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Operation: Tunes
PR reports: The most popular entertainment item asked for by the military personnel who miss home is music. In an effort to bring the gift of music to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and to wounded soldiers back home, the Rock Ridge Music label has just launched an initiative called "Operation: Tunes." For this, the label is enlisting the help of some of their current business partners and organizations that can help place the music accordingly. Rock Ridge Music will be sharing music with all arms of the military via a number of military and civilian organizations, including: http://www.Give2thetroops.org and http://www.TreatAnySoldier.com (via care packages to specific groups and platoons overseas) http://SemperFiFund.org and Fort Sam Houston's Brooke Army Medical Center (http://www.bamc.amedd.army.mil/) (discs will be given to injured Marines and Army soldiers)

While this project is being spearheaded by Rock Ridge Music label principals Tom Derr, Jason Spiewak, and Chris Henderson (who is also guitarist for the multi-platinum band 3 Doors Down), they will be accomplishing this effort through the help of some of their current business partners, including: Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) * Astro - Dynamic Printing * Five.Bolt.Main * Stroke 9 * Sister Hazel - Anyone interested in joining the cause, whether to donate music or to help in distributing music to the troops, should contact Derr directly at [email protected]. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Hit
PR reports: With close to 56,000 copies sold last week, Iron Maiden's highly anticipated A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH dominates this week's Billboard charts: # 9 Top 200 Albums * # 1 Top Independent Albums * # 2 Hard Music * # 3 Internet

Released last Tuesday on Sanctuary Records, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is Iron Maiden's fourteenth studio album in their three decade-plus career and the band's first Top 10 US Chart debut. Iron Maiden kicks off their nearly sold-out "A Matter of Life and Death World Tour" next month in the States. These North American arena dates will be the only dates to support A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH and mark the first time in years Iron Maiden begins a tour in the USA. Accompanying Iron Maiden on the tour (excluding Hartford and Los Angeles) is new UK metal sensation, Bullet for My Valentine.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Laibach Releases
Mute reports: Laibach announce a brand new album release, "Volk." The follow up to 2003's WAT, the album is released on Mute on October 31, 2006. Laibach also release new DVD, "Divided States of America" in the US November 14, 2006. 

Volk, meaning "people" (i.e. people as a nation), is a collection of interpretations of national anthems and includes the national anthem for NSK, the State in time without territory and national boundaries which Laibach have been linked with since its formation in 1984. This grand project sees a Laibach utilizing new sonic avenues previously uncharted by the band, but with a result that is Laibach to the core. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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PR reports: In anticipation of the opening of SAW III, which hits theaters October 27th, the SAW franchise teams up with WARCON RECORDS to begin "pulling out all the stops" with a show at Webster Hall in New York City, October 19th. The show focuses on the musical side of SAW.

The evening combines appearances by bands featured on the SAW III soundtrack, to be released October 24th, via Artist Addiction, WARCON Enterprises & Fontana Distribution. The night will be headlined by the infamous HELMET, The Smashup and Hydrovibe. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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House Of Fools
PR reports: Drive-Thru Records is proud to announce the debut release from Greensboro, North Carolina's House Of Fools. The self-titled EP will be out October 17, 2006. A full-length album titled Live And Learn is slated for March 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Send MP3 Grams
Submitted News reports: MP3Musicgrams.com's free Indie Band and Artist music promotion service for sharing online music is now available for sign-ups by artists and fans. The new interactive and viral musicgrams were created for new artists to be able to spread their music around in a new format. Users can upload or download an MP3 audio file, image and add in a personal message to send to online music fans, friends and industry. Once uploaded, fans can get involved and help spread the word on new artists[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Biggest Loser Songs
Epic reports: The best-rated weight-loss program on television finally has a soundtrack! On October 10th Epic Records will release a compilation of music inspired by and featured in the hit NBC series The Biggest Loser. With an energetic track listing that includes hits from the likes of Jessica Simpson, Martina McBride and R & B sensation Omarion, The Biggest Loser Soundtrack packaging will also include a booklet with an exclusive workout from the show's celebrity trainer Bob Harper set to each beat of the soundtrack. The workout is flexible for all levels of ability and the level of intensity can be increased as your strength, flexibility and endurance increase.[see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Moses Switchfoot
Epic reports: Moses Mayfield is excited to announce a cross-country tour with Switchfoot starting October 17th in Bakersfield, CA. In anticipation of their Epic Records debut, The Inside, out in early 2007, this Birmingham, ALfive-piece will captivate audiences across the board with their bare-knuckled sound.

The following dates with Switchfoot are confirmed. 
Oct 17 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theatre 
Oct 19 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre 
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radiotakeover tour
PR reports: The //radiotakeover tour will be making its long awaited return this fall with If Hope Dies, Versus the Mirror, The Human Abstract, and Oh, Sleeper comprising the bill. The full US trek will mark the seventh installment of the tour which has previously seen acts such as Fall Out Boy, Underoath, Me Without You, Owen, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Spitalfield, Evergreen Terrace, Fear Before the March of Flames, and many more take part. The first announced dates are as follows; there will be more dates announced.

7-Oct Albany NY Valentines
8-Oct Revere MA Club Lido
9-Oct Amityville NY Village Pub South[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pogues Reissues
PR reports: Rhino will reissue all 5 of The Pogues' studio albums including Red Roses For Me, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Peace & Love and Hell's Ditch on September 19th.

Soulful and soused, usually in equal parts, The Pogues' music combined the youthful spirit of punk with ancient Celtic melodies to create a sublime racket that's been described as the Sex Pistols setting fire to The Chieftains. Rhino Records raises a pint in one hand and a fistful of Pogues in the other with remastered and expanded versions of the band's first five studio albums -- Red Roses For Me, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash (produced by Elvis Costello), If I Should Fall From Grace With God (produced by Steve Lillywhite), Peace & Love (produced by Steve Lillywhite), and Hell's Ditch (produced by Joe Strummer). Each reissued album will be available September 19.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lil Kim Join's Hip Hop Honors
PR reports: Lil Kim joins the line-up of performers at the 3rd annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" premiering Tuesday, October 17 at 9PM*. She will honor MC Lyte with a performance of "Lyte As A Rock."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Anything But Static
PR reports: A Static Lullaby will release their upcoming self titled album on October 10th, 2006. With the release of the new A Static Lullaby album, comes new members and a new record label. Persevering through the changes, A Static Lullaby has acquired the following new members: John Death (guitar, vocals), Dane Poppin (bass, vocals), Jarrod Alexander (drums). Together with original members Joe Brown (vocals) and Dan Arnold (guitars, vocals), A Static Lullaby is ready to release their debut release on Fearless Records (Sugarcult, Rock Kills Kid).- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gothic Box
PR reports: Rhino Entertainment will release 4-disc A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box on September 19, 2006. Long before its black velvet and pale skin fashions crept into American malls, Goth music represented an underground movement led by fans who favored songs that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache. Rhino brings together influential bands that rarely or never participate in Gothic music compilations to create a fascinating cross-section of all matters pertaining to Goth with A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box. This four-disc boxed set-three CDs and one DVD-will be available September 19. [see full story for tracklistings]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cash TV
PR reports: Capitol recording artist Rosanne Cash will perform with Steve Earle on "CMT CROSSROADS," premiering Friday, September 15th, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The two Grammy award-winning singer-songwriters have been friends since the early 1980s and their similar paths (both have found success in rock and country music as well as in the literary arena with their fiercely independent works) and collaborations serve as the foundation for this powerful, one-hour episode featuring songs from both artists.

Cash, who is currently touring North America, will perform at the 5th Annual Americana Honors & Awards, which will be held on September 22nd at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. She is nominated for two awards � "Artist Of The Year" and "Song Of The Year" (for "Black Cadillac," the title track from Cash's latest album, released earlier this year). The Americana Honors & Awards are produced by the Americana Music Association, a professional trade association dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre.
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