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B-Sides Report for 08/11/2015



Ryan Adams Covers Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood'

(Radio.com) As Radio.com reported last week, Ryan Adams has announced his intention to do a full cover version of Taylor Swift's latest album 1989, in the style of the Smiths.

Adams has already shared videos snippets of his covers of "Welcome to New York," "Out of the Woods" and "All You Had to Do Was Stay." But now we get our first taste of his take on "Bad Blood" which is decidedly more low key than the original.

Swift re-tweeted the snippets over the weekend, so it's safe to assume her that her enthusiasm for the project remains intact. See the tweets and check out the snippets here.

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Walter Trout Recalls Telling Springsteen He Wasn't Very Good

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has recalled the moment he called out Bruce Springsteen about his guitar playing. Trout grew up in Ocean City and was part of the Jersey Shore scene when he was a budding musician. He played in a band Wilmont Mews who often shared gigs with Springsteen's early band Steel Mill.

He tells Press Of Atlantic City: "I remember talking to him and hanging out with him when he was the lead guitar player. I didn't think he was very good.

"I remember telling him, 'Man, you guys need another guitar player.' He would say to me, 'Well, I'm starting to write songs,' and I would say, 'I hope your songs are good, because your guitar playing is not really happening.' I guess he showed me, didn't he?" Read more here.

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Duran Duran Debuts Title Track Of New Album 'Paper Gods'

(Radio.com) Duran Duran is gearing up for the release of their 14th album, Paper Gods, September 11, and now you can hear the title track. When Radio.com spoke to the band's longtime collaborator Nile Rodgers, he told us that their new music is the culmination of everything he has been trying to do with them since they first worked together in 1984.

"Duran Duran is truly like my second band," he told us. "I'm so proud of them: from their begininngs to where they've come to now. Their earliest stuff was amazing: 'Girls on Film,' 'Rio,' those were fabulous records. But now, there's a maturity that I was trying to bring out of them when I did the song 'Wild Boys.' I was very conscious and aware of the fact that they had sort of this 'pretty boy' image and they were the MTV band, and I knew what they were capable of, given the right direction.

"There's no Duran Duran record that sounds like 'Wild Boys,' this was a real departure. And we did unbelievably well with it. So I thought, 'Once they feel this vibe, and this kind of excitement from this semi-avantgarde record, now we're in the Bowie neighborhood.' And when you hear their new record, you're gonna say, 'They finally got it!' It's very semi-underground' until that hook kicks in." Read more and stream the new song here.

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Kendrick Lamar To Be Stephen Colbert's First 'Late Show' Music Guest

(Radio.com) Stephen Colbert will come out swinging when The Late Show returns to CBS on September 8. But for continuity's sake, the new talk show will take up where his Colbert Report left off--with the same musical act--Kendrick Lamar.

Today at the industry's Television Critics Association press tour Colbert shed just a small beam of light on what fans can expect from the inaugural episode.

The host confirmed that George Clooney will be the first guest on the show "because he's a brilliant actor and a great director and he cares about the world." Find out who he selected as his music director here.

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Chris Brown Wants To Collaborate With Zayn Malik

(Radio.com) As former One Direction star Zayn Malik prepares for his new RCA Records solo debut, the singer appears to have no shortage of would-be collaborators.

Early outreach came from two unlikely sources including Chris Brown and Tyler, The Creator. 'Of course, of course, [I'd work with him]," Brown said during an interview at Capitol FM (via MTV).

'I don't shy away from anyone and I think he's a great artist. Now he's doing his solo thing, I know he has a huge fan base and the fans are waiting to hear his stuff, so it would be cool to get down and collab."

Meanwhile, Tyler, The Creator reached out to Malik via tweet Sunday. Read more including the message here.

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Steven Tyler Jams Aerosmith Classics With The Zac Brown Band

(hennemusic) Steven Tyler joined the Zac Brown Band at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday to perform a pair of Aerosmith classics and videos of the jam have been posted online.

The singer appeared for "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" during Brown's third show of a three-night stand at the famed ballpark in Aerosmith's hometown.

The group's set also included covers of tunes by Led Zeppelin ("Kashmir"), Temple Of The Dog ("Hunger Strike"), The Charlie Daniels Band ("The Devil Went Down To Georgia"), Dolly Parton ("Jolene") and John Mayer ("Neon").

Tyler and Aerosmith just wrapped up their Blue Army summer tour of North America this past week. The Boston band will release a new live package, "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", on Blu Ray, DVD and Digital on September 4.

The set features Aerosmith's headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park. Check out the videos for the Fenway Park jam here.

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Chris Young Announces The I'm Comin' Over Tour

(Radio.com) Chris Young announced The I'm Comin' Over Tour of North America which starts on October 22nd in Savannah. Eric Paslay and Clare Dunn are slated to open.

The singer has also has revealed the album artwork for his fifth studio album title, I'm Comin' Over. The Grammy-nominated singer took to his facebook page for a live video session to break the news.

During the chat Young reiterated a few album details including that it contains a collaboration with Vince Gil and a duet with Cassadee Pope. He also answered some more personal questions, divulging that his favorite dessert is his grandmother's homemade bannana ice cream. See the artwork and tour dates here.

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Dan + Shay Announce 'Just The Right Kind of Crazy' Tour

(Radio.com) With their third single, "Nothin' Like You," from their 2014 breakthrough debut LP gaining traction on the country charts, Nashville duo Dan + Shay will once again take to the road this fall, announcing a new stretch of tour dates that will bring their much heralded live show to fans east of the Mississippi River.

Beginning on October 1 in Louisville, Kentucky and dubbed the Just The Right Kind of Crazy tour, the trek will see Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney visit Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Orlando, among many other cities, before ending their run in Birmingham, Alabama on October 24. Kelsea Ballerini will support the pair on select dates.

'We are PUMPED to hit the road this fall with a newly designed set list and light show!" said Dan Smyers in a press release. 'And we're really excited to have our good friend Kelsea Ballerini on a handful of the dates. As always, we look forward to meeting as many fans as possible at the shows. See y'all out there!" See the dates here.

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A$AP Rocky Releases "Jukebox Joints" Video Minus Kanye West

(Radio.com) In his latest video for "Jukebox Joints," A$AP Rocky travels through time in a hallucinatory journey through America. Produced by Kanye West, the song is a highlight of his recent album At.Long.Last.A$AP.

Now we get to see the song come to life--it starts off in a '50s setting at a diner, with shots of Rocky wearing a varsity jacket and using an old-school jukebox. Then we get to the '90s, evidenced by the beepers worn by Rocky's crew. They take the subway and end up at a party, where Rocky gazes at the camera with melancholy airs through a crowd of women.

The clip is shot in psychedelic tones of purple and pink, with trippy effects added. While the original version of the song featured a verse from Kanye West, it's missing from this video, which is a minute shorter than the album version. Watch it here.

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Lady Gaga 'American Horror Story' Role Details Revealed

(Radio.com) As Radio.com reported back in February, Lady Gaga is coming to American Horror Story. Now more details have emerged about her role courtesy of executive producer Ryan Murphy.

According to Murphy 'Her character's name is Elizabeth. She owns the hotel, and she is sort of a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art and fashion and people and she has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode and plays out over the course of the season."

Murphy confirmed that 'people that you have known from other seasons" will check into the hotel this year. He also revealed the hotel's location, the city of Los Angeles. Read more here.

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Creeper Continue Lie Awake Story With Honeymoon Suite Video

(TeamRock Radio) Creeper have issued a video for their track The Honeymoon Suite. It's taken from their Callous Heart EP, due on September 18 via Roadrunner Records. It'll be their first release since their self-titled debut EP which launched last year.

They previously issued a promo for EP track Lie Awake. The band say: "We're over the moon to reveal The Honeymoon Suite. This is the first song we wrote for the EP, and those who have seen us live in the past couple of months may have heard the song in our set.

"The video picks up where the Lie Awake video left off and carries on a story that flows through this new record." Creeper continue their UK tour later this week when they play Hevy Fest on August 14. Watch the new video here.

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Taylor Swift Joined Onstage By Ciara, Russell Wilson, Fetty Wap

(Radio.com) Taylor Swift had a busy weekend; she performed at Seattle's CenturyLink Field on Saturday night. As is often the case at her shows, famous people visit her on stage. Usually she does this to actually perform with those people. But, apparently, not always.

For, on Saturday night, she hosted a guest appearance by R&B singer Ciara and Ciara's current paramour, NFL player Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. They did not sing. Nor did they dance. However they did walk down the runway during the song "Style."

They did not have Ciara's son, Future Zahir, on stage with them though. You may, however, remember the brief controversy that ensued when Wilson was seen hugging the young fellow at the Seahawks' training camp. That was controversial because his father is Ciara's ex-, Future. So, people had feelings about that particular P.D.A., including T.I., who felt Wilson was "out of line," and said so in less polite terms.

Also in the house was singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes; he didn't perform either, but Taylor led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to him. Her big guest performer was Fetty Wap, who joined her for--of course--"Trap Queen."

But not everyone wants to be Taylor's friend, it seems. Her one-time pal Miley Cyrus criticized the violence in Swift's recent "Bad Blood" video in an interview with Marie Claire. Read her comments here.

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Ja Rule Adds His 2 Cents To Drake And Meek Mill Feud

(Radio.com) Ja Rule knows beefs, he was famously embroiled in one with 50 Cent. Rule recently appeared on MTV2's Uncommon Sense With Charlamagne Tha God to discuss the feud between Meek Mill and Drake.

"At this point it's gonna be tough for Meek--The world is doing this 'Na-na-na-na. We wanna hear Drake' We off the streets. So, your street mentality kicks in first," Ja Rule said.

"However you wanna do it homeboy. You wanna do it on wax. You wanna do it off the streets. However you wanna do it. You know what I'm saying? We can do it either way.' That's where Meek's at with it. Drake's probably at that point with it too. Like 'Yo, I said what I said and I know I'mma have to see you somewhere.'" Read more here.

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Lana Del Rey Premieres New Song 'High By The Beach'

(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey knows how to do summer right--in her latest song, "High By The Beach," Rey lets us know that all she wants to do for the foreseeable future is, well, get high by the beach.

The track is a hazy, lazy torch song given a dose of excitement through gently rolling 808 drums, which lends Del Rey's indolent lyrics a harder edge.

She premiered the song through Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio 1, and gave a short interview. When asked if she felt nervous about putting new music out, Rey explained, "I actually feel a little better about it, because I know what to expect. I mean, making it is kind of similar each time…That process is easy. But promoting it takes getting used to." Read more here.

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2 Chainz Reveals New Song and Mixtape Details

(Radio.com) Over the weekend 2 Chainz shared the tracklist for a new mixtape he'll be releasing in a few weeks titled Trapavelli Tre. Now, he's released a new single from the project, called "Everything I Know."

The song is a gritty example of the kind of street rap that 2 Chainz came up on, when he was called Tity Boi. He takes us back to those days, describing past experiences of learning how to count money.

'Used to use my safe for mattress, Used to use my mattress for a safe," he raps, adding, "See I could count hundred thousand backwards, And I'm just tryna get it everyday." Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Rod Stewart Announces New Las Vegas Residency

(Radio.com) With a 30th album solo studio album, Another Country, due in the fall and a recently announced one-off performance with his old band The Faces set to take place on September 5, it might be easy to assume that Rod Stewart's days as a Las Vegas entertainer might be coming to a close with this his fourth year.

But that is not the case, with Stewart announcing that a fifth year in Vegas will take place in 2016, with his show Rod Stewart: The Hits set to return to Caesar's Palace.

As for how many shows Stewart will perform in Vegas, that remains to be seen, with just a single stretch so far announced for spring, running from March 19-April 5. Read more here.

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Luke Bryan Reveals Karaoke Style 'Want To Want Me' Jason Derulo Duet

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo have officially released a duet. Well, sort of. Bryan posted a video on Monday to this Facebook page where he sings along to Derulo's pre-recorded part using the Sing! Karaoke app.

The app lets anyone sing along with the stars--even if you're already a country star yourself. "How could I not?" said Bryan of the opportunity to have a little fun singing along with Derulo's smash "Want To Want Me."

The duet is not nearly as odd as one might think. Bryan hits the high notes like a champ, minus Derulos's famous falsetto which leads him to joke, "Ooo, that's filthy. I can't do that." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: A Fall To Break

A Fall To Break just kicked off a tour with Kobra And The Lotus and Hatchet and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about some of the tracks from their album "Disaster, Destruction And After". Here are the stories:

"Pick Up The Pieces": 'Pick Up The Pieces' was the second song recorded for the album 'Disaster, Destruction And After'. The song and album were recorded at 'Good Sounds' studio with Matt Good (From First To Last, D.R.U.G.S) in Phoenix Arizona. It was released as an early single for Ernie Balls 'Battle Of The Bands' in which AFTB won a slot on Uproar Fest in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Escape The Fate, BuckCherry, Pop Evil, Seether and more. The track was also used in the official trailer for the remake of the cult classic video game hit Postal 2 by Running With Scissors and picked up quite a bit of buzz from the game. The video was shot at 'The Slaughter House' in Tucson, Arizona, The facility has been used for several independent horror films and is used yearly for the local Halloween haunted house and was formerly a Farmer John's slaughter house and meat packaging plant. The song is written about the struggles of life and strength through struggle is the motto of the song. To pick yourself back up and keep fighting. In the studio the song really came to life. Once the chorus was laid down the band knew that the song was exactly what they visioned it to be. The song has been featured on many internet radio stations and was also featured on Rock 102 Kfma. Check it out here.

'Disaster, Destruction And After': The first single and title track from the 4th studio album by A Fall To Break. The song was used as a submission for a contest by Rock 102 KFMA for a chance to play their yearly fest 'KFMA DAY' Main stage with Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, HellYeah, The Pretty Reckless, Big Data, Stars In Stereo and Pepper. A Fall To Break. was selected as one of 5 artists to compete out of over 200 submissions at a battle of the bands. A Fall To Break won the contest and opened the fest in front of a crowd in the thousands. The track became a personal favorite of the members of the band early in the writing process and has been the opening song in their set list live. Check it out here

'Let's Get Wasted': 'Let's Get Wasted' is the party track from the latest album from AFTB. Receiving regular rotation play on Tucson's Rock 102 KFMA the song has quickly become a fan favorite. One of the last two songs written for the album the band felt like the album was missing something. After collaborating with Matt Good the song came together very quickly. Check it out here.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, find out where you can hear them live on the current tour and learn more about the group right here!

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