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THE STATUS READY TO RELEASE ALBUM / TOUR WITH BAYSIDE

For most bands, releasing their first album comes with a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. For Atlanta’s THE STATUS, there’s a dose of that, but from the sound of their Doghouse Records debut SO THIS IS PROGRESS (release date: October 7, 2008), the unmistakable sound of confidence flows freely.

GIBSON USA AND EPIPHONE UNLEASH SLASH SIGNATURE LES PAUL GOLD TOP / IMAGES

Gibson Guitar and Epiphone announce the new Slash Les Paul Goldtop guitar models. In keeping with the Olympic theme of instilling a spirit into every element, Gibson and Epiphone goes for the “Gold” with the special limited edition guitar inspired by Slash, the modern-day legend and most recognizable guitarist in the world today.

TODD RUNDGREN RETURNS AFTER FOUR YEARS / STREAM / DATES

Hi Fi Recordings is proud to present the brand new album from Todd Rundgren entitled Arena in stores September 30th, 2008.   This is Todd Rundgren’s first studio album in four years and showcases his unique songwriting style and sonically captures the essence and energy of “arena” rock with bombastic, guitar-driven tunes.

NEW: CHARLES HAMILTON TO DO A BLOG TOUR

Already critically-acclaimed debuting Interscope recording artist, Charles Hamilton, joins forces with the top hip-hop and urban music blogs on the web along with leading social media network imeem.com, to create “The Hamiltonization Process.”

Shwayze, Shwayze (Self-Titled Album)

Listening to Shwayze’s self titled debut is like eating fried Oreos doused in powdered sugar. The album’s candied songs about girls, relaxing, getting high, and California aren’t sophisticated or innovative, just wonderfully delicious. Laid back and warm, Shwayze’s songs taste like summer. Adorable Malibu rapper Shwayze and long haired producer/acoustic guitarist Cisco Adler (Lou Adler’s…

SNOB DOODLE ON HIP HOP

Snob Doodle’s latest installment takes a shot at hip hop. But don’t worry we know how resilient these artists can be – I don’t think we will offend any delicate sensibilities. They have tough skins – getting shot nine times is a bit harsher than a little satirical jab.

Showtime: My Morning Jacket, Fillmore Miami Beach

I’ve become very appreciative of the Fillmore Miami Beach, the new incarnation of the venerable Jackie Gleason Theater. After enjoying a thoroughly brilliant set by Vampire Weekend earlier this year, I had the chance to see what might well be my personal favorite band, My Morning Jacket, in the chandeliered beauty.

FREE STAR STUDDED MIX FROM DYSLEXIC SPEEDREADERS HERE

What happens when two Hollywood rappers team up with a cracker from Oakland? Ghetto beats and gnarly rhymes slap you in the face. Andre Legacy, Mickey Avalon, and Dirt Nasty (aka Simon Rex) combine to make the best rap crew in the continental U.S. (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico ).

NEW BAND ALERT: WAR STORIES / AUDIO STREAMS

War Stories do what they do for the unconditional love of music. They focus all time and energy on writing timeless music that connects them with the listener providing opportunities of perspective, reflection, and questioning.

How & Lightning, Numious

It is difficult to create a fluid progressive rock band that does not sound drone-like, noisy, and rambling, while retaining a mainstream sensibility. How & Lightning does just that. Numious is brave start from one of the most unique unsigned rock bands to come out of Seattle in the past few years. Dark, brooding, and…

STOLI CHATS WITH INTERSCOPE’S NEWEST SIGNEE TAMAR

So picture this. You are 21 years old and living in Los Angeles. Your dream is music and your drive is unstoppable. You put off college and devote your life to your dream. One day the phone rings and it’s Interscope Records looking to sign you. Now allow me to introduce Tamar. Tamar defines an…

EVERYBODY ELSE TO TOUR WITH HANSON / DATES

L.A. pop rock outfit, EVERYBODY ELSE, has just announced new fall tour dates supporting Hanson. The band kicks off the tour on September 7 at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland and wraps up at the San Diego House of Blues on November 16.

EXPERIENCE HENDRIX, VARIOUS MUSICIANS

I was fortunate enough to attend the first tribute event years ago at The Rock Hall, and over the years, I’ve become good friends with many of the artists.   This DVD allows the viewer to experience historic music performed by modern day luminaries, including some of Jimi’s collaborators.   Mitch Mitchell from The Experience,…

Conor Oberst (& The Mystic Valley Band), Conor Oberst

There is Conor Oberst and there is Bright Eyes. The former is the skinny kid from Nebraska with a shaky voice who remains the only musician in this decade to successfully marry emo and country. The latter is his band, or more appropriately, the collective representation of his label, Saddle Creek Records, and its indie-boomtown,…

LOVELIKEVFIRE SIGN WITH HEIST OR HIT / DATES / VIDEO

LoveLikeFire are proud to announce their signing to UK label Heist or Hit Records.   Over the past month they’ve been busily recording songs for their debut full-length at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco with producer Bill Racine (Mates Of State, Rogue Wave).

DJ Green Lantern, Grand Theft Auto IV

Three words can sum up this album: ROUGH, RUGGED AND RAWWW!!   The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern brings you “Liberty City Invasion” Music from and inspired by the Grand Theft Auto IV video game.   The criminal feel is definitely evident on this album through hard-hittin’ lyrics and street-pop, pop, poppin’ beats.   All…

Team Blackout, Lights Out

Rev Run of Run DMC introduces some new cats to the hip-hop scene, Team Blackout, with their debut album, Lights Out.   The group includes JoJo Simmons, son of Rev Run, along with two of his childhood friends, Zach and Reggie.   The trio has been featured on MTV’s reality series, “Run’s House” and they…

Freekbass, Live Grooveyard

Freekbass plays that funky music and yes he is white, but it doesn’t matter.   Funk seems to flow right out of Freekbass’ soul and flows smoothly like crystal, clear water to his bass guitar.   Grooveyard is a new album by Freekbass, which was recorded live at 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.  …

Okkervil River, The Stand Ins

On The Stand Ins, the worth is in the girth. At only eight songs, discounting three eponymous interludes, the latest release from Austin-based Okkervil River could easily come off as thin, but each song in this 8-pack is jam packed with meticulous arrangements and brilliantly crafted lyrics. The Stand Ins is the “sequel” to 2007’s…

STOLI LEARNS ABOUT THE UPS & DOWNS WITH TICKLE ME PINK

This next band in one of my favorite bands on the scene today. First of all they did a music video for “Typical” with Gabrielle Fox who is just amazingly hot. They also are signed to Wind Up Records and have one of the busiest tour schedules out now. Earlier this year the band took…

WHITE LIES NEW VIDEO / AUDIO / US DATES

British trio WHITE LIES (Harry McVeigh – Vocals/Guitar, Jack Brown — Drums. Charles Cave — Bass) and their post-punk sounds will echo again stateside with a headline tour and performance at the CMJ Music Festival in October.

SKOPE LIVE! ANNOUNCES 2008 HOLIDAY BASH

It is official, Skope Live! has just finished up talks for the Skope Live! Holiday Bash. The live music party will happen on 12/6/08 at 9 pm. The bands have not been selected as yet but stay tuned for more details coming soon. If this is like the 7/25/08 show at The Middle East, be…