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Shinedown Instores
TuneLab reports: In addition to their dates on the Sno-Core tour, Shinedown have scheduled the following in-store appearances:

February 1st in Denver, CO @ Independent Records @ 5pm
February 7th in Tempe, AZ @ Zia Records @ 4:30pm
February 15th in Milwaukee, WI @ The Exclusive Company @ 4:30pm
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Mushroomhead June
TuneLab reports: Mushroomhead are putting the finishing touches on their new album which is scheduled for a June 6th release. The album will be the first on their new label, Megaforce Records[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pig Champion Dead
punkbands reports: According to blabbermouth.net, Poison Idea founding guitarist Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts has died at his home in Portland, Oregon. Taang Records' website says Poison Idea "was formed in 1980 by frontman Jerry A., guitarist Tom Roberts, bassist Chris Tense, and drummer Dean Johnson. The group debuted three years later with the EP "Pick Your King," cramming 13 songs into a 16-minute time frame; the "Record Collectors Are Pretentious ---holes" EP followed in 1985, fine-tuning the band's blistering sound and fatalistic worldview.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AFI Guests
punkbands reports: Keith Barney of Eighteen Visions will be contributing vocals to the upcoming AFI album. Members of Bleeding Through are also expected to appear on said album.[see full story to learn a bit about a French poem]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Flag Tribute
Adrenaline PR reports: Originally released in the summer of 2003 by the late, great Louisville label Initial Records, Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag was a nine song disc that showcased a group of bands that felt a kinship in a sea of mediocrity in aggressive music. Perhaps their love of bands like Black Flag, a bit off the beaten path from bands mainstream acts like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan (or other bands the mainstream thinks of as "punk"), brought them together to make the compilation. However, Initial Records was plagued by debt and the company folded without giving Black On Black the kind of push many felt it deserved. 

Enter ReIgnition Recordings. After realizing success with their Bring You To Your Knees: A Tribute To Guns N Roses, and the upcoming release of The Killer In You: A Tribute To Smashing Pumpkins, Siegel and ReIgntion felt it was a true tragedy that the world would not have a chance to hear Converge's crushing rendition of "Annihilate This Week" or The Dillinger Escape Plan's cathartic "Damaged." Thus, Andy Rich of Initial agreed to let ReIngition re-release the tribute with six bonus tracks (Bleeding Through, Black Dahlia Murder, Most Precious Blood, and more), a re-mastered sound, and brand new packaging. Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag was re-born. Release date: March 14th, 2006 worldwide[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Buchanan EP
Day in rock reports: Former antiMusic artist of the month, Buchanan, have announced the release of a brand new EP titled "True Love". The EP will see a release date of 03/14/06 but LA area fans will be able to pick up a copy at the band's special Valentine's Day show at the Troubadour. Can't wait to hear why many consider Jay Buchanan one of the most gifted unrecognized talents on the scene? Click the full story link to hear three full songs from the EP right now. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morrissey Live Release
Noble PR reports: On 22nd May 2004, Morrissey returned to his hometown of Manchester to play a very special comeback show. Celebrating his 45th birthday with 20,000 well-wishers from the city, which has provided years of lyrical inspiration; "Who Put The "M" In Manchester?" Morrissey of course! The live in concert UMD entitled "Who Put The "M" In Manchester?" will be released by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment on 27th March 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stephen Fretwell US Debut
Little Big Man reports: Interscope Records will release MAGPIE, the debut album from British singer-songwriter STEPHEN FRETWELL, in the U.S. on February 21. The 12-track album by the Manchester-based troubadour was released in the U.K. last year, and has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Fretwell co produced the album with GUY MASSEY at London's renowned Abbey Road studios.

U.S. music fans will get a preview of Fretwell's talents as he covers Jeff Buckley's "Morning Theft" on the tribute compilation DREAM BROTHER: THE SONGS OF JEFF & TIM BUCKLEY, in stores this week. Plans are currently being made for Stephen Fretwell's first U.S. tour in the spring; details will be announced soon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Little Willies
Special Ops reports: On March 7, 2006, Milking Bull Records will release the self-titled debut by The Little Willies, an album that perfectly distills the fun, down-to-earth spirit of this New York band's club shows. The group Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (electric guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals) and Dan Rieser (drums) tears through a mix of covers and originals, from the revved-up western swing of Fred Rose's "Roly Poly" and Willie Nelson's "I Gotta Get Drunk" to the cutting wit of Kris Kristofferson's "Best Of All Possible Worlds"; from the poignancy of Townes Van Zandt's "No Place To Fall" to the cosmic absurdity of their own "Lou Reed."[see full story for hear "I gotta get drunk"]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brian Jones Mystery
Cornerstone reports: Screen Media Films in association with Intandem Films are set to release the biopic, STONED, a film about Brian Jones, a founding member of The Rolling Stones, on March 24th in select theaters nationwide.

Brian Jones was the consummate artist, pop star, fashion icon & womanizer. During the seven short years of his glittering rise to stardom and fateful plummet between 1962 - 1969 he became a music legend, creating The Rolling Stones one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever. Having reinvented the Blues, he nonchalantly turned his back on the world of pop and found more pleasure in scoring movies and recording ethnic music in Morocco. 

This is not a film about one of The Rolling Stones - this is a murder mystery about the death of one of the most talented musicians of the 60's who couldn't or wouldn't write pop songs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Flaming Lips Vs Popstars
Day in Rock reports: Wayne from The Flaming Lips sent out a track by track on the group's new album to give fans an insight into the songs on the CD. Below is one of the tracks that in part goes after cheerleader mentality of "hokey hyped-up pop groups"

THE SOUND OF FAILURE / We have some friends whose father was dying of cancer - I say "was" because it (the cancer and his death) dragged on agonizingly for over a year - and they (our friends) were becoming, understandably, weary of being forced to be upbeat... And I remember hearing a comment once about how annoying it was, to them, to have to hear this gratingly jubilant fake enthusiasm (usually hokey hyped-up pop groups like Black Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child, Ashlee Simpson, Hillary Duff, etc.) blasting out of the "Muzak" systems virtually everywhere they went. To them this cheerleader-type assault was really only effective if you didn't actually have any real psychic stress...And they felt that it was, surprisingly, helpful to them to try to understand their fears and their sadness - as opposed to pretending that it's "all good." And, you see, this is true insight... finally we know it's okay to have a troubled mind, it's okay to fail... And so this song (which was written in the car on the way up to New York from Oklahoma while I drove and Steven played battery powered keyboard and computer) is about a young girl whose best friend has died, and everywhere she goes (like the friends I mentioned earlier) she must endure the empty optimism of the inexperienced. She wants to know, since it has arrived, what is despair, what is hope, what is failure...And what is in the darkness??[see full story for the rest of this story as well as the other songs on the CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Himsa eCard
Prosthetic Records reports: A new eCard is online to spread the word about Prosthetic Records label-mates Himsa and The Acacia Strain hitting the road for Darkest Hour's "Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" alongside A Life Once Lost and Dead To Fall. Spanning 38 dates across the United States, the tour will begin February 17.[see full story to check it out]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arab Strap Release
Transdreamer/Megaforce Records reports: Arab Strap debuts at # 6 on CMJ Radio Chart. Arab Strap will release its new album "The Last Romance" on February 21, 2006. The North American version contains two bonus tracks. The band is currently touring Europe and will begin a North American tour this spring.[see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sing like Dolly?
Sevierville Chamber of Commerce reports: The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is calling for competitors in the 2nd Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition. During this competition, contestants must sing a song written by Dolly Parton (she has penned over 3,000) in the style of his or her own choosing (country, rock, rap, bluegrass, etc.). By doing this, contestants emphasize the versatility of songs written by Dolly and help the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce honor her prolific songwriting career. 

Audition tapes, sent by mail, will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals who will identify 20 finalists. Those finalists will then perform during the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition at Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The finals will be held at the Sevier County Courthouse near the bronze statue of Dolly Parton. First prize is a Nashville recording session and $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Interested vocalists may obtain an application online at www.BloominBarbequeandBluegrass.com or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Return the application and $10 entry fee along with an audition tape, cd, vhs or dvd of the contestant singing a song written by Dolly Parton in the style of his or her own choosing to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Entries must be postmarked by April 11, 2006. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Burst Get P3 Gold
Press Release reports: BURST have been honored with the prestigious P3 Gold award for their critically acclaimed album Origo in the "Best Rock/Metal Album Of The Year" category. Also nominated in this category were OPETH, THE HELLACOPTERS, and GRAND MAGUS, amongst others. The P3 Gold Award comes from youth station P3 on Swedish National Radio and is among the largest media outlets in the country. 

Origo will see its long-awaited North American release on February 7th.[see full story for more including upcoming tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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