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Sister Hazel Week: Day 4
antiMusic reports: Sister Hazel will be releasing, "Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic," a new live acoustic album next week. The CD features the band's hits, fan favorites, and live concert staples. To celebrate the release we asked frontman Ken Block to tell us about his five favorite tracks from the CD. Here is Ken with today's song:

"Shame": Ryan wrote this song with a great friend of ours (and uber talented artist) Chuck Carrier. It has a great straight ahead rock groove with a splash of southern jam.

I love Ryan's guitar break and the soulful melody that I get to play with. It's the lead track on our CD "Absolutely" and it turned out to be a blast on the new acoustic CD "Before the Amplifiers."

Learn more about the new CD, preview some tracks and grab tour dates - here

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Another Emo Suicide
Blabbermouth reports: According to the Daily Mail, a 13-year-old British fan of Bullet For My Valentine and My Chemical Romance hanged himself after being bullied on Internet social networking sites for his clothes and love of "emo" music and punk rock, his parents believe.

Sam Leeson killed himself in his bedroom after suffering months of "sickening" abuse from cruel youngsters who bombarded his home page with offensive emails.

The schoolboy was tormented about his love of heavy metal, "thrash" metal and "emo" music — a style of hardcore punk whose fans wear dark clothes and have long hair. [that was the mail's definition not ours or Blabbermouth's. We can't speak for Blabbermouth but we're pretty sure they know the difference between hardcore punk and depressing pop with guitars a.k.a. emo. But back to the seriousness of this article, - read more here]

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Lil Wayne Bigger Than Kanye
Billboard reports: It's all about Lil Wayne this week as The Billboard 200 prepares for the arrival of "Tha Carter III." The rapper's new Cash Money/Universal album will easily bow at No. 1 next week, as it leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, to be released this afternoon (June 11) at 5 p.m. ET.

Unweighted first-day sales of "Tha Carter III" at nine leading accounts through the close of business yesterday (June 10), stood at 423,000. Sources close to the album project "Carter" could shift between 850,000-950,000 in its first full week. That would easily give Wayne the biggest sales week of the year, and the best since Kanye West's "Graduation" started with 957,000 last year.

To compare, "Graduation" saw a first-day Building number of 437,000 from eight accounts, about 3% more than that Posted by "Carter." - more on this story

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Motley Sue Management Again
TMZ reports: The members of Motley Crue have filed yet another lawsuit against their management, once again claiming they're the victims of greed and shady deals.

In the lawsuit, filed today in LA County Superior Court, band members say manager Burt Stein and his management companies were supposed to watch their back -- but instead took money and made backroom deals without their permission in order to cash in on the band's popularity.

If this sounds familiar, it is. Back in 2006 the band sued another manager, essentially alleging the same thing. That case was settled. We couldn't reach Stein for comment. - read the docs

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Winehouse's Husband Offers Cash To Beat Up Pete Doherty
NME reports: Amy Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil allegedly offered an inmate at London's Pentonville Prison £20,000 to beat up Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty.

According to The Sun, Fielder-Civil was convinced that his wife was cheating on him with the singer/guitarist, so attempted to enlist Richard Lyttle, a former doorman who was serving time with him in jail, to harm him.

However, according to the newspaper Lyttle did not accept the money, and instead reported Fielder-Civil to the police when he left prison. - Find out how well UK justice continues to work here

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Free Pearl Jams, New Guitar Hero Coming, Maroon 5 Deluxe, Plant and Krauss, Bands Sue Label, Harp Mag Resurrected, M.I.A. Tour Goes M.I.A., RIAA Drop Suit and more
NME reports: Here are some Thursday quicks for you: Gearing up for an early summer tour, Pearl Jam will offer its fans exclusive "mobile bootlegs" of several songs from each performance along the road. more

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss CD "Raising Sand" has earned three of the most prestigious nominations for the seventh annual Americana Awards. Besides being nominated for "Album of the Year", Krauss and Plant are also among those tabbed for "Duo/Group of the Year", and a tune from the CD earned a "Song of the Year" bid more

Speaking of Zeppelin, we have some news about the Zep tribute band that played the DVD release we put on a few years back that Axl Rose showed up at. That band Spirit of Zeppelin (featuring Frank Simes who has played with artists ranging from Mick Jagger to Stevie Nicks and Don Henley) will be performing at Di Piazzas in Long Beach, California on Friday, June 13, from 11:30 PM till 2:00 AM. If you mention "Spirit of Zeppelin" at the door the admission is free. There is no age limit. Di Piazzas is located at 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90804. The cross street is Anaheim. Also of note, Mark Romans actually plays John Bonham's "Green Sparkle" drum kit at most SOZ gigs. more about Spirit of Zeppelin

The fourth installation in the Guitar Hero series has been announced as "Guitar Hero: World Tour." The new game is planned for a fall 2008 release for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PS2 and is to support a drum kit with cymbals, a new guitar controller, and a microphone. more

Maroon 5 are jumping on the "let have our fans buy our album twice bandwagon. Billboard reports that their 2007 album "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," will be reissued in expanded form July 8 via A&M/Octone. The package will include a bonus DVD with four music videos and a full concert shot last year in Montreal. more

Carrie Underwood has extended her maiden headlining tour, dubbed Carnival Ride, through mid-December. The new leg begins Sept. 23 in Cleveland. more

Industry speculation that Michael Cohl is out as chairman of the board for Live Nation is premature, but it's apparent that there is plenty of discord atop the world's largest concert promotion company. Even if he remains in place for now, some sources indicate that Cohl's departure from Live Nation is imminent. more

Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Harp Magazine Scott Crawford today announced the launch of BLURT, a new music digital-magazine. He will be joined by Managing Editor Fred Mills, Senior Editor Randy Harward, Associate Editor Andy Tennille and Contributing Editor A.D. Amorosi. www.BLURT-online.com

The RIAA has voluntarily dropped the case of Warner Vs. Cassin, one of several suits that revolved around the question of whether making MP3s available for download qualified as copyright infringement. It's noteworthy that the RIAA dismissed the case itself, rather than waiting for the court to follow recent precedent more

So, M.I.A., why are you canceling your European tour? Are you hesitant to spend July hopping around Europe due to your visa issues? "I'm canceling because I feel like physically I just have to stop for a second," she told New York. more

The Polyphonic Spree, Ambulance Ltd and Universal Music Group all filed papers on Friday (June 6) objecting to TVT's attempts to sell its record contracts with bands that signed to the label before it went bankrupt. - more on this story

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George Michael Retiring
BBC reports: George Michael has announced two major concerts in London to mark the end of his 25 Live Tour, and says he does not intend to tour again.

The star has labeled the dates at Earl's Court in August "The Final Two". It is a nod to his sell-out Wembley Stadium show, The Final, with Andrew Ridgeley in 1986 - when he brought the curtain down on Wham!

The 25 Live Tour began in Barcelona in 2006, and has so far played to more than 1.3 million fans across Europe. - more on this story

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Idol Airport Gun Bust
TMZ reports: Times really do get rough after "American Idol!" Security officials nabbed season four finalist Vonzell "Baby V" Solomon yesterday at Southwest Florida International Airport when they found an unloaded gun in her luggage.

Get this -- turns out Solomon actually has a permit to pack heat, but she still can't have one in an airport. Cops took her gun away and sent her packing with a court date.

Apparently the less successful "Idol" contestants are forced to be their own security! - More TMZ Idol news

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Blink Star Talks About Emo Suicide Claims
PR reports: Buzznet caught up with Angels & Airwaves front man Tom DeLonge today who spoke candidly to the recent MCR controversy (they are being blamed for influencing a teen to commit suicide) that made headlines and whether he believe in the whole "music saves lives" idea and if there's too much responsibility on the musician?

DeLonge: "The same sort of thing happened to me with Blink, so I can understand what it's like to be a part of something like that. We had a victim of the Columbine shootings take his life with our song on repeat. You kinda go through these situations where you blame yourself —but you can't. You have no idea who these people are.

"And My Chemical Romance, they spend a lot of time singing about coming together and there's ingredients of rebellion and angst, but what band doesn't have that when you're young?" - Full interview

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R. Kelly Trial Deals With Sex Tape Minutiae, Possible Mistrial?
idolator reports: After much discussion from witnesses regarding the possibility that the R. Kelly sex tape was a computer-generated forgery, it has now come forward that the prosecution gave the defense an exceptionally poor DVD reproduction of the original tape, which was used during its questioning of expert witness Charles Palm.

While Palm claims his testimony was based on the original, high-quality tape, defense attorneys claim the jury may believe they were acting in "poor faith" when they used the prosecution's cheap copy during Palm's testimony.

No one's currently asking for a mistrial (maybe they're saving this complaint for an appeal), but it's at least clear that the jury will have to be told the reason for the varying quality of the tape they saw, which may further confuse a jury that's already had to put up with some twisted sh*t. During deliberation, however, the jury will be given a VCR so they can watch the original sex tape, despite the defense's worry that they might break it or something. - more on this story

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Slayer's Unholy Alliance Tour To Invade Europe
HER reports: The European leg of the mighty "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" has been confirmed to kick off in Manchester, England on October 27 and will play nearly two dozen shows over a four-week period.

This third installment of what has been hailed as "the heaviest, darkest tour of the year," the "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" will feature Slayer, the undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, and two true princes of the genre, Trivium and Mastodon.

An opening act will be announced shortly. While Slayer will close all of the shows, they will be co-billed with Trivium on the UK dates. - dates

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Does Lars Think He's Trent Reznor with Metallica Mystery Postings?
Blabbermouth reports: We told you yesterday about the mysterious "magnetica" artwork that appeared on Metallica's website. It now appears that Lars (he runs the band doesn't he?) is screwing with people's minds and stealing a page from Trent Reznor's book of "let's post cryptic crap on our website".

Blabbermouth has the details: Metallica has posted an updated version of the image that originally appeared on the band's official web site yesterday (Tuesday, June 10) under the headline "???."

There is still no word as to what the image represents or whether it will form part of the cover artwork for the band's new studio album. [Gene Simmons should follow suit and officially change the KISS logo into KI$$ in time for their new KISS Idol TV show. Now back to Metallica and this mysterious artwork: Our guess is that they are revealing the title of the new album a few letters at a time.
- See the new magnetica artwork and judge for yourself].

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Janet Jackson Cancels Tour and Blames Label
E! reports: There are some people Janet Jackson just doesn't want to rock with. Like Europeans. And her record label.

The pop icon has called off the European leg of her heavily hyped Rock Witchu tour, blaming the promotional efforts—or lack thereof—of Island Def Jam Records.

"I'm trying to figure out a way to say this, but just to say it and to be quite honest, they just stopped all promotion whatsoever on the album, so I don't think you're going to hear another single off this album," Jackson told SOHH.com. - more on this story

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Matt Pryor Solo Tour
PR reports: Matt Pryor (The New Amsterdams, ex-Get Up Kids) announces his first solo tour that kicks off in Minneapolis on August 6th. The first 13 dates are co-headliner's with Chris Conley of Saves The Day, followed by headlining dates across the southern and eastern US with Kevin Devine.

"This is the first full tour I've done in five years and I'm excited to get out and play for people," says Pryor. "Being out with good friends like Chris and Kevin should make for really fun shows."

A limited number of tickets have been held for fans and will be available through an exclusive Ducat King presale that began yesterday - more on this story

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Deep Purple Legend Roger Glover's Mother Passes
Metal Underground reports: Brenda Glover, mother of Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, passed away yesterday. Roger issued the following statement on his website:

"My sad news; my mother, Brenda Glover, passed away on the 10th June, 2008. She was 86 and spent two and a half years fighting cancer. My life has been put on hold for the last three months as my sister Christine and I have been caring for her in her home in the UK.

"I am deeply indebted to my band-mates for allowing me this time off. My daughter Gillian and the rest of the family have been unswerving in their love and support. Everyone's mother is special but Brenda had a way of being a special mother to everyone. I am a fortunate son indeed." - more metal news

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What Happened To Blink
PR reports: Start The Machine is a new, revealing documentary by singer Tom DeLonge that addresses the breakup of his twenty times platinum band Blink-182 and the events that lead to a rock-n-roll movement of hope and the formation of Angels And Airwaves.

Start The Machine is the in-depth personal account of the events that lead former Blink-182 singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge to leave the 20 times platinum rock band to form his current group, Angels And Airwaves. The film follows DeLonge through the first year of recording the Angels And Airwaves debut album We Don't Need To Whisper. The new film will premier one night only on June 14th at La Paloma Theatre in San Diego and will subsequently be released on DVD June 17th.

In addressing the reason for the Blink-182 "indefinite hiatus," DeLonge reveals the dramatic impact it had on his personal life and the music he subsequently created. He also speaks for the first time about his hidden addiction to prescription drugs and the backlash Angels And Airwaves experienced as a result of his boastful statements in the press during their album release. Viewers will be introduced to the other members of the band, including Atom Willard, David Kennedy, former bassist Ryan Sinn and current bassist Matt Wachter and hear their thoughts and influence on the events that occurred during that time. - more on this story

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Peter Gabriel Catches Dengue Fever
PR reports: Peter Gabriel's Real World Records today announced that they have licensed Venus On Earth, the latest release from Los Angeles-based Cambodian rock band Dengue Fever from M80 Music.

Venus on Earth is Dengue Fever's third full-length record and was released Tuesday in Europe and is available in all territories outside the United States and Canada. The Real World version of Venus will feature a previously unreleased live radio track of "One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula", recorded March 3 at World Café from National Public Radio in Philadelphia.

"We have Dengue Fever coming out on Real World Records outside the USA – it's really cool stuff with a small Cambodian singer and big American guys behind!" said Real World Records Founder and Musician Peter Gabriel. "They're California-based but have taken '60's Cambodian pop as their main source of inspiration and it's done with style. It's spirited, impassioned." - more on this story

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Cro-Mags Biography
PR reports: John Joseph and independent publishing house PUNKHOuse will celebrate the release of Joseph's autobiography The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon through Last Gasp Distribution on next Thursday, June 19 at The Delancey Bar, located at 168 Delancey Street between in Clinton and Attorney in New York City.

The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon chronicles the remarkable life of John "Bloodclot" Joseph, from a childhood spent alternately in hellish foster homes, juvenile detention and on the street to his early adulthood in the Navy and as the AWOL frontman for New York Hardcore legends the Cro-Mags through a spiral of crime, addiction and near madness to his ultimate spiritual and personal enlightenment and redemption.

Doors will open at 8 p.m., with Joseph reading from the book at 9 p.m., doing a book signing at 10 p.m., then concluding the festivities with a musical performance by Joseph featuring Cro-Mags drummer Mackie and other guest musicians. A $5 donation at the door will benefit Food Relief for the Homeless.
- more on this story

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James McMurtry Dominates Americana Honors & Awards Nominations
PR reports: In tonight's announcement of nominees for the 2008 Americana Honors & Awards, James McMurtry was nominated in three categories: "Best Artist," "Best Album" and "Best Song." The album is his current CD, Just Us Kids on Lightning Rod Records, and the song is the controversial "Cheney's Toy." McMurtry was tied with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for most nominations.

Since the April 15 release of Just Us Kids, great things have happened for McMurtry, making this his breakthrough recording in many ways. The album spent six straight weeks at #1 on Radio & Records' Americana Airplay chart, and has held steady at #2 for several weeks since then. In its first week, the album debuted on no fewer than four Billboard sales charts (Hot 200 albums, Heatseekers, New Artist and Indie), outpacing his last release, Childish Things, in sales.
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Boy George Announces Free Shows for NYC Sanitation Workers
PR reports: Boy George will help celebrate New York City's Department of Sanitation Family Day this summer! George will be playing a free concert as a big thank you for the kindness shown to him by the DSNY. On August 17th he will play all his Culture Club hits and more for a crowd of over 5,000 NYC Sanitation workers and their families at DSNY Family Day.

"New York's Strongest are delighted that Boy George will join us at our Family Day outing in August and perform some of his fabulous hits for our hard-working men and women and their families. Keeping New York City safe and clean is a daunting challenge – as Boy George well knows – and we welcome his generous offer to entertain those who have made our City the cleanest it has been in more than 30 years," said First Deputy Commissioner Michael A. Bimonte, who coordinates the DSNY Family Day event.
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Patti Smith Film Set for Release
PR reports: Palm Pictures has announced the theatrical release of acclaimed photographer Steven Sebring's directorial debut, Patti Smith: Dream Of Life. The film is set for release this September.

The richly layered portrait of the legendary poet, artist, musician and activist won the Cinematography Award when it received its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. New Yorkers will get an early glimpse of the film, which was produced by Margaret Smilow of Thirteen/WNET and Scott Vogel, when it screens at the Film Forum August 6th - 19th.

PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE has generated critical acclaim, being hailed as a "spellbinder" (Premiere) and a "joy for anyone interested in pop culture of the past 40 years" (The Hollywood Reporter). "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" gets unusually close to its subject," said Reuters. "Experimental camera work and editing makes for a fittingly unconventional portrait of one of the pioneers of punk music." - more on this story

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The Alarm Return with Guerilla Tactics
KPPR reports: The Alarm's Guerilla Tactics New CD & DVD to be released July 8. The band's most personal album to date detailing lead singer Mike Peters' fight against his ongoing battle with Leukemia "Rockin' The Colonies" Tour featuring The Alarm with The Fixx & The English Beat to tour US beginning July 10

Guerilla Tactics is the follow up to The Alarm's emotive 2006 album Under Attack which underpinned lead singer Mike Peters battle and subsequent victory from Leukaemia (CLL). This most daring of Alarm albums features an urgent collection of uptempo new wave songs underscored by high velocity guitars, rocka beats and occasional space echo dub. - more on this story

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Chimaira Double Dipping For Fan Cash With Resurrection
antiMusic reports: Chimaira has joined the growing trend among bands of asking fans to buy their albums multiple times by releasing "deluxe" editions. Here is the press release:

Only months before Cleveland's hardest working metal band, Chimaira, celebrates their 10 year anniversary, fans will have something to celebrate when the band releases a Digital Deluxe version of 2007's, Resurrection (Ferret Music), via iTunes.

The iTunes exclusive version of the album, which releases June 10th, will include two bonus tracks, "Kingdom Of Heartache" and "Paralyzed", as well as well as a video guitar lesson from the band's renowned guitarist, Rob Arnold. The lesson was taken from Arnold's contribution to the Rock House Method instructional DVD series. - Tour dates

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Musical Dimebag For Sale
PR reports: Lionsgate Pictures and "Weeds" are proud to announce the digital-only release of Little Boxes Dimebag #1 on June 17, 2008. With a wide breadth of artists from the likes of Rise Against to Engelbert Humperdinck, Randy Newman and others performing the hit show's now-retired theme song "Little Boxes," the Dimebag is a collection of some of the industry's finest talent placing their own unique spin on one of television's most identifiable tunes. Subsequent Dimebag collections are set for monthly releases beginning in July.

"Jenji Kohan [Creator and Executive Producer of the show] and I both grew up with the song and she played it over and over while writing the pilot," said music supervisor Christopher Noxon of the inclusion of "Little Boxes" in the show's overall theme and profile. "We were absolutely thrilled when such an amazing array of artists came forward with their own distinct, individual interpretations of a song about conformity. There was never any question that it would be the perfect theme."

About the song's retirement, Noxon said, "With Nancy moving out of Agrestic and out of her 'little box,' it just didn't make sense to stick with 'Little Boxes.' We tried to make it work, but in in the end I think it's a credit to the producers that they recognized that the show, like Nancy, has moved up and on." - more on this story

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Concord Launches The Collector's Corner
PR reports: With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia's oeuvre with Merle Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector's Corner. Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophonic. At The Collector's Corner section of ConcordMusicGroup.com, you can peruse aisles of Miles, freights' of 'Trane, and the deeper treasures that await with each click.

Everything is here, from Carolina bluesman Pink Anderson (whose name inspired Syd Barrett to christen his little English quartet Pink Floyd) to Albert King paying tribute to that other King, Elvis Presley; to the classic comprehensive Miles Davis and John Coltrane box sets from the Prestige vaults.
- more on this story

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Synastry Expand Tour Plans
PR reports: Montreal based death metal quartet Synastry have added dates to their upcoming tour schedule in support of their upcoming debut album, "Blind Eyes Bleed".

The band will be playing a string of dates with The Agonist and then a series of one off shows with Incantation, UnExpect and Farewell To Freeway. - more on this story

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Little Big Town Ride For A Cure Successful
PR reports: Little Big Town raised $35,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation's second annual Ride For A Cure motorcycle ride on Sunday, June 8, 2008.

Little Big Town, with the help of artists Darryl Worley, Lonestar, Jennifer Hanson, Gary Chapman, GAC's Storme Warren, Ira Dean, Chuck Wicks, Jeff Allen, Christian Kane, Earl Brown, Bluefield, Kendall Johnson, Levi Rose, Randy Houser, Ray Scott, Jamie Johnson, The Roys and FLOORD showed great spirit as they turned out to ride from the Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs to the future Harley-Davidson of Columbia site in 95+ degree heat where they met fans, enjoyed a barbecue lunch and performed in a post-ride jam session.

"Everyone seemed to have a great time and we were so pleased to see such wonderful support from the many sponsors, participants, artists and fans that came to help us raise vital dollars for research," said Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. "Ride For A Cure was a great way for us to end CMA Music Fest week by giving back to such a wonderful cause as the T.J. Martell Foundation." - more on this story

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Order of Ennead Earache
PR reports: Earache Records is proud to announce the signing of Florida extreme metal band Order of Ennead to a multi-album worldwide recording deal. Order of Ennead's debut album is due for a release in October, followed by widespread touring.

The band are currently hard at work in Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, recording their debut album with the help of Mark Lewis. Commenting on the signing, Steve Asheim enthused: "Order of Ennead are really psyched about our deal with Earache Records. The possibilities afforded us by this deal are endless. So watch out for us on the road and in stores very soon. I can't wait to get on tour with this band and see what people think."

Commenting on the recording, Scott Patrick added: "I am totally stoked to be picked up by Earache, their support in the extreme/death/black/grind genre is unparalleled in my opinion. To that point I know Earache is the right home for us! Working with Mark Lewis at Audio Hammer is killer, that cat knows what metal is supposed to sound like in the 21st century. Order of Ennead's music, lyric content, and live shows will turn heads world-wide. I can't wait to tour for this act, showing the masses just how extreme our delivery of the extreme metal genre can be." - Click here to view footage of Steve Asheim laying down drum tracks for the album

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KUDU is Back for More
PR reports: KUDU returns with Back for More: A remix collection featuring new and previously released tracks, rarities and explosive remixes. Out June 10.

Back for More follows the Brooklyn-based trio's acclaimed 2006 full-length Death of the Party; and much like its deliciously retro-modern, genre-hopping predecessor, the remix collection seamlessly navigates through a gritty urbana bursting with heavy neon-daubed grooves that meld dark melodic synth-pop and thunderous electro-punk with deviant future disco and gloriously twisted cabaret to create the ideal soundtrack for electronic-pop music lovers and dancefloor junkies.

Carefully compiled by KUDU with the help of Petrit Pula and Craig Roseberry, Back for More is a well-crafted hybrid of adventurous reworks of stand-out selections from Death of the Party alongside new and previously released tracks, rarities and explosive remixes by Sinden, Drop the Lime, MKL, Hess is More, Tommie Sunshine and many more... - Check out RCRDLBL for exclusive free downloads from the remix collection

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