Quick Hits: Dave Grohl/SXSW, Paramore, Big Boi, R.E.M., Snoop Dogg, Volbeat, Motley Crue, Garbage
March 6, 2013

Dave Grohl's keynote speech at SXSW next Thursday will also broadcast live via NPR Music and its website. The entire event will be available at the NPR Music site, via the NPR Music mobile apps and at SXSW.com. NPR Music critic Ann Powers will host a live blog during the keynote and take comments and questions from the online audience. The soundtrack to Grohl's Sound City documentary is currently streaming via NPRMusic.org as well. Grohl will speak on Thursday, March 14 at 11 a.m. CT.

Paramore has a number of special events coming up to celebrate the release of their self-titled album on April 9. The band will play at SXSW as part of The Warner Sound Captured By Nikon, Warner Music Group's all-star residency at the Belmont Austin on March 13. Paramore is also scheduled for a series of TV appearances including ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 11 and TBS' Conan on April 30, with more to be announced.

After Big Boi released Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors in December, the Atlanta MC will hit the road this spring for his first U.S. tour in more than two years. The Outkast rapper's Shoes for Running tour kicks off on April 18 in his native Georgia, and will hit 45 cities before wrapping on June 19 in Boston. The rapper says his set list will include new tracks as well as classic Outkast jams and cuts from his 2010 solo LP Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.

R.E.M.'s ongoing reissue series continues this spring with the 25th anniversary edition of their Warner Bros. debut Green. Due out May 14 from Rhino, the two-disc deluxe edition will include an entire live show from the next-to-last night of the band's massive Green World Tour, recorded November 10, 1989 in Greensboro, NC. Green will also be re-issued on 180 gram vinyl. Additionally, a limited edition five song live EP be will released for Record Store Day, featuring tracks that didn't make the cut for the bonus live disc from the Green reissue.

Snoop Dogg will be the star of a new video game called Way of the Dogg. It will be a combination of musical rhythm and fighting games, described as a "rhythm-action, beat-matching combat experience." Snoop reportedly looked to kung-fu and blaxploitation films for inspiration. "They've incorporated the journey of my own personal reincarnation as Snoop Lion into my character – the environments and the path that players have to follow," said Snoop in a statement reported by The Guardian. "It's not just about who you are or where you've been but where you are headed to." The game should be out in April.

Volbeat's new album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, is due on April 9, and the band has revealed some special guests on the set. The track "Room 24" features King Diamond, while the ghostly "The Lonesome Rider" finds singer Michael Poulsen duetting with Sarah Blackwood of Canadian band Walk Off The Earth. It's also the first Volbeat album to feature former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who also produced the effort.

Following three previously announced dates, MÖTLEY CRÜE has set three additional shows for their first U.S. run of 2013. The band is currently rounding out eight shows in Australia with KISS before heading out on their biggest headlining Canadian run ever with special guests, Big Wreck. The seven U.S. dates begin on May 16 in Bangor, ME and will also be routing through Gilford, NH; Uncasville, CT; two shows in Bethlehem, PA; Atlantic City, NJ and one other to be announced.

Garbage has announced a limited edition release for Record Store Day. The band has collaborated with New Jersey rockers Screaming Females on a cover of Patti Smith's classic "Because The Night." The cover will be released on a limited 10" vinyl record for Record Store Day, backed by a remix of their own "Automatic Systematic Habit" and a new tune titled "Love Like Suicide."

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