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Sea Wolf Tour
PR reports: Sea Wolf have announced a most excellent run of tour dates to celebrate the release of his much-anticipated debut full-length album. Leaves In The River is out this week via Dangerbird Records and is the follow-up to the Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low EP from earlier this year. 

Sea Wolf's tour kicks off next month with a week of headline dates followed by two weeks of shows with Nada Surf.

3 San Francisco, CA The Independent
4 Portland, OR Doug Fir
5 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
6 Bellingham, WA Nightlight Lounge- more on this story

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Tool Tour for Xmas?
Blabbermouth reports: Although no dates are officially confirmed at this point, it appears that Tool will be touring the West Coast of the USA from mid-November until Christmas. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

Billboard reported several months ago that TOOL is mulling the idea of making a band movie. Guitarist Adam Jones said, "We all have ideas about it. If I had my way, it would be a narrative story in a surreal fashion with as much money and special effects as we could throw at it...It's just talk right now."

PUSCIFER, the side project of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan, will release its debut album, "V Is for Vagina", on October 30 via Puscifer Entertainment.

What about the next album?- Find out here

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The Real Tuesday Weld Soundchecked
PR reports: The Real Tuesday Weld a.k.a. Stephen Coates recently appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Coates discussed his album The London Book of The Dead, his inspirations, and life growing up in England. Schaefer described The Real Tuesday Weld as "Serge Gainsbourg and Cole Porter on Absinthe creating an old-fashioned radio play." 

The London Book of The Dead may sound at first like a startlingly morose title, but in fact it's more whimsically humorous than morbid. It refers to the Bardo Thodol (or "Tibetan Book of The Dead"), which describes the passage of the soul from the end of one life to the beginning of another. "I thought it would be funny if there were a book like that for the English," says Coates. "The album felt like that to me a way of moving from one state to another, and all set against the backdrop of this city."- more including the link to the performance

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Whitney's Greatest Screams and Screeches
antiMusic reports: For those that like the vocal equivalent to nails on a chalkboard or banshee screams we have this news out of the UK. Because why sing one note when 34 will do?: For the first time ever in a single CD version Sony BMG Music Entertainment is pleased to announce the 29th October 2007 U.K. release of Whitney Houston 'The Ultimate Collection'.

Enjoy 18 of the greatest tracks from the original diva of R&B; 'I Will Always Love You' The Bodyguard's signature song which spent 10 weeks at Number 1 in the U.K. charts creating Houston's longest run at the top spot, the uplifting 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', unforgettable ballads such as 'One Moment In Time' and 'Run To You', plus magical duets with other music luminaries including Mariah Carey and George Michael.- A listing of all the songs no longer on radio can be found here

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Clapton Autobiography
PR reports: The rock legend and guitar god is finally ready to tell his own story. Clapton puts you front-row center for a virtuoso performance of brutal honesty and searing wit. Clapton, The Autobiography is released to bookstores nationwide on October 9, 2007.

Eric Clapton is a living legend, recognized as the most accomplished and influential guitarist in the history of rock. He is a sixteen-time Grammy winner and the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist). A Cream reunion in 2005 played four sold-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall and three more at Madison Square Garden. A full-scale retrospective of Clapton's career is planned for the spring of 2007. - more on this story

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Just Surrender Extend Tour Plans
antiMusic reports: New York rockers Just Surrender recently announced upcoming tour dates with June and Quietdrive, covering most of the Midwest and East Coast states. The band just wrapped up their own headlining tour in support of the release of their new sophomore album, "We're In Like Sin." which was release August 21st on Broken English Records

w/ June, Scenes From A Movie, Farewell
Oct 12 2007 - Warehouse - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Oct 13 2007 - House Café - DeKalb, Illinois
Oct 14 2007 - The Picador - Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 15 2007 - Creepy Crawl - St. Louis, Missouri
Oct 17 2007 - Bean Counters - Highland, Indiana- more on this story

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The Payola Reserve America Roots on the Road This Roctober
antiMusic reports: The Payola Reserve is hitting the road next week in support of their new album 200 Years. Here is what their hometown paper the Baltimore CityPaper had to say about them: 

"It's time to wake up, America! It's okay to love tradition, but don't let your love for roots rock and Americana music stay mired in the past. On The Payola Reserve's blistering new DIY album 200 Years, the Baltimore band pays homage to its folk rock heroes (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Band), but brings the genre right into the 2000s with incisive, straight to the gut songwriting and the intense, sarcastic energy of their live shows. All of this bodes well for the genre's future. That is, if lead singer Ben Pranger could get off the freewheeling apocalyptic trip he's on"

East Coast / Midwest Tour as follows:
Oct 5 Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 13 New York, New York
Oct 18 Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 27 Richmond, Virginia- more dates

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Piano Men Charity
antiMusic reports: Have a half a million laying around in the couch cushions? Then you can own a music treasure. Here is the announcement: One Of A Kind Piano Autographed By Billy Joel, Elton John, Emanuel Ax, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Bruce Hornsby, Evgeny Kissin And Barbara Nissman is up for auction to benefit the Walden Woods Project and American Forests

A first of its kind collaboration between Steinway and Sons, renowned marquetry artist Silas Kopf, an impressive group of well-known popular and classical recording artists, and two compelling charities (the Walden Woods Project and American Forests) has resulted in the creation of a unique collector's item the Walden Woods Art Case Piano. The Model D concert grand will be auctioned by Christie's at a fundraising event in Manhattan on October 4th with the goal of securing a minimum bid of $500,000. 

The plate of the piano has been signed, and the piano has been played, by an extraordinary group of artists including Elton John, Emanuel Ax, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Bruce Hornsby, Barbara Nissman, Evgeny Kissin and Billy Joel. Billy Joel will play the Walden Steinway during his performance at the fundraiser/auction. Don Henley will also perform, as will classical pianist Barbara Nissman. - more on this story

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Heartbreaking Soundtrack
PR reports: The latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers ('There's Something About Mary,' 'Dumb and Dumber,' 'Shallow Hal'), Paramount/Dreamworks' 'The Heartbreak Kid,' will open on more than 2500 screens nationwide on October 5. The film's hilarious plot is propelled by its eclectic soundtrack, which showcases exclusive new music from The Flaming Lips and Buva, as well as tracks by David Bowie, Ozomatli, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, and World Party, among others. On October 2, Plan R Soundtracks will release the film's 14-track soundtrack on CD and digitally.

Tracklist: 1. The Flaming Lips: The Tale of the Horny Frog 2. Buva: She Makes Me Fall Down 3. World Party: Put the Message In the Box 4. John Alagia: Honey Come Home 5. David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes 6. The Weepies: Painting by Chagall 7. Brian Hyland: Gypsy Woman 8. Amy LaVere: Take Em or Leave Em 9. Buva: The First Cut is The Deepest 10. Julietta Venegas: Canciones de Amor 11. The Flaming Lips: Maybe I'm Not The One 12. Ozomatli: After Party 13. Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs: Different Drum 14. David Bowie: Suffragette City
- more on the film

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Hip Hop Live! Tour
PR reports: HIP HOP LIVE! will kick off it's first annual tour at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on October 29, 2007. Presented by Flow TV and Dodge, and produced by The Agency Group, the traveling collaboration looks to go where no hip hop tour has gone before - showcasing the games top wordsmiths backed by an incredible 10-piece live band. Celebrating the progression and possibilities embraced by Hip-Hop culture, the legendary Rakim; Wu-Tang's finest, Ghostface Killah; and Rhymesayers Entertainment's, Brother Ali will cross the nation bringing the show to life with new songs and infectious renditions of the classics you know and love - each energized by the amazing Rhythm Roots Allstars.

After running through 19 US cities, the tour will end up in Philadelphia on November 21st. Tickets are on sale nationally. The tour's reputation is colossal from the jump, featuring some of the greatest rappers working today: Ghostface Killah, still enjoying the success of last year's critically acclaimed Fishscale; Rakim, the God MC, offering historic tracks and the worlds first glimpse of new material from both his forthcoming Live DVD and highly anticipated new album The Seventh Seal; and Brother Ali, a Minneapolis rapper whose recent release The Undisputed Truth could possibly re-weave hip-hop's legacy.

The Allstars are, as the name aptly identifies them, are a tremendous collection of the industry's top musicians, and they're thrilled to be part of the Hip Hop Live Tour.- more on this story

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Seduced By Suicide is now Burning in Hell
antiMusic reports: If the Catholics are right then usually you will be Seduced by Suicide before you find yourself Burning in Hell. But seems Geraldo Aita decided do things the other way around. Here is the announcement. 

Seduced By Suicide, the gothic rock band formed by the vocalist and multi-instrumentist Earth, who is also member of the doom metal band Blood Tears, now has a new permanent member. Geraldo Aita, guitarist of the power metal band Burning in Hell who was already playing with Seduced by Suicide in shows, was invited by Earth to join the official line-up due to his talent and musical creativity.

The first release with Aita will be the single My Best Just For You, which will be released in a few days. Meanwhile the fans can check Aita playing live with Seduced by Suicide on the videos available in the band's
- MySpace page

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Appice Drumwars DVD
antiMusic reports: Let's get ready to rumble! Just in time for Halloween, MVD has announced the release of Carmine & Vinny Appice Drumwars: The Ultimate Battle. Which will hit stores on 10/30/2007. Come on, you know you're beating off on your drums in anticipation. Not that way, you sicko. Here is what they had to say about it: 

Vinny and Carmine break out the heavy artillery in this entertaining no-holds barred battle of the brothers. ABC's Francesca Cappucci serves as host and commentator. Both drummers play great solos and ensemble work in their own inimitable style. Packed with hilarious spoofs in full WWF style and performances fueled by the energy only warfare can create. Drum Wars is a battle to the end. Who will win? Order Drum Wars now to find out! 

Bonus Materials include a new interview and home movies featuring drum solo from Carmine and Vinnie.- MVD page

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Del The Funky Homosapien Tour
PR reports: Seminal rapper, hip-hop icon, and founding member of the mighty Hieroglyphics crew, Del The Funky Homosapien has embarked on the beginning of a 2-month long nationwide tour in support of his long anticipated album, The 11th Hour. 

The tour, which shares the name of his upcoming album, will also feature fellow Hiero founder A-Plus, along with Devin The Dude with the Coughee Brothers, Bukue One, The Serendipity Projects and special guests Knobody and Junk Science to perform on select dates. 

On the 11th Hour Tour, Del will be performing a mix of classic cuts from his previous albums along with new tracks from the upcoming album, including the tracks "Sit Down" and "Workin' It."- Get the dates here and no Clay the Closest Homosexual is a not a special guest

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Sophomore Album Coming from the Stephen King of Indie Pop
PR reports: Many songwriters will model themselves as "tortured artists", penning poor, sad songs from a place of pain and pity in hopes of sharing "their story." Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Chris Robley isn't one of them. Known amongst his friends as "the Stephen King of Indie Pop", Robley writes songs out of pure obsession and intrigue with the dark side of human relationships. 

This is certainly demonstrated on his sophomore full-length, "The Drunken Dance of Modern Man In Love" (Cutthroat Pop Records), an album chock-full of clever pop, experimental folk, dark rock, and Robley's sympathetic lyrical tales of down trodden, heart-wrenching American life.

Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights is set to release "The Drunken Dance of Modern Man In Love" this fall, and plan to tour extensively in the West and do a national run in support of the album.- more on this story

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....Road Trip: Kenya
Kevin has taken us around the world vicariously with his roadtrips but this time he takes on the trip of a lifetime with a traditional African safari and then a look at the thriving music scene. - Read the full Kenya Road Trip article
....Review: Firefall Acoustic - Colorado to Liverpool: A tribute to The Beatles
Firefall, the Colorado-based band (who enjoyed major success in the late '70s, early '80s) with the desire-need?-to create an acoustic Beatles-esque tribute with equal parts individuality and reverential appreciation of musical icons. (4.5 stars) - Read the full Firefall Acoustic - Colorado to Liverpool: A tribute to The Beatles review
....Review: Laurie Anderson - Big Science
Anderson is an avant-garde musician - with violin her instrument of choice -- as well as an engaging storyteller. And it is her storytelling skill that makes this 1981 album sound so great -- all these years later. (4 stars) - Read the full Laurie Anderson - Big Science review
....Review: Crionics - Neuthrone
Crionics have quite possibly reached the absolute limit of redundancy a CD can absorb with Neuthrone. There is not a single moment of originality, individualism, or enjoyment in any way at all throughout this clueless toss-up- Read the full Crionics - Neuthrone review

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