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The Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters put out a new album and an HBO series about it, both called Sonic Highways, this year. The premise of the show was it had Dave Grohl & co. traveling to eight different US cities -- Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, and New York City -- and discussing those cites' musical histories while also showing clips of them recording parts of their album in each. A.V. Club gave the show a B+, sounding mixed on the Chicago episode but more positive about the DC one (the two episodes they had watched for review before it premiered). An excerpt from their review reads:

That kind of self-awareness from Grohl--knowing that he's reached a level of success far beyond the people who helped feed his roots--deepens Sonic Highways in incalculable ways. Without making too big a deal about it, Grohl contrasts himself with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who admits in "Chicago" that he doesn't really know or care much about the blues, and in "Washington D.C." confesses that he's never been part of any kind of indie scene. And Grohl himself admits that the unusual method of recording this new Foo Fighters album is just a way for a seen-it-all/done-it-all veteran rock band to introduce some novelty. Sonic Highways subtly acknowledges the differences between the scholarly and the intuitive, and between the mega-millionaires and the guys still making records in their basements.

Grohl knows he's fortunate to have played in two of the most popular rock bands of the past 25 years, and to have the backing of HBO and the well-heeled production company Worldwide Pants Inc. (whose founder, David Letterman, is a big Foo Fighters fan, hailing them for going out every night and "fighting foo"). But Grohl also knows none of this happened by chance. Sonic Highways is about Chicago, D.C., Austin, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles; but it's also about Grohl, remembering where he came from and what he owes.

Jezebel had another take in their article "Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Systematically Erases Women in Music." They write:
Sonic Highways is meant to reflect Grohl's own fandom and musical upbringing--but it also positions itself as a type of definitive oral history of each city's music scene. And with each episode, it becomes more dismaying, and much clearer, that Grohl's version of that history begins and ends with men almost entirely.

...[The Seattle] episode spends a majority of time on the local punk rock scene of the '80s and '90s, and the music that would eventually be called grunge. Sub Pop Records' Megan Jasper gets some cursory airtime, but beyond that, there is not even a sole mention of women in the scene, other than Grohl cheesing that he was shocked that women in Seattle actually went to these shows. GUESS WHAT GROHL, it wasn't just because there was more melody, or that you know, Chris Cornell and Kurt were cute. It was because there were plenty of women bands who were completely crucial to the scene, including 7 Year Bitch and The Gits, of whom I am assuming he is aware because, when Gits singer Mia Zapata was raped and murdered, Grohl's band Nirvana donated money to hire a private investigator to find her killer.

Hole is not mentioned.

Nor is Bikini Kill, who were not from Seattle but were integral to the actual existence of Nirvana, the band--Tobi Vail dated Kurt and turned him on to feminism, while Kathleen Hanna coined the title of their biggest hit by writing "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the mirror at a party. Oh and also, Hanna actually DATED Grohl. (Allegedly.) Also, they were punk as fuck, a musical tenet Grohl apparently values above all others.

Have you seen the show? What did you think?

The documentary wrapped up this past Friday (12/5) with the NYC episode, and like The Foos have done in other cities, they celebrated with an intimate show that night at Irving Plaza. As you may know by now, the only way to get in was lining up for tickets -- people camped out overnight and those tix went really fast. Only about 1,000 people got in (and the guestlist was probably huge) but if you didn't, you'll have another chance when they play the 45,000+ capacity Citi Field on their 2015 tour. They played for about 3 hours, and in addition to the Sonic Highways stuff, those in attendance got "Everlong," "Monkey Wrench," "I'll Stick Around," "Big Me," covers of The Stones, Tom Petty and Queen & Bowie's "Under Pressure" and more.

More pictures from Irving, and the setlist, below...

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Foo Fighters at Firefly 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As discussed, Foo Fighters are going on a stadium tour in support of their Rolling Stone-beloved new album. That hits NYC on July 16, 2015 at Citi Field but you can catch them in NYC much sooner at a venue much smaller. They'll play a not-that surprising surprise show this Friday (12/5) at Irving Plaza. The only way to get tickets is at the box office day of show. They go on sale at 5 PM and they say no lining up before 3 PM.

Much like the presale for the Citi Field show, you have to wait it out in person like the old days. Meanwhile, the general on-sale for the Citi Field show begins Friday at 10 AM.

Irving show flyer and updated list of dates below...

Continue reading "Foo Fighters playing intimate Irving Plaza show this Friday before tour (updated dates)"

Foo Fighters in Chicago in October (more by James Richards IV)
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Foo Fighters put out their stadium rock album, Sonic Highways, earlier this month, and now they've announced a tour where they'll appropriately be playing stadiums. Following a NJ show at Susquehanna Bank Center (7/6), the Foos will hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. In order to "beat the bots" (aka scalper bots), there will be a box office-only presale for most dates starting Saturday (11/22) at 10 AM local time. You can visit the band's website for the complete list of box office locations. You'll just have to camp out for tickets like people did in the ol' days.

The NY and NJ shows, and other dates, are with the UK-loved rockers Royal Blood, but on a much cooler note, several other dates are with Mission of Burma (sometimes we need a reminder that Grohl actually does come from an amazing punk background). Their sold-out Chicago gig is also stacked with cool openers: Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun and Urge Overkill. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Grohl's amazing punk background, anyone remember that Nirvana interview where they're talking about playing at the same festival as Extreme, and when Krist Novoselic says "I'm not even really sure if they're aware that things can actually operate on a different level" regarding their way of musical life vs Nirvana's, Dave interrupts and says "I don't think they're aware of how much they SUCK!" Would the Dave Grohl of today, who says Lorde represents the Nirvana aesthetic, ever diss a mainstream rock band in a public interview like that?

Meanwhile, Extreme celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album Pornograffiti at a Long Island show on January 24. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/21) if you're into that sort of thing. We're pretty sure we're doing laundry that day.

Watch that Nirvana interview, with the list of Foo Fighters dates, below...

Continue reading "Foo Fighters announce stadium tour, playing Citi Field (and don't tell Dave Grohl, but Extreme is playing Long Island)"

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Danny Clinch / Perry Farrell @ McKittrick Hotel -- 10/13/2014
Danny Clinch Book Release Party - McKittrick Hotel
Danny Clinch Book Release Party - McKittrick Hotel

Famous music photographer Danny Clinch celebrated the release of his new photo book Still Moving with a star-studded, John Varvatos-hosted party and show at Sleep No More home McKittrick Hotel last night (10/13). The private event featured Danny's band Tangiers Blues Band as a house band, and they were joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the set. Special guest performers included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (in town promoting the new Foo Fighters stuff), Perry Farrell (in town doing Jane's Addiction stuff as part of CBGB Festival), Zac Brown (playing with the Foo Fighters on Letterman this week), Roy Bittan (E Street Band), Jesse Malin, and Jon Herrington. Courtney Love and Michael Stipe were in the crowd, but didn't perform. Pictures from the event and a video teaser Danny made for the book are in this post.

Foo Fighters also began their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, playing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with Zac Brown (who appears on their new album). You can watch the video of that below. While they're in town, they've got a secret late-night thing going on tonight (10/14) which they ran a contest for last week. Anyone win a ticket? Anyone know what/where it will be?

More pictures and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Danny Clinch celebrated his new book @ McKittrick w/ Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell, more; Foo Fighters covered Sabbath"

Also: watch a new trailer for their HBO special featuring a clip of their new LP

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters are releasing their new album Sonic Highways on November 10 via RCA, and they'll be doing something in the NYC area as part of its promotion. Here's what they wrote:

Hey guys and gals in the NYC area... who's up to win a secret prize?
Here are the rules.
You must be able to be in the NYC area on Tuesday evening Oct. 14th, be 18 years or older and have govt issued photo id, and ready for a long night. if you are interested... send an email to foofightersgloria@gmail.com - Subject title: NYC. Send your first and last name, as it appears on you license or other ID.
Winners will be chosen at random.
If you are chosen, you will be notified by email with further details and instructions no later than 11pm ET tomorrow!
Contest is open now and closes at 9pm ET tomorrow, Oct 10th
Ready - go!
What could the secret be? In addition to the new album, the Foos will have an HBO special of the same name. You can watch a new trailer for that which features a clip of a song from the LP, below. That's the album art above.

In related news, Foo FIghters guitarist Chris Shiflett has covered Justin Townes Earle's "Look the Other Way" for Bloodshot Records' new compilation, While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, which comes out on November 18 and collects "8 musical acts covering songs from the label's catalog." You can listen to his cover below...

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Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families.

Dubbed the Concert for Valor, the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up its signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public.

Organizers have also promised performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances by Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is ­co-producing the event.

Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees. [Washington Post]

The Boss plays a related event in NYC on 11/5 too.

Stipe

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.

As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.

HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...

Continue reading "VIDEOS: Michael Stipe's Nirvana Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech, St. Vincent & Joan Jett performances (watch)"

"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H

"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall



And THEN THEY PLAYED SAINT VITUS.

More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...

Continue reading "Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Lorde & Joan Jett fronted Nirvana @ the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction @ Barclays Center"

Courtney Love at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Courtney Love

Last week, Courtney Love said in a Quietus interview that she'd be reuniting the mid-'90s Hole lineup of her, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Patty Schemel. However, over the weekend she told The Telegraph that the other band members "are all flipping out with [her]" about the comments. From the article:

She complains she has already been in trouble this week for implying there would be a reunion of the classic line-up of her original band Hole next year. "We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage," she says of tentative meetings with former band mates. "It's very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me."
She also talks about the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which happens this Thursday (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and which Nirvana will be inducted at. Her ongoing dispute with Dave Grohl was brought up, and she took a little swipe at his band:
I can't just do a really good rock record and that's the end of it. I can't be Nickelback. And not to be a bitch, I can't be the Foo Fighters.
As you probably know, this past Saturday (4/5) was also the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. In honor of that, watch the "Endless, Nameless" portion of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!, along with a Hole video, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Love says Hole reunion actually might not happen"

Kristeen Young at BAM, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Kristeen Young is best-known as being Morrissey's tour opener for the last few years, including the upcoming one that will bring them to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available).  Around the time of the start of the tour - specifically May 4 --  Young will release her new album, The Knife Shift, which was produced by Tony Visconti and features appearances from Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and Dave Grohl. No music has been released from the album yet.

Leading up to the LP release and Morrissey tour, Kristeen Young will do a residency at Bowery Electric the last four Wednesdays in April (9, 16, 23, 30). No word on advance tickets yet, but you can check the venue's Ticketweb page. Flyer for the residency below...

Continue reading "Kristeen Young releasing new album, announced NYC residency before Morrissey tour (dates)"

photos by Chad Kamenshine

Black Keys / Albert Hammond Jr @ Roseland Ballroom - 1/31/14
The Black Keys
Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond, Jr. got the show going, and sounded just as razor sharp as he did when I saw him open for Jake Bugg a few weeks ago. This time the crowd was much bigger, but the execution was just as on point. Was it wrong that all throughout the set I was anticipating The Strokes performance later this summer at Governors Ball? What? Just being honest.

I've seen The Black Keys quite a few times now. At this point in their career, it was a treat to see them at the rather intimate (for them) Roseland Ballroom, which is closing in a few months. Which makes this show likely my last at the venue. Seeing The Black Keys there is not a bad way to go out.

With a show like this, you knew it was going to be a special one. Dan agreed, sharing a bit of cool information during one of the only talk breaks he took. He mentioned that the last time they played Roseland was 11 years ago, when they opened up for Sleater-Kinney (!). Dan said it was them who taught them how to tour. It was a nice moment, something that put The Black Keys insane success into perspective. [We All Want Someone]

Another of the Super Bowl week shows that just happened in NYC was the Black Keys show at Roseland Ballroom on Friday (1/31) (one of the last shows at the venue), which Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. opened. The band's 16-song set relied most heavily on their last two records, El Camino and Brothers, not diving any further back than Brothers' 2008 predecessor, Attack & Release, whose single "I Got Mine" closed the show. Pictures of that show are in this post.

The Roseland show wasn't the only appearance Black Keys made in NYC Friday night. They showed up (not initially announced) at the Howard Stern 60th Birthday Bash at Hammerstein Ballroom which also included Louis CK, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler (joined by Dave Grohl), and others. A video of the Black Keys from that show, along with more pics and the setlist from Roseland, below...

Continue reading "Black Keys played Roseland Ballroom w/ Albert Hammond Jr and Howard Stern's Birthday Bash (pics, video & setlist)"

Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
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Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.

Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.

Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.

Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.

Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.

Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.

Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).

Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.

Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.

The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.

Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...

Continue reading "Daft Punk won 5 Grammys including Record/Album of the Year + other winners/videos: QOTSA/NIN, Beatles, Metallica, more"

QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)
QOTSA

Announced performers for the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony already included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Daft Punk (with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers), Kendrick Lamar, and more, and since we last spoke there's been even more additions. Billboard recently reported that Beyonce and Jay Z will perform, and SPIN is now saying that the closing performance will feature a collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, all of whom appeared in Dave Grohl's Sound City film.

The ceremony takes place Sunday (1/26) in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.

by Wyatt Marshall

Ghost BC @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 7/28/2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Ghost MHOW

Ghost BC will be releasing a covers EP recorded by Dave Grohl titled If You Have Ghost on November 20 (via The Prp). The EP will feature covers of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette," Army of Lovers' "Crucified," Depeche Mode's "Waiting for the Night" and, as the title track, Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts." The Roky Erickson cover found it's way to Youtube -- watch it below -- and yes, it's catchy as hell.

The EP will also be packaged with a new version of the band's Infestissumam which also comes out 11/20.

Ghost BC, who were here in July, will be touring this fall with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones and, while there are no dates in the NYC area, all are listed -- along with the Roky Erickson cover stream -- below...

Continue reading "Ghost BC releasing deluxe version of 'Infestissumam' w/ Dave Grohl-recorded covers EP, touring w/ Deftones (dates, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago earlier this month (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Joan Jett

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts haven't released a new album since 2006's Sinner, but that will change next week (9/30) when its followup, Unvarnished, comes out via their own Blackheart Records. For the album, she got some help from friends like Dave Grohl and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, in addition to her Blackhearts bandmates. It doesn't do much to change her hard rock formula, but at this point in her career, there's nothing wrong with more fun, trademark-sounding songs. You can stream the album in full (via USA Today) below.

Joan will be doing some shows around its release, including a just-announced intimate release show in NYC on Wednesday, October 2 at Santos Party House. Tickets for the tiny show go on sale today (9/26) at noon. Tickets come with the new album on CD and a poster.

All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Joan Jett & the Blackhearts releasing 'Unvarnished,' playing shows, including a tiny NYC gig (dates & LP stream)"

by Fred Pessaro

BL'AST!

Santa Cruz hardcore band BL'AST! split in the early 1990s, but not without a lasting impact. Now comes word that newly unearthed tapes will be remastered by Dave Grohl and released as Blood!, due on Southern Lord on September 2rd. The tapes feature guitarist William DuVall (current Alice in Chains), who blesses the lead track from the record "Tomorrow" available below courtesy of Revolver.

Don't forget that every week, you can tune into Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio on Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern to listen for the latest and greatest in the heavy underground. If you missed it, check out this week's episode with JR Hayes of Pig Destroyer in the EVR archives and you can check out the playlist too. Next week we will host Bill Dozer, guitarist of Trenchgrinder, drummer of Hasj and owner of The Acheron in Bushwick, Brooklyn! Tune in Tuesday (8/6) at 10PM ET.

If you missed it, in the past week on InvisibleOranges we interviewed Incantation, delved deep into the lyrics of Babylon Whores, got pumped on Falls of Rauros finally being released on vinyl, streamed the new Gigan, Ulcerate and Ruins of Beverast, and got ready for a Sick/Tired tour.

For more metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

Head below for a stream of that BL'AST! track.

Continue reading "Evillive (BL'AST!, Dave Grohl, Hasj, Trenchgrinder & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Josh Homme

Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age put out their new record, ...Like Clockwork, today (6/4) via Matador. It's their first album since 2007, their first with Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan all together since Songs for the Deaf, and their first on an independent label since their debut. The record also features appearances from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Trent Reznor, Elton John, and others. And while the guest appearances aren't felt as strongly as ones on past albums, that doesn't hold the album back from being a very solid listen. Certain tracks (my personal favorite is "I Sat By The Ocean") rank among the band's best. A Spotify stream of the album and the video for "My God Is the Sun" are below.

In honor of the release, the band will be doing some celebrating in the NYC-area this week. First, on Wednesday (6/5), QOTSA will do a "Live On Letterman" concert, which will be taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater and air on CBS.com and VEVO at 9 PM that day.

The next day (6/6), they'll be doing an in-store at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl (you had to buy a record to get in and it "sold out" very quickly the day it was announced).

And finally, on Friday (6/7), they're doing a secret show in Brooklyn. We can't say much more than that, but if you click that link you'll see at least one record store is giving out 30 tickets (a number much lower than the capacity of the venue they're playing).

All dates are listed, along with that stream/video, below...

Continue reading "Queens of the Stone Age playing secret Brooklyn show, and 'Live on Letterman' and a NJ in-store (updated dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Rick Springfield / John Fogerty / Rick Nielson, Taylor Hawkins, Krist Novoselic
Sound City Players
Sound City Players
Sound City Players

As discussed, Dave Grohl made his directorial debut with his new documentary, Sound City, which tells the story of the LA recording studio of the same name, and he brought his star-studded Sound City Players to NYC for show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. The lineup included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Dave Grohl himself, along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.

In addition to playing original tunes that the members wrote for Sound City, the show included mini-sets from the people involved. It opened with a set from Alain Johannes, who played "Hangin' Tree" by Queens of the Stone Age, which he co-wrote, and also played some tracks from his band Eleven. Then Masters of Reality head Chris Goss brought out RATM's Brad Wilk for a set of Masters of Reality songs. Fear's Lee Ving did an original Sound City song followed by all Fear cuts. Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick did his set with Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and the pair did all Cheap Trick songs and his cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Then Rick Springfield was up, followed by John Fogerty.

Steve Nicks ended the show, doing original Sound City track, and combining that with Fleetwood Mac favorites "Dreams," "Landslide," and "Gold Dust Woman," plus here solo song, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," for which Dave Grohl came out and took over Tom Petty's role in the song. The sets were all backed by Foo Fighters members, and in between performances, clips of the film were played on stage. The entire setlist (incomplete setlist, can anyone help fix it?) and more pictures from the show are below (though unfortunately, photographers were not allowed to shoot the entire show, and there are no pictures of Stevie Nicks & Dave Grohl).

Dave Grohl was also on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed the Sound City documentary with Stephen Colbert. A video of that is below as well.

Continue reading "Dave Grohl brought 'Sound City' & special guests to NYC (Hammerstein Ballroom & Colbert -- pics, setlist & video)"

Dave Grohl in the 'Sound City' director's chair...
Sound City

We already told you about Dave Grohl's directorial debut, documentary Sound City, which is a love letter to the famed (and now defunct) LA recording studio that gave birth to such classic albums as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn The Torpedoes and Nirvana's Nevermind.

The film made its debut at Sundance in January, and hit select theaters last night (1/31), the same night that Dave Grohl and his "Sound City Players" played the Hollywood Palladium in LA. The Sound City players are contributors to the film's soundtrack, plus a few others. The complete lineup includes Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.

That same lineup will be making their way to NYC this month for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13. Tickets ($87.50) go on sale, Tuesday, February 5 at 4 PM. They say this will be the "first and only" Sound City Players show in NYC.

You can watch the Sound City film now if you want to fork over $12 and download it. The soundtrack (which also features Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and others) will be out March 12 on Roswell/RCA. Trailer below.

Continue reading "'Sound City' premiered in Sundance, presenting guest-filled NYC show (Dave Ghohl, Stevie Nicks, Krist Novoselic, more)"

Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins
Lee Ving

As mentioned before, the documentary about legendary recording studio Sound City is being directed by Dave Grohl and will make it's world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Consequence of Sound reports that Dave Grohl is also doing its soundtrack, titled Sound City - Real to Reel, which features collaborations between a crazy/amazing cast of musicians, and will include "Cut Me Some Slack," the song he did with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at the 12.12.12 Benefit at MSG this week.

Other collaborations include "You Can't Fix This" with Stevie Nicks; "The Man That Never Was" with Rick Springfield; and "Mantra" featuring QOTSA's Josh Homme and Trent Reznor. Other collaborators include legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen and former FEAR vocalist Lee Ving. The soundtrack is out March 12 and is available for pre-order via iTunes. Full Sound City soundtrack is below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Maccavana

The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.

Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.

Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."

But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Videos and setlist from last night are below...

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12/12/12

As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.

If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).

You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...

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Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Paul McCartney
Dave Grohl at Deluna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dave Grohl

As you know if you visit this site (or others like YouTube and Facebook), listen to the radio, watch TV, or leave your house at all, the huge 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG goes down tonight and it will include performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.

But what we didn't know, and The Sun is now reporting, Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl won't just both be at the show, they'll actually be performing together along with Dave's ex-Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and NIrvana (touring)/Foo Fighters/Germs member Pat Smear. Despite multiple news headlines that are calling the show a NIrvana reunion with Paul McCartney, it doesn't explicitly say they'll be performing NIrvana material. It's been reported that they will perform a new song and Paul also suggested they "just make something up." Regarding the collaboration Paul said:

I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time? And somebody whispered to me 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it.
Many sites are reporting that it will be the first time the surviving members of Nirvana perform together in 20 years, but Krist performed with the Foo Fighters in 2010 for a Nirvana cover and recorded on their 2011 album. It's hard to imagine anyone stepping in for Kurt as the frontman of NIrvana (they aren't exactly INXS, Journey or Sublime), but if tonight does end up living up to the Nirvana rumors, at least Kurt loved the Beatles.

In related news, Dave Grohl will be recording with Queens of the Stone Age again (but not touring with them), will be the keynote speaker at SXSW 2013, and is directing the new Sound City documentary.

A video of Krist performing "These Days" with Foo Fighters in 2011 below...

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Sound City

Sound City Studios is a two-building complex in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, which houses sound stages. It was most notable for being the recording studio for albums such as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Nirvana's Nevermind. The studio is operated since 1970 by the Skeeter family, with the first album to use the facilities being Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. Until the closure of the recording studios on May 2011, the Sound City was used by artists such as Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and the last band to record there, Everclear. One of the mixing consoles was removed to make room for sound stages, and the mixing console is now owned by Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current leader of the Foo Fighters. -[Wiki]
Dave Grohl will serve as a director for the documentary on Sound City, which will feature appearances from some of the biggest names in music, all of which recorded in the hallowed halls of the studio. The movie will make its premiere at Sundance in February and you can check out the trailer for the film below.

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Nick Oliveri w/ Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Nick Oliveri

According to a Facebook post on Nick Oliveri's band Mondo Generator's page, Nick, who last year dealt with some legal trouble but is back in Kyuss, "recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song." Nick was with QOTSA on their classic albums, Rated R and Songs for the Deaf. Dave Grohl, who recorded drums on Songs for the Deaf, is back on board for this album too and Trent Reznor is also doing some work on it. Here's to hoping they get Mark Lanegan on board for a full SFTD reunion.

Dave Grohl, who was recently added to the 12/12/12 Sandy benefit at MSG, will also by the keynote speaker for SXSW 2013 in Austin.

Trent Reznor, meanwhile, has been keeping busy with his How to destroy angels_ project, who recently released their An omen_ EP and are planning a full length follow up. He just put out a video for the song "Ice Age" off that EP, which was directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless). You can watch that video below.

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