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Hear A Perfect Circle's Apocalyptic New Song 'The Doomed'

A Perfect Circle unveiled a troubling new song, “The Doomed.” The track marks the metal outfit’s first new song in four years and will appear on their forthcoming LP, which is expected to arrive in 2018.

On “The Doomed,” Maynard James Keenan scrutinizes a world where sinners are exalted and the good are cast aside. The song boasts a lumbering drum beat and instrumentals that move from simmering, eerie and sparse to ragged hard rock dramatics. “Doomed are the meek,” Keenan growls as the song builds to it’s blistering conclusion. “Doomed are the merciful/ For the word is now death/ And the word is now without light.”

In a statement, Keenan said of “The Doomed,” “In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

A Perfect Circle recently signed a record deal with BMG and are working on their new album with producer Dave Sardy. The as-yet-untitled LP will mark the group’s first since 2004’s eMOTIVe. A Perfect Circle will kick off a 28-date North American tour October 21st with a set at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California.

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Hear Metallica's Rugged 'Master of Puppets' Demo

A new, super-deluxe box set will chronicle the making of Metallica’s influential Master of Puppets LP, showing how the songs developed from riff fragments into the thrash epics that make up one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums.

The collection’s “Riffs, Demos and Outtakes” disc contains three riffs, two “writing in progress” versions (including a 12-minute cut) and two fully formed demos of the title track, a cutting takedown of drug culture. The band has now released the rugged final demo version of the tune, recorded in late June 1985, which is closer in length to the officially released version recorded later that year. In addition to rougher production values, James Hetfield alters a few lyrics and Kirk Hammett plays a more unwieldy guitar solo.

The box set, which comes out November 10th, also features a remastered version of the original LP, an instrumental, rough mix of the album captured in the studio, several concert recordings from both before and after the release of the album, a book, pins, reproduced lyrics and more. The collection also includes a cassette recording of the band’s final concert with bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident in September 1986, as well as recordings in the months that followed when they welcomed bassist Jason Newsted into the group.

“There’s been some additional emotion with this reissue,” drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “You pause and think of all the craziness, but also how fortunate we are to still be out here doing it.”

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See Morrissey's Freewheeling New 'Spent the Day in Bed' Video

A wheelchair-bound Morrissey is pushed around by English soccer player Joey Barton in the new video for “Spent the Day in Bed.” The song serves as the lead single from Morrissey’s upcoming Low in High School album, out November 17th. 

In the track’s new clip, directed by Sophie Muller, Morrissey and his band run through their chirpy-yet-misanthropic single in front of a small stage. The singer remains seated the entire time, exuding comfort; Barton eats snacks in slow motion. “Life ends in death,” Morrissey sings. “So there’s nothing wrong with being good to yourself.”

Low in High School is Morrissey’s first album since 2014. In conversation with Rolling Stone, he suggested songs on the LP were united by “a rage in the blood, plus endless hooks.” “The political elite has stopped breathing, and the people and politicians everywhere are openly in a state of mutual contempt,” he added. “Translate all of this into great music and life becomes hopeful.”

At the end of the month, Morrissey embarks on a short U.S. tour in support of his new record. 

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See LCD Soundsystem's Rousing Performance of 'Tonite' on 'Kimmel'

LCD Soundystem brought a propulsive, cowbell-heavy version of “Tonite” to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday. The song appeared earlier this year on the band’s first ever Number One album, American Dream

“Tonite” is typical LCD Soundsystem. Lead singer James Murphy is simultaneously neurotic (“I never realized these artists thought so much about dying”) and self-aware (“Sure it’s ruling the airwaves/ What remains of the airwaves/ And we’re frankly thankful for the market psychology you’re hipping us to.”) The music is grounded in the pulsing synths and hooks of the early Eighties.

Onstage in Brooklyn, where Kimmel is broadcasting from the East Coast, the band was mostly stationary, and the cowbell was high in the mix. Murphy alternated between conversational observations and impressive wordless falsettos and incredulous yelps. “Oh good gracious,” Murphy sang. “I sound like my mom.”

LCD Soundsystem announced their reunion in 2016; American Dream, their first album since 2010, came out in September. “It’s a completely new phase for the band,” Murphy said in an interview with New York. “It used to be that the only reason I could allow myself to make LCD Soundsystem records was that I’d be DJing and frustrated that there wasn’t more music that fit the needs of dancing but wasn’t ‘dance’ music – so I made that music. But as I get older I’m more and more at home writing proper songs. There’s something more classic about that, which could be worse or better. For the moment, I like this record more than I like other records I’ve made.”

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George Michael's 'Listen Without Prejudice' Reissue Sets Release

In coordination with the Showtime documentary George Michael: Freedom, the singer’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 will be reissued as a multi-disc set featuring Michael’s MTV Unplugged concert as well as B-sides and other rarities.

Originally scheduled to arrive in November 2016, the then-25th anniversary reissue was postponed several times in the aftermath of Michael’s death. However, the reissue – available both as a 2CD and deluxe 3CD/DVD set – officially arrives on October 20th, a day before George Michael: Freedom premieres on Showtime.

The reissue includes the remastered Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 alongside Michael’s MTV Unplugged concert, which the singer recorded at London’s Three Mills Island Studios in October 1996. The reissue marks the first time the Unplugged performance will be made available as an album.

The deluxe set also includes Michael’s “Fantasy” with Nile Rodgers along with B-sides, remixes and single edits from the era. Additionally, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 will receive a vinyl reissue.

George Michael: Freedom, narrated by Michael himself, also features interviews with artists like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Mark Ronson, Mary J. Blige and Oasis’ Liam Gallagher as well as all five supermodels seen in the “Freedom ’90” video: Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz.

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 Track List

CD1: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (Remastered)

1. “Praying For Time”
2. “Freedom! ’90”
3. “They Won’t Go When I Go”
4. “Something To Save”
5. “Cowboys And Angels”
6. “Waiting For That Day”
7. “Mother’s Pride”
8. “Heal The Pain”
9. “Soul Free”
10. “Waiting (Reprise)”

CD2: MTV Unplugged

1. “Freedom! ’90”
2. “Fastlove”
3. “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
4. “Father Figure”
5. “You Have Been Loved”
6. “Everything She Wants”
7. “Strangest Thing”
8. “Older”
9. “Star People”
10. “Praying For Time”
11. “Fantasy” featuring Nile Rodgers

CD3: B Sides & Rarities

“Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)”
“Freedom! (Back To Reality Mix)”
“Freedom (Back To Reality Mix Edit)”
“Fantasy 90”
“Freedom (Edit)”
“Cowboys & Angels”
“If You Were My Woman”
“Too Funky (Edit)”
“Crazy Man Dance”
“Do You Really Want To Know”
“Too Funky (Extended)”
“Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)”
“Fantasy 98”
George Michael with Paul McCartney – “Heal The Pain”
George Michael with Astrud Gilberto – “Desafinado”


The Southbank Show 1990
“Freedom! ’90” promo
“Praying For Time” promo
Freedom 90 MTV 10th Anniversary

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On the Charts: Rapper NF Grabs First Number One With 'Perception'

Michigan rapper NF notched this first career Number One album as his new LP Perception debuted atop the Billboard 200.

Perception sold 55,000 total copies – 38,000 of which were traditional copies – to give NF, born Nate Feuerstein, the top spot. The rapper’s previous Billboard 200 peak was Number 12 with 2016’s Therapy Session. However, the 55,000 copies marked the lowest-selling total for a Number One-debuting album in 2017, Billboard reports, and fifth lowest since 2014.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits remained steady at Number Two for a second straight week as fans continued to mourn the death of the rock icon; the best-of collection totaled 47,000 copies, including 29,000 traditional album sales.

Miami rapper Lil Pump established a new personal Billboard 200 high as his self-titled album opened at Number Three and 46,000 copies. Of that total, only 6,000 were from traditional album sales, with 38,000 copies coming from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs.

Marilyn Manson’s Heaven Upside Down was the last of the new releases to crack the Top 10, with the shock rocker’s latest entering at Number Eight and 35,000 total copies.

Ten months after Post Malone’s Stoney debuted and peaked at Number Six on the Billboard 200, the album climbed to Number Four on the strength of Malone’s recent hits “Rockstar” and “I Fall Apart.” Kane Brown’s self-titled debut also jumped back into the Top 10 at Number Five thanks to a deluxe reissue of the album.

A Boogie With da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist (Number Six), Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 (Seven), Imagine Dragons’ Evolve (Nine) and Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Number 10) rounded out the Top 10. Shania Twain’s Now, last week’s Number One, and Miley Cyrus’ Younger Now both fell out of the Top 10 after one week.

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma is expected to debut at Number One next week, with Beck’s Colors and Gucci Mane’s Mr. Davis also cracking the Top 10.

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Watch Prophets of Rage Salute Colin Kaepernick in New Video

Prophets of Rage – the supergroup/“elite task force of revolutionary musicians” featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill – salute peaceful protest and slam gun culture with their gripping “Strength in Numbers” video.

The clip confronts racial tension embedded in the NFL national anthem debate, pairing shots of protesting players with vintage footage of actors in black face and Mickey Mouse working on a chain gang. The visual also touches on America’s fetishization of violence, weaving in scenes from gun shows and people giddily firing weapons for fun.

The video notably concludes with the close-up of Vice President Pence, standing with hand proudly planted on his chest, during the “Star-Spangled Banner” at an Indianapolis Colts game earlier this month.

In a statement about the clip, Chuck D wrote, “ALMOST anything can be built or toppled with a collective force. A movement is never about an individual. On the opposition of Colin Kaepernick in today’s sports world, we ask ‘is it the KNEE or is it The NEGRO'”?

“Strength in Numbers” appears on Prophets of Rage’s self-titled debut LP, which they issued last month. 

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Justin Bieber's Reptilian Roots: Music's Most WTF Conspiracy Theories, Explained

Just in case you’ve ever wondered whether it’s actually possible to trace conspiracy theories back to their origins, here’s one where you can. In March 2017, an eyebrow-raising headline started circulating the Internet: “Hundreds of Fans Claim They Saw Justin Bieber Turn Into a Giant Reptile.”

The original website where the article allegedly appeared was Australian news site Perth Now. In the article, several anonymous sources gave colorful descriptions of the supposed scene they saw unfolding before them: Apparently, the Biebz was careless while shapeshifting at a Perth airport, and not one, not two, but hundreds of fans witnessed the pop star undergo a drastic transformation from well-coiffed singer into slimy lizard person, better known as a reptilian.

One particularly memorable quote from the article was attributed to a “local skater,” who said that Bieber “was hanging around with this big guy, his bodyguard I guess, and we were just staring because he kept turning into a huge reptile. His bodyguard was pointing at us, shouting that he’d kick our teeth in if we didn’t put our phones away.”

Another onlooker told the site that “there were girls hiding in toilets, crying. Guys were running for the exits, jumping into taxis to get out of there.” Someone said they saw his eyes go black; another person claimed the singer grew taller and had gross scales all over his body. Basically, there was chaos, there were phones and people were recording the entire, terrifying scene.

Except, there weren’t any videos of the alleged transformation. Adding to the confusion, Buzzfeed News, who first took note of the odd story, was told by Perth Now’s head of digital content that the site never even published the piece in the first place. In other words, fake news.

Not that this was the first time Bieber has been accused of being part-reptile. In 2014, The Daily Dot published a story about the pop star’s arrest that year, with a video of Bieber looking glum in court. Eagle-eyed fans noticed something strange about the way the sleepy-eyed singer blinked in the video, claiming that he was blinking the way only a lizard can. The clip has more than three million views.

And Justin Bieber isn’t the only famous person who’s been accused of being a reptilian. Other very prominent individuals have been labeled lizard people in the past as well, people like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bob Hope and Queen Elizabeth. The idea behind this theory is that flesh-eating, shape-shifting extraterrestrial reptilian humanoids were sent here to earth to enslave the human race (hence the focus on famous, powerful individuals), and these were the ones we got.

Former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who published an entire collection of books about the conspiracy, is often cited as the authority on this theory. In his books, he has interviews with witnesses who say they’ve seen these reptilians transform with their own eyes, and he even blames reptilians for a number of historic tragedies, including the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombings and the September 11th attacks. Icke has even claimed that lizard people are behind other super secret societies like the Freemasons and the Illuminati.

Would that mean, then, that Bey and Jay are superhuman lizard people too? One can only wonder. 

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Watch Emily Haines' Haunting 'Legend of the Wild Horse' Video

Metric singer Emily Haines unveiled a haunting new video for “Legend of the Wild Horse,” a song off Choir of the Mind, her first solo album with the Soft Skeleton in over a decade.

Continuing the story previously outlined in Haines’ videos for “Planets,” “Statuette,” and “Fatal Gift,” the singer stars as both a mother living a mundane suburban life and the red hooded doppelgänger who stalks her. After Haines passes out watching golf on TV, her double enters the room, knife in hand, and ultimately replaces the singer in the household, with the mother character now locked out of her own home.

“Society at large, humanity at large, is still drawn downward to our worst instincts in so many places,” Haines told W Magazine of the video. “Our worst instincts are, unfortunately, situated right next to our best instincts, and the things that make us genuine and authentic are situated next to our vices of greed and violence and narrow-mindedness and bias.”

Justin Broadbent, who helmed Choir of the Mind‘s previous visuals, also directed “Legend of the Wild Horse.”

Choir of the Mind follows 2006’s Knives Don’t Have Your Back. In June, Haines spoke to Rolling Stone about her new album and her body of work with Metric and beyond.

“There’s something so appealing to me about the idea that I dedicated my life to being a sound, which is a super strange mandate to set out, but I’ve done it and I am a sound,” Haines said.

“And to be able to on this record really explore through all the voicings – instead of doing orchestration as I’ve done in the past, I just did choral arrangements and I found that by layering all that stuff and allowing words to be said in different ways with different emotions and different character there was like – I just got the closest I feel I ever have to the essence of what I am as a sound. Not like a chick in a band or playing a synth or wearing whatever I’m wearing; just a human being who is somehow still going strong in a very unlikely field.”

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Elton John Plots Final Shows of Las Vegas Residency

Elton John announced the final dates of “The Million Dollar Piano,” his long-running Las Vegas residency. The climactic 14 shows will take place at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace between April 28th and May 19th, 2018.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 22nd at 10 a.m. PT either in person at the venue box office or via the AXS or Colosseum websites.

John launched his first, career-spanning Caesars Palace residency, “The Red Piano,” in February 2004, performing 243 shows through April 2009. The singer-songwriter returned to the venue in September 2011 to open his current, long-running production, which will cap off a total of 207 shows by the residency’s close.

In addition to the newly announced dates, John has numerous “Million Dollar Piano” shows booked through late 2017 and early 2018. The 17th leg launched on October 11th and stretches intermittently until November 4th; the 18th leg kicks off February 9th and runs until March 2nd.

John will appear alongside Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige and Mark Ronson in George Michael: Freedom, a new documentary about the pop icon airing October 21st on Showtime.

Elton John – “The Million Dollar Piano” Final 2018 Dates

Saturday, April 28th
Sunday, April 29th
Tuesday, May 1st
Wednesday, May 2nd
Friday, May 4th
Saturday, May 5th
Sunday, May 6th
Wednesday, May 9th
Friday, May 11th
Saturday, May 12th
Tuesday, May 15th
Thursday, May 17th
Friday, May 18th
Saturday, May 19th

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