WATCH: Soundgarden Plays Superunknown at SXSW

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Soundgarden, a Seattle rock band formed in the 1980’s, is celebrating the anniversary of its famed album, Superunknown. The iTunes Festival, a highlight of the SXSW, welcomed the band to play their entire album just this past week.

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This legendary band heavily influenced the alternative rock genre of music and practically created grunge in the 80’s.Their album, Superunknown, debuted as number one in 1984 on the Billboard charts. Two Grammy-award winning songs, “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”, premiered on the album. Superunknown has sold an estimated 10.5 copies in the United States alone, and 22.5 worldwide. The album also appeared on the Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Due to its success, Soundgarden celebrates the album’s anniversary. This year is Superunknown’s twentieth anniversary, and the band has fittingly decided to go on tour as a result. The band announced in February that they will be releasing a deluxe album of Superunknown to celebrate the platinum anniversary. For the first time in the band’s music history, these upcoming shows will contain the entire deluxe album.

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LISTEN: Friendly Fires Release New Song “Before Your Eyes”

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Friendly Fires, an English band from Hertfordshire, England, has just released their first song since 2011, ‘Before Your Eyes’. Working with XL Recordings, the six year-old band released a universally appreciated album entitled Pala. Since then, the band has been rather quiet, so fans are welcoming them back into the music realm.

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The Asphodells, Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J FairPlay, joined with the members of Friendly Fire to create this single. The band’s frontman, Ed Macfarlane, made it clear that this song would be nothing like their last album. Electronica roots and impressively “psycedicic”, as Macfarlane noted at the Open’er Festival in Poland, “Before Your Eyes” is a complete eight minutes of cutting-edge sound for the band.

In 2009, the band was nominated for the title of Best Breakthrough Award at The South Bank Show Awards. Shortly following that in 2010, Friendly Fires was nominated for both the Best British Group and the British Breakthrough Act. Their pop based album Pala was universally well-recieved, yet their musical journey has not been without trial. In 2011, their trumpet player died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest. Similarly, the lead singer of the trio has on going health concerns which could be responsible for their three year hibernation. All the same, Friendly Fires is back with unequaled talent.

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Neil Young Confirms Collaboration with Jack White on Upcoming Album

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Neil Young, 68 year-old rock legend, is releasing a new album. Jack White was rumored to be working on the album with him, yet those rumors were publicly denied on Facebook just a few months ago. However, it has now been confirmed that Jack White will appear in two of the songs on his newest album.

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The album, titled A Letter Home, will be released sometime this spring. Although Young had previously stated it would be coming out this March, he claims that it is just not ready for its release.

“It’s not ready for prime time yet,” Young explained to Billboard, “It’s not really a release yet, but it’s a very unique record. It’s like a time capsule. It doesn’t sound like anything you’ve heard that was made recently. And some great songs, some beautiful music.”

The album, recorded at White’s Third Man Records in Nashville, consists of multiple covers from Neil Young’s all-time favorite songwriters. This is an interesting experience for singer-songwriter, Young, who has had to recall the songs that virtually changed his life.

Neil Young is already planning his future projects as well. Hoping to next release an album with a strong live orchestra element, this guitar master is up for a big change. In fact, Young already has another album scheduled to come out later on this year. Special Deluxe will center on automobiles, and the effect they have had on society and the role they will continue to play in our world.

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WATCH: Fake Rob Ford Joins Arcade Fire for Toronto Show

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Arcade Fire, a band based in Quebec, Canada, has been playing their indie rock music since their founding in 2001. In Toronto on March 13, Arcade Fire had many tricks up their sleeve to assuredly provide their fans a night of entertainment.

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A group of impostor Arcade Fire members performed ‘Ban Marriage’ by a Hidden Camera, while wearing paper mâché heads. While this was distracting the audience, the real Arcade Fire members were setting up the stage on which they performed the rest of the night. Following in this pattern of surprise, a man was escorted on to the stage, wearing a television headpiece with the projection of the head of Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto. Ironically, Arcade Fire frontman, Winn Butler, introduced him just moments before they played their song, ‘Normal Person’, by saying “We’d like to bring to the stage the most normal person we know, Rob Ford!” The man appearing to be the mayor played the tambourine along with the band. While this was a strange move on the band’s part, it was a memorable show which surely increased their popularity amongst their fandom.

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Pussy Riot Members Found Prisoners’ Rights Group

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Pussy Riot, a Russian band, is a protest group based in Moscow. They support LGBT rights, feminist movements, and the overthrow of the apparent dictator, Vladimir Putin. Maria Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova, prominent members of Pussy Riot, have now commenced their prison rights campaign.

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This rights group is called Zona Prava, or Law Zone in English. They launched the campaign in Saransk, which is the capital of Mordovia. These prisoners that the girls have come to defend are mere protesters, who reject the governing of Vladmir Putin. After being imprisoned themselves, a new motive for the prison rights has been revealed and their passion for the cause can not be doubted. They were released December 2013, after being imprisoned for Pussy Riot’s performance protest in Putin.

The girls’ trials are continuous. Just a few weeks ago, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were attacked by a group of men and suffered chemical burns and head trauma. On the 14 of March, the girls were attacked yet again by two men with green antiseptic. The price they might suffer for their new prisoners rights group may be high, but both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova will insist that it is worth the cost.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live in Austin Announces SXSW 2014 Guests

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Jimmy Kimmel Live is an ABC hosted late night talk show, created and hosted by none other than Jimmy Kimmel himself. The show will be broadcasting live from SXSW, a festival of music, interactive, and film in Texas. These five original showswill be aired from March 10 through March 14 at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm PT.

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Guests for Jimmy Kimmel Live:
March 10 – Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen, White Denim
March 11 – Rosario Dawson, Governor Rick Perry, Aloe Blacc
March 12 – Robert Duvall, Damon Albarn, Rachael Ray
March 13 – The Preatures, Darby Stanchfield
March 14 – Willie Nelson

SXSW will be taking place the week of March 10 in Austin, Texas. Beginning in 1987, the yearly festival, South by Southwest, has grown greatly. In last year alone, the interactive segment of the festival entertained 30,621 attendees. This high amount of tourists brings a large economic boost to the Austin economy and it created a financial impact of $190.3 million in the community just last year.

This particular festival is only open to those eighteen and up. The different badges available for purchased, SXSW Platinum, Gold, Film, Music, and Interactive badges, allow for different entries in the performances. Monday night’s show is available to all badge holders. However, all the proceeding nights’ shows will be restricted to just those with the Music and Platinum badges.

Tickets can be obtained by SXSW registrants, and those with wristbands on the day of the events. Distributed on a first come first serve basis, the wristbands will be available from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These wristbands will be in Austin at the Long Center on 701 W. Riverside Drive. Guests with these bands have to be in line by 4:00 pm in order to view the live tapings. Remember, if the badges and wristbands sell out too quickly, the shows will always be shown the night of on ABC at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm PT.

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Flow Festival Announces 2014 Lineup Featuring Outkast, The National and Die Antwoord

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Flow Festival, a music festival in Helsinki, Finland, has just released the lineup for their 2014 show. Taking place mid-August every year, this tradition is uniquely based in a historic power plant.

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The festival, sticking to its usual musical theme, will contain a series of diverse bands, both domestic and international. Flow emphasizes not only excellent music, but also a relaxed, open atmosphere with good food, drinks, and arts. Last year, a whole different spectrum of artists performed, including Of Monsters and Men and Kendrick Lamar. Although it only started relatively recently in 2004, it is growing rapidly, entertaining an outstanding 15,000 people a day. Due to the assortment of musicians, the festival attracts both mainstream fans and the indie-type festivalgoers.

Flow Festival 2014 Lineup
Outkast
The National
Janelle Monae
Die Antwoord
Paul Kalkbrenner
Slowdive
Bill Callahan
Nina Persson
Bonobo
DARKSIDE (feat. Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington)
Jamie xx
Kavinsky (Outrun Live)
Little Dragon
Jon Hopkins
Mac DeMarco
Pusha T
Joey BadA$$
Action Bronson
Blood Orange
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James Holden
Les Ambassadeurs (feat. Salif Keita, Amadou Bagayoko & Cheick Tidiane Seck)
Tinariwen
Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri
Charli XCX
Jungle
Risto
Tuomo
Iisa
Magenta Skycode
Noah Kin
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Eurocrack
Sound & Fury
Death Hawks

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