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Vengeance Festival III
SMN reports: Bands have been announced for the Vengeance Festival III, which will take place on Saturday, July 21st at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ:

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Aeon Recording
SMN reports: Swedish death metallers AEON have posted the following update:

"We are now gearing up to hit the studio this weekend to start recording the followup to ‘05 Unique Leader release Bleeding the False. 12 new songs of pure hatred is about to be put on tape and it fells f***ing great. We will be pushing that red button in Empire Studio for about one month and when that's done, the tracks will be sent down to the legendary Unisound Studio for some insane mixing and mastering by Dan Swanö. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rush UK
PR reports: Atlantic Records UK today announced the Monday April 30th release of RUSH's first new studio album "SNAKES & ARROWS", plus the announcement of a major October 2007 UK arena tour (tickets go on sale this Saturday). 

The album is the renowned rock trio's first new collection of original material in nearly five years, and was recorded during the fall of 2006 by Grammy Award winning record producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) with RUSH co-producing. The first single taken from the album 'Far Cry' will be available in the UK as a digital download on Monday April 16th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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June Carter Cash Coming Early
PR reports: Please be advised that the release date for "Anchored In Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash," has been MOVED FROM June 19 to its NEW RELEASE DATE of June 5, 2007.

The life of the late country music legend JUNE CARTER CASH will be celebrated this June 5 with the simultaneous release of an all-star tribute album as well as an intimate memoir/biography written by her son, John Carter Cash. The CD, "Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash," boasts an impressive talent line-up including tracks by Elvis Costello, Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter and Ronnie Dunn, and Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talking Lamb
PR reports: The latest episode of Talking Metal features and interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with Lamb of God bassist John Campbell. Interview topics include Ozzfest 2007, the Grammys, Conan O'Brien, Fangoria Magazine, and the Hellraiser movie series. Additional podcast topics include Arch Enemy, Peter Criss, Scott Ian, Battlestar Galactica, Ian Christie, and the new Star Wars R2-D2 mailboxes. The podcast can be downloaded at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ask The Good, The Bad & The Queen
PR reports: The band behind the album The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong will be answering twenty questions from fans in an exclusive interview. Fans have one week to submit their questions (closing date 30th March at 6pm GMT). 20 of the best will be put to the band before their sold-out show at London's Hammersmith Palais, and the interview will appear online on the band's official myspace (see full story link) and official website at a later date.

1) Send a message to the band's official myspace including your question in the message body
2) email your question to goodbadqueen@hotmail.com

Please include your NAME and LOCATION (country and / or state / city) so you get recognition if your question is chosen. You can submit as many questions as you like - good luck.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Icicles Arrivals & Departures
PR reports: Well, "La Ti Da", those hand-sewn matching-outfit-wearing pop sweethearts The Icicles are back with a brand new record! Arrivals & Departures clearly shows that the Grand Rapids band has matured since its last record, A Hundred Patterns. The Icicles' previous releases have always been undeniably influenced by the late great girl groups of the sixties, and this holds true for the songs on Arrivals & Departures. However, as opposed to the tunes on A Hundred Patterns, which fit more solidly into the "bubblegum" vein of pop, the eleven tracks on Arrivals & Departures have a whole new layer and depth to them, which in part is due to the addition of new lead guitarist, Rebecca Rodriguez. 

The Icicles swing through a city near you in April in support of the brand new record (April 10, Microindie Records) with fellow Fanatic buzz band Casper and The Cookies, who will be fresh off tour with The Apples in Stereo. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Gathering In NYC
PR reports: Dutch rock band THE GATHERING have announced a special one-off headlining show on May 15th, 2007 at Club Rebel in NYC. Following the show in New York City, the band will start a two-week tour with Lacuna Coil/In This Moment/Stolen Babies across North America. That tour starts May 16th, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

The info for the New York City show is as follows:

Presented by Rocks Off... The Gathering, Tub Ring, + tba

May 15th, 2007@ REBEL - 251 West 30th Street (at 8th ave) New York City , New York 10001 $15 advance / $18 at door 
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Chrisopher Blue Preview
PR reports: A subdued lullaby to a convoluted past, room tones' 12 tracks – to be released April 17 - were forged from Chrisopher Blue's tumultuous life. The album is a slinky affair that illuminates Blue's cinematic narratives and booze-soaked croon (think a less nicotine-damaged Mark Lanegan) giving way to slow burning tracks which recall Jeff Buckley with their rich textures. Lyrics play out against spare piano, drums, upright bass and guitar effects that unfurl gloriously despite their resigned melancholy. 

Preview the album via the e-card at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Manson Says Fur Is Garbage
PR reports: Stunning Shirley Manson is dressed to kill in her new ad for peta2. But the Garbage singer is holding a gruesome accessory—the dead body of a skinned fox—beside the caption "Here's the Rest of Your Fur Coat." The ad is a dramatic bid to show people that every fur coat, collar, and cuff is made from many animals who endured tremendous suffering. The campaign debuts in Manson's hometown of Edinburgh this week, where hundreds of copies of the hard-hitting ad are being posted throughout the city. Manson is also sponsoring a "Fur Is Garbage" giveaway at peta2.com, where visitors can register to win posters of the ad, a signed copy of Garbage's hit album Bleed Like Me, and a T-shirt autographed by Manson. Manson also talked about her career and her disdain for fur in an exclusive interview with peta2, the world's largest youth animal rights organization. To register for the giveaway and read Manson's interview see the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Macy Gray Today
PR reports: The woman with the most distinctive voice in music is back with a dynamic new effort that spotlights her classic pipes in a variety of soulful and stylistic settings. On March 27th Macy Gray will release her long awaited new album "BIG" on the will.i.am music group/Geffen Records label. She joins Grammy-winning, platinum superstar Fergie as the second artist to be released under the will.i.am music group banner. 

Working with a number of producers, including will.i.am, Ron Fair, Justin Timberlake and newcomers Jared and Whitey, "BIG" was mostly recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and features guest artists Fergie, Natalie Cole, Nas, Justin Timberlake and will.i.am. A complete track listing for "BIG" is: "Finally Made Me Happy," "Shoo Be Doo," "What I Gotta Do," "One," "Glad You're Here," "Slowly," "Ghetto Love," "Okay," "Get Out," "Treat Me Like Your Money", "Everybody," and "Strange Behavior." [check out "What I Gotta Do" at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hot Rod Circuit Acoustic
PR reports: Hot Rod Circuit has recorded an exclusive acoustic song for ITUNES! Pick up their new record The Underground Is a Dying Breed starting [Tuesday] on ITUNES and receive a free bonus acoustic song. That's 14 songs for only 9.99. The new record is also in stores everywhere tomorrow including FYE, Best Buy and all the indies.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Universities Deny RIAA
Techdirt reports: Lately, the RIAA has been on a high-profile campaign to get college students that the RIAA believes have been involved in illegal file trading to settle lawsuits against them at a "discount". As part of this strategy, the company has tried to enlist universities to help them identify and turn over the names of offending students. But it's heartening to see that some universities aren't spinelessly acquiescing to the RIAA's demands. The University of Wisconsin has told the RIAA that it has no obligation to rat its students out unless it's compelled to do so by a subpoena. Meanwhile, the University of Nebraska has told the RIAA that it can't help them identify many of the students accused of file trading. The school's system changes a computer's IP address each time its turned on, and it only keeps this information for month.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Junkie XL Signs to new EA Label
PR reports: Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced it has entered into a joint venture with Nettwerk One Music to form the new full-service music company, Artwerk . The groundbreaking initiative brings together Nettwerk's management, publishing and digital delivery expertise with the global marketing power made of EA's blockbuster games. The Artwerk label will sign and develop both new and established artists for publishing, master recording and sync deals, as well as digital and physical distribution. The Los Angeles-based label will be actively pursuing talent in all parts of the world.

Artwerk also announced it has signed producer artist Junkie XL, whose tracks recently appeared in the top-selling games, Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed Carbon. The label is currently in negotiations with several other cutting-edge acts that will benefit from the global impact of EA's in-game exposure and Nettwerk's unmatched Film & TV sync expertise.
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Winehouse Makes Chart History
PR reports: Amy Winehouse's Back To Black has been wholeheartedly embraced by U.S. music fans, entering The Billboard Hot 200 chart at a lofty #7, making her the highest debuting British female artist in the history of the coveted U.S. albums chart. The feat is made all the more remarkable when you consider Amy played her first New York club shows in January of this year. Her recent appearance on The Late Show With David Lettermen, her American broadcast television debut, and two completely sold-out, star-studded New York and LA shows have helped establish the British siren as the hottest new artist in the U.S. [check out the video for "Rehab" at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Today's Reviews
....The Who and The Tragically Hip
- Check out Rob's Photo Blog of this show
....The Queers - The Queers are Here DVD
The First DVD for The Queers. Some of the material goes way back (The Queers are celebrating their 25th anniversary) but the performances were captured at various points between 1993 and 2005. (3 stars) - Read the full The Queers - The Queers are Here DVD review
....Nahemah - The Second Philosophy 
Yet another European Opeth clone. Nahemah sound like a more melodic, upbeat Opeth minus the solos. Their sophomore/latest album The Second Philosophy features a series of studio effects commonly found in European metal and its ballads.- Read the full Nahemah - The Second Philosophy review
....Kristoffer Ragnstam - Sweet Bills
Ragnstam's music is nothing like that of fellow Swedish pop stars ABBA. This is not your mother's pop music. He uses varying time signatures, multiple sound and instruments, and voice overdubbing to create his sound. (3.5 stars) - Read the full Kristoffer Ragnstam - Sweet Bills review

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