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Ben Folds Announces iTunes First
PR reports: Ben Folds and iTunes have teamed up for an innovative program that includes his new album, current tour, live recordings, even an exclusive live album for a new way music is recorded and distributed to music fans worldwide.

Ben Folds fans have been able to pre-order his latest album, WAY TO NORMAL, in conjunction with choice seats to his current tour through an iTunes partnership with Ticketmaster. Upon doing so they immediately received two advance tracks from the album prior to its official release.

During Folds' current U.S. tour, iTunes is introducing a new program called "The Sounds of Last Night...This Morning," for which one live track is being recorded in each of 10 cities and made available the next day exclusively on the iTunes Store. - more on this story

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The Kills Secret Show
PR reports: MySpace announces that beloved rock duo The Kills will be playing an intimate performance at The Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland on October 6th as part of MySpace Music's Secret Show series.

The co-ed group recently released their third album, "Midnight Boom," and have spent the summer performing with The Raconteurs. The Secret Show is a free, exclusive performance for the MySpace community.

This MySpace Secret Show is easily the most intimate performance they will stage during this current US run, making it that much more special.
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Lordi Announce Deadache
PR reports: Finnish monster-rockers Lordi are poised to strike with their fourth studio album, Deadache, on October 28th, 2008 in the US. The video for the album's lead single, "Bite It Like A Bulldog," is dark in imagery and sure to grab the attention of rock and horror fans worldwide!

Deadache will be released in over 30 countries, including all of Europe, the US, and Japan. The band is kicking off a US tour following the release of the album, in early November 2008. A series of special events in New York City will kick off this run – look out for further info on these developments to be announced on or around 10/20
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Simple Minds For Kids
PR reports: Scots rock legends, Simple Minds have announced this morning that they are to play an exclusive, special one-off concert at Glasgow's ABC1 venue in early December with all proceeds being donated to Radio Clyde's Cash for Kids charity.

The concert will take place at the 1250 capacity venue on Sauchiehall Street on the night of Sunday 7 December with tickets priced at £35. All profits will go to the charity which launched its Christmas Appeal yesterday and raised £1.6 Million last year to help under privileged children throughout Scotland. - more on this story

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Silverstein Kick Off Tour With New Song
PR reports: As Silverstein gets set to hit the road this fall, they figured, what better way to kick off the tour then with a new song for all the die hard fans. Friday, October 3rd at noon EST, Silverstein released 'Broken Star.'

This demo is just a taste of what will be heard on their upcoming tour with co-headliner Chiodos and opening acts Escape The Fate, Alesana, and A Skylit Drive.

Head over the Silverstein Myspace page and stream the song in full. Silverstein Fall Tour Dates w/Chiodos, Escape The Fate, Alesana, and A Skylit Drive are - here

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Meat Puppets In the Studio Book Coming Soon
PR reports: Legendary alt-rockers the Meat Puppets, anchored by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood, have teamed up with biographer Jake Brown to author a first-hand chronicle of their 25+ year writing/recording career via the forthcoming book 'Meat Puppets: in the Studio,' due in stores in late Spring, 2009.

In addition to first-hand interviews with the Kirkwood brothers, the book will also feature exclusive interviews with ex-drummer Derrick Bostrom, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers guitarist and MP producer on the band's commercial breakout 'Too High To Die',) as well all of the band's producers from their back catalog discussing how such classics as 'Meat Puppets II,' 'Up on the Sun', and the aforementioned 'Too High to Die' were created.

Additionally, the band's legendary collaboration with Kurt Cobain on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged special will be chronicled. Finally, the book will also feature a real-time chronicle of the making of the band's forthcoming 12th studio LP, as well as a color insert of never-before-seen pics of the band at work in the studio! - more on this story

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The 88 Announce Tour And Morning Becomes Eclectic
PR reports: Los Angeles based band The 88 announced today a West Coast tour beginning this November in support of their Island Records debut, Not Only… But Also out October 21, 2008 digitally and October 28, 2008 in stores.

The 88 have a busy holiday season coming this year. In addition to their major label debut release, The 88 kicks off their release week with a previously announced appearance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on Halloween. In quick succession, the band will then headline the Troubadour in Los Angeles for their record release show and then hit the road the next day for a West Coast Tour.
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Apollo Sunshine Join Dirty Pretty Things Farewell Tour
PR reports: Apollo Sunshine, recently having released their third full-length, Shall Noise Upon, are pleased to announce that they will be accompanying Dirty Pretty Things in the UK and Ireland.

This is, of course, as you've indubitably heard, Dirty Pretty Things' farewell tour, but fear not, with Apollo Sunshine bringing their raucously joyful live show to inhabitants of the British Isles, it will absolutely not be a sorrowful affair.

For three dates in late October, coincidentally near Halloween, Apollo Sunshine will also be taking their love of Jimi Hendrix and his psychedelia to an even higher level, performing — which means dressing up like Jimi, as well as playing his songs — as the Apollo Sunshine Experience for the shows in New York, Boston, and Northhampton, MA. - more on this story

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Blue Ash Debut Being Reissues
conqueroo reports: When England's Guardian newspaper assembled its list of "1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die," the 1973 debut album from Blue Ash made the grade alongside all the established classics — pretty remarkable considering the album in question, 1973's No More, No Less, had been out of print for 30 years.

Thirty-five years after its release, on October 28, 2008, Collectors' Choice Music will reissue the album, complete with liner notes from founding bass player (and band historian) Frank Secich.

Blue Ash formed in 1969 with a clear set of influences — The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Searchers, The Hollies, The Beau Brummels and all the British Invasion and West Coast bands of the mid-'60s. They developed a following in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. Wilson Pickett even stopped by a session and remarked, "You guys aren't bad . . . for white boys."
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Neal Smith Discussing Alice Cooper Band Reunion
House of Rock reports: In a brand new, exclusive interview conducted by Nightwatcher's House Of Rock, legendary drummer Neal Smith of the original Alice Cooper Group discusses the recently released album from Killsmith, 'Sexual Savior', the possibilities of being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and also the chances of an Alice Cooper reunion. An excerpt from the interview follows below :

NHOR : A couple of Christmases ago, you, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway got back together with Alice for a mini reunion at Alice's annual Christmas Pudding show in Phoenix. What was that experience like being back together again, and was there any further discussion of the the 4 of you getting back together for an album or any further shows?

NS : The 4 of us got together in Phoenix, Alice has his restaurant down there, Cooperstown, and we had the second Glenn Buxton Memorial Weekend celebrating Glen's life after he passed away. That was in 1999. That was actually the first time we had played together since we got off stage in South America in 1974. So that was 25 years. At any rate, Dennis and I, with the band Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith, we played the songs. Michael plays the songs. So to get together just to run through the songs, even without a rehearsal wasn't a big deal for that show. But for the Christmas Pudding we wanted something a little more polished. Mike and I had some musicians and worked a full week, then Dennis came and worked a couple of days, then Alice came in and worked a day with us, two rehearsals. Then we did the show. So it was a lot more polished than getting up and playing at Cooperstown. Everybody gets together, and it's always great. Without a doubt it's fantastic, it's like no time has passed at all. I don't think that's unusual for people who have gone through that type of experience like we did.
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. Iced Earth - The Crucible of Man
Iced Earth has not only made a flaccid return, but crushed nearly everything John Schaffer conceived with The Crucible of Man. And unlike what Iced Earth critics would expect, everything here sucks more dong than Nathan Lane during The Birdcage. - Read the full Iced Earth - The Crucible of Man review

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