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    WATCH: Metallica Perform Rare Song Live

    Someone's head exploded at a Metallica concert in Tampa, Florida, Saturday night. Well, we can't be sure about that, but hearing the band play "Through the Never" -- originally found on their self-titled 1991 blockbuster -- for the first time in 16 years must've been a mindblowing experience for the thousands of fans in attendance at the St. Pete Times Forum. Speaking from the stage, frontman James Hetfield made sure everyone understood they were about to have a Halley's Comet moment.

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    LISTEN: Chris Brown's Comeback Single

    Let the lyric-parsing begin! Tuesday brought the debut of Chris Brown's "I Can Transform Ya," the first single from the R&B smoothie's upcoming album, Graffiti. Though Brown released the apologetic ballad "Changed Man" over the summer, the song is his first proper release since the whole Rihanna mess broke out last February. The album has no confirmed street date as of yet. The single, which you can hear below, arrived a day earlier than originally planned. On Monday, Brown announced the fast-tracking via his Twitter feed. "Change of plans," he wrote. "Tell everybody." Given that Brown's only real competition in the ignominious musician sweepstakes is John Phillips (and he's dead), it's not as if the release was going to fly under anyone's radar. "Transform Ya" is also unlikely to win the singer any new fans.

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    Rock Hall Nominees Announced!

    Greasepaint and tube socks can go a long way. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation this morning announced that KISS -- KISS! -- and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with Genesis, LL Cool J, the Hollies, and reggae star Jimmy Cliff are among this year's batch of nominees for induction into the Rock Hall of Fame. Joining the aforementioned acts on the ballot are ABBA, the Chantels, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, the Stooges, and Donna Summer, all of whom were previously nominated but fell short of the votes necessary for induction. In January, we'll found out which five from this group of twelve will get the nod. The induction ceremony will take place on March 15, 2010, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The nomination announcement is the beginning of a busy period for the Hall.

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    Dave Navarro, Duff McKagan to Play Benefit Gig

    Let's make some good come out of something bad. Scott Ford, bassist for the Greg Dulli-led Twilight Singers, was recently compelled to have surgery for a life-threatening periodontal condition. The procedure cost Ford, who also hosts a popular online radio show on his website fordradio.blogspot.com, $50,000. Like many musicians who cannot afford adequate health care coverage, this unforeseen medical disaster has put Ford deep in the hole. To help their friend, some of Scott's famous buddies will be playing at a benefit show Saturday, September 26, at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Scheduled performers include Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Scott Shriner from Weezer, Steve-O, and others. If you're in L.A., buy a ticket. If you're not, check out this site for more info on how you can help.

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    WATCH: Metallica Consider Going "Gay"

    No matter how big or small, metal bands have a stake in looking like bad asses. In that, Metallica, the biggest metal band of them all, is no different from any of their head banging brethren. So it's both fun and rare to see James, Kirk, Lars, and Robert drop the scowling for a bit and laugh it up, which is exactly what they do in a new clip from a video interview they did with Sirius radio host Jim Breuer. Though the interview was conducted before Metallica's concert at New Jersey's Prudential Center last February -- and aired on Breuer's show Fridays with Breuer the same month -- the video clips have only just been released. Check out the one below, in which Breuer asks whether the guys would be willing to play the role of a gay character in a film. Bet you can guess what James Hetfield's answer is.

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    DOWNLOAD: Ex-Format Member's New Song

    Joining a line that stretches back to Simon & Garfunkel's contributions to The Graduate and runs through Karen O's soundtrack for the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are, Sam Means of currently-on-hiatus Phoenix-based pop-rockers the Format will release his soundtrack to last year's indie comedy The Sinking of Santa Isabel on September 29. According to Means, the soundtrack -- which features six full songs and twenty instrumental tracks -- came together almost by accident. "I received a phone call from the director, Michael Hamblin, asking if I would be interested in scoring his new film," Means tells SPIN.com. "He informed me the original score had been pulled, so the budget was long gone, and there seemed to be a mild sense of urgency to get it done. It was a challenge I happily accepted.

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    Q&A: Bernard Sumner

    Bernard Sumner plays well with others. Really well. From his late '70s start as the guitarist for gloom icons Joy Division to his role as frontman for mega-succesful synth-rockers New Order and on through to his successful Johnny Marr-collaboration Electronic in the '90s, the Manchester native has been instrumental in creating some of the most influential and popular sounds of the last 30 years. Hopefully that winning streak will continue with his new band, Bad Lieutenant, whose first album, Never Cry Another Tear is being released on October 6 as a digital download via Amazon.

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    The Dream Pavement Set List!

    This is just really great news. Nearly a full decade after the band's last show, it's been announced that indie-rock icons Pavement will be reuniting for a world tour in 2010, with their first "announced" gig going down in New York City September, 21, 2010. Given that this news was, you know, just made official, we're probably already past due for some speculative wishful thinking. Below, SPIN's editors have compiled a list of the songs we hope Stephen Malkmus and Co. see fit to play when they next take the stage. Agree? Disagree?

  • Richard Hawley, 'Truelove's Gutter' (Mute)

    With his gorgeously forlorn baritone, Richard Hawley could sing the German phonebook and make it sound like a sonnet. So it's a given that Gutter, like the ex-Pulp sideman's five previous shimmering, sepia-toned solo albums, has moments of heartbreaking beauty. Too bad those moments are outnumbered by a reliance on secondhand lyrical conceits (songbirds, shipwrecks) and drifting arrangements. A song as lugubrious as "Don't You Cry" doesn't need 11 minutes to work its tearful trick. Hawley's shattering Coles Corner (2005) offers a sharper take on bittersweet midnight music. WATCH: Richard Hawley, "For Your Lover Give Some Time" BUY:Amazon

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    Q&A: Converge's Jacob Bannon

    Death and taxes might be the only things as reliable as Converge -- and neither kicks as much ass as the consistently excellent long-running Boston math-metal quartet. In advance of the forthcoming Axe to Fall, out October 20th on Epitaph and featuring collaborations with many of the band's heaviest friends (including members of Neurosis and Genghis Tron), SPIN.com spoke with frontman Jacob Brannon about the new album, Converge's roots, and being out-partied by Mastodon -- whom they'll be sharing stages with on tour starting October 2 in Portland, Oregon. You've been a band a long time -- since 1990. What's the most exciting thing about the new album?That we sufficiently creatively challenged ourselves. We raised the bar from the previous album [2005's No Heroes].

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