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dustinperkinsDallas musician DUSTIN PERKINS has joined the likes of PENTATONIX, WALK OFF THE EARTH, and many others that have been putting their own spin on "Royals," the smash hit by LORDE. Aside from the pop-country-laced version he's released (on iTunes now), the video features some kids getting down with the jam, standing in for the grownups. It's better than my version about Batman. Check it out below and let me know what you think...

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This Tuesday, the crew at Roma Music Group will release their latest collection of baby-friendly metal jams when TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR: LULLABY VERSIONS OF SYSTEM OF A DOWN hits digital retailers. The new set takes a dozen of Serj Tankian and Co.'s biggest hits, and reworks them into nursery-ready "lush instrumental" melodies perfect for your youngest little rocker. Check out "Chop Suey!" below, and if you pre-order now on iTunes, you'll receive that track as an instant download.

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It could be said that that Danny Elfman's iconic score for Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is pretty lullaby-ish to begin with. But, for those wishing to take it over-the-top in hopes of introducing it to the smallest little pumpkin in your patch, the folks at Roma Music Group are gearing up to release TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR - LULLABY VERSIONS OF THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. The twelve-track collection will be available on October 29th, and pre-orders just went live on iTunes. Stream "This is Halloween" below...

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The crew from Century Media just hit my inbox with a message about LIONS LIONS covering the JAY-Z collaboration with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, "Holy Grail." Thing is, they really only half covered it, because they stripped Z's verses blaming lack of rapping ability in one forum, and use of "the 'N' word" in another. Whatever, VAYDEN did just fine with their cover of "H.A.M." by KANYE WEST and JAY-Z a couple of years ago, and they did it with the lyrics intact. You could also creatively change the offending word, but LIONS LIONS just did a Hova-less version. Check it below, along with some words from the band:

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It's been awhile since I've posted a "Covered" entry here on The Rock Father, but tonight I've got one that's too interesting to pass up. When Rocksmith 2014 hit's the streets on October 22, players will notice a track by a relative unknown tucked in among hits from PARAMORE, RISE AGAINST, SLAYER and PANTERA. "Wasteland" is a 2011 track from EarlyRise that's included in the game, but it's not that track that prompted this post. It's their recent piano-driven acoustic cover of KORN's "Narcissistic Cannibal" that intrigued me. Give it a listen...

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When FANTOMAS first hit the scene with 1999's self-titled entry into the world of the avant-garde, many questioned the longevity of the supergroup comprised of MIKE PATTON (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE), BUZZ OSBORNE (MELVINS), TREVOR DUNN (MR.BUNGLE, SECRET CHIEFS 3), and DAVE LOMBARDO (SLAYER).

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