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LIFEbeat / VMA Preshow
PR reports: MTV2 will hold its annual concert to benefit LIFEbeat, The Music Industry Fights AIDS, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching America's youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. The MTV2 Presents A LIFEbeat Benefit concert will be held at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) on Wednesday, August 30th at 7pm ET. Performing at this year's concert are 2006 MTV2 Award nominees Taking Back Sunday and 30 Seconds to Mars.

Pre-VMA Concert: Take part in the 2006 MTV Video Music Award festivities by getting your free ticket to the VMA Kick Off Concert! Dont miss your chance to see live performances by All-American Rejects, Rihanna, New Found Glory, Chamillionaire and Cartel. You can also win tickets to the 2006 Video Music Awards! It's all going down on Tuesday August 29th at 5PM in Battery Park. To get in the mood, click the full story link to check out some funny Moonman promo clips on YouTube featuring All American Rejects, Panic At The Disco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taking Back Sunday, and many more- Click Here for the Full Story 

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PR reports: Every once in a while, a band comes along and starts a musical revolution. Whether Psychostick is one of those bands or not is a subject of debate, but one thing is for sure: they probably couldn't care less either way. 

Coming straight out of Phoenix, and glad to get out of the heat, Psychostick is a self-proclaimed "humor-core" band, successfully blending a combination of heavier genres such as metal and hardcore with an off-the-wall sense of humor. Their highly energetic and entertaining live show made them a local legend. They self-released their first full length album "We Couldn't Think of a Title," which gained them national exposure on XM Radio's Squizz 48, and landed them a record deal with Rock Ridge Music, who will release the album nationally September 12, 2006. [Grab some Beer at the full story link] 
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Gwar Tour Expands
SMN reports: More tour dates have been released for GWAR's upcoming tour with THE RED CHORD and MUNICIPAL WASTE:

October 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory 
October 14 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium 
October 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 
October 16 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa 
October 17 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's 
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Heaven & Earth DVD
DiR reports: Heaven & Earth in conjunction with Dave Honaker and Dan Pavlick Productions are in the process of compiling a "Making of Heaven & Earth" DVD which will be hosted by Rockline's Bob Coburn. It will feature interviews by Bob Coburn with many of the artists that appeared on the album as well as previously unseen footage of both the recording sessions and live shows. The DVD will be available for the first few weeks to fans directly from the Heaven & Earth web site before going on general release in the stores around the end of September. [as a refresher the album headed by guitarist Stuart Smith included guest appearances by Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Kelly Hansen (Hurricane), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt) and more - Stuart also tells Day in Rock that a brand new studio album is in the works. - more info at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blues Rock!
PR reports: Gut Active is proud to introduce Blues Rock; the most comprehensive blues rock album of the decade. Presented by Classic Rock magazine, the album is released on September 11th 2006, making it the perfect gift for any blues rock completist. 

Classic Rock Presents Blues Rock is comprised of 2 CDs spanning 37 vintage tracks, featuring the finest blues rock recording and performing artists. Artists include Fleetwood Mac, The Steve Miller Band, Ten Years After, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Cream, Alexis Korner, Santana, Humble Pie, The Allman Brothers, George Thorogood, ZZ Top, Taj Mahal, plus many more. [The irony with the tracklisting is they follow up Fleetwood Mac's killer "Man of the World" with Santana's cover of the Mac song "Black Magic Woman". - get the full tracklist and details at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paul Stanley Solo Set
PR reports: New Door Records/Universal Musical Enterprises are proud to announce the October 24, 2006 release of Live to Win, the solo release from iconic KISS frontman Paul Stanley. The voice and songwriting force behind such KISS classics as "Detroit Rock City," "Black Diamond," Hard Luck Woman" and "Tears Are Fallin'," Stanley's career with KISS spans more than three decades and in excess of 100 million records sold worldwide. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Don't Download This Song
PR reports: "Weird Al" Yankovic is releasing a new album on 9/26/06 titled "Straight Outta Lynwood" and the first single is titled "Don't Download This Song." In celebration of this, Al's label is offering "Don't Download This Song" as a free unprotected MP3 in order to generate as many downloads as possible. Oh, how thick the irony. Want it? Click the full story link to download it. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Found Timberlake
PR reports: New Found Glory, performed a live rendition of pop-superstar Justin Timberlake's hit song "Cry Me A River" exclusively on SMASH on Yahoo! Music. The extraordinary cover fuses the band's signature [ponk] style with Timberlake's hip-pop rhythm to create a stellar and unique performance. In addition to rocking on Yahoo! Music the band is launching a US tour beginning next month in support of their fifth studio album, Coming Home, scheduled for release on September 19th. see at the full story link if you dare.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cum on Feel The Big Noize
Blabbermouth reports: Legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has been working on helping to put together the "supergroup" BIG NOIZE for several months. With the line-up now shored up, BIG NOIZE will travel to Nashville late August/early September to film a DVD. The band includes: 

Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT) - Guitar
Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) - Drums
Gary Corbett (CINDERELLA, LOU GRAMM) - Keyboards
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Love Is The Best Con In Town
PR reports: According To Grand Mal, Love Has a Fast Hand, a Fake ID, and Sports a Ski Mask. New Album, to Be Released Fall, 2006 titled Love Is The Best Con In Town. Grand Mal is the project of ex-St.Johnny leader and classic New York City rock'n'roll songster Bill Whitten. The album contains less costume changes than Gnarls Barkley, less hair than Devendra Banhart, and less sibling rivalry than The Fiery Furnaces. You won't find any fireworks here - just a dozen of the finest compositions of Whitten's prolific career rendered with solid timelessness.

Tracks: 01. From Hartford to Times Square * 02. Cold as Stars * 03. Count Me In! * 04. Not a Penny to My Name * 05. People Change (Maybe They Don't) * 06. His Baleful Eye * 07. The Best Con In Town * 08. Living on Charity * 09. C'mon * 10. World I Thought You Turned Yer Back * 11. Here's to Our Estrangement * 12. Down At The Country Club- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Are You a Hater?
DiR reports: Are You a Hater? Wanna make a video? If so you can stuff. Here is the lowdown. The Plain White T's are holding a contest for fans to make a video for their song "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)". Use your cellphone, webcam, video camera, etc. and upload it to Youtube to win a phone call from the band and a new Sony DV Camera. If you think you have what it takes click the full story link for details. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sirius Rapture
Submitted News reports: On Monday, August 31st, at 10pm, Product Shop NYC (www.productshopnyc.com) will be joined on their Sirius Blog Radio program with The Rapture. Not only will this be the bands first promotional radio interview, but they'll be premiering tracks from their highly-anticipated new album, Pieces of the People We Love![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Robert Randolph Colorblind
PR reports: Petal Steel superstar Robert Randolph is back with new release Colorblind hitting stores on September 25th. You can also catch Randolph's first single "The Thrill of It" featured every Saturday during football season on ABC's College Football Saturday's beginning on September 9th

With Colorblind, Robert Randolph and the Family Band have taken the difficult leap from being great performing artists to being great recording artists. Since emerging from a House of God church in Orange, New Jersey steeped in the "sacred steel" tradition, Randolph's astonishing pedal steel playing has had a revolutionary impact. The big step this time around was the decision to collaborate with other songwriters, including Tommy Sims (who has written songs with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and Garth Brooks), Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), Mark Batson (Dave Matthews Band, Gwen Stefani), and the team of Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, Heather Hedley). [check out the full story link for a preview] 
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Wax On Radio Debut
PR reports: Wax On Radio, a four-piece coming from the city of Chicago mixes catchy songwriting, intelligently evocative lyrics and an overall engaging style. The music is sonically spacious and beautifully composed in the vain of Pink Floyd or Yes. Wax On Radio has also been compared to the prog rockers Coheed & Cambria, along with the sounds of Mars Volta, Bright Eyes, Muse and the latter day King Crimson. Wax On Radio performs the trick of sounding both progressive and nostalgic. Wax on Radio is set to release their debut album Exposition on Downtown Records, the home of Art Brut, Gnarls Barkley and Eagles of Death Metal. The debut album is set for a September 12th release. [When in Rome, click the full story link for a listen] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Master of Maiden Tribute Show
PR reports: Desolate Ways is finishing the last details for the release of their second album, after their debut Eternal Dreams (released in 2003). Meanwhile the vocalist Max Lima will be part of a great tribute concert to celebrate the 20 years of the classics Master of Puppets (Metallica) and Somewhere in Time (Iron Maiden).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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