Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bands, dancers and other acts wanted

Tequila Mockingbird is moving Club Fluffer!

That's right. The 01 has asked me to be their MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE CURATOR. I have worked with John Pochna the creator of the Zero on and off since 1982!

So Club Fluffer is moving to the 01 gallery starting Febuary 7th and it will need ALL YOU GREAT BANDS TO COME AND PLAY, bELLYDANCERS, bURLESQUE QUEENS. PERFORMANCE AND MORE! Located in the Los Angeles area.


I am happy to be back on Staff with the 01 gallery!

Support local music with Sierra Madre Sue

One way to hear some great music, socialize with friends, and support a worthy cause all at the same time, is at the WINTER WINE FEST - a fundraiser for St. Rita's School (my alma mater) this Saturday, from 7 to 9:30pm. Event chairpersons Ellen Hoffman & Andrea Bertollini, pictured here, are expecting another successful turnout (not to mention the 14 fun people I rounded up!) The event is being held at the beautiful Villa on the Alverno High School grounds (also my alma mater!) at 200 N. Michillinda in Sierra Madre. Advance $10 tickets can be purchased at St. Rita's thru Friday, otherwise admission is $20 at the door and all attendeess are asked to bring a bottle of wine valued at $15 or more. Some wines are for tasting, some for raffle prizes. Light appetizers will be available. Entertainment will be provided by local duo STEVE & STEVE, who play acoustic rock, pop & folk classics, with harmony vocals. All in all, it should be a truly enjoyable evening! More details below....

1/31 - Every Thursday at the Skyebox in Montrose, Better Than Blue (Danny, Felicia, Steve Hammett, etc.) continues to host a weekly Jam Night. It runs from 8:30 PM until 12. 3710 N. Verdugo Rd. 818-249-3617. Above the Sun Palace Chinese Restaurant. 21 & over.

FRI. 2/1 - BOBBY BRADFORD MOTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. A fixture on the local jazz scene, Bobby Bradford is best known for his early 70's work with Ornette Coleman, and was one of my brother Rick's early musical influences.

FRI. 2/1 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ THE PRESS IN CLAREMONT, 9pm. 129 Harvard Ave. 909-625-4808. Full bar and kitchen. BLUEGRASS with the Dupuy Brothers & friends.

FRI. 2/1 - OCHO X @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking. The Sotelo Brothers, Peter Burke, etc. These guys get better every time I see them! Appropriately, their recent show at 322 was more on the jazzy side. They tend to rock more at the Buc!

FRI. 2/1 & SAT. 2/2 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. 626-915-3474.

SAT. 2/2 - DAVE OSTI @ JOE'S PLACE IN DUARTE, 6pm. 1345 E. Huntington Dr. 626-357-JOES. No cover. Soups, salads, deli sandwiches, coffee bar. Free wireless internet. Solo Acoustic, mostly originals. This place just opened in November - haven't been there yet.

SAT. 2/2 - ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM @ SIERRA MADRE BOOKS STORE, 7pm. FREE! 18 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. - DOWNSTAIRS. 626-836-3200. All are welcome - bring your instrument and/or voice and join in the music making!

SAT. 2/2 - STEVE & STEVE (Ysais & Vargas) doin' their acoustic duo thing @ THE ST. RITA'S WINTER WINE FEST - FUND RAISER at the Alverno Villa, 7 - 9:30pm. $20 at the door, or $10 in advance. All guests are to bring one $15 bottle of wine as well - some for tasting, some for raffles. Call St. Rita's School for complete details: 626-355-6114.

SAT. 2/2 - Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren't enough slots for everybody they'll make a list for the next month, and call you. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8:00. They'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show!

SAT. 2/2 - ALUMINUM MARSHMALLOW's Great Groundhog's Day Extravaganza! @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. No cover, full bar, pool table. 60's, 70's Classic Rock. What happens if they see their shadows? The bar stays open an extra hour???

SAT. 2/2 - NARNIA, featuring Jeff Stetson & friends @ COLOMBO'S ITALIAN STEAK HOUSE IN EAGLE ROCK, 10pm - 1am. 1833 Colorado Blvd. 323-254-9138. Full kitchen & bar. Jeff sez: first set will be jazz & then evolve into "Acid-Lounge-Jazz-Rock!" Sounds interesting!

SUN. 2/3 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.

SUN. 2/3 - THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd . 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin' some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure!

SUN. 2/3 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ THE BARN BURNER IN PASADENA, 5 - 8pm. 1000 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-RIBS. BBQ, beer, wine. BLUEGRASS. SUN. 2/3 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening.

SUN. 2/3 - "THE LISTENING ROOM CONCERTS" with host BRETT PERKINS returns to THE FREMONT CENTER THEATRE in SOUTH PASADENA, 8 - 10pm. Doors open at 7:30. 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Reservations: 626-441-5977. $10 admission. Brett and many other local and international singer-songwriters will perform their original songs in an artist-friendly setting. Brett still lives in Denmark, so this may be a one-time gig. If you are holding season tickets from previous years, they WILL be honored.


TUES. 2/5 - THE SUBS' MARDI GRAS PARTY @ THE DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11;30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. Bring your beads! after you vote, of course!

FRI. 2/8 - DAVE OSTI @ THE CAPRI LOUNGE IN GLENDALE, 9pm. 1134 N. Pacific Ave. 818-956-8738. Solo or with band - I'm not sure.

FRI. 2/8 - HORSES ON ASTROTURF @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar, no cover, pool table, 21 & over. Hillbilly Hippie Rock.

FRI. 2/8 - the FORTUNATE FEW @ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB, 10:30pm, with Bobby Bluehouse at 8pm. 16 E. Huntington Dr. 626-447-9349. Definitely a cover charge, just not sure how much! Full bar, pool tables, big dance floor. Free parking on street and across the street behind the shops on the N. side. BLUES with John Washburn on harmonica, sax & lead vocals. How does he do all 3?

SAT. 2/9 - DAVE OSTI @ THE MAYAN BAR IN MONROVIA, INSIDE THE AZTEC HOTEL, 6pm. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. Full bar and kitchen, no cover. Solo Acoustic, mostly originals.

SAT. 2/9 - CHICO'S BAIL BONDS @ THE DOCKSIDE IN WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey North (on restaurant row, off the 10 Fwy.) 626-915-3474. In the bar area, but you can eat dinner there; all ages ok. BLUES.

SAT. 2/9 - "DMQ" - THE DONAVAN MURADIAN QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar & great Italian food. No cover. JAZZ.

*DATE CHANGE: SAT. 2/9 - JEFF STETSON and THE B.O. TRIO PLAY A "MIXED BAG AND SOME BLUES" @ ZEPHYR COFFEE HOUSE IN PASADENA, 8:30 - 10pm. 2419 E. Colorado Blvd., just E. of Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-793-7330. Soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, etc. *was originally Sat. 2/2.

SAT. 2/9 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB IN ARCADIA (duh), 10:30pm, with Bobby Bluehouse at 8pm. 16 E. Huntington Dr. 626-447-9349. Definitely a cover charge, just not sure how much! Full bar, pool tables, big dance floor. Free parking on street and across the street behind the shops on the N. side. BLUES.

SUN. 2/10 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.


SUN. 2/10 - Have lunch with NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. COME SAY GOODBYE TO SABRINA & HER SON LUCIAN, AS THEY ARE GOING TO NEW ZEALAND TO BE REUNITED WITH DADDY, TIM O'BRIEN. Please spread the word.....

SUN. 2/10 - "OPERA TO BROADWAY" VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening.

TUES. 2/12 - WRECK 'N' SOW @ THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH, 8pm - midnight. 1836 E. 4th St. 562-437-4453. Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies & snazzy overalls!

Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all.

Hope to see you out & about,


Support local music at Mr. T's Bowl

Mr T's Bowl
5621 1/2 N. Figueroa St
at Ave 57
in Highland Park
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9:00 - Rizorchestra
9:45 - Flywright
10:30 - The Kris Special
11:15 - Franklin For Short
12:00 - Seasons
No cover
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9:00 Musec
9:45 Chelsea Trash
10:30 The Sundowners
11:15 Majestys
12:00 Huntsville
No cover
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The Dazes (From Japan!)
The Chopsticks
The Black Widows
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and Vinny Golia Quintet
No cover
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Anatomy Riot #22 - Parts and Wholestakes place at Mr T's
a monthly event for small-scale dance/performance works guest curated by bodycity
$7 cover
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T-Bowl Tuesdays with
The Janitor...
always various bands and surprises and no cover
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Francis Harold & The Holograms
and others....
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Club Flotsam - Valentine's Day show
9:15 pm Out of Town
10:15 pm John Romano (Johnny Rome)
11:15 pm Tobi Hero
12:15 pm Stereotype the Sound
No cover...

More performers announced for Grammys

Nominees Feist, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and the casts of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" and Across The Universe in a special Beatles segment are the latest performers announced for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. Eight-time GRAMMY winner Natalie Cole, 12-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juanes, GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper, three-time GRAMMY winner Bette Midler and nine-time GRAMMY winner Bonnie Raitt will appear as presenters. Previously announced performers include Beyoncé; Foo Fighters (with special guest conductor John Paul Jones); Carrie Underwood; 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 in a special gospel segment; and Rihanna with a reunited the Time in a special 50th anniversary segment.
The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and XM Satellite Radio, and covered online at Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
Feist, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley all are multiple nominees. Feist has four nominations: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album (The Reminder), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video (both for "1234").
Nine-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys has two nods for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("No One") and Best R&B Song ("No One," along with Dirty Harry and Kerry Brothers).
Brad Paisley is up for three awards: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals ("Oh Love," with Carrie Underwood), Best Country Instrumental Performance ("Throttleneck") and Best Country Album (5th Gear).
In the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media category, both Across The Universe (Various Artists) and "Love" (the Beatles) are nominated.
The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director, Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, and Tzvi Small is supervising producer. Musical directors for the telecast and pre-telecast are Rickey Minor and Larry Batiste, respectively.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit file://

Find a pet-friendly apartment

One lesser known victim of recent home foreclosures is the family pet. Shelters have seen an increase in pet surrenders due to families moving into apartments that prohibit animals. Worse yet, some pet owners are just leaving their pets behind with the house or turning them loose in rural areas. Even in a trying time, it is possible to keep the entire family together. Pet-owners finding themselves moving out of their homes and into apartments can use to find apartments in their neighborhood that accept pets.
Pets 911 is the national pet lost and found database and one of the top pet adoption portals. Its Pet Friendly Living section, in partnership with, provides a database of thousands of pet-friendly rental communities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
An survey to current renters indicated that more than 84 percent own a pet and more than 34 percent stated that it was very difficult to find an apartment that allowed their pet. Because of this, one of the top reasons pets are surrendered to shelters is due to owner relocation.
"Financial situations may make it logical for people to rent instead of own, but pets shouldn’t suffer," said Pets 911 Program Manager Tracyann Mains. "Pets 911 wants to make it as easy as possible for movers to bring along pets to their next apartment."

About Pets 911
The mission of is to provide a public service that will one day create an America where all pets are valued companions that have lifelong, loving homes. Since 1998, Pets 911 has brought together the nation's premiere animal welfare organizations, local government animal control agencies, and animal service providers to create the most comprehensive resource for pet health and well-being on the web.
At any given time, Pets 911 includes listings for more than 30,000 adoptable pets at nearly 8,000 animal shelters, contact information for more than 6,000 veterinarians, and postings of more than 8,000 lost or found pets. For more information, go to

About is the most visited national apartment Internet listing subscription service with more than 50,000 unique addresses representing more than three million rental units from managed properties, newspaper classifieds and for-rent-by-owner properties. With personalized searches, highly visual ads featuring 360-degree virtual tours, professional photography, and comprehensive community listings, makes it possible for renters to access apartment rental inventory from across town or across the country. Leads from highly qualified ready-to-rent prospects are delivered to customers, increasing closure rates and decreasing the average cost of leasing an apartment. The site’s foundation of solid partnerships with the local newspaper and television station Web sites of more than 10,000 newspaper affiliate and strategic partners across the country include Yahoo! Real Estate, AOL Real Estate, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. is a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC.

A Kiss Could Be Deadly readies debut release

SoCal's newest export A KISS COULD BE DEADLY (AKCBD) has been building a healthy underground buzz in their native Orange County and now they're ready to launch it into the mainstream. With local press touting their adoration for the band, these feisty new wave poppers' highly anticipated self-titled debut will be released by Metropolis Records on March 18, 2008.
Led by the dashingly attractive vocalist Lauren Baird and her male counterpart Chris Qualls (synth/programming), AKCBD kicked off a few years ago and almost immediately started a very authentic and very organic buzz in the synthetic world. Fueled by a powerful appetite to create edgy pop music for a new generation while students at UC Riverside, they put together a handful of demos and started passing them around without any agenda other than to share their fun melange of punk, new wave and electro or, as Chris describes, "punk rock with synthesizers, scissor beats and sexy female vocals".
As the responses came back overwhelmingly positive, they both decided it was time to get serious. Adding friends and former bandmates, Kelly Cairns (bass), Danny Deleon (drums), and John Bennett (guitar), the line-up solidified and what began as "just a couple of demos" became A Kiss Could Be Deadly - the band.

“[Lauren]'s voice will have you coming back to this CD like rats to the button for food pellets... They boast that there isn't anything like it out there—and it's true. I can see people dancing to this...or painting, humping, reflecting—whatever.” - Skratch Magazine

"A Kiss Could Be Deadly tastefully combine rock, punk, new wave, and pop into a unique and mesmerizing sound. Definitely an act worth checking out if you like music, period" - Skinnie Magazine

“They have the IT factor” - Socal Monthly

“combines the energy of punk with the beats and hooks of early dance electronica” - Synthtopia

“makes you want to turn on the strobe light and do that new-wave skipping dance” - IE Weekly

With a faithful nod to 80s stalwarts like Berlin, Blondie, Scandal and even Quarterflash ("Harden My Heart" anyone?) and a flash to the future-forward dance electro of Shiny Toy Guns, The Gossip and Matinee Club, AKCBD's debut has all the "oontz oontz" of modern dance pop and the blips and dayglo of two decades ago. From the fun skippy beat of "The Exit" with Lauren's soaring vocals taking off for full flight to the synth swirls of "Damage Control" to the propulsive beats of "Broken Music" to the shiny and dark undertones of "Midnight Romance" (imagine Paramore fronted by Pat Benatar), A Kiss Could Be Deadly is not only packed with dancefloor anthems but also carries quite an emotional wallop.
A varied record with different textures and tones, John sums up the record the best with his two favorite songs "I like 'The Sequel' because it's the only song on the record that doesn't bludgeon the listener over the head with hooks, and 'Poison IV' because it savagely bludgeons the listener over the head with hooks."
A Kiss Could Be Deadly's self-titled release hits stores on March 18, 2008 on Metropolis Record and the band are more excited than anyone.
"After all the work that went into making the album, I am definitely excited about our release," Lauren says. "I hope everyone loves it as much as we do!"
Something suggests that the feeling will definitely be mutual.

SF's Noise Pop Festival lineup finalized

San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival, which runs February 26 to March 2nd, has announced the final artist line-up. As always, the six-day event will wind down in style. This year’s closing show is the world premiere of She & Him, the new musical project from M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. The duo headlines the Great American Music Hall on Sunday, March 2nd.
Other new band confirmations include: Quasi, Entrance, Working For A Nuclear Free City, White Denim, The Rosebuds, Great Northern, and Bay Area mood rockers, Film School These artists join previously announced headliners such as The Walkmen, Helio Sequence, The Dodos, MSTRKRFT, Stellastarr*, Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins, Cursive, Blitzen Trapper, Fu Manchu, Kelly Stoltz, Tilly and the Wall and dozens more. The full schedule can be found at:
In addition to music, Noise Pop will also feature a special live sketch comedy performance by Human Giant. The New York based troupe features writer/performers Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Paul Scheer. First gaining notoriety via a series of hilarious comedic shorts the comedians - along with fourth member, director Jason Woliner - brought their unique indie rock-informed antics to television with a self-titled series on MTV in 2007.
Building on last year’s success, Noise Pop will feature the second annual group art show, “Sights and Sounds.” Featuring original art from the music community, this year's show includes an eclectic line up of photographers, painters, and illustrators. A highlight of the show is a famed Wish Tree installation by Yoko Ono. Featured in many exhibitions by Yoko Ono since the 1990s, the Wish Tree enourages people to write their wish on a piece of paper and hang it on a tree branch.
“Sights Of Sounds” will also feature new works by Wesley Willis (Wesley Willis Fiasco), Jim Jocoy (punk rock Polaroid photography), Alissa Anderson (Vetiver), Terri Lowenthal (Rubies), Simone Rubi (Rubies), Tuffy (fine rock poster art), several Daytrotter illustrators and more. This show will be at Park Life in San Francisco, opening on February 27 and continuing through March 25.
Noise Pop is also pleased to announce Wolfgang's Vault as a presenting sponsor for this year’s festival. As part of this unique partnership Wolfgang’s Vault will offer exclusive audio and video recordings from Noise Pop for free from their website, .
What began with the personal archives of famed promoter Bill Graham now has become the definitive source of live music recordings available anywhere. Music lovers worldwide discover and re-discover the best live music via free streaming, and downloadable rare concert recordings. Music from 1965 through today is represented with amazing performances that capture memorable moments in rock history, exclusively at
Individual Noise Pop shows are quickly selling out but tickets and a limited number of Festival badges for Noise Pop 2008 are still available. Noise Pop Festival badges are offered exclusively from Noise Pop's website, Noise Pop Festival badges grant access to all general admission Noise Pop shows, film screenings, happy hours and other happenings during the festival.

Songsalive! workshop Sunday

With Song critique session first half, followed by Guest Speaker, Moses Avalon.
Topic: The Secrets of Digital Distribution Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live - followed by a guest speaker/industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network. Moderated by Paul Lawrence Moyer.
Details: For more info:
10701 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601 Just East of Vineland
TIME: Starts 12:00pm SHARP. Ends at 3pm. Please be on time.
COST: $5 for non-members, free to Songsalive! members. You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at go Join.
REGISTER: Pre-registrations helpful but not necessary. Call: 818-506-3850 or email . You will be automatically registered by contacting us. Or just turn up, but get there early to be considered forsong critique.
FIRST HALF SONG CRITIQUE - RULES & WHAT TO BRING: 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed. Read the RULES at
Mr. Avalon began his career as a New York record producer and recording engineer. His combined work with Grammy. award-winning recording artists has earned him RIAA Platinum record awards as well as other awards. Today he is an artists rights activist and the author of a top selling music industry reference, Million Dollar Mistakes and also Confessions Of A Record Producer which is required reading in the music business curriculum of over 40 schools, including UCLA, Loyola Law School, Fullsail and NYU.
Mr. Avalon is a court-recognized music business expert in New York, California and Florida and has also acted in an advisory capacity to the Senate Judiciary Committee in their campaign to help legitimize areas of the music business. His award winning website which discusses controversial issues in the music business and his advocacy efforts can be visited at . His syndicated newsletter, MOSES SUPPOSES, which features informed editorials on the inner workings of the music business, reaches over 13,000 subscribers each month.
TOPIC: The Secrets of Digital DistributionMoses Avalon will discuss and reveal the secrets of Digital Distribution, what DRM is and why it's important for any songwriter to understand the issues. Also how to avoid getting ripped off by correctly interpreting the contracts of several leading Digital Distributors. All speakers biographies can be read at
For Songsalive! information, media and membership inquiries (not Workshop inquiries, use contact above)  call head office at 801-838-5411 or Email
Join our email list and discussion groups at
Be reminded of this event by joining eNotes discussion group on that link.Songsalive!Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.

Matt Zane to appear on Dave Navarro Show

Mark your calendars for February 5th as Matt Zane makes his return to The Dave Navarro Show. The episode will air Tuesday February 5th at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PST. Dave will be interviewing Matt "The Lord" Zane, who now holds the world record for longest body suspension. Zane recently destroyed the previous record held by Criss Angel by not only hanging longer but doing so with only 4 hooks instead of 8.
"I am looking forward to having a cool conversation this time around and discussing things that are going on without having hooks pierced in my back. I am sure Dave won't shy away from the Criss Angel situation and since my last appearance I have had some more movies released so there is plenty to cover." Says Zane
Fans are now welcome to come down to the filming of Spread Entertainment at 1pm located at:

The ManiaTV! Networks
5907 W. Pico Blvd. LA, CA. 90066

If you're unable to attend in person log onto the web address below to watch!

Testament's Chuck Billy to perform at Longest Walk benefit

Chuck Billy, lead singer of legendary thrash metal band Testament and proud member of the Pomo Indian Tribe will be performing at the Longest Walk Kickoff Concert on Saturday, February 9. The concert begins at 5:00PM at the Eastside Cultural Center in Oakland, CA. Chuck Billy will be performing alongside his brother Andy and 2006 Native American GRAMMY & NAMA recipient Star Nayea.

The Longest Walk Kickoff Concert will also feature performances by 7th Generation Rise, Blackhorse Blues Band, Jeremy Goodfeather, and others TBA. Tickets range in price from $25-$40.

The concert is a benefit for the Longest Walk 2, which kicks off on Monday, February 11. The Longest Walk 2 is being organized and led by American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis J. Banks. Participants will embark on a 5 month journey across America walking over 4,400 miles to Washington, D.C. arriving on July 11, 2008. It is an extraordinary grassroots effort on a national level to bring attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth. For more information on the Longest Walk 2, visit

Be sure to catch brothers Chuck and Andy Billy as they help to kickoff the Longest Walk 2 in Oakland, CA on February 9!! And don’t miss the long-awaited, nine-years-in-the-making new album from Testament, due April 29 on Nuclear Blast Records. The album - “The Formation of Damnation” - was engineered and mixed by the venerable Andy Sneap. Testament are among the originators of thrash who paved the way for many of today’s young and upcoming bands.

Grammy Award-winners Mighty Clouds of Joy to perform in Cerritos

After nearly five decades, 35 albums, three Grammy Awards, and a trophy case full of almost every award imaginable, the Mighty Clouds of Joy is a Gospel national treasure. Southern California audiences can experience the glory of this powerful Gospel group in concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Sunday, March 2, 3:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at . Ticket prices range from $42-$22.
The MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY has consistently pushed the boundaries of Gospel music. While progressive in sound, the group has remained constant in its message, letting its core beliefs shine through to Gospel, Pop, and R&B audiences on recordings and in performances, from an intimate church setting to the White House, to concert venues throughout the country
The Mighty Clouds of Joy has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards and has won three. In 1999, the group was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame in Detroit and, later that year, it was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. From playing shows with Aretha Franklin and her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin; to performing a full month at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with Paul Simon; to being asked to perform with the Rolling Stones, the Mighty Clouds of Joy has transcended Gospel music, proving that the message is meaningful in all musical arenas.
The Mighty Clouds of Joy crossed over into the Pop charts with its single Mighty High, which topped the Disco charts and also landed on the R&B charts. The Mighty Clouds of Joy became the first Gospel group to perform on Soul Train and holds the distinction as the most visible of any Gospel act in history. The group has performed on the Grammy Awards, the Stellar Awards, Prime Time Country, The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show.
Tickets are now on sale for the Mighty Clouds of Joy at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, call (562) 467-8818, or go to .

Lili Haydn's benefit show Friday

WHO: LILI HAYDN--singer, songwriter and violinist extraordinaire--will perform at a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund.

5364 Wilshire Blvd. (formerly The Conga Room).
Doors: 6:30 pm
LILI set time: 7:30 pm

WHAT: The event, titled BandAid, will benefit the WGA’s Industry Support Fund, which has been set up by writers for non-writers in the industry and provides industry workers affected by the current strike with emergency assistance for food, housing, medical needs, and other expenses.
Note: Cash donations will be taken at the door in lieu of a cover charge.

More on LILI: LILI returns April 1 with PLACE BETWEEN PLACES, her debut album for Nettwerk Music and third album overall. On PLACE BETWEEN PLACES--produced by HAYDN and Grammy-winning producer-engineer Thom Russo (Johnny Cash, Macy Gray, Audioslave)--she delivers sounds that are inventive and torrid, with compelling lyrics in search of peace and passion in an unsteady world. She shows a new sense of abandonment in her vocals to match the fire and grace of her virtuosic violin playing. The Los Angeles-based artist’s words and melodies cover a wide musical territory, as rooted in modern rock and avant-pop as in her early studies of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

To see and hear LILI visit:

Party at Crash Mansion

Fri. 2/01/08
BOYS II MEN w/ Lafelle, Odd Ways
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Sat. 2/02/08
THE BRAVERY with The Switches, Your Vegas - CRASH Mansion’s OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING PARTY, Peil, Buddy Akai, DJ Audio Puppet (18+)
Doors: 7PM/ Show: 8PM

Mon. 2/04/08
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE featuring February resident band SMASH FASHION, Foreign Academy, TBA and special guests w/ Resident DJ Audio Puppet and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Wed. 2/06/08
THE DONNAS (18+), TRAGEDY: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Aranda, Buddy Akai, DJ Rekha
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$15adv/$18 dos

Fri. 2/08/08
KCRW presents Unofficial Grammy Party: Live Version of Kiss & Grind with BRAND NEW HEAVIES featuring N’dea Davenport, Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul), Grammy-nominated Victor Duplaix (Phili/LA), Eric Robinson, and special guests TBA. Hosted by Gary Dourdan of C.S.I. DJ sets by Garth Trinidad (KCRW’s Chocolate City) and DJ Rashida.
9PM- 4AM
$35.00 GEN AD /$75.00 VIP

Sat. 2/09/08
Art Don’t Sleep Presents… SOULSLAM: Prince vs. Michael Jackson tribute by DJ SPINNA. Opening Set by Jeremy Soul

Mon. 2/11/08
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE featuring February resident band SMASH FASHION, The Actors, TBA, w/ Resident DJ Audio Puppet and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Wed. 2/13/08
UMPHREY’S MCGEE w/ Dub Trio and special guest
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$23 adv/$25 dos

Thur. 2/14/08
FASTER PUSSYCAT w/ Beautiful Creatures and special guests Cockpit and Prowler
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Fri. 2/15/08
HEARTBREAKERS: FATLIP (Pharcyde), Boom Bip, Styles of Beyond, Joe Beam

Fri. 2/15/08
BUMP FRIDAYS (Electro House) w/ resident DJ'sWENDY CITY and noMSG and Special Guests every week
9PM – 2AM
FREE w/ RSVP, $5 after 10:30

Sat. 2/16/08
B-BOY Unit USA Qualifier- 32 best break-dancer in the US battle for trip to Beijing, China for World Finals
$15adv/$20 door

Sat. 2/16/08
Art Don’t Sleep & KCRW Presents… BILAL featuring Sa-Ra Creative partners, ORGONE AND DJs Al Jackson & Coleman

Sat. 2/16/08
LUNCHBOX w/ Resident Gomez Warren IV & special guest
10PM – 2AM

Sun. 2/17/08
DJ CRAZE (MIA), Klever (ATL), Treasure Fingers (ALT), Villains (LA)

Mon, 2/18/08
Monday Night Live: February resident Smash Fashion, Tic Tic Boom, and special guests, DJ Audio Puppet and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Fri, 2/22/08
BONE THUGS ~N~ HARMONY (Rap), Jupiter Rising Task Force
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$30 Adv./ $35 Day of Show

Fri, 2/22/08
BUMP FRIDAYS (Electro House) w/ resident DJ's WENDY CITY and noMSG and Special Guests every week
9PM – 2AM
FREE w/ RSVP, $5 after 10:30

Sat, 2/23/08
THE COUP w/ Lucky IAM (Rap)
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$15 Adv./ $18 Day of show

Sat, 2/23/08
LUNCHBOX w/ Resident Gomez Warren IV & special guest
10PM – 2AM

Sun. 2/24/08
AND ONE, Informatik, Inure with DJ Melody, Insomniac, Starlit
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$20 adv / $25 dos

Mon, 2/25/08
Monday Night Live: Feb. resident Smash Fashion, Moving Picture Show, The Randies, DJ Audio Puppet and visual art provided by VJ Fill

Tues, 2/26/08
Soled Out Tuesdays (Monthly): Sneaker Culture and Hip-Hop meet on the floor every week with special guests and live performances

Sat. 3/01/08

Fri. 3/14/08
WINGER (All Original Members), more TBA
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Sat. 3/15/08

Thu. 3/28/08
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Sun. 3/30/08
SMITHS/MORRISSEY CONVENTION Hosted by Richard Blade w/ performance by "These Charming Men"
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$25 adv/ $30 door

Fri. 4/11/08
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$15 ADV and $17 DOS

Tues. 4/15/08
TECH N9NE & PAUL WALL with special guests
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM
$27 adv/$30 dos

Fri. 4/25/08
An Evening With VICTOR WOOTEN (Wagatail Productions) 18+
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Sat. 6/28/08
JEFF ROSS & RALPHIE MAY: Meanest Men in Comedy Tour 18+
Doors: 7PM/ Show:8PM

Crash Lounge Residencies:
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE (Every Monday): Indie Rock Bands with Audio Puppet and visual art provided by VJ Fill- 10PM [$3]
SOLED OUT TUESDAYS (2nd Tuesday of every month): Sneaker Culture and Hip-Hop meet on the floor every week with special guests and live performances.– 9PM-2AM [$5 cover]
BUMP (Every Friday): (Electro House) w/ Resident DJ Wendy City starts 12/28 [email: ]
LUNCHBOX (Every Saturday): Burn Lounge w/ Resident Gomez Warren IV & special guest [Guest list only: email ]

In a space once occupied by the historic Myron Ballroom, New York’s Bowery Restaurant group has transformed this 1940's swing club into a state-of-the-art, three-part performance haven. A 10,000 square-foot main room accommodates headliners with lofted ceilings and a fully digital sound room, while two adjacent rooms--the Crash Lounge and the Foyer Gallery--cater more to low-key performers and the local artist scene. With five bars, three distinct atmospheres, and a fully operative kitchen, this 1200-capacity industrial chic club caters to the rich diversity of art and music in Los Angeles. Crash Mansion LA is located at 1024 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (at W. Olympic) and the phone number is 213-747-0999. For more information, go to or

Lyrics Born to release digital single Feb. 19

East Bay MC Lyrics Born will give fans a taste of what’s to come when he releases a digital single -- the hyper-catchy track “I Like It, I Love It” – on February 19th. It is the first single from his highly anticipated album Everywhere At Once, dropping April 22nd.

His first studio album since 2003’s Later that Day…(called “easily one of the most creative hip hop albums of the year” by, Everywhere At Once finds Lyrics Born stepping into new territory. Bored with the drum machine and over licensing rights, LB assembled a crew of top musicians and filled the record with the grooves and soul of a live band playing classic hip hop, fusing that with R ‘n B, pop and even a bit of reggaeton. Topped with Lyrics Born’s signature smooth flow, the Anti Records debut is a creative leap forward, both for LB and the genre itself.

“Blessed with an Eminem-like talent for sustained wordplay, Lyrics Born mixes club-rocking command, gruff sincerity and Southern cool,” writes Rolling Stone.

Lyrics Born has a long history of writing songs that quickly become incorporated into our cultural landscape: remember those can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head songs from Nokia and Diet Coke commercials? That’s him. “I Like It, I Love It” is no different. Infectious and uplifting, the track is an instant classic.

Check out the single “I Like It, I Love It” on February 19th on iTunes and Amazon, and catch Lyrics Born’s famously energetic and boisterous live set at 2008’s South By Southwest Music festival in Austin Texas on March 13th at Cedar St. Courtyard.

Check out Grammy Salute to Fashion

The intersection of fashion and music will come alive on Thursday, Feb. 7, when In Style and The Recording Academy® present the first ever GRAMMY Salute to Fashion, it was announced today. The event will be hosted by Recording Academy Chair and four-time GRAMMY®-winning producer Jimmy Jam, and will include a special performance by current four-time GRAMMY nominee Rihanna. CoverGirl is the presenting sponsor.
Curated by In Style's fashion director Hal Rubenstein, the fashion show will feature spring collections from Beyoncé and Tina Knowles' House of Deréon, Sean Combs' Sean John Women's, Jay-Z's Rocawear, Jennifer Lopez' justsweet, Jessica Simpson's Jessica Simpson Collection, and Justin Timberlake's William Rast. Also showcased will be The Recording Academy's fashion line, GRAMMY Brand™. Elizabeth Stewart will serve as the show's stylist, makeup artistry will be provided by CoverGirl, hair styling will be courtesy of Paul Mitchell, with a jewelry showcase by Le Vian and shoes by Steve Madden.
"There has always been an exciting synergy between music and fashion, and no other red carpet event is better at reflecting this connection than the GRAMMY Awards," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "GRAMMY Salute to Fashion will pay homage to the stylish musicians that have successfully branched out into the world of fashion design. What better way to display their passion for music and fashion than with a live fashion show featuring their respective collections."
"In Style magazine is thrilled to collaborate with The Recording Academy to celebrate the most natural of combinations — music and fashion," said In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "And who would know better about what clothes belong in the spotlight than these six gifted artists. After all, we don't just enjoy their music, we also marvel at their grace, copy their moves, and of course, covet their style. We love these clothes because they work both onstage and off, they make you feel great, they're fun and sexy — back, front, inside and out."

House of Deréon House of Deréon is a clothing line that launched during the holiday season of 2005 by famed singer and actress Beyoncé and her mother, designer and celebrity stylist, Tina Knowles. The collection is named in honor of Tina’s mother, Agnez Deréon, a self-taught dressmaker and seamstress who made beautiful women's clothing for private clients throughout the south. With a fresh eye on style and an unwavering attention to detail and fit, they've created a contemporary line that is not only reflective of House of Deréon's Creole influences, but also Agnéz's daring approach and bold ideas.
This initial collection of House of Deréon dresses for spring 2008 consists of body conscious styles for cocktail and evening, incorporating luxurious fabrics such as silk charmeuse, chiffon, and satin crepe. House of Deréon dresses are available at select department stores including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. The mission of the company is simple: to fuse celebrity power and design artistry into a brand of global importance…a house of aspiration and inspiration…where entertainment and fashion merge seamlessly. The House of Deréon – Couture. Kick. Soul.

Sean Combs:
Sean John Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men’s sportswear collection for the spring 1999 season. In 2004, Sean "Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John is sold in select department and specialty stores across the country, as well as select retailers around the world.
In 2006 Sean John, in partnership with Estée Lauder Companies, launched its signature men's fragrance, Unforgivable, which remains one of the highest selling men's fragrances in department stores in America. Its feminine counterpart launched in the fall of 2007 and continues to be in the top 20 best selling scents in the category.

Rocawear Rapper and media mogul Sean "Jay-Z" Carter launched the multi-million dollar clothing line Rocawear in 1999. The preeminent fashion brand continues to transcend cultural boundaries for young men, women, and kids, defining style from the "streets" to the height of fashion. Rocawear quickly staked its claim in hip-hop history by becoming the brand of choice for street savvy consumers and has concentrated on providing its customer with clever innovation in terms of fabrication, application, and design. With annual retail sales more than $700 million, the brand's attention to detail has given Rocawear an appeal far beyond its core urban customer.
Rocawear defines the lifestyle for today's young hip consumer and is inspired by an urban aesthetic rooted in young men's sportswear. Rocawear has expanded its brand through licensing pacts to develop lines for children, juniors, socks and sandals, leather suede and fur outerwear, handbags and belts, loungewear and big & tall, headwear, jewelry, and sunglasses; as well as co-branded product with Pro-Keds.

Jennifer Lopez:
justsweet Multi-platinum recording artist/actress Jennifer Lopez heads her own successful clothing lines — Sweetface and justsweet — and was awarded with the ACE icon award in 2006 for her contributions to the accessories and fashion industry. Justsweet is a line that is fashion forward and appeals to the trend savvy status denim market. The brand intends to reflect a look and style that women will cherish and that reflect Lopez's unique and inspiring aesthetic. The designs are made to make women feel sexy, feminine and confident. Additionally, it reflects Lopez's personal style and culture, which adds a richness and wearability to the collections.

Jessica Simpson:
Jessica Simpson Collection Singer/actress Jessica Simpson launched the Jessica Simpson Collection in fall of 2005. Her popular lifestyle brand consists of footwear, handbags, swimwear, lingerie, outerwear, jewelry, sunglasses and a soon to be released fragrance and celebrates her iconic, American image that is fashion-forward and accessible. American and feminine, forward but classically familiar, approachable yet inspirational, sexy yet sweet, flirtatious and whimsical, vintage at times, but always of-the-moment, Simpson knows how to create an image people want to buy.
Millions of women all over the world are interested in her fashion choices as her personal style has been copied by women worldwide over the past few years. There's no reason to wonder why her incredible label received so much recognition upon release, not only with consumers but with some of the world’s top-notch celebrities as well.

Justin Timberlake:
William Rast Pop music icon/actor Justin Timberlake and his best friend, Trace Ayala, dressed up or dressed down, define class, comfort, and style that fuses the urban glamour of Hollywood with nuances from their Southern country upbringing. Together they design the threads to match, and deliver a brand that infuses the soul of authentic Southern heritage with the energy of contemporary Hollywood. Inspired by Dixieland, William Rast is a testament to Justin and Trace’s Tennessee roots; "William" is the first name of Timberlake's grandfather and "Rast" the last of Trace Ayala's. William Rast allows the wearer to go confidently from casual to cosmopolitan. It is perfect for the man on the go or the starlet out on the town. It is fashion minus the pretense.
The collection currently consists of denim and T-shirts. In collaboration with Johan and Marcella Lindeberg, a full men and women's collection will debut in the fall of 2008. William Rast is a brand beyond celebrity; delivering quality, detail, design, and comfort and making a clear statement that rock n' roll sex appeal and modern sensuality are always in style.

GRAMMY Brand is a high-end, fashion-forward clothing and accessories collection celebrating the unique intersection of fashion and music. Inspired by the energy and emotion of the GRAMMY Awards, GRAMMY Brand is comprised of original hand-painted tees and blazers by Michael Eaton; luxury eyewear by Franco; high-quality casual wear such as organic tees and hoodies from JEM/Awake Sportswear; and dresses and leather handbags and belts from Latino Royalty.
Available at luxury boutique retailers nationwide, GRAMMY Brand pieces do more than just look good — they do good. A meaningful portion of proceeds from sales of GRAMMY Brand benefits The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares®, two Recording Academy charities that work to better the creative arts community with music education programs, as well as health and human services programs that benefit musicians in times of need.

About Hal Rubenstein
Hal Rubenstein has been In Style's fashion director since August 1998 and prior to that was editor-at-large. He is primarily responsible for "The Look" and other fashion features. Before joining In Style, Rubenstein was the men's style editor of the New York Times magazine. Prior to that, he was the creator and editor for Egg magazine. While at In Style, Rubenstein has made frequent appearances on national television, covering fashion for Good Morning America, Today, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as well as syndicated entertainment news shows Extra, Entertainment Tonight and E!

About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit

About In Style
In Style, the trusted source for celebrity style, was launched in June 1994 by Time Inc. and has emerged as the world's premier media brand in celebrity, style, fashion, beauty and beyond. In Style takes a uniquely fun and inviting attitude towards style in all its forms, led by its flagship magazine which reaches an audience of over 9 million readers each month. In addition, the In Style brand portfolio features special issues, including In Style Weddings; and; television specials; mobile; satellite radio; books; and international editions. Highly recognized by industry insiders, the award-winning In Style has received numerous accolades including Adweek /Mediaweek magazine's prestigious "Hot List" and "Big List" and Advertising Age's "A-List."

Find inspiration for Valentine's Day gifts and more

For those seeking inspiration on how to set the scene for romance around your home or for that perfect heartfelt, homemade gift for Valentine's Day, play Cupid and point your cursor arrow towards Scripps Networks Interactive's leading lifestyle websites (, and -- for all the tools and tips you need to make this year's special day extra intimate and unforgettable for your spouse, soulmate, family or pal.
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· offers tons of ways to reinvent your space with a new found romantic flare, including how-to remodeling projects for your fireplace and decorating ideas that let you create the perfect, cozy velvet throw.
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-Date with Design's Romantic Moroccan Lounge:,,HGTV_3376_2822432,00.html encourages users to "Think Outside the (Heart-Shaped) Box" with a section full of clever crafts projects that make fun, functional Valentine's Day gifts ranging from handmade jewelry and chocolate marble soap!-Party at Home's Creating a Romantic Space:,2041,DIY_14026_2272145,00.html
-Sharon Kinnier's Chocolate Marble Soap:,,HGTV_3297_3685342,00.html
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Finally, the lifestyle experts at offer their selection of the 10 most romantic getaways around the world (including Fiji, Tahiti, Cook Islands), as well as recommended places to stay in each of those locales at:,1663,FINE_5916_30553,00.html

Scripps Networks Interactive
The award-winning Web sites created and supported by Scripps Networks Interactive attracts a monthly average of more than 14 million unique visitors in 2007 (Jan-Oct) and are category leaders in the food, home and living space online. The Scripps Networks Interactive properties -- Web sites,,,,, -- are not only extensions of Scripps Networks leading lifestyle brands, providing users programming information and additional instructional content, but also exciting destinations for original content, engaging video and powerful interactive tools.

Blake Shelton releases new single to radio

Multi-Platinum selling Warner Bros. recording artist Blake Shelton has just released his current single, “Home,” to country radio. Written and originally recorded by Michael Buble, “Home” is the perfect match for Shelton. He wraps his rich voice around the lyrics and music presenting a passionate performance that brings out love and longing in the song.

Shelton was aware of “Home” when it was first released but it was after his current album, PURE BS, was released in 2007 that he was reintroduced to “Home” and fell in love with it all over again. He added it to his live show and played it for some fans and record executives during CMA week this past November. By the reaction he was receiving he felt like he had something special. “I didn’t want to wait til the next album to put this out – it just feels right for now,” says Shelton. And his record company, Warner Bros. Records agrees.

“Home” will be available digitally at on February 1 as a digital single and also included on PURE BS. On February 5 it will be available digitally at all other digital retailers including iTunes and Rhapsody. The ringtone will be available via all carriers in early February.

On March 4 Blake Shelton: Collector’s Edition will be available in Wal-Mart only. The disc will not only include “Home” but also Shelton’s mega-hits “Austin,” “Ol’ Red,” “Nobody But Me,” and “Some Beach.”

PURE BS Deluxe Edition, including “Home” and other unreleased material, will be available in stores this summer.

Shelton's new single, "Home" will be featured in Pepsi Stuff radio ads. Pepsi Stuff, the biggest promotion in Pepsi history, is a massive collect-and-get program where consumers can go to to download the most DRM-free MP3 music available anywhere.

Amazon MP3 offers Earth's Biggest Selection of a la carte, DRM-free MP3 music downloads, with over 3.25 million songs from more than 270,000 artists. Four billion specially marked Pepsi packages will allow people to collect points and redeem them for music from Amazon MP3 that can be played on virtually any digital portable device (including iPod®), organized in any music management application, or burned to a CD.

Pepsi Stuff launches on February 1. Consumers may sign up now to be reminded when the promotion begins at

Chacellorpink offers an anti-Valentine's Day release

Ray McLaughlin, AKA Chancellorpink, likes to do things his own way. Not content with writing all his own material, he also engineers, produces and plays every note. Oh, and he's a full-time attorney too. Rest is not something that is high on this talented artist's agenda.Vowing to release an album every year until, in his words, "I die or become boring" Chancellorpink has stayed true to his word. Following well-received records in 2006 and 2007, he has come up with Valentine Parade "a perfect suite of songs for the broken-hearted and a nice antidote for anyone who wants to avoid loved-up couples this Valentine's Day."
Inspired by that which he says inspires all great writers - "alcohol and broken hearts" - Chancellorpink has crafted a record full of rich vocal harmonies, filtered, staccato guitar lines, and altogether beautiful tunes. Envisaged as "a heart-shaped candy box of 11 sing-along Hallmarks designed to keep you company when your phone doesn't ring on Valentine's Day," this is far from your average greetings card company's take on the love song.
"Each song is about love, in one form or another," says Ray. "Each song is a 'Valentine,' written from a different perspective, a different voice."
Chancellorpink's own voice could also be described as 'different', but only in the best possible meaning of the word. It is, by turns, haunting and beautiful, pained and warm. But it's always backed by some fine production and an unusually good ear for a melody.
Chancellorpink describes making music and poetry as something that is "in the blood". Having been involved in several successful bands in and around Pittsburgh since an early age, Ray has always been fully immersed in music and songwriting.However, having written over 1000 songs, he finds the dynamics of being part of a band too limiting.
"I make songs rather than have a 'sound'," he says. "I change the instrumentation from song to song, and I change my vocal stylings depending on the overall sound I am going for on a given song."
It is this variety, above all, which makes Valentine Parade stand apart from most pop records you'll hear.
And what drives this poet-songwriter to keep making music?
"I just want to be heard by more people, anywhere," he says. "My hope is that people relate to my music, share it and it spreads." I
f Chancellorpink keeps making records like this, I'm sure it will.
Valentine Parade is released on, of course, 14 Feb 2008. Lovers of great music, rejoice.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Big Band, Dengue Fever, Gram Rabbit & Donita Sparks on tour

On Tour:
01/31 @ Viper Room, Los Angeles, CA
02/06 @ Bordello, Los Angeles, CA
03/03 @ Viper Room, Los Angeles, CA (Indie 103.1 FM CHECK ONE TWO Night!)

Dengue Fever ( )
01/31 @ The Echo, Los Angeles, CA (Record Release Party)
02/05 @ ASCAP Presents, Los Angeles, CA. (Private event)
02/15 @ SF Independent Film Festival (Screening of documentary “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong” inc. Band Q&A) 9:30pm
02/16 @ SF Independent Film Festival (Screening of documentary “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong” inc. Band Q&A) 12:30pm
02/27 @ Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
02/28 @ Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
02/29 @ Skulley’s, Columbus, OH
03/01 @ Black Cat, Washington, DC
03/02 @ Arden Gild Hall, Arden, DE
03/04 @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
03/05 @ Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
03/06 @ Terrace F. Club, Princeton, NJ
03/07 @ La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
03/08 @ Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
03/12 @ UCLA Live, Los Angeles, CA. (w/ Angelique Kidjo)
03/13 @ Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA (Screening of documentary “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong”)

Gram Rabbit ( )
01/26 @ The Casbah, San Diego, CA
01/29 @ The Parish Room, Austin, TX
01/31 @ Super Happy Funland, Houston, TX
02/01 @ House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (w/ Better Than Ezra)
02/02 @ House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (w/ Better Than Ezra)
02/22 @ Piano’s, New York, NY

Donita Sparks
02/20 Brazillian Tour
02/29 @ Safari Sam’s, Los Angeles, CA

Norway's Big Bang to play L.A. dates

“Led by singer-guitarist Oystein Greni, BIGBANG lit the power-pop chime and songwriting of Big Star and late-Eighties R.E.M with the power blues dynamics of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble.” -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine

Norway’s BIGBANG has returned to their newly adopted hometown of Los Angeles and will be playing the following shows:

Thursday, January 31 @ Viper Room (8852 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood) w/Capra & Stereofix. 21+, doors at 8 pm. BIGBANG onstage at 11 pm. Call for ticket price: 310-358-1880

Wednesday, February 6 @ Bordello (901 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles). For show details call the club at 213-687-3766

Monday, March 3 @ Viper Room for Indie 103.1’s CHECK ONE TWO night. 21+, doors at 8:30 pm, BIGBANG onstage at 10 pm. Free, but guest list reservations are required. Visit for details. Last American Buffalo, Hypernova & The Voom Blooms also perform.

BIGBANG’s North American debut EP Wild Bird is available February 5 on the band’s own Grand Sport label. A new video for the footstomping rocker “Hurricane Boy” (a song recently featured on Fox Sports’ NFL Pre-Game show) is now available at YouTube:
BIGBANG has sold more than 500,000 CDs in Europe (their catalog includes the biggest-selling live album in Norwegian history), and boasts a touring schedule that includes a couple dozen 20,000 capacity European festivals per year. Once known only to Scandinavian music fans, BIGBANG's notoriety grew considerably when they scored the opening slot on the 2006 U.K. leg of The Raconteurs European tour.

Mindless Self Indulgence offers 'peek' at new effort

New York's electro-metal band MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE (MSI) will release a digital-only single "Mastermind" on February 12th, 2008.
From a posting on their official MySpace blog, it reads: "On February 12th, Mindless Self Indulgence will release a digital-only single of the fan favorite "Mastermind". The single will be your first peek into completed studio material from the new record If (out April 29th via a licensing deal with THE END RECORDS) and contains artwork by Jhonen Vasquez. See for yourself and hear a sample of the song NOW by clicking the direct link:
As we receive additional information on the release (such as where you will be able to find it on the 12th), we will be sure to post to all official MSI channels including but not limited to the MySpace, and official forum!"
MSI, one of the most unique and hard-working acts in the scene today, continue to storm the music scene with their infectious and feisty electronic, metal and punk rock sound, winning over music fans with their incendiary live shows, catchy fun-filled hooks and creative music videos. The band plans to tour extensively this year in support of the new album and has already been confirmed as co-headliner of the massive rock n' roll extravaganza Bamboozle being held on May 3rd and 4th, 2008 in New Jersey.
MSI is:
Little Jimmy Urine - Vocals & Programming
Kitty - Drum Kit
Steve, Righ? - Guitar
Lyn Z- Bass Guitar

Official MSI website:
Official MSI site:

Upcoming shows around California

February 28

Beverly Hills
February 9
Band will be appearing at the Best Buy Grammy Party this same evening...

Los Angeles
February 10
Long Beach's Droid
@ Key Club - 9039 SUNSET - 310-786-1712 -Tickets: $15
w/Ill Nino, Bobaflex, and more

April 12
@ Key Club - 9039 SUNSET - 310-786-1712 -

Feburary 27
@ Fat Cat / 930 11th Street / 209.988.3839 /Doors: 6:00pm / Tickets: $15 AGES 21 and UP

Feburary 28
@ The Boardwalk / 9426 Greenback Lane /916.988.9247 / Doors: 7:00pm / Tickets: $20/$22

San Diego
February 22
@ Soma / 3350 Sports Arena Blvd /619.226.7662 / Doors: 6:30pm Tickets:$16
w/All that Remains

February 29
@ House of Blues (TAKE ACTION TOUR!)

San Francisco
February 21
@ Slim's / 333 Eleventh St / 415.255.0333/ Doors: 7:00pm Tickets:$20
w/All that Remains

March 30
@ The Independent

San Juan Capistrano
April 10
@ the Coach House

Santa Rosa
January 31
@ Last Day Saloon - 120 5th Street - 707.545.5876

West Hollywood
February 25
@ House of Blues / 8430 Sunset blvd /323.848.5197 / Doors: 7:00pm / Tickets: $14.50
w/All that Remains

February 27
@ House of Blues / 8430 Sunset blvd /323.848.5197 / Doors: 6:00pm / Tickets: $18

Feburary 29
@ House of Blues / 8430 Sunset blvd /323.848.5197 / Doors: 7:00pm / Tickets: $20

Gigantour DVD and CD out in April

The second coming of MEGADETH’s acclaimed traveling metal festival GIGANTOUR arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment--just ten days after GIGANTOUR’s latest incarnation begins its North American invasion April 12 in Denver. Conceived in 2005 by MEGADETH frontman DAVE MUSTAINE, GIGANTOUR-- proclaimed “the mother of all shred fests” by Revolver magazine–resurrects metal’s focus on stellar musicianship.
The GIGANTOUR 2 DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment’s fall 2006 release of the debut GIGANTOUR CD and DVD which featured unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax (CD only), Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.
GIGANTOUR 2 features over an hour of blistering performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers MEGADETH--who have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide in a career now spanning 25 years--along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup, and Into Eternity. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind the scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track--MEGADETH’s ever-relevant “Peace Sells.”
“Mr. Mustaine was one of speed-metal’s originators, and his double-time riffs are propulsive,” wrote Ben Ratliff of The New York Times in a review of the 2006 GIGANTOUR. “Bending over his guitar, long blond tresses hanging down, he gives his solos the direct feeling of wrestling with the music as he plays it, with some chaos and aggression.”
“Megadeth might be counting its history in decades now, but one would never have gathered that from their career-spanning set,” concurred Paul Andersen of the L.A. Daily News. “Mustaine and crew played with a passion and intensity that fed directly from the adoring crowd, and throughout their 90-minute set, no one sat, as this was a day--and night--that demanded movement.”
The release of the GIGANTOUR 2 DVD and CD coincides with this year’s Earth Day--perfect, really, since MUSTAINE has said, with a laugh, about GIGANTOUR’s mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: “I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands.”
Meanwhile, in February MEGADETH heads to Europe--where recently announced new guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) will make his debut with the band alongside MUSTAINE, drummer SHAWN DROVER, and bassist JAMES LOMENZO--before returning for this year’s GIGANTOUR.
The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix. Joining MEGADETH on this year’s tour are Scandinavian death metal band In Flames, Finland’s Children of Bodom, Arizona’s modern extreme Job for a Cowboy, and Oakland, CA heavy power trio High on Fire.
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The DVD and CD track listings are below.
2. SANCTITY Beneath the Machine
3. INTO ETERNITY Severe Emotional Distress
4. OVERKILL Necroshine
5. OVERKILL Rotten to the Core
6. ARCH ENEMY We Will Rise
7. ARCH ENEMY Nemesis
8. OPETH The Leper Affinity
9. LAMB OF GOD Vigil
10. LAMB OF GOD Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
11. MEGADETH Take No Prisoners
12. MEGADETH The Scorpion
13. MEGADETH Washington is Next!

1. THE SMASH UP: Rachel’s Day
2. SANCTITY: Zeppo
3. INTO ETERNITY: Timeless Winter
4. OVERKILL: Thanks for Nothing
5. OVERKILL: Long Time Dying
6. ARCH ENEMY: Nemesis
7. ARCH ENEMY: We Will Rise
8. OPETH: Window Pane
9. LAMB OF GOD: Vigil
10. LAMB OF GOD: Red Neck
11. LAMB OF GOD: Something To Die For
12. MEGADETH: Take No Prisoners
13. MEGADETH: The Scorpion
14. MEGADETH: Washington Is Next!

Pitbull and Baby Bash to co-headline tour

Rap superstars, TVT Records' Pitbull and Arista Records' Baby Bash, come together to co-headline a Spring tour. The cross-country tour kicks off in Orlando on Saturday, March 15 in support of their new albums; The Boatlift and Cyclone, respectively.
Pitbull and Baby Bash have massive internet followings, are two of the most searched for Latin artists on Myspace, and both have been the #1 Latin artist on the site.
"It's been long over due for me and Pit to hit the road together; finall your fans can see us both together for one ticket. You can't beat that with a whoopin' stick," says Baby Bash about the upcoming tour.
Baby Bash's first smash single from the new album, "Cyclone," (featuringT-Pain) has already sold more than 1.5 million digital singles, surpassed the 1 million mark in ringtones, and hit Top 10 on the rap and mainstream radio charts, making him one of the hottest stars in the country. The second single, "What Is It" (featuring Sean Kingston) is currently Top 10 on the rap chart and is heating up at mainstream radio.
This is the first national tour for Pitbull since joining Lil Jon on the Anger Management Tour in 2005.
"I can't wait to get out on the road with Baby Bash. I want to use this opportunity to connect with my all my fans and million plus Myspace friends," says Pitbull.
The Boatlift showcases Pitbull's lyrical prowess as he crusades through 18 tracks penning clever and captivating rhymes on each song. Pitbull has created an incredibly diverse album ranging from R&B-influenced sounds like first single "Secret Admirer" feat Lloyd, to hypnotic club banger "Go Girl" teaming with Trina and Young Boss, and current Afro-Cuban melodic single "The Anthem" with a bombastic chant by Lil Jon. " The Anthem" is number 17 on the Top 40 Rhythm chart and breaking big on Mainstream Top 40 (Pop) radio.
Baby Bash originally from Vallejo, CA now based in Houston, TX, has garnered a loyal following as a rapper-singer mixing hip-hop and R&B with his Latin roots. Bash's major label debut album, The Smokin' Nephew (certified gold),and the follow up Super Saucy, featured the #1 hit singles, "Suga Suga" (featuring Frankie J) and "Baby I'm Back" (featuring Akon). Bash also penned and performed on the smash records with Frankie J, "Obsession" and Paula Deanda, "Doing Too Much." Most recently Bash was featured with Jennifer Lopez on "This Boy's On Fire" from Santana' s Ultimate Santana.
Cuban-American MC Pitbull surpassed gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold of his debut album M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major Issue in the United States. The feat gave Pitbull the biggest-selling bilingual hip-hop debut since Cypress Hill's 1991 self-titled debut, and put him in the rare category of Latino rappers who have achieved major success in English-language radio. In addition to being the #1 Latin artist on Myspace, Pitbull unleashed his sophomore album El Mariel in late 2006 spawning the #1 Latin Rap hit, "Dime".

Pitbull and Baby Bash will be performing in the following cities (subject to change):

Tour updates can also be found at:

Silent Majority news

Course of Nature CD release party:
Silent Majority Group would like to congratulate Course of Nature on today's release of their sophomore album "Damaged". The first single "Anger Cage" hit 31 on the rock chart this week. The band will be celebrating by having a star studded CD release party at the Key Club in Los Angeles on February 6th. The party, being held during Grammy week, will also be doubling as a Grammy party for Course of Nature front man Mark Wilkerson who is nominated in the "Rock Song of the Year" category for writing Daughtry's "It's not over". The night will feature a special appearance by label mates Tantric who will be performing, for the first time, an acoustic set of material from their new album "The End Begins". The party is being hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, Jaime Pressley, and Extra! Also making appearances will be Michael Strahan of the NFC champion NY Giants, members of Candlebox who are currently recording their new album in LA, and cast members of ER.

SMG signs Vayden:
Silent Majority Group is also proud to announce the signing of Phoenix rockers Vayden. Vayden will also be appearing in LA during Grammy week at the Whiskey on February 8th at 9:00 P.M. Vayden's debut single "Anthem of the Used" and other tracks from their forthcoming CD "Children of our Mistakes" are available at

Free Music:
New music downloads from Course of Nature, Tantric, Candlebox, and Vayden can be heard at

Rascal Flats to tour UK for first time

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts are embarking on their very first tour of the United Kingdom. The band departed the United States yesterday and landed on British soil this morning in preparation for a week of live shows and media appearances throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tonight, in their first twenty-four hours in the U.K., Rascal Flatts will give a private, acoustic performance for industry guests and contest winners at The 100 Club in London. The 100 Club is the oldest live music venue in London and has witnessed performances by such legends as The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, The Yardbirds, Oasis, The White Stripes, Bo Diddley, The Who, Matchbox 20, The Sex Pistols and Eric Clapton.

Rascal Flatts will remain overseas through the weekend and will resume their North American “Still Feels Good” tour on February 7 in Toronto after a series of sold-out shows in Manchester, NH, Albany, NY, Buffalo, NY and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

In the seven years since launching their career the band has sold over 16 million albums in the U.S. and scored 9 #1 singles. The band’s two most recent titles, Me and My Gang and Feels Like Today, are each certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than 4 million units while Rascal Flatts and Melt are both certified double platinum. Their current CD Still Feels Good is certified platinum and includes the hit singles “Take Me There” and “Winner At A Losing Game.”
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Upcoming Live Nation concerts

On Sale Thursday, January 31 at 10 AM:
Sean Healy Presents: Hollywood Live - February 1
Blake Shelton - February 20

On Sale Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM:

Bad Religion - March 11

Ace Frehley - March 25

Yellowcard, MxPx, PlayRadioPlay!, Treaty of Paris - April 12


On Sale NOW:

Wild Child (Tribute to The Doors) - February 8

On Sale Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM:
“An Evening With” Jon Anderson and His Special Guests from School of Rock - February 20
Ace Frehley - March 22

On Sale NOW:
Gibson Amphitheatre
February 14th

On Sale Sunday February 3 at 10 AM
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live—May 6
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater—May 11

Both Shows On Sale Next Monday – February 4 – at 10 AM:
With Very Special Guest: Steve Winwood
Hollywood Bowl— June 25
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater—August 22

Two Day Passes Available Now Through
Single Day Tickets On Sale Saturday February 2 at 10 AM:
Saturday April 5—
FACE TO FACE – First Show In Over 3 Years!
Sunday, April 6—
ARMOR FOR SLEEP-- & much more!
Coming to the Festival Grounds of
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

2nd Show On Sale Friday February 1 at 1 PM:
Gibson Amphitheatre
February 23
February 24— 2nd Show Just Added!

On Sale Friday February 1 at 12 Noon:
With Special Guests: Street Dogs – The Pietasters
Saturday March 1

On Sale Friday February 1 at 12 Noon:
With Special Guest
The Roxy Theatre
March 26

On Sale Saturday February 2 at 10 AM:
With Special Guest: Whitley
The Roxy Theatre
March 20

Story of the Year to release new effort in April

St. Louis alternative rock heavyweights Story of the Year will release their hotly anticipated new album, The Black Swan, on April 22nd. Like the title suggests, the group’s third studio album is anything but predictable. Combining the addictive choruses of their platinum selling album Page Avenue and the heaviness of In The Wake of Determination, The Black Swan transcends previous releases as their boldest and most accessible album to date.

Featuring the smash hit single “Wake Up” (mixed by Chris Lord Alge) and the piano driven ballad, “Terrified,” The Black Swan was produced by John Feldmann (Page Avenue, The Used) and “Elvis” Baskette (Chevelle, Escape The Fate). “Making this record felt like starting over,” says frontman Dan Marsala. “We’re like a brand new band. You can hear it in these songs, we’re excited again. I think we’ve really stepped it up on this record.”

Continuing with tracks like the remarkably powerful and deeply personal alt-rock anthem “Doom” and the thought-provoking “Message to the World,” The Black Swan explores social and moral issues close to the band’s heart. With themes of war and prejudice, and taking lyrical inspiration from the likes of Carl Sagan among others, the group’s latest album finds the band in a refined state. “Musically, we've grown so much. We have some very unique, timeless, face melting guitar riffs and solos that have come to define our sound, without compromising the idea of a classic song,” explains guitarist Ryan Phillips.

Story of the Year’s first single, “Wake Up,” will be available for digital download beginning February 19th. Fans are encouraged to join the band’s online fan club,, for updates and exclusive opportunities.

The Black Swan Tracklisting:
Choose Your Fate
Wake Up
The Antidote
Tell Me
Angel In The Swamp
The Black Swan
Message To The World
Apathy Is A Deathwish
We’re Not Gonna Make It
Carl Sagan Interlude
Welcome To Our New War

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Get two days of Bamboozle Left

Two Day Passes Available Now Through
Single Day Tickets On Sale Saturday February 2 at 10 AM:


Saturday April 5—
FACE TO FACE – First Show In Over 3 Years!
& much more!

Sunday, April 6—
& much more!

Coming to the Festival Grounds of
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Make it a party with Scott Detweiler's CD release Mardi Gras weekend

WHERE: JAX BAR AND GRILL, 339 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale (downtown), CA 91203 ( )
TIME: 9PM – 130AM
COST: FREE (no cover and no minimum)

New Orleans Blues Entertainer, Scott Detweiler, will celebrate the release of his VAVV Records Release during Mardi Gras Weekend on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at landmark Los Angeles area jazz venue, Jax Bar and Grill (339 N. Brand Boulevard, downtown Glendale, CA 91203).
He is one of the most important singing/guitarists to emerge from New Orleans in recent memory.

In March of 2007, Scott Detweiler walked into VAVV Recording Studios while scouting for a studio to produce a CD for a client. Ironically, he was offered a recording contract. Recording commenced a week later.

During the course of his career, spanning over 20 (twenty) years, Detweiler has independently released 8 cds and countless live cds; however, this marks his first affiliation with a recording company. Although he was actually offered 2 (two) other recording contracts, including one with a major label (both offers were declined by Detweiler because they would not agree to his terms), over the years he has been passed on by dozens of agencies, management companies, publishers and recording companies, including A&M, Atlantic, Geffen and Alligator.

“Made In New Orleans” contains 12 (eleven) original compositions from Detweiler’s vast catalog of music. The score for the new CD is over 50 (fifty) pages long.

Scott Detweiler has been the subject of recent interest, not only because he signed his first recording contract at age 44, but also because on October 6, 2007, at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park, he became the first blues artist to premiere an original blues chamber composition (his own “The Sun Will Rise”, based on the Katrina disaster) and then perform a set with his band in the same concert setting.

After studying jazz at Loyola in New Orleans and music composition at the University of New Orleans, Detweiler privately studied orchestration in the home of Ellis Marsalis. In Los Angeles, he studied writing for strings with Henry Mancini and lyric writing at with K.A. Parker.

He is endorsed by Peerless Guitars and Gomez Amplification.

VAVV Records recognizes Scott Detweiler as an important, original and prolific artist in the story of New Orleans music and will bring accelerated exposure to his artistry on an international level.

ASPCA launches pet photo contest

To honor St. Valentine and our furry paramours, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is launching a special online photo contest and encouraging pet parents to submit photos of their beloved cat and dog Valentines.
"Celebrating the important and lasting bonds we have with our pets is only natural during this love-filled time of the year," said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. "And while caring for and loving animals is important all year long, this photo contest is a great way to show how much we appreciate those special four-legged friends in our lives."
The contest opens on February 1, but pet parents should remember to submit their photos by February 29, when the contest closes. Winners will be announced in late March. Ten winners of this year's contest will be featured on the organization's web site at, and will also receive a prize pack, including a copy of The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff, an ASPCA t-shirt, plush toy, and wristband.
For complete rules, and to submit favorite photos of your pets, please visit

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North America. A 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in animal-assisted therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti-cruelty, humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquarters houses a full-service, accredited animal hospital, adoption center, and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York's animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series "Animal Precinct" on Animal Planet. For more information, please visit