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See Slash Speak in L.A.

Aidin Vaziri
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08.21.2008

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Always wanted to find out how Slash got that tone for “Sweet Child O’ Mine”? Curious what Scott Weiland likes to eat for breakfast? Need to know how the snakes are doing? This is your chance to find out.
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Slipknot Frontman Denies Blame for Sword-Rampaging Teen: “Our Message Is Positive”

Aidin Vaziri
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08.21.2008

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Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is speaking out on news reports linking his band to a sword rampage at a South African high school on Monday that left one teenager dead and three other people seriously injured. According to reports in South Africa’s The Times newspaper, the perpetrator was wearing a homemade mask modeled on the one worn on-stage by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison.
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Dave Matthews Saxophonist LeRoi Moore Dies at 46

Ellen Mallernee
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08.20.2008

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Dave Matthews Band saxophonist and founding member LeRoi Moore died Tuesday at the age of 46 at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles. Brown had been ill since being hospitalized this past June following an ATV accident on his Charlottesville, Virginia farm. After being released from the hospital, Moore had returned to his L.A. home for some intense physical rehabilitation, but sudden complications caused him to be readmitted to the hospital in July.
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Dischord Records Goes Digital

Aaron Lefkove
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08.20.2008

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Often credited with blowing open the doors of hardcore and defining emo, Dischord Records has been at the forefront of independent underground music since Fugazi frontman Ian McKaye helped found it almost 25 years ago. Most of its releases have remained in print for discerning music fans to rediscover decade after decade, but now nearly every release from the fiercely independent label is available for direct download from the label's Web site.
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AC/DC's Black Ice Set For Release On October 20

Russell Hall
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08.19.2008

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Columbia Records has announced that AC/DC's hotly anticipated new album will be sold exclusively in the U.S. via Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and the band's website. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, the 15-track Black Ice will be available at those retail outlets beginning October 20. The label is promising "multiple activities for fans" in the weeks leading up to the release. The CD will carry a special price tag of $11.88, and online purchases via www.acdc.com will incur no shipping or handling charges. A world tour is scheduled to start in late October.
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Remembrances Continue for Pioneering Record Producer Jerry Wexler

Russell Hall
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08.19.2008

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The NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France recently honored Michael Jackson with a lifetime Award of Honour. In his video acceptance, he honored his fans right back, thanking them for making Thriller the world's best selling album. Now 25 years since its release, Jackson has been recording an anniversary edition of the album. Hear what he has to say:
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Rolling Stones Credited With Awakening Man From Near-Fatal Coma

Russell Hall
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08.19.2008

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Say the words "Rolling Stones" and "coma" in the same sentence, and most people would likely presume that Keith Richards had at last succumbed to his legendary past excesses. Happily, however, Richards is fine, and so is a British man who in fact may owe his life to the Stones. As reported by World Entertainment News, longtime fan Sam Carter recently slipped into a coma after contracting severe anemia. Doctors gave the retired baker just a 30 percent chance of survival, but nonetheless advised his wife to strap some headphones onto her husband's head and play his favorite song. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," the very first single Carter bought as a teenager in 1965, did the trick.
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Wilco Change Directions and Eye Spring for New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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08.18.2008

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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy told an Albany, New York radio station that fans could likely expect the band’s seventh studio album in the Spring of ’09. “We’ll allow ourselves a little bit more leeway in terms of sculpting the sound in the studio and doing overdubs and using the studio as another instrument,” Tweedy told WAMC. “Last time around, it was more of a document.” Last year’s Sky Blue Sky was an alt-country departure from Wilco’s previous work, like the moody, effects-heavy Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born.
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Second Lifer Von Johin Scores a Real Record Deal in a Virtual World

Aaron Lefkove
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08.18.2008

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Virtual bluesman Von Johin, who is actually also a real live musician based in Nashville, Tennessee, has scored a real world record deal and is set to release an album soon. As reported by Wired's Listening Room blog earlier in the week: "Never before has a virtual character been signed to a worldwide recording contract," stated Warren Croyle, CEO of Reality Entertainment, the company that signed him. "Von Johin is legendary in the virtual community Second Life for his heart-pounding live shows."
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Stooges Bassist Mike Watt's Stolen Gibson Replaced by Stranger!

Ellen Mallernee
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08.15.2008

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A week and a half ago, Iggy Pop and the Stooges suffered the loss of a 15-foot truck full of musical instruments and gear. Stolen from an Embassy Suites hotel in Montreal, the truck contained Mike Watt’s red 1963 Gibson EB-3 bass, a Flying V guitar, a drum set, two black road cases containing Marshall vintage amplifiers, several Marshall cabinets, and so much more. Watt posted photos of the stolen gear on a website.
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