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MSG To Feature Dave Matthews Band, Motley Crue, Fall Out Boy and Kanye West and More Salty Favorites
10th St reports: MSG will add to its growing entertainment programming lineup with new episodes of franchise series "Road to MSG" and "MSG Concert Series" this summer.

"Road to MSG," which brings viewers along as their favorite artists, performers and athletes prepare to take the stage or hit the floor at Madison Square Garden, will premiere all new episodes featuring Mötley Crüe, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Chicago.

New bands featured on "MSG Concert Series" will include Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy and Kanye West. "Road to MSG" and "MSG Concert Series" will form a block of music programming on Tuesday nights during the summer on MSG, with episodes airing at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively. - more on this story

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John Butler Trio Lineup Changes
Red Light reports: John Butler is proud to announce the new line up to the ever-evolving John Butler Trio. Australian musician Nicky Bomba will feature as the new drummer and percussionist. Nicky has been a prominent member of the Melbourne music scene with his band Bomba and is a prolific songwriter, performer and producer in his own right. Nicky was also the principle drummer on JBT's five times platinum album 'Sunrise Over Sea'.

Sydney musician Byron Luiters will feature as the new bass player. Byron is a talented dynamic bassist who has been a member of the Sydney outfit Ray Mann Three.

John, Nicky and Byron commenced recording of the new studio album in early June and are thrilled with progress so far.
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Sodastream and Sleater-Kinney Members Form Lee Memorial
PR reports: Dot Dash are pleased to announce the U.S. digital release of Lee Memorial's debut album, The Lives Of Lee Memorial on July 21st. Karl Smith is half of the ex-Rough Trade signings, Sodastream and the album has already received overwhelming praise in the band's homeland of Australia

Smith's previous outfit, Sodastream released 4 albums, 5 EPs and a live recording between 1999 and 2006. They toured Europe 7 times, as well as the US and Japan and cult Radio 1 DJ, John Peel once described them as, "Quite wonderful".

Lee Memorial's members include Laura MacFarlane, one time drummer with Sleater-Kinney and founder of Melbourne outfit Ninety Nine, Tom Lyngcoln from Nation Blue (lead guitar), Madeline Spawton who has no ragged pedigree - which in many ways is a good thing - plays clarinet and cello, and Matt Bailey (ex-Paradise Motel) on bass. - more on this story

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All Time Low for MTV
Hopeless reports: For one week starting on June 30th, MTV.com will be the first place fans will be able to stream All Time Low's new album, the [overused cliche removed] Nothing Personal, in its entirety. The premiere is a part of the website's ongoing series called "The Leak."

The first video from the album, "Weightless," will debut on July 6th on MTV, MTV2, mtvU and HITS. Nothing Personal is the band's second full-length record and will hits stores July 7.

All Time Low will perform a string of dates on the main stage of this summer's Vans Warped Tour. Having just recently finished a tour with Fall Out Boy, the Maryland foursome will be jumping on Warped Tour in Oceanport, NJ, and staying on it until the end in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to these dates, they will do a short headlining tour with We The Kings and Cartel, hitting several cities on the East Coast. - Leak is here

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Nirvana, Radiohead, Pink Floyd Hits and more Go Classical
Howlin' Wuelf reports: Critically acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley releases Out of My Hands, a new album of his trademark piano interpretations of contemporary repertoire featuring compositions by Nirvana, REM, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, and Portishead, among others.

These are based on his own groundbreaking transcriptions of the songs in question, following on the heels of his past readings of the finest in pop repertoire from Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. Along with his powerful interpretations of the Classical piano repertoire, these new performances exhibit how pianist Christopher O'Riley continues to stretch and redefine the possibilities of Classical music in our time. Out of My Hands is released August 18 by White Tie Records.

Out of My Hands features the single "Heart Shaped Box," now available on iTunes, originally composed by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. The recording techniques employed exemplify Christopher O'Riley's unique straddling of the Classical and rock music worlds: O'Riley performed on a Hamburg Steinway Model D piano with five microphones placed inside, as well as a 360 degree surround system known as the "Death Star," comprising seven additional microphones. This dual system delivers the intensity and rich harmonic layering of O'Riley's piano arrangements, inspired by the sound of guitars, basses and drums, and captures the concert hall acoustic. - more on this story

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Abrogation Reissue
MMP reports: When it comes to musical phenomena, Abrogation is surely one of the most unique bands ever to emerge on the European melodic death metal scene. Their uncanny combination of crushing music and German lyrics caught the attention of Nuclear Blast who agreed to release one of the group's finest albums to date – "Das Blut der Toten". This exclusive re-release brings this forgotten metal gem back to glory…

"Das Blut der Toten" will be re-released by Metal mind Productions on 27th July in Europe and 8th September in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process.

The band's second offering "Das Blut der Toten" ("The Blood of the Dead") saw the light of day in 2002. The album was a perfect blend of traditional heavy metal and a prime dose of crushing death metal - such highlights as "Tyrannei Der Engel" or "Engelmacherin" are brilliant examples of this combination. As for the lyrical background, this time the German lyrics brought the listener right back into the dark ages, telling tales of witch-hunting, torture, crime and deceit. The LP was highly acclaimed by the German music press as well as the world-wide metal community. Although Abrogation never received the proper attention they deserved, the group remains one of the strongest names on the German melodic death metal scene. "Das Blut der Toten" is still one of the most original works released in Germany, and is a must-have for fans of old-school metal – heavy and catchy at the same time.
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Pacific Theater Debut In Aug
PR reports: Pacific Theater is set to release their debut full-length album, "Animals at Night", on August 11th, 2009.

"Animals at Night" is the culmination of two years worth of song writing and performing. Recorded and mixed in Farnham, Quebec at Petite Église by Mark Lawson (Unicorns, Final Fantasy, Beirut), the record blends current indie rock sounds with new wave influences, ambient textures and a shoegazer sensibility. Simultaneously, each song establishes new, energetic and wholly original sounds. "Animals at Night" is a work filled with emotional climaxes, tasteful nuances and great music.

Pacific Theater formed in the spring of 2007 when Dan Ryan and Adam Travis met as co-workers at New York City's venerable Bowery Ballroom. - more on this story

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Ancestors Set Release
PR reports: Ancestors have announced they will release the follow up their critically acclaimed debut album "Neptune With Fire" on October 6th. The brand new album will be titled "Of Sound Mind".

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infra Sonic Sound by Pete Lyman, known for his diverse work with Mars Volta, Qui and No Age.

Ancestors, including contributions by notable Los Angeles artists David Scott Stone (Melvins, Unwound, Slug), Sera Timms (Black Math Horsemen) and cellist Ramiro Zapata have created an album truly Of Sound Mind; a refreshing and aptly named experience of incredible proportions. - more on this story

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The Horse's Ha Hitting The Road
PR reports: The Horse's Ha will be playing the first of several mini-tours this summer in support of their genre-bending debut album, Of The Cathmawr Yards, out now on Hidden Agenda.

Featuring stellar performers from Chicago's rock and jazz communities; Freakwater and Eleventh Dream Day's Janet Beveridge Bean (vocals, melodica and mandola), The Zincs' James Elkington (vocals and acoustic guitar) and jazz rhythm section Nick Macri (double bass) and Charles Rumback (drums), The Horse's Ha blend an all-acoustic instrumentation with sweetly harmonizing vocals that belie the group's darkly haunting songs.

The New York dates will see the band as a five-piece as they'll joined by lauded cellist, Fred Lonberg-Holm. - more on this story

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D.O.A. 30th Anniversary DVD
MVD reports: Sudden Death Records and MVD Visual are pleased to announce the release of D.O.A "The Men of Action" 30th Anniversary DVD for worldwide distribution on August 11, 2009.

D.O.A., Canada's legendary punks and the progenitors of hardcore punk, have produced an extraordinary DVD that covers the band's 30 year career. It's an essential collection of songs and punk/activist stories.

The DVD consists of 26 songs, 10 that the band produced storyline videos for and 16 that are live productions. There are two ways to view the DVD: "Chaos Program" features the music videos only, while "Anarchy Program" features Joe ----head Keithley, Canada's godfather of punk, telling the story of D.O.A. and punk in general as the videos play.
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. Chick Corea & John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band Live
Does Chick Corea really need any introduction? For that matter, does John McLaughlin? In certain circles, definitely not- but for the uninitiated, the two of them have been around in the jazz fusion scene since its inception and in fact both were influential in creating it. (4 stars) - Read the full Chick Corea & John McLaughlin - Five Peace Band Live review

. Dark Castle - Spirited Migration
Incredibly vast, the band's titanic style also contains majesty well beyond a first album. Poignant yet paranoid, Spirited Migration captures the intensity of life in eight songs, each more heart-wrenching than the last. - Read the full Dark Castle - Spirited Migration review

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