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Cobra Starship Is...
Wenn reports: The mystery behind new punk band COBRA STARSHIP has been revealed - the act is an indie supergroup made up of members from the SOUNDS, the ACADEMY IS and MIDTOWN. The group had many film fans scratching their heads when they landed the theme to SAMUEL L JACKSON's upcoming mid-air thriller SNAKES ON A PLANE. But the one-off act, which has recorded punky theme SNAKES ON A PLANE (BRING IT), features Swedish rocker MAJA IVARSSON, the Academy Is star WILLIAM BECKETT and Midtown's GABE SAPORTA, who wrote the track. Saporta came up with the theme tune while dreaming of penning a summer anthem with pal and bandmate TRAVIS McCOY.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jade Tree Surfing
punkbands reports: Some of bands on the Jade Tree Record label will be featured prominently in a new surfing video called "All the Hype." While I couldn't find out which bands were on the DVD, surfers include: Jeff Myers, Aron Gieger, Jesse Hines, Eric Taylor, Ian Parnell, Alex Gray, Brett Simpson, Tommy O'Brien, Mike Losness, Matt Beacham, Lucas Rogers, Noah Snyder, Timmy Reyes, Carl Wallin and many more.- Click Here for the Full Story 


Caliban / Acacia Strain Tour
antiMusic reports: Caliban and The Acacia Strain are planning to hit the road together in September. Various support acts have been lined up. According to The PRP The Burning Season, Across Five Aprils will open from 9/8 - 9/13, Too Pure to Die from 9/13 - 9/20, Bloodlined Calligraphy from 9/14 - 9/20, Stick To Your Guns from 9/24 - 10/2 and Light This City from 9/24 to 10/10. 

Here are the dates: 
09/09 -Fredericksburg, VA - KC's
09/10 -Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
09/11 -Wilmington, NC - Marrz Theater
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Warrant Tour
antiMusic reports: Hopefully you haven't eaten too much cherry pie since you last fit into that old pair of spandex cuz you're gonna need them when Warrant hits town. That's right heaven isn't too far away for all you glamsters out there that want to relive the glory days when men looked like women but had sex with more women than Gene Simmons.. (ok, that's an exaggeration). Anyway, the Warrant gents have lined up a spattering of dates between now and December. So grab your lipstick and get ready to rock with Warrant once more at these dates: 

07/21 - West Bend, WI - Jug's Hitching Post 
07/22 - Evansville, WI - Level 8 
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Shoulders of Giants
PR reports: The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) is proud to once again present Shoulders of Giants, a show based on works from Tupac's The Rose That Grew From Concrete, Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 PM, at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for Performing Arts in Atlanta. The eighth- annual show serves as a reminder of the impact the camp has on its 12-18 year-old attendants, all of whom have been touched and inspired by the camp's namesake's legacy. 

The TASF Camp was the brainchild of Tupac's mother, Ms. Afeni Shakur, who saw the impact of performing arts on her son and has made it her mission to give back some of that creativity and confidence to students in the TASF program.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Change of Pace Tour
PR reports: A Change of Pace are heading out on tour with Roses Are Red and Showbread. Here are the dates

Aug 14 - JC's House of Rock (Wichita, KS)
Aug 17 - The Masquerade (Atlanta, GA)
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Clinic Visitations
CMJ reports: Liverpool lads Clinic have set an October 9 release date for their fourth LP. The 12-song Visitations (Domino) follows the band's 2004 effort, Winchester Cathedral, and will include two tracks released earlier this year via their website. One of the songs, "Jigsaw Man," finds the band straying from the confines of the post-indie rock experimentation that pervaded their first three albums into a more organic, acoustic environment. [see full story for more including tracklist]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pink Inside
PR reports: Beginning on Monday, July 17th, SMASH on Yahoo! Music will feature exclusive webisodes that take an inside look at the punk pop star, Pink, as she embarks on her North American tour. As part of the special segments, SMASH on Yahoo! Music provides fans the opportunity to see a different side of Pink that includes such backstage scenes as rehearsals to riding on her tour bus to chilling with her band.

With new webisodes each Monday, fans get a front row seat to Pink as she prepares for her show at The Filmore in San Francisco, continuing to her set at The Avalon in Los Angeles and culminates with her concert at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Pink's tour is in support of her new album I'm Not Dead, which features the single "Stupid Girls," which debuted at number 6 on The Billboard 200 in April.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Defari's Third
PR reports: Los Angeles veteran rapper Defari is confirmed to release his third solo album Street Music Tuesday, August 8th on famed indie hip-hop label ABB Records, the same label that released his first 12" single, "Bionic" in 1997.The first single off the new album is the Alchemist produced song "Make My Own," featuring Dilated Peoples emcee/ producer Evidence. A video for "Make My Own" is currently in production. Since leaving the now defunct Tommy Boy label, Defari hit the ground running with a countless number of collaborations, most notably his work on "Some L.A. ----s" featured on Dr. Dre's multi-platinum release Chronic 2001. In addition to nonstop touring with acts such as tha Alkaholiks, Xzibit, Little Brother and Dilated Peoples, he recently partnered up with DJ Babu (Dilated Peoples/ World Famous Beat Junkies) as the Likwit Junkies and released their first album, The L.J.'s, to much critical acclaim in publications like the Source, Scratch, and Elemental Magazine.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Feist on This
PR reports: Over the last 2 years, Feist has been touring the globe on stop in support of her critically acclaimed album "Let It Die," introducing it to new audience's one show at a time and winning over legions of fans everywhere. It's natural that early adopters are restless for a new release and that role has been filled by "Open Season," a generous 15-track collection of remixes, reworkings, and collaborations. "Let It Die's" sparse rhythms, roomy arrangements, and seamless genre-blending make it ripe for re-tooling and have the benefit of collaborations and remixes by Postal Service, Jane Birkin, Gonzales, Mocky, k-os and more. Throughout it all, Feist has managed to keep her unmistakable sound in tact while exploring adventurous remixes and collaborations, serving only to again spotlight the strengths she's had all a long. [see full story to hear Mushaboom Postal Service Remix] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mardo Go To Skool
PR reports: All the Sunset Strip Lolita's will get to bask in the song written for them as Mardo unleashes their fierce first single "Lolita Live and Learn" at the Key Club on Monday, July 31. The band, recently featured on the home page of MySpace, will join the illustrious list of bands that grace the stage at Metal Skool, the weekly glam-rock/celebrity fest.

WHAT: Mardo at Metal Skool
WHEN: Monday, July 31
TIME: 9:00PM
WHERE: Key Club - 9039 Sunset Boulevard - West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Winger Returns
sleazeroxx reports: Kip Winger and his team are currently very busy putting finishing touches to the WINGER come back album. The record shall be simply entitled "IV" and is confirmed for release during October 2006 on Frontiers Records. 

�.after years of consideration Kip Winger decided to reunite Winger for a brand new album. This finally happened when he actually "heard" the musical path where he could "move the band sound forward, without repeating the same music over and over". Kip therefore started at the beginning of 2006 to write new material with guitarist Reb Beach who "thought it would NEVER happen! But what we have worked on sounds really good and I have been so excited to be working with Kip on our own stuff again". Kip and Reb called up original drummer Rod Morgenstein and John Roth (on guitar and vocals) and Cenk Eroglu (Xcarnation) On keyboards and sound FX and quickly started the recording session which, at this stage, are almost completed. Winger are currently working on touring plans in USA, Europe and Japan in support of the release of the album - a Frontiers Records world exclusive - scheduled for release in October 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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How Xtina Became Beautiful
antiMusic reports: Last week we posted part of a recent interview with Linda Perry conducted by our very own Morley Seaver. Today we wanted to share another remarkable story that Linda told Morley, this one is about how Christina Aguilera came to record Linda's song "Beautiful" which became a huge hit for her. Here is Linda: That song, I didn't mean to give it to Christina at all. In fact, the way it actually happened was the first time Christina came to my house for the very first time, because at the time I had a studio in my house. And she was very nervous. She was aware of my band I was in and she happened to like my voice, so she was feeling a little insecure, and nervous and vulnerable, and she asked me: "Could you sing me a song to break the ice, to make me feel a little comfortable?" And I said, sure, okay. I had a couple months prior, written "Beautiful" and so I sat down at the piano. And of course that's the song that's closest to my heart, so that's the song I played for her. And she started from across the room and, as the song kept going, she got closer and closer and closer to me. And it was actually very sweet. So by the end of the song, she was standing right next to me at the piano. Can you write the words out and put it on demo�demo it down. And I'm all "Why?" Got all defensive (laughs). And I'm all WHY? And she says, because I want that song. And I was like, "No,no, no. this is MY song." And she's like, "It's perfect for me." And I was really taken aback by that. And I called up my manager the next day and said, Christina wants "Beautiful". And she's like, "Well, why don't you just hear her sing it. Just sit at the piano, and let her sing it, and you make your decision from there." And I said, "OK." So I demoed the piano down and Christina came down over the next day. I gave her the words. And again we're all in one room, because that's where my studio was, it was not separated. It was like when you sing, I was right there. And she had a friend with her. The music starts. She literally looks at her friend because she's nervous and says "Don't look at me." And she starts the song. Well when I heard that take go down, I got goose bumps all over me. And I knew that was my vocal. And for seven months I fought for that vocal. So that vocal that made it on the record is the scratch vocal, the very, very first time she sang that song. She was fighting me on that so hard because she's saying "It's not perfect, I didn't even know the song." And I said that's what's perfect about it. You were so vulnerable, and I believe you." I said "Christina, you've got trust me on this." This vocal is going to f***ing sell the song because everybody knows you can sing. But nobody knows you can FEEL what you're singing. And that's why this vocal is so perfect. Because this song isn't supposed to be perfect, Christina." And finally after seven months, she said, "Okay, you're right". And I'm like: "Thank you!" So that was a great example of getting into, finding somebody's�sometimes finding people's weaknesses can be such a strain. And I'm not trying to find people's weakness to use it against them. I'm trying to find their weakness FOR them, so they can grow stronger from it. [You can read the entire interview at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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