Entries tagged with: Nine Inch Nails
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Greg Cristman
NiN / Soundgarden @ Jones Beach
Four years removed from re-uniting after a lengthy hiatus, the virtuosic quartet [Soundgarden] - minus Matt Cameron due to prior Pearl Jam commitments - took a workmanlike approach towards a tailor-made fan-pleasing set. Chris Cornell lorded over the proceedings with his brown curly mop over his eyes and his incomparable howl not having lost anything to the years as he either stood dutifully with his guitar or worked the stage with a mic stand raised over his head...Kings of 1994, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden's joint tour hit the NYC area over the weekend, playing Jones Beach on Friday (8/1) with Oneohtrix Point Never, and PNC Bank Arts Center with Dillinger Escape Plan. Pictures and setlists from Jones Beach are in this post.
...the uninitiated may not have been aware that the night's show marked nearly a year to the day of Nine Inch Nails' triumphant Lollapalooza return wherein they debuted the latest iteration of their audio/visual live majesty. Clad in a cut off shirt and a kilt, Trent Reznor strode out with the stadium lights shining directly on him and his other three hired guns for new single "Copy of A." As the it built towards a mid-song climax, the lights cut out dramatically, revealing a hint of the revolving stage pieces yet to be employed. - [REVOLT]
Oneohtrix Point Never's new logo
Death Grips had to drop off the Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden tour because they broke up (read what Trent Reznor had to say). But fear not NIN/SG fans, Trent and co. have put together a new group of openers and it's pretty amazing. The first leg of the tour will be opened by electronics wiz Oneohtrix Point Never, the second leg by mathcore bashers The Dillinger Escape Plan, and the third leg by goth rockers Cold Cave.
The run with OPN hits the NYC-area on July 30 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and August 1 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. The run with DEP hits the NYC-area on August 2 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The Cold Cave shows are all West Coast and Southwest. Tickets for the NYC-area shows are still available.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below. Above is OPN's new logo which may remind you of another band's logo.
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The co-headlining tour Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails have been teasing has now been confirmed. The two-month summer North American run will kick off in late-July, with additional support from Death Grips (?!?) on every date. Their routing includes a few NYC-area shows-- Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on July 30, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY on August 1, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 2. Ticketing information for all dates is forthcoming, but check Ticketmaster for updates.
All dates are listed below...
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Nine Inch Nails in Japan in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Holy 1994. Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails have both hinted that they're going on a co-headlining tour of the US and Canada this summer. Though nothing has officially been announced, Stereogum points to a fan forum, Echoing the Sound, which has done some digging and compiled a tentative list of the venues the tour will hit. Those include NYC-area shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The exact dates that they will play said venues have not been announced yet, but we'll keep you updated. Tickets will be available at some point via Ticketmaster. Browse that list of venues below.
Both Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails celebrated 20th anniversaries of albums this past Saturday (3/8), Superunknown and The Downward Spiral, respectively, and Soundgarden will continue that celebration by performing the album in full at the iTunes Festival at SXSW on Thursday (3/13). If you'll be in Austin this week, you can check that out at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, and if you're staying home, it will stream live via the iTunes store.
Venue list and some videos from those albums below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Nine Inch Nails, who play Primavera in Spain this May, kicked off a three night run of sold out shows at Studio Coast in Tokyo on 2/25. Since it's right around the corner, we decided to stop by and here's what we saw. Pictures from Japan (setlist included), video of Trent Reznor's wife Mariqueen Maandig joining the band for some How To Destroy Angels songs, and more below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
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...
QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)
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.
We've seen some indie rock fun on Jeopardy! before, and as Consequence of Sound points out, this past Tuesday's episode had an "Alt" category which included questions about Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk, and Sigur Ros. The contestants almost got them all right, except when Phil thought the "undead" band who wrote "Diane Young" was Hollywood Undead. So close, Phil.
Video of the "Alt" category going down, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.
As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.
QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.
All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails on 11/4/2013
From very early in the set Mr. Reznor said that he didn't want to bring a Nine Inch Nails show to Austin City Limits. He wanted the band to be a bit out of their comfort zone. He also remarked how it was very strange for him to be able to see himself since he is so used to being shrouded by the lights rather than illuminated by them.Announced just a week earlier, Nine Inch Nails taped an episode of ACL TV at the Moody Theater in Austin Monday night (11/4). As always, the taping included a lucky studio audience that was at least partially made up of those who gained entry via ACL's lottery system. We've got pictures and the setlist, some of which will make it into the shorter version of the show that airs on TV.
As performers, Nine Inch Nails are damned-near flawless. With more than twenty years of experience they brought an unparalleled intensity to the stage. These are musicians who are used to headlining festivals and playing sold-out arena tours and they brought all of that volume and intensity to an intimate theater space. With a set that lasted an hour and forty-five minutes without a break, Mr. Reznor sweat clear through his all-black attire, which included a pair of dropped-crotch pants.
[Austin Bloggy Limits]
Nine Inch Nails played Voodoo Fest over the weekend and continue their tour in Texas in San Antonio tonight (11/5). Texas band Explosions in the Sky are also now the opener through 11/22 in Seattle. We caught NIN earlier on the tour at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Godspeed You! Black Emperor who were the opener of the earlier leg. Brand new dates on NIN's future itinerary include Lollapalooza Brazil and Argentina in 2014 (they played Lollapalooza Chicago in 2013).
More pictures and the setlist from Austin City Limits (the TV show) along with tour dates, below...
Lollapalooza (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The press release below sums it all up:
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour
Trent Reznor / fans / Cults
"Voodoo festival-goers came from far and wide to see some of the best talent music has to offer.Nine Inch Nails, who recently announced they're appearing on ACL TV and who visited Barclays Center in Brooklyn earlier on the tour, were the big headliners of the the second day of Voodoo Fest 2013. Pearl Jam played the night before, and The Cure close things out on Sunday.
Big names like Kid Rock and legendary rock group Nine Inch Nails brought Tyler Livings to the event.
"It is my first time out here. I have heard a lot of good things about it and seemed like a good event to go to with a lot of good music. I wanted to see what it was all about," he said.
One curveball, some hoped to get one-day passes, but that option sold out on Halloween, leaving the more expensive weekend pass as the only option.
It wasn't a dealer breaker for some, just an inconvenience." [WWLTV]
Other sets on Saturday included Cults, Reignwolf, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Paramore and rapper F. Stokes who also stopped by the Soundwave tent to play a set for us right after Cults did the same. Pictures from the whole day are in this post. More below...
by Doug Moore
Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center - 10/14/13 (via Peg Samuel)
Last night (10/14)'s Nine Inch Nails/Godspeed You! Black Emperor show was the first time I've ever been to the Barclays Center. For a show-goer who's mostly used to bars and shitty clubs, walking into the Center is a bizarre experience. The combination of its size, its quasi-organic design, and its many flashing lights & screens make you feel like you're boarding a spaceship. Fitting, I suppose, for the lineup in question.
As weird as the Barclays Center itself is, seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor there was even weirder. It's not always immediately apparent from listening to their music, but GY!BE are a deeply political band whose main sources of inspiration are social injustices and the eventual collapse of industrialized civilization. (You may remember their harsh response to winning a Polaris Prize a few weeks back.) Watching any band play a huge arena is surreal, but watching these guys bang out their epic jams in one, despite their loud antagonism towards the establishment, was even odder.
Barclays was still about half empty when GY!BE played, which wasn't really their fault -- the venue publicized an 8pm start time for the show, but had the band begin their set at 7:30. Dick move, especially given how great they sounded. GY!BE always sound big, but in the giant reverb echo chamber that is the Barclays interior, they were truly massive.
NIN's set had no such timing miscues. In fact, aside from a few tiny live sound glitches, it really had no miscues whatsoever. Trent Reznor and the backup musicians he recruits have always leaned towards the slick and polished side of things, but seeing them crank through a full two-hour set in full arena rock mode, complete with an extensive light show, virtually without stopping was quite the big-money spectacle. The set leaned fairly heavily towards NIN's new effort Hesitation Marks, but Reznor threw enough golden-era material (including epic set- and encore-ending renditions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt") to please the mostly late-20s/early-30s crowd.
Reznor's only talking break to speak of came during the encore, when he took a moment to express his gratitude (and disbelief) that his project has continued to do so well for so long. The point was well-taken. Most people never fill a single arena; Reznor's been doing so on and off for 20 years. Talk about living the dream.
by Andrew Sacher
the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Nine Inch Nails @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Nine Inch Nails released a Spotify-only live EP today, just a week to the day after their new full-length Hesitation Marks. Three of the four songs on the EP were recorded at Lollapalooza, the other at 2013 Fuji Rock Festival. Nine Inch Nails' stage show on their current tour has been drawing strong reviews and features a big, potentially seizure-inducing light show (watch how the crew sets it up), so it might not be a bad idea to catch them on their upcoming massive tour that includes dates with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky and hits Barclays Center on October 14 and Prudential Center on October 15. Tickets for both are still available. All upcoming dates are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Nine Inch Nails / Kendrick Lamar / Miguel
Nine Inch Nails headlined the second night of Made In America, filling the "rock legend" slot occupied by Pearl Jam at last year's festival. As with Pearl Jam, many fans showed up mainly to see the headliner, and others left before their set. Like Public Enemy, who played the Rocky stage the prior day, NIN do not fit into the #YOLO vibe, which means that a good amount of the audience don't know what to do with their music. Are girls expected to grind? Should guys twirl their t-shirts over their heads? There's no question that it's a much different era from the one when Trent Reznor and crew leveled the stage at Woodstock '94 and had their zeitgeist moment. [CBS Philly]The Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival on Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway wrapped up on Sunday (9/1) with sets from Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Miguel, Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar/Schoolboy Q/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock), Diarrhea Planet and Solange. Pictures of those artists are in this post. The second day of the festival also included sets by The Gaslight Anthem, Wavves, AlunaGeorge, The Front Bottoms, Pujol, The Underachievers, and more.
Kendrick Lamar/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock and AlunaGeorge will be playing NYC soon. Nine Inch Nails (with Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Queens of the Stone Age (with The Kills) will be playing the Jay Z-affiliated Barclays Center later this year.
Synthpop/goth legend Gary Numan has a new album and touring plans this year, including a west coast run with Cold Cave (who likely learned a thing or two from those classic Gary Numan records) which he's on now. While he's over there, he'll be coming to this weekend's Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle where in addition to his set he'll stop by the Soundwave tent for a live interview with us on Saturday at 1pm. Come by!
Meanwhile, Gary's tour will bring him to the east coast later this year, and he plays NYC on October 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Cold Cave won't be opening that show (they have their own NYC show coming up), but The Color Film, the new-ish project from Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo, will. Tickets for that show are still available.
As discussed, Gary Numan's new album, Splinter, is due out on October 14 (artwork above), and since we last spoke he's revealed the first single, "I Am Dust." The new album features NIN guitarist Robin Finck (he also plays a couple dates on NIN's tour) and the new song isn't too far removed from their sound. Listen to it, along with an updated list of tour dates and album tracklist, below.
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.
UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.
Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.
Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.
Made In America schedule below...
Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.
Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.