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Van Halen Rock The Hall
SMN reports: US rock group REM are among five acts chosen for induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rockers VAN HALEN, singer PATTI SMITH, hip hop pioneer GRANDMASTER FLASH and 1960s girl group THE RONETTES will also be honoured at a ceremony in March. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jay Z's Pimpmobile 
E! Online reports: Sure he lords over the album charts, designs a clothing line (Rocawear), runs a record label (Def Jam), owns sports bars and even a minority stake in the New Jersey Nets, but now Jay-Z is really in the driver's seat, courtesy of General Motors Corp. 

The rap mogul turned up in Detroit Saturday night for a GM Style event celebrating the public unveiling of the automaker's new vehicles and concept cars—among them his signature Jay-Z Blue, a 2007 GMC Yukon Denali that he spent more than a year designing in cahoots with GM's Global Color Studio.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pete Kleinow RIP
AP reports: "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, a steel guitar prodigy who rose to fame as one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died. He was 72. 

Kleinow, who also worked in film as an award-winning animator and special effects artist, died Saturday at a Petaluma convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility where he had been living with Alzheimer's disease since last year, his daughter Anita Kleinow said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gorgoroth Prison Release
blabbermouth.net reports: According to a posting on GORGOROTH's official web site, the group's frontman, Gaahl, was finally released from prison last month after being jailed since the spring of 2006.

Gaahl was sentenced to 14 months in prison in February 2005 for beating a 41-year-old man and threatening to drink his blood. The 31-year-old, whose real name was not revealed by the Norwegian media, was charged with a crime that carries a maximum penalty of nine years in prison. The original 18-month sentence, which was handed down in May 2004, was reduced by four months while the amount in damages Gaahl was required to pay to the victim was increased from 100,000 NOK (approximately $15,000) to 190,000 NOK (approximately $29,000).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Post Kyuss Project
blabbermouth.net reports: Vocalist John Garcia (KYUSS, UNIDA, HERMANO) has set GARCIA VS. GARCIA as the name of his upcoming solo project. The singer is currently in the studio writing and recording material for GARCIA VS. GARCIA's debut album, which is tentatively due on September 4, 2008.

One of the songs that are set to appear on the upcoming CD is "5000 Miles", which was written by Canadian musician Danko Jones with Garcia in mind.

"'5000 Miles' was inspired by something I read in an interview with John where he was talking about his reluctance to tour because he misses being with his family," Danko recently told Toronto's Now magazine.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Plea
blabbermouth.net reports: VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) has released the following "open letter" to Charlie Weis, the current head coach of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team:

"Okay Charlie, at this point I am going to assume that you haven't spoken to the Giants' organization about their 'potential coaching job.' But LEAVING NOTRE DAME, your alma mater, without having achieved really anything of monolithic proportions like you've promised us, is absurd and unfair. So at this point, I will get on my knees and beg. Don't do it, coach. Don't do it! Stay and do what you promised; your team, your school, the fans, the legacy deserves to be taken to the promised land. Your recruits, Charlie, who are just beginning to trickle in, came to play for you. You! Not someone else and they are coming to South Bend to those brutal winters from places all over the country[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Garbage Reunite for Benefit
FMQB reports: Garbage will end their hiatus with a benefit concert performance later this month in Glendale, CA. The band will reunite for the "Beat It, Wally" show, which will benefit veteran drummer Wally "Llama" Ingram, who is battling throat cancer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MSCCHD Radio
FMQB reports: Clear Channel Radio and Microsoft announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the two companies have signed an agreement to build a nationwide data delivery service that will incorporate HD Radio technology. The service will be used to provide localized and personalized content to HD Radio receivers, under the name MSN Direct HD. Microsoft has an already-existing MSN Direct service, which transmits traffic, weather, sports scores, movie times and more to various devices.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pelican Plot Releases
CMJ reports: Chicagoland post-meddlers Pelican are currently finishing the final mixes of their new album, City Of Echoes (Hydra Head), which is due out May 22. Working with engineer Andrew Schneider at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio, Pelican have refined the songs they introduced on their '06 tour, including "City Of Echoes," "Bliss In Concrete," "Dead Between The Walls" and "Spaceship Broken - Parts Needed."

Mid-2007 will also see the release of a Pelican post-rock trifecta—DVD/3-inch CD/12-inch record—titled After The Ceiling Cracked (Hydra Head).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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They're Big in Canada
TuneLab reports: Rock Star Supernova's self-titled debut has reached Gold status for sales of 50,000 units in Canada. The disc has sold a disappointing 40,000 units in the US since its release on November 21, 2006.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morrissey LA
Filter reports: Morrissey has announced his first shows of 2007 and Los Angeles-area fans are in luck. Moz will play three nights at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Tickets will go on-sale at 10am Saturday January 13th via Ticketmaster.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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30 Seconds to Breakup?
punkbands reports: 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jordan Catalano recently told Mtv News "We're talking about the possibilities of another record or the possibility of calling it something else and saying goodbye. You have to look at your life and see if you have anything to say or to offer at that point." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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What to Buy
punkbands reports: Finally some good records coming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

Green Day - Kerplunk (Reissue)
Green Day -1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
Self Against City - Telling Secrets To Strangers
A New Dawn Fades -I See The Night Birds
After The Burial - Forging A Future Self
Behind Enemy Lines - One Nation Under The Iron Fist Of God (with book)
Black Sabbath - Past Lives Vol. 1 (Picture Disc)
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+44 To Support Fall Out Boy
punkbands reports: +44 has been chosen to support Fall Out Boy on their headling Honda Civic tour. As we reported last week the tour will begin April 18 in Charlotte, N.C. The full routing and support acts will be announced later this month; tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Feb. 17- Click Here for the Full Story 

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2&2 Fair to Midland
antiMusic reports: Fair to Midland have been turning heads for while on the indie scene and caught the attention of Serj from System of a Down who signed them to his Serjical Strike Records. They released an EP last year and have a full length coming out in April (plus a tour in Feb). We caught up with Darroh Sudderth recently and here are some of the highlights from the conversation (the full interview will run in April).

2&2: Fair to Midland is a bit of an unusual name, where did it come from? *** Darroh It's just an old saying originally used to grade cotton. It's a synonym for average and/or mediocre. I've always used a lot of old clichés, so it also kind of pokes fun at my lyrical tendencies. It was one of the only names we all came to agree on as well.

2&2: You have a CD coming out on Serjical Strike Records, how did you hook up with Serj? *** Darroh Well, during one of our independently funded tours of the west coast we became good friends with Mike Haitayan, who just so happened to be an acquaintance of Serj's. Mike coaxed Serj into coming out to a couple of shows; and it was at our second show in Malibu that Serj was kind enough to offer his help. We've been extremely fortunate and have nothing but good things to say about Mike, Serj, and Serjical Strike.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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