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Bad Rap
AP reports: Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July.

But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said. It wasn't the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.
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Crazy Hank Garland Film Hitting Theaters
PR reports: Crazy, an independent feature film inspired by the tragic life and groundbreaking music of legendary 1950s-era guitarist Hank Garland, will have a limited theatrical release beginning October 17 at Regal Theatres and Carmike Theatres in Nashville and Malco Theatres in Memphis, TN.

Crazy chronicles Hank Garland's rise to fame in Music City, from playing on hits for icons including Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison through his brief but influential solo career as a visionary jazz artist. It also explores his tempestuous marriage and repeated clashes with the Nashville's country music establishment over artist's rights, civil rights and other issues. The car crash and electroshock treatments that eventually ended Garland's performing career and derailed his life are starkly portrayed, and the enormity of what was lost is deeply felt.

Director Rick Bieber was introduced to the project and to the late Hank Garland by Ray Scherr, Executive Producer for Crazy along with guitar hero Steve Vai – who also performs a cameo as Hank Williams – under the Favored Nations Films mantle. Scherr had known the Garland family for over a decade, and Hank Garland consulted on the screenplay and was involved with the project, but passed away before it was completed. Crazy's wonderfully realized period music was produced by multiple-Grammy®-winning producer Larry Klein, who was most recently honored for the 2007 Album of the Year, Herbie Hancock's River – The Joni Letters. - more on this story

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Mates Of State Add Tour Leg
PR reports: Mates Of State have added a November series of headline dates to their Re-Arranger tour.

The new dates begin November 7 in Asbury Park NJ and run through November 23 in Baltimore MD. All dates will feature LA hip-hop duo Brother Reade as main support - see below for a full itinerary.

The Re-Arranger tour is of course named for the Mates' fifth album, Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk), which was released May 20, the same day marking the band's network television debut on Late Night With Conan O'brien. - more on this story

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Adele Night Live
PR reports: Adele will return to the US next week to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live's October 18th show alongside guest host, Josh Brolin.

To date Adele has topped the UK charts, been nominated for a Mercury Award and graced the televisions of millions of Americans with appearances on The Today Show, Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Ellen.

In other recent news, Adele lends her sultry voice to the new Raconteurs track, "Many Shades of Black," which will be featured on a 7" that's available on-sale now at the Raconteurs web store. Adele also stopped by BBC Radio 1 and NPR to perform a couple songs from her debut album "19" and a cover of Sam Sparrow's "Black and Gold.
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Classic Performance From Blues Legend Howlin' Wolf Gets US Release
conqueroo reports: In the pantheon of blues, Howlin' Wolf was in a category of his own. At 6'3" and 275 pounds, he had a voice that resonated with menace — not every bluesman could make a song like "I Asked Her for Water (She Brought Me Gasoline)" convincing. The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee made several classic recordings for the Sun, RPM, Crown and Chess labels in the '50s and '60s.

The soon-to-be-released Rockin' the Blues: Live in Germany 1964, due out in the U.S. on November 11 on the Acrobat Music label, captures the Wolf in his prime, when he was surrounded by a dream team of Chicago blues all-stars: long-time guitarist Hubert Sumlin; songwriter/producer Willie Dixon on bass; Sunnyland Slim, piano; and Clifton James, drums.

Howlin' Wolf was renowned for his ability to rock the house down, and this November 6, 1964 Bremen, Germany concert recording confirms that with a mixture of self-penned songs, Willie Dixon compositions and covers: "Shake It for Me," "Love Me," "I Didn't Mean To Hurt Your Feelings," "Rockin' the Blues," "All My Life," "Howlin' for My Darling," "Forty Four, " St. Louis Jimmy's "Going Down Slow" and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom."
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When you talk about My Ruin, you're talking about the resident hottie, screamer and icon Tairrie B. Miss B is fearless in the face of all comers and possessor of a performing voice that can scare the chocolate off an M&M. Hear from the woman herself in this interview! - Read the full My Ruin MorleyView

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