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Duffy Plans Busy Fall
Island reports: Duffy wraps up a busy schedule on the North American, UK, and European summer music festival circuit, and looks ahead to the fall.

She will return to the U.S. next month appearing on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday, September 4th, followed the next night by the taping of the all-star "Fashion Rocks" 5th annual concert at Radio City Music Hall, the opening event of Fashion Week in New York. (The concert will air on the CBS, September 9th, 9:00 p.m. Eastern/ 8:00 p.m. Central)

One month later on October 9th in San Diego, Duffy will open her first major headline tour of North America, which will include shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, and Foxwoods in Connecticut. Duffy will also open a series of major arena shows for Coldplay starting October 21st in Cleveland, including dates in New Jersey, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. - dates

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Ludo Score Hit and Make More Road Plans
Island reports: It's an Olympian feat that only the greatest post-modern indie bands can lay claim to: their first single to crack the Top 10 on a national chart. So break out the bubbly stuff for Island Records group Ludo, as they sail to #10-bullet on the R&R/BDS Alternative chart with "Love Me Dead." It's the first bonafide smash from their major label album debut, You're Awful, I Love You, whose nutty cover artwork (by band member Marshall Fanciullo) will be seen on 333,000 cans of Arizona iced tea.

With an alternative radio audience of 3.5 million (and a Hot 100 airplay audience of 4 million� backed up by digital sales of more than 72,000 copies � "Love Me Dead" enters its 22nd week on the street determined to win all the chips. TV appearances performing "Love Me Dead" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (May 9th) and NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (July 11th) pumped album sales, as YOU'RE AWFUL, I LOVE YOU enters its 6th month on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, with a colossal jump this week to #5-bullet (from #15).

Ludo just wrapped up the three week Warped Tour '08 schedule that brought them to 22 North American cities since July 23rd. After a two week break, Ludo returns to the highway for two more months of shows, including four weeks (16 cities) with Relient K, This Providence, and House of Heroes. - more on this story

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Four More Reasons NOT To Watch the MTV Video Music Awards
antiMusic reports: We love overly enthusiastic press releases that promise the world in the subject heading and deliver... say Fresno instead. We received one today with the heading "MTV WILL REDEFINE LIVE PERFORMANCES," and wondered what all the excitement was about. Could they be featuring actual live performances? (A rarity in the age of Britney and Ashlee.) Could they be featuring some real live musicians? (A even bigger rariety on the MTV airwaves.) Could they... you can ask all day long and build up your excitement with the possibilities but then be majorly let down when they "redefine" live performances with the likes of Rihanna, Pink, T.I. and Paramore. Yeah, you're running to program your TiVo right now! Here is the major announcement:

MTV is breaking down the walls and giving fans an all access pass to the world's most explosive musical showcase EVER as Rihanna, Pink, T.I. and Paramore have been confirmed to perform at the "2008 Video Music Awards." For the first time on live television, multi-platinum songstress, Rihanna will perform her hit single "Disturbia" and self proclaimed King of the South, T.I. will perform a new single off his upcoming album Paper Trail.

Pink will prove that the impossible is plausible as she gives a fiery performance of her new single, "Say What," off her highly anticipated album Funhouse. Fans will not believe their eyes as punk-pop band, Paramore, perform their raw and energetic single "Misery Business" from their sophomore album RIOT!. - more on this story

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Otis Redding Live in London and Paris
conqueroo reports: Otis Redding was at the peak of his stardom in March, 1967 when he crossed the Atlantic to perform for his growing European fan base. As part of the traveling Stax/Volt Revue that is credited with spreading the sound of Memphis across the world, Redding played two exemplary shows in London and Paris. These performances have been combined to form the 19-song Otis Redding � Live in London and Paris, set for release September 23, 2008 on the reactivated Stax Records through Concord Music Group.

Backing Redding was Stax's own in-house all-star band: Booker T. & the MGs (Booker T. Jones, keyboards; Steve Cropper, guitar; Duck Dunn, bass; and Al Jackson, drums) plus the Mar-Keys (Wayne Jackson, trumpet; Andrew Love, tenor saxophone; and Joe Arnold, tenor saxophone). Legendary producer Tom Dowd supervised the recording both at Finsbury Park Astoria in London on March 17, 1967 and at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on March 21, 1967. Bill Belmont produced the reissue.

Although some of the songs have appeared as part of the Ace Records 1,000 Volts series and the long out of print Stax Volt in Europe, Vol. 3, the new Stax collection is the first to present the songs in the order they were played onstage in 1967. The set was mixed from the original multi-track tapes by Stephen A. Hart at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.
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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
PR reports: Atlantic Records has announced the release of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," the musical companion to the upcoming Columbia Pictures/Mandate Pictures film.

Due in stores and online on September 23rd, the album features tracks from some of indie rock's best and brightest, including Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, We Are Scientists, Bishop Allen, and Devendra Banhart. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is slated to open in theatres nationwide on October 3rd.

In addition to songs by such artists as Richard Hawley, The Real Tuesday Weld, and the late, great Chris Bell, the soundtrack also features a previously unreleased tune from L.A.-based newcomers Army Navy, as well as an exclusive selection from the film's score, performed by its legendary composer, Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO, Rugrats, Big Love, The Sims 2). - more on this story

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XX Teens Press Release A Few Days Late But Not A Quote Short
PR reports: With their debut album "Welcome To Goon Island" hitting US stores and digital download sites September 30th, XX Teens will release the "Darlin'" EP digitally August 19, 2008.

The EP features the album mix, a remix and dub mix from Andrew Weatherall and the "Darlin' Druzzi's Remix by Ben Trucker."

Already released in the UK, "Darlin" has met with considerable critical acclaim including a selection as one of the NME's Top Tracks of 2007; calling it "A berserk swamp-rock thriller� scary and brilliant."

[At least they didn't call it a "roller-coaster thrill ride" and their publicist didn't use a predicable and vastly overused Pitchfork quote that some publicist seem to be addicted to (if they had, our spam filter would have prevented us from ever reading it). - Go to their Myspace and hear them for yourself to see if they are any good. ]

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The Aggrolites Returning To The Road This Fall
PR reports: The Aggrolites have just wrapped up the 46-date Vans Warped Tour, where they played one of the most memorable shows of their career � the revered sunset slot at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA. In addition to winning over fans in each city with their infectious dirty reggae, The Aggrolites were named "Best Band" by fellow Warped artists and touring crew. After a brief month hiatus, they will be at it again.

This September, the quintet will be heading back overseas to Europe, entertaining fans with their high energy set during a two week tour. Then The Aggrolites will treat Southern Californians to four big homecoming shows, which will include their first headline slot at the world-famous Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. "We can't wait to perform an entire Aggro set back home and may even have a few surprises," shares Jesse Wagner, the leader of the pack. The new pop reggae outfit Cipes and the People, led by actor Greg Cipes (Ghost Whisperer, Deadwood), will be opening on these dates.

Mid to late October will take them to the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada with a tour sandwiching the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in New York City. Other musical treats at CMJ will include Lee "Scratch" Perry, Broken Social Scene and Donavon Frankenreiter. The Aggrolites have hand-picked punk rockers Everybody Out! for support on this October tour. Everybody Out! features former Dropkick Murphys guitarist Rick Barton and former The Dead Pets and Lost City Angels frontman Sweeney Todd.
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Deicide Axe Temping With Order of Ennead
PR reports: Order Of Ennead has tapped Deicide's, Jack Owen to fill in for guitarist, John Li for the ONE NIGHT ONLY show in Florida this September featuring Deicide, Order Of Ennead and Adrift. Li will not be able to play the show due to unavoidable, longstanding commitments.

Owen, who also plays in the hard rock outfit, Adrift, will be pulling triple duty at this show, playing for all 3 bands on the bill. Despite having the large task of playing for 3 bands in one night in front of him, that fact does not seem to be phasing him. According to Order Of Ennead vocalist/guitarist, Kevin Quirion, Owen is handling the band's material very well. "We had our first practice with him (Jack) and it went well. John (Li) was even there helping out."

Jack Owen will not be the only one playing for multiple bands that night. Deicide bandmate and Order Of Ennead drummer, Steve Asheim will be will be pulling double duty on this show, playing two full sets with both bands. "Double duty for me - it shouldn't be too bad;" says the frantic drummer, Asheim. "I usually run through a couple sets a night at practice, so i'm ready for anything." Asheim, like Owen is no stranger to playing at high intensities for long stretches of time is looking forward to the challenge of playing for both bands in a live setting. He even offers fans a tip for when they may be in the position of doing the same thing on their own. "You just gotta stay hydrated - water, gatorade, that type of thing." - more on this story

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Opiate For Rock Against Diabetes
PR reports: Opiate For The Masses drumming phenom Seven Antonopoulos has thrown his services into the hat to take part as one of the drummers in the amazing All Star Band that has been put together over the past few months by Guns N Roses guitarist Bumblefoot (Ron Thal). Seven was approached by the newest sponsors of Rock Against Diabetes - Las Vegas Dirtbag Apparel and Entertainment and was immediately up for the gig.

Seven Antonopoulos will bring a savage assault on the drums, where a definite heavier edge will be brought to the All Star Band allowing for some very memorable moments to take place. Joining the All Star Band will be a myriad of exceptional muscians including Lez Warner (The Cult), Rafael Moreira (Pink, Paul Stanley, Magnetico), Nate Morton (Paul Stanley, Hannah Montana), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Francesco DiCosmo (Thin Lizzy) and more!

ACTS ADDED TO THE SHOW: KICKING K8 and DOGS DIVINE whom are currently on tour with LA Guns and Faster Pussycat. - more on this story

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Open Call for the Next Wayne Or Garth
PR reports: (the notes in the parenthesis were in the PR sent to us)Monolith Entertainment Group is calling on all metal fans with an insatiable love of metal and a tremendous personality to take a shot at being the next great television host for its new "Metal Fest" TV program, which is currently in development.

The weekly two-hour-long program, co-produced by company founder and Indianapolis Metal Fest promoter Rob Mason, is slated to premier on August 28(?) show on IMC TV (WDNI � Indianapolis). The show will feature music videos from some of the biggest bands in the heavy metal genre, as well as cutting-edge underground metal bands, and will include artist interviews, news about upcoming local and regional concerts and metal-related events, as well as coverage of key events around the city of Indianapolis.

Auditions and screen tests will be held (when?) at the IMC TV studio in Indianapolis. Those interested in auditioning for the position should live and breathe metal and have knowledge of the genre to back it up. Potential hosts must also possess a quick wit, spontaneous nature, and an exuberant personality. An online application is available at - www.metalfesttv.com

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. Lamb of God - Walk with Me in Hell DVD
This expansive two disc set stretches into nearly six staggering hours of all things Lamb of God. Be it touring, making music videos, or simply living life in a top American groove metal band, Walk with Me in Hell leaves few stones unturned. - Read the full Lamb of God - Walk with Me in Hell DVD review

. Sweet Cobra - Forever
Overall Forever is a pretty good album that could have been a pretty great album with a little more work. The songs all overstay their welcome without any real reason to keep going, but you can fix that by listening to half of everything. - Read the full Sweet Cobra - Forever review

. Dolly's Summer Lament: More Cowbell!
Now that Lou Pearlman is basking in his 25 year vacation from all responsibilities, luxuriating in camp federal pokey it seems there is NO MORE AWESOME music for really, really discerning listeners like me, SOMEONE HELP ME!! - Read the full Dolly's Summer Lament: More Cowbell! review

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