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The New Voice of Candlemass
SMN reports: CANDLEMASS have posted the following update: "After months of auditions it is now official who replaces Messiah Marcolin in CANDLEMASS. Robert Lowe, well known for his work with SOLITUDA AETURNUS, is the man who killed all the competition and showed that he beyond doubt is the most capable man for the job. A worthy successor!!

Robert will still be fronting SA, but since there's a whole ocean between the bands, we/CANDLEMASS, feel that this is a great solution that is very beneficial for everybody.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Incantation Temp
SMN reports: Former INCANTATION member Jim Roe will fill in for drummer Kyle Severn on the band's upcoming European tour with MALEVOLENT CREATION, ROTTING CHRIST, NEURAXIS, MYSTIC CIRCLE, HARM and INACTIVE MESSIAH.

"It sucks that I won't be able to play drums for the European tour, but I need the time to fulfill some work obligations outside of metal," Severn said. "It is a great honor to have Jim Roe helping and playing with Incantation again. He was and always has been a huge part of the creation of the Incantation drum style.
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Decrepit Birth Seek Guitarist
SMN reports: Santa Cruz based brutal death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH have posted the following update:

"DECREPIT BIRTH is officially looking for a second guitarist who is ready for touring and playing shows. We are looking for someone who is a professional minded musician, who has skill and some experience. It's also very important that you have professional equipment or are ready to upgrade. DECREPIT BIRTH is a death metal band with its roots in brutal death metal, but we are really incorporating a more melodic and mature sound into the band, so don't expect to join the band and only play brutal.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jodi Jett Soph
PR reports: Alt-country performer and songwriter Jodi Jett will be releasing her second record later this year. Jett has already recorded two songs that she plans to release as singles this Spring. The record will be co-produced and mixed by Phil Palazzolo (Neko Case, The New Pornographers, Radio 4) and mastered by Tom Hutten for Bionic Mastering.
"I'm not taking myself so seriously with this album, says Jett. I've been listening to a lot of Magnetic Fields and Tom Waits, so I expect those influences to be noticeable on the record. Magnetic Fields especially inspire lots of obnoxious silliness with songs like the first single Pocket Rocket. As with her debut album Revelations, Jett will also independently release her second record. Further specifics will be announced at a later date.
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Annuals Add Dates
PR reports: Annuals are wrapping up their January tour with The Dears this week, and getting ready to hit the road yet again in Feb when they will eventually make their way back out west and meet up with Seattle's Aqueduct in March!

2/20 - Newport, KY at the Southgate House
2/21 - Cleveland at Case Western University
2/22 - Chicago at Schuba's
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Sour Jägermeister Dates
RRR reports: Following their much talked about stint on the 2006 Music as a Weapon Tour, Stone Sour have announced another round of dates, this time as headliners, on this year's Jägermeister Music Tour. This is their first US headline tour in support of the GOLD certified Come What(ever) May. Joining Stone Sour are Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall, alternating direct support and opening slots. The tour begins in St. Paul, MN on March 23rd and concludes with a hometown show in Des Moines, IA May 4th.

3/23/2007 Myth St. Paul, MN
3/24/2007 Rave, The Milwaukee, WI
3/25/2007 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Akon Gets Some American Pie
TMZ reports: If Tara Reid wants to shake her party girl image, she should probably reconsider performing simulated sex with rappers onstage.

TMZ obtained exclusive footage from Sundance of Tara, moments after she climbed onstage at the Blender Sessions party at Tao nightclub, while Akon performed his hit song, "Smack That." And for this performance, the "that" was Tara Reid.

Tara mounted then gyrated on Akon as he pretended to pump her all around the stage. One of his mohawked band members decided to get in on the action, and the two bounced Tara around between them. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drake Bell Mall Tour
PR reports: Celebrated musician and actor Drake Bell will be making special in-store appearances at local area malls to promote his sophomore effort It's Only Time during the month of January. Currently on an extensive national radio promotion tour, the accomplished Bell (he plays guitar and piano), wants to get up-close and personal with fans before he embarks on his national tour later this year. [see full story for dates and details]

Drake Bell released his album in December on 2006, lead by the first single "I Know" which continues to be a growing hit at radio and remains in rotation at MTV. Since his release, he has appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, MTV's TRL and on the Fox New Year's Eve Special. Look for Drake in the upcoming issue of Guitar World magazine to learn more about the inspiration behind his music. Drake Bell will also perform at the TJ Martell 8th Annual Family Day Event on March 4th at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City and take part in Seventeen Magazine's Rock Your Promo Tour in Sacramento on March 30th before stopping by Nickelodeon's Kid Choice Awards to reclaim the title of Favorite TV actor on March 31st.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Without Thrice
PR reports: Today is the day that Thrice lead singer, Dustin Kensrue releases his debut solo album entitled "Please Come Home" via Equal Vision Records. If you are expecting anything along the lines of Thrice, you will be sorely mistaken. Is that such a bad thing though? Certainly not! Please Come Home is 8 tracks of stripped-down rock, that is more like folk/country than anything else. Helping him out on the recordings is fellow Thrice band member Teppei Teranishi and their guitar tech Chris Jones. Don't let this record slip past you, it will definatley be in your Best of 2007 list.[see full story for some tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deluxe Haste The Day
PR reports: Indianapolis favorite, Haste The Day is set to release their third album, Pressure The Hinges on March 20th on Solid State Records. Production duties were commanded by acclaimed producer GGGarth (Rage Against The Machine, Chevelle), and the uncompromising and intense Pressure The Hinges builds dramatically upon the success of previous efforts Burning Bridges (2004) and When Everything Falls Apart (2005) which sold over 100,000 copies combined nationwide.

In addition to the single disc album release, a Deluxe Version of the album will be available, including 3 bonus tracks (listed below) as well as a bonus DVD disc including 2 live shows, former vocalist Jimmy Ryan's final performance with the band, 3 past music videos, behind the scenes studio footage and a plethora of bonus materials. The first single released from the album will be the outstanding track "Stitches." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Norah Jones Podcast
PR reports: On January 30, 2007, Blue Note Records will release Norah Jones' third studio album, ‘Not Too Late.' The album features thirteen new songs, all written or co-written by Jones. ‘Not Too Late' was produced by Lee Alexander, Jones' songwriting partner and bassist.

‘Not Too Late' features many of Jones' longtime collaborators including guitarists Adam Levy, Jesse Harris, Kevin Breit and Robbie McIntosh, drummer Andy Borger, and singer Daru Oda. Other album guests include singer M. Ward, organist Larry Goldings, and Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. ‘Not Too Late' was recorded in 2006 at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Jones' home studio. Click the full story link to Check out the first installment in the Not Too Late video podcast to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new album.
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Stafani Put in a Box
Vh1 reports: VH1's "Box Set," a made-for-broadband original music program, is migrating to VH1's linear channel this month for the first time with "Box Set: Gwen Stefani," a music retrospective that includes a compilation of the artist's music videos, performances, and exclusive interview clips. "Box Set: Gwen Stefani" will premiere on VH1 on Wednesday, January 24 at 11 PM*. It will also be available on demand on VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel beginning the same day.

"Box Set" joins other VH1 music series and programs such as "You Oughta Know," "Hear Music First," and "Live@VH1.com" in the growing list of VH1's made-for-broadband franchises that have made the uncommon shift from online to on-air. Included in "Box Set: Gwen Stefani" are exclusive, never-before-seen interview clips of the artist as she walks through the videos she's created as a solo artist, including the latest hits from her second solo album, The Sweet Escape (Interscope). - Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Northern Chorus Set Release
PR reports: Canadian indie pop sextet, A Northern Chorus, to release 4th studio album, The millions too many, on March 20, 2007. On their fourth full-length album, The millions too many, A Northern Chorus fits together all the pieces of the puzzle to make their finest album yet – ethereal and earthy, intuitive and elegant. Recorded at the same rural location as their last release, Bitter Hands Resign, ANC again enlisted the talents of friend Graham Walsh (Holy f***) to engineer and co-produce. This album marks the return of violinist Erin Aurich and the addition of Craig Halliday behind the drum kit. It's also their first record to feature the talents of the one-man horn section, Ben Bowen.

The millions too many finds A Northern Chorus wrapping themselves and their listener in lush slowcore anthems, creating a Hypnotic and moving, this is an irresistible, hauntingly beautiful album. For more info and tour dates go to http://www.sonicunyon.com/anc or www.myspace.com/anorthernchorus. SXSW 2007 show details and North American tour dates to be announced soon.
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Djin Djin, Java and Friends
PR reports: On May 1st, Razor & Tie and Starbucks Entertainment will co-release DJIN DJIN (pronounced "gin gin"), the new album by international music star and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Angelique Kidjo. Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Morrissey, T. Rex), DJIN DJIN finds the Benin-born Kidjo partnering with such luminaries as Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Ziggy Marley to create an album which is truly global in scope. Other special guests on the album include Amadou and Mariam and Branford Marsalis. The CD will be available simultaneously at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional retail.

Tracks: Ae Ae * Djin Djin featuring Alicia Keys and Branford Marsalis * Gimme Shelter featuring Joss Stone * Salala featuring Peter Gabriel * Senamou featuring Amadou and Mariam *Pearls featuring Josh Groban and Carlos Santana * Sedjedo featuring Ziggy Marley * Papa *Arouna * Awan N'La * Emma * Mama Golo Papa * Lonlon (Ravel's Bolero) - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Indie Shift
PR reports: Indie label TAKES THE BISCUIT, INC., is pleased to announce that three of its artists, JODY RAFFOUL, JEFF AUSTIN BLACK and JESSICA ANDREWS will be resuming the 2007 leg of the Shift_2 Nissan Cool Cars, Cool Music Tour starting in the Los Angeles area Feb 10-11 at Santa Anita Race Park in Arcadia. 

All events are free and the performances will start at 4 PM on both days following a day of unique events highlighting the cool new Nissan 2007 models of the Altima, Versa and Sentra. These models have been upgraded with the latest technology features including Bluetooth, Intelligent Key, CVT (continuous variable transmission) and Pushbutton Start. Not only will the public have an opportunity to get a close look at these new models, but they can also get instruction from professional drivers and will then have the opportunity to test drive models for themselves on a specially designed driving course. The tour will cross the U.S. also making stops in Irvine, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta finishing up in late spring 2007. 

A Battle of the Bands contest has been started for each date and sign ups are available at the Shift_2 Nissan official website see the full story- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Army of Meat Puppets
PR reports: This past Saturday at La Zona Rosa in Austin, TX, Army of Anyone – Richard Patrick, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Ray Luzier -- was joined by the Meat Puppets' original lineup (Curt Kirkwood, Cris Kirkwood, and Derrick Bostrom) for a special performance. Together the bands performed the Meat Puppets tunes "Attack by Monsters" and "Lake of Fire". It was the first time the Meat Puppets have performed on stage in 11 years. Video of the performance has been leaked and can be located at the full story link. Army of Anyone is currently headlining the SnoCore Tour 2007 with bands Hurt, Dropping Daylight, and Neurosonic.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Today's Reviews
MorleyView: Jon Oliva
This MorleyView almost didn't happen until Jon Oliva's publicist said the magic words, "listen to the record". Morley did and was an immediate convert. Now get converted yourself as Morley speaks with Jon about his past, present and future!- Read the full Jon Oliva MorleyView
Moros Eros – I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now The Sun Shines Bright
This CD marks a truly memorable debut for Moros Eros. With contagious rhythms and noteworthy musicianship, they show a certain promise that is uncharacteristic of many of the scene's baby boomers.- Read the full Moros Eros – I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now The Sun Shines Bright review
Suffer the Silence - A Welcoming to Departure
Laredo, Texas death metal trio Suffer The Silence is a hungry young band who are making the best of their second chance. Suffer the Silence started as an accident of sorts and grew to be something more.- Read the full Suffer the Silence - A Welcoming to Departure review

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