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McCready Jailed
AP reports: Mindy McCready was in jail Thursday, accused of violating probation on a 2004 drug charge after a scuffle with her mother and authorities in Florida. 

The 31-year-old country singer was taken into custody Wednesday at Nashville International Airport and booked into the Williamson County jail just south of Nashville.

She was arrested last week in Fort Myers, Fla., her hometown, on misdemeanor charges that she scratched her mother on the face- more on this story

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Collective Soul Download Card
PR reports: Collective Soul has announced they will be giving away free limited edition music download cards during their 2007 summer concert tour. The first 300 attendees each night will receive a card with a code to download the brand new single "Hollywood." 

Currently, the band is performing at Minor League Baseball stadiums across the country on the "Triple Play" tour with Counting Crows and Live. 

Collective Soul's upcoming new album "Afterwords" is set for release August 28th and will be available exclusively at Target and iTunes. - the dates be here

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Wilco Extend Tour
Filter reports: Wilco must be rolling along in the most comfortable tour bus known to man. Or, maybe they just really dig being out on the open road, enjoying the vast sky stretched out ahead of them, partying at festivals in beautiful locations. 

Whatever the reason, they've tacked some additional U.S. dates onto their seemingly endless tour. The band will play in Duluth, MN on August 14, meander through Canada a bit, and then reappear in Seattle on August 21.

In other news, guitarist Nels Cline just released a new solo CD, with some assistance from drummer Glenn Kotche. Jeff Tweedy recently lent his voice to the folks at Comedy Central, playing the voice of God on the new animated series Lil' Bush.
- Grab all of the dates here

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Maiden Crooner Does Not Have Anthrax
PR reports: In a brand new, exclusive interview conducted by Rock N Roll Universe with original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno, the legendary singer discusses his new album 'The Living Dead,' his days in Maiden, the chances of that band being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, his dream of recording a classic crooner album, plus much more. A short excerpt from the interview follows below:

RNRU : Several months back there was an online petition started by fans of Anthrax to get the members of that band to consider you as the next vocalist for the band. What's your opinion regarding that, and if you were asked by the band, would you consider joining?

PD : I don´t mind. Anthrax is a great band, and Scott is a great bloke. But I don´t think I´m the man for the job.

RNRU : You've been in the business for over three decades now. Are there any goals, musically or otherwise that you'd still like to achieve?

PD : I really want to make a classic crooner album...some old Elvis tunes, Sinatra...I´m not kidding!- Read the full interview here

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Bad Brains Recruit SOAD Shavo for Video
PR reports: The Bad Brains first video off of Build A Nation has been finished by director and System Of A Down member, Shavo. Shot at Sasquatch Festival and also Portland Oregon by famed cinematographer Danny Hiele (U2, Green Day, Kanye West), the concept caputures and merges punk and reggae. 

Thus, the main punk video "Give Thanks And Praises" is seen merging into the dub reggae of "Jah Love." It's a concept Shavo felt did justice to the band as being innovators of punk rock:

"I really wanted to respect this band and bring out and capture what they are about, which is a certain intensity...yet, also bringing out all sides of the band. So, the brutal fury of the first video merges into this beautiful dub song. It is some of the most stunning cinematography from DP Danny Hiele I have ever seen. Glorious film style," says Shavo.- Still shots from the video shoot at Sasquatch Festival

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Hate Eternal Make it Official
Lambgoat reports: Hate Eternal has officially announced the addition of permanent drummer Jade Simonetto to their line-up. Erik Rutan comments:

"Jade and I have been working together for 6 months or so, and his incredible skill and dedication to extreme drumming and groove has made him the perfect drummer for Hate Eternal. We gel on everything from all the old songs to the new and the creativity process has been amazing. Working with Jade on the new songs, there is so much diversity and signature drumming to the melodies and riffs.- He's not done yet and also drops a hint on when the new CD will be out.

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Sea Wolf Set Release and Tour
PR reports: Sea Wolf has announced his debut full-length album Leaves in the River will be released September 25th via Dangerbird Records to follow hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed You're A Wolf EP. This weekend Sea Wolf will kick-off a midwest tour with labelmates Silversun Pickups before heading out on tour with Nada Surf in October

Sea Wolf Tour Dates: 
29 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue * 
30 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre * 
01 Omaha, NE - Slowdown * 
02 Boulder, CO - R&R Convention
- more dates

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The Raveonettes Plot US Tour
Filter reports: Despite still working on the follow up to 2005's, Pretty in Black, The Raveonettes have just announced a couple North American tour dates. The demo to their latest single, "Black Satin", is currently streaming on Myspace and is garnering great reviews.

With no album release date in sight, don't miss the dynamic duo of Miss Sharon Foo and Mister Sune Rose Wagner, because its unsure when they'll be making the rounds again. 

The Raveonettes Tour Dates:
10 Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
11 Maxwell's, New Jersey, NJ
12 Bowery Ballroom, NY
13 Mohawk, Buffalo, NY
14 Lee's Palace, Toronto
16 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
- more dates

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Abacus No More
Lambgoat reports: Abacus Recordings has officially ceased to exist. Portions of the one-time Century Media Records imprint will now be folded back into Century Media. 

Launched in 2002, the label was originally headed by Century Media co-owner Robert Kampf. Roughly two years ago Abacus and Century Media split, with Kampf choosing to relinquish his portion of ownership.

Details regarding the latest arrangement between the two entities are scant, but it appears that certain Abacus bands will now be brought over to the Century Media roster.- more on this story

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Rocket Scientists Preview
PR reports: Acclaimed American progressive rock legends Rocket Scientists have posted the video Earthbound from their 2007 recording sessions on YouTube as a precurser to their forthcoming box set release Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward. 

The highly anticipated release is scheduled for mid-October on the Think Tank Media label, distributed in North America by ProgRock Records. The video was recorded in the same Los Angeles area studio where Rocket Scientists recorded their earlier albums. 

The band reunited to record updated versions of some of their previously released material specifically for the box set. - check out the video here

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Deep Purple VIP
PR reports: The legendary hard rock band DEEP PURPLE has selected Paid Inc. celebrity services to coordinate VIP experience ticket packages for its live performances, redesign its web site, develop and direct its official fan community and manage both mobile and online merchandising, marketing and fulfillment.

DEEP PURPLE stated, "Everything we do is about the music! DEEP PURPLE has always forged its own path musically and has always had a heart for its fans. We want to deliver the ultimate experience to fans who love our music.
We're looking to Paid celebrity services to launch an official fan community web site to increase the value of our online presence and offer more to our fans through web-based interaction.- more on this story

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Nothing Left for As I Lay Dying
PR reports: AS I LAY DYING has just completed shooting the video for "Nothing Left," the first single off of their highly-anticipated album, AN OCEAN BETWEEN US. The new CD is due in stores on August 21, 2007. 

The bleak, futuristic clip was shot in Van Nuys, California at Sound City Studios with Brian Thompson (Killswitch Engage, Angels & Airwaves) lending his directorial talents. "The high concept storyline mixed with the bands ripping performance should make this video a metal favorite," says Thompson.

The story, which was conceived as a collaboration between the band and Thompson, follows a female character through a series of events which takes place within a decaying, future landscape.- comments?

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Finally An Honest Band!
DiR reports: Let's end to the week on a fun note. So we got an email from a regular reader, Brian Farrelly. Seems that he and his friend have come up with a cartoon about being in lame, go-nowhere band. It's called naturally enough Our Band Sucks and according to the YouTube page it is in response to Bon Jovi's "Runaway" video. 

The cartoon is pretty short, so even those with short attention spans from years of watching MTV should be able follow along. We also hear that Roadrunner is eager to make a deal with the band but couldn't find them at the mall when they looked. RCA also reportedly showed an early interest but the band didn't suck enough for their standards.- Enuff said, check out the cartoon here

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