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Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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...

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Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Nine Inch Nails in Japan in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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...

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Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Iggy & The Stooges @ The Mohawk Austin, TX 3/13/13
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2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.

You can also check out year-end photo faves from BV contributors Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Dominick Mastrangelo. More of Greg's pics picks are below...

Continue reading "Greg Cristman's favorite live music photos (that he took) of '13"

By Doug Moore

Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.

Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.

In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.

Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.

Continue reading "Behemoth debut new song & NSFW video, playing 2014 Hellfest (line-up)"

Layne Staley

"The mother of deceased Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley has sued her son's former bandmates, claiming they cut her out of royalties owed on the band's hits.

Staley's mother Nancy McCallum contends the surviving members of Alice in Chains owe her half of the money due Staley - about 16 percent of the hard rock band's income. According to the lawsuit, the band has attempted to cut her out of any further payments. [seattlepi {via)]

The Staley-less Alice in Chains meanwhile are on the road and play the MMRBQ at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Saturday (5/18) with Cheap Trick and fellow grunge representatives Soundgarden (who we just caught in Jersey earlier this month).

Later in the summer Alice in Chains join Jane's Addiction for a "Rockstar Energy" tour that hits CT, NJ and NY among other places. All of those dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Layne Staley's mom suing Alice in Chains (who are playing the MMRBQ w/ Soundgarden & Cheap Trick)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Soundgarden at the Borgata - 5/3/13
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The reunited Soundgarden, who have played NYC quite a few times in the past year, brought their spring tour through the area for a show at Atlantic City's Borgata this past Friday (5/3). The setlist leaned most heavily on their classic albums, Superunknown and Badmotorfinger, in addition to 2012's King Animal, but included a few tracks from other albums and EPs too.

More pictures, the full setlist, and a video of almost the entire show, below...

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Soundgarden at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)
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Soundgarden have been touring a lot lately, and already played NYC three times this year and basically three other times at the end of last year. Now they've announced another leg of touring for 2013, and though it doesn't bring them back to NYC, it does include a show in the area which happens in Atlantic City on May 3 at the Borgata. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM.

A list of all dates and the Dave Grohl-directed video for "By Crooked Steps" below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden announces more 2013 tour dates"

photos by Jonathan McPhail

Soundgarden at Hammerstein Ballroom, 1/23/2013
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Soundgarden completed their run of NYC dates at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (1/23), the band's second evening in a row at the venue. As with their previous shows at Terminal 5 and Hammerstein, it was "an evening with Soundgarden" and the setlist was scattershot across their whole career, nodding to material old and new.

In between T5 and Hammerstein on Monday (1/21), Soundgarden played a bit of a historical gig... the Presidential Inauguration Ball in DC!  (Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, FUN., the cast of Glee, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Usher and others also played). Frontman Chris Cornell also performed at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball which honored the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Not too shabby, boys!

More pics and the setlist from Hammerstein last night are below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden completed NYC run at Hammerstein (photos, setlist), played Presidential Inauguration Ball too"

photos by Greg Cristman

Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom, 1/22/2013
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After hitting Terminal 5 last week, Soundgarden played the first of two nights at Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday (1/22) as part of their current tour. Kicking things off with "Jesus Christ Pose," the band powered through a 26-song set that dusted off the rarely-played "Rhinosaur" (from 1996's Down the Upside). Setlist is below. If you went last night, how was it?

Soundgarden play Hammerstein again tonight (1/22) which is sold out. More pics and the setlist from last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden played Hammerstein Ballroom (pics, setlist), do it again tonight"

photos by Dana (dostrtion) Yavin

Soundgarden @ T5, 1/16/2012
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Soundgarden tore into New York City last night (1/17), playing Terminal 5 which was part of the American Express Concert Series. With no openers, Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Sheppard ripped out a 26-song, nearly two-and-a-half hour set. If you went, how was it?

This was the first of three NYC shows for Soundgarden and they'll hit Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23 both of which are sold out. More pics from T5 the setlist from that show are below.

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Soundgarden at Irving Plaza in November (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As mentioned before, Soundgarden play Terminal 5 on Wednesday (1/16), their first of three NYC shows this month. The T5 show is part of the American Express Concert Series and was the first time where "cardmembers used AmEx's card sync technology for pre-sale ticket access." Like their other two shows, T5 is sold out. If you didn't get tickets but would still like to go, we're giving away a pair (courtesy of American Express). Details on how to enter are below.

Video of Soundgarden playing Jimmy Kimmell Live back in November is below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden are here, playing Terminal 5 this week (win tix!) before Hammerstein shows"

Soundgarden at Irving Plaza in November (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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The reunited Soundgarden have been having a hell of a year (at least in NYC). They performed a Live on Letterman concert in November and later that same night joined frontman Chris Cornell at his solo show at Bowery Ballroom for a few Soundgarden cuts. Then they played three intimate North American shows including a sold out Irving Plaza show. Around that same time, they announced a 2013 tour which will bring them back to NYC on January 22 and 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Those shows are sold out, but if you missed out on getting tickets, you'll have a THIRD chance to see the band in NYC this January when they play an American Express Concert Series presented show at Terminal 5 on January 16.

Tickets for the Terminal 5 show go on Soundgarden Fan Club presale today (12/7) at noon with a general on-sale starting Monday (12/10). "Event is open to American Express Cardmembers who have enrolled their synced American Express Card and Tweeted the offer hashtag. To sync your Card, visit sync.americanexpress.com/Twitter. Terms apply, Reg. Ltd."

A list of updated dates and a recent video, below.

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Morrissey @ Terminal 5 10/13/2012
Dana (distortion) Yavin

We've already published Amanda Hatfield and Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite photos that they took in 2012 and here's the list from BV photographer Dana [distortion] Yavin. While she's still got a month worth of shooting to do, here's her current favorite photos from this year that she herself shot, #1 being Moz at Terminal 5. (And if you're in Miami for Art Basel, you can check out her photo show.) The rest of her picks are below.

Continue reading "Dana (distortion) Yavin's 12 favorite Live Music Photos of 2012 ---------(that she took)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Fred Pessaro

Soundgarden
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The room was only half full by the time Chris, Kim, Matt and Ben returned to the stage for their second, and only true encore last night at Irving Plaza (11/13). Most assumed the show was over after the curtain went down and the house music went on, but the diehards forced the band back back on stage to play Badmotorfinger's breakout single, "Rusty Cage". The intimate record release show was technically the band's third in two days (they played the Ed Sullivan Theater and with Chris at Bowery Ballroom one day earlier), but it was their first proper gig on the isle of Manhattan in more than 15 years (they played Jones Beach, Prudential Center and Atlantic City in 2011). And the reunited foursome delivered again this time around

With all four players back in the fold and no support band to warm the crowd, the momentum would belong wholly to Soundgarden. The energy in the room in the moments before the quartet hit the stage was palpable, and when the band finally did open with Ultramega OK's "Incessant Mace" and eventually transitioned to "Jesus Christ Pose" it was clear that the older-skewing crowd was into it. Way into it. Like 35-year olds crowd-surfing into it.

One of the greatest things about Soundgarden was always the individuality between the players... a meeting of four forces that formed a bit of a less-virtuosic, "grunge version" of The Who. Ben Shepard's low slung bass and tone always cut through the mix, and coupled with Matt Cameron's always impressive drumming that never feels overly showy, they were one of the tightest rhythm sections in popular music. Kim Thayil's beef-stroganoff-riffs always felt intricate yet astonishingly simple. And last but not least, pretty boy Chris Cornell's high-pitched wail soared above it all. When Soundgarden split, it was the dissolution of four individuals that formed a whole.

The reunion has been kind with tons of interest from fans. And as a band, they are well-prepared and Cornell's voice has clearly aged like a fine whiskey. Each of the individual players haven't lost a step. Their set was well in tune with the audience's needs, yet included plenty of material from their new album King Animal which was released this week (setlist below). Soundgarden is clearly as good or better than a reunited band should be.

Yet I couldn't help but be disappointed by sound. Kim Thayil's thunder seemed toned down. Soundgarden came up in the era and scene that bore greats like Melvins, Nirvana, Mudhoney and so many more, yet at Irving Plaza, the guitar muscle was sorely lacking. The individual players were barely distinguishable... unlike all of the cymbals and hi-hats. This was a heavy band that pop met in the middle, never a band that went down the pop road willfully and purposely.

Either way, Irving Plaza is much too small for a band of this size. Look for the mix to be vastly improved (hopefully) at one of their upcoming bigger shows. Until then, check out more pictures and the setlist from Irving, below.

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photos by PSquared Photography

Chris Cornell at Bowery Ballroom - 11/12/12
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With the pics we just posted of Pearl Jam side project RNDM, and all of the Soundgarden stuff going on in NYC this week, it's starting to feel a lot like early '90s Seattle around here. Soundgarden began their unofficial NYC week with a Live on Letterman concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater, which was webcasted live and can be watched in full below. Most of their 10-song set came from their new album, King Animal, which is out today (11/13) and can be listened to on Spotify, but they also included earlier cuts, "Beyond the Wheel," "Incessant Mace," and "Fell on Black Days." The band also performed King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," on the Late Show with David Letterman. You can watch the video of that below too.

After the Letterman stuff went down, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell made his way over to Bowery Ballroom for a solo show, which doubled as a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. It was an acoustic show, but the members of Soundgarden eventually showed up to join Chris for a full band set of Soundgarden songs. They played "Fell On Black Days," "Black Saturday," "Blow Up the Outside World," "Halfway There," "Black Hole Sun," and "Outshined." Pictures from the show are in this post, and a video from Chris' solo set is below.

It all continues tonight (11/13), when Soundgarden play their first of three intimate North American shows at NYC's Irving Plaza. That show is long sold out, but you can also catch the band when their 2013 tour brings them to Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx/King Animal presale Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/16) at noon. Fan Club presale began on Monday (11/12).

UPDATE: This also just arrived in the inbox:

Converse announces a limited edition, exclusive collaboration with legendary alternative band Soundgarden in celebration of the band's highly anticipated new album "King Animal" releasing on November 13, 2012. The limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker will be available exclusively at Converse's Santa Monica store at Third Street Promenade and at Converse.com and will coincide with the band's first release in over 15 years.

Soundgarden Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse's limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker features album artwork from "King Animal" on a monochromatic black sneaker. The new Sound Garden logo is also highlighted in white on the heel. The Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is limited to only 60 pairs and will be available in unisex whole
sizes 6-13.

Suggested Retail Price: $65
More pics, video, and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom, and the setlist and video from Letterman are below.

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Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As expected, Soundgarden's Irving Plaza show (11/13) went on sale today and sold right out. But if you weren't able to get tickets, you can catch the band when they return to NYC on their 2013 tour for shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, November 16 at noon. All Soundgarden tour dates are listed below.

As mentioned, Chris Cornell plays a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (11/12) after Soundgarden play Live on Letterman and tickets for that show go on sale today (11/9) at 3 PM.

An updated list of Soundgarden dates and the new video for the single, "Been Away Too Long," from their new album, King Animal, are below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden sold out Irving Plaza, announce 2013 tour (two shows at Hammerstein Ballroom included)"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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After Soundgarden plays 'Live on Letterman' on Monday (11/12), frontman Chris Cornell will head over to Bowery Ballroom for an intimate solo acoustic show to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief. Tickets for that show go on sale today (11/9) at 3 PM and all proceeds will go to the Mayor's Fund.

That show is also one day before Soundgarden's first of three North American dates this month, which happens at Irving Plaza on Tuesday (11/13). Tickets for that show went on presale yesterday and sold right out. The general on-sale begins today at 10 AM.

Soundgarden plans to release their music video for "Been Away Too Long" at some point today, but until then you can check out the teaser video for the track below.

Continue reading "Chris Cornell playing Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit in NYC before Soundgarden's Irving Plaza show (which is on sale)"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As mentioned, Soundgarden are playing three intimate North American shows this year, including one in NYC on November 13 at Irving Plaza. Presale tickets for that show go on sale today (11/8) at noon. You need a password (we think it might be "SPOONMAN"). General on-sale starts Friday (11/9) at noon.

The day before that show, Soundgarden will perform for 'Live on Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater (11/12) at 8 PM. That performance, which is about 45 minutes long as opposed to the one or two songs they'll perform on The Late Show with David Letterman that same night, will air live on CBS.com and VEVO. We're also giving away two pair of tickets to attend the show. More details on that below.

Soundgarden will release King Animal on November 13, but you can stream the entire thing now ahead of its release date on iTunes. The band also performed on Later... with Jools Holland on Tuesday (11/6). They played King Animal single "Been Away Too Long," plus the old favorite, "Rusty Cage." You can watch videos of both performances below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden playing Live on Letterman (win tix) before Irving Plaza (tix on sale), streaming new album, played Jools Holland"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Soundgarden are set to release King Animal, their first album since 1996's Down on the Upside, and first since the band reunited in 2010, on November 13 and they've just announced that they'll play three intimate North American shows in support of it. Those shows happen in NYC, Toronto, and LA. The NYC show happens the day of the album's release, November 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale November 9 at 10 AM, and if you pre-order King Animal at Soundgarden's website before 11:59 PST on November 7, you'll gain access to a presale which begins November 8 at noon.

A list of all dates and a stream of King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," are below...

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Soundgarden art by Josh Graham (Neurosis, A Storm of Light)
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After testing the waters with "Live to Rise" on The Avengers soundtrack, Soundgarden have announced their new LP King Animal, and have coupled that announcement with an unveiling of the cover art and a video trailer. Check out that trailer below and look for the LP on November 13.

Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and have played some reunion shows in the recent past.

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The National at Living History Farms 9/1/2012 (via@antoniorodrigueziv)
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Lines stretched for blocks as Iowans lined up to see President Barack Obama at a campaign rally at Living History Farms in Urbandale, his seventh trip to the all-important swing state this year.

Some Iowans are bound to be disappointed because space is limited to the narrow main street at the outdoor museum. The gated venue was nearly full shortly before noon and hundreds were still waiting to get in.

The crowd is being routed through security and then a gantlet of volunteers trying to get them to vote early for Obama.

The president's visit - the second to Iowa this week alone - resembles a summer music festival, with performances by indie band The National and alternative-rock hero Chris Cornell. Both played very subdued sets rather than fiery crowd-rousers. The music competed with the whir of a black helicopter overhead. - [Des Moines Register]

As we mentioned last week, The National were tapped to perform before a speech by President Obama in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday (9/1) at Living History Farms where Soundgarden's Chris Cornell performed as well. There's video of The National's performance at the bottom of this post.

While on the subject of Obama support, Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel and many more TBA will be performing at a benefit titled "Four More Years: A Benefit Show for the Status Quo" that happens at the Bell House on October 11. Tickets (proceeds of which go to benefit the Obama Campaign via PAC) are $20 and on sale now.

Obama is now in Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention which is rolling on as we speak. The closing night party is being DJ'd by Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge. (Really??) What's in his record bag? Lots of Aretha, The Jackson 5 and even Tupac.

Adam 12 probably won't be playing any records by Frank Turner whose UK folk bent doesn't fit the playlist, but neither does his politics, despite a sound that might lead you to believe he's pals with Billy Bragg. Turner told The Guardian (via DailySwarm):

To start with, most people don't seem to understand what the difference between left and right is. For example, the BNP are a hard left party. I consider myself a libertarian, I consider myself to be pretty right wing and I get shit for saying that out loud. I was thinking about it the other day, I was thinking about how, quite often, I do keep myself to myself on the subject because I can't be fucking bothered to have some guy look all shocked at me because I think socialism's retarded.
Video of Chris Cornell and The National's Obama-opening set is below.

Continue reading "The National & Chris Cornell opened for Obama in Iowa; She Wants Revenge dude DJing DNC party & other news"

Smashing Pumpkins at iHeartRadio Theater in June (more by Theo Wargo)
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Back in June, The Smashing Pumpkins released Oceania, their first full length album since 2007 and first with the band's current lineup of Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino, and Mike Byrne. Around that time they also played a few shows in support of it including the tiny iHeartRadio Theater show in NYC. Now they're set to take the album to much larger venues on 'The Oceania Tour,' where they'll be performing material from the "new album Oceania as well as their classic songs." The Canadian leg of the tour has already been announced, and the band have revealed the US cities (but not venues and dates) that they'll hit as well. A full list of venues and dates is to come, but meanwhile, we know that they'll be in NYC for a show at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center on Halloween (10/31). (We'll leave you to make holiday/name-appropriate jokes.) Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 31 at 10 AM, and Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets on Monday, August 27 through the Citi Private Pass website. VIP tickets will also be available at the Smashing Pumpkins website. A list of all dates and US cities (including Camden, NJ, where the Susquehanna Bank Center is located) is below.

In other news, after recently calling out Radiohead, Billy Corgan took to an interview with PhilStar to call out some of his old favorites, Soundgarden (and of course another mention of Pavement). Billy said:

There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money -- playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future.

I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit (he's) in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.

In related news, ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha will be going on his own tour this fall and coming to the NYC area on October 5 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and October 6 at Maxwell's (tickets).

A list of all Smashing Pumpkins dates and a video of the band playing "The Celestials" at iHeartRadio Theater in June are below.

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins announce stadium tour, playing the Barclays Center; Billy Corgan calls out Soundgarden (dates)"

"Mars Volta killed. Now awaiting the boys of Soundgarden to bring
their thunder to the Borgata." - Matt Volpe

"Was right up near the rail tonight-Soundgarden at the Borgata.Another amazing show not quite as loud as Nwk. Chris was especially charming." - Donna

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Soundgarden played Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center on Thursday (7/14) in Atlantic City, NJ with The Mars Volta. Soundgarden's setlist was pretty similar to their earlier shows at Jones Beach and Prudential Center, save for a few songs.

The Mars Volta's setlist consisted entirely of new songs except for the last song "Goliath," off their 2008 LP The Bedlam in Goliath. The songs are assumingly off of their upcoming full length, which supposedly will be released in 2012. The Soungarden/MV tour continues through the end of July.

More pictures, videos and setlists from the AC show below...

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