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When: Wed., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $59.50
Of all the bands that could have reunited from the grunge era, Soundgarden is number one on my list. Not just because they were always my favorite band to come out of that period, but also, getting back together with someone with as unique a guitar-playing style as Kim Thayil just might keep Chris Cornell from making any more poor musical decisions. Remember Audioslave and the solo album produced by Timbaland, anyone? (Or are we all still trying to forget?) When Soundgarden released its retrospective Telephantasm in 2010 with the perfect new song "Black Rain," my expectations for a full-length went soaring into the cosmos. Upon delivery, 2012's King Animal falls just barely short. They display the same talent of writing disjointed riffs and bizarre rhythms, but every song has that slick, commercial glaze over it. None of the tracks has the filthy harshness of "Fourth of July" or "Jesus Christ Pose." King is a good, solid effort, but it's too bad even the old ones like Soundgarden can't get away with having an edge anymore. ARIS WALES

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