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Full Report for 09/03/2009

Rolling Stones Deny Split
antiMusic reports: An unnamed source has struck again! Music Radar has the rundown: Charlie Watts Quits The Rolling Stones. That was the shocking headline on the Australian music website Undercover.com.

News of which sent chills throughout the music community. Coming on the heels of Noel Gallagher's decesion to split Oasis, the thought that Charlie Watts would leave the Stones just shy of their 50th anniversary seemed almost too much to bear.

And as it turns out, it isn't. MusicRadar contacted the office of The Rolling Stones' spokesperson, Fran Curtis, who issued the following statement: "Contrary to a fabricated story that ran this morning, Charlie Watts has not left The Rolling Stones.'' - more on this story

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Metallica Is for Monkeys
Rock Radio reports: It's official: Metallica is monkey music. That's the conclusion reached by a group of scientists who set out to discover how human music came into existence. And while the cotton-top tamarins ignored tracks by Nine Inch Nails and Tool, they responded positively to Metallica's 1991 Black Album track Of Wolf and Man.

The tamarin experiment involved playing different types of music to see if monkeys respond to music, or if only humans do. They played a variety of 30-second clips including music experts had devised from monkey sounds.

While they reacted to the monkey music, the only human music they paid attention to was Metallica's – and it made them calm and relaxed rather than the response straight-laced lab geeks expected. - beer good! Napster bad! read more here

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Van Halen Jamming Again- Saturday Night U2- Them Crooked Scumbag Vultures Blues- Muse Have A Secret- Slipknot Makeup Dates and more
antiMusic reports: Van Halen guitar legend Eddie Van Halen has issued the following update: "Wolfie (Van Halen - Eddie's son on bass), Alex (Van Halen - drums) and I rehearsed today and had a blast. We played a bunch of songs that we didn't play on the last tour like 'Drop Dead Legs', 'Girl Gone Bad' and 'Outta Love Again'! And just jammed a bit. Haven't played these songs for a long time but they sound f'ing amazing!" more

U2 will serve as the musical guest on the season premiere episode of Saturday Night Live on September 26th, cast member Bill Hader told Access Hollywood. more

Parlour to Parlour's swing through L.A. continues this week with a visit to the home of husky-voiced singer/songwriter Angela Correa, a/k/a Correatown. check it out here

Slipknot has announced the make-up shows for the canceled Auburn, Washington and Kennewick, Washington dates: Oct. 10 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater Oct. 11 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center more

Check out Panic! At The Disco's MTV video premiere of "New Perspective" which is the first single off the Jennifer's Body soundtrack. watch it here

Muse have announced that they will play a gig in Paris on Tuesday (September 8) – but have not revealed details of the location. more

Them Crooked Vultures have unveiled another new video clip, this time for the track "Scumbag Blues." The song is accompanied by an animated video and can be seen here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are featured at Daytrotter.com where they also offer up five songs for free download along with a great profile article more

"Awake," the new album from Skillet, has entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2, with sales in excess of 67,000.

As I Lay Dying are currently preparing material for their next Metal Blade Records release. The group has revealed that they have "been home hard at work writing new songs for an album that will be out in early-2010." more

Kataklysm will perform a series of shows in the provinces of Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick this Fall. Blackguard and Unfallen will also appear. dates

Kreator have issued the following update: "[Drummer] Ventor [real name: Jürgen Reil] will be sitting out of some of the upcoming tour dates that we have, due to some personal issues. Not to worry, Ventor is fine and will be playing live again soon. more

Iowa hardcore band Too Pure To Die is in fact dead. Guitarist Jordan Peterson had the following to say: "TPTD is breaking up because we all felt like we had accomplished our goals... we went overseas, made a career record, and toured the US relentlessly. We have one show coming up on in Des Moines and another 2 shows with the original line-up playing all old songs" more

Nocturnal Fear's fourth full-length album, Metal Of Honor, will be officially released worldwide by Moribund Records on November 3rd. more

Jimmy Kimmel Live welcomes the following musical acts:
September 2 – St. Vincent
September 3 – R. Kelly**
September 4 – Maxwell
September 8 – Boys Like Girls**
September 9 – Brendan Benson
September 11 – The Used**
September 16 – Pink**
September 17 – Kid Cudi
September 22 – Eric Church
September 29 – Alice in Chains**
September 30 – Alice in Chains
October 1 – Sonic Youth**

** Notes Performances that will take place on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Outdoor Pontiac Garage Stage.

Shadows Fall will be making their network television debut on the September 3 episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The episode will air tape Thursday afternoon and air Thursday night at 12:35AM EST on NBC.

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Slayer Set New Album Release
HER reports: The mighty Slayer has confirmed a release date for the band's 10th studio album: World Painted Blood will be released on Tuesday, November 3 in North America, and on Monday, November 2 to the rest of the world.

"As we're so excited about World Painted Blood," said the band's Dave Lombardo, "we wanted to do something special for the packaging, and have been working with some really cool ideas. They've taken time to get just right, and with our headlining the Mayhem tour for most of the summer, it's just taken that much longer to get all these great ideas exactly the way we want them."

There will be three different editions of World Painted Blood - a limited edition CD with multiple CD covers, a deluxe edition CD/DVD, and a high-quality, 180-gram vinyl edition; specifics for all editions will be detailed shortly.
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Ignite Singer to Front Pennywise
ESM reports: The members of Pennywise have announced that Zoli Teglas, front man for OC hardcore/punk band Ignite will be filling in on vocals during the band's set on the 2009 Smokeout Festival at the San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernadino, CA October 24th, as they begin they're search for a new singer.

The two day Smokeout Festival will take place on October 23 and 24 and marks the seminal Hermosa Beach punk band's first major show since Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg and the band parted ways last month after 19 years together.

Pennywise will be playing on a lineup that includes such acts as Slipknot, Deftones, Cypress Hill, Kottonmouth Kings, Bad Brains, Method Man/Red Man, a recently reunited Sublime (performing with their new singer, Rome) and many more.
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Eagles of Death Metal Frontman To Fly Solo
NME reports: Eagles Of Death Metal singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes is working on a solo album.

The impressively moustachioed frontman told BBC 6music that the album, his first as a solo artist, would be named 'Boots Electric Fabulous Weapon'.

He has been recently going under the nickname 'Boots Electric' after formerly being referred to as 'The Devil'.

Hughes said he had some rather ambitious production wishes for the album. - more on this story

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Grant Hart of Husker Du Announces New Solo Album
MVD reports: Con D'or Records and MVD Audio are proud to announce the release of Grant Hart Hot Wax on both CD and vinyl for worldwide distribution on October 6th, 2009.

'80s alternative rock has gone down in the history of music as one of the most fertile and influential musical movements ever - as judged by the amount of notable bands that would subsequently "follow the leaders." And one of the leading lights of the movement was unquestionably Hüsker Dü. After the group's split, drummer Grant Hart moved out front with guitar in hand, and also handled lead vocals on his solo releases. But Hart has spent the last few years working on Hot Wax.

Joining Hart on the disc is a diverse cast of musicians from Godspeed You Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion, and Rank Strangers with the tracks being recorded in both Montreal and Minneapolis. Hart explains: "The song 'Narcissus, Narcissus' is my first attempt at combining ancient Greek mythology and American rock-a-billy. By merging those influences with an ice cream truck atmosphere I think I have found a style that defines this period of my career. 'You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water' is one of the most organic rock and roll songs that I have ever written. It's style owes a lot to my devotion for Patti Smith. It was inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Panchen Lhama, who said of one candidate, 'He is the reflection of the moon on the water but he is not the moon'."
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Rammstein Set Pussy Release
PR reports: Rammstein will release "Pussy," with B-side "Rammlied," on Sept. 22 as the first single from their forthcoming album on Oct.20.

The single, available exclusively via iTunes, is the first new music to come from the Berlin-based band in over four years. Having sold three million albums in the U.S. alone (and over 14 million worldwide), anticipation for the new album, whose title has been a closely guarded secret, is high with rumors running rampant worldwide as to the theme and contents of the new release. The album will be released in the U.S. via Universal Music Germany through a marketing and distribution deal with Vagrant Records on Oct. 20.

A post on from the band's website this morning heralded the news of the first available music via the "Pussy" single: "Carried by a gigantic wave of testosterone, Rammstein unsheathes its sword and presents what makes man an animal. So start your engines. With pedal to the metal on the Autobahn of German clichés, where homage is paid to the hand-to-hand battle between the sexes with words like Bratwurst, Blitzkrieg, and Mercedes-Benz … to destinations abroad, past Heidi with her burgers and away from the German Fräuleinwunder." An accompanying video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund,; premiere information coming soon.
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Free Underground Exploding In Sound Compilation Album Download
PR reports: The brand new compilation from Exploding In Sound, "Future Legendary" featuring albums cuts and exclusive premieres from the likes of Junius, Truckfighters, Skeleteen, Zuu, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, and more, "Future Legendary" brings the best in underground rock music for your pleasure at the unbeatable price of absolutely nothing.

The compilation is a FREE digital download, complete with artwork and liner notes containing descriptions of each band. The extraordinary artists offer an array of rock styles including indie, alternative, pop, grunge, shoegaze, stoner/psychedelic, metal, soul, Americana, and so much more. So come one, come all, and enjoy this collection of recent releases and upcoming excellence.

Your ears and mind will be grateful. It is quite an honor for Exploding In Sound to have the opportunity to work with such exceptional new artists, and a pleasure to help spread the word of their music. Please show the bands your support, as they work hard to create music we can actually enjoy for countless years to come. The future is upon us, and the time to take notice of great new music has arrived. - more on this story

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Kansas Set Symphony Concert
PR reports: The world renowned classic rock band Kansas will perform one very special concert with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra at Trenton's Patriot's Theater at the War Memorial on Saturday, October 17.

After 35 years, Kansas still rules the classic rock radio airwaves and continues to put on simply spellbinding shows of the highest caliber.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of Kansas' self-titled 1974 debut, a live DVD, "There's Know Place Like Home," will be released on October 13. A hi-def for Blu-ray release (mixed in 5.1 surround sound), the show was filmed on February 7 of this year in their home state (at Washburn University's White Concert Hall). For this show, the group - which includes singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, violinist David Ragsdale, bassist Billy Greer, and drummer Phil Ehart - was united with former members Kerry Livgren (guitar/keyboards) and Steve Morse (guitar), as well as the 50-piece Washburn University Orchestra. - more on this story

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The Bronx Taking Their Mariachi Alter Ego On The Road With The Killers
PR reports: Mariachi El Bronx, the border-bending reincarnation of LA punk fixtures The Bronx, announced the release of their self-titled debut today on Swami Records. Mariachi El Bronx is an offering of new songs in the grand tradition of Mexican folk music, hallmarked by elements of guitarron and trumpet.

The band also announced that they will be performing as main support for The Killers on five dates of their upcoming U.S. tour, beginning on September 15th in Irvine, CA at Bren Event Center.

The new record, produced by Jon Avilla, sees the original Bronx lineup joined by a renowned string quartet. The guitarron, which imparts to the music much of its genuine mariachi flavor, is provided by Vincent Hidalgo, the son of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo. - more on this story

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Apples in stereo's Robert Schneider to Keynote in Brisbane
PR reports: On the heels of The Apples in stereo's release of "#1 Hits Explosion," a greatest hits album featuring psychedelic pop at its finest, Robert Schneider is poised to be a featured keynote interview at Australia's Big Sound Music Conference in Brisbane, Australia on September 9-11, 2009

Schneider will be seen and heard alongside other important speakers at Big Sound, including Van Dyke Parks, legendary lyricist for Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

This will mark the first time that Schenider will perform Apples material in Australia and comes shortly after one of the band's hit songs, "Energy," has been featured in a major advertising campaign in the country. - more on this story

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