New Album On The Way From Wu-Tang Clan To Celebrate The Groups 20th Anniversary

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(PCM) It has been over 20 years since Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut album and now the Staten Island group consisting of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna are returning with a new album titled A Better Tomorrow that hits stores on December 2nd.

Seven years since the group’s last proper album, A Better Tomorrow was helmed by RZA aka The Abbott who has created a smorgasbord of beats while the murder’s row of lyricists assault his booming tracks. Whether it’s the voice of the late ODB, or dusky Kung-Fu movie samples spread throughout the mix, tried and true WTC fans, and curious newcomers will find something to love about the new album which is available for pre-order now featuring three instant grat tracks.

Opening with the rumbling “Ruckus In B Minor,” which dropped yesterday on Funkmaster Flex’s HOT 97 show, listeners are taken a cohesive ride via 15 tracks of hardboiled rap music relaying messages about the mix of street life, spiritual redemption, weaving crime tales worthy of noir novels, and reminiscing on the days of New York-past. Last night at Quad Studios, journalists and tastemakers alike were invited to a private first-listen of the new record with RZA, U-God and Masta Killa with refreshments provided by Red Bull.

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Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac Are Spell-Binding In Philly

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(PCM) Words can not even begin to describe just how excited we were to get a chance to attend Fleetwood Mac’s recent show at a very sold-out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The band’s nearly three-hour performance was flawless and it was a true gift for fans to be able to experience the band’s classic line-up back together once again. There is something about witnessing Fleetwood Mac performing together on-stage that is simply magical and the show was truly hypnotizing from beginning to end.

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Fleetwood Mac has a a decades spanning career and their set list was chock full of fan favorites that included set opener “The Chain”, “You Make Loving Fun”, “Second Hand News”, “Rihannon”, “Landslide”, “Go Your Own Way” and many many more! The band played for nearly three hours packing twenty-four hits into their set!

One aspect of the show that stood out to us was just how comfortable and relaxed the band appeared to be on stage. As a band they were harmonizing beautifully and appeared to be having the time of their lives sharing their gift of song with the eager audience.

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After quite a lengthy absence, having Christine McVie back with the band again just added to the evenings magical elements. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham even commented on stage that it was the beginning of a new era for the band.

The band members were also incredible gracious and engaging on the stage. It was wonderful to hear stories about the band’s roots and the back stories behind some of our favorite songs. Hearing Stevie Nicks tell the story about The Velvet Underground clothing shop in San Francisco and her ultimate vision for the band at that point in time was incredibly inspirational.

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It is also worth noting that age is doing absolutely nothing to slow this band down. Vocalist Stevie Nicks still has the very same haunting and ethereal stage presence as she did in years past. Her performance of “Gold Dust Woman” was truly out of this world as we were completely hypnotized by Nicks as the golden muse twirling about the stage.

We also have note that guitarist Lindsey Buckingham proved yet again that he can shred with the best of them, as his guitar solo was epic and drummer Mick Fleetwood’s drum solo was absolutely phenomenal as well.

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Fleetwood Mac and their aptly titled, On With The Show Tour appear to only just be getting started and this tour is without a doubt one of the must-see shows of the year!

Photography credit: Ken Schuler

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Static-X Founder Wayne Static Dead At Age 48

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(PCM) It is with a heavy heart that we report that Static-X founder Wayne Static was passed away at the age of 49.

Wayne Richard Wells was best known by his stage name Wayne Static and was the enigmatic former frontman and namesake of Static-X, who later forged a successful solo career. Wayne was scheduled to co-headline tours with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months.

According to his publicity team at FiXT Publicity, no additional information about his passing is available at this time. There had been quite a few rumors circulating the net that were claiming that Wayne’s cause of death was due to an accidental drug overdose, however sources have now revealed that drugs did NOT play a factor in Wayne’s passing and the only additional information that has been released at this time is that he passed away in his sleep.

Wayne is survived by his wife, former porn star Tera Wray, whom he wed in 2008. Our sincere condolences go out to Wayne’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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Exclusive Premiere: J.O.S. Share “When Giants Walked The Earth” With PCM!

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(PCM) Every so often there will be a band that comes along that seem to have their finger on the pulse of where the music realm is headed and their sound is one that truly demands to be heard. This is why we were so pleased to discover J.O.S.!

The band formed in Ealing, the birthplace of British rock in 2011 and the four piece band consists of school friends John O’Shea, Rosie Botterill, Anna Thomas and David Clarke. Having faced insurmountable odds, this is a band that has seen it all and survived it all.

At the heart of this band is their unified belief, both in each other and the music they play. Growing up in the heyday of band’s such as Nirvana and Oasis, and being life-long fans of Guns N’ Roses, the band can remember a time when rock music mattered not just to rock music fans, but to the world.

J.O.S. believe we live in an age of lowered expectations, where tweets mean more than tracks, where social media means more than song writing and where ‘Likes’ mean more than real fans. In an industry where labels would rather invest in talent shows rather than songwriters, where pop stars are porn stars, where rap stars are disconnected from their roots and where rock stars have become a distant memory, J.O.S. are dedicated to putting music back at the heart of the industry, and back into the hands of musicians.

These combined passions for what they do and who they do it for is encapsulated and brought to life in their eponymous debut EP. Recorded in just 2 days, the record draws on their influences from the past and gives the listener a glimpse of what is possible for the future.

J.O.S. will be releasing their self-titled EP (for free) on 10/31!  We can’t urge you enough to check it out, as it is certainly a worthwhile treat this Halloween.

PCM is absolutely thrilled to bring you the exclusive premiere download of J.O.S’s track “When Giants Walked The Earth” which we are sure you will enjoy!

Rosie Botterill of J.O.S. told us the following about the track “When Giants Walked The Earth is a love letter to the great bands of the past, and a call to arms for the bands of today.”  And to quote the track itself, “You’re all a bunch of slaves! What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do?!”

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Aaron Lewis Apologizes For World Series National Anthem Snafu!

(PCM) Country singer and Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has issued an apology after he botched the lyrics while performing the National Anthem to kick-off game 5 of The World Series.

Lewis accidentally rearranged some of the lyrics in the “Star-Spangled Banner” when rather than the line “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he instead jumped to the line “were so gallantly streaming” which doesn’t come until later in the song.

The game was televised nationally on FOX and players from the teams can be seen on screen reacting to Lewis’ mistake.

Lewis has since made a heartfelt public apology for the mistake saying “All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner’ means so much to so many, including myself, I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday, and now lead the best-of-seven World Series 3 games to 2.

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PCM’s Video Picks Of The Day

(PCM) We are pleased to bring you a smattering of some of our top music video picks of the day across a variety of both musical styles and genres.

  • Since first bursting on to the scene in 2008, Breathe Carolina has struck an inimitable alchemy between electronic music and rock, vaulting them continually ahead of the curve and into a lane of their own. The band has recently unleashed the music video for “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing (Reboot)” featuring Oscar Olivo.

  • New Years Day are gearing up for the upcoming release of their new album “Epidemic” set to drop on November 18th. The band recently premiered their new song “The Joker” with Hot Topic and are getting ready to hit the road for a winter tour with The Birthday Massacre beginning on November 9th!

  • Taking a page from heroes Metallica and Gun N’ Roses, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act, Butcher Babies, recently released an EP of cover tunes, titled Uncovered, and are currently touring North America in support of it. The band has recently debuted their music video for “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” which was originally recorded by Napoleon XIV. Butcher Babies will be on the road with Black Label Society and Hatebreed beginning this December!

  • The Southern California native, Jarell Perry, made a start for himself recording homemade demos at his UCLA dorm, fronting bands around campus, and even songwriting for acts like Chris Brown, Diplo, Timbaland, and others. However, it wasn’t until a chance meeting with rising producer HSVN (pronounced Has-san) that the two would stumble on a sound that combines electronic-soul, indie-blues and hip-hop elements into a unique soundscape enjoyed by fans from all walks of life. His cover of Drake’s “Own It” is evidence of their creative partnership and a teaser as to what to expect from a new project out later this year.

  • The Bots have premiered their video for “All I Really Want” which is the first single off the band’s debut album “Pink Palms”. We absolutely adored the video which imagines the song’s lyrics as if they were a Buzzfeed listicle!

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Gwen Stefani Releases New Single “Baby Don’t Lie”

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(PCM) Global superstar and The Voice season seven coach Gwen Stefani releases new single “Baby Don’t Lie” on Mad Love/Interscope Records. The track is available now for digital download and streaming via digital subscription services. Listen to “Baby Don’t Lie” here.

“Baby Don’t Lie,” which the three-time Grammy Award-winner co-wrote with its producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, is Stefani’s first new solo effort since her platinum-plus sophomore album Sweet Escape debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.

Gwen has also just premiered the video to accompany the new single which can be viewed below:

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Album Review: Slipknot “.5: The Gray Chapter”

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(PCM) Words can not even begin to express the joy that overcame us when news was first announced that a new album from Iowa rockers Slipknot was on the way and we were even more thrilled to get an early listen to “.5: The Gray Chapter” prior to its’ official release!

Back in May, Slipknot front-man Corey Taylor was roasted by his peers during the Roast on the Range w/ Corey Taylor which was the kick-off to the epic rock festival Rock On The Range. We had caught up with Taylor on the red carpet and were the first to bring you the news about just what “.5: The Gray Chapter” was going to sound like!  Taylor told us that “People are going to lose their minds when they hear it” and we absolutely couldn’t agree more!

“.5: The Gray Chapter is the perfect blend of both the brutality of Slipknot’s early album “Iowa”, but at the same time beautifully sonic and melodic like “Vol. 3″.

It is no shock that  the tragic passing of Slipknot bassist and songwriter Paul Gray is a centralized theme of sorts throughout the album and it is quite evident that the band has poured all of the pain, anger and sadness straight into the vein of many tracks found on the new album. It is full of both intensity and raw emotion and certainly some of Slipknot’s best work to date.

Tracks such as “Skeptic”, “The Negative One”, “Killpop” and “Custer” take the listener on a fascinating musical journey and one that truly speaks to the soul. Musically speaking the band has pushed their limits to places one never would have thought they could have achieve. The songs that truly hone in on the loss of Gray the most would be both “Skeptic” and “Nomadic”, however the gorgeous ballad “Goodbye” seems a fitting farewell as well.

Many fans did not believe that we would ever see another Slipknot album, but the band has truly outdone themselves with “.5: The Gray Chapter” and come out sounding (and appearing) as re-energized as ever! Being able to take their pain and angst over the loss of their fallen bandmate, the band was able to channel it into one of the most brilliant albums to be release this year.

We could go on and on about the many reasons we have fallen in love with “.5: The Gray Chapter”, but we feel that it is best experienced by listening for yourself. With this release, Slipknot further cement the fact that rock is far from dead, so get out there and support this absolutely stellar release.

Also, be sure to catch Slipknot live if you have the chance!  The band will be performing unique sets each night of KNOTFEST this coming weekend in San Bernadino, CA that will feature brand new music, as well as, an entirely new stage set up and experience.

Also, performing at KNOTFEST is Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and dozens more!

Slipknot also hits the road for a co-headlining tour with KORN that will be making its’ way across the U.S!

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Buzzworthy Band The Fletchers Release Brand-New Tunes!

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It’s been three years since Heroes of Gravity, The Fletcher’s third album soared up the college radio charts.The New Jersey-based indie band’s latest CD, Reset the Dial, is now available and highly recommended.

At times, the songs really rock and other times the band will change gears into a more emotional, intelligent and stirring direction. While the group has clearly evolved and matured since their earlier releases, this record is a testament that their rebellious Jersey attitude is still alive and well, even if it’s well hidden at times.

The band released records each year since their formation back in 2008. While working on their recently released fourth album, the guys took more time than usual and focused on creating a record on their own terms. After several listens, I must agree, mission accomplished!

Lead singer Gary Kaplan had this to say… “Three years has offered the time to play and work out the songs that make up Reset the Dial, and over that time we’ve continued to develop as a band. I, for one, am a lot more confident,” said Kaplan. “There’s more range to the vocals, and overall more textured sound. We weren’t afraid to be too sweet. We weren’t afraid of being dark. We’ve really painted pictures that tell stories with these song, and we feel good about this chapter.”

This is a record full of passion and honesty, delivered with warm vocals, outstanding musicianship and sincerity.

The Fletchers are what rock-n-roll is meant to be; harnessed emotion, tons of energy and songs that resonate in your head and heart after one listen. Do yourself a favor and catch this band live in Jersey, NYC or Philly.

Gary Kaplan – Lead Vocals & Guitar
Dan Coffey – Bass & Backing Vocals
Cliff Heaton – Drums & Backing Vocals
Rob Freda – Guitar & Backing Vocals

To keep up-to-date with The Fletchers please visit:

www.thefletchersmusic.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/seriousmachines/videos

http://www.reverbnation.com/thefletchersmusic

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Caught In A Halestorm At The Shindig! Exclusive Interview!

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(PCM) A few weeks ago we attended The Shindig Music Festival in Baltimore, MD!  The festival was an epic showcase that included some of the most hard-working and diverse bands currently in the scene. The line-up featured artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Halestorm, The Bots just to name a few.

The festival celebrated a sense of unity among both the artists performing and their fans. The music from each of the band’s performing in some way speaks to the soul of the everyday person and without a doubt we can all find ways in which we relate,.

During The Shindig we were able to catch up with Grammy-winning rockers Halestorm to discuss the band’s festival performance, work on their upcoming new album, tour plans with Eric Church and so much more!

You can view the interview below:

 Photography credit: Ken Schuler for PopCultureMadness.com

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