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Flight of the Conchords Take Their Name from Flying V Dream

Ellen Mallernee
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09.05.2007

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New Zealand folk parody duo Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement say that the name they chose for their wacky act and hit HBO show Flight of the Conchords came from a dream in 2002, when the guys were just getting their start on the comedy scene. “I had this dream about this V formation of Flying V guitars that kind of looked like Concordes, and I was just telling Jemaine about it, and we just ended up with Flight of the Conchords,” McKenzie has explained.
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Bits & Pieces: Aerosmith, Heart, Hatebreed, and My Chemical Romance

Ellen Mallernee
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09.05.2007

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News on Joe Perry, Ann Wilson, Hatebreed, and My Chemical Romance
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Ted Leo Addresses Misconceptions about "Mia and Me," Announces Bassist’s Departure

Ellen Mallernee
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09.05.2007

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A recent blog on the Ted Leo and the Pharmacists website addresses the singer/guitarist’s displeasure that his song “Mia and Me,” from 2004’s Shake the Sheets, has been widely used on the internet as the soundtrack to pro-anorexia and “thinspiration” videos. The song, reportedly about Leo’s friend Ana, who’s battled an eating disorder, is a Ted Leo staple and one of his most popular songs.
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Neil Young Announces Line-up for Bridge School Concert

Jaan Uhelszki
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09.04.2007

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Neil Young has just announced the line up for his 21st Bridge School Concert to be held at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on October 27 and 28. Always released the week before Farm Aid, Young and his manager Elliot Roberts have tapped a few returnees and two new bands for the two-day unplugged benefit concert that funds the Bridge School, an alternative education program in the San Francisco Bay Area for children with physical disabilities and speech difficulties that was founded by the musician hand his wife Pegi, inspired by the son Ben's cerebral palsy.
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Sundance Favorite Once Features Baldwin Piano

Ellen Mallernee
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08.31.2007

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Billed as a modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin, Fox Searchlight’s acclaimed new film Once stars Glen Hansard (real-life guitarist for Irish rock band the Frames) and Markéta Irglová, who plays a Baldwin piano in the movie. Already received enthusiastically at film festivals worldwide, Once is the result of tight collaboration between director John Carney and Hansard and Irglová, who wrote and performed all the original songs. At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Once recently took home the World Cinema Audience Award, and was soon after acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
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Daughtry Score a Touchdown

Ellen Mallernee
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08.31.2007

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Daughtry, the biggest-selling American rock band of 2007, announced on their website that beginning Saturday, September 1, and continuing every Saturday through the end of November, their hit “Crashed” will open the broadcast for Lincoln Financial Sports: ACC and SEC College Football Saturday Games of the Week.
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Aw Shucks, Kenny Chesney's Done It Again

Ellen Mallernee
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08.30.2007

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Just when you think country megastar Kenny Chesney couldn’t get any bigger, he clobbers another record. Last month, the Les Paul-lovin’ guitarist, singer, and songwriter’s single “Never Wanted Nothin’ More” flew up the chart quicker than any of his other hits thus far, and, to top the cake, his most recent single “Don’t Blink” debuted at No. 16, the highest debut for a single ever recorded on the Billboard Country Singles chart. And the kudos don’t stop there: Pollstar recently dubbed Chesney’s Flip Flop Summer tour the biggest tour in country music this year.
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The Plastiscines: Check This Out, It's Awesome!

08.30.2007

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Hilly Kristal, Founder of CBGB, Dead at 75

Joe Bosso
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08.29.2007

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If you were lucky, you got the “Hilly wave.” As in: Hilly Kristal waving you into CBGBs. You didn’t feel anointed; it wasn’t Hilly’s way of saying you were one of the “cool people.” It was simply his way of saying, “Hey, I know you’re broke. It doesn’t matter. Pay me back whenever.” To Hilly, if you were a fan of music-and Hilly could spot the true fans, just like he could spot the bands bound for greatness-he’d wave you in. Or he’d tell the bartender to slide you a beer. He was good people. Really good people.
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Velvet Revolver for a Good Cause

Jaan Uhelszki
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08.29.2007

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Velvet Revolver are scheduled to stop Wednesday in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where they’ll host a very special charity event, in addition to headlining a performance at the Xcel Energy Center. In honor of drummer Matt Sorum’s brother Daniel, who passed away earlier this year at age 11 from brain stem cancer, the fundraising event will be held at the Fine Line Music Café (318 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis) after Velvet Revolver’s show. Proceeds from the event will go to the Daniel J. Sorum Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit students at the school he attended: The Willmar Community Christian School. Tickets for this VIP event—which will include a silent auction with items from Velvet Revolver and tour mates Alice in Chains—will be sold for $100 at the door and next to the Velvet Revolver merch booth at the Xcel Energy Center earlier in the evening. Doors for the benefit open at 11:30 p.m. For more details, visit www.velvetrevolver.com. —Jaan Uhelszki
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