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On the scene: SiriusXM Town Hall with Soundgarden

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Soundgarden just released King Animal, their first album in 16 years. So what better way to celebrate than with a Q&A session that moderator and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins called “the raddest garage party ever”??

Last night, at an event hosted by SiriusXM at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, the reunited Seattle rockers took part in an informal Q&A session, moderated by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The venue is microscopic; there were maybe fifty people there, so needless to say, there wasn’t an un-close seat in the house.

Now, most musicians don’t go into the business for the press circuit. They’re usually roped into these events by their publicists in order to promote an album or a tour, and they tend to answer questions — nearly all of which they have been asked countless times — with marginal, rehearsed enthusiasm. You could tell there was an element of forced publicity in last night’s session, but the discussion was surprisingly lively and informative.¬† READ FULL STORY

5 great indie discoveries from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City

Image Credit: Loren Wohl

The 31st annual CMJ Music Marathon took place in New York last week, bringing with it the typical deluge of (mostly) unsigned bands and a ravenous music press fueled by enthusiasm and free booze.

Featuring around 1300 acts spread over 80 venues across Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, the Marathon is as much an athletic test of endurance as the footrace from which it draws its name. But for all those bands looking to be the next xx or Arcade Fire – both of whom emerged triumphant from CMJ performances in years past – and for the savvy journalists looking to find them, it’s an exhausting and irresistible gold rush.

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