Posts Tagged ‘Dave Grohl’

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for bands that play hip-hop over live instruments.  Combine a smooth hip-hop flow with heavy rock/alternative/punk music and you get yourself a fan who will even write about your new album in his music blog.  Washington, D.C. based RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) has done just that on their new Red Gold Green EP.  Although RDGLDGRN’s sound is not quite as unique as they seem to think (see Gym Class Heroes), it does successfully combine their eclectic mix of influences which includes The Beatles, Vampire Weekend, Outkast and Bad Brains.  This sound has already caught the attention of music heavyweights Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams who contributed to Red Gold Green during its recording at the legendary Sound City Studios.  Pharrell co-wrote and co-produced the track “Doing the Most” while Grohl was so impressed that he decided to play drums on all four tracks.  You can catch them this summer on the Van’s Warped Tour.

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Dave Grohl has assembled a supergroup of musicians who were part of his directorial debut in the documentary Sound City.  The Sound City Players played their first live gig following the Sundance Film Festival premier of the film on January 18, 2013.  Members of Grohl’s bands Nirvana (Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear), The Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffe) and Queens of the Stone Age (Alain Johannes) backed Grohl and an eclectic group of music legends including Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Fear’s Lee Ving, Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss.  They played  a 3+ hour long set of classic songs from from their own catalogs plus new material recorded for the Sound City soundtrack.  The Sound City Players have an additional gig scheduled at The Hollywood Palladium following the LA premier of the film on Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Stay tuned for a first hand review as I have gotten hold of a couple tix to the sold out Palladium show.

Read a full review of the Sundance gig from Rolling Stone here http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dave-grohl-debuts-supergroup-at-sound-city-sundance-premiere-20130119

Watch Grohl and Rick Springfield perform Springfield’s ultimate 80s hit “Jessie’s Girl” below.

Below is the trailer for Studio City