It's no grand revelation that Rolling Stone has dramatically devolved since its heyday. We don't need any more issues with images like this one staring out at us. And don't even get me started on that "New Guitar Gods" issue from a while back.
However, it's worth noting that the current issue marks two major masthead debuts that have the potential to dramatically improve the quality of the once-relevant glossy. Former SPIN scribe Melissa Maerz (and little sis to San Francisco Weekly music editor Jennifer Maerz) is now on board as a senior editor, as is another talented SPIN alumna, Caryn Gantz. Congrats to both ladies--now go in there, kick ass, and don't let Jann Wenner stop you from making RS a worthwhile read again.