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Apologies if this week's Day in Rock seems a bit off, been battling a bad case of strep throat coupled with what appears to be bronchitis but the show must go on. The good news is that if you drink enough Nightquil you can see some rather interesting things. With that said, we should be back to normal next week. - Keavin
Van Halen Add Dates
antiMusic reports: Van Halen sent over an update that includes some new dates! Plus some on-sale dates for a ton of shows. California fans are the lucky recipients of news shows with dates added in Fresno, Anaheim and Oakland. Most of the West Coast shows go on sale this weekend and New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Anaheim shows going on sale Monday. 

If you have few extra hundred dollars laying around, the VIP packages for these dates went on sale Wed for half of the shows and the rest go on sale today (Thurs) for the rest. You can grab those at Vanhalen.com by clicking on the I Love All Access VIP graphic on the tour page and using the password vanhalen

Here is the email blast the VH camp sent over: In just a little more than one week, Van Halen kick off their eagerly awaited 2007 Fall tour in Charlotte, NC! The band are making final preparations and are just as eagerly looking forward to taking the stage and rocking your asses off!- for all the dates, onsales etc etc jump over here

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CBGB Vaults Opened
MVD reports: MVD Entertainment Group has sealed a deal with CBGB to bring a series of live performance audio recordings from the club to consumers. Each CD will feature a full concert recorded at the club from the '80s through '00s. The initial offerings will come from Mooney Suzuki, the Queers, and H2O. More are expected to be announced in the fourth quarter of 2007, including some limited edition vinyl releases. "It's fantastic that these great vintage performances are going to be seen," said Brett Green, Attorney for CBGB and Hilly Kristal. "It's a fitting tribute to Hilly's legacy."

MVD is donating a portion of sales to the Hilly Kristal Foundation for Musicians and Artists. Hilly Kristal, the famed founder of CBGB, passed away on August 28, 2007 at the age of 75 due to complications from lung cancer. As a singer, songwriter, and musician, he ran CBGB for 33 years until it closed in 2006. He is credited with giving the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, and Television their first gigs. His friendship and partnership with MVD throughout the years has been extremely cherished and will be missed greatly according to Ed Seaman, COO of MVD Entertainment Group. - more on this story

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Mutemath Play Backwards
PR reports: Manic smart art-rockers MUTEMATH make television history by being the first band to perform live…BACKWARDS! The New Orleans quartet perform their current single, "Typical," on ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in the most untypical way imaginable, Wednesday September 19th. The idea for this unique performance stems from the video for the track which was a collaborative concept between video director Israel Anthem and the band. Every move and detail by each band member was conceived and painstakingly plotted and choreographed. Band members learned and rehearsed their individual parts of the song backwards so when filmed and viewed would appear as accurately and naturally as possible in real time though the film runs completely in reverse. 

The video was filmed over a two-day period in Nashville in February 2007. The high-action shoot was captured in one continuous take by a single camera divided in two parts. The resultant clip first appeared on You Tube in March of 2007 and views seem to skyrocket into an orbit all its own. Over 1 million viral views later, "Typical" found its way to MTV's Discover and Download, MTV2 and MTVU this past summer making it one of the most viewed video clips in recent years.- more on this story

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Dead Kennedys Milking The Sacred Cow 
PR reports: For the first time in twenty years, since the release of 1987's Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, Dead Kennedys have compiled their best-known tracks into one well-priced package ($9.98 price point) with the ironically titled album Milking The Sacred Cow . 

The collection will enable fans to have both a hard copy as well as a digital copy of their favorite DK tunes at an affordable price. The collection features the top ten DK's downloaded songs plus two previously unreleased live tracks, "Kill the Poor" and "Viva Las Vegas" from Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. Milking the Sacred Cow will be available online and in stores on October 9, 2007 via Manifesto Records.- more on this story

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No More Drugs for Britney
Hecklerspray reports: You know what Britney Spears has to do if she wants to keep her kids? No, not try to wear a pair of knickers for once in her effing life - although that'd be a start - instead, Britney Spears has to undergo random drug testing.

According to the judge in the Britney Spears/ Kevin Federline custody bitchfight over their two young children, Britney Spears is a "habitual, frequent, and continuous" abuser of both drugs and alcohol, and if Britney Spears is serious about keeping her children, she'll need to submit herself to random drug tests to ensure that she's keeping her nose clean. 

"Huh?" you're probably thinking, "If Britney Spears is on drugs then why doesn't the judge immediately hand custody over to Kevin Federline?" And the answer to that is simple - because he's Kevin sodding Federline. Seriously, Britney Spears would need to set one of her babies on fire and throw it out of an aeroplane to make Kevin Federline even look like a halfway suitable custody prospect. 
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Bono and Geldof Bashing is Normal but Has Ian Brown Gone Round The Bend?
Yahoo reports: Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown has lashed out at Bono and Bob Geldof for the way that they hi-jacked the G8 Summit, and has claimed that they should be served with a restraining order. 

In an extraordinary interview with London's The Guardian, Brown said they hadn't achieved anything with the Live 8 concert other than helping Pink Floyd sell millions more albums.

Elsewhere the ex-Stone Roses frontman claimed that groups of Taliban fighters should be made to patrol inner-city areas at night, that lambs should be made to graze on the roof of the White House, and that a panel of dolphins should be recruited to advise on crisis planning.- more on this story

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Gorillaz Dsides
Filter reports: Damon Albarn's Gorillaz will release a second collection of rarities titled D-Sides on November 7th via Virgin. Remixers featured on D-Sides include Hot Chip, DFA, and Soulwax. 

The 2 cd collection will come in standard and deluxe editions. Gorillaz first released a b-sides compilation in 2001 titled G-Sides. 

tracklisting is- here

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Sum 41 Tour
PR reports: Sum 41 will be on tour for the next few months, tour dates are thus:

9/18 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
9/20 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
9/21 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero & The Balcony
9/22 Rochester, NY Rochester Institute of Technology
9/23 Toldeo, OH Headliners
9/26 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
9/27 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
9/28 Chicago, IL Metro/Smart Bar
9/29 Louisville, KY Waterfront Park
9/30 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
10/02 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom- more on this story

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B-Side Players Kick Off Tour
PR reports: San Diego's critically acclaimed artists, B-Side Players are sharing their fusion of Latin reggae/cumbia/world music with the rest of the U.S. as they kick off their highly anticipated tour. 

The veteran multicultural band is no stranger to the road. Many years and thousands of miles have been spent on evangelizing unity and equality to the masses through musical expression. 

What will make this tour more than just a simple outing is a group of distinguished guests who will share the journey. Piano prodigy and singer, Salvador Santana—son of the great Carlos Santana—and Cipes and the People will be holding it down for B-Side Players for key dates- dates

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British Sea Power EP and Mini Tour
Filter reports: English lads, British Sea Power, are keeping busy with the upcoming release of the EP, Krankenhaus?, followed by a quick US east coast trek. The EP holds an October 9th digital release with a November 20th hard copy release to follow. 

The hard copy will feature some live footage and a experimental music video for the track, "Water Tower". 

With krankenhaus meaning hospital in German, the album will surely do its best to make you feel better.- Track info and tour dates

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Disney Censorship Doesn't Stop Cattle Decapitation From Winning San Diego
antiMusic reports: The goofy execs at Disney may have banned them but the fans in San Diego love them. Cattle Decapitation took home the prize at the San Diego Music Awards on Monday night. The band made this announcement and also took the opportunity to tell fans about a deluxe LP edition of Karma.Bloody.Karma. Here is what they had to say:

Thanks to your votes, Cattle Decapitation won the Best Hard Rock Band at the San Diego Music Awards this past Monday, September 17th! This is their fourth win at the SDMAs and their first win that was based on public votes. The band would like to thank everyone who voted! 

The deluxe LP version of Karma.Bloody.Karma is on its way!!! An extremely lavish gatefold package embossed on the front and back covers, on picture disc vinyl and limited to 500 copies worldwide!!! Preorders will begin shortly. We will have them for our tour in November. The best way to preorder and get your hands on one of these is to regularly check the- Myspace page

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Steriogram Set Indie Release
PR reports: New Zealand rock act Steriogram returns October 9th with "This Is Not The Target Market," the second album in their repertoire and the first to be delivered via Rock Ridge Music. 

Having issued their debut, "Schmack!" in 2003 while signed to Capitol Records, the five-piece decided to go indie with their latest release. The do-it-yourself ethic has been important to Steriogram since day one. When it came to recording TINTTM, they took the same approach; the band decamped to Kare Kare beach just outside of Auckland for several months to write and record the bones of what would later become "This Is Not The Target Market." Having just returned from two years touring hard in the U.S., it was like gasping for air after too long underwater.- more on this story

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Gucci Mane Sets Release
PR reports: Independent juggernaut and controversy magnet Gucci Mane is back with his major label debut, Back To The TrapHouse, due out November 13, 2007. Gucci Mane's major label debut is the follow-up to his wildly successful independently released gold albums, Trap House and Hard 2 Kill. 

"This album is perfect for my major label debut. It felt like the first time all over again, just so fresh and driven," Gucci Mane says, describing the energy he felt when recording it. "I bring a lot of experience, creative wordplay, and a crazy style, and I can't wait to showcase the album to my fans and open up to millions of new fans." 

Gucci Mane is confident that this latest release will place all eyes firmly on his music, putting the controversy that seems to follow the rapper behind him.- more on this story

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The Heavy Metal Box in Rocktober
PR reports: Rhino Entertainment will release The Heavy Metal Box on October 2nd. Heavy metal is not for the faint of heart. The songs don't want you to dance, shake, spin, or jump. They insist that you bang your head. Forget nuances or subtlety, heavy metal's main concern is kicking your ass. 

Rhino dives into the mosh pit with a four-disc collection of musical wickedness that packs more fire and brimstone than an Aleister Crowley barbeque. The Heavy Metal Box invokes some of metal's biggest names with Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies"; Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights"; "Highway Star" by "the loudest group in the world," Deep Purple; Iron Maiden's "The Phantom Of The Opera" with singer Paul Di'Anno and "The Number Of The Beast" with singer Bruce Dickinson; Judas Priest's "The Ripper" and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"; Metallica's "Whiplash" and uber-doom-ballad "One"; Megadeth's searing political statement "Peace Sells"; Slayer's soul crushing "South of Heaven"; and Pantera's marriage of metal and hardcore on "Cowboys From Hell." The boxed set also includes songs by Ted Nugent, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Diamond Head, Venom, Living Colour, and a pair of tracks featuring leather-lunged Lemmy Kilmister who appears on Hawkwind's "Lost Johnny" and Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." 

The set will be offered in limited edition packing that resembles an amplifier- more on this story

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