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Soundgarden release their reunion album King Animal today, and they celebrated release date eve by appearing on the Late Show With David Letterman, stomping their way through the single “Been Away Too Long.” On the show, they sounded and looked snarly and unkempt in a good way, like the forest-ape grunge band that they were… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2012 - 9:55 am

Soundgarden – “Non-State Actor”

One of the stupidest recent scenes in the increasingly unwatchable Sons Of Anarchy was set to “Been Away Too Long,” the first song to be released from Soundgarden’s first album in 16 years, King Animal. It kinda made me hate the song, to be honest (and I liked it before that!) and left me a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 31, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Soundgarden – “Been Away Too Long”

It’s been 16 (!) years since Soundgarden’s last studio full-length, so the title of their comeback single is pretty apt. The first full track released off King Animal, “Been Away Too Long,” has a Badmotorfinger-ish groove and a vintage Cornell upper-range vocal. It’s definitely a bit structurally convoluted — as if the band was trying… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 26, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Soundgarden King Animal Details

As promised and teased, Seattle grunge greats Soundgarden are about to release their first studio album in 16 years. Earlier this year, they contributed the new song “Live To Rise” to the Avengers soundtrack, and we’ve also heard a sliver of a new track called “Worse Dreams.” And now the new LP King Animal i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Soundgarden Teases King Animal Cut “Worse Dreams”

Last week, we got confirmation that Soundgarden were preparing a new studio album — their first in 16 years — due for release on 11/13. Today, we’ve got an album title and a taste of new music. The band’s sixth full-length, their first since 1996’s Down On The Upside, will be called King Animal. They’re… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 21, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden, Pavement Came Back “Only To Make Money”

The Billy Corgan/Soundgarden beef has been going on at least since that falling out at Lolla ’94, and the Corgan/Pavement beef has had legs since the “Range Life” dig that same year. And man, nobody holds a grudge like BC. In an interview given prior to a show in the Philippines last week, Corgan took… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 16, 2012 - 12:43 pm

New Soundgarden LP Set For November

Earlier this year, the reunited Soundgarden released “Live To Rise,” their first new song in a decade and a half, which served pretty well as end-credits music for The Avengers. And now, we’re learning that the band isn’t waiting until next summer’s biggest movie to release more music (though it would be pretty funny if… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2012 - 9:05 am

Singles Soundtrack Turns 20

Singles was the second movie written and directed by Cameron Crowe. It’s an amiable rom-com starring Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick, and some say a great movie, but is most notable because it was filmed and set in Seattle, 1991, just as that city’s musical subculture was about to explode.

In the book… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 28, 2012 - 11:38 am

Soundgarden – “Live To Rise” Video

Live To Rise” is the first new Soundgarden studio song in a decade and a half, and it shows up on the soundtrack to The Avengers. So you’d hope that the video would feature Kim Thayil fighting Loki or whatever. Alas, the clip goes the time-honored route of showing the band playing in an airplane… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2012 - 11:38 am

Soundgarden – “Live To Rise”

Today, reunited grunge heroes Soundgarden release their first new studio song since they broke up in 1997. It’s called “Live To Rise,” and it’ll appear on the soundtrack to the new Avengers movie. We already posted a preview of the song, but today we get the whole thing. And it really does pick up about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Soundgarden – “Live To Rise” (Snippet)

Grunge titans Soundgarden reunited in 2010, but they haven’t given us any newly recorded studio music since they broke up way back in 1997. But they’re returning in a pretty high-profile way: A new single called “Live To Rise” that’s featured in the Marvel Comics summer blockbuster mega-movie The Avengers. Below, we’ve got a 22-second… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Soundgarden Disses Kanye

Over the weekend, Kanye West played Australia’s Big Day Out fest, pissing some audience members off by showing up around 45 minutes late to the stage. Audience members weren’t the only ones he was pissing off; Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, whose band was playing on an adjacent stage, said:

”Sounds like there’s childre… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 23, 2012 - 2:43 pm

D’Angelo Covers “Black Hole Sun”

Ever since he finished touring behind his 2000 opus Voodoo, the spaced-out soul king D’Angelo has remained shrouded in mystery, supposedly working hard on his own personal Chinese Democracy but giving the public virtually no indication of where that might be heading. Every new D’Angelo song feels like an event, and every report that the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Trent Reznor, Chris Cornell Nominated For Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, great news for anyone who loves things that are like the Oscars without actually being the Oscars. And as it happens, this year’s slate of nominations is awfully kind to the veterans of various early-’90s Lollapalooza tours. Miki Berenyi of Lush, there’s hope for you yet! More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 15, 2011 - 11:21 am

Chris Cornell – “Cleaning My Gun”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will release solo-acoustic live album Songbook next month, with a vinyl-only double-LP version of it coming out on the day after Thanksgiving, as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday event. The album features Cornell singing songs he wrote for himself and for Soundgarden, as well as covers of Led… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Chris Cornell Plays Kimmel

One reason to go see the movie Machine Gun Preacher: Any movie with the words “machine gun” in the title is probably worth looking at. Another reason: The movie features “The Keeper,” a prettily stripped-back new solo song from Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Last night, Cornell appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the song. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 13, 2011 - 9:14 am

Pearl Jam Twenty: Temple Of The Dog Reunites, Vedder And Casablancas Sing Together

This past weekend, Pearl Jam celebrated their 20th year together as a band by headlining their own Pearl Jam Twenty festival at the Wisconsin ski resort town of East Troy. Festival attendees had to endure a whole ton of rain, but they also got some big one-night-only collaborations. The biggest of those was almost certainly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Soundgarden, The Mars Volta @ Forum, Los Angeles 7/22/11

Soundgarden stopped by the Forum in Los Angeles for an epic twenty-five song set that included a bonus of Mike McCready from Pearl Jam joining the band for “Superunknown.” The Mars Volta provided support and probably won’t ever reunite as At The Drive-In. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / July 25, 2011 - 12:22 pm

Progress Report: Soundgarden

NAME: Soundgarden
PROGRESS REPORT: Seattle stalwarts get back on the road this summer and get busy on new — presumably heavy — music.

Soundgarden — the heaviest hitters in grunge — are back together and hitting the road this summer. In addition to playing a series of headlining shows and festival date… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / June 17, 2011 - 1:44 pm

A Storm Of Light – “Missing” (Feat. Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil & Nerissa Campbell)

Resident Neurosis visual artist (and ex-Red Sparowes guitarist/Battle Of Mice multi-tasker) Josh Graham & his revolving cast of players are releasing the third A Storm Of Light album next month: The rock-oriented (but still vast) As We Become The Valley of Death, Our Silver Dreams Fade follows 2009’s Forgive Us Our Trespasses. (Instead of doing… More »

By: brandon / April 5, 2011 - 9:52 am