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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story Screenings
PR reports: MVD Visual is delighted to announce the DVD release of this personal and candid profile of the once effervescent musician and now cult figure of Syd Barrett. MVD Entertainment Group will be coordinating screenings of this documentary in promotion of the DVD release on September 18th.

This new definitive edition includes two discs with over 2 1/2 hours of DVD extras, including lengthy unedited interviews from all members of the Pink Floyd. In addition, a limited edition run of 5,000 will be available. This version will also include Oyster Box packaging with ten items of reproduction memorabilia in a special printed envelope.

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story retells the fascinating story of the start of one of the largest and most influential bands in rock and the drug induced breakdown of their original song writer and lead man.- more info and screening dates

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Honored
PR reports: Legendary southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 8th, 2007. The ceremony will be held in the Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The 29th annual festivities will begin with the Governor's Reception hosted by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, followed by dinner and the Georgy® Awards Show with celebrity presenters and a performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Other inductees include Usher, Mylon LeFevre, Freddy Cole and Babs Richardson.

Ranked as one of the best-selling bands of all time by the Recording Industry Association of America and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Lynyrd Skynyrd is still going strong with almost 65 albums, 30 million albums sold to date, and over 80 performances annually.- more on this story

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Sea Wolf Invasion Coming
PR reports: Sea Wolf will celebrate the arrival of his long-anticipated debut LP, 'Leaves in the River' (Dangerbird Records), with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tuesday, September 25, day of release. 

The revered storyteller, along with band, recently returned from a second stateside jaunt alongside Silversun Pickups and will embark on a tour with Nada Surf later this fall. Before heading out, the L.A. locals have been tapped to perform their orchestral indie-pop alongside French superstars Air, at The Greek Theatre later this month.

"Winter Windows," replete with its instantly recognizable air organ and swirling keyboard, will be the album's lead radio track, while a highly imaginative video by acclaimed director Cat Solen (Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie, CSS) is in the works. The current radio single, "You're A Wolf," from Sea Wolf's EP, 'Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low,' is receiving major spins across the country. - more on this story

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John Butler Trio Good Excuse Tour
PR reports: Jarrah/Atlantic recording group the John Butler Trio has announced an upcoming series of North American tour dates. Dubbed the "Good Excuse Tour," the coast-to-coast trek takes its name from the genre-defying Australian combo's new single, the second from their breakthrough new album, "GRAND NATIONAL." Released earlier this year, the collection also features the #1 single, "Better Than."

The schedule will kick off on November 1st at Indianapolis' Vogue Theatre, and then travel the continent through early December (see attached itinerary). Support comes from singer/songwriters George Stanford (November 1st and 2nd); Gomez's Ian Ball (November 5th through 14th); and Brett Dennen (November 18th through December 9th). Additional dates and special guests will be announced shortly. Pre-sale tickets are currently available at JohnButlerTrio.com , with public sales starting this Saturday, September 8th.- more on this story

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Babyface Goes Country
PR reports: The series that proves great music knows no boundaries returns, bringing together multiple Grammy winners, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Trisha Yearwood. Known for his smooth voice and prolific songwriting, Edmonds joins country superstar Yearwood for a magical evening that was taped before an invitation only audience in Nashville. 

The two soulful voices will join as one on the latest episode of CMT Crossroads: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds And Trisha Yearwood premiering Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. CMT Crossroads: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds And Trisha Yearwood will be re-telecast on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 29 at 10:00 a.m.; and Sunday Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m. All times are ET/PT.
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Fiddy Vs Kanye Battle Will Be Televised
PR reports: Tune in next week to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" for some of the hottest musical guests in the business. 50 Cent, Modest Mouse, Kanye West and Hot Hot Heat all join the late-night talk show next week for back-to-back live performances on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Pontiac Garage outdoor stage. 

Sold out crowds nearing 1,000 fans each night are anticipated to line up and catch their favorite artists up close and in person for the free concerts smack in the middle of Hollywood. 

Coincidently, rap heavyweights 50 Cent and Kanye West prepare to battle for the top spot on the charts as their third albums both drop Tuesday, September 11. Hot Hot Heat will also release their third album that same day. - more on this story

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Rise To Addiction Set US Date
PR reports: Rising UK rockers Rise To Addiction have confirmed a USA release date of 9th October 2007 for their debut album 'A New Shade Of Black For The Soul' through Mausoleum Records.

Recording took place at Backstage Studios and The Cell in England during 2006.The tracking and production was handled by Rise To Addiction while the final mix was completed by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Megadeth).The cover artwork and sleeve design has been completed by band guitarist John Slater.- more on this story

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MTV Confirms Britney for VMAs
PR reports: MTV confirms today that Britney Spears will be opening the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Celebrating her long awaited comeback to her fans, Spears will be performing LIVE her new song "Gimme More" from her highly anticipated new album due on November 13th. The star studded awards show will air live Sunday, September 9th at 9PM Live ET/Tape delayed PT. [note, the PR says live which is unusual for Britney who prefers to lip synch so don't blame us if she does so this time.]

Immediately following Spears' performance, fans who want more of the superstar can download two ringtones available exclusively through MTV Mobile for two days prior to any other service. The tones -- one for "Gimme More" and the other featuring the much discussed "It's Britney, B****" catch phrase from "Gimme More's" intro -- are available for fans who text "Gimme" or "Brit" to 33633. MTV Mobile also will carry a live simulcast of the show, a first ever for an awards show.- more on this story

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The Blackout is Coming
PR reports: The Blackout are six metallic troubadours from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. The Beijing Cocktail is the first single to be taken from We Are The Dynamite!, The Blackout's debut full-length album due to explode a week after the single on October 1st.

The Blackout cruised onto the rock community's radar a year ago with the fearsome statement of intent that was the cunningly titled six-track Fierce Panda mini-album The Blackout! The Blackout! The Blackout!. Yet they were scarcely naïve chancers back then: by the time Fierce Panda had picked up the A&R pace the band had played over 100 live shows; by the time they started working on We Are The Dynamite! they had already shared stages with their fellow newcomer peers of 2006, Gallows and Enter Shikari, as well as Fightstar, Lostprophets, Eighteen Visions, The Used and Kids In Glass Houses.

It is faintly remarkable then that in spite of all that pedigree "The Beijing Cocktail" is only The Blackout's second ever single, following last year's limited edition CD release "Hard Slammin."- more on this story

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MGMT Supporting Of Montreal
Filter reports: New York's best-kept secret MGMT are preparing to come out into the light and share with the world their unique musical incantations, post-apocalyptic visions and Technicolor sound bites! 

The MGMT boys have earned Of Montreal's early seal of approval, along with an invitation to join them on a national tour, and their much-anticipated debut album Oracular Spectacular is now coming out digitally in October (ahead of the CD which will drop in early '08).

October 
2 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre *
3 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club *
4 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *- more on this story

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Razorlight American Tour
PR reports: Razorlight are finally returning to North American shores with a string of dates beginning November 7th in Boston, MA. During the upcoming run of dates in North America the band will be road testing some new material.

"We've spent most of this year trying to find time to tour in the States, so we're really looking forward to finally getting to play these shows. We felt we made a real connection with the US fans when we were over in the Spring, so we want to build on that," says Johnny Borrell.

"We proved a lot with the band's second album, I think we grew as songwriters and took Razorlight to a new level which these days seems pretty rare with bands on their second record," Borrell commented.- more on this story

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Switchfoot and Relient K Tour
PR reports: It's official - Switchfoot and Relient K will be touring together for the first time since 2001. The 30-city, co-headlining tour launches in Charleston, WV on October 16th. While sorting out details for the upcoming tour, Switchfoot and Relient K discovered they shared a mutual respect for Habitat for Humanity. So they've made arrangements for one dollar from each ticket sold to be donated to the non-profit organization, which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

"For the past three years the Bro-am has been an amazing chance to give back to our local community," says Switchfoot lead vocalist Jon Foreman of the annual surfing/music event the band founded to benefit San Diego's Care House. "We wanted our next tour to be built the same way: giving directly to local communities around the country. Habitat for Humanity was an obvious fit; we're honored to be partnering with such a great organization."

"We've been trying to get back on the road with Switchfoot ever since the first time we toured together," says Relient K lead singer Matt Thiessen. "The two of our bands combine for a really diverse show that seems to flow together in a very natural way. We're also big fans, so we get to ask for their autographs and take pictures with them every night."- more on this story

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Chuck Ragan Tour
PR reports: Chuck Ragan has confirmed a month-long, headlining tour November 1 through December 2 in support of his new album Feast or Famine (SideOneDummy). The first part of Ragan's tour, featuring Dear and the Headlights as main support, kicks off November 1 in Seattle and continues down the West Coast concluding in Los Angeles on November 9. 

The second half of the tour will begin November 23 in Tampa, followed by a stint in Ragan's hometown of Gainesville before trekking up the East Coast and ending in Philadelphia on December 2. This new set of dates follows Ragan's September 12 October 14 European tour with performances in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Belgium. - more on this story

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