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Quicks: They Might Be Giants, VH1 Rock Honors, Exies, Operator
PR reports: They Might Be Giants new album, The Else will be out July 10th but you won't have to wait that long to get it as it will get a exclusive early released on iTunes May 15th.

"VH1 Rock Honors" premieres on Thursday, May 24 at 9 PM ET/PT on VH1, VH1 Classic and MHD and will honor the music and influence of Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top. "VH1 Rock Honors," will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 12.

The Exies will perform "Different Than You" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. That will air on CBS Ch. 2 on May 18th. In other news, the release date for the new CD has changed. It will now hit stores on May 15th but you can also grab it digitally on May 8th.

Operator's first single "Soulcrusher" has been included in the trailer for WWE's, The Condemned, which hits theatres this weekend. "We all have a great love of sports and competition, and The Condemned is a little bit of both," said Strong. The debut album from Operator will hit stores July 3rd. Check out the video at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual
PR reports: "Craig Fenton knows so much about the Jefferson Airplane and family, I was asking him the questions," said Marty Balin, founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, commenting on Craig Fenton's new Jefferson Airplane book, "Take Me To A Circus Tent." As the plane heads full speed toward the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, "Take Me To A Circus Tent" has opened a portal for those to revisit the original Summer of Love, preceding and subsequent years.

Craig says he saw an opportunity to present the Jefferson Airplane in a new direction. The music is the star. The book contains 93 almost-never-in- print photos mostly furnished by Herb Greene (the photographer who shot the cover for the "Surrealistic Pillow" record) and Don Aters (the best friend of legendary promoter Chet Helms). The two rarest are from the early days. One image is pre-Jack Casady and Skip Spence; the other is signed by Paul Kantner as Paul Airplane. The result is a 543-page encyclopedia of information. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Echo & The Bunnymen DVD
PR reports: Echo & The Bunnymen's Dancinghorses DVD will hit stores 6/26. This performance was filmed & recorded at The Shepherds Bush Empire (UK) in 2005. It includes an incredible 20-song set as well as an exclusive interview with Ian McCulloch & Will Sergeant. Echo & the Bunnymen's melancholy post-punk and psychedelic rock brought the group a slew of hits in the UK circa early '80s. In the US, the band attracted a significant cult following after their self-titled release in 1987. Through the past 25+ years, the band has undergone a number of lineup changes, breakups, and reformations, but in 2007 they re-signed to their original record label. This DVD is outstanding proof of their song writing ability, musicianship, and stage presence.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Cribs Debut
PR reports: Wakefield, UK punk rockers, THE CRIBS, have completed recording their Warner Bros. Records album debut titled, MEN'S NEEDS, WOMEN'S NEEDS, WHATEVER, scheduled for domestic release July 17, the album will also be available digitally May 22.. The album contains twelve cuts of authentic punk rock, uncomplicated, incredibly melodic, and undeniably infectious. The album was produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and includes special guest appearance by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. 

To celebrate the release of MEN'S NEEDS, WOMENS NEEDS, WHATEVER, the band will play a handful of US dates starting with the Coachella Festival, along with a full-scale tour planned for later in the year.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Just More Drugs
PR reports: Monotreme Records, the same people who brought you Barzin's critically applauded full-length, My Life In Rooms, is scheduled to release the band's Just More Drugs EP on May 29th. The EP will feature the full-length's version of the tune along with two radio session tracks recorded during Barzin's May tour of the UK ("Just More Drugs" and "Let's Go Driving"), a new song "Queen Jane", plus a cover of a Tindersticks song, "Mistakes", which was recorded for Canadian radio earlier in the year. The Canadian singer/songwriter plans to embark on a tour of the east and west coast to support Just More Drugs' release. 

The EP was released in Europe last November, coinciding with Barzin's shows there. This year will also see the long awaited re-release of Barzin's first, self-titled album in Europe, and it will include bonus tracks and the Vincent Moon directed video for "Leaving Time", as well. [see story to check out the video]
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Chasing Victory in May
PR reports: Chasing Victory's new album, "Fiends" which hits store and digital shelves on May 8th, is now available for pre-sell with Best Buy and Smartpunk.com. The pre-sells went live on the band's Myspace on Sunday April 22nd.

The sophomore effort from the Georgia band is a more mature rock offering but doesn't betray the hardcore roots of the band. Front man Adam Harrell has this to say about the new album, "'Fiends' is very diverse and each song has something that sets it apart from the rest. We used a lot of cleaner guitar tracks and let the bass and drums drive the songs to keep from masking everything with thick distortion, which has become very popular these days. The vocals on the record sound completely different also. There is a lot more singing and I owe it all to Jeff Buckley and our producer Nathan Dantzler. Nathan really help me capture a vocal sound that I felt comfortable with and steered me away from screaming as much." 

Chasing Victory is currently finishing up a North America tour with August Burns Red and will play festivals and tour with Showbread and label mate The Showdown this summer.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Scum of the Earth Expand New CD
PR reports: Scum of the Earth (featuring x Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs) is currently wrapping up recording sessions for the band's second album entitled SLEAZE FREAK, to be released by Eclipse Records later this year. "We decided to write 2 more songs for the album, so after wrapping up preliminary tracking at Belt of Orion studios in Los Angeles, we took a little break to write some more material", said Riggs. "I also needed to take care of a few things back home so we postponed recording for sessions for 2 months and now we have resumed, it's great to be back to working on getting Sleaze Freak wrapped up and into the hands of the fans, we've got some great new s*** to record." 

The band is currently at Studio 2100 in Springfield, MO to finish tracking and mixing the new album, and expect to be finished by June 1st. When asked about a street date, Riggs replied "Eclipse hasn't set one yet. Everybody's been asking, but it makes sense what they're doing, not setting the street date until we hand over the finished masters. Plus it's allowing us to be a lot more creative, taking our time and not having a deadline looming over our heads... up until now." [see full story for track list]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mick Harvey Sets Release
PR reports: Internationally renowned arranger, producer, multi instrumentalist, film soundtrack composer and co-founder of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Australian musician Mick Harvey returns with the new album, "Two Of Diamonds" the follow up to 2005's "One Man's Treasure" out on Mute July 17, 2007.

For the eagerly awaited "Two Of Diamonds," the redoubtable Harvey accompanied by his solo band, featuring Rosie Westbrook (double bass) and fellow Bad Seed James Johnston (organ and guitar) and Thomas Wydler (drums). Guest musicians on two tracks also include Rob Ellis from P.J. Harvey's band (piano/drums), who has also toured with Mick, and Julitha Ryan (piano) from Melbourne instrumental band Silver Ray.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sam Yahel's Steely Tour Plans
PR reports: One of the more distinctive voices among a new breed of Hammond B-3 organ players on the jazz scene, Sam Yahel has earned the top spot in Down Beat's annual International Critics Poll as a Talent Deserving Of Recognition for the past four consecutive years.

The Sam Yahel Trio ( Sam Yahel, B-3 organ; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Greg Hutchinson, drums) will open for Steely Dan on their upcoming U.S. tour, in the following venues/cities:

May 09 - Barbara Mann PAH - Ft. Myers, FL 
May 11 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - Atlanta GA 
May 12 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando FL 
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Buckcherry Honored
PR reports: LA based Buckcherry were honored in front of 15,000 people at the Buzzfest radio show in Houston April 21st. Celebrating the band's success were superstar friends Hinder, Papa Roach and The Exies, who presented the band with plaques commemorating their 200th show! Poised for platinum, they have a new video for their current single "Everything" which just passed 2200 spins at radio and became a top five active rock single, and they are adding more dates to come. Check out the video for "Everything" at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Frank Black 93-03
PR reports: "Frank Black 93-03," a chronological anthology of FRANK BLACK's work covering the Pixies' front man's nine solo albums recorded during that time period, will be released in the U.S. on June 12 through Cooking Vinyl. The two-disc set will include a bonus CD of live tracks recorded during Black's Fall 2006 North American tour, as well as a brand new BLACK FRANCIS track, "Threshold Apprehension," which is taken from his forthcoming "Bluefinger" album, due for release in September.

According to Black, "There is totally a narrative arc to my solo career. "It sounds trite, but in basic language this is what's happening on these songs: it's me breaking away from the Pixies and finding myself as a solo artist, finding a band again and forging that together, then losing it and my marriage, and finally getting my obsession with two-track recording out of my system. It's a total arc.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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65daysofstatic US Tour
PR reports: 65daysofstatic has announced U.S. tour dates for summer 2007 with Fear Before the March of Flames. This is the first stateside jaunt for the British post-rock sensation, which normally plays for crowds of thousands in the UK, Europe and Japan. 65daysofstatic made its American live debut to an enthusiastic audience at the SXSW festival this past March. The summer tour supporting its forthcoming third album The Destruction of Small Ideas begins July 18th, running throughout the U.S. until August 10th. See complete dates below.

65daysofstatic Live:
07/18 Allston, MA ICC Performance Hall
07/19 Washington, DC The Rock and Roll Hotel
07/20 Brooklyn, NY Europa Club
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Live Lake DVD
PR reports: Lake - Live! 12/28/2005 DVD will hit stores on 06/05/2007. This DVD features a sold out show recorded on December 28, 2005 in Hamburg, Germany at the prestigious venue Fabrik (a wonderfully designed old factory). LAKE made their way to the US Billboard charts and toured the States with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hall & Oates. When frontman James Hopkins-Harrison passed away in 1991, LAKE broke up. In 2003, original member Alex Conti, one of the best German axe wizards around, decided to reform the band. Since then, they have played over 200 gigs, performing new songs from their 2005 comeback release The Blast Of Silence and mixing in old time faves. This DVD presents a wonderful example of the band's legendary brand of German Prog Pop.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Perfuma Bamboozled
PR reports: As predicted by The Aquarian Weekly, Perfuma is among the elite few unsigned bands chosen to play this year's Bamboozle festival, thanks to The Break Contest. Though around 250 acts took part in the Rockland Music Center sponsored completion, only a few survived numerous rounds of shows and scored serious points with the judges.

Perfuma will be bringing its raw rock to Bamboozle on Sunday, May 6 at 7:45 pm on the Pass the Mic stage. 

Also check out "It's Only Art," off Perfuma's Black Lung Sessions EP, on the upcoming first ever Break Compilation CD.
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Talking Messiah
PR reports: The latest episode of Talking Metal features an interview host Mark Strigl conducted with former Surgical Steel vocalist Harley Van Kirk of Messiah's Reign. Topics include Rob Halford, the state of Arizona, Van Kirk's history and Surgical Steel. Additional podcast topics covered by Strigl and co-host John Ostronomy include President Abraham Lincoln, Black List Union, and Bert Gabriel. The 60-minute podcast can be downloaded at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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