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B-Sides Report for 08/26/2016

Macy Gray Streams Her Cover Of Metallica Classic

Macy Gray has released a stream of her jazzy-cover of the Metallica classic "Nothing Else Matters", a song that is featured on her forthcoming album "Stripped."

The album is set to be released on September 9th and will feature an assortment of original songs, as well as covers and reworked versions of some of her past songs.

Gray recorded the album with a jazz ensemble at a decommissioned Brooklyn church over the course of two days and was captured around one binaural microphone with no overdubs. Check out the Metallica cover here.

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Anthrax's Late Night With Seth Meyers Debut Goes Online

Anthrax performed their latest single "Monster At The End" on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Wednesday night and video of the appearance has been posted online.

As an added bonus, the veteran thrash band got to hangout with Hollywood legend Robert De Niro with drummer Charlie Benante sharing a photo that the band took with the actor. Check out the video of their performance here.

"Monster At The End" comes from the group's latest album "For All Kings" and they will be kicking off a tour in support of the effort on September 9th in Cleveland. See the tour dates.

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Faith No More Release Video Of Their 1986 I-Beam Performance

Faith No More are celebrating the release of their "We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition)" by sharing a video of their full 1986 I-Beam performance online. We were sent these details:

Audio from two of the songs performed that January 13 evening, "The Jungle" and "New Beginnings," are included on the reissue. The original 10-song album, which has been re-mastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Bill Gould unearthed in his basement, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of "Greed," "Mark Bowen," "Arabian Disco" and "Intro," live versions of "The Jungle" and "New Beginnings" and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of "We Care A Lot," "Pills for Breakfast" and "As The Worm Turns."

Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release. We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) is available now on CD/vinyl. Watch the I-Beam show here.

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Bon Jovi Release Behind-The-Scenes Clip For New Video

(Classic Rock) Bon Jovi have released a behind-the-scenes clip showing the work that went into making the music video for their latest track "This House Is Not For Sale."

They issued the promo earlier this month, with the track lifted from their upcoming 14th album of the same name. It's scheduled to launch on October 21 via Island Records.

Explaining the house with roots theme in the video, mainman Jon Bon Jovi says: " I came upon a photograph and it was a big old mansion of a house and the bottom half of it was the roots of a tree.

"It hit me like a ton of bricks because I said, 'That's everything I'm about right now.' This picture tells the story - and the story should be a song.

"We've been through a lot in the last three years and that emotional roller coaster that I was on - well, pain brings out great songs. It really just sets up who we are and where we're at in our careers." Read more and watch the video here.

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Wes Scantlin Not Charged After Bomb Squad Called To His House

(TeamRock) Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin has come under fire after his fake car bomb plot to deter local thieves sparked a neighborhood evacuation, according to TMZ.

The singer rigged a fake explosive to his car outside his West Hollywood home after it had been broken into a number of times. The 'homemade car alarm' included a radio placed under one car with wires leading to the motor and a second vehicle with wires leading from the door to the gas tank.

But his plan backfired after frightened neighbors called the bomb squad - who evacuated four surrounding buildings before checking the vehicle. Though Scantlin was reprimanded by police, he was not charged with a crime. Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Suffered Medical Problems On Stage

(Metal Hammer) Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has listed some of the medical alerts he's suffered during shows, as a result of genetic disorder Marfan syndrome.

He recently told Metal Hammer how he weaned himself off prescription drugs during the recording of fourth album Cold Wars, which is released on September 9.

His illness has caused him a series of problems while performing with the band, including breaking ribs and pushing them back into place on stage, tearing open the sac that protects his brain, and suffering a collapsed lung.

Carlile tells Rolling Stone: "I couldn't breathe right and I was gasping. I managed to do the rest of the show, then the medics came and gave me oxygen, and the lung somehow kind of naturally re-inflated.

He says of the brain injury: "I was headbanging too hard over the course of the tour, and the sac tore at the bottom of my head. All the fluid from my brain cavity was leaking into my spine. I have a team of doctors and I flew out and got it fixed. At the same time they operated on my ribs, because they became displaced. When I was singing onstage a rib would snap out of place and I'd have to push it back in.

"Things like that happen every day and I've just learned to deal with them. I can't plan for much because I feel like life is always going to throw me a curveball." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Studio Video For Hardwired

(hennemusic) Metallica has released behind-the-scenes video from the writing and recording sessions for "Hardwired", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "HardwiredTo Self Destruct."

"The mission statement is to write an opening song for this next record that is super-thrashy and fast and aggro," says drummer Lars Ulrich during the writing sessions.

"Hardwired" first came together under the writing name "Riff Charge." The early elements of the tune will be featured on disc three of the Deluxe Edition of the album under a collection billed as "Riff Origins." Watch the video here.

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Devin Townsend Had Trouble Giving Up Control On New Album

(Metal Hammer) Devin Townsend says he thought he was "going to vomit" after he let his production team take control of his new album Transcendence. The multi-instrumentalist admits the studio were "all bummed out" after he kept picking holes in their work - so he decided to hand over the reigns and let them put their own finishing touches on the follow-up to 2014's Z2.

He tells Metal Hammer: "I realized that I had people around me, this amazing team, that were better than I was at certain things, but I'd never really utilized them before.

"This whole thing came at the last minute. We'd made the record, but it didn't sound like one of my things. I said, 'We need to add more echo - more symphony.'

"The mixing engineer, the mastering engineer and the label privately sent me emails going, 'What are you doing to this record? It's starting to sound like another one of your wall-of-sound things.'

"I said, 'No, it sounds right! Now I dig it!' - but now they were all bummed out that I was changing it. So I said, 'I want you guys to make it sound how you think it should sound.'" Read more here.

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The Chainsmokers and Halsey Added To MTV VMAs

The Chainsmokers and Halsey are getting ready to bring some more fun this year's MTV Video Music Awards with the announcement that they will perform their current hit "Closer".

The track just hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also features Drew's lead vocal debut for the music duo. They had previously told us the following about the song, "We are always trying to push ourselves musically and this to us is a huge step. A track that is written, produced and sung on by us.

"Our aim to is to make our music more personal and while this is a fun relatable topic its something that well, is def true to our lives haha... we had a lot of fun making this song and shout out to the AMAZINGLY talented Halsey for crushing her verse. If you had asked us a year ago who our #1 ideal collaboration would be with, you guessed it, it would be Halsey. She is so authentic, talented and real and connected to her fans, she is truly a rare one of a kind artists and to be doing this track with her is so SICK!"

The MTV Awards will be taking place at Madison Square Garden this Sunday, August 28th and will be broadcast live beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sixx A.M. Release 'Prayers For The Damned' Lyric Video

(Classic Rock) Sixx A.M. have released a lyric video for their track "Prayers For The Damned." The track appears on the album of the same name, which was launched in April via Seven Eleven Music.

Mainman Nikki Sixx is concentrating on the trio as his main band after the demise of Motley Crue at the end of last year. Vocalist James Michael said earlier this year: "There's no denying that right now, globally, there's a sense of crisis. We're not a political band by any stretch of the imagination - but we are certainly a very socially conscious band. Things that matter to us on a personal level are happening on a global level.

"We found that, during writing and the recording, we were inundated by things going on around the world that really require some attention. I think it's safe to say that the world feels kind of wounded right now and is need of repair." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Joseph Rose's True Colors EP

Vancouver rapper Joseph Rose released his new EP "True Colors" today (Aug 26) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the tracks "Pour You Out" and "Cookin' (Ft. P Reign)." Here are the stories:

"Pour You Out" was a song inspired by my childhood events and lack of relationship with my father. I made the song to support my half brother and sister who are now going through and witnessing the side of our dad that I witnessed as a young kid. I made the song to help my family know that they are not alone, and that there are brighter days ahead. I also made the song in hopes that my dad could learn to forgive himself for who he is, stop making excuses for his actions and move forward. Overall I guess I really just wanted to make a song that has a message that millions of kids and people that grew up with single parents can relate to, a song that can touch home.

The video for "Pour You Out" stars my younger brother Liam Rose who plays myself as a teenager, and my good friend Oriol Torres, who plays my young father. The song was produced by Pro Logic (Reps Up) and was recorded by Rob The Viking at the Chamber Studio. Rob The Viking also did some backup vocals in the hook which was an honor for me! Working with producers of that quality has changed my outlook on recording entirely, I have learned a lot over the past few years.

Cookin' (Ft. P Reign): As bold as this sounds, "Cookin" was a song that I did simply because I could. A lot of people may not like the song and others may love it. At the end of the day, it was an opportunity to work with one of Toronto's biggest up and coming rap artists P Reign. I really just wanted to step outside of the box on this song and show the world that I have diversity as an artist and that I am not bound to one genre of music. I don't want to be labeled, a "backpack rapper" or a "trap rapper" I want to do it all, and I will. I could care less what people think. Another reason I wanted to do this song was to rub it in the face of all the artists with huge egos out there that rap just to be cool, pretending to be something they really aren't. All the "gangster trap rappers" out there that claim they are about that life, when many are just following trends that are hot and don't know the first thing about hustling. Regardless, you probably won't hear too many songs like "Cookin" coming out of my studio, but it was fun to do and I love the way the track turned out. Not too many artists out there get the chance to do a track with Drake's right-hand man. I took advantage of the opportunity because I thought it was a good look.

Cookin' was produced by Pro Logic, and recorded by Rob The Viking at The Chamber Studio.

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

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