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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil reflects on 'Superunknown': "It's got everything a rock band should bring to an album"

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Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil reflects on the band's hit 1994 album, Superunknown, in an interview with Guitar Player.

Superunknown was Soundgarden's fourth album and spawned the singles "Black Hole Sun," "Spoonman," "The Day I Tried to Live," "My Wave" and "Fell on Black Days." It became the band's first and only #1 album on the Billboard 200, and has been certified six-times Platinum by the RIAA.

"I also have no problem with people who say it's our best album," Thayil says. "I particularly like Superunknown, not because of its success and songs like 'Black Hole Sun' or 'Spoonman,' but because of its ambience and feel. It's got everything a rock band should bring to an album, namely songwriting and performances."

"It's not a dance record on which the producer means something," he continues. "It's not a record from the '60s where you find some singer to actualize the songs you've written on piano and you find an arranger to throw other instruments in. This is a rock band, and all the work is done by the rock band."

While Superunknown was quite successful, Thayil notes that he wishes he could've enjoyed that success more at the time. In addition to Thayil going through things in his personal life, Supernknown was released just a month before the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

"My personal life and things involving our colleagues and peers hit their nadir, but our professional life was at its zenith with the record hitting number one and [us] being on the cover of Rolling Stone," Thayil says. "I know the success should have meant something, but it didn't budge the meter from everything sucking. I wish we could have had the experience at another time."

Superunknown will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 8.

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Oscar nominees Billie Eilish and FINNEAS' "rare" relationship: "There's never been real jealousy"

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Billie Eilish and FINNEAS are up for their second Best Original Song Oscar, this time for their Barbie song "What Was I Made For?" It's rare for any songwriting team to have that kind of success, but even rarer for a brother-and-sister team. However, Billie says they've done so well because they're siblings.

Speaking to ABC News at the pre-Oscar luncheon, Eilish said that when it comes to songwriting, she and FINNEAS can get straight down to business because they're family.

"There's no, like, wasted time," Eilish explained. "There's no small talk and catching up and kind of beating around the bush of how you feel. There's no, like, not trying to tell them everything you feel because you don't want them to think differently of you, or, like, not talk to you again because you're going to think I'm weird if I feel this way.'"

Eilish insisted, "There's none of that, ever. It's like, we are completely, fully, 100% uncensored in terms of everything we feel and our personalities and who we are."

Eilish knows that she and FINNEAS are lucky to have that kind of relationship.

"It's not the most common thing, I think it's pretty rare," she noted. "I think also, like, siblings can be really challenging and there can be weird jealousies and there can be ... weird, just like, beefs in siblings. And we've just never been like that."

Most amazingly, Eilish said, "There's never been real jealousy. ... He doesn't want what I have and I don't want what he has, but we both admire it for each other."

She laughed, "It's really awesome! Like, I can't recommend it enough."

The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air on ABC March 10.

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The Killers, Beck headlining 2024 Evolution Festival

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The Killers and Beck are headlining the 2024 Evolution Festival, taking place September 28-29 in St. Louis.

The bill also includes Jane's Addiction, Blondie, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Killer Mike, Elle King, Todd Rundgren and Pete Yorn, among others.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 28, at 10 a.m. CT. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit EvolutionFestival.com.

The Killers are also playing the Jazz Fest, Boston Calling and Governors Ball festivals and will be headlining a Las Vegas residency in August to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2004 album, Hot Fuss. You can also catch Beck at the Wonderfront, SweetWater 420 and Bourbon & Beyond festivals.

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Something Corporate announces full reunion tour

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Something Corporate is bringing their reunion on tour.

The "I Woke Up in a Car" outfit has announced their first full live outing featuring all five original members in over 20 years. The trek, dubbed the Out of Office tour, begins June 21 in New York City and wraps up October 12 in San Francisco.

"The band and I couldn't be more excited for these upcoming dates," says frontman Andrew McMahon. "We’re having more fun together than ever and the generosity of the fans, both online and at last year's shows, made it impossible not to come back and do a few more. We hope to see you there!"

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. local time, with presales beginning Tuesday, February 27, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit SomethingCorporate.com.

Something Corporate reunited in 2023 for five performances, including sets at the When We Were Young festival.

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PJ Harvey schedules first US tour in seven years

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PJ Harvey is embarking on her first U.S. tour in seven years.

The headlining outing begins September 11 in Washington, D.C, and concludes October 14 in Los Angeles. Tickets will be available starting with a presale on Tuesday, February 27, at 10 a.m. ET.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit PJHarvey.net.

Harvey will be touring in support of her first album in seven years, 2023's I Inside the Old Year Dying. She's also just premiered a new video for a song off the record, "Seem Am I," which is streaming now on YouTube.

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Something in the Way-verly Place: Selena Gomez reveals she was "obsessed" with Kurt Cobain

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Selena Gomez: Kurt Cobain superfan?

The pop star and Only Murders in the Building actor revealed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she "kinda got obsessed" with the late Nirvana frontman when she was younger.

"I dyed my hair, cut my hair like him," Gomez shared. "I know a little too much ... I would rewatch his interviews, I would watch his performances, I've seen his documentary, like, 12 times."

Previously, Billie Eilish named Cobain as an influence on her Barbie song, "What Was I Made For?"

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The National announces Zen Diagram tour with The War on Drugs

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The National has announced a co-headlining tour with The War on Drugs.

The joint U.S. outing, dubbed the Zen Diagram tour, kicks off September 12 in Gilford, New Hampshire, and wraps up October 7 in Los Angeles. That'll be followed by a date in Mexico City on October 10.

Presales begin Tuesday, February 27, at 10 a.m. local time, leading up to the general sale on Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit The National's website, AmericanMary.com.

The National will be supporting their two 2023 albums, First Two Pages of Frankenstein and Laugh Track. The War on Drugs' most recent album is 2021's I Don't Live Here Anymore.

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Gojira, not Gorillaz, was a clue on 'Jeopardy!'

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It's a time-honored tradition for contestants to mix up musicians on Jeopardy!, and that continued with the latest episode of the long-running quiz show.

The category was Pop Culture Dragons, and the $1200 clue read, "'Where Dragons Dwell' is a swell song from this band, that took its name from the Japanese word for 'Godzilla.'" A contestant named Suresh buzzed in with "What is Gorillaz?", confusing Damon Albarn's cartoon band for the French metal outfit Gojira. After Suresh got a "No, I'm sorry" from host Ken Jennings, another player, Matthew, buzzed in with the correct response.

Gojira posted the clip on their Instagram along with the caption, "Thank you @Jeopardy for highlighting this deep cut."

"Officially the longest uninterrupted double bass section in our entire catalogue," Gojira adds of "Where Dragons Dwell," a cut off their 2005 album, From Mars to Sirius.

Past Jeopardy! mix-ups include contestants confusing Arcade Fire for Nickelback and Eminem for Jack White.

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blink-182 ties 'Billboard' chart record with "ONE MORE TIME" single

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blink-182's single "ONE MORE TIME" has been #1 on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart many times — so many, in fact, that the track has tied a Billboard record.

"ONE MORE TIME" has just spent its 20th week leading Alternative Airplay. The run, which first began in October, matches the record-setting 20-week reign of Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" in 2017.

Should "ONE MORE TIME" spend one more week atop Alternative Airplay, it'll hold the all-time record for longest-running #1 single in the chart's 36-year history.

"ONE MORE TIME" is the title track off blink-182's 2023 comeback album, which marked their first record with returning guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge in over 10 years. blink will kick off a U.S. tour in June.

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Pearl Jam earns new 'Billboard' chart feat with "Dark Matter" single

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Pearl Jam's new single "Dark Matter" has earned the band a career first.

The track has hit #1 on Billboard's Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, a feat that no other PJ song has achieved before. The ranking, which began in 2009, measures combined airplay across rock- and alternative-formatted radio stations.

"Dark Matter" takes the top spot on Rock & Alternative Airplay in just two chart periods since its release on February 13. The last song to reach #1 on the chart that quickly was Linkin Park's unearthed single "Lost," which also took only two weeks following its premiere in 2023.

While they've never led Rock & Alternative Airplay prior to "Dark Matter," Pearl Jam does have multiple number ones on the dedicated Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay charts – they've conquered the former three times and the latter four times.

"Dark Matter" has also reached the top 10 on both Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay. It's the first PJ tune to reach that high on Alternative Airplay since 2013.

"Dark Matter" is the lead single and title track off Pearl Jam's upcoming 12th studio album, due out April 19. Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour in May.

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Gary Clark Jr. drops new 'JPEG RAW' song, "Alone Together"

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Gary Clark Jr. has dropped a new song called "Alone Together," a track off his upcoming album, JPEG RAW.

"Alone Together" features jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and showcases Clark's falsetto vocals. You can listen to it now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming on YouTube.

JPEG RAW, the follow-up to 2019's This Land, arrives March 22. Clark previewed the record with a four-song sampler, including the songs "Maktub," "This Is Who We Are," "Hyperwave" and the title track.

Clark will launch a U.S. headlining tour in support of JPEG RAW in May.

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'Late Night' producer has "tried everything I can to get Dave Grohl" to be guest drummer

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NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers has become known for recruiting drummers from the rock world to play alongside its house 8G Band, including Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are still a few drummers producer Eric Leiderman is hoping to get on the show.

"I have tried everything I can to get Dave Grohl to come in for a week," Leiderman tells Deadline.

Along with the Foo Fighters frontman/Nirvana drummer, Leiderman names Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee as his other "white wales."

"Those are big influences," he says. "It just comes down to scheduling."

The most recent guest drummer on Late Night was Avenged Sevenfold's Brooks Wackerman.

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311 announces livestreams for 311 Day concerts

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You can now rock along to 311 Day from the comfort of your own home.

The "Down" outfit has announced livestreams for the 2024 edition of their annual celebration, which takes place March 9-10 in Las Vegas.

The shows will broadcast via the platform Veeps. For more info, visit Veeps.com/311.

311 Day began in 2000 on March 11, or 3/11. Over the years, the festivities expanded into a multiple-day event and experimented with different formats, including a livestream in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a concert cruise in 2023.

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Listen to new Grouplove song, "Chances"

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Grouplove has shared a new song called "Chances."

"I'm reclusive, I get in my head a lot and I write a lot of lists," says vocalist Hannah Hooper. "I'm painfully aware that all the magic in my life happens when I'm not like this. When I take chances — big ones, small ones, scary ones… whatever they may be, that's when I grow."

You can listen to "Chances" now via digital outlets.

"Chances" follows Grouplove's 2023 album, I Want It All Right Now, which includes the single "Hello." Grouplove will launch a U.S. headlining tour February 28 in Seattle.

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Feeling (blink-18)22: Mark Hoppus meets Taylor Swift

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Music fans in Sydney, Australia, had a tough choice to make when blink-182 and Taylor Swift both performed in neighboring arenas on Friday, February 23. One person, though, caught at least part of both shows: Mark Hoppus.

In his Instagram Story, the blink bassist shared a video of him in the crowd for the Swift show at Accor Stadium, seemingly before his own concert at the nearby Qudos Bank Arena started.

"I'm about to go onstage, I'm really disappointed in everybody here because this is the Taylor Swift show," Hoppus says in the clip. He then proceeds to tell passing Swifties that they "should've gone to see blink."

"We're right next door," Hoppus says. "You could've seen blink tonight, just saying."

Indeed, it's only a seven-minute walk from Qudos Bank Arena to Accor Stadium, at least according to Google Maps.

Hoppus presumably then went over to the Qudos Bank Arena for blink's set, but at some point during the day met up with Swift. He later posted a photo of himself alongside the pop superstar with the caption, "You need to calm down."

Blink-182 is currently touring the world in support of their comeback album ONE MORE TIME..., featuring the return of founding member Tom DeLonge. The trek will come to the U.S. in June.

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