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SXSW Friday: Soundgarden, Green Day, and the search for something loud

With Lady Gaga and her bucking vomitron in my rearview, my personal goal for Friday at SXSW was to find some good old-fashioned, turned-to-11 rawk. I had already seen a lot of about-to-break indie, a handful of promising rappers, and one gigantic intergalactic pop star. Now it was time to find some volume.

Anybody who has read my tweets or been forced to sit outside my office for months at a time under the auspices of “work experience” (sorry, interns!) knows that I like things fast and loud, which often means in extreme metal. But punk, garage rock, prog — these are all things that will satisfy my jones, and I was determined to seek out as many opportunities to permanently damage my hearing as I could find.

The day opened at Stubb’s at the Spin magazine party, a tradition that stretches back more than a decade. This year’s bill featured a fine cross-section of indie rock and fringe rap, with a lineup that included Future, Cloud Nothings, Against Me!, and Schoolboy Q. But my main concern was Radkey, a group made up of three brothers (ages 16, 18, and 20) who grind out delightfully unhinged punk tunes that also owe a healthy bit to Reagan-era thrash. It’s grim-sounding but well-executed, and as soon as their songwriting evolves even a tiny bit, they are going to be dangerous.  READ FULL STORY

On the scene: SiriusXM Town Hall with Soundgarden

Image Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

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

Hurricane Sandy benefit concerts roundup: Chris Cornell, Phillip Phillips, Louis C.K., and more

As we reported earlier this week, NBC’s big musical benefit blowout brought in $23 million for Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

But people up and down the Eastern Seaboard are still rebuilding from the storm, and there are still more ways to help out: a whole slew of musicians and comedians have announced a new round of benefit concerts and events slated for the upcoming weeks and months. Some of the bigger names include Chris Cornell, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Wallflowers, but there are tons more indie-oriented fare too, from Neon Indian to Louis C.K.

Check out our running list of upcoming benefits below, and clink the links for tickets and information. Plus, feel free to share any events we may have left off in the comments section below. (And, of course, those unable to attend these events can always help by donating to the Red Cross’ special Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.)

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New songs from Nelly Furtado, the Walkmen, Hot Chip, and more make our weekly Spotify playlist

There are a lot of good names in our Spotify playlist this week. Some are short (like Stalley and Sia), others are medium sized (think Nelly Furtado and Rufus Wainwright), and one’s even three words long (we see you, Lisa Marie Presley!). The main thing, though, is that all those names all have new songs worthy of your attention.

In addition to those guys, the full playlist below will treat your earbuds to the latest tracks from the likes of the Walkmen, B.o.B., Soundgarden, Miniature Tigers, Hacienda, David Guetta, Hot Chip, and more. Give it a whirl, Earl!

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Soundgarden's new 'Avengers' single 'Live to Rise' -- their first in 16 years -- available as free download today

The last time Soundgarden wrote and recorded a new song together, Bill Clinton was president and Independence Day was the top-grossing movie at the multiplex. (“Black Rain,” the “new” song from the band’s 2010 release Telephantasm, doesn’t count, since it dates all the way back to the Badmotorfinger era.)

But that was 1996. Since another relic from that year is suddenly walking around again, why wouldn’t the newly-revived Soundgarden get back together for a new single for the soundtrack to the all-superheroes-on-deck action flick The Avengers?

That very thing exists now. “Live to Rise” has been floating around the Internet for a minute, but now it has been officially released and will be available for free on iTunes starting today until next Tuesday, April 24.

So has anything changed in the 16 years between original Soundgarden compositions? READ FULL STORY

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