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Virtual Kweli
PR reports: Warner Bros. Records/Blacksmith has launched a virtual community for critically acclaimed rapper Talib Kweli in the immensely popular 3D social network, Second Life, in which users, known as 'residents,' build and own their content online. Created by Linden Lab in San Francisco, Second Life (www.secondlife.com) is a parallel universe existing in cyberspace. In this digital world, users create and dress up characters, build homes, form neighborhoods and live out alternative versions of their lives in the 3D, computer-generated environment. Residents can also spend real money, and actually contribute around US$350,000 a day on average, or a rate of $130 million a year by using virtual currency known as "Linden Dollars." Usage is growing in rapid double-digit terms each month [Reuters, 10/16/06]. Anyone who logs in and creates a basic (free) membership in Second Life will be able to interact with the Brooklyn-bred rapper via his 'avatar,' or virtual world persona.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Behemoth Reissue
MVD reports: BEHEMOTH - SVENTEVITH Thanks to this record, Behemoths devilish work has been noticed worldwide. This is the classic piece of art for every Black Metal fan. Nergal and co. dont leave a single moment to breathe. >From the very beginning Behemoth pummel the listener with blackness and brutality. The audio violence continues ruthlessly throughout the CD, never wavering from the bleak and dark grimness. Raw guitar sounds, atmospheric keyboards and a relentless drum attack blend together with demonic vocals to form a maelstrom of bludgeoning Polish Black Metal. This CD is remastered for old fans and the curious new listeners who have only heard of the legend of Behemoth. (release date 11/21/06)- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Daughtry Preview.
DiR reports: At the full story link is a preview of the self-titled album from American Idol's Chris Daughtry, which is set to hit stores on November 21, 2006. Take a listen and judge for yourself if it was smart for him to go with Clive's cheese factory (a.k.a. RCA) over the gig with Fuel. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Light More Cities
PR reports: Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY have joined forces with labelmates Through The Eyes of the Dead and The Acacia Strain along with From A Second Story Window, replacing If Hope Dies on the upcoming Through The Eyes of the Dead headlining tour. Sponsored by Draven Shoes and Decibel magazine, the tour will cross the US from November 16 - December 17 and marks LIGHT THIS CITY's return to the road after the band's two-month stint on the Spreading The Disease tour alongside Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Nights Like These and subsequent three-week run alongside Caliban and The Acacia Strain.

11/16 Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
11/17 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
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$2 Support
PR reports: After spending the last two years on the road in support of their debut album, Between The Heart & The Synapse, The Receiving End of Sirens (TREOS) will be closing 2006 out as part of the MTV2 $2 Bill Tour supporting 30 Seconds to Mars and Head Automatica. The band will be recording their follow up to Between The Heart & The Synapse in January to be followed by extensive touring across the world to support the release in 2007 & 2008. 

11/2/06- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/3/06- N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
11/4/06- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
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Looks Who's Doing Kimmel
PR reports: Upcoming musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Thursday, November 2 -- Regina Spektor 
Friday, November 3 -- Bowling for Soup 
Monday, November 6 -- Anita Baker 
Wednesday, November 8 -- Diddy**
Thursday, November 9 -- Lady Sovereign 
Friday, November 10 -- The Hold Steady 
Wednesday, November 15 -- John Legend** 
Friday, November 17 -- Ricky Martin

 ** indicates performances taking place on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE's outdoor Pontiac Garage Stage.
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Colored Savior
Megaforce reports: MUSHROOMHEAD released their new album Savior Sorrow on double vinyl this week in stores nationally. It is a 2 LP set on metallic gray and is a limited edition release of 2000. The band is currently on tour in support of their new CD Savior Sorrow, which was released on September 19, 2006.

Tour Dates:
11/01 -- Webster Theatre, Hartford CT(all ages)
11/02 -- The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY (all ages)
11/03 -- Ushuaia, Orono ME (all ages)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Christmas Gambler
PR reports: Kenny Rogers will hit the road again for the holidays for the 25th anniversary of his highly acclaimed annual Christmas Tour, which is one of the longest running Christmas tours in history. The Tour "Kenny Rogers Christmas and Hits Featuring Linda Davis," will kick-off in South Bend, Indiana on November 24th. Kenny will be performing some of his classics such as, "The Gambler," as well as new hits, "I Can't Unlove You," from Water & Bridges, and heartwarming Christmas songs, such as "Let it Snow." 

11/24 South Bend, IL Morris Performing Arts Ctr
11/25 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
11/26 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
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Strait Road
PR reports: Superstar and upcoming CMA Hall of Fame Inductee George Strait announces dates for the first leg of his 2007 tour. The arena tour will kick off January 11 in Lafayette, LA with performances scheduled all across the country from Louisiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania to Oregon, Washington and Nevada just to name a few. 

1/11 Lafayette, LA Cajundome 
1/12 Shreveport, LA CenturyTel Center 
1/13 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum 
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Premature +44
PR reports: +44, featuring Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, have pre-released a new track called "145" on Yahoo Music Unlimited. You can get the track at the full story link. The track is the acoustic version of the song "155" that will appear on +44's debut album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, in stores on November 14th.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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My Chemical Hit
PR reports: Reprise Records' My Chemical Romance's eagerly awaited new album The Black Parade, which hit stores on October 24th, has claimed the Number One spot on Soundscan's Rock, Alternative, Top Albums Retailers, Indy/Small Chain, Internet and Digital Album Charts. The album also shot to Number 2 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, selling over 240,000 copies its first week of release. The Black Parade debuted at Number One in New Zealand and Chile, Number 2 in the UK and Mexico and Top 5 in other countries around the world. The first single, "Welcome To The Black Parade" has already topped the Alternative / Modern Rock Radio Charts in the US and the singles chart for two consecutive weeks in the UK. It is the New Jersey quintet's highest debut. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Machine Head Blackening 07
PR reports: Machine Head is currently recording THE BLACKENING at Sharkbite Studios in the band's hometown of Oakland, California. Once again produced by singer / guitarist Robert Flynn and mixed by Colin Richardson (previous MH efforts, Bullet For My Valentine, Napalm Death) THE BLACKENING, set for worldwide release Spring 2007, is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album Through The Ashes Of Empires. 

Regarding THE BLACKENING Flynn states, "This is the most ambitious thing we have ever attempted. We all challenged ourselves and each other to write a record that pushed the boundaries of complexity and technical structure." Meanwhile, Flynn's lyrics have gone from what has been, recently, a more introspective focus, back to the social commentary tackled on previous albums like Burn My Eyes. Flynn continues, "The nature of what is happening in the world led to a darker, bleaker album in every sense." Pointed and timely, the lyrics in songs such as "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent," "A Farewell To Arms" and "Halo" touch upon politics, the war in Iraq and organized religion. The lyrics to the aforementioned songs spit anger and disdain at their topics in the true spirit of angst that fueled punk rock in the mid- 80's. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shaw Blades
PR reports: What happens with two of today's most successful classic rockers join forces to create an album of songs that have been a source of inspiration for their respective multi-Platinum careers?

The result is INFLUENCE, the sophomore album by Shaw Blades--led by Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades--which is set for release February 20, 2007 on VH1 Classic Records. The self-produced album was mixed by Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Willie Nelson) and Great White keyboardist/guitarist Michael Lardie. The first single, "Your Move," will be serviced to radio in January.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tenacious Hit
PR reports: Pre-orders of Tenacious D's new album, The Pick Of Destiny, soared up the iTunes sales charts - pushing the album to #1 on the iTunes Album chart in just two days. 

Jack & Kyle not only rock hard, they act their asses off and are taking their mastery to a whole new level in their epic mini-movie "Time Fixers." The Tenacious D's D-ciples are responding by coming out in full-force to pre-order the D's first album in 5 years and download the special free Tenacious D video. The first half of the mini-film is a free download on iTunes. When you pre-order the album you receive the conclusion of the film on November 14th. The D are taking the masses with them as this special free Tenacious video takes hold of the viral world and has started showing up on YouTube and blogs all over the web. This special Tenacious D/iTunes promotion marks the first time that a teaser clip with a cliff hanger has been used for a pre-order at iTunes. Tenacious D's new album will be released November 14th, while their film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny will be released nationwide on November 22.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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