This week, NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart discusses the five songs that changed his life and influenced his songwriting. We also play our epic annual Fourth of July game: “Indie Rock Band or Firework,” the editors take you behind the scenes of the new issue of RELEVANT and we give some very important updates about the 500th episode recording. Read More

Apple is in talks to buy Tidal—Jay Z's music-streaming service—in hopes of adding more exclusive streaming options to Apple music's repertoire. The price Apple could be offering hasn't be released.

Jay Z bought Tidal last March for $56 million from Aspiro, according to The Wall Street Journal. The major selling point of Tidal was that it was marketed as the only streaming service that would give the artists a more fair amount of money for their music.

According to the Journal, Tidal has 4.2 million paying subscribers—many pulled in by this year's Tidal-exclusive releases by Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyoncé.

Tidal focuses on sound quality and streaming "lossless" musical sound at $9.99 for standard sound and $19.99 for high-fidelity quality. They also have the reputation of being the artist-friendly streaming service, which could serve as another selling point.

Neither party has confirmed the talks and there's no guarantee that Apple will make an offer.

Apple purchased Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics company in 2014. Discuss

The folk outfit The Avett Brothers stopped by The Tonight Show this week to perform their new single “Satan Pulls the Strings,” and it was a wild time.

Their newest Rick Rubin-produced album True Sadness dropped last week, and as this raucous performance shows, it contains their signature mix of spirituality, Appalachian folk and rock ’n roll attitude. Discuss

What happens when you put fire beats behind the quick-talking skills of cowboy-hatted auctioneer swag masters?

An entire new genre of hip-hop is born. Spend your day enjoying the wonder of the "Auctioneer Beats" Vince profile. You won't regret it. Discuss

This week, hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits joins us to discuss their influences, their latest album “The Misfit Generation” and the messages behind their music. We also talk with Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, about how to maintain your convictions in an era of hostile political rhetoric. Read More

The Return of Pete Yorn

It’s been six years since the singer/songwriter has released any solo work. Now he’s getting back to his roots. Read More