Sasquatch! Unveils Soundgarden, The National for Two Weekend Affair

Sasquatch! Unveils Soundgarden, The National for Two Weekend Affair

We bet you’d already forgotten about Outkast’s mammoth festival hopping throughout the year, but don’t worry, they plan to headline so many outings that you can count on a festival lineup announcement featuring the duo like you can the sun rising tomorrow.

This time it’s the turn of Quincy, Washington’s Sasquatch! festival, which will take place across two weekends this year, as opposed to its traditional one. Those weekends are Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend.

Joining Outkast at Sasquatch! 2014 are the National, Queens of the Stone Age and M.I.A., who will make appearances across the Memorial Day showing (May 23rd-25th), while Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, Frank Ocean and New Order will be arriving a month later for the Fourth of July event (July 4th-6th.)

Also showing up for the first round of festivities is Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Major Lazer, Cut Copy, Die Antwoord, Elbow, The Naked And Famous, Cage The Elephant, Rodriguez, Mogwai, Tyler, the Creator, the Violent Femmes and Chance the Rapper.

Similarly, other highlights of the festival’s second weekend include Spoon, Royksopp with Robyn, Tegan and Sara, the Notwist, Talib Kweli, La Roux, Gogol Bordello, Jake Bugg, Atmosphere, Rhye, The Bloody Beetroots and many more.

Produced by Live Nation and festival creator Adam Zacks, Sasquatch! is expanding to two weekends after festivals like Coachella and Ultra Music Festival previously did so, although those festivals offer roughly the same lineups playing on each of their consecutive weekends. “There has never been a time in history with as much access to new music as we are experiencing right now,” says Zacks in a press statement. “We are excited to offer two unique weekends to explore over 200 of the best and brightest in this golden era of music discovery.”

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Chris Cornell Breaks From Soundgarden for Fall Acoustic Run

Chris Cornell Breaks From Soundgarden for Fall Acoustic Run

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has just announced that he’ll be embarking on a solo acoustic tour this fall, after touring with Soundgarden pretty relentlessly recently in support of their first album as a group in 16 years, King Animal, released last year.

The so-called ‘Second Songbook Tour’ will kick off on October 15th in San Diego and sees the singer cover around 84.73% of the continent, over 30 exhausting-looking nights, with dates in San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, Buffalo and Boston, among others, before finally settling in Atlantic City for two dates on 29th-30th November.

It seems reasonable to suggest that this tour is likely to function as a sequel to 2011′s Songbook Tour. Or, alternatively, Cornell couldn’t think of another name for this one and really likes sibilance.

Either way, the Second Songbook Tour is set to feature stripped-down tracks from the Soundgarden canon, including never-before-heard solo arrangements of songs from King Animal, as well as material from the singer’s 2011 solo album, the surprisingly-titled…wait for it, wait for it…Songbook.

Oh yeah – here’s something really nice about this tour – Cornell and his wife also set up The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation earlier this year and each ticket sold on the Second Songbook Tour will generate a dollar for needy children in association with the charity.

Additional chunks of profit will also see their way to ChildHaven’s Creative Music Therapy Program Expansion, which is really nice as well, since you can now purchase tickets and make it your ‘act of consumeristic gluttony’ for the month, and also your ‘act of kindness’ for the month. Win-Win.

Tickets are expected to sell out pretty quickly if Cornell’s Songbook Tour is anything to go by, since that sold out in like, 2 minutes, according to Cornell’s PR representatives so here’s some advice: if you want them, get them quick.

Carolina Rebellion Returns to Charlotte in May with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains

Carolina Rebellion Returns to Charlotte in May with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains

The Carolina Rebellion festival returns for its third year, and the 2013 incarnation will feature Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

The event will take place May 4-5 at the Rock City Campgrounds at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is located in Concord, North Carolina. This year marks the first time the festival has been held over two days, and in addition to the headliners will also feature tons of other rock acts including Deftones, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Limp Bizkit and Halestorm.

The bands will perform on one of three stages that will be set up at the festival: the Monster Energy “Carolina Stage,” the Monster Energy “Rebellion Stage and the Jagermeister Stage. It’s pretty easy to see who the sponsors of the festival are, and the event is presented by AEG Live, known for putting on other huge festivals around the country including Coachella, Stagecoach, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Rock on the Range and many more.

“Holding Carolina Rebellion at Charlotte Motor Speedway gives us the ability to create an even better experience for our fans,” said Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival, in a statement. “We have more space to expand, easier access in and out, upgraded tent and RV camping opportunities, and lots of participating hotels to cater to our crowd.”

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, February 8, and two-day passes are $99. Single day passes also are available for $59.50, and a special military pass includes a four-ticket bundle (for both days) for $198, and the purchaser must be active military. Access to the VIP Lounge at the festival is a $100 per person upgrade. The lounge includes shaded seating areas, a cash bar, food available for purchase and private restrooms.

Camping for the festival starts at $125 per space and includes a Friday Night Campground Party. RV spaces are available both with and without hookups.



Rock the Range Returns with Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains

Rock the Range Returns with Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains

Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice in Chains will be among the many bands to play in this year’s seventh annual incarnation of Ohio’s Rock On The Range Festival.

This year’s version of the rock music festival will take place May 17-19 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Much of the lineup reads like a best-of list of 1990s rockers, not that that’s a bad thing. Other notable performers include Bush, Korn, Papa Roach, Sevendust and Three Days Grace.

Additionally, legendary power pop group Cheap Trick will play, as will up-and-comers like A Day to Remember and Hollywood Undead. Lamb of God is scheduled to appear at the event, but it should probably be remembered that the band’s frontman, Randy Blythe, is due to appear in a Czech court next month on manslaughter charges. It is alleged that Blythe is responsible for the death of a fan at a Lamb of God show in Prague in 2010.

“This massive lineup has scratched a seven-year itch!” said Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of Rock On The Range, in a statement. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and having seminal acts Alice in Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that includes Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between – the spectrum of rock n roll is covered… three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.

Many acts playing the festival will have new music for fans.

“We are really looking forward to returning to Rock on the Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” said Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell in a statement. The group is readying the release of a new album this spring, though no official release date or title has been announced.

Album Review: Soundgarden ‘King Animal’

Album Review: Soundgarden ‘King Animal’

Of all the bands to come out of the pacific northwest in the grunge era, Soundgarden never truly fit in. They still don’t, and their music is still different from what is popular today, but it’s not dated. They haven’t put together a studio record featuring new music since the 90s golden age of alternative rock, but they have been gearing up for a comeback over the past few years and that has finally come to fruition with King Animal.

The results are exactly what I expected, which actually leaves me feeling sort of lackluster about the whole thing. This album is exactly as it would have been if it were released fifteen years ago. Not that there isn’t a ton of room right now for rock music with a real backbone, and the album pleases on many levels, but considering how capable this band has proven themselves to be I don’t think I would be alone in expecting more than 90s alt rock. Good as it may be.

The opener and lead single, ‘Been Away Too Long’, is a screaming, grinding statement of intent, and it adds up to more than its too-overt title would probably seem to merit. It’s a great song– probably the best on the record– and with it one can surely say that Soundgarden’s comeback is at least successful as a return to form.

But it’s not universally pleasing, and in fact it might appeal to a rather small audience today. It has its up moments, which the band may have shied away from in the past, but by and large it is a fairly dreary affair and that’s not something that does very well these days. More than that, the album stubbornly refuses to experiment much at all with the established formula of the band’s earlier successes, leaving it to feel a little shapeless.

Chris Cornell is in perfect form, having lost nothing as he exhibits the unbelievable and undeniable voice of a rock god, and it is the upper, shrieking register being showcased for much of this record. As good as he is, I think it’s kind of a shame we don’t get to hear his fantastic lower, gravelly tone as much, especially because the transitions from there to the stratosphere are more impactful.

Almost every song starts off in a state of climax, which lends the album great energy, but it also leaves the songs with no place to go. Only a few tracks feature strong changes in movement, and even these feel like exploratory steps that are quickly retracted to bring the listener back into a maelstrom of guitar.

The songs are rich though, and the band is extremely inventive even in their refusal to color outside of the lines. The greatest alchemy they have is not in slightly off notes and weird time signatures, but in layering their riffs in expert fashion, where guitars provide more than a tune to hum along with as they grind out sonic warnings and dangerous aural landscapes.

“Eyelids Mouth” makes Soundgarden’s psychedelic and surreal nature slightly more approachable for the uninitiated, and the chorus is cool, even funky. It’s one of only a few very special tracks and standout moments on this record for me, and oddly what makes it special are the same things that make it a potential single, and that might be backwards for this particular band. “Black Saturday” is another that may stand out and succeed in today’s musical reality, and it’s the most similar to ‘Black Hole Sun’ so it should appeal to 90s skater kids just as much.

It’s a very strong record, and should be considered an achievement considering how long they have been out of practice and just how far Chris Cornell has drifted from this sound with his solo work. As much as I like hearing new music from Soundgarden, and as much as I appreciate them staying true to themselves and their sound, I don’t see great potential for this record to reach much further than their existing fanbase.

Release Date: November 13, 2012
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Green Day ‘¡Dos!,’ Soundgarden ‘King Animal’ Available for Free Streaming

Green Day ‘¡Dos!,’ Soundgarden ‘King Animal’ Available for Free Streaming

You weren’t able to listen to Dookie or Superunknown like this before they came out – new albums from Green Day and Soundgarden are now streaming online, a week ahead of the official release dates.

Soundgarden posted their reunion release, King Animal, on iTunes, and the songs will be streaming until the album is released next Tuesday, November 13. One note: the way the streaming is set up, you can’t skip between the tracks, so you’ll have to listen to the album as an album.

King Animal is Soundgarden’s first studio album in more than 15 years, and also their first since the group reunited a couple years ago. The group did, however, release an album on the soundtrack of the “Avengers” movie.

In a recent interview with CNN, frontman Chris Cornell spoke of how the band has now returned to its indie roots.

“I guess if anything, we’ve reverted back to the way we operated as an indie band,” Cornell said. “We acted like free agents. And we can do that now, like we did then, because the music business has changed so much.”

Green Day’s new album ¡Dos! is streaming on Rolling Stone. The album is the second in a trilogy the group will release this year. Appropriately, the first was ¡Uno! and the third, coming next month, will be ¡Tre!.

The latter album will be released December 11, more than a month ahead of its originally scheduled release date of January 15, 2013. The band moved up the release date after it was forced to postpone a slew of shows in the wake of singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s stint in rehab. Armstrong checked himself into a rehab center following an onstage rant at the iHeartMusic festival in Las Vegas in September.

Soundgarden Lines Up Intimate Shows in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles

Soundgarden Lines Up Intimate Shows in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles

Soundgarden have revealed three theater concert dates for later this month that will celebrate the upcoming release of their first new studio album in 16 years.

The first show will be held November 13 at Irving Plaza in New York, and will be followed by a gig at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto on November 16. Finally, the group will play the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 27.

In addition to these live dates, the group will appear on “Late Night with David Letterman” on November 12. Before their appearance on the show they will perform a “Live on Letterman” webcast concert at 8:00 pm. on November 12. Once they get back to the west coast they also will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on November 26.

The new album, King Animal, will be released on November 13 and was recorded with Pearl Jam Producer Adam Kasper. The first single, appropriately titled “Been Away Too Long,” is out now.

The group broke up in 1997 during the tour for their most recent studio album, Down on the Upside, which was released in 1996. These new shows will not be the first for the band since the split. They reunited in 2010 for a few concerts including a slot at that year’s Lollapalooza festival. Additionally, the group released a greatest hits record titled Telephantasm that year.

Frontman Chris Cornell spoke to NME about the new album earlier this year.

“We have an album coming out in the fall,” he said at the time. “It’s kind of hard to describe, it’s sort of picking up where we left off. There’s a lot of different feels on the album. We’re a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It’s a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it.”

Could Grunge Nirvana Happen with Joint Pearl Jam, Soundgarden Tour?

Could Grunge Nirvana Happen with Joint Pearl Jam, Soundgarden Tour?

Could Pearl Jam and Soundgarden be planning on co-headlining road trip next year in what would be one of the biggest tour packages of the year? The Internet certainly is buzzing about the possibility, and the Internet may be right.

The rumors are focused on the fact that both groups are expected to release new albums in the near future. Soundgarden’s long awaited comeback album King Animal is slated for release in November, and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament said earlier this month that his band’s forthcoming album currently is about halfway done.

But Pearl Jam/Soundgarden double bill rumors run a bit deeper, and are fueled by the fact that Matt Cameron serves as drummers for both bands. He has said that he “is not leaving Pearl Jam and that he is committed to Soundgarden.” So, if he’s not leaving either band, and both have albums coming out that need tour support, the conclusion would be that a joint tour is very possible.

The argument was first made by a post on by a “guy in our office [that] is OBSESSED with Soundgarden.”

“Then it all made since,” the obsessed fellow writes. “Soundgarden, weren’t just fine-tuning King Animal, they were waiting on their brother band Pearl Jam to finish things up. It’s a domino effect. Soundgarden, release their album, fans go ballistic, rock and roll reigns again. A few months later, Pearl Jam’s new album comes out, riding the sediment of the return of ‘Grunge.’ And while at the height, the tour WILL be announced, for mid-2013.”

Of course, as might be evidenced by the above misuse of commas and some questionable word choice, this is not an official announcement, and time will tell if the epitome of grunge tours (for 2013, anyway) will come to pass.

If it does happen, the bands could really save some money by having Temple of the Dog open the shows on the tour. Just saying.

Soundgarden Breaks Sixteen Years of Silence with November Album Release

Soundgarden Breaks Sixteen Years of Silence with November Album Release

Attention: grunge fans. Soundgarden is back. The band reunited in 2010 after a 13 year hiatus, and they have finally confirmed that a new album of new material – their first in 16 years – will be released this fall.

Guitarist Kim Thayil confirmed to Rolling Stone that the album will be released November 12 in the U.K. and the following day in the U.S.

“It establishes that we still rock, we’re still heavy and we’re still a little weird,” Thayil told the magazine. He also confirmed that “Blood on the Valley Floor” and “A Thousand Days Before” are the titles of two tracks on the album, though he did not reveal the title of the album. He described the latter song as “a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin’. We call it ‘country and eastern.’” See what he did there?

Frontman Chris Cornell spoke about new material earlier this year with NME, saying that the group would “pick up where they left off” after their most recent album, 1996’s Down on the Upside.

“We have an album coming out in the fall,” he told the magazine. “It’s kind of hard to describe, it’s sort of picking up where we left off. There’s a lot of different feels on the album. We’re a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It’s a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it.”

Since the original break up of the band, all members took on different musical projects, with the most high profile being Cornell’s four solo albums. In regards to the recent albums in his solo discography, it’s pretty safe to say that Soundgarden fans will be glad to hear that “we still rock, we’re still heavy,” because those words wouldn’t really describe the solo efforts in any way.

Never one to keep his mouth shut, Smashing Pumpkins frontman (and sole remaining member) Billy Corgan of course had some words about Soundgarden’s return.

“When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great,” he told “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.”

Fortunately, Corgan backs up his statements by continuously releasing such innovative and cutting edge music with the Pumpkins (in case it’s not readily apparent, sarcasm is intended here).

Soundgarden Roll Out Full Summer Tour Calendar

Soundgarden Roll Out Full Summer Tour Calendar

This week Chris Cornell will be wrapping up his spring solo acoustic trek in San Diego (where’s he played a multitude of Soundgarden classics). After that he will be reconvening with his former Soundgarden bandmates Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd and Kim Thayil for the official reunion of the grunge group. It’s been 13 years since they disbanded.

Soundgarden, as has been previously reported, will be kicking their summer tour off in Toronto at Molson Canadian Amphitheater on July 2. The rest of the dates on their month long tour of North America have been confirmed. There are also four shows in Canada on the schedule. Opening acts will include Queens Of The Stone Age, The Mars Volta and Coheed And Cambria.

The outing will wrap up with a special homecoming concert to be held in Seattle. The Meat Puppets and Mastodon will be providing support.

On Monday a presale for the new shows will begin for Soundgarden fan club members and then on May 13-14 will be extended to the public. Soundgarden’s official website has additional information on the strict ticket purchasing process.

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