Dave Grohl

Taylor Swift, Steve Albini, Spotify, and the Fruitless Quest for a Music Industry Savior

If you ever need a reminder that all those rose-tinted remembrances of the pre-internet music industry do not account for the full story, look no further than Steve Albini’s seminal 1993 essay for The Baffler. It’s called, simply, “The Problem With Music.” In it, Albini details the flaws of the major-label music system in actual numbers and simple math — something that’s not done often enough in trade and consumer publications alike when it comes to how musicians actually make their money. … Read More

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Dave Grohl’s Transformation From Gen X Icon to Guardian of Baby Boomer Rock: A Timeline

This week, the Foo Fighters release Sonic Highways, their eighth album, which doubles as a selective history lesson in their own particular brand of rock ‘n’ roll worship. It’s fitting, considering their leader Dave Grohl has become one of Baby Boomer guitar music’s most vigilant defenders (take our quiz on that very topic), in an era when breathless praise of Led Zeppelin seems about as original as yelling “Free Bird” at a rock show. … Read More

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Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl Perform Anti-War Song for Veterans Day Concert to Mixed Responses

The Washington Post reports that Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown and Dave Grohl (who’s really coming into his own as… Read More

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Quiz: Who Said It, Dave Grohl or Your Rockist Baby Boomer Dad?

Throughout his nearly 30-year career, Dave Grohl has evolved from teenage DC punk opting out of mainstream culture to Gen X hero to Baby Boomer rock’s most outspoken son. Somewhere along the way — particularly in the last few years as he’s worked with Paul McCartney and filmed his ’70s rock-centric doc Sound City the things that 45-year-old Grohl says have started to sound an awful lot like your rockist dad’s offhanded comments during music awards shows. Grohl’s dissed reality singing competitions and pop radio as many times as he’s breathlessly saluted The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the spirit of that old time rock and roll. He’s slighted EDM at the Grammys, only to place a small Band-Aid over the whole thing after the fact (peak dad). He’s remained skeptical of technology. My own father thinks he makes some salient points about modern music.  … Read More

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Dave Grohl Sets His Rock Savior Schtick Aside for Solid Storytelling in HBO’s ‘Sonic Highways’

Forty minutes into the first episode of Dave Grohl’s eight-part HBO docuseries, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, he starts singing out a heavy baritone guitar part to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen in the most dramatic of manners, waving his hands like a marching band conductor. (Grohl, it should be noted, was just seen wearing a T-shirt with Nielsen’s face on it.) He breaks eye contact with the underrated guitar great just twice in the ten-second exchange, instead looking right at the camera as if to make sure there was footage of him directing yet another one of rock’s legends. … Read More

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Watch the Trailer for Dave Grohl’s American Music Documentary Series, ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’

The Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album is coming out in November, and what better way to celebrate that than with… Read More

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Rockism Isn’t Dead, It’s Hiding Behind a Need for Anti-Pop Stars

Late last week, Dave Grohl quietly took aim at music’s easiest target: pop stars. In the same breath that he lauded Lorde as the future of music, he juxtaposed his sentiments with a diss against “stripper pop.” The comment did not seem all that premeditated, but rather, a routine sentiment from someone who’s been a capital-R, capital G Rock Guy for a quarter of a century. But this pop “othering” is the new M.O. of rockism, and what’s behind the need to deem certain singers — from Lorde to Adele to Lily Allen to M.I.A. — the “anti-pop star.” … Read More

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Spending Record Store Day With Jack White, the Holiday’s Living Embodiment

The black and yellow paint, the tin ceilings, the interior archway with a phonograph for a keystone, the taxidermied elephant head in the blue room and full-sized bongo stalking the kitchen, the offices lined up as seedy motel rooms above a factory floor bathed in barely-not-nauseating yellow light, the lab coats the engineers wear while they’re cutting, probably even the bidet that hangs bat-like from the ceiling of one bathroom stall… everything in Third Man Records’ Nashville headquarters was born in Jack White’s head. Established in 2001, Third Man has put out a seemingly endless stream of vinyl releases, from Americana and country acts to scuzz punks to comedians to Neil freaking Young since opening this high-profile Nashville hub in ’09. If you’re a music lover, it’s nothing short of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in here. … Read More

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Watch Nirvana’s Rock Hall Induction Feat. Lorde, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett

With all due respect to the other honorees at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, all… Read More

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