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Watch The Trailer For ‘Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ Kurt Cobain Documentary
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Cobain: Montage Of Heck had a well-received premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, and now the first footage from director Brett Morgen‘s Kurt Cobain documentary has been released.

Watch the first trailer for Cobain: Montage Of Heck here below.

The film is the first and only authorized documentary about the late Nirvana front man, who died at 27 years old on April 5, 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The documentary, which is a mix of live-action footage, photos, interviews, and cell animation painted by Hisko Hulsing, with narration from portions of Cobain’s recorded autobiography, includes interviews with Cobain’s family, including his parents and sister.

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First Look At ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ Documentary Premiering At Sundance
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Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the first and only authorized documentary about the late Nirvana front man, will make its world premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, and director Brett Morgen has revealed a first look at the film’s cell animation, which was painted by hand by Hisko Hulsing.

Check it out here below.

The documentary, which is executive produced by Frances Bean Cobain, the late singer’s daughter with wife Courtney Love, will be a mix of live-action and animation. HBO Documentary Films has already picked up Montage Of Heck and will air it on their cable network some time this Spring.

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Music Deal: Nirvana Albums For Under $5
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Nirvana

Right now, there are three Nirvana albums on sale – Nevermind, In Utero, and Incesticide. The CDs are “AutoRip,” which means if you purchase the CD, you’ll ALSO get the MP3 download for FREE. I’ve also included for each album the original release date and some of its noteworthy tunes.

Nevermind (1991)
CD $9 | MP3 $3.99
Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Drain You, In Bloom

In Utero (1993)
CD $4.99 | MP3 $5.99
Heart-Shaped Box, Dumb, Pennyroyal Tea, All Apologies

Incesticide (1992)
CD $4.99 | MP3 $7.99
Been A Son, Aneurysm, Sliver, Stain

If you’re looking for more music deals, be sure to check out the 100 albums on sale in MP3 format right now for only $5 each as part of Amazon’s monthly MP3 album deals.

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Album Deal: Nirvana ‘In Utero’ For $5
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In Utero, the final studio album by 1990s grunge monarchs Nirvana, is now available on CD from Amazon for only $4.99 and is an “AutoRip” selection, which means if you purchase the CD, you’ll ALSO get the MP3 download for FREE.

The highly anticipated follow up release to Nevermind, which surprised everyone (most of all the band), 1993’s In Utero found a record which, while it may not have went down as the punk-filled smooth full of dirty sugar which made the medicine go down as its predecessor, remains arguably the better album, filled with a more punchy concrete production, more arranged songs, better musicality, and stern, loudspeaker style vocals by the late Kurt Cobain. Cobain and the band (Krist Novocelic and Dave Grohl on bass and drums respectively) goosestep with shiny musical metal boots all over this one, Cobain’s lyrics seem more mature, even though they are still steeped in his intimidated, fragility in a dirty sweater his physicality had oddly endeared him to a world he wasn’t prepared to embrace. Songs like the MTV rotated “Heart Shaped Box” and “Scentless Apprentice,” “Serve The Servants,” “Very Ape,” “Milk It,” “Rape Me,” and the longish at least in its title, but strongest in its musicality, “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” stand right up there and fit nicely with the band’s other releases, and there’s even a portent of things that could have been with the Kinks-stylings of “Pennyroyal Tea.” This album has two more high profile records which bookend it, the aforementioned Nevermind and the Unplugged in New York live album which followed it, but In Utero is still not to be forgotten and is much more than an artifact from the era of the Seattle slew that permeated the charts and fabric of Generation X.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each in MP3 format, as well as those available for only $2.99 each.

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Watch This: Courtney Love Performs Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’ At Sundance
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Aside from always being able to make an impression, whether good or bad, Courtney Love also knows how to make a song her own.

The Hole front woman did a solo performance on January 22 at the Star Bar during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Video has surfaced showing Ms. Love doing a grunged-out acoustic version of Jay-Z’s hip hop hit “99 Problems.” And yes, it’s a must-listen.

Check out the video here below.

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Remembering Grunge Pioneers Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley
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Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley

There are two tragic rock and roll death anniversaries to remember today, April 5, both for key figures in the early 1990s Seattle grunge music scene: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died 18 years ago, and Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, who died 10 years ago.

Both bands (along with a few others) were instrumental in changing the face of a musical style and generation that was choked by heavy metal, second generation glam, tepid pop music, and unoriginality in many forms in the musical universe during the late 1980s. Nirvana came into that stifled world like a dirty, grungy tidal wave, washing over all the aforementioned genres in a river filled with glass and soot, which was exactly the approach they wanted to take.

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Netflix Review: Pearl Jam Twenty
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Pearl JamPearl Jam Twenty
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-Ray
Written and Directed by Cameron Crowe
Starring Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young
Tremolo Productions
Originally Released: September 10, 2011

As a rock fan and metalhead, it’s hard for me to imagine in many ways that Pearl Jam is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The time, in my mind’s eye, has flown; but the more I think about it, the more I consider how much this band has been a part of my passion for music… something evidently experienced by other fans as portrayed in Pearl Jam Twenty.

When Pearl Jam was only just starting to achieve international recognition, I was entering my teens. Music was in a transitional period, as far as rock was concerned. In the background, you had your harder edged thrash bands (and up and coming death metal groups) there, consistent with their attack. In the forefront you had the glam and the rock of the 1980s – but not for long…

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Geek Art: ‘Guitar Lessons’ Features 35 Rock Guitar Greats
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Guitar Lessons

Artist Maxim Dalton has created a new illustration called “Guitar Lessons” which features 35 rock guitar greats.

Dalton plans to offer up posters for this, and that there will be 50 hand-signed and numbered giclée prints at 19 x 25 inches. The cost will be around $40, plus $11 shipping for the U.S. and Europe. Visit the artist’s site for an up-close look at each guitarist, and to reserve a limited edition print.

Here’s a list of all the guitarists in the illustration…

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Former Nirvana Members Reunite On Upcoming Foo Fighters Album
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Foo FightersButch Vig, best known as the producer of Nirvana‘s Nevermind album and drummer of the band Garbage, recently discussed that he reunited ex-Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for a track on an upcoming Foo Fighters album. The track is titled “I Should Have Known,” and will be featured on the next album from Grohl’s band.

The new song sees Novoselic contribute both bass guitar and accordion (!!) to the track. Recording for the as-of-yet untitled album was completed at the beginning of this year, and is being held for a release during April.

Grohl and Novoselic first worked together in the band Nirvana, led by frontman Kurt Cobain. Their breakthrough album was Nevermind, released in 1991, and produced by Butch Vig. The release of the album would usher in a new attitude, sound, and feel for the hard rock/metal and punk community that would eventually be labeled as the “Grunge” genre by the media. During their career, Nirvana released songs such as “About a Girl,” “Smells like Teen Spirit,” and “All Apologies.”

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JG Jones Artwork Graces Cover Of Revolver’s ‘Fallen Heroes Of Hard Rock and Metal’ Issue
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Revolver - JG Jones coverThe latest issue of Revolver magazine is a “Fallen Heroes Of Hard Rock and Metal” tribute to several late musicians, like Ronnie James Dio and Peter Steele, both of whom passed away in 2010. The issue has special cover artwork by legendary comics artist J.G. Jones.

Gracing the cover along with Dio and Steele are Paul Gray (Slipnot), The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Cliff Burton (Metallica), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne), Freddy Mercury (Queen), and Layne Staley (Alice In Chains).

The cover painting also appears inside the magazine as a free poster. Check out the cover image here at right (click for larger, full view).

The issue is on newsstands now, but you can also purchase it online for $19.95, which includes a commemorative limited-edition 1 3/4″–diameter Dimebag Darrell “dime” along with an antiqued metal coin holder. (This is the only way to get the coin and holder, aside from at Barnes & Noble stores.) A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout cancer fund.

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