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Euro Who
SMN reports: THE WHO have lined up the following European tour dates:

May 22 - Birmingham, UK @ National Indoor Arena
May 23 - Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
May 25 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
May 26 - Hull, UK @ Kingston Communications Stadium
June 1 - Swansea, UK @ Liberty Stadium
June 2 - Southampton, UK @ Rosebowl Stadium

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Iron Butterfly Record New CD
sleazeroxx.com reports: Iron Butterfly, the 70s acid band best known for the 18 minute epic 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' are about to release their first new album in more than 30years. 

At the official Iron Butterfly website, the band has announced "Iron Butterfly is anchored by an established stronghold in the music business and rejuvenated with a transfusion of new blood. The new Iron Butterfly promises once again to be fresh, new and innovative with hit songs, and sounds for the new millennium". [see full story for more including some tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MxPx Nailed Again
PR reports: MxPx has rejoined Tooth & Nail Records, reestablishing a strong and familiar relationship that dates back to the beginning of the legendary Washington state trio's illustrious recording and touring career. 
"We were at a place where, somehow, we found ourselves on this freeway looking at a Tooth & Nail off-ramp. And it looked pretty good!" says singer/bassist Mike Herrera. 

After three albums and two EP's on Tooth & Nail (including the landmark "Life in General"), as many more for a major label and 2005's widely-hailed return to form "Panic," MxPx is hard at work in a Seattle studio on what will be their first album for The Nail in over ten years. And the new material? It's incredible. "There was nothing we didn't like about our last label, we just felt like we have to try new things and always keep things fresh," Herrera explains. "Tooth & Nail has grown tremendously as a label since we parted ways. In talking to the people there, there is a real enthusiasm for our band. It's awesome." Look forward to a major tour announcement from MxPx soon!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Majestic Indie Book
PR reports: In addition to writing and recording songs for the third Majestic Twelve album due this fall, lead singer Kenyata Sullivan is developing a book about his experiences in the underground music scene to be released around the same time. Specific details about the publication and release date will be announced later this year through City Desk Productions.

Peppered with previously untold stories about the famous and the infamous, the as yet untitled book takes readers on a journey through the indie rock scenes of the past few decades, ranging from the 1980's underground cassette and zine cultures up to today. Whether talking about watching Nirvana on Saturday Night Live with Joey Ramone, or poking fun at both the indie culture of "hipness" and the mainstream music machine, Sullivan's book promises to be an engaging and eye opening read for anyone interested in a genuine and humorous "from the trenches" view of the indie rock revolution.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dream Theater Ink with Roadrunner
PR reports: ROADRUNNER RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. A new studio album, Systematic Chaos is due in June. Dream Theater will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe. 

Recognized by peers and public alike for their advanced musical expertise, the band (Mike Portnoy, drums; John Petrucci, guitar; John Myung, bass; James LaBrie, vocals; Jordan Rudess, keyboards) has long held the ability to combine complex arrangements with unadulterated songwriting skills, the material often underpinned by riffs as heavy as anything in the Metallica repertoire[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Raul Malo Valentine
PR reports: Raul Malo, best known for his work as front man and creative force behind Grammy-winning group The Mavericks, will celebrate Valentine's Day in New York with performances from "the most romantic album of the year." 

Malo will perform four songs live on the IMUS in the Morning radio and television program on February 14th. IMUS is broadcast live on MSNBC from 6-9 a.m. ET and on radio stations nationwide. Additionally, Malo will headline two sold-out shows at the Big Apple's famed Joe's Pub on February 14th & 15th. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rare Pepper and a Tour
PR reports: On March 20th Pepper will release "To Da Max", a collection of b-sides, unreleased demos and live performances recorded between 1999 and 2004. Included in this 20 track collection are rare recordings like "The Arena", a cover of "Armagideon Time" (by Willie Williams, later covered by The Clash), live acoustic performances and tracks from their very first recording session ever. Culled from over 400 recordings, the members of Pepper spent countless hours listening to each and every track, eventually narrowing the track listing down to the 20 songs.

Pepper will be hitting the road for a national headline tour this February taking along with them the Mad Caddies and The Supervillains[see full story for the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Isley Brothers Tour
PR reports: Isley aka ‘Mr. Biggs' are about to give back the love to their fans, as they announce their headlining winter-spring 2007 U.S. performance dates. The tour will open on March 14th at Prince's 3121 Club (the Hotel Rio) in Las Vegas, and will wrap up at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on April 28th.

Mar. 14 Las Vegas, NV Prince's 3121 Club
15 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
16 San Diego, CA 4th & B's- TBA
17 Fresno, CA Warner Theater[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Unsigned Dream Warped
PR reports: SABIAN, Ltd., the award-winning cymbal manufacturer, announced that it is launching SABIAN Dream Spot, a promotional contest that will give one lucky undiscovered band a chance to play 10 dates on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour. The winning band will play on the "Kevin Says" stage, the launching pad for numerous SABIAN bands including "My Chemical Romance," "Fall out Boy," "Avenged Sevenfold" and "All American Rejects." In a ‘battle of the bands' style format, SABIAN, with partner Cafesonique.com, will accept online submissions between February 1 and April 14. The winning band will be announced on June 16. SABIAN Dream Spot is the largest contest in the company's history, according to Stacey Montgomery-Clark, SABIAN's director of marketing. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Would You Like A Song With Your Latte?
PR reports: Starbucks Entertainment announced today that it will release a CD of 15 original tracks by Starbucks partners (employees). The first-of-its-kind compilation is the result of a company-wide contest that invited Starbucks partners to submit original solo or band recordings. "Off the Clock Vol. 1: New Music from Up & Coming Starbucks Artists" will be available exclusively at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada beginning April 3, 2007. This newest venture continues Starbucks unwavering support of new talent – in this case, from within its own family of partners. 

"When we began listening to the submissions, we were blown away at the quality of music we discovered among our colleagues. These Starbucks partners are amazing musicians with great songs that deserve to be heard," said Ken Lombard, president Starbucks Entertainment. "Off the Clock' is a terrific collection of undiscovered talent." The 15 tracks featured on "Off the Clock" weave an impressive tapestry of modern music, with styles that blend and embrace folk, rock, pop, jazz and alternative rock. The artists were chosen from nearly every region in the United States as well as a partner band from Vancouver, British Columbia. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shinedown on Iraq
Atlantic reports: Shinedown recently took a trip over to Iraq to play for the troops. It was an amazing experience for the guys and they took a bunch of footage while they were over there. 
Visit the full story link to catch a glimpse of what it was like for them. The band are currently writing songs for their next album.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Blige the Ghost Whisperer
CBS reports: Current eight-time GRAMMY Award nominee Mary J. Blige will guest star in GHOST WHISPERER, Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network during "GRAMMY week." THE 49TH ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Mary J. Blige is currently nominated in many of the top categories of The 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Blige, whose music will be featured in the episode, plays Jackie Boyd, the coach of a high-ranked high school cheerleading team whose members are being disabled, one by one, by seemingly freak accidents in the days preceding their big cheerleading competition. Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) soon discovers that the vengeful spirit of a former cheerleader is behind the calamities and that a life-altering happening in Jackie's past is hindering her sincere efforts to put a stop to her team's adversities. To view some preview clips from Mary J. Blige's episode, which have been incorporated into a music video of one of Blige's songs to be featured in the episode, go to the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shocked Hardcore
PR reports: Michelle Shocked's longstanding ties with the Crescent City vibrantly unfold in time for Mardi Gras with an internet-only single. Entitled "Hardcore Hornography," the song is as bawdy and bold as its title and will hopefully remind everyone that New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast are still recovering from a blowjob they will never forget. "Hardcore Hornography" features New Orleans brass denizens Troy Andrews on trumpet and Trombone Shorty on (what else?) trombone as well as the NewBirth Brass Band (Tanio Hingle, bass drum; Kerry Hunter, snare; Jeffrey Hills, sousaphone) "Virtual" street date for the song is Tuesday, February 13.

Keeping with the festival spirit, however – and as a reminder to fans that there's still much rebuilding to be done – the song is available free at http://www.michelleshocked.com and at other sites that want to help spread it. A stream is also available at http://www.myspace.com/mshocked , and visitors can also hear demos from the forthcoming album (ETA: August 2007.)- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deep Purple Java
Java John reports: Join me, "Java" John, THIS Friday (2/9) as I have the pleasure to interview the man with one of THE Greatest Rock & Roll Voices Ever! MR.IAN GILLAN!!

Who is Ian Gillan? He's an elder statesman of rock, he was the original Jesus Christ Superstar, and he co-wrote Smoke on the Water (one of the most popular songs of all time) among dozens of other hits, solo and with his band DEEP PURPLE.. He has played to tens of millions of fans, and sold over one hundred million records. Ian Gillan's new CD release "Gillan's Inn', is a wonderful career retrospective of the classic songs made famous by Deep Purple and his own solo career, Ian invited several of his friends to guest on the album including Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), guitarist Joe Satriani, Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Ronnie James Dio (Dio), Steve Morse, Jeff Healey and the rest of Deep Purple. Ian's also got a very kool new book out: "Smoke This! The Warblings, Rants, Philosophies, and Musings from the Singer of Deep Purple". It is a feast of information, pontifications, and visual representation of legendary Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan that takes you on a fascinating journey through the heyday of rock n' roll and lends uncensored insight into those halcyon days.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Genghis Tron Relapse
PR reports: Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of avant-garde rock extremists GENGHIS TRON. Upon signing, GENGHIS TRON comment: "We're incredibly excited to be joining the Relapse family. The three of us have been huge fans of the label since the dawn of time and we can't wait to work with them on our future releases."

The new Philadelphia transplants (Mookie Singerman, Michael Sochynsky, and Hamilton Jordan, Jr.) have recently released the critically acclaimed full-length Dead Mountain Mouth and are working on writing the follow-up and Relapse debut. "We're currently building a bold, psychedelic bridge to Godcity Studios where we'll be recording our next album in August with Kurt Ballou." comments the band. "Thanks to some serious unemployment we've been fully immersed in erecting said bridge--working 8 hours or more a day, seven days a week on new material. It's sounding insane and awesome and entirely indescribable. We're stoked." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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1349 Add Dates
PR reports: More dates have been confirmed for 1349's upcoming headline tour of the United States. The tour also featuring Goatwhore, Nachtymystium and Averse Sefira will kick off March 23 and visit 24 cities before its conclusion on April 16. Confirmed dates are noted below.

23 - Crowbar, Tampa FL 
24 - Thee Imperial Jacksonville FL 
25 - Culture Room FT Lauderdale FL 
26 - The Haven Winter Park FL 
27 - Masquerade Atlanta GA 
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Scum of the Earth Find Drummer
PR reports: Scum of the Earth (featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist RIGGS) have announced that Ivan DePrume has joined the band. When asked about his decision to join the band, the original White Zombie drummer explained "when Riggs approached me about joining the band, I was like "when do we start touring?". Then he explained that the new album "Sleaze Freak" was just about to be recorded and he wanted me to learn the songs, meet up in LA and lay down drum tracks, so I had all these songs I had to learn in just a few weeks, record my ideas and send em back to Riggs, it all happened so fast...". Riggs continued, "I got Ivan's ideas and loved them, told him he's in and when/where we'd be recording and the rest is history (in the making). He's a perfect fit for the vibe of the band, especially musically. He's an amazing drummer and we're all looking forward to having him on board as a part of the team."

The band will begin recording "Sleaze Freak" on February 13th at Belt of Orion Studios in Los Angeles, CA. sleaze Freak is scheduled for release sometime in Spring/Summer of 2007 through Eclipse Records.
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Today's Reviews
....John Mellencamp – Freedom's Road
'Freedom's Road' is overflowing with signature Mellencamp elements. There are stories, indictments, mission statements, hopes and prayers all strung above a driving country/rock guitar. (4 stars) - Read the full John Mellencamp – Freedom's Road review
....Godhead – The Shadow Line
They take the harmonic and melodic parts of bands like Killswitch Engage and Sevendust, and lay them over crunchy guitars and mainstream rock beds. Then they stripped out all even hints of industrial music and replaced them with Creed-like jams. (2 stars) - Read the full Godhead – The Shadow Line review
....The Good Mornings
The Good Mornings is a bad garage band recording.. The monotone electric guitars and leftover whiney lead singers don't add up to much more than eleven tracks of the same thing; the makings of a bad morning.- Read the full The Good Mornings review
....Ellylldan - The Grey of the Storm Blinds All Hope
…a surprisingly compelling journey on the hour-long epic that is The Grey of the Storm Blinds All Hope, Ellylldan's debut record. Quiet, serene, and timeless, the immersion required by listeners here is a daunting one but definitely worth the effort. - Read the full Ellylldan - The Grey of the Storm Blinds All Hope review
....Screen Door: 25 Best Albums of 2006
I found 2006 to be a year of numerous discoveries and felt obligated to give the twenty-five albums below their due. This list is far overdue but better late than never. Hopefully you'll discover at least one new treasure. - Read the full 25 Best Albums of 2006 review

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