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Obituary CD in July
SMN reports: OBITUARY have posted the following update: "The new DVD is out World Wide and we have been getting nothing but good emails from everyone and we really appreciate the suppport! I told it was heavy! 

We had a great weekend of practice (I notice a lot of people logged into the web-cam watching us) and have a new album just about finished. We have studio timed booked in March and we are working on having it ready for a release in mid-July![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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K Fed Super Bowl Ad
TMZ reports: Although you won't be seeing Britney's face during the Super Bowl halftime show, her soon to be ex-husband Kevin Federline is set to star in his own commercial. 

Nationwide Insurance has hired Federline to star in one of their ads, set to run during some of the most expensive airtime on television. Although we're not exactly sure what talent (and we use the term loosely) K-Fed is going to be showcasing -- but if his commercial is anything like past spokespersons, such as Fabio or MC Hammer -- Kevin will definitely be making fun of himself.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Introducing Joss Stone
PR reports: British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone will release her third album, Introducing Joss Stone, on March 20th on Virgin Records. An electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, '70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies, and hip-hop grooves, the album is the one that Stone describes as "truly me. That's why I'm calling it Introducing Joss Stone," she says. "These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist."

Knowing she wanted to write the album alone, Stone decamped to Barbados in April to come up with lyrics. She stayed for several months before flying to the Bahamas to hook up with her main musical collaborator and producer Raphael Saadiq (known for his work with D'Angelo, The Roots, and Macy Gray). "Raphael [who plays bass on the album] is the most incredible musician I've ever met in my whole life," Stone says. "Musically, I feel like he reads my mind. I'll give him a look and he'll know exactly what I want." Stone and Saadiq spent two months recording in the Bahamas, and then mixed it at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Artists Vs MySpace
PR reports: Solo artist Fionn O Lochlainn boasts a love-hate relationship with the world's fastest growing online community, Myspace.com. Recent complaints by his management team, Sincere USA to the company further compound recent sentiments made by over artists' proprietary rights. "My client has been locked out of his Myspace account for almost two months with no recourse or help from Myspace, despite our numerous attempts to contact them," comments Sue-Ellen Stroum for Sincere USA.

This is not the first time a Sincere artist has encountered trouble with the online community. In an article that appeared in Music Week last June, Billy Bragg wrote an open letter to generate discussion on Myspace's Proprietary Rights in Content Clause, one that has since been lifted to protect the interests of artists everywhere. "What is at stake here is the ownership of rights. In the past, when I wrote a song, I needed a record company to manufacture, market and distribute my work and, in exchange for that, they expected to own the rights to exploit my recordings for as long as the material was capable of earning royalties--"life of copyright" in legalese-- which currently means 50 years. If that is the case, then they need to make explicit in their terms of agreement that the material posted on the site belongs to the artists and that they, not MySpace, have the sole right to exploit their work in any way they see fit," said Bragg.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eat Lordi
PR reports: Mr. Lordi, frontman for Finnish monster hard rock act LORDI, has been keeping busy in 2007 with both the upcoming release of 'The Arockalypse' in North America on March 20th, 2007 (on THE END RECORDS) and the new LORDI-themed restaurant, 'Lordi's Rocktaurant', that opened December 15th, 2006 in Rovaniemi, Finland. "Everything on the menu that is related to Lordi is our own ideas. Like everything with this band, we always have our hands on all projects," states Mr. Lordi. "I opened the restaurant with my childhood friend (Arto Koivuharju). My friend used to run a restaurant and he wanted to open another restaurant. He asked me about an idea and I suggested the Lordi-themed restaurant. Everything we start working on seems to get bigger and bigger. We wanted to open in restaurant earlier in the summer but the whole concept just grew and we finally opened it last month. It is a unique place, especially from a European point of view."

He adds, "I like the Ox item - the rare beef with chocolate chili sauce and sesame seeds over bull steak. People can order it medium, but I like my steaks rare." With the Lord-themed entrees and memorabilia lining the restaurant's walls it appears the restaurant is doing pretty good business having only been open a month.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Michelle Shocked Digital
PR reports: Nine classic Michelle Shocked albums have just become available as iTunes downloads. The Texas Campfire Tapes, Short Sharp Shocked, Captain Swing; Arkansas Traveler, Kind Hearted Woman (not currently available via traditional music retail), Deep Natural, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Got No Strings and Mexican Standoff. There is also an exclusive live EP called (what else) Live EP, released by PolyGram as a promo during the Captain Swing tour and featuring Pete Anderson's band, previously only available as a promotional item, are now available for legal download.

Look for a forthcoming iTunes Essentials package to compliment this digital launch…[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ike Reilly Assassination CD & Tour
PR reports: Chicago-based band The Ike Reilly Assassination is slated to release its next album, "We Belong To The Staggering Evening," on May 8th on the Rock Ridge Music label. Details on the record and a track listing will be released soon. "The Staggering Evening" is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Junkie Faithful," which came out in the fall of '05.

In advance of the release, Reilly is planning a series of acoustic shows to play some of the new material, as well as favorites from past albums. Tour dates will be announced soon with routing planned to take place in February and March. To kick off the 2007 touring, Reilly is confirmed to perform in Los Angeles at Hotel Café on Tuesday, January 30th with The Nightwatchman (a.k.a. Tom Morello) and others. The show is a benefit for Axis of Justice and Food Not Bombs.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Accident Experiment EP
PR reports: Southern California hard rock quartet The Accident Experiment will be releasing an EP on April 10th in both CD and digital-distribution formats. Entitled "Arena," it is actually a re-release of their first EP (originally released in 2004), with the addition of two previously-unreleased tracks. A full track-listing will be announced soon. Fans can also look for a video for one of the EP tracks, "Song For You," at video outlets very soon. 

Band guitarist Marcos Curiel has also re-joined his former band, P.O.D.; however the Accident Experiment will also continue to tour and record. Says Curiel: "You all may have heard the good news…I'm back in P.O.D. This is great news, but this does not mean the end of The Accident Experiment. AeX is currently on hiatus; AeX hasn't broken up. Me, Pete, Tony and Ernie will be back, just not sure when since I can't be in two places at once. Please continue to spread the word about The Accident Experiment."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stone Sour's Sillyworld
PR reports: Stone Sour will lead the charge on this year's Jägermeister Music Tour - their first headlining tour in support of latest album Come What(ever) May, and featuring special guests Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall. The Tour kicks off on March 23rd in St. Paul, Minnesota and will rock through May and each show will be rounded out with a local Jägermeister band. Going on six years, the Jägermeister Music Tour is bigger and bolder than ever, becoming THE hard rock show to see. Produced by Live Nation, past Tours have brought Disturbed, Slayer, Slipknot, Staind and Hatebreed, to the masses, and now the Tour continues its hard rock charge. You can check out an audio stream for Stone Sour's new single "Sillyworld" at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Malajube Tour
PR reports: Malajube have announced their plans to tour the states in February and March with Jade Tree's Snowden. The dates kick off in New York City on February 17th at the Mercury Lounge, work out to left coast and San Fran's Noise Pop Festival on the 2nd, and wind up in Austin for SXSW, where Malajube will play their Canadian hearts out at a set of as-yet-unannounced dates. Tour below:

02.17 New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02.18 New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02.19 Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw
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Silencers Reunite for Benefit
PR reports: The Silencers, one of Scotland's top rock'n'roll bands, is planning a surprise reunion in tribute to their cancer-stricken guitarist, 'Cha Burns'. The original mid-80s line-up of 'The Silencers' will stage a rare one-off gig to raise cash for Burns.

The group which is comprised of singer Jimme O'Neill, bassist Joe Donnelly and drummer Martin Hanlin, will perform a rare one off benefit concert at the ABC in Glasgow on 9th February 2007. 

It's hoped founder member, Burns, 48, will be well enough to play. He joined in 1985 and recorded five albums and hits 'The Real McCoy', 'I Can't Feel It' and 'Painted Moon'. The Silencers toured with U2, David Bowie and Simple Minds.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Totally F**king Destruction
PR reports: Translation Loss Records is proud to announce the signing of Philadelphia's TOTAL F**KING DESTRUCTION! TFD's Translation Loss Records debut entitled, ZEN AND THE ART OF TOTAL F**KING DESTRUCTION, will be released sometime this spring. The band was founded by BRUTAL TRUTH's very own drummer/vocalist/performance artist, Richard Hoak, and is rounded out by Herzog- total f**King guitar, Joe- total f**King bass and Pingdum- total f**King f**K you guitar. 

With grind on the mind and destruction boiling in their veins, TFD has taken grind to a whole new level with an extremely unique album that consists of three parts: Part 1 is a proper grinding, metallic and perversely catchy batch of songs. Recorded at Super 8 Studios [Slacks, Quips, Zodiak] and mixed by Dan O'Hare. Part 2 is an acoustic monster all in itself, beautifully recorded by the band in their total f**King house. Completely different from anything heard in grind today. Part 3 is enhanced CD content that contains Live from Hazel's, a legendary live performance recorded in the bowels of Philadelphia. Click the full story link to check out the songs "Corpse Position" and "NENN" from ZEN AND THE ART OF TOTAL F**KING DESTRUCTION.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Abdul Sort Of Explains Drunken Behavior
TMZ reports: In one of her more or less coherent moments, Paula Abdul defended her wacky appearance on a Seattle morning show last week.

A calm and collected Abdul told Ellen DeGeneres that there were "two cities in my ear...I'm answering Birmingham answers but it's airing in Seattle's morning show, so it looked like I was just in my own little world." Her constant slurring and giggles were apparently meant for Alabama and not Washington.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AOL Napster
CMJ reports: Though only a week has passed since Napster acquired the subscriber base of Virgin Digital, the downloading giant shows no signs of slowing down, as they prepare to take over as the official music subscription service for AOL Music. Dropping the services of Music Now, which AOL acquired via Circuit City in 2005, AOL is informing all Music Now clients of the automatic transfer to Napster, unless they should opt otherwise. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Roky Erickson Stomp
conqueroo reports: Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive - and at times mysterious - musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King) who played with Roky in the '80s.

At the Ponderosa Stomp, Roky Erickson will be surrounded by legendary performers, including master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawkins, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Midnight Movies Soph
PR reports: Harking back to the psychedelic '60s yet pushing forward into the post-modern pastiche, MIDNIGHT MOVIES' sophomore album, LION THE GIRL, due April 24, 2007 on New Line Records, captures a darker, more mysterious side of the band and their hometown Los Angeles. The foursome previewed this new sound with the digital release of single "Patient Eye," late last year.

Midnight Movies first made its mark with its eponymous 2004 debut full-length, garnering praise and earning them support slots with kindred spirits like Clinic, Luna and the Von Bondies. Their irresistibly haunting sounds will be heard on the road this Spring, yet they will kick off the new year with a local show on Tuesday, January 23 at trendsetting Check Yo' Ponytail.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Fishbone Familyhood Nextperience
DiR reports: Wanna see Fishbone in a club? You're in luck. Tonight antiMusic and HappeninHarry.com are hosting Hollyweird, the regular Wed night at the Joint in Beverly Hills and this week's show features a set from The Familyhood Nextperience which includes the entire current lineup of Fishbone along with special guests! 

Other performers include an all-star jam from The 9 Inch Chili Pumpkins All Star Band, Kottak (Featuring Members of The Scorpions, Hardly Dangerous and The Cult), (all the way from Hawaii) Black Square, Mike McKay and more. 

Also don't forget the Raven's Heart Benefit show on Thursday, see the full story for all the details. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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