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The Dears Star Goes Behind The Board For The Darcys
PR reports: Toronto post-post-guitar rockers The Darcys have conscripted Murray Lightburn (of the Dears) to produce their sophomore album.

With Lightburn at the helm, work begins August 1st at Mountain City studio, Montreal. Before the band packs up their delay pedals and heads East, they conclude their 10-month touring stint (marked by raved about performances at NXNE and Sled Island Music Festival) with a final show on July 16 at Sneaky Dee's, Toronto.

The show will be an effort to raise funds for their new record and to celebrate a fantastic year of overwhelming support. - more on this story

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Webradio Reversed Payola Fees Set
Reuters reports: Artists and record labels reached an agreement on Tuesday with Internet radio companies over royalty rates, resolving a dispute that dates back more than two years over how to divvy up revenue from streaming music on the Web.

The deal establishes a two-tier royalty payment system for companies -- such as the popular service offered by Pandora Media Inc -- that broadcast music over the Internet.

The agreement calls for large webcasters to pay artists and copyright owners a percentage of all U.S. revenue up to 25 percent or on a per-song basis, which ever is greater. Smaller webcasters -- with revenue of less than $1.25 million -- will pay a smaller percentage under a different formula. - more on this story

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Every Time I Die and Bring Me The Horizon Team Up
PR reports: Coming this fall, Every Time I Die and Bring Me The Horizon, will converge for the first time, along with support bands Oh Sleeper and Architects (UK), for the year's most brutal tour.

Every Time I Die will tour in support of their aptly named fifth studio album, New Junk Aesthetic, due out Sept. 15th, which the band insists is "on the verge of blowing the earth a huge gaping a$$hole." - more on this story

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Laughing Dogs Twofer
conqueroo reports: In a triumvirate of classic power-pop reissues, American Beat Records through Collectors' Choice Music will re-release the Laughing Dogs' 1979 The Laughing Dogs and 1980 The Laughing Dogs Meet Their Makers as a twofer CD, The Fabulous Poodles' Mirror Stars and Think Pink as a twofer, plus The Truth's pubby 1985 Playground album. Street date for the three CDs is August 11, 2009.

The Laughing Dogs emerged from the New York underground scene of the 1970s and even appeared on the Live at CBGB anthology. Yet unlike edgier contemporaries Patti Smith, Ramones, Talking Heads and Television, the Dogs were primarily a power pop band big on harmonies, admired for their musicianship as well as their songwriting skills. The majority of their songs were written by frontmen Ronnie Carle (vocals and bass) and James Leonard (vocals and guitar). Keyboardist Carter Catchcart and drummer Moe Potts rounded out the lineup. As the online guide All Music points out, "If Billy Joel's Glass Houses album had been recorded by a group with street cred, that band would have been the Laughing Dogs." American Beat and Collectors' Choice bring fans their first two Columbia albums for the first time on CD. Featured are the songs "Get 'Em Out of Town," "Reason For Love," "No Lies," "It's Alright," "Round and Round," "Zombies," "Formal Letter," "Reach Out for Me" and "Johnny Contender."

For a brief, glorious time, it looked like a London band named The Fabulous Poodles might make it big. This pub-rock-turned-new-wave outfit's Stateside debut album, 1978's John Entwhistle-produced Mirror Stars, outsold debut albums by the Jam and the Clash. Emerging from the London scene that begat bands like Deaf School and the Kurssal Flyers, the Poodles gained little traction in the States despite the radio- and MTV-ready title track and tours with the Ramones and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The 1979 album Think Pink was similarly inspired, mixing the energy of the Kinks and the Who with a touch of Bonzo Dog Band absurdity, but failed to ignite commercially. The American Beat twofer contains "Mirror Stars," "Chicago Boxcar," Toytown People," "Work Shy," the Everly Brothers' "Man With the Money" and "Pink City Twist."
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The Poodles Ink Blistering Deal
Blistering Records reports: Blistering Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish hard rockers The Poodles for the European territory. The band is currently on a tour that will take them all over Sweden until the end of August with a full-scale European tour to follow later in the year. The album will be released in Europe on August 28th by Blistering Records with promotional preparations already in full spin.

Founded in late 2005 things moved rapidly for The Poodles with the band entering the Swedish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest which led to the big breakthrough in their native country.

The debut album "Metal Will Stand Tall", climbed to the top of the Swedish charts. The first single "Night of Passion", went gold after only three weeks and platinum not long after. The band played over 100 shows in Sweden before heading out on a European tour with Hammerfall and Krokus that took them through 31 dates and 18 countries.
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Lifetime Supply of Guilt
MMP reports: The Swedish metal scene is known for many great bands, some of which became true legends of the genre. The Duskfall is yet another fine example of Scandinavian domination – their brutal, yet melodic sound captures all the most prominent features of modern metal music. "Lifetime Supply of Guilt", the group's third LP, is still considered one of their best offerings. This exclusive re-release brings back a truly exceptional mixture of thrash, death and power metal!

Metal Mind Productions will re-release "Lifetime Supply of Guilt" on 27th July in Europe and 8th September in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc.

"Lifetime Supply of Guilt" landed in music stores on August, 12th 2005, introducing ten outstanding tracks of pure metal mayhem. The band managed to brilliantly conjoin thrash, power and melodic death metal, with clear nods to Gothenburg legends In Flames and At The Gates, as well as some other modern metal acts, like Soilwork, Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy. The Duskfall kept their music true to the classical approach, but in the same time presented their own original style, based on crushing guitar riffs, thick, bottom-heavy bass and insane drumming, powered by passionate and aggressive vocals by Kai Jaakkola (thankfully, The Duskfall remain one of the few groups that refuse to converge to the mainstream by not adding any clean vocals to their mixture). The album hit the listener with such highlights as the opening thrash malice "Trust Is Overrated", the edge-crushing "Relieve Your Fall" and the catchy "Shoot It In", which was released as the promotional single for the LP. "Lifetime Supply of Guilt" proved to be a worthy successor their previous offering "Source", delivering a prime dose of passionate, modern metal. The release of the album was followed by an excessive tour with the legendary acts Slayer and Anthrax.
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Ignominious Incarceration Kick Off Red Chord Tour
PR reports: British death metallers Ignominious Incarceration are set to kick off a string of shows in the UK tonight with American death metal act The Red Chord, before heading out on the Masters Of Metal tour with The Boy Will Drown, Bleed From Within and The Argent Dawn.

Ignominious Incarceration drummer Sam Bailey comments: "The Red Chord dates are gonna be a lotta fun, we played with them a couple years ago when we were starting out and to this date it was one of the most fun shows we've ever played. Last time the venue we played was in Yeovil and everyone went down a massive ski slope next to the venue in rubber rings. So there ya go. We're gonna be filming everything, drinking a lot more than likely, so come say "what's up", buy some merch and the album, and party!"

Ignominious Incarceration bassist Chris Ball adds: "We're really pumped after how great the show was we did with them back in 2007, the crowd were amazing and so were The Red Chord. These are the sort of shows we've been needing after the release of our album! We're gonna play hard and party just as hard! The Red Chord have had some influence on our music and it will be amazing to share the stage again. Everybody come to the shows and bang your heads and show them how the UK like to party!" - more on this story

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The Swellers Now Fueled By Ramen
PR reports: Fueled By Ramen Records has announced the signing of Flint, Michigan-based band The Swellers. The acclaimed group, known for their merging of melodic hooks and hard-edged punk power, will release their Fueled By Ramen full-length debut album this fall.

Fueled By Ramen will first introduce The Swellers to the waiting world with a limited edition 7" single, to be released in conjunction with Paper + Plastick, the new label from Fueled By Ramen co-founder (and Less Than Jake drummer) Vinnie Fiorello.

Available in late July via www.fueledbyramen.com and www.paperandplastick.com, the single will feature two new tracks—"Welcome Back Riders," which will also be included on the band's upcoming full-length release, and an exclusive, Bret Hart-inspired b-side entitled "Montreal Screwjob." - more on this story

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We All Have Hooks For Hands Taking Shape
PR reports: Afternoon Records is proud to announce the October 13 release of The Shape of Energy, the sophomore release from the Sioux Falls, SD band We All Have Hooks For Hands.

The Shape of Energy is the follow up to their ambitious DIY debut The Pretender (recorded in a self-built recording studio with self-taught production skills), which won recognition for its curiously (on account of the bands size) stripped down sound, resembling a full-throttle more gleeful incarnation of Neutral Milk Hotel.

The nine-piece group are giving away an mp3 of the infectious new song "Made Up of Tiny Lights," as well as streaming it on their MySpace page, and they've revealed the track listing and album art to give fans an early peak at what's is to come from the forthcoming release.
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.... Road Trip: Sun & Sax: Mexico's Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
What if I told you there was a place where you could shed your inhibitions for one glorious long weekend? Head for Playa del Carmen on Mexico's beautiful Riviera Maya for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and it's a sure bet that you'll leave satisfied. - Read the full Sun & Sax: Mexico's Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Road Trip article

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