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Paolo Nutini Goes Soph
Atlantic Records reports: Paolo Nutini has announced early details of his eagerly awaited second album. "Sunny Side Up" which follows the Scottish-born singer/songwriter's acclaimed 2007 debut, "These Streets" arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on June 2nd.

"Sunny Side Up" will be preceded by the first single, "Candy," which is due to impact at Triple A radio outlets nationwide in mid-April. Nutini and his band, The Vipers, will herald the album's arrival with a live performance at the upcoming Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, set for Saturday, April 18th. In addition, Paolo has slated a number of other April dates, including a free show at San Diego's Del Mar Plaza on April 19th.

Joining Paolo Nutini on the upcoming schedule will be fellow Atlantic Recording artist Serena Ryder.. A full-scale North American tour will be announced shortly. - more on this story

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Collin Raye Offers Operation Kids Charity Download
Webster and Assoc reports: Country music star Collin Raye and Operation Kids have teamed up to offer a "free" download of Collin's new song, "She's With Me," to anyone who donates $5 or more to Operation Kids to help children facing extraordinary medical expenses through their website (http://operationkids.org/collinraye/).

After making the donation online, fans will be directed to click through to a special page where they will be able to download the track before it is available anywhere else. "She's With Me" was recorded for Raye's forthcoming album, Never Going Back (released April 28th on Time Life), and is an intensely personal, poignant song of unconditional love written by Raye for his severely neurologically ill granddaughter. This free download offer will run through May 10th.

Operation Kids is a non-profit organization that matches caring donors with qualified children's charities and programs in the areas of health, education, safety and well-being. Operation Kids seeks to measurably improve the lives of children by identifying charities and programs most effectively addressing key issues.
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Yakuza Eye Rocktober Release
PR reports: Yakuza will release their next full-length album via Profound Lore Records. To be released sometime this October, the band plan on entering the studio with Sanford Parker this July to lay down the follow up to the awesome "Transmutations" release, which will be approached in a unique kind of way.

As mastermind Bruce Lamont explains: "The songs we are working have some breathing room so to speak. I don't think we will nail down exactly where things will go or how long a said part will be played until we record.

"With that in mind, I think the course of action will be to record live in the studio with a minimal amount of overdubs to keep the spontaneity things." - more on this story

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Simon Honisett Teams Up with Jonathan Jubera For Marvel Ann
PR reports: Now living in Portland, OR but originally from Melbourne, Australia Simon Honisett has carved a rich musical path since his band Sea Stories signed to IRS Records back in their R.E.M-era heyday. Since then he has released records under assorted monikers (Sunglass, Gigantaur, Baby Langston) and has now joined forces with Jonathan Jubera in the newest incarnation of Marvel Ann.

Pedal steel, accordion, vibes and strings augment the sound and call to mind some of the vast Australian landscape that influenced the songwriting on their album Bad Advice, with "15 Below" opening the collection with the unmistakable yearning that weaves throughout.

Marvelann began in Portland, Oregon around 1999. It was put together by Simon Honisett who moved to the US from Australia in 1998. Simon had previously been in a band called Sea Stories who put out 2 albums on IRS records in the early 90s. - more on this story

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Gliss and Takeover UK Team Up for Stimulus Package Tour
PR reports: LA-based post-punkers Gliss have teamed up with label mates Takeover UK for the currently-underway "Stimulus Package Tour."

The co-dubbed bill will offer budget friendly priced shows to all corners of the U.S. in support of Gliss' sophomore LP, Devotion Implosion, due April 7 on Rydkodisc/Cordless Recordings.

In the midst of the tour, the trio will perform on Seattle's KEXP, where their album was just added into rotation. Following this jaunt and a quick rest, the band will open a series of shows for electro soul-punk ladies Von Iva. - more on this story

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Veteran Session musician Victor Little Steps Out On His Own With Allstar Solo CD
PR reports: In a music career that has spanned over 20 years, Victor Little has established himself as the consummate session bassist who has laid down the low-end musical foundation on recordings and on stage with Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, Charlie Musselwhite, Mickey Hart, and the legendary Booker T. Jones. Now one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most lauded musical residents steps out into the limelight with the release of his first solo CD, titled "Inner Portrait."

"Inner Portrait" is a powerful musical journey that features Victor's unparalleled performance and compositional skills on ten original and exhilarating instrumental and hook-laden funky-fusion, rhythm and blues groove-jazz tracks, all of which display his impeccable timing, taste, technique, and tone, inimitably sophisticated soaring soloing skills, and captivating melodies.

Victor joined forces with a litany of legendary musical talent to create "Inner Portrait," including iconic Santana, Steely Dan, and Parliament/Funkadelic drummer Dennis Chambers, Grammy-Award winning drummer of The Mars Volta, Thomas Pridgen, and the mega-talented keyboardist Ruslan Sirota of the Stanley Clarke Band. "Inner Portrait" was produced by Victor Little, long-time Santana bassist and rhythm guitarist, Myron Dove, and multi-faceted producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist, Randy Emata, who has performed, collaborated, written and/or recorded with Lou Reed, Bob Weir, Aaron Neville, and Chaka Khan. - more on this story

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The dB's Holsapple and Stamey Team Up In the hERE aND nOW
PR reports: hERE aND nOW is the first new collaboration in almost two decades by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, the acclaimed songwriters of the dB's. Scheduled for release June 9 on Bar/None Records, the album features legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis on two tracks: the single "Early in the Morning" and Peter's ode to New Orleans, "Begin Again."

Drum aces Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Son Volt, the Mountain Goats) and Logan Matheny (Roman Candle, The Rosebuds) and percussionist Gary Greene (Hootie and the Blowfish, Big Head Todd) bring power to tracks such as "Some of the Parts" and "Widescreen World," and the dB's' rhythm section Gene Holder (bass) and Will Rigby (drums) join in on the atmospheric "Santa Monica."

The acoustic side of the duo, reminiscent of their 1992 Rhino/RNA album Mavericks, comes to the fore on tracks such as "Long Time Coming," one of several that feature Greg Readling (Chatham County Line, Tift Merritt) on pedal steel. The lead track, "My Friend the Sun," is a cover of a classic from the legendary British prog-pop band Family. - more on this story

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Free Susumu Yokota
PR reports: Japanese experimental artist Susumu Yokota, is offering a free mp3 download of the track "Tree Surgeon" from his new album, Mother, available now on Lo Recordings.

Yokota has been releasing music since 1992, originally recording music with a more techno inspired feel, as time passed he's developed a more ambient/abstract sound. This experimentation has been championed by Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Thom Yorke among others.

Over a decade later, Yokota continues to push his music in new directions with Mother, enlisting a variety of vocalists, including Caroline Ross, Rothko, Caspe Clausen (Efterklang), The Chap, Nancy Elizabeth and Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden) to help create one of his most versatile records to date. Yokota explains, "I asked artists who I respect to collaborate with me to widen my own expression." - Download "Tree Surgeon" here

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Golden Triangle Win Some GZA Dickies
PR reports: Brooklyn based Golden Triangle slayed their competition at the inaugural Battle of the Bands competition during SXSW. The celebrity judge panel had a tough decision to make between the 8 bands competing at the Compound in Austin on the afternoon of March 20th, but ultimately it was Golden Triangle that reigned supreme.

GZA, No Age, and Brooklyn Vegan were all unanimous in their decision to award Golden Triangle the $10k grand prize - Bay Area's Ferocious few was awarded second place with a $3,000 Dickies shopping spree, while Facts on File from LA followed in a close third place for the $2,000 shopping spree.

Over 1000 people attended the Dickies Battle and had the pleasure of witnessing the spontaneous collaboration for the first time between GZA and Atlanta's Black Lips. Relying on nothing but respect for one another's craft, they performed a few GZA songs together and jumped into the Black Lips chamber with GZA rapping over one of their songs . - more on this story

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. First Look: Saving Abel
antiMusic was able to catch up with bassist Saving Abels Eric Taylor and we learn what makes this southern rock band on the rise tick, how he would battle music piracy, how he went from church to stage and of course what he thinks about groupies. - Read the full First Look: Saving Abel review

. Ofermod - Tiamatu
A raw, filthy journey through the framework of classic black metal. At times like the best of their country's classic black metal acts mixed with the gritty death metal scene of Stockholm, Ofermod have a familiar yet distinct interpretation of black metal's essence. - Read the full Ofermod - Tiamatu review

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