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B-Sides Report for 08/19/2016

Black Sabbath Kick Off Their Final North American Tour

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath launched the final North American leg of their farewell tour at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 17 and video footage from the show has been posted online.

The band delivered their standard 14-song set of 70s classics, opening with the title track to their self-titled 1970 debut and closing with their signature song, "Paranoid," which is among the tunes featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming video game WWE 2K17.

The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will tour North America into late fall, wrapping up with their final US concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX on November 12.

After that, the group will play dates in Latin America and will begin a final 8-show UK/Ireland run early next year that will see Black Sabbath end their career with a pair of shows in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Check out the videos here.

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Tom DeLonge Says Punk Has 'Nothing To Do With Music At All'

(TeamRock) Tom DeLonge says that punk rock has "nothing to do with music at all." The former Blink-182 singer and guitarist recalls how his encounters with both the late Joe Strummer from The Clash and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher inspired him to broaden his musical horizons - a move which earned him criticism from his bandmates later in his career.

In an interview for guitar string makers Ernie Ball, DeLonge says of meeting Strummer: "I asked him, 'What was it like being in The Clash?' He goes, 'You know, we used to go around saying: F*** you, we're The Clash, - but now that I think about it, the Talking Heads were pretty f***ing cool. Don't close your mind.' I was like, 'Wow, the King of Punk is telling me: Open your mind up.'"

Two days later DeLonge met Gallagher backstage at a radio show in Detroit - where the Oasis man told Blink-182 they were the "best" band he'd seen in America.

DeLonge adds: "I asked, 'You like us?' and Liam said, 'I didn't say that, I said, 'You're the best I've seen in America,' and he slammed the door. That was the most punk rock dude I've ever met in my life." Read more here.

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Pantera Engineer, Producer Reflects On Band's Evolution

(Metal Hammer) Pantera engineer, producer and tour tech Sterling Winfield says he continues to be inspired by the work ethic the band showed in the studio and on the road.

Winfield, who co-produced Pantera's 2000 album Reinventing The Steel, says prior to their 1990 album Cowboys From Hell they were essentially "a cover band" but reports that in the years that followed, their work ethic was "off the charts" as they became one of the biggest names in metal.

Winfield tells Reverb: "Here's the number one rule - write good songs. It can't get much simpler. Write from your heart. Influences are great, but you've eventually got to be yourself.

"Before Cowboys From Hell, Pantera was a cover band. They did exactly what everybody else was doing. At some point, something snapped. Their last independent album, Power Metal in 1988, was their first with Phil Anselmo, and man, even that was starting to turn the corner. They had a lot more brutality and heaviness in them than they gave themselves credit for.

"They grew up and away from the tutelage of Dimebag and Vinnie Paul's dad, got real honest with themselves, and wrote from the heart. They started writing songs with groovy, heavy, badass riffs." Read more here.

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Oasis' 'D'You Know What I Mean?' Video Reworked

(BT) Big Brother Recordings has released a brand new version of Oasis' classic 1997 video for their No.1 single 'D'You Know What I Mean?' We were sent the following details about the video, which has been completely re-graded and is now in High Definition format.

Directors Dom & Nic and members of the original production team have re-worked the video, editing it to Noel Gallagher's new mix of the track and adding previously unseen footage.

Say Dom & Nic: "This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the quality of the original video up to today's high definition standards, and also to look at the film again with fresh eyes and see what we could improve.

Back in those heady days we shot the video on beautiful looking 35mm film, then the height of movie making technology, just like it was a feature film. Shooting like that today would be unthinkable for a music video of this scale, film simply costs too much compared with digital cameras for all but the most extravagant projects. We also had the help of The British Army who cleverly saw it as the perfect recruitment drive, though questions were later asked in the House of Commons concerning the British taxpayers helping Oasis make music videos!

We were also shooting at the location where Stanley Kubrick made the movie 'Full Metal Jacket' complete with bombed out buildings which was private land so we could do whatever we wanted, despite the police and London City Airport threatening to shut us down at any moment.

The 35mm film from the original shoot had been stored safely in the Oasis archive, which meant we could go back to the original film to re-master and recreate the video. This was the film equivalent of finding the band's long lost studio master tapes in pristine condition. During the process of re-editing we discovered even more powerful performance moments from the band, more epic helicopter shots and a new pacing with greater drama and energy than before." Watch the video here.

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Colbie Caillat Releases 'Goldmine' Video

Colbie Caillat have premiered a new music video for her track "Goldmine". The song comes from her forthcoming album "The Malibu Sessions", which is set to be released on October 7th.

Fans can watch the video and get the behind the scenes info here. Colbie has announced an acoustic tour in support of the new effort.

The tour is scheduled to launch on October 8th in Napa, Ca at the Uptown Theatre and will be concluding on November 2nd with a show at Center Stage in Atlanta, Ga.

She had the following to say about the trek, "I've always wanted to play an acoustic tour. Showing the rawness of the songs I wrote in their natural state. The best part about this tour is that my band and openers are the people I wrote and recorded this record with, my best friends & my fiance.

"We'll all be on one bus, including our dogs. Justin Young and High Dive Heart will be trading off 1st & 2nd opening slots each night and they will also be my band members.

"We're playing my new album in its entirety from its running order. We'll also be playing songs from previous albums and doing a Q&A. I've never been more excited for a tour than I am this one!" See the dates here.

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Dolly Parton Launching Pure & Simple With SiriusXM Special

(Webster) Dolly Parton will be celebrating today's (Aug 19th) release of her new album "Pure & Simple" with a special on SiriusXM. We were sent the following details:

Dolly Parton's SiriusXM special is airing on Willie Nelson's SiriusXM channel, Willie's Roadhouse! The special will debut on Friday at 11am ET and 6pm ET, with re-airings on Saturday at 10am ET and 7pm ET and Sunday at 3pm ET and 11pm ET. Additionally, SiriusXM has declared next Friday, Aug. 26 "Dolly Day," on Prime Country and will air the Dolly Parton: "Pure & Simple" special on the Prime Country channel at 9am ET, 3pm ET and 10pm ET.

"I can't wait for fans to hear the SiriusXM special," said Dolly. "It'll give everyone a little insight into the inspiration, writing and making of Pure & Simple and The Complete Trio Collection."

Summer looks to be ending with quite a bang for the Icon, with the August 19 release of Pure & Simple, as well as the highly-anticipated The Complete Trio Collection, a three-disc collection of all of the recordings from the 1987 and 1999 albums that paired her with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Together, they achieved four top-tens from the first collection - including the # 1 "To Know Him Is To Love Him" and the Grammy-winning "Telling Me Lies." Rhino will issue that collection on September 9.

In hosting the radio show herself, the songstress goes back to her roots, as she gained her earliest exposure as a musical act on Farm and Home Hour, Knoxville businessman Cas Walker's radio show on WIVK in the 1950s. See the airdates here.

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Devin Townsend Shares Brutally Honest Hindsight

(Metal Hammer) Devin Townsend says that taking drugs when he was younger made him think he was God. The musician and producer says he began taking acid and mushrooms following his work on Steve Vai's 1993 album Sex & Religion and brief stint in the UK with The Wildhearts the following year.

Townsend tells Metal Hammer: "There's a predisposition toward mental health issues in my family. I had a fairly sheltered childhood, and then I moved to LA to do the Steve Vai thing and moved to the UK to do The Wildhearts thing, and so there were a lot of experiences in a short space of time.

"When I moved back to Vancouver, I decided that, 'Now is the time to start doing acid!' I remember the first time I got really high on mushrooms, and I thought, 'Well, clearly I'm God!' Now I know that everyone feels like that, but at the time I felt like I was the first person to ever experience that, so I had to write a series of albums about it and do interviews about it.

He adds: "Note to self, it really labels you in hindsight as being a little bit of a f***-up, you know what I mean?" Townsend says he was on anti-psychotic medication for 10 years. He decided to visit a psychiatrist when he and his wife had children to help overcome substance abuse.

He says: " I said to myself, 'I don't know if I'm actually mentally ill in the ways that I've been told, or if I was just on a ton of drugs.'" Read more here.

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Venom Prison Streaming New Song 'Abysmal Agony'

Venom Prison have released a stream of the song "Abysmal Agony". The track comes from their forthcoming album, "Animus", which is set to be released on October 14th.

Singer Larissa Stupar had this to say about the new song: ""Animus focuses on the many oppressive forces that, in our view, attempt to control what we say, what we do and what we believe.

"Lyrically, Abysmal Agony challenges the norms and values that underpin contemporary society. It is very apparent that our preconceptions of mental health for example are governed by what society deems to be madness in the first place.

"Abysmal Agony sets out to question the parameters and that pre-determination between what is madness and what is sanity. That isn't a question that too many people want to ask, but it is a determination that governs our everyday existence." Listen here.

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Adventure In The Park Add More Acts To Lineup

The Adventure In The Park festival roster has been expanded with the announcement that Logic, Yellow Claw & Alison Wonderland have been added to the bill.

They will join the previously announced Lil Wayne, Tyga, Lil Durk, Dj Mustard, Hoodie Allen, Ookay, Jack & Jack, Ghastly and Loudpvck for the two day festival that will be taking place at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey on Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9.

Additional performers include 4B, Botnek, Candyland, Chris Miles, David Garibaldi, Dirty Audio, Dougie F, Fightclvb, Leah Culver, Lookas, Paris & Simo, Pnb Rock, Rich The Kid, Riff Raff, Riggi & Piros, Sammy Wilk, Sir The Baptist, Skate Maloley, Skizzy Mars, Super Duper Kyle, The Underachievers, Token, Two Friends, Yookie and Young Bombs.

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Billie Marten Releases 'Lionhearted' Video

Billie Marten has release a music video for her new single "Lionhearted," which is a track that is from her forthcoming debut album, Writing of Blues And Yellows.

The new album is scheduled to be released on September 23rd and the new music video was directed by Allie Avital (Chairlift, Yumi Zouma, Mutual Benefit).

Billy had this to say about the clip, "It was something new and bright for me. Working with Allie and the whole group was incredibly lovely (even if the day was 17 hours). The finished thing is something everyone should be proud of." Watch it here.

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Day In Pop: Frank Ocean Surprise Album, Britney Spears, Fetty Wap, Coldplay, more

Frank Ocean surprised fans with the release of his new 45-minute 'visual' album entitled "Endless" which has been released exclusively via Apple Music's subscription service here.

Britney Spears has released a stream of a new track called "Do You Wanna Come Over?". The song comes from her forthcoming album "Glory" which is set to be released on August 26th. Check out the new single via Spotify here.

Fetty Wap gifts fans "Different Now," the second single off his upcoming sophomore album, due out this winter. Produced by Vinylz & Frank Dukes

Coldplay have release a new music video for the title track of their latest album "A Head Full Of Dreams." The video was directed by Marcus Haney and was shot in Mexico City in April during the band's Latin American stadium tour. Watch it here.

Shawn Mendes releases "Mercy" in its entirety today. "Mercy" is the fourth track released from his sophomore album Illuminate, available September 23rd on Island Records. Listen via Spotify here.

Brett Eldredge will release a Christmas album this fall, which features standard holiday songs as well as an original tune, "Glow." Speaking about the album, he said, "I've been inspired for this record from a very young age. I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid." more.

Ellie Goulding released her new single "Still Falling For You" which comes from the "Bridget Jones's Baby" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" Check it out via Spotify here.

A fan captured Luke Bryan singing an acoustic version of a new tune, ostensibly called "Southern Gentlemen," at a recent show. Check it out and read more here.

Lil Wayne's second annual Lil Weezyana Festival will be held on Saturday, August 27. Weezy and 2 Chainz will headline. Read more here.

Meek Mill posted a video to Instagram Thursday (August 18) sharing a snippet of a song he's working on. While driving around with his friend, Meek filmed himself listening the track. See it here.

Kodak Black has been held in jail in Fort Lauderdale, FL, following the discovery of outstanding warrants-drug charges and a criminal sexual conduct charge from out-of-state. The latter constitutes a felony. here

Jared & The Mill have shared the official video for "Keep Me Going." Premiering exclusively with The Boot, the visual accompanies the sextet's moving lead single off its forthcoming Orme Dugas EP set for release on 9/9. Watch it here.

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Singled Out: JUNE dARK's Phoenix

Genre bending singer-songwriter JUNE dARK tells us the story behind her solo debut song, "Phoenix." Here is the story: "Sing like a swan, rise like a phoenix..." My solo debut song, "Phoenix," is an ode to a personal transformation.

Before I was JUNE dARK, I was born June Park (means "light" and "naive" respectively) in South Korea. I grew up as an ugly duckling -- a painfully shy, sensitive, and overthinking child who stuck out like a sore thumb. I couldn't figure out how to fit in for the life of me. It seemed like, in order to be accepted, I had to become someone else. But I was too terrible at it.

When I was 13, my mother asked if I wanted to get growth hormone injections in my knees. I was always the shortest kid in class, and she was disheartened that I was getting ridiculed for it. I pondered upon the idea for a few minutes, and then replied, "No mom, I would rather be who I am." I didn't know why I shed tears as I told her this. Maybe I knew deep down that I was being led to a painful yet beautiful path -- the lifelong journey of self-acceptance and compassion through creative living.

I left my home country when I was 17 and came to the States. I formed a progressive metal band, Clandestine, which sent me to my swan-phase. I had a blast playing with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles, signed with an indie label and toured nationally. I commanded the crowd with blood-curdling screams to let them know I had something to say. I was one of the few females active in a genre largely preferred by the male audience. I wanted to empower women by being a good example, but I confess I lacked the understanding of true femininity -- the part of me that I shunned away from because I had to stay strong against shame. After years with the metal band, I developed a strange curiosity about my vulnerability -- the part of me I've kept in the vault. That's when I started dabbling with a variety of music styles that didn't involve distorted guitars and writing songs about... love.

Soon after that, the band fell apart in 2012, and I was lost. So I thought it was a time to get a "real" job. I worked for a K-pop label as a project manager only to realize I was more miserable to work in the industry while having no time or sanity to produce my own material. I was becoming a shadow artist, obscured by someone else's limelight because they were more mainstream-worthy. Caught up in the idea of what's good enough, I struggled to write even one measure. It was the side effect of the job description - being required to judge artists based on their commercial viability.

I exited the industry, and my life got eerily quiet. I had no band, no job, no direction. Years of shame and trauma which had been coursing through my veins finally caught up with me, and I started seeking therapy. Over 3 years, I slowly regained confidence to create and rebuilt my identity as an artist. I cried a swan song, and the hurtful memories became a constellation in my mind. Then, the "Phoenix" was born and waited patiently until I was ready to release it to the world.

Sorry, June Park. I refused to be naive. I am JUNE dARK, following the light through the darkness to find my true self. Dear readers and listeners, are you following the light? Can I hold the torch for you when you're lost? Can you hold it for me when I fall? When we meet, let's toss our torches into a bonfire. It will grow big enough to warm up the distant hearts of people who forgot to love. That flame is our creativity.

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

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