Foo Fighters Release Trailer For Upcoming HBO Series ‘Sonic Highways’

Foo Fighters have released a teaser trailer for their HBO series ‘Sonic Highways,’ which will detail the recording of the band’s upcoming eighth album. The new series will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band and will feature cities such as New York and Seattle and studios such as Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio and Rancho De Luna in California.

Meanwhile, the band’s upcoming, currently untitled, LP is set for release this fall via Roswell/RCA Records. A press release explains that each song on the new album was recorded in a different city, featuring “local legends” on each song and lyrics inspired by the ”experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.” Below, watch the first trailer for HBO’s ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways:”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President Talks Nirvana Reunion, Chad Channing Snub & KISS Controversy

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman discussed the 2014 Ceremony in a new interview with Radio.com ahead of the airing of the show on HBO tonight.

Peresman said the Nirvana reunion performance came together pretty late in the game, “That came down relatively late. I think their camp really had the idea. I think that when they first thought of Kim Gordon, who was a friend of Kurt, and someone who they really had a lot of respect for, that kind of took them down that path, where they said, ‘Instead of trying to get some guys to replicate what Kurt did, let’s stay on this path, we can get some women who are phenomenal performers and phenomenal rock singers,’ and they really delivered.”

He also discussed the controversy over certain KISS members and Nirvana’s Chad Channing not being inducted, “Whether it’s KISS or whether it’s Nirvana, or any other act, there’s people on the nominating committee who nominate the act, and there’s also people that we go to who are scholars and who know that genre of music. And when you go to them and you say why is this band being inducted and who should be inducted [from the band’s lineups] and who are the artists who made this band what it was, it was really just the three guys who were inducted for Nirvana. And the same thing with KISS. It was the original four. Granted, they had other people play with their band, they’ve had big success with tours, but there’s a reason they got inducted and the reason is, those four guys.”

He added that Channing likely wouldn’t have gotten in even if KISS hadn’t been complaining over certain member not getting inducted, “No, I don’t think [he’d have gotten in]. This isn’t an exact science. But you really have to go to the people you trust who have strong opinions, and are very deep and knowledgable on certain genres of music, whether it’s Nirvana or KISS or the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. You have to go with people who know the subject matter and you get those opinions and you make those decisions. It’s not going to always please everybody all the time, but it’s as “right” as we can be.

Billy Corgan Discusses ‘Herculean’ Work By Tommy Lee On New Smashing Pumpkins Album

Billy Corgan posted the following blog on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com:

A quick update from sunny Los Angeles: visa vie the Herculean efforts of one T Lee, drum tracking on 3 songs has been traversed; with ANAISE (pts 1 + 2), MONUMENTS, and ANTI-HERO now all in the fold, and TIBERIUS on deck. And though the art of this sort of recording leaves little to report on (“let’s try that one again, if you please”), I can attest to a number of smashed heads and imploding snares, unlike anything this reporter has ever seen. This includes the fracture of unbreakable sticks, and the death of microphones incapable of handling such concussive effect. To quote Herr Howard, “there is loud, and then there is Tommy.”

So stay with us on this journey, as there are many, many exciting days to come…

W.P.C.

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Jack White Says The Black Keys Are ‘Watered Down Ripoffs’ Of The White Stripes

Jack White ripped The Black Keys in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too,” White said. “I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s The Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.”

“Some people will hear that and say ‘Oh, Jack White thinks he’s the first person to play the blues.’ But certain acts open up a market for a certain style. Amy Winehouse: Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No. But she did something brand new and fresh, altogether as a package, and you see who’s in her wake, from the Duffys to the Lana Del Reys. Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive. The White Stripes did the same thing, and in our absence, you’re gonna find someone to fill that. And you get a band like The Black Keys, who said they never heard of The White Stripes? Sure.”

Soundgarden To Perform On The Tonight Show

Soundgarden will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. Jonah Hill and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will also appear on the episode. Soundgarden will also be performing at Webster Hall in New York on Monday night. The band will be performing all of Superunknown at the Webster Hall show, so they’ll likely play a Superunknown classic on The Tonight Show.

Guns N’ Roses Frontman Axl Rose Discusses Reunion With Duff McKagan

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Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose discussed his recent reunion with bassist Duff McKagan in a new interview with Revolver Magazine.

On reuniting with Duff: “It went really well, [Duff] worked really hard on the parts, and he liked playing the newer songs from ‘Chinese’. And, you know, it’s pretty funny because we’d go to talk about certain things from ‘Use Your Illusion’, and there’s things he doesn’t remember, there’s things I don’t remember. We kind of finish some of each other’s memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn’t really the Duff that I knew from what I’d call ‘old GUNS’ or the ‘Appetite For Destruction’ lineup or the ‘Illusion’ lineup. Because with this band, with this lineup, everybody goes out and tries to do their very best, and every guy’s on. I don’t have to tell the other guys what to do or anything, they do it on their own. They push each other really, really hard. That also pushed Duff, and he liked the challenge of that. And he got along with the guys really well. He and some of the band and crew were doing their yoga together during the days we were out there, so…”

On working together in the future with Duff: “It’s possible. I don’t know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy wants to do with The Replacements and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There’s people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!”

Top 10 Grunge Music Videos


10. Alice In Chains – Again (1996)
Directed by Layne Staley & George Vale

Alice In Chains’ final music video filmed with Layne Staley (1999’s “Get Born Again” uses archival performance footage) is one of their best, mixing unique performance footage of the band playing in a hanging cage with bizarre conceptual footage of Staley in some sort of mad house/psych ward. Staley himself co-directed the video, and he has a keen eye for lively performance footage and Lynchian oddness.


9. Stone Temple Pilots – Sour Girl (2000)
Directed by David Slade

Stone Temple Pilots were always famous for their music videos that had a sarcastic weird tongue in cheek nature to them, regardless of the subject matter. It could be a throwback 1960’s music video (like “Big Bang Baby”), but Scott Weiland would be wearing green pants and there would be two random guys with monkey masks on dancing. Don’t even get me started on trying to explain the angry clowns in the “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song” videos. “Sour Girl” was probably the most mainstream video STP ever did, with Sarah Michelle Gellar co-starring as Scott Weiland’s love interest and David Slade (future Twilight director) directing. Of course there are demonic teletubbies thrown in for good measure, with Dean DeLeo getting quite close to one of them.


8. Nine Inch Nails – Closer (1994)
Directed by Mark Romanek

Bondage, snakes, pigs, eggs, monkeys, a bald naked woman, and Trent Reznor defying gravity. Not much else needs to be said.


7. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
Directed by Samuel Bayer

Now onto the predictable choices. The “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video is the visual representation of Generation X rebelling and killing hair metal dead. The hazy lighting and sepia tone is pure Grunge. I wonder what ever happened to that janitor?



6. Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore (1998)
Directed by dom&nic

The Smashing Pumpkins were famous for their bold and ambitious videos, but the one track shot “Ava Adore” video is one of the their most stunning videos visually.



5. Soundgarden – Burden In My Hand (1996)
Directed by Jake Scott

Soundgarden’s desert set “Burden In My Hand” video is one of the more cinematic music videos of the 90’s, and its look doesn’t feel dated at all even watching it now.


4. Alice In Chains – Rooster (1993)
Directed by Mark Pellington

“Rooster” tells the story of Jerry Cantrell’s father fighting in Vietnam, with Cantrell’s father even appearing in the music video. The Vietnam war narrative story is mixed with footage of a ferocious Layne Staley singing in front of a screen projecting haunting visuals.


3. Pearl Jam – Jeremy (1992)
Directed by Mark Pellington

Pearl Jam only made one traditional music video during their prime, and they made it count. The video depicts an angry ‘Jeremy’ rebelling against his parents and classmates, ending with the iconic image of his classmates being soaked in his blood after he shoots himself in front of his class. Eddie Vedder also sings seated and makes some pretty awesome facial expressions.


2. Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box (1993)
Directed by Anton Corbijn

Nirvana’s final music video is their best, with some of the most hauntingly beautiful sets ever assembled for a music video.


1. Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight (1996)
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

By far the most unique video from a Grunge era band is The Smashing Pumpkins’ iconic “Tonight, Tonight” music video which pays tribute to the 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon. Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris later went on to direct Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.

Billy Corgan Sues Music Distributor

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan filed a complaint Wednesday against Rocket Science, Inc. Skyrocket Holdings, LLC for allegedly withholding revenue derived from a 2010 exclusivity agreement between the two parties. Corgan alleges that the company began withholding accounting for revenues derived from his songs in September 2011,

Corgan is suing for a breach of contract. Read the complaint here.

Faith No More Writing New Material

Faith No More reunited in 2009 but have been pretty quiet over the last couple of years, but it appears that the band are finally starting work on the followup to 1997’s Album of the Year. See frontman Mike Patton’s tweet below:

Marilyn Manson To Have Bigger Role On “Sons of Anarchy”

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What started out as just a small cameo on the last season of FX show “Sons of Anarchy” has evolved into a larger role for rocker Marilyn Manson. For the duration of the show, he’ll play a character named Ron Tully. Manson has had plenty of acting experience recently, including doing voice work on an episode of hit show “Once Upon a Time.”

On his new role, Manson said this: “‘Sons’ has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s. So I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of ‘SOA’ is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”

You can watch Marilyn Manson and the rest of the cast of “Sons of Anarchy” in September on FX.

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High On Fire Begin Work On Next Album

High on Fire released their sixth LP, “De Vermis Mysteriis” in 2012. The trio has just announced they have begun work on their next album. The as-yet-untitled album is expected to see a winter 2015 release date via eOne Music.

Frontman Matt Pike stated, “Des, Jeff and I are really getting creative and writing a hell of a new record. It’s a crazy project and I can’t really explain what it’s all about just yet, but we’ve been writing a lot of crazy intense material that will up the ante, and bring things to another level.”

Drummer Des Kensel added, “Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like. Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath’s ‘Master of Reality’ backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea.”

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Responds To “Stairway to Heaven” Lawsuit

In a new interview with the French magazine Liberation, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page responded to Spirit’s lawsuit claiming Zeppelen stole the idea for “Stairway to Heaven” from their song “Taurus.” Page said, “This is ridiculous . I have no further comment on the subject.”

Page also joked that it would be better maybe if Led Zeppelin were an instrumental band so they could play without Plant. He then said that the financial stakes would become enormous of Zeppelin reunited, but that the most important thing to him is the music.  Page claimed that his health is good, as he is on a diet and hasn’t drank in many years.  He said that being 70 is ‘a little scary’ but that he is enjoying life.

Aftershock 2014 Festival Lineup Revealed

The Monster Energy Aftershock 2014 festival just announced the majority of the lineup. The event is set to take place September 13th-14th at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. A special pre-sale will take place June 3-5 for two-day passes. The prices are listed as the following: June 3 ($69.50), June 4 ($79.50) June 5 ($89.50). After the pre-sale, the regular price for two-day passes will be $99.50, with single day tickets going for $59.50. A four-pack of two-day passes will go for $360, while two-day VIP passes will sell for $209.50 and a one-day VIP ticket will go for $109.50. All of these packages will be available on Ticketmaster beginning June 6th at 10am PST. You can view the lineup below:

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Saturday, September 13th lineup:
Weezer
The Offspring
Limp Bizkit
AWOLNation
Chevelle
(TBA)
Bad Religion
Pepper
Black Label Society
Hellyeah
Memphis May Fire
Fuel
Dead Sara
Nothing More
The Last Internationale
Butcher Babies
Emmure
Sleepwave
Anti-Mortem
Eyes Set To Kill
Viza
Gid the Kid

Sunday, September 14th lineup:
Rob Zombie
Godsmack
Five Finger Death Punch
Rise Againt
Seether
Mastodon
Pennywise
Theory of a Deadman
Buckcherry
Of Mice & Men
We Came As Romans
(TBA)
Black Stone Cherry
Kyng
Otherwise
Lacuna Coik
Redlight King
We Are Harlot
Burn Halo
Crossfaith
New Medicine
Cilver

Goatwhore Reveals Album Art & Lyric Video For Upcoming LP

Goatwhore’s sixth full-length album, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless” will be released on July 8th. The LP was produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Six Feet Under). Check out the lyric video for “FBS,” album art, and upcoming tour dates below:

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Goatwhore tour dates:
7/05/2014 Southport Hall – Jefferson, La.
7/06/2014 The Levee – Longview, Texas
7/07/2014 Zydeco – Birmingham, Ala.
7/08/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, Tenn.
7/09/2014 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, Tenn.
7/10/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, Mo.
7/11/2014 The Vanguard – Tulsa, Okla.

Summer Slaughter Tour:
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, Calif.
7/18/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, Calif.
7/19/2014 House of Blues – West Hollywood, Calif.
7/20/2014 Nile Theater – Phoenix, Ariz.
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, N.M.
7/23/2014 Summit – Denver, Colo.
7/25/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, Texas
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, Texas
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey – Dallas, Texas
7/29/2014 State Theater St. – Petersburg, Fla.
7/30/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, Ga.
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, Tenn.
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, Ohio
8/02/2014 Mojoes – Chicago, Ill.
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, Minn.
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, Wis.
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, Mich.
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, N.Y.
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, N.Y.
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, Mass.
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, Pa.

8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, Va.

Interpol Announce 2014 Tour Dates

Interpol have announced 2014 tour dates, Consequence of Sound reports. The band are currently working on a new album.

Interpol 2014 Tour Dates:
06/03 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
06/04 – Providence, RI @ Lupos
06/05 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
06/07 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Festival
06/08 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/20 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ The Best Kept Secret Festival
06/21 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/23 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/24 – Paris, FR @ Alhambra
06/25 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
06/27 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/28 – Evreux, FR @ Rock Dans Tour Ses Etats
06/29 – Luxembourg @ Rock-A-Field
07/01 – Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof
07/02 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/03 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/06 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/08 – Nimes, FR @ Nimes Festival
07/10 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive
07/12 – Keflavík, IS @ All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland
07/25 – Byron Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
08/01 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/20 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
08/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
08/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
10/03 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits