Nine Inch Nails - Barclays Center - 10/14/13

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Better Than: Most arena rock shows.

It began sort of like a Gothic tale. The dark stage had been shrouded in smoke well before Nine Inch Nails' start time, and when the show did start up, it was cloaked in dark gloom well beneath the light-enhanced theatrics. But NIN in 2013 are anything but medieval or ancient in their delivery. Trent Reznor & Co., well past their suspected prime, are a fresh band undeterred by passing decades and evolving taste and are miles ahead their contemporaries--both new and old.

See also: Can a Happy Trent Reznor Write Good NIN Songs?

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Can a Happy Trent Reznor Write Good NIN Songs?

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Reznor at peak anger.
Trent Reznor sure is a happy guy these days.

In a recent interview in The Fader, Reznor is even shown as chipper when facing a root canal. Reznor's apparent changed mood is so interesting because he has faced his demons so publicly in his music. Reznor today is sober. His first Nine Inch Nails album since 2008 has received solid reviews. His NIN tour--which hits the Barclays Center tonight--has gotten generally positive reviews. He's married. He has two kids. He has huge biceps. And he even won a Grammy! He's actually halfway to EGOT.

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Listen: Nine Inch Nails' Stupendous Cover Of Queen's "Get Down, Make Love"

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The news that Trent Reznor is readying a personally approved remaster of Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine (and promising "a greatly improved sonic experience") is excellent news in the event you haven't bought that record like five times already, particularly due to the new package's one bonus track: an unapologetically porn-y cover of Queen's "Get Down, Make Love" that I don't mind telling you I thought was totally awesome when I was, y'know, 14. Let us now reindulge:

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Chat With The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones About Nine Inch Nails Right Now, If Ye Are So Inclined

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Right here. Trent ain't involved, but discussing his propensity for childhood angst right in front of him (even virtually) would've been awkward.

Listen: Nine Inch Nails Say Farewell to New York, Terminal 5

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The inimitable nyctaper was standing directly in front of the soundboard at Terminal 5 for Nine Inch Nails' final night in New York, which means the absolutely bonkers and overheated crowd can be heard on the recording he brought back with the same clarity as Reznor's own fierce and overheated farewell to this city. Our own Rob Harvilla was there at the beginning, back at Bowery Ballroom--let that and this be your bookends to what seemed like a truly stunning four days in town from the soon-to-be-marginally-retired industrial-thrash legends.

Nine Inch Nails: August 26, 2009 Terminal 5 - Flac and MP3 Downloads [nyctaper]

Rampant Speculation: Nine Inch Nails to Play Both Discs of The Fragile Front-to-Back at Those Two Terminal 5 Shows

Yeah, their lighting scheme is that dark, except when it isn't.

They will probably not play The Fragile in its entirety. OK, definitely not. But it's all NIN all the time in NYC right now -- as the Internet has probably already informed you, they did The Downward Spiral front-to-back at Webster Hall last night (yep, "Big Man With a Gun" and everything) as part of their four-show retirement-threatening run here. I bet you "Ruiner" was awesome. I personally went to Saturday night's Bowery Ballroom fete, about which much more in just a bit, but let it be known that the above rendition of "Something I Can Never Have" was the highlight, upright bass and all, with the drummer on piano, and Trent Reznor somehow making a 20-year-old song feel like a fresh wound. Most excessive light show since Glasvegas, too.

Trent takes an off day today. T5 Tuesday and Wednesday. Both sold out as hell, of course. Good luck.

News Roundup: The Feelies, Nine Inch Nails, Positive Jam Festival, Michael Jackson

 --Postpunk pioneers the Feelies, whom this paper once called "The best underground band in New York," will reissue their 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms and the 1986 Peter Buck-produced follow-up The Good Earth, on September 8. The reissued albums will be released on CD and vinyl in their original running order with codes for downloadable bonus tracks. The Feelies broke up in 1992 but reunited last year. They have three New York shows coming up.

--Tickets for Nine Inch Nails' "farewell" shows at Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall are gone, but there's still a chance to see the band's concert at Terminal 5 on August 26. Tickets go on sale today at 5 p.m. (Eastern time) through Ticketmaster. Tickets will be available via a complicated "paperless ticketing system," in which you must bring your credit card, a valid government-issued photo ID, your guests, and a vial of your great-grandmother's blood to the venue the night of the show.

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Nine Inch Nails Farewell Tour: Onsale Next Friday

Those "holy-shit-they're-playing-there" Nine Inch Nails farewell shows finally have tickets, on sale times, and opening acts, announced today via Twitter. There'll be four shows in New York City, all supported by the Horrors--two at Terminal 5 (Tuesday and Wednesday, August 25 and 26), one at Webster Hall (Sunday, August 23), and one "holy-fucking-shit-they're-playing-there" at the Bowery Ballroom (Saturday, August 22). Bowery and Webster go on sale next Friday at 5pm EST via; tickets for the two T5 send-offs will be available in exactly three weeks from today. Let thee with the best mouse-trigger finger win. [Tour NIN]

News Roundup: Trent Reznor, Eminem, M.I.A., Pearl Jam

--Trent Reznor spoke out against former protege Marilyn Manson, saying, "He is a malicious guy and will step on anybody's face to succeed and cross any line of decency. Seeing him now, drugs and alcohol now rule his life and he's become a dopey clown." The Nine Inch Nails mastermind doesn't hold back. He recently dissed songwriting output of Prince and Rivers Cuomo. Reznor's Manson comment may be true, but he shouldn't be slagging anybody off for being an addict.

--Eminem and Jay-Z performed together last night at L.A.'s Wiltern Theater. The show, promoting the launch of "DJ Hero," saw the two team up for "Renegade." Judging by the footage, it was a solid performance. Eminem also played a mini-set of mostly new material. In other Em news, an MTV writer admitted what we already knew: the Bruno crotch thing at the MTV Movie Awards was staged. But it is funny they rehearsed it in an empty theater.

--M.I.A. is pushing fans to vote for independent European Parliment candidate Jan Jananayagam by offering a new song. The voting will occur June 4-7. As activism, this move should prove a lot more effective for the Sri Lankan singer than relying on Bill Maher.

--Pearl Jam performed a half-assed sludgy new track on the premiere of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (which still sounds weird) last night. The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Backspacer. The show was otherwise a respectable debut: the host was clearly nervous, and new announcer Andy Richter interrupted too much, but they're still working it out. Will Ferrell gave the Cone-zone tips for living in California, recommending a great Pasadena burger joint "called Burger King."

Nine Inch Nails and Dillinger Escape Plan Tear Down "Wish"

NIN: Wish live with Ben & Greg from The Dillinger Escape Plan - Adelaide, 2.28.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Can't quite locate a moment in my own biography where this combination would've moved me (I was, uh, way done with one before I made it to the other)--unless it's right now, maybe? "Wish" still kills, either way: as always, live video of Nine Inch Nails makes everything look way more fun than I imagined it back when I listened to their records in my bedroom. [Punk News]