Billy Corgan Bans Chicago Tribune Reporter From 8-Hour ‘Siddhartha’ Performance

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is currently in the middle of his 8 hour ‘Siddhartha’ performance at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse, but Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Trotter was banned from the show. Tribune writer Rex Huppke ripped the idea of the performance in an article.

Trotter tweeted, “Just got kicked out of @Billy Corgan’s Siddhartha show bc Billy didn’t care for @RexHuppke’s column yesterday, according to publicist. Booo.”

He added, “Other media allowed to stay at @ZuZusTeahouse but I got the boot. @Billy is unhappy with Tribune. On bright side, I have 8 hrs of free time.” will have a detailed review of the currently ongoing performance tomorrow.


Failure Join Tool For Upcoming Tour

Feb. 28, 2014, Los Angeles – Failure will join Tool for the band’s upcoming Western U.S. tour as of March 9 in Reno, Nev. at the Reno Event Center.

“I was already excited to play with Failure at my 50th birthday party in May, with Puscifer and A Perfect Circle,” said Tool front man Maynard James Keenan. “Now I get to do a few more shows with them. Best birthday ever.”

The Los Angeles-based bands have toured several times together, with their first joint outing in 1992 and their final dates together coming when both Tool and Failure were aboard Lollapalooza 1996.

“I’m seriously excited about these shows with Tool,” said Ken Andrews. “Looking forward to hanging with my old mates, but more importantly, it’s a chance for people to hear two bands that still really care about the long form album format and what you can do with that amount of time artistically, versus three-and-a-half minute singles.”

Failure recently reunited, playing their first show in sixteen years earlier this month at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The event, which sold out in mere moments, was described by Spin as “so dynamic, sweeping, warm and expansive that it felt like the perfect combination of an arena show with an intimate setting.”

Upcoming dates:
March 9 Reno, NV Reno Event Center
March 11 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic
March 12 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic
March 14 Fresno, CA Selland Arena
March 15 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood
March 16 San Diego, CA Valley View Arena
March 24 Austin, TX Cedar Park Center
March 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 27 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center

May 10 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
May 11 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre

Failure head out on a national headlining tour in late spring, with dates to be announced soon.

Axl Rose To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

According to the Assocated Press Axl Rose will receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award during this year’s Golden God Awards. Guns N’ Roses are also set to perform during the award show.

Earlier this month Rose made headlined when he joked about Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Superbowl performance, “So consider that maybe sometime before their actual performance that rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier.”

GNR will also be starting a new Las Vegas residency titled ‘An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!’ in May and they are set to tour this year.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: ‘F**k Social Media’

In a new interview with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discussed his frustrations with social media:

“Personally, I don’t give a f— about social media. I’m not on Facebook, I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on Instagram, I’m not all all these other f—in’ things that I don’t even know about and I don’t give a f—. I don’t care. I. Don’t. F—ing. Care.”

However, Hammett went off the record to say that while he doesn’t care for social media it doesn’t mean that Metallica doesn’t:

“There are people in our organization who recognize the power of social media and the power of getting the word out there. Social media can be extremely effective for whatever thing you’re doing or whatever cause so I think it’s important, but personally, I don’t give a f—.”

Morrissey Claims He Doesn’t Know A Single Person Who Wants To See The Smiths Reunite

In a new interview with Billboard, Morrissey once again dashed the hopes of reunion of his former band The Smiths by saying the following:

“I don’t know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!”

Also in the new Billboard interview Morriseey managed to bash modern artists in discussion of how his past ups and downs might influence his next record by saying:

“The good and the bad must be documented. Life is a serious business, so why pretend it isn’t? I’m amused by modern pop artists who can only sing about s.e.x … as if nothing else mattered on the planet.”

Malfunkshun To Headline Mike Starr Memorial Show



March 8, 2014

Louie G’s  5219 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, WA 98424

Doors open at 7 PM – downbeat at 7:15



Amanda J. Hardy

Robert Whitworth The Storyteller

Sons of the Sound


Plus special surprise guests!

Fife, WA (March 8th, 2014)— Saturday night at Louie G’s is a night dedicated to the life

and memory of Mike Starr, co-founder & original bassist of Alice in Chains.

Please join us at the Memorial show for Mike Starr celebrating with hometown hero’s Malfunkshun. Come share the brotherly love & support Seattle is famous for. Remembering the good times is what this night is all about. For those of us still here, and for the ones that are here in our hearts. We have some special new memorabilia for the show and some cool giveaways happening on Mike Starr’s official Facebook page starting in March.


Tickets are $13.00 Advance $15.00 Door – Tickets available at


Mike Starr Official Fb Page

Check out the Facebook Event Page


Sub Pop Announce Record Store Day 2014 Releases

In anticipation of this April’s Record Store Day 2014, Sub Pop Records has announced its planned limited edition vinyl releases for the annual event. On the record label’s website, Sub Pop announced their releases, stating: “we went to work, trimmed the fat, and got our release list to the four most exciting, collectable, sonically pleasing, limited-edition Sub Pop Record Store Day Releases ever.”

On Record Store Day, Sub Pop will unveil releases from Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, Chad VanGaalen, and The Notwist:

Mudhoney On Top:  KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In 2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them, clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700 copies worldwide.

Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP: Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are exclusive to this release.

Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single: This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad’s forthcoming album, Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies worldwide.

The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single: “Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album, Close to the Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.

You can read more about Record Store Day at the event’s official website, or watch Mudhoney’s Space Needle performance below:

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Listen: Asking Alexandria Cover Nine Inch Nails “Closer”

Asking Alexandria released a lyric video for their cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.” The song was written for the Pop Goes 90’s Vol. 2 compilation, which also features covers of Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Bush, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and others. The first volume of Punk Goes 90’s also featured a cover of Nine Inch Nails as well as renditions of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., Oasis, Alanis Morissete, Marilyn Manson, and Nirvana.

You can watch the lyric video for Asking Alexandria’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” below:

Queens Of The Stone Age Filming “Smooth Sailing” Music Video

Queens of the Stone Age has revealed that the band will release a music video for their song “Smooth Sailing,” a track from their critically acclaimed 2013 LP …Like Clockwork. The band posted a photo to their official Twitter page with text reading “Smooth Sailing” Shoot Day 1 of 2, implying that the band is currently filming a music video for the song. The band released several music videos for …Like Clockwork last year featuring graphics from artist Boneface.


Troy Van Leeuwen posted this photo from the video shoot:


More Information On Oasis Reissues

In their 14-year recording career Oasis sold over 70 million albums worldwide, had 22 consecutive UK Top 10 singles, 7 No.1 studio albums, but, more than that, they helped define a generation. Now Big Brother Recordings are to reissue the band’s classic albums in chronological order as part of the new Chasing The Sun series. Each album has been remastered and available with rare and exclusive bonus content.

With 2014 marking the 20th anniversary of its original release, Definitely Maybe will be the first release in the series, out 20th May. (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory and Be Here Now will follow later this year.

Also available to order now from on cassette for a limited period only is Original 1993 Demos, a replica of the legendary demo cassette handed out by the band before Oasis were signed. An incredibly rare rock artifact – only 8 copies were made in its original form – Definitely Maybe producer Mark Coyle has written new sleeve notes for this release.

Additionally, especially for Record Store Day on Saturday April 19th, Big Brother will release a limited edition remastered replica of Oasis’s debut 12 inch single Supersonic on heavyweight vinyl.

INgrooves Music Group is handling the distribution in the U.S., with its artist services division INresidence overseeing marketing for the catalog.

Definitely Maybe: Chasing The Sun Edition

Definitely Maybe was originally released in August 1994 and was an immediate critical and commercial smash. The fastest selling debut album ever (at the time), it went seven-times platinum in the UK (over 2 million copies), and sold 5 million worldwide. Containing the classic debut single Supersonic, and subsequent singles Shakermaker, Live Forever, and Cigarettes & Alcohol, Definitely Maybe frequently appears on ‘best album of all time’ polls, including being listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time and a No.1 placing in a 2008 Q Magazine/HMV poll of the ‘Greatest British Albums.’

Every brand new edition includes a remastered version of the original album. The deluxe CD and super deluxe box set include two CDs including all the B-sides plus rare and unreleased Oasis tracks from the Definitely Maybe era, plus their huge Christmas single from 1994, Whatever. All editions come with new sleevenotes by respected rock critic Neil McCormick.

Highlights of the bonus content include

Previously unheard live acoustic versions of Live Forever and Shakermaker from a Paris instore gig around the time of the release of Definitely Maybe

Half The World Away (Live, Tokyo Hotel Room): an early and intimate version of this Oasis classic, recorded in Noel’s Gallagher’s hotel room in Toyko in 1994 by Mark Coyle

Strange Thing (Demo) from the Original 1993 Demos cassette

Sad Song (Live at Manchester Academy) a previously unheard recording

Whatever (Strings): recorded on a portable cassette machine at Maison Rouge Studios by Mark Coil


Special Edition 3 x CD:

Disc 1

Rock ‘n’ Roll Star


Live Forever

Up In The Sky



Bring it on Down

Cigarettes & Alcohol

Digsy’s Dinner

Slide Away

Married With Children

Disc 2

Columbia (White Label Demo)

Cigarettes & Alcohol (Demo)

Sad Song

I Will Believe (Live)

Take Me Away

Alive (Demo)

D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?

Supersonic (Live)

Up In The Sky (Acoustic)


Fade Away

Listen Up

I Am The Walrus (Live Glasgow Cathouse June ’94)


(It’s Good) To Be Free

Half The World Away

Disc 3

Supersonic (Live At Glasgow Tramshed)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Demo)

Shakermaker (Live Paris in-store)

Columbia (Eden Studios Mix)

Cloudburst (Demo)

Strange Thing (Demo)

Live Forever (Live Paris in-store)

Cigarettes & Alcohol (Live At Manchester Academy)

D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman? (Live At Manchester Academy)

Fade Away (Demo)

Take Me Away (Live At Manchester Academy)

Sad Song (Live At Manchester Academy)

Half The World Away (Live, Tokyo hotel room)

Digsy’s Dinner (Live, Paris in-store)

Married With Children (Demo)

Up In The Sky (Live Paris in-store)

Whatever (Strings)

Original 1993 Demos cassette

Side One:



D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?

Strange Thing

Side Two:

Bring It On Down

Married With Children

Fade Away

Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

Supersonic 12 inch single, Record Store Day limited edition


B1. Take Me Away

B2. I Will Believe (Live)

Oasis To Reissue First Three Albums

From Oasis’ official Facebook page:

Twenty years on from the release of Oasis’ debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ the band have a big announcement. In 2014 the first three studio albums will be re-released, fully re-mastered and complete with a collection of rare recordings and previously unheard tracks, starting with Definitely Maybe on 19th May. Oasis have also launched a new website to celebrate the milestone, full of rare and unseen images and videos. Explore the archives here:

Soundgarden Set To Play ‘Superunknown’ Front To Back at SXSW iTunes Festival

Soundgarden have just announced they will perform their Superunknown album in its entirety March 13th when they headline the iTunesMusic Festival during South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. This announcement comes 1 day after Soundgarden announced the Superunknown 20th Anniversary Deluxe and Super Deluxe reissues will be released June 3rd.

Soundgarden will also release a set of five 10-inch singles on vinyl for “Spoonman,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Black Hole Sun,” “The Day I Tried to Live” and “My Wave” on April 19th as part of Record Store Day. The vinyl singles will also feature B-sides found on the anniversary set of Superunknown.

Soundgarden iTunes Fest

Video: How To Destroy Angels’ Mariqueen Maandig Joins Nine Inch Nails For Tokyo Encores

Tuesday night Trent Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig, joined Nine Inch Nails in Tokyo, Japan for surprise encore performances of How to Destroy Angels’ “Ice Age” and “BBB”.

Nine Inch Nails “Ice Age” (How to Destroy Angels cover):

Nine Inch Nails “BBB” (How to Destroy Angels cover):

Shinkiba Studio Coast
Tokyo, Japan
February 26, 2014

Somewhat Damaged
Letting You (First time live since 2009)
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
The Frail
The Wretched
Vessel (First time live since 2008)
31 Ghosts IV (First time live since 2008)
Gave Up
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Ice Age (How to Destroy Angels cover) (with Mariqueen Maandig)
BBB (How to Destroy Angels cover) (with Mariqueen Maandig)

Setlist From Eddie Vedder’s Third Show In Brisbane Featuring Tom Morello

QPAC Concert Hall
Brisbane, Australia
February 25, 2014

Can’t Keep
Sleeping By Myself
Without You
More Than You Know (Vincent Youmans cover)
Speed of Sound (Dedicated to Mark Richards)
Dead Man
(Ed praises the genius idea a girl scout had setting up outside a marijuana dispensary in Colorado)
Setting Forth
No Ceiling
Far Behind
Long Nights (For Tomas Young)
Masters of War (Bob Dylan cover)
Better Man
Just Breathe
4th of July (X cover)
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Sleepless Nights (The Everly Brothers cover) (with Glen Hansard)
(Ed plays a drinking game involving dropping a 50 cent piece into a glass. He invites and audience member named Daniel Olsen on stage to try it as well. Daniel misses the glass but gets a beer anyway)
Falling Slowly (The Swell Season cover) (with Glen Hansard)
Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Glen Hansard & Jake Clemons)
Open All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Hard Sun (Indio cover) (with Glen Hansard)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover) (with Glen Hansard, Jake Clemons and Tom Morello)
Dream a Little Dream of Me (Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra cover)

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: February 2014 (#4)

Welcome to the ninth installment of AlternativeNation’s newest feature, the New Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: The Burning of Rome, Proximity Butterfly, The Glazzies, and Circus Life.  Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email to be considered, or just have a kick ass song or two out there that we’ll notice. For now, here’s some songs that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Today Riley Rowe and Doug McCausland handpicked the submissions for this edition:

Official Facebook

Stroy, a hard rock band from the Czech Republic, have created a perfect blend of discord and captivating grooves on their recent debut LP. Songs like “Down the Mountain” and “Forcing the Earth” are built upon a 90’s metal sounding foundation, yet still possess the tense vocal deliveries that are present in modern rock and grunge groups. Michal Skořepa, the lead singer and guitarist of the band, even wrote a song titled “Thank You, Eddie,” which expresses Eddie Vedder’s ability to connect to others. Listen carefully to their songs and you might be able to hear a variety of influences from the spontaneity of 90’s metal to even some more technically progressive rock characteristics.

Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Ranging from the experimental ballad style of “Tempus Nostrum” to the gut-wrenching “Hearts of the Holy,” Cycle’s upcoming full-length album is building up to be one hell of a ride. When the two-man band released Crone, their debut EP, in 2012, their influences of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Pearl Jam clearly were present in the music. Cycle is currently working on their first LP, which has proven to demonstrate more original-sounding compositions that push the envelope of hard rock stereotypes by dabbling with a more minimalist approach as well as creating unexpected harmonies. Check out 3 songs off their upcoming album below:

Aggressive Chill
Official Facebook, Official Website

Make sure to prepare your pointy finger and pinky, because Aggressive Chill’s sweet headbangin’ jammers will beg you to whip out your devil horns and proudly thrust them in the sky. The Swedish hard rock group consists of Mikael Willy Wilhelmsson on vocals and guitar, Robert Ottoson slapping the bass, Per Bjelovuk drumming, and Andreas Ohlsson shredding the axe. Their newest single “Hold My Breath” reached second on the Swedish iTunes rock charts.

Rocket Brigade
Official Facebook, Official Reverbnation

Excelling on a rough around the edges attitude, Rocket Brigade is beginning to flourish in the alternative community by creating songs revolving around the fundamentals of distortion. Last year, this trio released their debut album simply titled “\m/”. If you’re close to Pennsylvania, be sure to check out one of Rocket Brigade’s local shows.

Oasis To Make Major Announcement Today

Oasis has been separated since 2009. Earlier today, the band posted posted a vague video on their Facebook page that hinted at some form of event to occur on February 26th at 9am. You can view the short video below:

Setlist From Nine Inch Nails’ Show In Tokyo, Japan

Shinkiba Studio Coast
Tokyo, Japan
February 25, 2014

Me, I’m Not
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
Came Back Haunted
Find My Way
Hand Covers Bruise (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross cover) (Live debut)
Beside You in Time (First time live since 2006)
Copy of A
All Time Low
Gave Up
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole