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Will Haven Lose Their Voice
Lambgoat reports: The reunited Will Haven are sad to announce the departure of founding member, vocalist Grady Avenell. Grady will be returning home to focus his energy on his family. Will Haven guitarist Jeff Irwin had the following to say on the matter: "It was a very tough decision for Grady to make but of course, family comes first and we totally respect his decision. He is still a part of the band as far as helping write material for the new record, he just isn't able to tour with us. We want to promote this record as much as we can which means a lot of touring, so we had to make the tough decision of moving forward with a new vocalist."see full story to find out who will be taking his place]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gypsy Pistoleros CD/Tour
PR reports: The 'Gypsy Pistoleros' album 'Wild, Beautiful, Damned' is finished at last. Joe Gibb ( Madonna, Catatonia, Robbie Williams, The Cure, Funeral for a friend, Janes Addiction ) who produced the album. Full Worldwide release June 4th 2007

GYPSY PISTOLEROS Full Glam Slam Tour 1 & 2 CONFIRMED !!!!! 

Date Venue 
3.23.07 Evolution- Worcester 

Appearing With Love/Hate & Bang Tango & Kristy Majors
3.28.07 The Underworld 
3.29.07 The Point 
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Jet Dates
PR reports: Jet are delighted to announce their return to the United States for a set of dates in March, April and May. Tickets for some shows are already on sale and more details to come next week. Visit the tour section of www.jettheband.com to keep up to date with on sale dates!

3/24 Homestead, FL - Miami Speedway 
3/26 Tampa, FL - Janus 
3/27 Tallahassee, FL - Floyd's
3/28 Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
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Voodoo Vegas Tour
PR reports: Bournemouth Based UK Rockers VOODOO VEGAS Have confirmed dates for a Upcoming UK Tour, it will be the first time VOODOO VEGAS have been out on the road since supporting Ohio Based U.S Rockers American Dog on there UK Tour last August. The will see Voodoo Vegas playing 8 shows in 18nights around the UK, VV are also in the studio at the moment, putting the finishing touches to there Debut Album, which will be ready to get you hands on during the tour.

March 8th The Junction York
March 9th Red Room's Hawick, Scotland
March 10th Intake Club Mansfield,
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Octagon Tour
PR reports: New York's The Octagon will begin a tour in support of their "Love Will Turn You Around," which was recently released by Serious Business Records. The band will share the stage with tons of killers acts, including The Big Sleep, Chin Up Chin Up, The Teeth, The Subjects, Other Passengers, and numerous others. While on this road, the band will record their second album to be released by Serious Business Records in Summer 2007.

2.21 Scranton, PA - The Bog - w/The Teeth, Okay Paddy
2.22 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox - w/Black Tie Revue, The Cassettes, The Subjects
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Illinois EP
PR reports: Illinois is a band from Pennsylvania. Figure that one out.

We're proud and excited to announce the release of their EP What the Hell Do I Know? out this spring on Ace Fu Records.

You can almost taste the whiskey and smell the fresh cut grass of Anytown, USA on this release...chock full of banjos, jangly guitars and lyrics that bring you back to your days playing out back until your mom calls you in for dinner. Illinois offer up seven tracks that they handpicked from literally hundreds of amazing songs—songs that have the capacity to remind you of the great times in your life and get you through the bad ones. [see full story for an mp3]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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LCD Soundsystem Tour
PR reports: Spring North American tour dates have been confirmed for LCD Soundsystem, kicking off March 30 with a two-night stand at NYC's Bowery Ballroom and continuing through May with a performance at Coachella, a special club show in Brooklyn and much more. Additional DJ dates with LCD's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney will also be announced.

LCD Soundsystem's "Sound of Silver," called one of "the most hotly-anticipated CD's of 2007" by The New York Times, will be released on March 20. The follow-up to their Grammy-nominated 2005 debut, "Sound of Silver" further expands LCD's sonic palette, taking its experimental impulses to wild new places but also firmly establishing itself as a singularly great pop group. Pulsing beats, abstract funk, crystal melodies and towering walls of sound combine to create a sound genuinely like no other.[see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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PR reports: Blastmymusic.com is the ultimate tool of empowerment for the recording artist, a way to eliminate the middle man and put the control of sales and distribution where they belong—in the hands of the artists themselves. Blastmymusic.com's 25-year-old founder, Chris Fellure, launched the site in October of 2006 and has already signed artists representing more than 75 different genres, from Ambient to Zydeco. 

This site is absolutely free to all customers and there is no charge for artists to join. To use Blastmymusic.com's extraordinarily simple process, artists need only to log on, create a profile, and upload their music, placing the unique MusicBlaster player on their site. Digital downloads sell for only 99 cents a piece, with two-thirds of each sale generated going straight to the artist, immediately after a 30-day fund verification process. The customized MusicBlaster player offers consumers the opportunity to stream 30 seconds of a song and the option to purchase the individual track in the unprotected MP3 form, which means they can play on any brand digital player. Artists themselves can access their accounts in real time to see how many total tracks they've sold, the most popular downloads and the geographic location of those sales, helping to formulate their marketing and promotional plans.
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Stereophonics Rewind
Noble reports: Celebrating 10 years of musical excellence, Stereophonics take this special anniversary to reveal the private face of the band with the 2nd April 2007 DVD release of 'Rewind'. Capturing the story-so-far for this definitive documentary has everything. Growing up, getting together, sending off 12 demo tapes a week, the first break-out record, and on through growing acclaim, recognition by their musical peers, internal struggles, world tours, four consecutive No.1 albums, their first No.1 single Dakota, and continued success...

Created from hundreds of hours of footage taking in the earliest pre-signed performances, home-movies of their very first gigs as Zephyr and Tragic Love Company, through to their latest sell-out stadium tours, and the making of recent promo videos, 'Rewind' documents the unique rags-to-riches journey of one of Britain's best loved bands. Huge anticipation for this DVD documentary will follow a limited theatrical release from 6th March 2007, allowing fans to experience 'Rewind' on the big screen.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Temple Of Brutality's Lethal Agenda Tour
PR reports: Florida metal band Temple Of Brutality are preparing for its first headline tour beginning on March 7 in West Palm Beach, Florida, in support of their debut album "Lethal Agenda," which will be released on February 27 by Demolition Records.

Tour Dates
03/07/07 Wed. Mr. G's, West Palm Beach, FL
03/09/07 Fri. Bourbon Street, New Port Richie, FL
03/10/07 Sat. Zakk's Coffee House, Murfreesboro, NC
03/13/07 Tue. The Ugly Monkey, Indianapolis, IN
03/15/07 Thu. The Monkey Bar, Huntington, WV
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Americana SxSW
conqueroo reports: The Americana Music Association has announced the lineup for their showcase at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2007. The show will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at The Parish in Austin. This event is open to SXSW attendees, and to the general public. 

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin kicks off the show at 8:00 PM. In 1955, Louvin and his brother Ira became official members of the Grand Ole Opry. In 2004, a tribute CD entitled Livin', Lovin', Losin': The Songs of the Louvin Brothers won the Grammy for Best Country Album. Austin-based newcomer Sunny Sweeney's debut, Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame (Big Machine) was recently praised by MOJO for her "voice like a lone star six pack." Alligator Records artists The Holmes Brothers bring their brand of rootsy, spiritual blues to the show. In 2005, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation named them Band of the Year. The phenomenal Ruthie Foster is renowned for her powerful voice and unique blend of blues and gospel. Her latest, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, has garnered comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. Jerry Jeff Walker's cover of Ray Wylie Hubbard's "(Up Against the Wall) Redneck Mother" was a massive hit back in 1973, and Hubbard's still cranking out great music, as evidenced on his recent album, Snake Town. Louisiana native Marc Broussard may only be 25 years old, but he's an old soul. Broussard's "Bayou soul" music has won over the masses and proves he's an artist to keep an eye on.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Classic Neil Young Concert To See Release
PR reports: Neil Young's Live At Massey Hall will be released on March 3, 2007. On January 19, 1971, Neil Young performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. In many ways, this was a major homecoming event. He had left Canada in 1966, soon becoming a member of Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles, then recording his self-titled debut solo album in 1968. That was followed by "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" with Crazy Horse, then Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Déjà vu" in 1970 and his best-selling album "After The Gold Rush." By the time Young came back to Canada for the Massey Hall concert, he had become one of the most exciting and successful singer-songwriters in rock.

Neil Young was performing solo that evening in Toronto, playing many of his well-known songs like "Down by the River," "Ohio" and "I Am a Child." But he also included several new originals that would be featured on his next new album, "Harvest," which had not been released yet, like "Old Man," "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Heart of Gold." The audience had not heard any of these before, and the night was an historic and moving performance for all.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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El-P and Trent
PR reports: Definitive Jux co-founder, emcee, and producer El-P's first single from his new album I'll Sleep When You're Dead is available today. Entitled "Flyentology", the song features Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The single will be supported by an Adult Swim produced video that will debut on Comedy Central. 

"Flyentology" was written by El-P after he experienced a near fatal plane crash. The emcee/producer has always had an intense fear of flying, and his worst nightmare came true on a recent flight. Shortly after take-off, one of the engines exploded and the plane had to make a rough emergency landing. In the aftermath of the traumatic incident, El-P reexamined his thoughts on faith and religion. "I realized that my spiritual life exists only while on planes. During the experience I found myself praying, and I don't even know how to pray. So this is my song about religion, which I think a lot of people can relate to. It's my admittance of being an a**hole who thinks he's better than God until the very moment when I realize that not only am I not, but I really, really want God to love me and take care of me," explained El-P.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Andrew WK: Motivational Speaker?
Submitted News reports: Rock god and party guerilla Andrew W.K. brings his free-form soulsearching to the PIT [In New York City on 3-12-07]! Andrew will riff off-the-cuff on the stuff of the head and heart directly with the audience. He'll be taking questions and keeping the floor open to any kind of expression. The Joy Trilogy is not a lecture, it's an inquiry, a jam and a celebration. Participants are encouraged to show and tell and to come with their minds wide and high. The theme of each night is "joy in life" and as Andrew says, "We're talking about being us."[see full story for more info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bobby Rush DVD
MVD reports: Live at Ground Zero Blues Club captures a performance by blues legendary Bobby Rush. He brings his 50 years of experience and all of the excitement for which he is known to the stage on this DVD. Available on April 3, 2007.

The DVD features the footage of this thirteen track set. Rush incorporates comedy sketches between tracks of his own style of music, which he calls "folk funk." This particular brand of music is a mix of the old and new, incorporating jump blues, Chicago style deep blues, soul funk, and hip-hop.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Today's Reviews
....Al Green – The Definitive Greatest Hits
The Definitive Greatest Hits is a must have for anyone with a pulse. If you have a previous version of this collection, then the new edition is a fantastic update. This version includes a DVD with performances that range from demure to rousing. (5 stars) - Read the full Al Green – The Definitive Greatest Hits review
....Cassius – I'am Jim Jones
Cassius from Richmond, VA are a Remembering Never clone combined with the sounds of Death metal and the short occasional outburst of technical math riffs. After about six tracks, the majority of the songs sound the same---hardcore.- Read the full Cassius – I'am Jim Jones review
....Will Hoge: Letting It Loose

There are hundreds, dare I say, thousands of talented musicians in this world. But there is only one Will Hoge. There's something poetic about his albums and concerts and never do I walk away from one without feeling I witnessed something distinctive and extraordinary. - Read the full Will Hoge: Letting It Loose review

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