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Watch Coheed and Cambria's acoustic performance of "Shoulders"

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Coheed and Cambria has shared an acoustic version of the band's new single, "Shoulders."

Even without the electricity, the song's main riff still brings the heavy, now with a twangy, more Western feel. The unplugged version also puts a greater spotlight on guitarist Travis Stever and bassist Zach Cooper's harmonizing backing vocals.

You can watch Coheed's acoustic performance streaming now on YouTube.

The original "Shoulders" dropped in July. It currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

Meanwhile, Coheed has been working on a new album to follow 2018's Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures.

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Machine Gun Kelly's new album features WILLOW on a song called "Emo Prom"

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Machine Gun Kelly's upcoming album Born with Horns will feature a guest spot from WILLOW.

That news comes courtesy of Travis Barker in a conversation with WILLOW as part of Rolling Stone's ongoing "Musicians on Musicians" series. In the piece, the Blink-182 drummer reveals that WILLOW is featured on a song apparently called "Emo Prom."

"On 'Emo Prom,' you shine," Barker tells WILLOW. "Obviously you remember, but when we first sent it to you we were like, 'Yeah, we even have a verse written.' And your verse was insane compared to ours."

"Honestly, to be a Black woman and be able to come on that song and write my verse with my outlook on life -- just being able to be authentically me on that song -- those are the kinds of things that are going to make more people feel seen," WILLOW says. "That's the most beautiful part of music."

The collab with MGK will follow WILLOW's new pop-punk album, lately I feel EVERYTHING, which includes the Barker-featuring single "Transparent Soul," as well a song with Avril Lavigne.

Born with Horns is the follow-up to Machine Gun Kelly's 2020 album, Tickets to My Downfall, which Barker also produced. The new record will feature the lead single, "Papercuts."

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Rise Against announces 'Nowhere Sessions' EP

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Rise Against has announced a new EP titled Nowhere Sessions.

The six-track collection, due out November 12, is described as a "live expansion" of the Chicago punk outfit's latest album, Nowhere Generation. It includes renditions of the Nowhere Generation cuts "Talking to Ourselves," "Broken Dreams, Inc." and the title track, as well as the 2008 song "Savior."

Additionally, you'll also find covers of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Fortunate Son" and the Misfits ripper "Hybrid Moments."

You can download the Nowhere Sessions version of "Talking to Ourselves" now via digital outlets.

Nowhere Generation, the ninth Rise Against album, was released in June. Its title track is the first Rise Against single to hit number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

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Black Sabbath launches apparel collaboration with DC Shoes

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Black Sabbath is launching a new apparel collaboration with DC Shoes.

The collection, which includes various footwear, t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts, is inspired by Sabbath's 1971 metal opus Master of Reality in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Along with the clothes and shoes, DC is also releasing an exclusive Master of Reality tribute album titled Shadow of Reality, which includes contributions from Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, The Melvins, and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.

Fittingly, the DC X Black Sabbath collaboration will be available starting on Halloween, October 31. For more info, stay tuned to DCShoes.com.

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Måneskin announces debut US concerts in NYC & LA

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Måneskin is coming to America.

The viral Italian rock outfit will play their first-ever U.S. concerts on October 27 at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, and November 1 at the Roxy in Los Angeles.

Tickets to on sale Thursday, October 21, at 10 a.m. local time.

If you miss out on tickets, you can still catch Måneskin perform on NBC's The Tonight Show on October 26.

Måneskin broke through this year with their hit singles "Beggin'" and "I Wanna Be Your Slave." "Beggin'" is currently the number-one song on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart.

The group's latest single, "MAMMAMIA," dropped earlier this month.

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MCR's Gerard Way is "open" to a 'Black Parade' musical

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Today marks the 15th anniversary of My Chemical Romance's 2006 landmark album, The Black Parade. In honor of the milestone, frontman Gerard Way spoke with Travis Mills on Apple Music 1 about the record's  legacy.

Way was asked about the possibility of The Black Parade being adapted into a musical, à la Green Day's American Idiot. As Way explained, that idea has been floating around for some time, though he's only recently come around to it.

"There was talks very early about some kind of animated musical," Way shared. "Then there was talks a decade or so later about a musical. But the person who approached me about this musical there said, 'Are you ever interested in doing Black Parade as a musical?' I was like, 'To be honest with you, I think it's too soon,' at the time. I was like, 'I don't think the record has lived long enough.'"

Way remembered thinking that he wanted "to see if the record really stands the test of time."

"Then I think something like a musical could be very exciting," he said. "But it felt a little too young at the time to do something like a musical."

Now, however, Way said he's "open" to the idea.

"The Black Parade itself, just from all the art and the videos and the inside photographs, it really is this kind of massive world," Way said. "I think within that you could do a number of things. There's all kinds of different characters to explore. I mean, you could even end up with a totally different protagonist."

Whether or not a Black Parade musical becomes a reality, MCR will be bringing songs from the album to the live stage on their much-anticipated reunion tour, set to finally kick off in 2022 after being postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Listen to new Mastodon song, "Sickle and Peace"

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Mastodon has released a new song called "Sickle and Peace," a track from the band's upcoming album, Hushed and Grim.

The six-minute tune is a slow burner, starting with a ghostly children's chorus as it builds to an epic guitar solo at the end. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.

"Sickle and Peace" is the third song to be released from Hushed and Grim, following the singles "Pushing the Tides" and "Teardrinker." The whole album will arrive October 29.

Mastodon will embark on a U.S. tour in support of Hushed and Grim November 16 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Lars Ulrich & Miley Cyrus interview each other about "Nothing Else Matters," rock music & more

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Metallica and Miley Cyrus are taking their collaboration from the studio to the page.

Drummer Lars Ulrich and the "Wrecking Ball" star have interviewed each other for a piece in Interview magazine. In the conversation, Cyrus shares what originally inspired her to cover Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters," which she performed at Glastonbury in 2019 ahead of recording it for this year's Metallica Blacklist tribute album.

"When I think about the sentiment behind 'Nothing Else Matters,' it aligns completely with my morals and my values," Cyrus explains. "When I listened to 'Nothing Else Matters,' and I knew that I was confirmed for Glastonbury -- I actually have chills talking about this -- it was the only song that I could imagine playing."

Cyrus' experience of recording "Nothing Else Matters" for the Blacklist album, though, felt like the "polar opposite" of playing it at Glastonbury.

"I recorded it at home, in the middle of a f***ing global pandemic, because I couldn't leave my house," she says. "It was no less poignant than playing it at Glastonbury -- if anything, it was more powerful. The lyrics truly f***ing resonated."

Elsewhere in the interview, Cyrus speaks on her sound becoming more rock-driven. In addition to covering songs including Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and The Cranberries' "Zombie," her new album Paper Hearts features Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol and Joan Jett. Her live band also includes Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

"I love having these authentic, real rock dudes in my band," Cyrus says. "We even revisit songs that I wrote before I was able to make this huge sonic pivot in my career, before I discovered rock and roll. Now, we cover my own songs. We take my original songs, and turn them on their head, and make them kick a**."

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'Modern Drummer' to present first annual Neil Peart Spirit of Drumming Scholarship this year

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In honor of late Rush drummer Neil Peart, Modern Drummer magazine has announced the launch of an annual scholarship in his name that's geared toward inspiring a young drummer to pursue a career as a musician.

The "Neil Peart Spirit of Drumming Scholarship" will provide the chosen recipient with 52 weeks of free drum lessons from respected drum instructor Dom Famularo, as well as a one-year subscription to the Modern Drummer All Access service, and a selection of classic Rush albums.

Entrants must be between 14 and 21 years old, not a professional musician, and not under any entertainment contract or sponsorship that Modern Drummer would consider a conflict with scholarship's spirit.

To be considered for the scholarship, potential recipients must submit a video displaying their drumming skills running two minutes or less, as well as a brief essay explaining why the scholarship will make a significant positive impact on their life and playing, and how they've been inspired by Peart and his legacy.

Submissions, which can be made at ModernDrummer.com, must be received before November 26 of this year.

The scholarship originally was announced during the 2020 Modern Drummer Festival by Neil's widow, Carrie Nutall-Peart. The first recipient of the scholarship will be revealed at this year's festival, and the honoree will be featured in an upcoming issue of Modern Drummer.

Peart, widely considered one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, died in January 2020 of brain cancer. He was 67.

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Of Mice & Men announces new album, 'Echo'

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Of Mice & Men has announced a new album called Echo.

The seventh studio effort from the SoCal metal outfit -- and their first since 2019's EARTHANDSKY -- will arrive on December 3. It consists of the songs from OM&M's recent EPs Timeless and Bloom, as well as a third and final EP, Ad Infinitum.

"Echo is a snapshot of the last year-and-a-half of our lives," OM&M says. "It covers loss and growth, life and impermanence, love, and the infinite -- how the most wonderful and most tragic parts of the human experience are deeply intertwined."

Along with the album announcement, Of Mice & Men has also shared another new song from the record, "Fighting Gravity."

With the Timeless and Bloom EPs already out, along with the single "Mosaic" and now "Fighting Gravity," there are actually only two songs left on Echo that have yet to be heard: the title track, and a cover of Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Helplessly Hoping."

Here's the Echo track list:

"Timeless"
"Obsolete"
"Anchor"
"Levee"
"Bloom"
"Pulling Teeth"
"Mosaic"
"Fighting Gravity"
"Echo"
"Helplessly Hoping"

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Foo Fighters, Machine Gun Kelly & more nominated for 2021 MTV EMAs

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Foo Fighters and Machine Gun Kelly are among the nominees for the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Dave Grohl and company will compete in the Best Rock category, as will Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Måneskin and The Killers.

Imagine Dragons and Måneskin are also up for the all-genre Best Group title.

Meanwhile, MGK is among the Best Alternative nominees, alongside Twenty One Pilots, WILLOW, Lorde, Halsey and Yungblud.

The 2021 MTV EMAs will be held November 14 in Budapest, Hungary. For the full list of nominees, visit MTVEMA.com.

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Dave Grohl reacts to Olivia Rodrigo singing along to "Everlong": "It's very flattering"

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When Foo Fighters performed on the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the cameras caught Olivia Rodrigo singing along to "Everlong." Speaking with Rolling Stone, Grohl shares his reaction to learning the breakout star of 2021 is a Foos fan.

"My daughter told me," Grohl says. "She was like, 'Oh, my God. Olivia Rodrigo was singing your song!'"

He adds, "It's very cool and it's very flattering, for sure."

With songs like "Brutal" and "Good 4 U," Rodrigo is one of a few younger artists bringing guitars and pop-punk elements back into popular music. In fact, Grohl thinks that "the dial is starting to turn back to guitar-based music," and points to viral drumming sensation Nandi Bushell as evidence that rock is still very much alive.

"If you want to see the true meaning of rock & roll, watch Nandi play the drums," Grohl says. "That is as inspiring as any Beatles record, any Zeppelin record, any AC/DC record, any Stones record."

Grohl and Bushell, of course, competed in an online drum battle last year. They finally got to jam in person at a Foo Fighters show over the summer.

"To watch [Bushell] play the drums and see her passion and belief in this music…if that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will," Grohl says.

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Imagine Dragons livestreaming upcoming acoustic charity performance

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This Friday, Imagine Dragons will be playing an acoustic set at the Rise Up Gala in support of the Tyler Robinson Foundation, the pediatric cancer founded by the band. If you're not in Las Vegas to attend the event, you can still watch the performance live online.

A livestream of the concert is set to premiere October 22 at 9:30 p.m. PT. You can watch via the Bandsintown Twitch channel.

Imagine Dragons first created TRF in 2013 in honor of Tyler Robinson, a fan who passed away from cancer at age 17. The organization has since been raising money for families who've been affected by a childhood cancer diagnosis. The annual Rise Up Gala is now in its seventh year.

Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons released a new album, Mercury -- Act 1, in September. And just last Friday, the group unearthed a trio of EPs featuring some of their earliest recordings, including previously unreleased demos.

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Watch Måneskin's bloody video for new "MAMMAMIA" single

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Måneskin has premiered the video for the band's new single, "MAMMAMIA."

The bloody clip finds each member of the Italian outfit fantasizing about killing vocalist Damiano David in various different ways, including drowning him in a toilet, stabbing him, and beating him with a guitar. Mamma mia, there's a lot of blood.

You can watch the "MAMMAMIA" video streaming now on YouTube.

"MAMMAMIA" dropped earlier this month. It follows Måneskin's breakout singles "Beggin'" and "I Wanna Be Your Slave."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Metallica releases trailer for 'The Black Album in Black & White' photo book

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Metallica has released a trailer for The Black Album in Black & White, the new photo book chronicling the recording of and tour behind the metal band's classic 1991 self-titled release, aka The Black Album.

The minute-long clip features a selection of the rare and previously unpublished pictures taken by acclaimed rock photographer Ross Halfin during the Black Album era, all set to the heavy riffs of "Sad but True."

"I'd like people to view this as an art book," Halfin says. "I'm serious, Metallica are an art."

The Black Album in Black & White is out today.

The Black Album, of course, celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year. To mark the occasion, Metallica released a deluxe reissue, as well as the Metallica Blacklist tribute compilation.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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