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Report for 08/30/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Goatwhore "A Haunting Curse" mp3

Artist: 77s

Reviews: Grant-Lee Phillips | Girls Got Rhythm | Behold...The Arctopus

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Linkin Park 07
Reuters reports: Linkin Park, one of the few major acts that had yet to make its music available via Apple's iTunes Music Store, has changed course and pacted with the service. Three of the group's albums are available beginning Tuesday, each with two bonus tracks and a third iTunes exclusive cut.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park is still at work on the follow-up to 2003's "Meteora" with producer Rick Rubin. The as-yet-untitled new album was originally expected by the end of the year via Warner Bros., "but at this point we don't see that happening," Shinoda told fans last week during an online chat. "We're doing really well, but we just need a little more time."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Crowes Lose Member
blabbermouth.net reports: THE BLACK CROWES keyboardist Eddie Harsch has left the band, citing "personal issues." Harsch, who at 49 was the oldest member of the Chris Robinson-fronted band, has played with THE BLACK CROWES since 1991, according to the World Entertainment News Network.

A statement from the band reads: "We want to inform our fans that Ed Harsch will no longer be performing with THE BLACK CROWES due to personal issues. We are excited to announce Rob Clores as keyboardist and look forward to the fall leg." 

However, in a posting on his MySpace.com page, Clores says Harsch was forced to leave the band due to "his health situation."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blink+44
Reuters reports: With their former Blink-182 colleague Tom DeLonge entrenched with his new band Angels & Airwaves, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have formed (+44).

The group, named after the international dialing prefix for the United Kingdom, will release its debut album, "When Your Heart Stops Beating" November 14 via Interscope. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Underoath Return to the Road
PR reports: When UNDEROATH--one of the biggest rock success stories of the year-- suddenly announced they were leaving the Vans Warped Tour two weeks before the trek's conclusion, the fate of the band looked uncertain and in fact bleak. Dramatic internal struggles were taking place while an Alternative Press magazine writer was on the road with the band, and it's documented in the current UNDEROATH cover story in the new October 2006 issue.

With this new energy, the band will return to the road in September for a Canadian headlining tour with Silverstein, Moneen and He Is Legend. Next, the group heads overseas for the Taste of Chaos international tour with Taking Back Sunday, Thursday and others.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beyonce Animal Abuse?
TMZ reports: PETA is going after Beyonce Knowles -- again -- after the singer told Arena magazine about her peeps taping a baby alligator's mouth shut during a recent photo shoot. The shoot went down for Beyonce's upcoming album, "B'Day." She told the magazine, "There was a shot where I held an alligator. (It) had (it's) mouth taped -- that was my bright idea." Beyonce added, "He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn't have any way to defend himself. He was upset, so he peed on me. That was an experience."

PETA thinks it was a bad experience -- for the gator. The animal rights organization contacted one of the world's leading biologists, who wrote Knowles a letter saying, "As a specialist in reptile biology and welfare, I'm concerned about your posing with a terrified baby alligator for your new album cover." He added, "Humans and alligators are not natural bedfellows, and the two should not mix at events such as photo shoots. In my view, doing so is arguably abusive to an animal." [see full story for the full PETA letter]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gaye Strokes Jam
Reuters reports: The Strokes' cover of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me," which features Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Queens Of The Stone Age principal Josh Homme, will be released September 26 as the B-side to the band's new single, "You Only Live Once."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Polyphonic EP
PR reports: THE POLYPHONIC SPREE return Sept. 5 with the new EP "WAIT," a digital release exclusively via the iTunes Music Store. The tracklist for WAIT includes two preview tracks that will be included on the band's new album, THE FRAGILE ARMY, due in 2007; as well as covers of songs by NIRVANA, the PSYCHEDELIC FURS and Spree frontman Tim DeLaughter's former band, TRIPPING DAISY. The EP will be released digitally by Hollywood Records; a small number of CD copies will be sold at The Polyphonic Spree's shows this fall. Five West Coast dates supporting MATISYAHU will be followed by headline dates in Los Angeles, Austin and their hometown of Dallas.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimebag Values Tribute
PR reports: Six-String Masterpieces Hitches a Ride on Family Values. Hand Painted Guitars Designed By Rock and Tat Royalty Pay Tribute to Dimebag Darrell. The participating artist list reads like a who¹s who in Rock: James Hetfield, Dave Navarro, Ace Frehley, Dave Grohl, Kirk Hammett, Nancy Wilson, Marilyn Manson, Jerry Cantrell, Billy Gibbons, Kerry King, Rob Zombie, Korn and Zakk Wylde, to name a few. In a fitting tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell, best known as the multi-platinum guitar player for Pantera and Damageplan, "Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute," was created to honor his memory with a collection of Dean ML guitars, each with its own design, unique to the creator. Dean Guitars donated the 'blank canvas' Dean ML guitars to select musicians and tattoo artists to create their own tribute to Dimebag. Six-String curator and producer Chris "Curse" Mackey, creative director of the Action Arts Agency, has continued to expand the list of artists participating in the installation. [a lot more info at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sparta Film Fest
SMN reports: Eme Nakia, the short film by Tony Hajjar of SPARTA, has been selected to be part of the Los Angeles Short Film Festival and the Harlem International Film Festival. 

Eme Nakia is a unique 16-minute film that Tony Hajjar along with his band Sparta will release as part of a special edition of their new album, Threes. The word "Eme" means "Mother" in Arabic, and Nakia was the name of Tony's mother. The album and short film will be available on October 24.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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People Will Buy Anything
TMZ reports: Whether or not it ends up going platinum, Paris Hilton's debut album isn't in as dire commercial shape as reports have suggested. With a first week tally of 75,000 units, "Paris" compares favorably to several recent releases by such established artists as Los Lonely Boys, whose third album sold 67,000 copies, and Keane, whose much-anticipated sophomore effort moved 76,000 units.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dengue Fever Becomes Eclectic
PR reports: Dengue Fever makes their debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic on 89.9 KCRW tomorrow in the AM with host Nic Harcourt. Dengue Fever's KCRW appearance tomorrow kicks off a very busy month for the band. Touring in support of their latest CD "Escape From Dragon House" the band will hitting a bunch of festival shows including Bumbershoot, Halleluwah, Chicago World Music Festival and Global Union as well as headlining slots in New York, Boston, Toronto, Montreal and much more. Just this year, the band has headlined gigs in such places as Cambodia, Moscow and Portugal as well. A DVD & CD soundtrack of the bands trip to Cambodia will be released in 2007. Tune in online at the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ill Nino EP
TuneLab reports: Ill Nino will release a 5 track EP of titled 'The Undercover Sessions' on October 24th through their new label, Cement Shoes. The EP will feature 3 cover tracks and two new ones. Track listing is as follows:

1. "Zombie Eaters" (Faith No More)
2. "Red Rain" (Peter Gabriel)
3. "Territorial Pissings" (Nirvana)
4. "Arrastra"
5. "Reservation for Two"
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Frankenreiter Mule Tour
PR reports: Donavon Frankenreiter will be touring with Government Mule this Fall

10/5 - The Wiltern - Supporting Gov't Mule - Los Angeles, CA
10/6 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
10/8 - Arlington Theatre - Supporting Gov't Mule - Santa Barbara, CA
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The Indie Professor
PR reports: ManiaTV.com is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Wendy Fonarow as "The Indie Professor". Fonarow will be providing a daily dose of indie rock education to millions of viewers a month beginning Tuesday, September 5. Wendy's segments, based on her book Empire of Dirt, will focus on providing indie rock definitions to millions of young viewers during The Daily Independent, a live show illuminating the world of independent artists and trends in modern subculture. Viewers who miss the live airing can also see it on demand at the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bad Brains Screenings 
PR reports: MVD Entertainment Group will be coordinating screenings of this legendary Bad Brains concert in promotion of the DVD release on September 19th. Cities include:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In conjunction with Amoeba & SF Bay Guardian
12 Galaxies - 2565 Mission Street @ 22nd - San Francisco, CA . 94110
Tuesday, September 19th @ 9pm
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
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