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Relax, No Wham! Reunion Plans
Contact Music reports: British pop star GEORGE MICHAEL has laughed off rumours of a WHAM! comeback tour, insisting his former bandmate ANDREW RIDGELEY would never agree to perform again.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bamboozle Fest
FMQB reports: For the 2006 edition of the New Jersey Bamboozle festival, which brings together over 100 Punk bands, organizers have announced that the show is moving further north in the Garden State. Next year, the event will take place in East Rutherford at the parking lots surrounding Giants Stadium on May 6 and 7.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Free Undergone
Press Release reports: Local bay area alternative rock band Undergone have just posted a brand new 4 song demo available to download online FREE!

Undergone also have plenty of upcoming shows booked up in the bay area to promote the demo, the band also plans to gear into heavy promotion online as well.

You can download it and/or listen at the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blur Frontman starts new band
Reader Submission reports: In the January issue of Penthouse, DJ Danger Mouse lets the cat out of the bag that Blur frontman Damon Albarn is working on a new record with a new band, "I'm working on another record with Damon Albarn from Gorillaz. It's not Gorillaz or Blur...it's something different, but it's really good. It's not a solo record either. He's the lead singer...but I can't really say. Hopefully we'll finish it this year and it'll be out next year." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Architects Revenge
MSO reports: Kansas City foursome the ARCHITECTS have designed a scorching, vitriolic rock & roll album steeped in the art of getting even. The acclaimed group that Alternative Press hailed as "powerful Midwestern rock n' soul the way it was meant to be played" (5/05) will unveil their new offering REVENGE February 21 on Anodyne Records. The ARCHITECTS--who've built a reputation for fiery live performances--will perform a slew of hometown shows and a special Los Angeles appearance on January 16 at the Viper Room, with a full winter tour to be announced soon.

On REVENGE, the ARCHITECTS have drafted a boozy, bluesy and--above all else--heartfelt album, where punk fury and whiskey-drunk prowess meet and exchange dirty looks. Cops, politicians, ex-lovers and even dewey-eyed, nostalgic Gadjits [the founding members' former band] fans all get thirty lashes on REVENGE, the follow-up to the group's critically commended 2004 debut Keys To The Building (Anodyne Records). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Uber Chemical Brothers
Fanscape reports: 11 years and 8 million albums since bursting out of the UK's underground club culture, The Chemical Brothers are back. With their fifth studio album, Push the Button, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons once again demonstrate that, when it comes to beat-based innovation, inspired collaboration and sheer sonic excellence, they are matchless. 

Watch the video premiere for The Chemical Brothers' 'Believe' right now on mtvU Über[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Amazon Gets Dengue Fever
M80 reports: Amazon's music editors and reviewers recently picked Dengue's Fever's latest release ESCAPE FROM DRAGON HOUSE (M80 Music) to include as the #1 release for the online retailer's "Best of 2005: Editors' Picks in International" list. Additionally, Amazon's "Best of 2005: Top 100 Editors' Picks" feature selected ESCAPE FROM DRAGON HOUSE at #63. Amazon describes the album as "Quirky, eclectic, yet dead-on-in-earnest musically and every other way, an amalgam of Cameroonian folk, '60s Ethiopian pop, Bollywood excess, Spaghetti Western melodrama and West-coast naiveté." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Starz DVD
MVD reports: Music Video Distributors and GB Music are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Starz - Back In Action Live 2003 for US distribution on DVD Jan 24, 2006. 

After a twenty year hiatus, the original line-up of Starz reunited for a US tour. Michael Lee Smith, Richie Ranno, Brendan Harkin & Joe X. Dube still have what it takes to crank out the hits that made them one of hard rock's premier acts. All the classics are here including Cherry Baby, Violation, She and many others. Bonus features include a great opening montage with vintage photos and clips of the band interacting with fans after the show.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pleasures of Schizophrenia
Press Release reports: Vulgar Pang is proud to announce the release of its debut CD "Pleasures of Schizophrenia"...a celebration of the mind of man and the madness of rock and roll.

Vulgar Pang is a unique power rock ensemble out of the Midwest. Formed around the diverse songwriting and gothic baritone of frontman Craig Hawkinson, Vulgar Pang brings a manic blend of rock with elements of funk, punk, and metal...occasionally laying back into the realm of Tom Waits-styled acoustic ballads.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blackmass Tracks
Press Release reports: After the release of the single Episcolum Servo Servorum Satanii, in 2004, BLACKMASS, is now releasing their first full length, titled Gloria Diaboli, through the label Blasphemy Productions. 

The tracklist is:

01 - Gloria Diaboli 
02 - I Call Upon Thee 
03 - Mysticus Diabolus Oraculum 
04 - Necrologies 
05 - Eternal War 
06 - Alae Nocturnae 
07 - Daemonarchetypes 
08 - Infernal Horned God
09 - Xes Lehahiah Plegas
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Wet Animal
Chipster reports: WET ANIMAL was founded in 1995 by guitarist Rick Wartell of seminal metal act Trouble. A veteran of the hard music world since Trouble's inception in 1977, Wartell is a man who knows what he's doing, with the singular goal of making solid hard rock music, and he has succeeded with Wet Animal. The three-piece also consists of West Virginian singer/guitarist Shane Pasqualla, drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, and bassist Michael "Vito" Diprima. 

They recently released their exceedingly strong self-titled Wet Animal CD with 10 tracks in a compact and musically succinct 46:46. One definite highlight is "Soul Alone," with the heavy grooves of Trouble updated Wet Animal-style, a great hook, soulful rock vocals, and a big big chorus, "This is what I imagined when we first formed Wet Animal," Wartell explains. He produced the effort between two studios in hometown Chicago and Massachusetts.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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