Monthly Archives September 2016

Soundgarden Tease ‘Badmotorfinger,’ ‘Ultramega OK’ Reissues

September 30, 2016 Music

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has revealed that the group will release a 25th anniversary reissue of their third studio album, Badmotorfinger, this fall. The album contained the singles "Jesus Christ Pose," "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage." In an interview with Loudwire, he called it the "most exciting thing in the next few months." He also said it would be coming out on November 18th, but did not proffer any other details.

Thayil said the band also hoped to put out a remixed and remastered edition of their first LP, 1988's Ultramega OK. "We're hoping to put that out early next year," he said. "We've moved the labels; we're putting that out on Sup Pop. All the paperwork is in

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Post-Black Album Metallica Song?

September 30, 2016 Music

Metallica's new LP Hardwired…to Self Destruct comes doesn't come out until November 18th, but they spent the last week promoting it in New York with a club gig and appearances on Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern. They haven't previewing many of the new tracks yet, but they are playing the "Moth Into Flame" and "Hardwired." So far, the buzz on the album is very strong.

Now we have a question for you: What is the song they've released since 1991's Black Album? Feel free to vote for a hit like "The Memory Remains" and "Until It Sleeps," something a little more obscure like "Shoot Me Again" and "The Judas Kiss" or even new tracks, such as "Moth Into Flame" and

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Regina Spektor Talks Colorful New LP, Why Trump is Like Voldemort

September 30, 2016 Music

Even in conversation, Regina Spektor speaks like a poet, conjuring up vivid scenes to better illustrate her artistic process. But despite her fantastical turns of phrase, the singer-songwriter doesn't think that she's good at interviews. "I don't have an easy time, necessarily, in interviews where I have to say, 'This song came from that,'" she recently told Rolling Stone. "I'm always at a loss for words, because I don't fully know."

Fortunately, for the past three years, Spektor hasn't found herself in such conversations often. After the end of a 2013 tour, she stepped out of the public eye to have a baby, spend time with her family and write new music. "I didn't really plan it," she said. "I

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Hear Lykke Li, Miike Snow Supergroup’s Shimmering Debut Song

September 30, 2016 Music

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li teamed up with electronic group Miike Snow members Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn and John's Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker for a new supergroup called LIV. The band's lush first single "Wings of Love" breezes by with layered electric guitar leads and vocal harmonies. 

All the members of LIV have been active in their individual careers this year. Peter Bjorn and John released their seventh LP, Breakin' Point, in June. Miike Snow issued their third album, iii, in March; Wyatt, the band's lead singer, has co-written and guested on numerous tracks over the past few years, including Beck's "Dreams" and Mark

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‘Walking Dead’ Alum Emily Kinney Previews New Music

September 30, 2016 Music

Emily Kinney is ready to make a new album – she even has a concept for it – but she has reached a crossroads with her creativity: she wants to experiment. "I want to work with lots of producers," she tells Rolling Stone. "I want to write a lot of different kinds of songs and learn before I put out an album. I taught myself guitar but now I'm taking guitar lessons. I want to learn as much as I can." But that's not stopping the singer-songwriter and Walking Dead alumna, 31, from putting out new music.

Kinney is releasing a single featuring two new songs she worked on with a friend of hers producing; it's due out digitally and on vinyl on October 28th. One side, "Back on Love," is a catchy track about

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Hear DNCE’s Funky New Song ‘Body Moves’

September 30, 2016 Music

DNCE has debuted the first single off the funk-pop group's upcoming self-titled debut album. "Body Moves" follows up hits "Cake By the Ocean" and "Toothbrush" off their 2015 EP Swaay.

The Joe Jonas-fronted quartet have been performing the song during their live shows throughout the year, and the studio version translates the energy of their sets. Following in step with the innuendo-laden "Cake By the Ocean," DNCE maintain both their irreverence and catchiness on the song, with Jonas crooning "What's on your mind?/What's on mine, a dirty mind, why so serious?" during the first verse.

DNCE will release their self-titled debut on November 18th. Earlier this year, they opened for Selena Gomez on her

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Freddie Gibbs Acquitted of Sexual Assault Charges in Vienna

September 30, 2016 Music

Freddie Gibbs was acquitted Friday on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in Vienna, Austria in July 2015. After spending four months in French and Austrian jails, the rapper will return to America following the court's decision.

After a short trial, the Vienna regional court ultimately sided with the rapper in the case, determining that there was not enough evidence to prove that Gibbs had sex with the alleged victim, AFP reports. The woman claimed Gibbs spiked her and a friend's drink at his Vienna hotel.

"There is no objective proof that Freddie Gibbs had sex with this woman," Gibbs' Austrian lawyer Thomas Kralik told Austrian media. "Independent witnesses like the hotel receptionist and a hotel guest have stated that the women

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Review: Drive-By Truckers’ ‘American Band’ Is Election-Year Evalution

September 30, 2016 Music

Drive-By Truckers picked a nice time to come up with one of their sharpest assessments yet of what co-leader Patterson Hood once called "the Southern Thing." American Band is a Southern liberal's attempt to puzzle through the emulsified white working class alienation and resentment that's been endlessly cited as a force driving the rise of Donald Trump. The Confederate flag, Iraq, the NRA, immigration hysteria and other hot buttons are pushed, but Hood and fellow songwriter Mike Cooley rarely go in for sloganeering. Instead, they use empathy, vivid storytelling and subtle imagery to unpack brutal complexities.

The album's biggest rocker "Surrender Under Protest" evokes

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Review: Temple of the Dog Deluxe Reissue Showcases Grunge-Era Rarities

September 30, 2016 Music

When Temple of the Dog released their lone album in the spring of 1991, it landed to little fanfare despite being a sterling example of how the Seattle scene could push itself. The end result of two songs Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had written in memory of former roommate and friend, the late Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood, Temple of the Dog was populated by luminaries of Seattle's soon-to-be-grunge-explosion. Those first two tracks, which Cornell felt "didn't make sense for Soundgarden," became the cornerstone for an album that harnessed classic rock's swagger and imbued it with the mysticism that defined so much of Wood's cracked-actor charm. It also showcased the mind-bending

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Review: Banks Rides Nervy Beats Into Heart of Darkness on ‘The Altar’

September 30, 2016 Music

"I fuck with myself more than anybody else," Banks murmurs on the glassine "Fuck With Myself." This idea of sabotage from all sides – including within – defines the electro-pop diva's second LP, which pairs her whisper-to-a-scream vocal range with jangled-nerve electronics. The pinging "Trainwreck" combines rapid-fire lyrics about escaping a bad-news boyfriend, with hand claps, as if she's at the center of a supportive drum-machine circle, and the emancipation-minded "This Is Not About Us" recalls wistful Latin freestyle. Banks' list of grievances can get wearying, but the music's dour detail is alluring too. 

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