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Game Arrested
MTV reports: The rapper, born Jayceon Taylor, was pulled over for a traffic violation in a Los Angeles suburb on Saturday about 9 p.m., according to a Burbank Police Department spokesperson. While searching his car, police found brass knuckles. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Red Hot Song Theft?
SMN reports: Have THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ripped off TOM PETTY's famous hit 'Mary Jane's Last Dance'? What is being dubbed as "damning evidence" has been made available in MP3 format courtesy of the Dan Gaffney Morning Show on American radio station WGMD[see full story for a link to the evidence]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MP3 Gestapo
Reuters reports: German police have filed criminal charges against 3,500 people accused of using the eDonkey file-sharing network to share copyrighted music illegally, the recording industry's trade group said on Tuesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iPod Shoes
AP reports: Nike Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. have teamed up to try to become a runner's best friend. The two companies announced Tuesday they are jointly developing a wireless system so some Nike shoes embedded with a sensor can communicate with Apple's iPod Nano music player to track a runner's performance and help choreograph songs to the moment.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alt Star Benefit
Gigwise reports: Belle & Sebastian's Mick Cooke is set to take charge of a new compilation with the money raised going to the Save The Children charity. The as yet untitled record will feature the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, Snow Patrol, Fiery Furnaces, Travis, Snow Patrol and The Divine Comedy.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bachmann CD Race
CMJ reports: Eric Bachmann is set to release his new album, To the Races, August 22 on Saddle Creek. This will be Bachmann's first record under his own name, though he has released four albums and performed under the moniker Crooked Fingers since 2000. This new album is to be a departure from his 2005 LP, Dignity And Shame, which, according to Alternative Press, "(gave the) stale singer-songwriter consortium a nice kick in the pants."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ticketmaster Scalpers?
Mammoth Press reports: Ticketmaster is going to start auctioning off the "best tickets" to events online. 

They claim it's to eliminate ticket scalping, but it does't surprise anybody that Ticketmaster would do this, and it just seems like a way for Ticketmaster to scalp the tickets themselves. [see
full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AIC Fest
Blabbermouth reports: 3-D Entertainment announced today that legendary grunge rockers ALICE IN CHAINS will headline the Locobazooka! music festival at the Tweeter Center on Sunday, August 13, 2006.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Audioslave Excuse
Blabbermouth reports: Sources at AUDIOSLAVE's record label have told Launch Radio Networks that the band made the decision to cancel their previously announced European tour after being advised that it would be better to hit the road with a new album to support.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hilfiger Vs Axl Over Girlfriend?
Blabbermouth reports: World Entertainment News Network is reporting that fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger's physical attack on GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose last week has been linked to the rocker's current girlfriend. The singer is currently dating Diane O'Connor the ex-wife of Hilfiger's adopted brother, Michael and both designers are furious with Rose, according to the New York Post's PageSix.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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TO/DIE/FOR Rocktober
Blabbermouth reports: Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR have set "Wounds Wide Open" as the title of their their fifth album, tentatively due in October. The follow-up to 2005's "IV" was recorded by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studios and by Jari-Jukka Nippala at Sonic Image, and will now be sent to Sweden's Abyss Studios where it will be mixed by Peter Tägtgren (DIMMU BORGIR, CELTIC FROST).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Taproot Dropped?
Blabbermouth reports: Gary Graff of Billboard.com is reporting that the members of TAPROOT are considering a future that may not include their current label, Atlantic Records, after the disappointing sales of their third album, "Blue Sky Research". "The situation with Atlantic is a little bit up in the air," Montague added. "There's a good chance we might end up parting ways with them at the end of this [album cycle]."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bang Your Maids
BW&BK reports: It was recently reported that Los Angeles rockers QUIET RIOT and L.A. GUNS had canceled their appearance at this year's installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 23rd - 24th, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. Denmark's PRETTY MAIDS and Canadian veterans ANVIL are the confirmed replacements. [see full story for comments from LA Guns about pulling out... ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bloodsimple Lose Member
TuneLab reports: According to his personal MySpace page, drummer Chris Hamilton has left bloodsimple. A statement from the band regarding the departure has yet to be made.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Subpoenas
KNAC reports: Two members of the rock band Great White have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the criminal case of Michael Derderian, owner of The Station nightclub.

Derderian's trial is scheduled for July 31st in Providence. He's charged with involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of 100 people during the February 20th, 2003 fire started by Great White's pyrotechnics. In court papers filed last week, David Filice, Great White's bass player, and Eric Powers, the band's drummer, were named as material witnesses.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pennywise Vacation
punkbands reports: Hermosa Beach, California punk rockers Pennywise are currently taking a break and have recently finished touring. There has been a word that band will continue/begin writing their follow-up to 2005's The Fuse. As of yet, there are no plans to enter the studio to start recording it sometime in 2006 - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Name Change Plan
SMN reports: In honor of their musical heroes AVENGED SEVENFOLD, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have decided to change their names. From this point on they shall be known as:

G. Pirahna
Blaster Master Weinman
Bullwhip Benoit
Corpsef***er Pennie
Leafeater Wilson
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Troy Not Falling
punkbands reports: The Fall of Troy posted a statement on their web site dispelling rumors of a break up: We want to take this time to tell everyone how much we've appreciated the supportive e-mails, calls, etc. over the past couple weeks. It was a rough tour, but we're back on our feet and more solid than ever. So, we just want to make a few things clear:

1. We ARE NOT breaking up. Nope, not gonna happen. Ever.

2. We ARE playing The Black Unicorn Tour and can't wait to get out on the road with our friends, He Is Legend.

3. Sadly, we are not playing Warped Tour this year. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blind Guardian Winter
The Gauntlet reports: Looks like the holiday season is shaping up quite nicely for BLIND GUARDIAN fans in the U.S. and Canada: the BG camp has just announced the preliminary routing for their upcoming North American tour throughout November and December in support of their new album, A Twist In The Myth, set for a September 2006 release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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