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June 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Soundgarden talks about 20th anniversary of ‘Superunknown’

The members of Soundgarden knew there was something very special about “Superunknown” even when they finished recording the album in 1993.

“We knew we were doing something different from what everyone expected,” bassist Ben Shepherd says of the groundbreaking album rereleased Tuesday, June 3, in multiple formats.

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April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney among Northwest artists featured on Record Store Day

The first Record Store Day of the year is set for this Saturday, April 19, when record shops across the country will carry limited edition vinyl releases as a means of luring customers into their stores. And there’s a nice selection of rarities from Pacific Northwest artists this time around:

Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain's death.

Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain’s death.

Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea,” 7-inch single (DGC/UMe) “Pennyroyal Tea” was set to be the third single release from Nirvana’s “In Utero” album. It was cancelled after Kurt Cobain’s death, not least because the single’s B-side was “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.” The Record Store Day reissue utilizes the original artwork planned for the single.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: David Lynch, Jack Endino, Mudhoney

February 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Sasquatch! 2014 is all grown-up, with ‘turned up’ local talent

(Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

(Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb

In retrospect, last year’s Sasquatch was a seminal event.

The enthusiasm generated for the festival in 2013 — tickets sold out in 90 minutes — allowed the festival to sprawl over two weekends this time around.  That Coachella-esque expansion has accelerated some of the trends that have slowly changed the face of this beast over the last several years.

With the induction of the two-weekend schedule, one thing is clear: Sasquatch has lumbered out of the misty forests of neofolk and obscure indie rock, and into the sunny, solo-cup strewn field of EDM and party pop.

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| Topics: Foster the People, M.I.A., Major Lazer

February 3, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Sasquatch! 2014 lineup announced: Outkast headlines

The suspicions have proven true. Outkast  — the Atlanta hip-hop duo that’s reuniting after a decade at Coachella this April — is also going to play the first installment of this year’s two-part Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May.

Soundgarden headlines phase two of the festival in July. Below is the full lineup for Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends, announced at a launch party at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre Monday night.

(Damian Dovarganes/ Associated Press)

(Damian Dovarganes/ Associated Press)

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Comments | More in Comedy, Festivals, General news | Topics: Frank Ocean, Kraftwerk (3D), M.I.A.

November 26, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Early days of grunge on Soundgarden reissue | New CDs

Soundgarden, ‘Screaming Life/Fopp’ (Sub Pop) In 1990, Soundgarden’s first two EPs were combined in one release; this reissue adds “Sub Pop Rock City,” from the 1988 “Sub Pop 200” compilation, for good measure (all the tracks have been remastered as well). Surprisingly for this multi-million selling band, these records had been out of print for some time….

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October 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Chris Cornell offers boisterous homecoming | Concert Review

After walking on stage to a standing ovation Sunday night at Benaroya Hall, Chris Cornell humorously recalled that nobody seemed to like him when he was a boy. “I just seemed to annoy everyone,” he said with a chuckle as the audience burst into a roar. The sold-out solo concert was a boisterous homecoming for the lead…

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August 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Ben Shepherd croons heart and soul

HBS, ‘In Deep Owl’ (INgrooves/Fontana) “HBS” is Hunter Benedict Shepherd — better known as Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden’s bassist. He’s been involved in a few side projects (including local acts Hater and Wellwater Conspiracy), but “In Deep Owl” marks the first time he’s ventured out as a solo act. Shepherd began the album in 2009, before Soundgarden reformed….

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