in on the joke, then you're a joke," he says. See what he had to say about these pieces at

Ringo Starr's 19th solo album, 'Give More Love,' will be released next month. For the album, he invited old friends like Peter Frampton, Dave Stewart, his brother-in-law Joe Walsh and Paul McCartney to collaborate. "It ended up like a regular Ringo album with a ballad, a country song, a rock song," says the drummer. In our new interview, he discusses the LP, future deluxe Beatles albums, Paul McCartney and more. Check out the full story at Photograph by Kevin Mazur (@kevinmazur)

Son of Sam was captured 40 years ago today. On July 29, 1976, he committed the first of his notorious murders in the outer boroughs of New York City. Over the next year, he would kill again five more times and injure at least seven along the way, despite being at the center of what became one of the largest manhunts in New York history. The media frenzy surrounding the murders was unprecedented, particularly in the tabloids. To learn more about how he changed America, head to Photograph by Bill Turnbull

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