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B-Sides Report for 10/09/2015



Selena Gomez Reveals She Had Chemotherapy

(Radio.com) Selena Gomez reveals in a new interview with Billboard for their October cover story the real reason for her highly-publicized hiatus in the beginning of 2014. At the time, gossip mags speculated the former Disney starlet had checked into rehab for addiction issues, but according to her, that couldn't be further from the truth.

'I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy. That's what my break was really about. I could've had a stroke," she revealed. 'I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're a-holes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

Throughout her career, Gomez says she's grown tired of people acting 'vile" towards her, pointing to the constant focus on her love life and being body-shamed on social media as examples. However, she also feels she's been able to channel the negativity into her new record. 'It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story," she said. 'The hate motivated me." Read more here.

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Queensryche Stars Unplug For TV Performance

(hennemusic) Queensryche members Todd La Torre, Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren unplugged to perform a pair of songs during an appearance on Las Vegas' KTNV TV program Valley View Live on Wednesday and video of the appearance has been posted online.

The trio played "Arrow Of Time" - the lead single from their newly-released album, "Condition Human" - as well as "Eyes Of A Stranger" from 1988's "Operation: Mindcrime."

The band were on hand to promote a show at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel later that night as openers for The Scorpions on their current North American tour.

Queensryche's 15th album was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) and recorded in the band's native state of Washington. The project marks La Torre's second album with the group following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate. Watch the TV performance here.

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LCD Soundsystem Reportedly Plan To Reunite Next Year

(Radio.com) LCD Soundsystem are reportedly planning to stage a reunion next year. Fans were sadden in 2011 when James Murphy announced LCD Soundsystem was disbanding. He cited the band's touring schedule as being strenuous and not being "sustainable."

Their farewell concert at Madison Square Garden was turned into a film that showed the band's ten year run. Now, it looks like the band is about to add another chapter to their journey. LCD Soundsystem will reunite in 2016.

Consequence of Sound reports multiple sources confirmed the LCD Soundsystem's reunion. The band is said to be headlining three major music festivals in the United States and Great Britain. The official announcement is expected to come in the near future. Read more here.

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Blake Shelton Announces North American Tour

Country music star Blake Shelton announced that he will be hitting the road early next year for a North American tour and he also revealed he be performing new music on the trek.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on February 18th in Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena and will conclude on March 19th in Pittsburgh, PA at the Consol Energy Center.

Blake has also announced that he will appear at a handful of spring and summer music festivals including the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, the Country Jam 2016 in Grand Junction, CO and The Backporch Revival in Iowa City, IA.

Shelton had the following to say about the trek, "Man, I'm just so excited about 2016. We've got a new album coming and I can't wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans.

"As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I've missed it, and it's gonna be like old times. So y'all get ready to party, 'cause Blake Shelton is comin to see ya'!" See all of the dates here.

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Luke Bryan Release Romantic 'Strip It Down' Video

(Radio.com) Luke Bryan's 'Strip It Down" might be one of the most passionate songs on his album, but the country music star kept his video for the track more romantic and less sexy.

Throughout the entire video, Luke plays the piano and focuses on two separate love stories. One couple comes from the country and live and work on a farm, while the other couple is from the busy city.

The film begins with the two men chatting on the phone, making sure everything is planned out for their sultry night with their significant others. The two switch places with one another for a new setting, and enjoy a deserving special night out. Read more here.

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Arcade Fire's Will Butler Recruits Emma Stone For 'Anna' Video

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire's Will Butler has released a new video for "Anna" starring a dancing Emma Stone. This is the second video for "Anna" released in support of Butler's solo set Policy.

The original, a more modest production, featured Butler with an animated graphic treatment providing speech balloons for his lyrics. The new video for was directed by Brantley Gutierrez and superbly choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who previously worked with Sia on"Chandelier."

The new clip finds the actress playing a lady in white, dancing through the rooms of a ship, in and out of the arms of sailors. Check out both videos for "Anna" here.

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Trey Anastasio Looks Back On Grateful Dead Experience

(Radio.com) Three of the four remaining "core members" of the Grateful Dead will be playing a set of shows that start at October's end in New York. Touting themselves as Dead & Company, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by John Mayer. No stranger to playing with the Dead, Trey Anastasio talked about his part in the band's Fare Thee Well tour earlier this year.

In an interview with Relix Magazine (via Billboard), he discussed taking part in the tour, saying, "All I wanted was for them to be happy. It was terrifying for me in that nobody can stand where [Jerry Garcia] stood. But I was there in order for everyone to be together again, one more time, singing these songs."

Before Anastasio set out with the band, pop-star Adam Lambert offered up advice about how to step into a rock god's shoes. Answer: be yourself while paying tribute. 'I think it would have been kind of tacky if I got up there and imitated Freddie," Lambert said in an interview with Radio.com.

One of the biggest things Anastasio learned as a result of playing with the Dead was how to cultivate patience. Weir kept telling Anastasio to slow down on songs. Describing Weir, Anastasio said, "He is patient, comfortable-no rush. Sometimes I'd be like, 'You really want to play this song that slow?'" It was an interesting lesson in letting music breath. Read more here.

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Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Yes Lead 2016 Rock Hall Nominees

For those that missed the breaking news yesterday, long snubbed rock bands Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes and Chicago are among the artists that have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's induction class of 2016.

Other rock related nominees for the class of 2016 include The Cars, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths along with non-rock artists Chaka Khan (funk/disco), Chic (disco), Janet Jackson (pop/R&B), The J.B.'s (James Brown's band), N.W.A. (rap), and the Spinners (R&B).

Fans will be allowed to vote for their selection and the winner of the popular vote will get ONE ballot among the 700-odd voting members, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other reports place the total ballot number at 800.

The organization will reveal the 2016 inductees in December, who will then be inducted during a black tie event in New York City next April.

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Ciara Covers The Rolling Stones Classic 'Paint It Black'

(Radio.com) For the upcoming film The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel, Ciara contributed a breathy, anthemic version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" to the soundtrack.

The R&B star brings her strong vocals to a stirring rendition that has a touch of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life" about it. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Ciara explained how she'd never thought to cover the classic song. "No, to be honest with you, it was actually a surprise for me when I got the call from Universal Publishing and Lionsgate," she said.

"When they asked me to do this, I was like, 'Absolutely. This would be an honor.' I had never thought to cover this song. It was never on my radar to cover it, but when the opportunity came along, I was very thrilled, because I love what the producer Adrianne Gonzales did."

"The direction that she went in was actually a sound I've always wanted to play with, and it just didn't get any better than being able to cover a Rolling Stones song. I feel like it pushes the edge and the limit for me, in reference to what people probably expect from me. So this was so many cool things in one. It was a huge honor, and then creatively I just got to really have some fun that I don't usually do in my music." Read more and check out the cover here.

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Singled Out: New Disorder's A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)

New Disorder singer Francesco Lattes tells us about their new video for the song "A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)" from their latest album "Straight To The Pain". Here is the story:

Soon after the release of our second album "Straight To The Pain" in Europe and Japan (early 2015), we thought it was the right time to choose a second single hit and make a meaningful, memorable video of it, as we did with the first single "Never Too Late To Die", anticipating the album and release in November 2014.

We had the idea to launch a poll on our official pages, asking our fans to choose their favorite song of the new album. "A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)" got over 70%, showing itself as the one able to be the "driving force" of the whole album.

This song has a fast verse, with strong and powerful guitars and vocals, and a melodic, emotional chorus, for sure one of the catchiest we've ever written so far. Lyrics are direct and biting, taking free inspiration from current events we often read in the newspaper nowadays.

We love introducing that song in this way: "When dreams and nightmares collide, things have no sense anymore, and love can be close to hate and joy turns into pain. Now, sit down and be the beholder of the movie of your life."

The video is directed by the talented Paul Sciņ and starring our friends and musicians Andrej Surace & Francesca Di Ventura from Heretic's Dream and Alessio Secondini Morelli from Anno Mundi.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the band right here!

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