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Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Sound City
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Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, Scott Reeder, ‘From Can to Can’t’ – Song Review

More sounds from the upcoming 'Sound City Reel to Reel' album have been released. Rocker and film director Dave Grohl has teamed with Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and bassist Scott Reeder to create 'From Can to Can't,' a soaring rock ballad that will transcend one back to 2002 when everything on the radio was thick with heartache power chords and thin on melody.

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Steven Tyler Matt Pike
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High on Fire Frontman Matt Pike Calls Aerosmith ‘A Polished Turd’

Matt Pike of the heavy metal band High on Fire isn't an Aerosmith fan and he's not afraid to declare his comprehensive hatred for the classic rockers. In an interview with A.V. Club, Pike says he calls the "off" button on his stereo the "Aerosmith button" and refers to them as the "crappiest, most overrated s**t band of all time."

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Stephen Stills
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Stephen Stills ‘Carry On’ Box Set to Feature 50 Years of Music, 25 Unreleased Songs

The bulk of Stephen Stills' career as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will be released in a four-disc box set called 'Carry On' on March 26. The package includes hits from Stills' career as a solo artist, with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash and more. In total, 82 songs are featured, including 25 that have never been released.

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Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Documentary to Hit Theaters on Jan. 31

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 18, Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' documentary will be released to theaters in cities across the country. The one-night-only event will take place in over 40 cities on Jan. 31, with additional one-night showings on Feb. 1, Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 20 and Feb. 22.

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Natalie Maines
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Natalie Maines, ‘Mother’ (Pink Floyd Cover) – Song Review

Natalie Maines is supporting the West Memphis Three with a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Mother' for 'West of Memphis: Voices For Justice,' a benefit album for Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin, whose story is told in the 2012 'West of Memphis' documentary. The longtime Dixie Chicks singer's performance only hints at her country pedigree, and leaves behind much of the bravado she's known for. It's a humble, passionate cover.

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Eric Burdon
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The Animals’ Eric Burdon to Release ”Til Your River Runs Dry’

Eric Burdon will share his thoughts on religon, politics and the environment in songs on his new solo album ''Til Your River Runs Dry.' The project -- scheduled to be released digitally and on vinyl and CD Jan. 29 -- includes 12 songs, most of which were written by the Animals frontman.

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Sharon Osbourne Lady-Gaga
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Ozzy Osbourne’s Wife Sharon Blasts Lady Gaga for Wearing Meat

Today's "Awww… snap" moment of the day goes to Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon, who typed a scorching response to Lady Gaga's open letter to daughter Kelly Osbourne recently. The Osbourne Matron is fighting back against the pop-singer and her 32 million "monsters" on Twitter, who have been harassing the E! channel hostess, even going as far as death threats.

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Joe Elliott
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Def Leppard Re-Recording Hit Songs to ‘Wrestle Back Career’ From Record Label

In 2012, Def Leppard re-recorded two of their biggest hit songs and made them available digitally. The once-unusual move was done just before the Tom Cruise movie 'Rock of Ages' was released, but Joe Elliott says his band's inspiration for heading back to the studio was to one-up their record label.

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Dave Grohl Sound City
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John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks + More to Join Dave Grohl’s All-Star Sound City Players Band

The band Dave Grohl has assembled to support his 'Sound City' documentary wouldn't fit into the legendary studio at one time. John Fogerty and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks are just two of Grohl's Sound City Players. The group will make their live debut on Jan. 18 at Park City Live.

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Bon Jovi
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Bon Jovi, ‘Because We Can’ – Song Review

The lead single from Bon Jovi's upcoming 'What About Now' album is as pop-friendly as anything the group has released. Bright production and a message of inspiration turn 'Because We Can' into a song mainstream radio may embrace like the latest 'American Idol' contestant. Fans of more authentic, grit-songs will need to keep digging. 

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Tommy Thayer
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Kiss’ Tommy Thayer Says He Was Ace Frehley’s ‘Heir Apparent’

Tommy Thayer didn't officially take over as lead guitarist of Kiss until 2002, but in a recent interview he admits he was prepared to hop on stage in a moment's notice as early as 1998. Due to recurring problems with Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made Thayer the "heir apparent."

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Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Certified 16-Times Platinum

Metallica's self-titled 1991 record, aka 'The Black Album,' is already the best-selling album of the SoundScan era, and now they're pulling away from the pack. 'Metallica' received its 16-times platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in December, meaning (as you might guess) that it has surpassed 16 million in sales. The certification was one of 10 awarded to the band last month.

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