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What's Going On?
Shout Factory reports: In recognition of the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf coast, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will release a meaningful reinterpretation of the Marvin Gaye classic What's Going On. Thirty-five years after its original release, the evocative themes and social commentary found in the songs on What's Going On are just as relevant today. Guest vocalists Chuck D, Ivan Neville, G. Love, Guru and Bettye LaVette contribute to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's musical message. In stores August 29th, Shout! Factory and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of What's Going On to the Tipitina's Foundation, benefiting the music community of New Orleans. [see full story for a preview] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Leatherwolf Tour
Blabbermouth reports: California metallers LEATHERWOLF have lined up the following dates during September:

Sep. 01 - FBI Rock Club - Houston, TX
Sep. 02 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX 
Sep. 14 - ProgPower VII (Preparty) - Atlanta, GA
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Meat Loaf Preview
PR reports: King of the rock-opera ballad, Meat Loaf. He's been gone since 1993 but now he's back! It has been thirteen years since BAT OUT OF HELL II: BACK INTO HELL and now he's set to release BAT OUT OF HELL III: THE MONSTER IS LOOSE appropriately on Halloween 2006. This is the third and final installment of a trilogy that has spanned three decades. Buzz for this long awaited follow up album is already mounting after an unmastered version of the title track from the album "The Monster is Loose" was leaked during recording. 

Check out the EPK at the full story link, it is set to the title track "The Monster is Loose" contains live and in-the-studio footage from all three BAT OUT OF HELL chapters. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Immolation Tour
SMN reports: IMMOLATION will embark on a European headlining tour in May 2007. Support on the trek will come from ABORTED (Century Media), LENG TCH'E (Relapse) and one more as-yet-unannounced act. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko Conspiracy? 
Yahoo reports: Pop star Michael Jackson has stumbled across a conspiracy by former attorneys, associates and advisers to force him into financial ruin, his spokeswoman said on Monday.

The plot was discovered after someone leaked documents to Jackson showing that unnamed former lawyers for the 47-year-old singer tried to recruit others into a petition that would drag him unwillingly into bankruptcy court, his spokeswoman and manager Raymone Bain said. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Macca Lockout
dailymail reports: Police had to be called yesterday after Heather Mills tried to get into the home she once shared with Sir Paul McCartney. 

The bitterness between Sir Paul and his estranged wife appeared to plunge to new depths after the ex-model found she could not enter the building with her usual key. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Virtual Virtual Duran Duran
E! reports: First there was Dungeons & Dragons. Then came The Sims. And now, there's Duran Duran. 

The British quintet that once conquered the "Ordinary World" is set to take on the virtual world, announcing Monday on the band's Website that it will become the first major musical act to create its own virtual universe inside Second Life, a user-controlled, online digital playground.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Converge Reissue
The PRP reports: Converge's split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, "The Poacher Diaries", will be reissued through Relapse this fall. The new edition will feature a revamped mastering job on the Converge portion of the split as the band weren't happy with the original job done.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tour Decapitated
SMN reports: Cattle Decapitation have posted the following update:

"We regret to inform everyone that CATTLE DECAPITATION will not be able to make the SIX FEET UNDER tour with DECAPITATED, KRISIUN and ABYSMAL DAWN in September. It was incredibly obvious to everyone on this last tour that our fill-in drummer was not cut out for touring and thus not working out. We are confident that everyone who witnessed or took part in the NECROPHAGIST/Steers & Beers tours will not only understand, but agree. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Five for Fighting Riddle
PR reports: John Ondrasik is the main member of Five for Fighting, a band known for creating sentimental songs which inevitably end up commemorating weddings, graduations, and anniversaries of all kinds. This singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist is possibly best known for his single "Superman" from the 2000 album America Town but is also responsible for . John is now preparing for the release of Two Lights, a new album of delicate, piano-driven pop instrumentals accompanied by his signature airy vocals. The album's first single "The Riddle" is well a composed and sweetly infectious love song and every thing you would hope for from Five for Fighting. John Ondrasik released the newest Five for Fighting album Two Lights on August 1st on Columbia Records. Take a look at some interview and "making of the video" footage for "The Riddle" video at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Girls Got Rhythm
PR reports: On Aug. 21, three of the bands featured on the new female tribute band compilation Girls Got Rhythm -- ThundHerStruck, Zepparella and Ms. Fits -- will perform at a Hollywood record release party for the album, which will be released the following day. The show, which takes place at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip, sees the groups open for Metal Skool, a "comedy tribute" band with an extremely popular Monday night residency at the venue. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Ms. Fits take the stage an hour later. All attendees will receive raffle tickets at the door, and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a Champagne Sparkle Rock Candy guitar generously provided by Daisy Rock Guitars. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Manilow Ain't Hip
Celebrity Week reports: The King of Schmalz will take some time off from his Las Vegas Hilton gig later this month to undergo hip surgery. Barry Manilow, 60, suffers from labrum tears, a painful condition made worse by his performances, according to a statement released by his publicist, Carol Marshall.

The crooner - whose hits include "Mandy" and "Copacabana" - will perform through Aug. 27, before checking into a Southern California hospital for outpatient arthroscopic surgery. [must have come from all of that hip-hopping - see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fireball Wedding for Bam
PR reports: Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that when skateboard star and MTV personality Bam Margera marries his fiancee Missy Rothstein this winter, the ceremony will be conducted by FIREBALL MINISTRY front man James A. Rota. An ordained minister, Rota is a longtime friend of Margera; his band was hand-picked by Margera to appear on his "Viva La Bands" compilation last year, as well as a corresponding tour. On Margera's Sirius Satellite Radio program, Radio Bam, last week, Rothstein said that the wedding will take place on a Du Pont estate in Delaware before at least 500 guests.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Knife US Live Debut
PR reports: Following the release of their critically acclaimed album, Silent Shout, Sweden's The Knife announce plans for its first-ever US tour. This limited number of concert dates begins November 1st - the day after Halloween - with a debut performance at New York City's Webster Hall during the CMJ Music Marathon. Performances at Mezzanine in San Francisco (November 3rd) and the El Ray Theater in Los Angeles (November 4th) follow directly after. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rose Hill Drive Parties/Tour
PR reports: Rose Hill Drive have announced a fall tour that will see them traveling around the world in support of their forthcoming debut studio album. After spending the last couple years building an enormous underground buzz with thrilling live shows, the Boulder-based trio will release their self-titled debut on August 22, 2006 via Megaforce Records/Sci Fidelity.

Two special CD release party shows will take place as follows:
August 21 - Channel 93.3 Presents Rose Hill Drive @ Bluebird Theater $17.50 admission includes debut CD

August 22 - KBCO Presents Rose Hill Drive @ Fox Theatre -- $17.50 admission includes debut CD [see full story link for regular tour dates]
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Alice Smith NYC
PR reports: Alice Smith is one of those extraordinarily rare artists who simply cannot be categorized. Her commanding, 4-octave voice, dripping with soulful emotion, brings to mind such historic and iconoclastic artists as Annie Lennox, Dinah Washington, Sade and Billie Holiday. She can hopscotch genres like a girl skipping stones, slipping and sliding through pop, jazz, soul, rock and even a hint of Broadway. Her upcoming release "For Lovers, Dreamers & Me" will be out on 9/5. But if you're in the New York area you can check her out at the following dates: 

8/10 New York, NY @ River Rocks- Pier 54 @ 14th St
8/16 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
8/23 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
8/30 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
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Acoustic for Dogs
PR reports: London-based songwriter Neil Luckett, singer and guitarist for modern-rock trio tvfordogs, will release an album of acoustic demos on the Wampus Multimedia label. Radio for Cats will collectstripped-down versions of some of Luckett's best songs, as well as previously unreleased material.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Free Forever
PR reports: Universal Music Group has announced the forthcoming release of the definitive live performances of FREE. Slated for September 11th 2006 release to coincide with FREE - 'Live At The BBC' (18th September) FREE 'FOREVER' will be available as a Limited Edition double-disc DVD set, and as a standard Amaray version 2 x disc set. Long sought by FREE devotees and collectors, this marks the first ever official release of these rare and legendary performances. Recent interviews with Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke, fused with archive footage captured at the peak of their relatively short lived career, perfectly demonstrates why FREE remain the masters of understatement, pure musical passion and one of the finest rock blues bands of their time. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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