I usually open my reviews with a quote from the headlining artist, but the Melvins were pretty much all business at Assembly Music Hall on Wednesday night, kicking off their “Hold It In” tour in Sacramento. Quite the prolific band, they released their album Hold It In the day before, a collaboration with Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, with Butthole Surfers members Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus. On stage last night were all but Paul Leary. With a democratic stage set up, featuring Dale Crover at center on drums with King Buzzo and Jeff Pinkus flanking either side, they are one of those interesting collaborations that seems to lack ego. Just as their music is balanced by the contributions of each player – though with a lot of variety and variation song to song – each seems to hold their own with their live show, and the sonic spotlight seems to shift around as called for by moments and breaks in each song. The star of the band is really the music, and it’s eclectic style that doesn’t really fit into any particular genre (though there are strong foundations of both metal and punk at the heart of it). Truly an important band, in a historical sense, though that wouldn’t matter as much if they didn’t make compelling music or put on a killer live show, and in their case, they do both. Definitely a tour with catching as 2014 races to conclusion.
Rock legend Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters has directed a feature length documentary, Sound City, about the historic Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. The film is having its premiere screening at Sundance Film Festival, and is today available for pre-order for a limited time for only $10. It will be available as a DRM-free download and streaming video on February 1, 2013. [Read more…]
This is Part 2 of a two-part series chronicling my visit to the EMP Museum in Seattle. This Part 2 feature will focus on the current Music-related exhibits at the museum, while Part 1 has been published on sister site, Original Prop Blog, and that photo journal will cover the Movie-related exhibits. The three current music related exhibits are “Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses” and “Worn To Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket”, as well as a photo exhibit for The Rolling Stones. [Read more…]
Backstage Auctions has today published their auction catalog qith 1,250 lots for their upcoming “2012 Rock Gods ‘n Metal Monsters Auction’, with bidding running April 21st through April 29th. Included in the sale are items personally owned and used by principals from leading rock acts such as Anthrax, The Cult, KISS, Quiet Riot, Ministry, Dio, Whitesnake, Queensryche, Pearl Jam, Ozzy Osbourne, and others. “Headliners” are also being made available for a special VIP Meet and Greet. [Read more…]