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There are certain artists that are hard to cover because, well, how can you live up to the original? Take Michael Jackson, for instance. Many of his songs are considered classics. But what happens when you change up the arrangement completely and manage to make people forget that it's a Michael Jackson song? That's where today's Music Battle comes into play.
Everyone knows "Billie Jean." But Chris Cornell included a completely brand-new rendition on his 2007 album. And it looks like that is the version that has become standard on singing competition shows.
Guitar Center Sessions kicks off its eighth season by welcoming classic Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden on Sunday, May 4 at 8/7c on Directv's Audience Network. Filmed on a rooftop in Austin, Texas during March's South by Southwest music festival, the Chris Cornell-fronted band perform a variety of hits while celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, Superunknown.
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- Rob Moynihan
What would you give to see Led Zeppelin live? We’re not talking about a reunion show. No, this is Zeppelin in the mid-1970s, with John Bonham still kicking and the band at the height of their considerable powers. What would you give? A year’s wages? Your dog? Your first-born child? Whatever you say, someone else can almost certainly best you.
These hyperbolic assertions don’t do much to mask a sad truth; in music – as with everything – time marches on and we lose some of our favourites. There are some things that we will never be able to do again, and the prospects of seeing any of these bands ever again are at best remote and at worst completely impossible.
The losses of these and many other legends can be crushing. Generations of young music listeners grow up knowing that they will never be able to see their favourite band. »
- Ted Meyer
It turned out Soundgarden's performance of its iconic Superunknown album last night at the SXSW iTunes festival really was the first time the group had done that. Ever. Frontman Chris Cornell told the fired-up audience at Acl Live at Moody Theatre that the Seattle quartet had not managed to rehearse the album in sequence yet, so the show was its first stab at it. And the good news is it went as well as Soundgarden or its fans could have hoped, as the group -- which was also making its first SXSW appearance ever -- blazed through the 15 tracks with
- Gary Graff, Billboard
Austin, Texas (AP) — Soundgarden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its landmark album "Superunknown" at South By Southwest. The Seattle grunge rockers will play "Superunknown" front to back for the first time March 13 when they headline the third night of the iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas. Soundgarden members Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd recently announced plans for a multi-disc reissue of "Superunknown" on June 3 with preorders available March 11. The multiplatinum album included the Grammy Award-winning hits "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman" and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 5 million copies in the U.S. The iTunes Festival features five nights of performances during the annual SXSW music conference. Other performers include Coldplay and Keith Urban. ___ Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »
- AP Staff
Feature Ivan Radford 23 Jan 2014 - 06:21
Ivan's latest column explores what music can tell us about a character through two new UK soundtrack releases
Music is a powerful thing. It can be used to express authority or portray identity. The very act of playing music defines us, as both performers or listeners. That relationship we have with it makes for two extremely powerful soundtracks currently accompanying movies in UK cinemas: Inside Llewyn Davis and 12 Years a Slave.
"Play me something from Inside Llewyn Davis," manager Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham) challenges Oscar Isaac's lead in the middle of the Coen brothers' film. Llewyn responds with The Death of Queen Jane, an old ballad from the 1500s that recounts the tale of King Henry losing his wife, Jane Seymour, to gain a son. It's not a happy song.
It's also a clear statement from Llewyn: he's not afraid of sadness. »
I really like Monks of Mellonwah. I was passed their previous album to review and really got into it, calling the title track off Afraid To Die akin to a 007-esque Bond track. I stand by that. That last album was off the chain. Hopefully, Turn The People, their latest, is just as good.
The album starts off a little slower than the raucous excitement found in “Afraid To Die,” with “Ghost Stories” being a beautiful and evocative track, recalling Chris Cornell’s solo efforts. I was also picking up a distinct Coheed & Cambria vibe from the album as a whole, only interpreted through a more relaxed, almost Incubus-style vibe. I love all of this. This is all a win, for me.
- Robert Ottone
Even if you haven't Monte Pittman's name, chances are pretty good you've heard his music, as his mighty axe has swung through dozens of hit albums. He's played on nearly all of Madonna's records and tours since 2001, he co-wrote several songs on Prong's acclaimed albums Scorpio Rising and Power of the Damager, and his solo project Pain, Love & Destiny scored high on the charts, nabbing him several awards and nominations of his own. After spending many successful years in the indie rock and pop arena, Pittman has finally returned to his metal roots with the follow-up release The Power of Three – a dark and heavy project that finds him teaming up with another metal legend: Grammy-winning producer Flemming Rasmussen, best known for his contributions to Metallica's ...And Justice for All and Master of Puppets. The result is a feast of death, darkness and anguish that's unlike anything the artist has dished up before. »
- Gregory Burkart
8 items from 2014
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