(RNN) - Making headlines this week: New music from Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
Wait, what year is it again?
If you'll check your calendar (and hopefully your wardrobe), it's 2013. We sincerely hope you've donated all that unflattering flannel to your favorite neighborhood lumberjack in the last 20 years or so.
But we're always up for a guilt-free reason to rock out, so we'll go with it.
Nirvana's In Utero was the final album in the short yet influential career of the band that single-handedly changed the musical course of the early ‘90s.
On Tuesday, the band's last album was re-released as a box set, featuring 70 remastered tracks, some B-sides and previously never-heard demos. The package includes a DVD of a live show from Seattle.
The entire grab bag of all that is Nirvana will set you back $150 and is available at http://www.nirvana.com/inutero20. But smaller packages are available with less goodies.
Meanwhile, fellow '90s alt rockers Pearl Jam are less than two weeks away from their next album, Lightning Bolt.
They've released a video for Sirens, the second single from the album that drops Oct. 15.
A couple of weeks ago the first song to the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack was announced, and we all fell in love with the chill sound of Coldplay's Atlas. Now, we know indie rock band The National will be joining Coldplay in contributing to the hit series' soundtrack - after almost getting the boot.
Although their song has yet to be released, The National lead singer Matt Berninger recently admitted to NME that the song was almost cut altogether.
"The song almost didn't make it because it was too dark for The Hunger Games soundtrack, which I thought was sort of funny because it's about killing kids, I don't know how a song can be darker than that?" Berninger told NME. "So we had to change the name of the song; I actually like the name Lean."
He added that the song was originally titled Dying is Easy, which apparently producers didn't agree with. However, regardless of the dark content and the close call, the band said it was a fun project to work on.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22.
Whether cranking out emotive acoustic hits like The Unwinding Cable Car (the greatest song you probably haven't heard) or gritty distortion-driven rock tracks like A Whisper and a Clamor, Anberlin never fails to hook listeners with infectious melodies, thoughtful lyrics and soaring vocals.
Seriously, these guys are good.
The band's collection of remixes, B-sides and a few new songs, titled Devotion: Vital Special Edition, releases Oct. 15. To sweeten the deal, the package includes a DVD of a live acoustic show.
In the meantime, fans clamoring for new material (see what we did there?) can check out the lyric video for City Electric, the first of three new songs from the upcoming album.
Insert earbuds. Press play. Cue smile.
You ears will thank us later.
During the 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance, M.I.A. joined Madonna onstage and pulled a stunt that still has the NFL on edge. During her brief performance, M.I.A. flipped off the camera for a split second - causing a bit of an uproar.
NFL sued M.I.A. for the middle finger incident and in their filings said her actions were "a flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl" ... and went on to say that she breached a pre-show agreement to maintain the NFL's "reputation for wholesomeness."
The NFL's entire argument centers around their claim that M.I.A. broke the contract as a publicity stunt.
While the general public seems to have forgotten about the incident, the case has continued over the past year and now the NFL is demanding that M.I.A. pay a $1.5 million fine and issue a public apology for showing her middle finger on camera.
M.I.A. released a statement on Tuesday calling the situation "completely ridiculous," saying that the sexually provocative cheerleaders performing behind her were more offensive than her finger.
"They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, so they can say it's OK for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock. That is what it boils down to, and I'm being sued for it," M.I.A. said in the statement.
On Sept. 23 she tweeted a link to a 2009 video of Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams flipping off Buffalo Bills fans following his team's victory, and said "...is it ok when it come from him?"
However, Adams was fined $250,000 for his actions in 2009. The NFL has also fined players for making the obscene gesture - Michael Vick was fined $10,000 in 2006 and donated the money to charity. The 49er's Joe Nedney was also fined $7,500 in 2007.
You can watch the entire statement from M.I.A. here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyVh0O8DiCs (WARNING: M.I.A. does give the finger in the video and uses adult language).
Icona Pop: This Is: Icona Pop - Sept. 24
Mazzy Star: Seasons of Your Day - Sept. 24
Elton John: The Diving Board - Sept. 24
Chvrches: Bones of What You Believe - Sept. 24
Phil Wickham: The Ascension - Sept. 24
Jonny Lange: Fight for my Soul - Sept. 17
MGMT: MGMT - Sept. 17
The Devil Wears Prada: 8:18 - Sept. 17
Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame - Oct. 8
Alter Bridge: Fortress - Oct. 8
Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt - Oct. 15
Anberlin: Devotion: Vital Special Edition - Oct. 15
From the double stops of Chuck Berry in the '50s to the melodic licks of Slash in the '80s to the blues infusion John Mayer brought to pop, the guitar has been a mainstay of music for more than five decades.
The creative geniuses of the music group CDZA recently unleashed 55 years of guitar licks in six minutes with the Journey of the Guitar Solo and the result is pretty impressive. (Although we always inwardly cringe when an instrument of finely crafted beauty is smashed to pieces. Even if we're pretty sure that guitar came from Walmart.)
If you love solos, you're glad to hear them back in music after the sad ‘90s pushed lead guitar to the backseat.
Long live the solo. Shred on.
The Kicks - 1984
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