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Full Report for 09/$d/2009

Red Hot Radiohead Sideband
MusicRadar reports: Days after releasing a double-A single Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses/The Hollow Earth, Radiohead's Thom Yorke has announced he's formed a new band - don't worry, it's just a side project - with which he intends to play live shows.

The group consists of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, REM collaborator Joey Waronker and Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco.

In a blog on Radiohead's Dead Air Space, Yorke discusses the new outfit, and mentions upcoming gigs at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on 4 and 5 October - more on this story

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Staind's Aaron Lewis Maps Out Solo Tour
Atlantic Records reports: Aaron Lewis, the acclaimed frontman for Staind, has unveiled details of the first leg of his upcoming solo acoustic tour, now in its sixth year.

The hugely successful tour saw sold-out shows last year, including a stint at the Mohegan Sun, where he sold more than 8000 tickets. The dates will begin on January 1st, 2010 with a special New Year's Day concert at the Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.

From there, Lewis will traverse the continent, capping off his first leg with two nights at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The second leg of the tour will kick off on February 25th at Hammond, Indiana's Horseshoe Casino. - you'll be able to catch him on TV too

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The Death Set Cofounder Dies
antiMusic reports: Beau Velasco, co-founder of electro-punk group The Death Set, died Sunday. A cause of death has not yet been released but the band issued two statements on their website.

Johnny Siera wrote of his fallen bandmate: "R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. We are all so devastated that I will keep this short. We love you and you will be missed. You affected us all so much in the most positive ways. Our lives would not be as is if not for you. We love you. For all those who wish to pay their respects we will let the details be known soon."

The band posted this statement on their news page: Beau Velasco, beloved brother and co-founding member of The Death Set, passed away Sunday, September 27, in Brooklyn, New York. Beau co-wrote the Worldwide album with Johnny Siera, with whom his partnership reaches back beyond The Death Set's beginnings, to Black Panda from Gold Coast, Australia. The Death Set moved from Sydney to the US in 2005, but Beau took a back seat from touring a while later. This original core lineup of the band had recently rejoined to write and record the next record and to resume touring together. At the moment, few details are available about the circumstances of Beau's passing, but information will be shared as soon as possible, including about immediate plans for The Death Set.

- http://www.thedeathset.com/

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Chester Bennington's Dead By Sunrise Announces Live Shows
Warner Bros reports: Dead by Sunrise, the new band fronted by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, have announced three upcoming live shows to celebrate the release of their debut album, Out of Ashes, due from Warner Bros. Records on October 13th, 2009.

The band, which is Bennington on vocals, guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh (from Orgy/Julien-K), bassist Brandon Belsky, drummer Elias Anda (also from Julien-K), and keyboardist Anthony Valcic, will perform at Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas on October 1st, at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on October 14th, and at the Roxy in Los Angeles on October 19th.

Fans attending these very special shows will be treated to songs from Out of Ashes, which was produced by Howard Benson (Motorhead, My Chemical Romance). The album's first single, "Crawl Back In," continues its assault on Rock radio, after being the most-added track for four consecutive weeks in September.
- more on this story

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Killswitch Engage Tour Sidelined By Illness
Band Statement reports: Killswitch Engage will unfortunately have to postpone their upcoming South America tour due to the illness of lead singer Howard Jones.

Howard is currently bed-ridden with a gallstone issue and has been told by his doctor that he should not leave his bed until further notice. He is currently getting proper medical care and hopes to be on his feet and in less pain by the end of the week, at which time we will determine how soon we can reschedule these South America dates.

Killswitch would like to apologize to their fans in South America for this setback and want to assure them that the band has every intention to make up these dates in the near future.
- more on this story

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Stone Roses Ian Brown and The Smiths' Johnny Marr Teaming Up
BBC reports: Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown is planning to write and record an album with The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, the singer has revealed.

The Mancunian rock legends are hoping to form a supergroup to write the soundtrack for a friend's TV dramas. "The idea is that Johnny writes the music and I write the words and the melodies," Brown told BBC News.

Brown also wants to bring in former Stone Roses bandmate Mani or Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder, he said.
- more details

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Go Cruisin With Kid Rock
PR reports: Kid Rock and Sixthman are proud to announce the inaugural "Chillin' the Most" Cruise, a four-day non-stop party hosted by Kid Rock on the high seas. The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration will set sail April 29 - May 3, 2010, carrying cruisers round trip from Tampa, Fla., calling at Grand Cayman. "I just can't wait to hang with my people, put on an American flag Speedo, grab a bottle of Bad Ass Beer, and scream, "I'm on a boat!"- Kid Rock

Thanks to Kid Rock's loyal fan base, "Chillin' the Most" sold out within just a few days of going on sale to the general public. In addition to his legendary performances, the unparalleled experience of partying side-by-side with Kid Rock created exceptionally high demand. Passengers will enjoy music, activities, contests, and an atmosphere that will make this cruise truly Kid Rock's party. There will be around-the-clock concerts from choice artists and DJs, and Kid Rock will be rockin' the boat from coast to coast on the "Chillin' the Most" Cruise.

"We have wanted to work with Kid Rock for the past two years because he is an amazing performer and knows how to throw a party. Judging by the pace at which the cruise sold out, I'd say we weren't the only ones who were excited about Kid Rock," says Andy Levine, owner of Sixthman. - more on this story

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Singer Cleared In Death of Bandmates
abc.net.au reports: The lead singer of a heavy metal band has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing death over an accident that claimed the life of two of his band members on the New South Wales north coast.

Jamie Hope was driving a van carrying members of his band The Red Shore on the Pacific highway north of Coffs Harbour in the early hours of December 19 2007.

The van ran off the road and hit a tree, killing two men and seriously injuring three others. Mr Hope pleaded not guilty to five charges including dangerous driving causing death.
- more on this story

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Go Camping With Doors Star- New Rush Release- Blur Reunion Clearly Over- Springsteen To Play Full Albums Live- 1000 Classic Concert Downloads and more
antiMusic reports: Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is very pleased to announce that The Doors' original guitarist, Robby Krieger, will be appearing at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp this November! Attendees participating in our Headliner Package will jam with Robby by day and perform alongside him by night at the Whisky A Go Go (a club made famous by The Doors) on November 22nd. more

Working Men, the first 'best of' live performance compilation from renowned rock trio Rush is due in stores and online November 17th, the collection will be released on DVD in partnership with Rounder and on CD via Atlantic Records outside of Canada. details

A Massachusetts company that claims rare film footage of the late John Lennon was stolen and sold to Yoko Ono without its permission asked a federal judge Tuesday to award it $6.3 million in damages. more

Graham Coxon has confirmed that Blur have no further plans to play live together or do "anything else" as a band following their reunion this year.more

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform an entire album from their back catalogue each night of the 5-night run at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in October. "Born To Run" and "Born in the USA" which each be performed twice, while "Darkness on the Edge of Town" will be played at the other show. more info at Billboard

Korn will play exclusive and intimate concert on October 24 in Malibu, California. Proceeds from the event, which will have limited, reserved seating (450 tickets), will benefit the local pre-school program The Garden of Childhood. more

Propagandhi, Protest The Hero, and Strike Anywhere will tour the UK together in December. more

The once controversial Wolfgang's Vault, which has amassed the largest collection of licensed streaming live recordings on the Internet, is about to make a treasure trove of those concerts available for downloading. more

Lillian Axe has been added as the support act for Alice Cooper's "Theater Of Death Tour." more

Motorhead perform on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday, October 8 (which will actually air the morning of Friday, October 9). more

Stigma has parted ways with guitarist Morgan Ferrua and will enter the studio this November as a four piece. more

The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features an interview host Mark Strigl conducted with Michael Amott of Arch Enemy. Topics include "The Root Of All Evil" album, Carcass, Bill Steer, Ozzy Osbourne, the Swedish Death Metal book, the G1M, Carnage, and Gus G. The episode also features an interview Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with Sean Baker of the Sean Baker Orchestra. Topics include Mike Varney, Bruce Bouillet, and Joe Stump. The podcast can be downloaded here

Parlour to Parlour continues its swing through Portland with a visit to the adorably blasphemous toy piano-collecting singer-songwriter (and Fear of Heights keyboard player) Rachel Taylor Brown. Check it out here

Backyard Babies have announced the first set of dates for their 20th Anniversary Tour, set for 2010. Grab em here -

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New John Mayer Album Details
Columbia Records reports: John Mayer's Battle Studies will be released on November 17th, 2009 on Columbia Records. The seven-time Grammy Award winner's fourth studio album was co-produced by John Mayer and Steve Jordan and debuts three years after his critically acclaimed 2006 album, Continuum.

Incorporating the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70's and 80's California rock/pop, Battle Studies is a confessional, relaxed and liberated album recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

The album's first single, "Who Says" challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake - despite society's constraints. Battle Studies also showcases universal themes on "Heartbreak Warfare," "Assassin," and "War of My Life," while flexing guitar chops on "Rock Song," and a reinterpretation of "Crossroads." The famously collaborative guitar player also invited one of music's brightest new talents, Taylor Swift, to appear on "Half of My Heart." - more on this story

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AC/DC Box Set To Come In Two Flavors
antiMusic reports: We told you about this yesterday but here is some more info from AC/DC's label: Columbia Records and Albert Productions proudly announces the release of Backtracks, the ultimate AC/DC collector's experience, available Tuesday, November 10.

Arriving in two distinctly different fan-friendly editions, Backtracks spans the length and breadth of AC/DC's career, bringing together rare songs, hard-to-find live performances and the long-awaited debut of "Family Jewels Disc 3," a DVD showcasing the group's music videos, live performances, and promotional clips from 1992-2009. (The original double-disc "Family Jewels" was named 2005's "DVD of the Year" by the UK's Classic Rock magazine while the RIAA certified the collection 10x Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million copies in the US alone.)

Manufactured in an exclusive run limited to 50,000 pieces, the deluxe collector's edition of Backtracks includes a CD of studio rarities, two CDs of live rarities, the "Family Jewels Disc 3" DVD, the "Live at the Circus Krone" DVD, a front-row immersion in the band's scorching 2003 club show in Munich, Germany, and a 12" long-playing album, struck in 180 gram vinyl, of hard-to-find studio tracks. The limited edition Backtracks includes a five-disc media carrier to house and transport the set's three CDs and two DVDs.
- more including the full tracklisting

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New Solo CD From Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit Filled With Special Guests
PR reports: Timothy B. Schmit is set to release Expando, his first solo album in eight years, on October 20, 2009 on Lost Highway Records. Written and produced by Schmit, Expando features some of Schmit's most autobiographical and musically diverse solo work to date.

"`Expando' implies growing and expanding and I feel like that's what the music on this album represents for me," said Timothy B. Schmit. "I guess the word is a bit mysterious, but I'm trying out all these different things I've always wanted to do."

Schmit recorded the album entirely at his home studio near Los Angeles and hand-picked the musicians who worked with him, including Keb' Mo', Graham Nash, Kid Rock, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Band's Garth Hudson, Van Dyke Parks, Dwight Yoakam, The Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench, and Timothy's son, Ben. Hank Linderman, who recorded Schmit's 2001 Feed The Fire, also engineered and performs on Expando.
- more on this story

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Own Rod Stewart's Soul This Halloween
PR reports: Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart will be releasing SOULBOOK on October 27th (J Records), a collection of classic Sixties/Seventies-era soul favorites, all newly recorded by the quintessential "blue eyed soul" singer of our generation. Rod Stewart possesses one of the most distinctive and interpretive voices in music -- his Grammy-Award winning recordings of the Great American Songbook have sold over 19 million albums and is the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history. With the same passion, Rod approaches some of the greatest soul songs ever written.

Rod recently said in Rolling Stone's "Greatest Singers of All Time" issue that at the age of 15, he used to listen to soul singers on the radio like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and blues singers like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, and knew that is how he wanted to sing. Elton John said "Bar none, Rod's the best singer I've heard in rock 'n' roll. He's also the greatest white soul singer" and in 2006, James Brown called Stewart "the best white soul singer."

Comments Rod Stewart: "This is the album I've waited my whole lifetime to record. These are the songs that I've danced to, made love to, cried to and yes, even fell on the floor to as a young man in the infancy of my career. These songs and singers were the oxygen that fueled my passion to sing. When I was a skinny, cocky, all-mouth and trousers teenager living in North London without two pennies to rub together, I discovered the artistry of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops and so many more. They were my Gods and my heroes." - The album features two stunning superstar duets

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Isaac Hayes Deluxe Shaft Reissue
conqueroo reports: In 1971, the song was everywhere. "Who is the man who would risk his neck for his brother man?" Shaft? Damn right. Isaac Hayes' Shaft soundtrack album became a #1 album on both the pop and R&B charts — and remained on the charts for a jaw-dropping 60 weeks. The first soul soundtrack to a major motion picture would earn Hayes a Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe and set him on his way to stardom. The soundtrack continues to influence popular music — hip-hop in particular.

On November 3, 2009, Stax Records, a unit of Concord Music Group, will release Shaft (Deluxe Edition), a digitally remastered reissue of the soundtrack including a bonus track: "Theme From Shaft [2009 Mix]." Ashley Kahn, author of several music books, contributor to NPR's "Morning Edition" and adjunct professor at New York University, wrote the liner notes for the deluxe edition.

A primary reason for the enduring significance of the ultimate Blaxploitation film Shaft is Hayes' score. He created music that sounded like nothing else of its day. "The one thing I've learned from Shaft," Hayes told The New York Times in 1972, "is that pop music doesn't set any restrictions anymore. You don't just have to go up there and sing a song because that's the way it was always done before. Use whatever means necessary, be it rap, song or arrangement, to get to the people."
- more on this story

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Shadows Fall Announce Daily Giveaways
PR reports: Hot off the heels of their latest chart topping release Retribution, Shadows Fall is currently tearing across the US with Five Finger Death Punch and 2 Cents. In celebration of the current tour and new CD, Shadows Fall singer Brian Fair has come up with a contest for all the fans attending their current tour.

Brian had the following to say about the contest: "I wanted to let everyone know that for the rest of the tour I will be using my Twitter and Facebook account for daily giveaways for each show of this tour. Each show day at 3PM local time I will be posting instructions or a code word.

"By following the instructions or using the code word some lucky fans that are attending that night's show get FREE STUFF. The quantities will be extremely limited so make sure you check out the posts, then get to the show early and get yourself some free stuff!! Can't wait to see you at the show." - more on this story

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State Radio Hit The Road Behind New Album
PR reports: State Radio release their third studio album Let It Go today and celebrate with a sold-out show in their home city of Boston to kick off their 35-city trek across North America.

The tour dates include a stop at the Austin City Limits Festival on October 4 and two weeks supporting 311.

The band also releases a special digital deluxe version of Let It Go on iTunes today. For a limited time, fans can purchase the new album plus a double disc Live at The Brattle Theater—a total of 41 tracks for $14.99. Live At The Brattle Theatre not only features live, acoustic State Radio songs and rarities, but also three Dispatch tracks, including "The General." - more on this story

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Austin City Limits Webcasts
PR reports: On Friday October 2nd, Hulu will begin a live stream of musical performances from the 2009 Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas at approximately 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST).

Hulu's coverage of the weekend-long concert will feature 26 musical performances from popular acts like The Dave Matthews Band, John Legend, Ben Harper & the Relentless 7 and The Dead Weather, to name a few.

Additionally, we will be featuring some of the headliners and surprise musical guests from this year's Austin City Limits festival in a special presentation of select performances on Monday October 5th, which will spotlight songs selected from their sets.

Later this week, we will announce the full list of performers that will stream on Hulu via
- Hulu's Facebook page.

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Person L Focus on The Positives For New Album
PR reports: Academy Fight Song is proud to announce the release of Person L's second full-length record, The Positives, on November 17th. In anticipation of the forthcoming release, the band will be exclusively premiering the new album's title track on their Myspace page today, September 29th.

Following the DIY nature of Initial, Person L's 2008 self-released debut, the band looked to Aaron Marsh, lead musician and producer of the band Copeland, to produce The Positives at his home studio, The Vanguard Room. Marsh helped the band forge a new sound which clearly represents a huge departure from frontman Kenneth Vasoli's former band, The Starting Line. A major contribution was helping them to bring to the fore the band's trademark complex rhythms with their unique use of percussion and two drummers. "We were aiming to keep a very raw and dirty quality to the record while still making it comprehensive and colorful," notes Vasoli.

Person L recently wrapped up dates with Ace Enders and a Million Different people, and have confirmed a co-headlining tour with John Nolan (Straylight Run) this fall. The tour will kick off in Cleveland, OH, on November 10th and will continue through December 12th in the band's hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Prior to these dates, Vasoli will be embarking on a very special solo acoustic tour through Australia in October. The band will also be headlining at World Café Live in Philadelphia on November 9th for the release party of "Somebody's Gonna Miss Us," the CD/ DVD from The Starting Line. - more on this story

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The 88 Score Sitcom Theme
PR reports: The 88, announced today that they have written and performed "At Least It Was Here" the theme song for Community, the acclaimed new comedy series from NBC. The series airs Thursdays at 9:30 PM on NBC, until October 8 when it moves to 8 PM ET/PT. The 88 were also behind the much-blogged about cover of Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me," that played over the pilot episode's closing credits.

Tracks from The 88 have made waves on television, video games and online, continuing a trend The 88 initiated upon the release of their first CD Kind of Light. The band's "Coming Home" was heard in the premiere episode of 90210 last season, while Gossip Girl showcased the piano-driven rocker "It's A Lot" from their third release, Not Only But Also. The super-charged track "Sons And Daughters" from the same album has challenged Rock Band 2 gamers, while "Hide Another Mistake" was featured on the hit series The O.C. and "All Cause of You" was used in the opening credits of the film, You, Me and Dupree starring Owen Wilson. In all, The 88 has licensed more than 60 tracks to films, television, commercials and other media in their short career. - more on this story

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iTunes Singles Out Animal Kingdom
Warner Bros reports: Breakthrough UK band Animal Kingdom's "Tin Man" has been selected by iTunes as Single of the Week. Beginning today, Tuesday, September 29th through Monday, October 5th, "Tin Man" will be available for free on the iTunes Store homepage.

Animal Kingdom's debut album Signs and Wonders is now available in the US exclusively on iTunes. It was released in the UK on Warner Bros Records on September 28, 2009.

Recorded at Seattle's Electrokitty Studios with Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses), Signs and Wonders finds the London quartet countering immediate pop hooks with unpredictable arrangements and moody, cinematic lyrics.
- more on this story

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Grammy Winner Greg Ladanyi Dies From Stage Accident
PR reports: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maple Jam Music Group President, Greg Ladanyi, Tuesday, at the age of 57. Ladanyi sustained severe head trauma following an on-stage accident last Friday in the Greek Republic of Cyprus. Ladanyi was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition over the weekend. He was in Cyprus touring with Maple Jam Music artist, Anna Vissi.

Ladanyi, a Grammy Award-winning producer, has spent his entire professional career engineering, mixing and producing for the greatest artists in the entertainment industry. Ladanyi was widely known for his production and engineering work with musical greats Jackson Browne (six albums, including "Running on Empty", "Holding Out", and "Lawyers in Love"), Toto (four albums, including "Toto IV"), Don Henley (three albums, including "Building the Perfect Beast"), Fleetwood Mac ("Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits" and "Behind the Mask"), The Church ("Starfish"), Jeff Healey ("See the Light"), and Jaguares ("Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio"). His most recent work was with Anna Vissi and her Greek album, "Apagorevmeno".

With 40 years in the entertainment industry, Ladanyi has contributed to various high-end projects, with his work leading to 16 Grammy nominations, being directly nominated three times. He won a Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical with Toto's, "Toto IV" and nominated for Producer of The Year for Don Henley's "The Boys Of Summer" and Jaguares, Best Rock Album, "Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio" at the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards. - more on this story

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. Pearl Jam Month: Pearl Jam (Avocado)
Pearl Jam is at their best when they have something to prove and in 2006, they had a new record label (J Records) and were seeking to show the world they could still be taken seriously as a band that had something to say and who could connect with the masses. (4 stars) - Read the full Pearl Jam Month: Pearl Jam (Avocado) review

.... Antigama + Nyia Split Album
A lot can happen in little time. Testing this notion, Eastern bloc grind metal bands Nyia and Antigama team up for a brief sample of brutality. Clocking in at a fleeting 16 minutes, it is an album which speeds by before it can truly satisfy. - Read the full Antigama + Nyia Split Album review

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