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Angels & Airwaves Week: Breathe
antiMusic reports: It seems like only yesterday that Angels & Airwaves released their debut album but the band isn't messing around and a little over a year after that CD dropped they are already back with their sophomore effort, 'I-Empire,' which hits stores this week. To celebrate the release we asked Atom Willard to pick his favorite five tracks from the new CD and tell us a little bit about each one. Here is Atom with today's song "Breathe"

This is a very different song for all of us, David plays the very minimal guitar part in the bridge and at the end, otherwise he's on keyboards. There's no bass in the song at all, so Matt plays keys the whole time. Even I have some challenges, switching from brushes on my side snare in the verse to sticks in the chorus and then back again. Tom sang this one really well, showing a whole different side of what he can do. It was exciting to hear the verses grow and then on the last day we had for this song he sang the outro and it come together so good, it gets me every time!

Just in case you didn't know Angels & Airwaves is former blink-182 & Box Car Racer guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, Offspring drummer Atom Willard, David Kennedy from Box Car Racer and former 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Matt Wachter. Tom produced the new album. Preview some tracks from the CD, learn more about the band and CD and more - more on this story

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Stones Tour 08?
Gigwise reports: Mick Jagger has said that the Rolling Stones are hoping to announce a number of new tour dates for 2008.

Jagger made the announcement during a surprise visit to the inaugural Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur, India.

He told the Indian Times that the band were considering shows in India and other countries across Asia. - more on this story

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Hawthorne Heights Vs Manager
Punknews.org reports: Just as the band hit the road for a tour after a long absence from the road, Hawthorne Heights have been hit with another lawsuit.

This latest suit comes from the band's former manager Wild Justice Records and president Richard Smith, seek damages from Hawthorne Heights and its individual members for breach of contract, unpaid fees for concerts that had been booked, merchandise that was sold, the acquisition of musical instruments and other band gear, a commission on a sponsorship by Mountain Dew and an $800 loan. The lawsuit is assigned to Judge Daniel P. O'Brien.

Of some note is this: In January 2007, Plaintiff and Defendant agreed to a management arrangement, whereby Plaintiff would be paid 1/6 of the revenue obtained by Defendants based on Plaintiff's efforts. In conjunction with that oral agreement, Plaintiff prepared a written agreement and delivered it to Defendants. While Defendants did not sign the agreement, they did not object to any provision of it and the parties in fact operated pursuant to the agreement until May 2007.

[Victory Records was kind enough to email out the text of the lawsuit without any comment or preamble. - Click here if you care to read it.]

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Elvis Dethroned
E! reports: Meet the new king. Not the same as the old King. Garth Brooks, who edged out Elvis Presley in 1999 for the title of best-selling solo artist of all time, only to lose it five years later, reclaimed the crown from the King Monday, according to the tab keepers at the Recording Industry Association of America.

The announcement was made, as such announcements are wont to be made, on the eve of the release of Brooks' latest collection, The Ultimate Hits, due out Tuesday.

It also came hours before Brooks was to take the stage for the first performance of his sold-out, nine-night stand in Kansas City, Missouri. - more on this story

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Smiths Member in Shambles for Crisis of Homeless Drunks
Gigwise reports: Beth Ditto, Andy Rourke from The Smiths, Graham Coxon, Paul Weller and The Enemy are amongst the acts who have formed an indie supergroup called Crisis.

The charity of the same name has joined forces with Drinkaware to raise money to fight homelessness and alcoholism.

Also in the group are New Young Pony Club, Supergrass, Drew from Babyshambles, Ed Harcourt and Pearl Lowe – the latter of which has been an ambassador for Crisis for three years. - more on this story

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Nick Cave & The Bad Set Release
Gigwise reports: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced details of their 14th studio album.

The fetchingly titled 'DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!' will be released through Mute Records on March 3 of next year.

The long-player was recorded over the summer at State of the Ark studios in Richmond and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove in Chiswi. The band themselves together with Nick Launay have produced the record.
- more on this story

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Decapitated Plan Sale To Help Members Families After Accident
Metal Underground reports: DECAPITATED's official MySpace page has been update with the following message: "We are getting ready to organize a special sale with original DECAPITATED gear (some of which was actually used in the recording studio) limited/never before printed T-shirts and merch, other one-of-a-kind memorabilia, and gifts from our friends in other bands to help raise money for Vitek's and Covan's families.

"For those who would like to make donations directly, there will be more information posted in a few days, so please keep checking back with us. Every effort, big or small, counts for something!"

DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka died late last week at the age of 23 in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) was also hurt in the accident, which involved the band's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. The frontman reportedly also sustained a head injury in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed). - more on this story

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Absence Hire Yeti Drummer
Metal Underground reports: Tampa, Florida's THE ABSENCE has announced the addition of former YETI drummer Chris Pistillo to the group's ranks.

Commented THE ABSENCE guitarist Patrick Pintavalle: "[Chris] may not be as well known… yet.

"However, he is wicked awesome on the skins and he actually plays blast beats and has super quick double bass and if he decides to stick around be apart of this band I am positive that the next record will crush souls." - more on this story

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Aguilera Lets the Baby Genie out of the Bottle
antiMusic reports: For those that actually care about such things it seems that Xtina has confirmed she has a bun in the oven. Here is Jam with the report: Christina Aguilera says she's expecting a baby, finally confirming what has become obvious over the last few months.

The 26-year-old singer told Glamour's U.K. edition that her plans for New Year's Eve involve a new baby.

"That'll be about the time I enter into mommyhood so I'm hoping to have started a beautiful family with my husband!" - more on this story

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Sum 41 Nix Road Plans
antiMusic reports: Bad news for Sum 41 fans, the band have postponed all of the upcoming tour plans for the rest of the year due to an injury. They broke the news on their Myspace page late last week: As many of you have already heard, Deryck has suffered a herniated disk in his back and we were forced to cancel all shows scheduled for this year.

We're sorry that this has happened and we hope our fans understand that there was nothing we could have done to prevent this.

We wish Deryck and quick and full recovery and can't wait to reschedule all these shows in the new year and finally get back out on the road. - Myspace page

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Switchfoot Want to Help Rebuild San Diego
antiMusic reports: You have to respect Switchfoot, while other bands take part in Pointless Aid events for the publicity it gives them, when Switchfoot want to do something for a cause- it's a real cause. The band just released a track on their website that also features Matt T. from Relient K and Dustin from Ruth and they are asking fans to either make a donation or volunteer time with Habitat for Humanity in return for the download. Here is a bit of the message they posted:

My name is jon foreman- I play guitar in a band called switchfoot. Many of our songs have deeply personal stories behind them. This one, "Rebuild" has a story that grew even bigger after the song was written. This summer, Matt Thiessen and I began to write a song specifically for our fall tour, the "Appetite for Construction" tour where a dollar from each ticket sold will go to Habitat for Humanity. The song, (written with Habitat in mind) was called "Rebuild." Afterwards, we said our goodbyes and both bands parted ways and drove on down the road. Hours later his bus burned down. After the flames died down, the song and the tour had a much deeper meaning.

Now, as our hometown of San Diego recovers from the worst fires we've ever been through, this song has a deeper meaning still. I've spent the last week on tour trying to find out if friends and family are ok. It's been an incredibly helpless feeling. And though we're far from home, we've been trying to figure out ways that we can help. So we came up with this idea, more than just giving a dollar a ticket this tour we've decided to give a song away. We love giving things away whenever we can, our hope is that you do too. Download the song, "rebuild" and give your money or your time directly to Habitat for Humanity. - more from Jon and the song

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Led Zeppelin Give London A New Image
BW&BK reports: Led Zeppelin are to celebrate the release of their new collection Mothership by holding a series of special image displays tonight (November 5th) across various parts of London.

Images will be project on the sides of some of the capital's best-known locations, like The Science Museum and Trafalgar Square. Mothership is then released next Monday, November 12th.

London Projections:
The Science Museum - 4:45 PM
Gerrard Street, W1 - 6 PM
Covent Garden - 6:45 PM
Trafalgar Square - 7:30 PM
Truman Brewery - 9:30 PM
- more on this story

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Radiohead in a Box and on a USB Drive
Filter reports: On December 10th, whether you are a Radiohead freak who named your first child A and taught them to really believe 2 + 2 = 5, or if you're just a casual fan that plants fake plastic trees in your back yard, you will have the opportunity to own all of Radiohead's albums again!

The seven-CD limited edition box set encompasses Radiohead's entire Parlophone catalogue B.I.R (Before In Rainbows) including Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995), Ok Computer (1997), Kid A (2000), Amnesiac (2001), Hail to the Thief (2003) and the live album I Might Be Wrong (2001). Alongside the box set, Radioheadies will have special access to stream additional unique footage.

Let's say you already own every Radiohead recording known to man? Well on the same day, Radiohead is introducing the coolest looking USB stick you've ever seen, which apparently will resemble the bands "bear" icon. - more on this story

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