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Paris Cops A Plea
TMZ reports: Paris Hilton has entered a plea in her DUI case. Paris, originally charged with DUI, pled no contest Monday to alcohol-related reckless driving. Hilton was not present when her lawyers, Howard Weitzman and Shawn Chapman Holley, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer that the heiress would rather fold than fight.

The judge placed Hilton on 36 months probation. She must pay a fine of $390 (with penalty assessments, Paris must pay a grand total of $1450) and attend an alcohol education program.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Iggy Pop and The Teddybears
Atlantic reports: Sweden's Teddybears have launched a brand new video for the song "Punkrocker" from their album SOFT MACHINE. The band directed the video themselves and features Iggy Pop on vocals and appearing in the video. Teddybears will be announcing a set of spring tour dates in the near future!

"PUNKROCKER" featuring IGGY POP video can be viewed at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lovedrug Tour
PR reports: Lovedrug will release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Everything Starts Where it Ends, via Militia Group on March 6th. In conjunction with the record's release, the Ohio-based four-piece will embark on a massive US tour with Plain White T's on March 4th.

 05-Mar Green Bay, WI @ Riverside Ballroom 
06-Mar Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club 
07-Mar Sauget, IL @ POPS
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Drive-Thru's House of Fools
PR reports: Drive-Thru Records is proud to announce the debut full-length release from Greensboro, North Carolina's HOUSE OF FOOLS. Live And Learn, produced by Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn, The Format) with additional mixing and production by Mike Green (Paramore, The Matches), hits shelves March 6, 2007.

Rock n' roll with a dash of Southern sensibilities, HOUSE OF FOOLS boasts classic influences like The Beatles, Tom Petty, The Eagles, and Pink Floyd blended with contemporary sounds like The Format, My Morning Jacket and Elliott Smith.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The End for Poison the Well
Relapse reports: Canadian quintet THE END will join Ferret Records' POISON THE WELL for a Southeastern U.S. Tour in late February. The tour will also include THIS IS HELL. 

THE END is currently finishing their first tour (an Eastern Canada tour with CANCER BATS) in support of their highly anticipated new album, Elementary. 

February 22 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
February 23 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
February 24 Wilmington, NC Soapbox Laundrolounge
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Twisted Banana Vs Axl
C.C. Banana reports: As an epilogue to his 2006 Bananiversary Celebration, rock & roll comic C.C. Banana has interviewed all 5 members of Twisted Sister. In the first of these 5 holiday-themed interviews, C.C. Banana speaks with founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French about their current album "A Twisted Christmas" and the possible future of the band. A few excerpts from the interview follow:

C.C. Banana: What was it like recording a Christmas album during one of the hottest summers on record? ** Jay Jay French: Every Christmas album I know of has been recorded during the summer. Every quote I've ever read has been something like, "When I wrote 'Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire' it was 90 degrees outside." All I can say is, my chestnuts were roasting when we recorded this album. It was freakin' hot! We were in a studio on Long Island with the air conditioning turned off, because we wanted to squeeze every last nuance from those 100-watt Marshall amplifiers with no distortion. Just because we care that much!

C.C. Banana: What would you give Axl Rose for Christmas? ** Jay Jay French: I'd give him a watch so he could get his sorry f**kin' ass on stage on time, instead of ripping off his fans. That piece of sh*t! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Angry Inch Spawns Pagoda
Universal reports: The rock band Pagoda will release their eponymous debut album February 27, 2007 on Ecstatic Peace records + tapes. The band's most notable member, vocalist and guitarist Michael Pitt, is probably most known for acting roles in films such as "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", Gus van Sant's "Last Days" and Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers". What most people don't know is that he is also a talented singer and songwriter. Pitt has been performing music just as long as he has been acting. He formed Pagoda several years ago - which now consists of Reese Carr on drums and Willy Paredes on bass.

Sonic Youth legend and Ecstatic Peace founder, Thurston Moore, first met Pitt while composing music for the Larry Clark movie, "Bully" but it was a reintroduction through researching a role for the movie, "Last Days" (van Sant's impressionistic take on Kurt Cobain's final hours) where the young songwriter and Moore connected musically. At Moore's apartment, van Sant prodded Pitt to play for Moore. "All I had lying around the apartment was a crummy electric guitar Michael took it and began to belt out a solo rendition of "Lesson Learned" (the first track on the Pagoda CD.) I was taken aback." [check out the song at the full story link] From that meeting sparked the journey for Moore and Pitt which culminates with the album, Pagoda. 
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Virgin Black in April
PR reports: THE END RECORDS has set a release date of April 3rd, 2007 for the new album from Australia's gothic/classical/doom band VIRGIN BLACK, titled ‘Requiem - Mezzo Forte.' The album, part of the ‘Requiem' trilogy, will be the first installment (the 2nd of the trilogy) released and will be followed later on this year by ‘Requiem – Pianissimo' and ‘Requiem – Fortissimo.'

About the ‘Requiem' trilogy, singer/songwriter Rowan London comments, "Well, I feel like I've become a completely non-functioning part of society over the past two years. Requiem has been the most agonizingly difficult experience I have ever faced. On one side are the logistics of three albums, two and a half hours of music, and financing it all (orchestra included). The other side is the emotional toll; the far too many times I fell in a heap feeling that it would be impossible to succeed and coming oh so close to completely giving up the project. I take many a scar from this process and may never experience this kind of beautiful pain again. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metal Blade Sign Hate Eternal
Metal Blade reports: Metal Blade Records has just signed a worldwide deal with Death Metal Legends, Hate Eternal. Formed in 1997, Hate Eternal's goal has always been to challenge musical limitations and create new boundaries with no compromise; to obtain goals aimed at by many yet reached by only a select few; to create music that not only defies all clichés, but that creates a true sense of power, dissonance and consonance, heaviness and speed, melody and brutality, simply put horrific hymns.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Decemberists Spring Tour
antiMusic reports: The Decemberists are hitting the road this Spring and taking My Brightest Diamond along with them. Here are the dates: 

3/21 Jersey City, NJ Loews Theater
3/22 Jersey City, NJ Loews Theater
3/23 Boston, MA Avalon
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We Are The Fury Supporting Jack's Mannequin
PR reports: Toledo, OH glam punk rockers We Are The Fury are at it again, this time on a February tour with Jack's Mannequin. WaTF will be opening up for JM starting w/a Feb. 10th date in Lincoln, NE and winding up w/a 2/28 play in NYC. 

The band's new record, Venus is set for a Spring/Summer 2007 release on One Big Spark/East West. 

2/10/07 Lincoln, NE Rococo Theatre
2/12/07 Maplewood, MN Myth
2/13/06 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
2/14/07 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
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Bonus Meds from Placebo
PR reports: Virgin Records is re-releasing Meds, the newest album by London-based alternative rock trio PLACEBO on January 23, 2007, the label announced. The album was originally released in the U.S. earlier in 2006 through the Astralwerks label. 

The Virgin Records edition of Meds, described by the band as a back-to-basics project with the elemental feeling of a first album, will add three songs not on the Astralwerks release, "Lazarus," "UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU," and a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe duets on the track "Broken Promise," and Alison Mosshart of The Kills is a guest on the title track. PLACEBO will be touring the U.S. again in early Spring, 2007. [see the full story for a stream of a She Wants Revenge Remix] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Witches
PR reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 123 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. In this episode, hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy are once again joined by Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost and Metal Asylum's Rich Catino. Interview topics include Frostbite, Metalium, Chris Caffery, Savatage, and The Bronx Casket Co. Additional podcast topics include Jeff Scott Soto, Neil Schon, and Chris Daughtry. The episode also features giveaways from both Screaming Ferret and Metal Blade Records. Photos as well as the 45-minute podcast can be downloaded at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gorerotted Set US Show Debut
Metal Blade reports: Once again all hell will break loose when two of the sickest, most insane metal bands ever team up for part two of their 'A Splatterday Night' tour. This time the rotted-stench of alcohol will destroy Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland. Support comes from Italian grinder Grimness 69. 

In other cool news Gorerotted been confirmed for their first show in the USA. In May 2007 they are flying over for an exclusive show at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Middian (Post YOB) Set Debut
Metal Blade reports: Mike Scheidt gives us the 411 about his new band: After YOB got back from our last tour in 2005, it became very obvious that our individual goals in the band had changed. Travis Foster and Isamu Sato both left the band after we explored options for keeping YOB together. Neither of them had the stomach for touring anymore, and I knew I wanted to keep touring. After about 8 months of thought as whether to continue with what would be YOB's 5th line-up after Isamu and Travis left, and after trying out some fine musicians, I decided to let YOB go. So I decided to start a new band: very much in the vein of YOB, but more angry and mid-paced on average, but still with roots in slow DOOM and the cosmic vibe that was a part of YOB. Middian is that band. In my mind I was already thinking about who I was going to approach for a rhythm section: My friends Will Lindsay on bass and Scott Headrick on drums. They are both very experienced musicians who, while having roots in extreme music, neither had played DOOM influenced music before. I wanted a fresh take on the riffs I was writing. Luckily they were both into it, and we have been having a blast ever since."

Age Eternal is our first album together, and we are very happy with it overall. It is a solid first album for us and is setting the blueprint for what we do: DOOM and Stoner influenced music without it exactly being either....but definitely being HEAVY.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Today's Reviews
Bowling for Soup - The Great Burrito Extortion Case
Bowling for Soup are doing the same thing on their fifth album that better and more popular bands did almost a decade ago. Their newest offering, brings nothing to the table except half-baked hooks and a hot topic mentality.- Read the full Bowling for Soup - The Great Burrito Extortion Case review
The Slip - Eisenhower
Eisenhower allows simultaneous listeners to dance the hippy groove and the indie head nod. When The Slip is not too busy doting over its own reflection, Eisenhower reflects brilliance. - Read the full The Slip - Eisenhower review
Genetic Drift - Decide For Us All
"Decide For Us All" is a joyous combination of groove thrash and metalcore, and it should appeal to fans of Pantera and Lamb Of God. If you like these bands or groups similar to them, this is essential. - Read the full Genetic Drift - Decide For Us All review

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