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Radiohead Starbucks?
Gigwise reports: It's being rumoured on the web today that Radiohead are in talks over a record deal with Hear Music - the company owned by Starbucks. 

The coffee giant offshoot already has Sir Paul McCartney on their roster and is apparently looking for Radiohead to bolster the label, claims the New York Daily News. 

Buzznet is also reporting that members of the Starbucks label were spotted at a recording studio in London where Oxford's finest are recording their eagerly anticipated seventh album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mest Murder Self Defense
punkbands reports: In a turn of events perhaps even more odd than the incident itself, Mtv is reporting that Anthony Lovato, the former frontman for Mest, is getting off and won't face murder charges. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office told the network "We determined that the suspect and victim had dated the same girl back-and-forth for over a year. There had been threats, and the victim sent several threatening messages to the suspect. Apparently, there was some mutual combat and Lovato attempted to separate himself from the victim when the victim challenged him to a fight. The victim followed Lovato to an isolated spot in the underground garage and tried to fight him. Lovato defended himself, and there was insufficient evidence to show that it was not a justifiable use of reasonable force in self-defense."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Modest Mouse Top Charts
PR reports: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, the new Modest Mouse album, sails into the Billboard Top 200 at # 1 selling 128,565 copies in its first week of release. We Were Dead has spent the last week in the # 1 spot on iTunes and grabs the top spot on both Billboard's Top Digital and Top Internet Albums charts. We Were Dead's first single, "Dashboard", has sold over 85,000 copies and is a Top 5 track at Alternative radio and Top 10 at AAA radio. The "Dashboard" video is currently in major rotation at MTV2, Fuse, VH1 and MTVu.

Tickets for the band's North American tour went on sale March 24th with many of the dates selling out in record time. The tour begins April 15 in Seattle and goes through May 16 in San Jose, CA. 
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Morrissey US Tour
CMJ reports: The official announcement came today that Morrissey will embark on his first US tour in three years. In support of his last album, Ringleader Of The Tormentors (Attack), he spent most of 2006 in every country but the US

Tour Dates For Morrissey:
04/27 - Stockton, CA - Bob Hope Theater
04/28 - Sparks, NV - John Ascuaga's Celebrity Showroom
04/29 - Sparks, NV - John Ascuga's Celebrity Showroom
05/01 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theater
05/02 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center
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Imagine There's No Hippies
BBC reports: John Lennon's Imagine has been voted the favourite pop song of the baby boomer generation in a radio poll. 
The anthem narrowly beat Chris De Burgh's Lady In Red, which took second place in the survey of 3,760 over-50s conducted by the Smooth Radio network. 

Crazy, a number one hit for US hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley last year, also made the list - but nearly half of the top 50 came from the 1960s. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Iced Earth Guitarist Iced
Blabbermouth reports: ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"I regret to inform you that Tim Mills [guitar] will not be able to continue working with the band. As you may know, Tim is the founder of Bare Knuckle Pickups and that is his main business. He's had recent employee problems and has now found that his main worker, his right-hand man as it were, is terminally ill with cancer. So, he will not be able to do the record and tours that we had planned on. I knew it was risky bringing someone in that had an established business, I know exactly how hard it can be to be involved in multiple businesses, but we both felt that we'd be able to pull it off. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Pumpkins Go Euro
Blabbermouth reports: SMASHING PUMPKINS have announced their first live performance since December 2, 2000 — a very special and intimate theatre show to take place May 22 in Paris, France at the historic and elegantly appointed Grand Rex. Tickets will go on sale April 11. This marks the first time the SMASHING PUMPKINS will unveil songs from the upcoming "Zeitgeist" (Martha's Music/Reprise), their sixth album and first of new material since 2000's "Machina/The Machines of God" and the free, digital-only release "Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music". "Zeitgeist" was produced by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin, with Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date working separately on various tracks, and represents the culmination of two years of work. 

After the Paris show, SMASHING PUMPKINS will headline major European festivals from May 28 at Holland's Pinkpop festival through June 17 at Switzerland's Greenfield Festival, returning to England August 24 (Leeds Festival) and August 26 (Reading Festival).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gary Numan Peeled
Gigwise reports: Gary Numan is to release a Peel Sessions album later this spring. 

The album is available on CD format only and features 16 live tracks recorded during three sessions for John Peel. 

The first set dates from January 1979 – three months before Numan released the seminal album ‘Replicas' with Tubeway Army. Tracks recorded include ‘Me! I Disconnect From You' and ‘I Nearly Married A Human.' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shadows Fall on the Underground?
TuneLab reports: Shadows Fall, GWAR and Everytime I Die are reportedly among the bands set to take part in this years Sounds of the Underground Tour. An official statement regarding the tour will be made in the coming weeks.[see full story for more breaking news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pete No Longer Saves The Day
punkbands reports: Pete Parada has left Saves The Day. Parada, a veteran of bands including Face to Face, Jackson United, Alkaline Trio and Engine, had this to say: After four and a half years with Saves The Day, it saddens me to report that I have decided to leave the band. I wish them all the best of luck and look forward to starting fresh with a new band- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Travis Back With +44 Just In Time To Jump On Cover Bangwagon
punkbands reports: +44 is back in the studio, recording a cover song that we will hear about "in the near future," according to Mark Hoppus. This was posted in a new blog, and also offers a few other clues as to what the cover might be. Also, Travis has returned to rehearsing with +44 with both arms fully functional- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day BMX Auction
SMN reports: GREEN DAY recently autographed a green 26? Sledgehammer BMX bicycle by Volume Bikes, and it has been put up for online auction. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/Greater Los Angeles Chapter. You can bid on it[at the full story link - Thanks siN's Metal News]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brother Ali Tour
SMN reports: Minneapolis' BROTHER ALI has lined up the following headlining tour dates in support of his upcoming new album, The Undisputed Truth:

April 10 - Duluth, MN @ Pizza Luce
April 11 - Fargo, ND @ House of Rock
April 12 - Mankato, MN @What's Up Lounge
April 13 - Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
April 14 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
April 16 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
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Heaven and Hell UK
SMN reports: The following dates have been released for HEAVEN AND HELL's U.K. tour with LAMB OF GOD and ICED EARTH later this year:

November 4 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
November 6 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
November 7 - Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
November 9 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena
November 10 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
November 11 - Brighton, UK @ Centre
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Fighting Words: Oasis are repetitive Luddites
Earvolution reports: Usually Noel or Liam Gallagher is the bloke making headlines insulting some other band or artist. But, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party has apparently turned the tables on Oasis. Okereke is quoted as saying: "I think Oasis are the most over-rated and pernicious band of all time. They had a totally negative and dangerous impact upon the state of British music."

Not content to leave the commentary there, Okereke also reportedly mocked the Oasis brothers' oft attempts to link themselves to the Beatles' legacy. He's further quoted as sniping: "They claim to be inspired by the Beatles but, and this so saddens me, they have failed to grasp that the Beatles were about constant change and evolution. Oasis are repetitive Luddites."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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