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Report for 06/15/06
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: Zakk Wylde Dimebag Tribute Vid

Reviews: Def Leppard | Bludgeon | Gram Rabbit | Blacklisted

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Dem Drug Bust
Gigwise reports: A member of Atlanta based rap collective Dem Franchize Boys was yesterday arrested in possession of 11 pounds of marijuana at a studio in their home city.

The arrest came during a police raid on the Making Money studio though which member of the group had been arrested has not been released as of yet.

According to Allhiphop.com $150,000 in cash, two handguns, a stash of porn and all the studio equipment was also seized.[see full story for more... what Franchize did you think they were talking about?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones Rehab
Gigwise reports: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood has checked himself into rehab. 

The 59-year-old guitarist is believed to have been battling alcoholism for some time and has now decided to take action. 

Wood has admitted himself to the Priory in London to get back on the straight and narrow. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Springsteen Vs Union
AP reports: A local union says promoters picked the wrong arena for Bruce Springsteen to perform the pro-labor music of folk singer Pete Seeger. 

The decision to hold the concert Wednesday at the non-unionized Bradley Center was "bafflingly ironic and somewhat infuriating," said Paul Friday, who coordinates the Milwaukee chapter of a union of musicians, actors and stage hands.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Cartoon
Gigwise reports: Metallica members James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have lent their voices to a new cartoon. 

The Cartoon Network series ‘Metalocalypse' follows a Norwegian heavy metal band called Dethlok and the mayhem they get up to.[see full story to see who else is in it]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Subways Resume Screaming
Aversion reports: After struggling with medical problems for several months, The Subways are ready to return to the stage.

Nodules on singer/guitarist Billy Lunn's vocal chords forced the band to cancel strings of shows, starting in early April, including an appearance at Coachella. After spending a couple months away from the mic', Lunn's finally been cleared by doctors to start screaming on stage again.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Who's Opera
Ananova reports: The Who have confirmed a release date for their limited edition mini-opera.

The 11-minute mini-album Wire & Glass will be released on July 10, reports NME.com to precede their full length return in October.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Starsailor USA
CMJ reports: Artists Addiction lads Starsailor are readying the stateside release of their new album and are planning an across-the-pond jaunt to support their new record. August 22 will mark the US release of On the Outside, an 11-track (plus one US-only bonus track) album recorded in sunny California and produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, The Vines, Elliott Smith)...Starsailor will also embark on their first US tour in more than two years. The 19-city trek will stretch from Montreal to Los Angeles[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gwar To Shock Nerds
PR reports: This fall, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to San Diego Comic Con... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. Sculpted by Justice Joseph, we present the GWAR: First Assault Edition Beef Cake the Mighty SDCC Exclusive Resin Figure!! When asked for a comment, Geoff Beckett replied "No, no. We couldn't possibly make the name any longer." Be sure to hunt down Shocker Toys at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con this year in Hall G at booth #5488 by the double entrance doors and get your GWAR while it lasts! (limited to 500pcs) - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sugarcult CD/Tour
PR reports: Get ready, Sugarcult are back with a new album and a new tour! The new cd, "Lights Out", will be released September 12 on V2/Fearless Records. Listen for the first single "Do It Alone" to hit radio in mid-July. Catch the band on their headlining tour from September 5 – October 10 with support from The Spill Canvas, Halifax, Maxeen, and So They Say. More details to come soon. Stay tuned!!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rush Best Buy?
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, copies of the band's new DVD box, "Replay X3" (featuring "Exit Stage Left", "Grace Under Pressure Tour", "A Show Of Hands" and "Grace Under Pressure Tour" CD) purchased at Best Buy contain an exclusive version of the "Grace Under Pressure" audio disc which has four undocumented bonus tracks tacked onto the end of the disk.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Audioslave Fire Single
Blabbermouth reports: AUDIOSLAVE has set "Original Fire" as the first single from its upcoming third album, titled "Revelations". According to a label representative, the song is expected to hit radio stations around the middle of July. There's no official release date for the CD yet, although that is tentatively planned to arrive sometime in September. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ice Cube Hasn't Melted
PR reports: Multi-Platinum and Legendary Godfather of Rap, Ice Cube made an impressive return with the first-week sales debut of his new album, "Laugh Now, Cry Later," which was independently released on June 6, through his own Lench Mob Records. Cube's first solo effort in 6 years, "Laugh Now, Cry Later" debuted in this weeks Top 200 sales chart at #4, and Hip Hop/R & B charts at #2, selling 145,000 units in its first week – one of the highest first-week sales totals of any independent hip-hop artist release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Helmet Not Emo
BW&BK reports: Page Hamilton, the prolific guitarist behind the thunderous hardcore outfit HELMET, is just going to assume that most of the kids attending this summer's Warped Tour don't know who the hell he is — or that his band's back catalog influenced perhaps half of the bands on this year's bill. But that's fine by him.

"We did the SnoCore tour last year, and you could see 15-year-old girls who were horrified," he said. "If Helmet goes over their heads, or is too frightening for them, I can't really worry about it. Would I like them to like it? Yes. Do I think they would benefit from it? Yes. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzfest Circus
BW&BK reports: OZZfest has just added the Brothers Grim Sideshow stage to the festival's notorious Village of the Damned at nine tour stops this summer. Billed as the World's Greatest Collection Of Human Oddities, Strange People, Novel Entertainers, the Brothers Grim Sideshow will fit right in with the Village's eclectic array of tattoo artists, piercing booths, state-of-the-art video games and wickedly tempting vendors. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dark Tranquillity Tue Record
antiMusic reports: Dark Tranquillity announced on Wednesday that they have enlisted Danish producer Tue Madsen (Mnemic, Cataract, Aborted) to helm their next studio album. The band had previously announced that they expect to begin recording in October for the untitled album. 

The album will be mixed at Madsen's Antfarm studio with recording taking place at various studios across Sweden. According to the band " Drums will be set to tape at the old Studio Fredman, while guitars, bass, vocals and electronics will be immortalized at Rogue music." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gods is Dead
antiMusic reports: Gods, the band that featured Jesse Smith and Rob Horner Zao fame, have decided to call it a day. Their label made the announcement of the demise of the band last week. The label says, "There has not been an official statement from the band yet but as soon as there is we will post it. GODS was a great band and everyone here at Hand of Hope is sad to see them breakup." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Poison the Well Dropped
TuneLab reports: Poison the Well have officially parted ways with Atlantic Records. The band plans to finish a new album in November with an early 2007 release planned.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mars Volta Amped
punkbands reports: The Mars Volta have set "Amputechture" as the title to their new album which is expected out in the coming months via Strummer/Universal. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MxPx Recording
punkbands reports: MxPx will be heading into the studio to record another full-length sometime in the several months with producer Aaron Sprinkle. It will be the band's first time working on an album with Sprinkle since he produced their debut album Pokinatcha[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Drop Tour
SMN reports: KORN cancelled the rest of the international leg of its tour because lead singer Jonathan Davis was hospitalized, suffering a blood disorder. "The doctors have determined that this was an isolated incident and that after a few weeks my recovery will be complete. I will be ready to rock on the Family Values Tour this summer," the 35-year-old Davis, who was released from a London hospital after four days of treatment, said Tuesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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