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Everlast Returns
antiMusic reports: Whitey Ford is back and will release his new album on September 23rd. Here is the 411: "The sound is totally different than anything I've ever done before," says Everlast aka Erik Schrody, the Irish-American rapper and singer/songwriter about his new album, Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford and that's saying something for the Grammy-winning artist who has broken ground and sold millions of albums for mixing hip-hop and acoustic-based folk-rock.

"I didn't approach it differently, I just kind of used a greater variety of instruments, and denser arrangements," he explains. "Of course, hip-hop remains an important influence on my music, but not everything I do fits under that category."

The new album, his first since 2004's Island/Def Jam release White Trash Beautiful, was co-produced by Everlast with his longtime partner Keefus Ciancia ("He's a real brainiac when it comes to vintage grooves"). Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford is the logical sequel to his 1998 breakthrough, the multi-platinum Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, an eclectic mix of rock, blues, country, pop and hip-hop, which cracked the Billboard Top 20 and sold more than 3 million copies on the strength of its crossover hit, "What It's Like." - Check his Myspace for the latest

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Darker My Love Turn 2 and Line Up Dandy Tour
PR reports: Darker My Love's ironically titled sophomore LP, 2, will be released August 5 on Dangerbird Records (Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf).

The Los Angeles/San Francisco residents will unveil their new polychromatic material with dual-city residencies at various venues around both hometowns throughout July before heading out with The Dandy Warhols as main support on the band's North American tour.

Prior to hitting the road with the indie rock vets, Darker My Love will celebrate their album's release with back-to-back shows at San Francisco's The Independent August 5 and the Troubadour in Los Angeles August 7. The anticipation swells as early radio supporters includes L.A.'s KCRW and Indie 103.1, as well as Seattle's KEXP. - dates

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Spock's Beard DVD
PR reports: Los Angeles based progressive rockers Spock's Beard will release a concert DVD, simply entitled "Live", this summer via InsideOut Music.

The footage was shot by D'iMages on May 25, 2007 at De Boerderij in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.

If you pre-Order either of the upcoming Spock's Beard releases, Live (2-CD) or Live DVD and get a limited autographed booklet with purchase - link to that and tracklisting

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Warrant Make Other Plans
antiMusic reports: When bad luck hits and totally screws up their plans, the Down Boys go on tour anyway. According to Blabbermouth Warrant, now back to their classic lineup, won't let a little thing Cinderella being forced to pull out of tour, keep them from their cherry pie.

Here are some of the details from Blabbermouth: The reunited classic lineup of '80s hard rockers Warrant, whose tour with Cinderella, Lynch Mob and Lynam was recently cancelled will still play dates this summer.

For the first time since 1994, original Warrant members Jani Lane (vocals), Joey Allen (lead guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Erik Turner (guitar) and Steven Sweet (drums) will grace stages across the land together. - Break out your spandex and head here the dates

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Robyn Joins Madonna Tour
PR reports: Things just keep getting better and better for Robyn. Having just finished an amazing sell out UK tour, she has now been asked to support Madonna on her recently announced European Sticky & Sweet Tour.

Additional Sticky & Sweet concerts will feature special guest DJ's as support. The Swedish popstrel said "Having been a fan of Madonna since I was a little girl, I'm very excited about sharing a stage with her and playing to her audiences…I'm thrilled."

Robyn will also be showcasing her live show in full HD on the MSN Control Room program which debuts this Thursday June 19th - here

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RockCorps Hitting LA On Friday
PR reports: This year, civic minded youth in the Los Angeles area will earn tickets to the signature BMRC show taking place on Friday, June 20 at Gibson Amphitheatre. This once-in-a-lifetime line-up will feature some of the hottest names in hip-hop, R&B and rock.

Common, Flyleaf, Akon, Puddle of Mudd and Academy Award Winning hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia are all a part of the stellar line-up hitting the stage in Los Angeles on June 20 performing for more than 3,000 youth volunteers.
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Burn In Silence Cancel Farewell Show
antiMusic reports: Burn In Silence will take their name to heart and go silently into that good night, as the band have decided to pull the plug on their farewell show. Metal Underground has more:

The band issues the following explanation: "Many apologies, but we have to cancel the farewell show. It saddens us just as much as you.

"Unfortunately there were too many complications in putting together the show. We have decided that we were not meant to have a last show, after many failed attempts."
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More Hard Rocker KISS My Ankh
PR reports: Four additional musicians have been confirmed for the upcoming tribute album "KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent."

Former Adler's Appetite vocalist Sheldon Tarsha, former Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie, former Altaria bassist Marko Pukkila and current White Lion drummer Troy Patrick Farrell have collaborated on a new recording of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion power ballad "That Time of Year."

The original song was the lead single and MTV music video from the second Invasion album "All Systems Go," which featured the recording debut of vocalist Mark Slaughter. A 45-second sample of the new version is now available at the official "KISS MY ANKH" MySpace page. (not provided, sorry but google is your friend-- if you can sort through all the scam/spam pages). - more on this story

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More Accurate Sales Tracking of Overpriced Song Clips
antiMusic reports: Hip-hop fans apparently don't mind paying full price for clips of songs (a.k.a. ringtones). Now they'll be able to judge which ones are really the most "hip," with a big change to the ringtone sales chart data. Here is the official word on it:

Nielsen RingScan, a service of The Nielsen Company, has increased its mobile market ringtone data tracking and coverage with the addition of AT&T Mobility's weekly ringtone sales data. Through the expansion, Nielsen RingScan data will now represent ringtone sales of every major US mobile carrier. AT&T, in addition to providing sales data, will also provide weekly ringback sales results for inclusion in Nielsen RingScan's newest report, ringback tracking, scheduled to debut later this year. - who's the hippest of them all? or rather has fans that like paying full price for only part of a song.

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Tokyo Police Club Plan US Invasion This Fall
PR reports: Although Tokyo Police Club is already embarked on a summer itinerary that includes Denmark, Japan, and Australia, the band has begun plotting a fall return to the US. In addition to previously announced appearances at the Monolith and Treasure Island Festivals in September, the band will headline the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on September 18th, and New York's Webster Hall on October 18th.

The band's incessant touring is in support of their debut full length album Elephant Shell, which was released earlier this year by Saddle Creek Records.

Finally, the band is teaming with the Lupus Foundation Of America to raise money for continued research of lupus, an incurable disease that affects over 1.5 million Americans. - more on this story

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Get In The Moog For The Vortex Music Fest
PR reports: The Vortex Music Festival, which takes place June 27th & 28th at the Asheville Civic Center, is proud to announce that the Moog Foundation will be sponsoring an additional stage at the festival, featuring some of the top up and coming producers and live electronica acts from all over the US and Canada.

Some of the acts include Kero (Ontario), Project 313 (Detroit), Sensory Overload (Philadelphia) and Rex Sepulveda, who founded D records with world renowned DJ Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman).

Aside from an already stellar musical lineup featuring acts such as Toubab Krewe, Perpetual Groove, Telepath, SeepeopleS, Dubconscious and Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, to name a short few, the Vortex Music Festival will also be doing a Manna Food Bank Promotion. - more on this story

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Freshly Dipped Tour
PR reports: Tanya Morgan joins the ranks of legendary hip-hop collective The Hieroglyphics this summer as part of their Freshly Dipped Tour.

Tanya Morgan members Donwill, Ilyas, and Von Pea, who put out the critically acclaimed Moonlighting in 2006 and who are promoting their EP The Bridge, are preparing to hit the road again to perform not only some of their past hits but also new tracks for the first time.

The Freshly Dipped Tour is a 45 date, three month-long expo of cutting edge music and fashion from the Hiero crew. - more on this story

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CD For Sic F*cks
MVD reports: Sic F*cks' Cbgb Omfug Master: Live October 13th, 2006 Bowery Collection CD is set to hit stores on Aug 5th on CBGB Records.

The Sic F*cks were one the earliest NYC punk/glam bands, formed by famous NYC scenesters/sisters Tish and Snooky after their stint as backup singers in Blondie. Herky jerky rhythms and witty lyrics combined with an only-possible-in-NYC glam/trash style made for an incredible band.

This live set features the band running through their best songs for a loving audience at the world famous CBGBs. And yes, Tish and Snooky are the ladies behind the world famous Manic Panic boutique in Manhattan and the cosmetics products of the same name! - more on this story

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Karma To Burn Again
MMP reports: Metal Mind Productions presents re-issue of the second full-length album by Karma To Burn, "Wild Wonderful Purgatory". This classic material from Mallcore Records archives will be released in a new digipak edition limited to 2000 copies.

New edition of "Wild Wonderful Purgatory" includes 6 bonus tracks taken from EP and the bootleg recorded in Utrecht (07.03.2000). Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. The album will be released on 21st July 2008 in Europe and 2nd September 2008 in USA (via MVD).

Karma to Burn was a desert rock/psychedelic rock band from Morgantown, West Virginia (US) comprised of guitarist William Mecum, bassist Rich Mullins and drummer Nathan Limbaugh (later to be replaced by Rob Oswald for Wild, Wonderful Purgatory). - more on this story

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Evidence One Reissue
MMP reports: Evidence One is one of the most talented groups on the contemporary melodic rock scene, paying homage to traditional hard rock while in the same time sharpening it with a hard metal edge.

"Tattooed Heart" is their second full-length release and one of their best – it contains all the elements that make a band worth your attention: great musicianship, passionate vocals and a powerful message. If you think that you know all about modern rock music – think again…

New digipak edition of "Tattooed Heart" will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 21st July in Europe and 2nd September 2008 in USA (via MVD). Limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc.
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Janie Fricke at the Opry
PR reports: Music icon and world renowned performer Janie Fricke is scheduled to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, Saturday, June 21, 2008. Fricke, who just released her latest album Roses & Lace, will mix up her Opry performance with a bit of the old and a bit of the new.

"It's great to have a new album out this year," Fricke said. "The audience has been very pleased and receptive of the new songs and what we have added to our stage show."

Performing on the Opry has always held a special place in the song girl from Indiana's heart. Fricke, who is known for her unique sound and performance personality, has been a dominating force in the music world. - more on this story

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. Twisterbait - I Spy
It's a good thing the indie genre still holds a place for groups like this, who don't sound like Interpol or The Strokes! Twisterbait's sound is like if Moby and The Talking Heads had a baby who was addicted to crack. (4 stars) - Read the full Twisterbait - I Spy review

. Distorted - Voices From Within
This CD is the gift clairvoyants have been promising for decades: gothic metal's crowning achievement. Appearing in just a child's form, Distorted have fulfilled prophecies of decades past, excelling at atmospheric depression that ignores mediocrity - Read the full Distorted - Voices From Within review

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