Dave Grohl and his Sound City Players are getting into a groove. With mostly the same lineup that appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and in Los Angeles and New York earlier this year, the giant music collective took over Austin's historic music venue Stubb's Thursday night (March 14) for a truly epic set at the South by Southwest festival.
Dave Grohl is taking over Austin this week as one of South by Southwest's most prominent figures. The musician just had a chance to show off his 'Sound City' documentary for the Austin denizens and is heading to the Austin Convention Center today to give his keynote speech for the music conference. The speech itself will stream live online courtesy of NPR and SXSW at noon ET / 9AM PT and you can catch it right here in the player below.
This is a big week for Dave Grohl, who is not only bringing his 'Sound City' documentary and a Sound City Players concert to Austin's South by Southwest, he's also delivering the music conference's keynote speech. The rocker tells USA Today that he feels confident in the speech he's ready to give and part of that comes from his upbringing.
When Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl began to put together Foo Fighters in 1994, it would have been incredibly easy to draw fans in by covering the Nirvana monster tracks which made the drummer a grunge icon. However, Grohl never took that path, choosing to focus on original music while taking the Foos down a different path than the one Nirvana had helped carve.
In the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, you've got three of rock's great frontmen, yet with their 'Sound City' soundtrack collaboration the three musicians chose to let their instruments do the talking on a new song called 'Mantra.'
Now that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has introduced his 'Sound City' documentary to the world, the film's soundtrack has become available for streaming in full. Consisting of experimental collaborations with musical giants such as Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, Corey Taylor and many more, the transfixing 11-track 'Sound City: Real to Reel' album is now yours to experience (listen below).
Debuted during the '12-12-12' benefit concert in December, 'Cut Me Some Slack' emerged as one of the most discussed collaborations in years. But once the novelty of Nirvana's surviving members playing together again with the legendary Paul McCartney on vocals wore off, there was still one hell of a rock song.