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Diana Far More Popular Than Live Earth
BBC reports: The British TV audience for the Live Earth concerts was less than a third of that for last week's Concert for Diana. 

BBC One's average ratings between 2000 and 2200 BST on Saturday were 3.1 million, compared with 11.4 million for the Diana gig on the previous Sunday. 

Bad language by stars attracted more than 130 complaints to the BBC - but more than 400 complained about rock band Metallica's set being cut short.- more on this story

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Alice Cooper Guitarist Recovering from Heart Attack
BW&BK reports: As previously reported, Dick Wagner, former ALICE COOPER BAND guitarist suffered a "serious" heart attack recently but is expected to make a "full recovery." 

Suzy Michelson, Wagner's business partner, has issued the following update: "I just saw Dick at the hospital and he is now entirely alert, his great mind is intact, his humor is intact. His heart and body are recovering- more on this story

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Double The Cure
Filter reports: The Cure are obviously firm believers in a good bargain. With their 13th studio album in the works, Robert Smith and the boys are planning to release a double disc that the band has agreed to sell for the reasonable price of one. With disc one consisting of all new material, disc two will showcase tracks hand picked by Smith himself. With the origin of three tracks dating all the way back from the 80s- more on this story

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Eisley Soph
PR reports: Texas indie rock quintet Eisley has announced the release of their sophomore album Combinations on August 14th. Building on the success of their lauded debut Room Noises, the guitar-driven Combinations is a diverse collection of songs that nevertheless fit comfortably together. The lyrics shift effortlessly from romantic to quirky (the first single, "Invasion," even involves an alien takeover), but always keep the listener fixated on the track at hand.

Eisley on Tour This Summer!
w/ the Fray
7/9 Nashville, TN - Gaylord Entertainment Center 
7/10 Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre 
7/11 Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheatre - more dates including an acoustic tour

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Dropkick Murphys Get Mean
PR reports: Dropkick Murphys will release The Meanest Of Times September 18th on their own label, Born & Bred Records in association with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. 

Dropkick Murphys come out swinging with their 6th studio album The Meanest Of Times a collection of tales about family, loyalty and remembering where you came from. The Meanest Of Times contains all the best elements of the DKM sound: a complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock'n'roll, this album puts the band's diversity, intensity and sincerity on full display. The album features guest appearances by Spider Stacey of The Pogues and Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners. TMoT was recorded at The Outpost in Stoughton, MA and produced by the Dropkick Murphys. The guest vocals were recorded at Westland Studios in Dublin by Dave Slevin. - more including upcoming tour dates

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Ben Harper Preview
PR reports: At the end of a nine month European tour, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals landed in a Paris recording studio and completed their new album, LIFELINE in just seven days. The result: a soulful masterpiece with beautifully direct lyrics, undeniable grooves and an effortless energy that recalls the best works of Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones. Yeah...it's that good.

It's no surprise that most bands today don't record albums live, straight to tape, in one room, no Pro Tools, no auto-tune. There are only a handful of modern artists that can pull it off. Since Ben & The Innocent Criminals were so musically connected after such a long tour, they entered the studio immediately. And on a sixteen track tape machine and one full week in the City of Lights, they successfully recorded and mixed an album that will sit alongside all of your old favorites...just like a classic record should.

Check out the stream for the brand new single "In the Colors" from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal's LIFELINE, due out August 28th on Virgin Records. - Listen here

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Guff Summer Tour
PR reports: Guff is hitting the road. The Athen's, Georgia based pop-minded punk quintet has been at it for a decade now. "Symphony Of Voices", which was released on June 26th, is the band's Go Kart Records full length debut. Reminiscent of some of the West Coast's early 1990's melodic skate punk pioneers, the record serves as a reminder that pop-punk, when done right, still functions in an irresistible manner. With a well balanced combination of hooks and grit, Guff's speedy, riff-laden, sing-a-long-ready anthems should sit well with fans of punk's catchier sides. Furthermore, if dive bar jukebox condemned classic rock anthems float your boat, you'll be stoked to know that Steve Perry (yes, of Journey) produced and sang one of the album's tracks ("I Can See It In Your Eyes"). With a slot on this Summer's Vans Warped Tour and subsequent tour dates to follow the band may be crossing your path sometime in the near future. Find out below. 

07/13 - Knoxville, Tn - Old City Java 
07/14 - Johnson City, TN - Heather's Hideaway 
07/19 - Atlanta, GA - Lenny's 
07/20 - Valdosta, Ga - Vito's Pizzeria - more dates

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Mustard Plug on 9/11
PR reports: Mustard Plug is set to release their 6th full length album, In Black And White on Hopeless Records on September 11th. The new album is a return to form of sorts, as Mustard Plug recently headed back to the famed Blasting Room recording studio in Fort Collins, CO to work with veteran punk producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents/ALL, NOFX) — the same studio location and producer of the band's seminal 1997 album, Evildoers Beware. While In Black And White's title may nod to technology of the past, take one spin of the new album, and you'll instantly notice a record that's as colorful and current as ever. It's crammed full of ear-grasping melodies while at the same time embracing the bands darker and more mature outlook on their world, formed over the band's 16 year existence.- tour dates and tracklisting

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Finger Eleven Tour
PR reports: Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer," from Them vs. You vs. Me, is the NUMBER ONE Active Rock track in the country. The song is also firmly in the Top 5 on the Alternative Rock chart. This marks the first time in the band's career that they have hit the top of the charts in the U.S. market, a feat they have enjoyed a number of times in their native Canada. The song continues to move up the Pop charts, and all signs point to a hit in that format. The combined audience continues to hit new highs weekly, currently at 14.2 million sets of ears.

This summer the quintet will spend a few weeks as direct support to [Artist name removed, sorry we no longer cover any Roadrunner acts, try your local mall or middle school for info their "artists"] (sharing that slot with Puddle of Mudd), while also staging a headline tour across The United States. - Grab the dates here

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CastorTroy Ink with Rock Ridge
PR reports: Vancleave, Mississippi rock foursome CastorTroy has signed to Rock Ridge Music and will be releasing its forthcoming EP, "Patience Above," nationally on August 7, 2007. The EP was recorded at Rivergate Studios in Gautier, Mississippi with Chris Henderson, guitarist for 3 Doors Down, behind the boards. "Patience Above" was mixed and masterd by Geoff Ott (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle. Says Henderson: "Castor Troy is a hard working rock band. It's evident in their music. They are one of the few bands out there that isn't afraid to get their hands dirty and go after what they believe in."- more on this story

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Gogol Bordello and Madonna Take Live Earth
PR reports: Eugene Hutz and Sergey Ryabtsev from New York gypsy punk band GOGOL BORDELLO joined Madonna live on stage for her headline performance at Live Earth in London's Wembley Stadium this past Saturday, July 7. For those who missed the performance check out the link at the end of this article. 

With more than 2.7 million people in the UK alone watching the set, Eugene and Sergey performed a very special rendition of Madonna's No.1 hit ‘La Isla Bonita' mixed with the traditional Romany song, ‘Lela Pala Tute', a live staple for Gogol Bordello, and performed in the Romany language. 

Gogol Bordello's brand new album ‘Super Taranta!' is released on Tuesday, July 10th 2007. Following Live Earth, Eugene and Sergey rejoined Gogol Bordello in Dublin, Eire, for the Oxegen Festival on Sunday July, 8. The band will return to New York for a string of dates in the U.S. including two headlining performances at Irving Plaza on July 20 and July 21. In addition, the band is scheduled to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman Show on Aug. 1 before returning to the UK to perform at the Beautiful Days Festival on August 18 and the Reading & Leeds Festivals on August 24 & 25 respectively.- Watch the Live Earth Performance

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Darkager Offer Up Free Music
PR reports: The brazilian power/thrash metal band DARKAGER is actually recording their debut album with Thiago Bianchi, the vocalist of Shaman, a known producer who already worked with bands like Angra, Tuatha de Danann, and Shaman itself. 

Since the album isn't ready and the copies of their demo are sold out, the band decided to make it available for download. This demo, Bells of Doom, was recorded with a old line-up and it doesn't show the present musical direction of Darkager, which will be heard in their debut.- The download links are available here

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Tegan And Sara CD and Tour
PR reports: Everyone's favorite Canadian twin songstresses Tegan And Sara are back with their fifth studio album, The Con, being released July 24th as they head out on a "sold out" tour. 

Following up 2004's hit album, So Jealous, Tegan And Sara teamed up with Death Cab For Cutie's Christopher Walla to share production duties on The Con, and also enlisted an all-star lineup of guest contributors including Death Cab's Jason McGerr (drums), Matt Sharp of The Rentals / Weezer (bass) and Kaki King (guitar). 

Tegan And Sara North American Tour Dates
July
14 - Victoria, BC - The Belfry Theatre 
15 - Victoria, BC - The Belfry Theatre 
16 - Vancouver, BC - East Cultural Centre- more dates

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Mailbag: Ragin' Aiken and Rolling Avril
PR reports: Since we had to disable new accounts in our comments section due to idiot spammers, we will from time to time post messages people wanted to add to those articles. Today we have comments on the recent Clay Aiken Air Rage incident and Avril's accused song theft. 

First a Claybot with the expected "explanation" for what happened on the airplane. badpoetry writes: That Clay story is hilarious! Actually, he was asleep and his foot was on the woman's armrest. She couldn't wake him up, so instead of calling the flight attendant, she started hitting him? Good lordy. But, he didn't press charges, although it sounds like he could. Guess not "all" the old ladies are achin for Clay? hahaha. [So it turns out he was beaten up by a woman for being rude? ok, we'll buy that. The airlines can easily prevent this from happening again by only allowing one passenger per closet.] 

Now an Advil Latrine fan going by the name of JustTheFacts defends the punk poser's accused song theft by pointing out that she ripped off the Rolling Stones instead of The Robinoos: Why aren't the Rolling Stones suing the Robinoos? Listen yourself and decide: The Rubinoos rip off The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones - Avril Lavigne - The Rubinoos COMPARE HOOKS

So the Stones and the Rubinoos have the same chords in that chorus.. Avril chorus at least are different chords. [like the poster said, listen for yourself and judge how much music quality has dropped from decade to decade to decade. Thanks Clive!] - Mailbag

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