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Sep
29

COLDWATER CREEK STORES JOIN FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

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Coldwater Creek Stores Across the U.S. Invite Women

from Coast to Coast to “Try It On for the Cure®” and

Join In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Donations from the One Day, Fashion Based Fundraiser

to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

New York, NY – Coldwater Creek, the national, leading retailer of quality fashion for women, is gearing up to host the fall segment of their semi-annual, nationwide “Try It On for the Cure®” initiative.  The one day only event, hosted on Sunday, October 3rd, in every Coldwater Creek store across the U.S., encourages all women to stop in to their local Coldwater Creek and try on clothes as a fun and easy way to join in the fight against breast cancer.  Donations from the fundraiser will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and its local Affiliates.
Coldwater Creek’s “Try It On for the Cure®” is a simple program that has far reaching benefits for women throughout the country and no purchase is necessary to take part.  For everyone who enters a dressing room and tries on any item from Coldwater Creek’s extensive collection at her local store on October 3rd, Coldwater Creek will donate $1 to Komen for the Cure and its Affiliates. For those who choose to make anin-store purchase during the one day fundraiser, the retailer will also donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to Komen. Coldwater Creek has guaranteed a minimum donation of $50,000 up to a maximum $100,000.
“I’m so proud to be leading a program that is all about women helping women, right here in our own community,” said Terry White, store manager of Coldwater Creek in New York City.  “Try It On for the Cure allows us to connect with local women who share the same passion we have for this cause in a united effort.  They do the trying on, which allows us to do the giving.  It’s a perfect partnership for a great cause.”
“With one in eight U.S. women affected by breast cancer in her lifetime, it is immensely important that we continue to create awareness for this disease,” said Katrina McGhee, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Komen for the Cure. “We’re grateful for the longstanding and constant support of our friends at Coldwater Creek, who have done so much to advance Komen’s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”
Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has become a passion for Coldwater Creek.  In all of the company’s 300 plus stores across the country, they execute multiple programs that focus on raising funds that stay within each local community.
During the company’s last national “Try It On for the Cure®” event inSeptember 2009, Coldwater Creek donated more than $100,000 to Komen for the Cure and its Affiliates throughout the U.S. Whether individual stores are participating in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® or hosting benefit fashion events, Coldwater Creek’s goal is to give back to the community.
For more information on “Try It On for the Cure®”, please visit your local Coldwater Creek store.
About Coldwater Creek

Founded in 1984, and headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek is a leading specialty retailer of women’s apparel, gifts, jewelry and accessories.  The company sells its merchandise through premium retail stores across the country, online at coldwatercreek.com and through its catalogs.  Through its programs and partnership for the past six years, Coldwater Creek has donated over $6 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, Komen has invested more than $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-800 GO KOMEN.
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Sep
29

‘NA NA NA’ MOST ADDED TRACK AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE’S NEW SINGLE, “NA NA

NA (NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA),” IS THE MOST

ADDED TRACK AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO

ACCORDING TO BOTH BDS AND MEDIABASE

BAND ANNOUNCES TRACK-LISTING FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM, DANGER DAYS: THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, DUE NOVEMBER 22ND ON REPRISE RECORDS

Burbank, CA – “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na),” the new single from Reprise Records’ My Chemical Romance, is the most added track at Alternative Radio this week according to both Mediabase and BDS. Now available from all digital retailers, “Na Na Na” is also currently No. 1 on iTunes’ Alternative Songs chart.

The track is the first single from My Chemical Romance’s highly anticipated fourth studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which will be released by Reprise Records on November 22nd, 2010. New Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo, who produced MCR’s platinum-selling album The Black Parade as well as albums by Dave Matthews Band, Jawbreaker, and The Goo Goo Dolls, among many others, produced the album.
My Chemical Romance have also announced the album’s track-listing, which is as follows:
1. Look Alive, Sunshine
2. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
3. Bulletproof Heart
4. SING
5. Planetary (GO!)
6. The Only Hope For Me is You
7. Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report
8. Party Poison
9. Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back
10. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W
11. Summertime
12. DESTROYA
13. The Kids From Yesterday
14. Goodnite, Dr. Death
15. Vampire Money
“Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” is the first new original music to be released by My Chemical Romance since October 2006 when the band unleashed their third album, The Black Parade, which shot to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling more than 240,000 copies in its first week of release, and spawning four Modern Rock smash singles. Dubbed “Album of the Year” by Blender Magazine, The Black Parade earned raves from critics (Rolling Stone called it “a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock’s golden age of bombast,” while Spin called it “savage and heartfelt”) and cemented MCR’s status as a world-class rock band. Following the album’s release, the New Jersey-bred MCR launched The Black Parade World Tour

For more on My Chemical Romance, including album trailer, please visit www.mychemicalromance.com.

Wbr and Reprise Records news

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Sep
29

Marc Maron, Greg Proops, Maria Bamford and more celebrate 5 years of PunchlineMagazine.com in Los Angeles with an All-Star Night of Comedy

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Five of the hottest comedians in the country perform live onstage at Largo on Oct. 11 in LA to celebrate the 5th anniversary of PunchlineMagazine.com, the most popular site covering the comedy world.

Comedians Marc Maron, Greg Proops, Maria Bamford, Chris Hardwick and Whitney Cummings will perform live onstage at 8 pm on Oct. 11 at LA’s famed Largo at the Coronet to help celebrate five years of PunchlineMagazine.com, the country’s leading online destination for all things comedy.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through LaughStub.com or by calling Largo at 310-855-0350. Those who arrive early to the show, will receive free comedy prizes. And for those who purchase tickets online through LaughStub.com, Punchline Magazine is giving away free 3-month subscriptions of national WiFi, compliments of Boingo.com, who boasts 125,000 hotspots across the country. A total of 12 subscriptions will be awarded.

An after-party will immediately follow the show at the venue’s Little Room.

For up to the minute show news, updates and special offers, please visit facebook.com/punchlinemagazine and twitter.com/punchlinemag.

About The Performers:

Greg Proops, a veteran stand-up comedian and actor – who may be best known for his improv work on the hit show Whose Line Is It Anyway? – will host the All-Star Night of Comedy, introducing some of the hottest and well-respected names in the business.

Comedian Marc Maron is the host of the wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron and is known for his fearless and often times emotionally wrenching performances onstage. He’s the author of The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah and has released three critically-acclaimed live comedy albums.

Minnesota-bred Maria Bamford has endeared herself to comedy nerds nationwide by turning her idiosyncrasies into hilariously brilliant character pieces and just plain quirky comedy. She’s been featured on Comedy Central’s Comedians of Comedy, has a trio of albums and this year released her one-woman show, Plan B on DVD.

For the past few years, quickly rising Whitney Cummings has made a name for herself roasting the likes of Joan Rivers and David Hasselhoff on Comedy Central’s mega-popular roasts series. She has also recently debuted her own one-hour comedy special, Money Shot, for the network— an incredible feat for such a young comic. Cummings can also be regularly seen on the E! channel’s Chelsea Lately as one of Chelsea Handler’s comedian panelists.

Comedian Chris Hardwick – the Nerdist, as his adoring fans call him, due to his proclivity for video games and gadgets – has been seen on television screens from his years of co-hosting duties with Jenny McCarthy for MTV’s show Singled Out to his current post as host for Web Soup on the G4 network and as the voice of Otis the cow, the main character in Nickelodeon’s popular animated series Back at the Barnyard.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dylan Gadino at 201-315-9819 or dylan@punchlinemagazine.com.

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Sep
29

Rihanna’s/Eminem’s ‘I Love the Way You Lie’ Glamorizes Domestic Violence

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Rihanna’s/Eminem’s ‘I Love the Way You Lie’

Glamorizes Domestic Violence

It’s a seductively satisfying combination of sound and fury, but “I Love the Way You Lie” glamorizes a violent relationship.

Rihanna and Eminem alternate verses. Hers are sweet and soulful, saying it’s all right for her man to hurt her, and she knows he’s lying when he says he won’t do it again. His are laid over a rap beat, growling out anger, frustration and denial.

That’s reality, some may say, but the message about male/female partnerships is too sad to justify such a slick and cynical expression of acceptance on both sides.

Most spousal abusers and murderers are Control Freaks—taking their insecurities and need for domination to pathological extremes. Men are typically the perpetrators in domestic violence, but women are increasing their share of this criminal behavior.

Also, the apparent “victim” has to take responsibility for his/her participation in the relationship. While Control Freaks require professional counseling and personal courage to face their demons, their partners must ask themselves: Why am I here with this person? Why have I stayed so long? Why did I even allow them to get close to me?

“This is not a case of blaming the victim,” says William K. McGee, author of the new book, Surviving Control Freak Relationships–Reclaiming Your Life. “However, both partners need to honestly assess what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. The abuser’s standard defense is “He/she made me do it.” Or “She/he got what they deserved.” Victims can be in equal denial about self-esteem issues that attract them to abusers and what they are getting from the toxic relationship.”

For more information about this common, but complex, relationship ruiner go to www.controlfreakbook.com. The book can be purchased at this Web site. Or readers can ask for it at Tattered Cover, Barnes & Noble and Borders. Mr. McGee can be contacted for media interviews at the information at the top of the page.

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29

Lady Gaga chatted with Ryan Seacrest

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Lady Gaga chatted with Ryan Seacrest

The latest pop sensation Lady Gaga chatted with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that comes on daily regarding the appearance that she had made during an ongoing Semi Precious Weapons’ afternoon that had been set at the venue of Lollapalooza in Chicago on the 6th of August that had been a Friday.

On the same day that is the 6th of August the Semi Precious Weapons had cleared to the MTV News post their set, Gaga had been a witness to the respective band (that had given an opening act on her popular Monster Ball tour), and while they had been in the middle of their performance, she had stood up and walked to the stage. This is when she had started playing the drums, and had then gone on to give backing vocals before they had dived into the crowd with the respective music band’s front man named Justin Tranter.
The respective pair had been seen making out whilst they had been lying on top of the fans that had joined them on that stage, and for the poker faced singer not only had it been a liberating but also a much fun moment.

Gaga had told the media that there had been several things that had been a source of inspiration for her lately which had been inclusive of the recent overturning of the Prop 8 in California. She said that it had felt as if she had been a part of the revolution and when the gunshot had went off she had been extremely excited. Here is the easiest to see lady gaga live shows buy cheap lady gaga tickets and enjoy his rocking concerts.

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Sep
29

Diegodiego charges Quarter of a Million Dollars $$$ Per Show

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More exclusive than the same Madonna and Lady GaGa

Diegodiego currently charges quarter of a million dollars for his live presentations!

More exclusive than the same Madonna and Lady GaGa. Diegodiego currently charges quarter of a million dollars for his live presentations. The world’s most famous entertainer has the pleasure of asking those who hire him $ 250,000.00 dollars. The quema qumea and Haciendo Escandalo star. Has dedicated himself to making exclusive presentations before live audiences. This is what makes him so acclaimed and unique. His popularity on the radio and the Internet have catapulted him to become one of the most sought after on Google.com and IMDB.com and rank number one of the most talked about by the celebrity gossip and news blogs and magazines.

It should be noted that in addition to collecting such a salary, the artist requests to arrive by helicopter to any type of presentation and interview. Besides a list of special requests which includes twelve bodyguards and a limousine for twenty people in which he travels alone.

Diegodiego now performs no more than three songs each presentation, which makes the audience go crazy while celebrating his victory as one of Hollywood highest paid Hispanic celebrities. In addition to making films and television and receiving salaries that exceed the limits of the public and the media. The actor’s representatives are happy to present to the public a fine quality artist. When other prformes have to sing and sing and perform over and over again. Diegodiego remains exclusive to the fans who can not live without him.

Now you know that when you have Diegodiego in front of you, enjoy him to the fullest. With his salary through the roof, maybe the world would be left with the eternal desire to see him sing live. The good news is that his songs are still affordable, but nobody knows what will happen after the release of his CD in English. Congratulations Diegodiego for becoming a monster in the world of Showbiz.

More information can be found online at http://diegodiego.com

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Sep
29

The Lady Gaga ‘Defaced’ Handbag: Now a Part of BagInc’s Inventory!

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Apart from the Lady Gaga Hermes handbag,

BagInc also boasts the Jessica Simpson quilted tote black bag.

KOWLOON, Hong Kong, September 16, 2010: BagInc has added the Lady Gaga Hermes bag to its celebrity inspired handbag collection. This unique designer accessory is a favorite with both Lady Gaga fans and fashionistas alike. Since acquiring the original handbag is a far-away dream for most people, BagInc has brought out a designer inspired version that is a perfect blend of high quality and competitive pricing.

The Lady Gaga bag is unique not just because of its designer tag but also due to the customization with stud accents. Made of luxurious cowhide leather and silver toned hardware, this handbag is perfect for those with an out-of-the-box taste in fashion, similar to Lady Gaga herself. A padlock ornament and dual carrying handles add to the versatility of the handbag, making it a worthy accessory for both formal and casual occasions.

Apart from the Lady Gaga Hermes handbag, BagInc also boasts the Jessica Simpson quilted tote black bag, Leona Lewis Turlington multi-function bag black and Renee Zellweger La Scalla hobo as part of its vast inventory. The handbag inventory is not limited to just these – there is the Louisa Crossbody bag, H World leather wristlet, Envy Top handle bag, Paloma Medium messenger handbag and the Satchel calfskin leather bag.

In addition to the vast assortment of handbags, the popularity of BagInc is credited to its customer-centric approach. The focus on customer benefits is evident from the user-friendly interface and the perpetual discount schemes. BagInc.com presents all products in clear-cut categories, in terms of trends, genuine leather, color, price, so that customers can pick and shop according to their requirements with the greatest ease. The retailer also offers 20%-30% discount on purchases ranging from $200 to $500, or more.

About BagInc: Being in the business for more than 6 years, BagInc boasts a large range of handbags, which include shoulder bags, totes, clutches and evening bags. The handbag collection also comprises cross body and messenger bags, as well as backpack purses.

BagInc has introduced a new footwear collection, which showcases Edmington’s pumps, flat ballets, high heeled boots, platform pumps, ankle strap heels and open toe footwear. In addition to these ranges, the company also host accessories, such as wallets, belts, bag charms and key rings.

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29

Lace Bentley Music’s New Sensation

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LACE BENTLEY NOMINATED FOR BEST INTL.

ARTIST BY THE LA MUSIC AWARDS

The 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards are quickly approaching and Lace Bentley is honored to be a nominee in the Best International Artist category. This event is to be held at the historic Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2010 at 8:00pm.

Lace Bentley was born in a small town called Marvley in Kingston, Jamaica. Lace began singing in church and school choirs. Lace lead her high school choir to the nationals singing “It Don’t Mean A Thing” by Ella Fitzgerald. Lace won many talent shows as a teenager while attending school in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Lace wrote and composed her first hit song “Crush Dem,” which is very popular on satellite radio. Among her many talents Lace won the pageant title Miss Black Pennsylvania USA, Raised over $50,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, Guest Starred on ABC’s Castle, Starred on ABC’s I Survived a Japanese Game Show, was honored with Best Live Concert Performance by R. K. Records and is now ranked top ten in the California world/Reggae market.
lacebentley.com

reverbnation.com/lacebentley
www.myspace.com/lacebentley
www.facebook.com/pages/Lace-Bentley

For Booking and Interviews
email-info@lacebentley.com phone-(818) 934 0389

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Sep
29

OCZOBERFEST IN WAMEGO

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OZTOBERFEST IN WAMEGO

Photo from Oztoberfest website

The first weekend in October, the Road to Oz, otherwise known as Highway 99 and Lincoln Avenue, closes down to celebrate one of America’s best known fairy tales  —  The Wizard of Oz.  OZtoberFest activities include Munchkinland kids’ play area, Oz collectibles auction, Yellow Brick Road bike ride, food and craft vendors, cameo appearances by some of the original Munchkins, and activities for the entire family.  Other special guests are available for book signings and autograph sessions; including the museum collector, Oz and Judy Garland historians and many more. And you won’t want to miss the Columbian Theatre’s annual live production with an Oz theme.

When

Saturday October 2, 2010 10 am -5 pm                                           Sunday October 3, 2010 11 am – 4 pm

Where

Downtown Wamego


Contact

www.OZtoberFest.com

Did you know that Wamego has one of the most wonderful museums dedicated to the “OZ” memorabilia?  To date it’s historical setting in Kansas is one of the best displays in a restored theatre environment.  Check it out today!

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29

JOSH GROBAN TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM, ILLUMINATIONS,

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JOSH GROBAN TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED

FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM, ILLUMINATIONS,

ON NOVEMBER 15TH ON REPRISE RECORDS
ILLUMINATIONS PRODUCED BY ACCLAIMED STUDIO LEGEND RICK RUBIN

Burbank, CA – Already one of the most acclaimed and beloved singers and songwriters around the world, Josh Groban breaks new ground of artistic and personal growth with his long-awaited fifth studio album, Illuminations, to be released on November 15th, 2010, from Reprise Records. The album is the rewardingly surprise-filled result of the unexpected but stimulating teaming with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks among many others.

This unprecedented partnership saw both Groban and Rubin stepping out of their respective zones to come together and create an entirely new zone where art meets intimacy and immediacy meets timelessness. Most importantly, Groban – who ranks as Billboard Magazine’s 14th top-selling artist of the 2000s with more than 20 million units in the U.S. alone — was free to express himself at his fullest by tapping into a new range of expression and emotional connection with lyrics drawn straight from the heart.

Lead song “Hidden Away,” went to radio September 13, one of six co-written by Groban and Dan Wilson (former leader of the band Semisonic and co-writer of several cuts on the Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready to Make Nice), provides an emotional and artistic center, its plea for a romantic ideal given a musical setting highlighting the raw honesty and natural gifts of Groban as a singer, musician and writer.

“These are my stories,” says Groban, who co-wrote eleven of the thirteen songs on the album. “For every one of these songs, someone’s going to know it’s about them. I’m going to get a text message about every one! This is a very personal record.”

Elsewhere Groban makes his first foray into singing Portuguese on the vibrant “Voce Existe Em Mim (You Exist In Me),” returns to the more familiar Italian language with “L’Ora Dell’Addio” (a lush collaboration with the great composer/arranger Walter Afanasieff and lyricist Marco Marinagneli), paints a loving portrait of the Big Apple with “The Bells of New York City,” with and offers his own, highly personal take on Nick Cave’s poetic and passionate “Straight to You.”

“Josh is a one-of-a-kind artist and he works in a genre I have never worked in before,” says Rubin. “So there was a great excitement discovering our ‘way in’ to get to his essence and make a fine art album unlike any he has made before.”

For most of the songs, Rubin devised a setting to maximize the honesty and spontaneity of the performances. Recording live with Groban playing piano and singing alongside acoustic guitarists, Matt Sweeney, Smokey Hormel, and iconic organist Spooner Oldham also played on several tracks.

From those sessions, multi-hued orchestrations were crafted by David Campbell for nine songs and James Newton-Howard for two, while Brazilian great Carlinhos Brown created the dynamic setting for “Voce Existe Em Mim (You Exist In Me)” in his Bahia home, including the power of an all-girl drum corps – the only drums on the album.

The partnership of Rubin and Groban developed organically and out of deep mutual respect. After an exploratory meeting, both were eager to take on a full album project. “From Day 1 it wasn’t about anything to prove, but two people finding a place to work together – two scared people,” Groban quips. “We wanted to find our line … and walk past it.

From Rick’s view the grandness was something we wanted to embrace. I was given the very lofty task of having more responsibility on this album than I’ve ever had. The bar was set high from the beginning. That’s why it took so long. But I can say that more of me went into this record than anything I’ve done.”

Illuminations was three years in the making, but the writing and recording came in bursts of creativity as Groban busied himself with other projects, including starring in a 21st-anniversary performance of the cult musical Chess at London’s Royal Albert Hall, performing a comic medley of well-known TV theme songs at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, duetting with Heather Headley at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, guest starring twice on Fox’s hit show Glee, and filming a role in Crazy Stupid Love, a motion picture comedy starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and , due in spring 2011.

The 29-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled 5x-platinum debut, followed by 2003’s 5x-platinum Closer and 2006’s 2x-platinum Awake. In 2007, Groban became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster 5x-platinum Christmas album, Noël, which spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

Groban and his recordings have been nominated for more than a dozen awards including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for “Believe” from the 2005 film Polar Express. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

Track listing:

Wandering Kind (Prelude)
Bells of New York City
Galileo
L’Ora Dell’Addio
Hidden Away
Au Jardin Des Sans Pourquoi
Higher Window
If I Walk Away
Love Only Knows
Voce Existe Em Mim
War At Home
London Hymn
Straight To You

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29

ELECTRIC PEAR

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ELECTRIC PEAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

The Electric Pear

Afresh: Where are the artists from?

Joey – Punxsutawney, PA   Dave – Pittsburgh, PA

What is their talent in the group?

Joey Troupe – guitar, vocals & Dave Neuhart –drums, tambourine

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

It took a while for us to come up with a name. Since we’re a two-piece, we were thinking the name should relate to “duo” or “pair” or “two”, but almost every variation of those words was taken, even in different languages, including ancient Greek and Latin, someone had already used the names…so we finally decided on The Electric Pear, “Pear” being a play on the word “pair”

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

Frenetic drums, fuzzed –out electric guitar, and bluesy vocals


Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Raw, primal, garage rock n’ roll.

Afresh:  If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?

Raw, distorted, garage, fuzz

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?

We just got together and played and clicked right away, like kindred spirits musically.

Afresh: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Ostrich mating habits, The Amish methods of butter churning, and kidney stones.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

We have each been in other bands around Pittsburgh for years. We started this project eight months ago.

Afresh:  If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?

(Name up to three)
Garage rock/21st Century Blues

Afresh:  What do you feel distinguishes “an artist” from just a musician?

I would say the difference is, a musician is like a session guy who remains anonymous and plays for different artists for a living, or maybe plays in a wedding band for money, but never really creates something unique.
….whereas, an artist seeks to create something new and fresh, to push the envelope, to advance the art form in some way.

Musically, it’s about trying to do something that hasn’t already been done and putting your stamp or your own unique twist on a genre. For me, an artist can combine visual elements and showmanship in the live performance, and most of all has that intangible – that charisma that great artists are born with. It’s that fine line between genius and insanity.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

We met via Craigslist. We were both looking for “adult services” and accidentally contacted each other. (just kidding) but we did hook up via CL.

Afresh: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)

Dave- Finish our new EP and shop it around. Continue to build a following regionally, and write a rock opera concept album about Pee Wee Herman.

Joey – play the Super Bowl halftime show.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

Not having money for much needed equipment, and difficulty networking with other bands.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Dave – I donate plasma and semen to earn extra money for the band, until we get a record deal.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

Dave -Between the recession, file sharing, new digital download/MP3 formats, and the availability of “bootleg” live performances of bands filmed on camera phones on You Tube, the music industry has drastically changed in the last decade or two.  It seems to me like a double edge sword, because the changes seem to make it harder to sell music or tickets to your show, but on the other hand, the internet makes it a lot easier and more efficient for bands to get exposure via My Space and You Tube…My only advice is to put in the work spending time on the internet networking and promoting your band. The more you put yourself out there, the more likely someone will notice.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Dave – First of all, just because you hear something on the radio or MTV, that doesn’t mean it is good. In fact, most of what you hear on commercial Top 40 radio and at the clubs is uninspired, un-original, cliché garbage. Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of fantastic bands out there, 99% of which sadly will never get heard. I’d encourage anyone who loves music to research and dig and surf My Space and find new music, or discover some old obscure 60’s psychedelic music at your local record shop. Second, please stop trying to bring back the 80’s. The musical “synthy” style and bad fashion sucked then, and it still sucks now.

Come up with something new and original…we need a new scene that is about something more than just rehashing a prior decade’s styles. I’ve been really admiring what Joaqin Phoenix did with his whole ‘performance art’/’hoax’. Even if people don’t get it, and even if his ‘documentary’ flops, he had the balls to do something bold artistically, and to push the envelope.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

(Dave)-Yes, my Dad was in a band in high school, so he is supportive and comes to shows occasionally. My mom is into Barbara Streisand and Kenny G, so she doesn’t care for my music.

(Joey) My family puts 110% support behind me in everything that I do, and my parents and sister have really great taste in music.  I attribute my entire musical foundation to listening to the radio, cassettes, and CDs with my parents growing up.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas?

If I had that answer, I’d be a genius. Ideally, sheer talent would draw crowds by word of mouth and reputation, but often that just isn’t enough, especially in a blue-collar town like Pittsburgh where people spend their leisure time and money on our sports teams rather than arts or music. I think it’s important for bands to stick together and try to start a “scene” or a buzz in their city, much like the grunge bands did in Seattle, for example, or the Indie bands like At The Drive In/Coheed & Cambria/And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead…/Explosions In The Sky all did in Austin.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

Dave-yes, as I mentioned earlier, my father played electric organ in a band in the 60’s, and both of my parent were in the church choir.

(Joey) -My dad plays the guitar from time to time, and my sister and I learned to play the piano together which was the seed of my musical creativity.  I took music most seriously as an art form, but my dad and sister are great artists in their own regard when it comes to painting and drawing.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Dave -Professional Badminton

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

Dave-The absolute love for the adrenaline, energy, and magic of connecting with another musician on stage, live. It never gets old, whether there are 5 people or 500 people in the crowd.

(Joey) – To avoid stagnation and embrace creativity in its rawest form.

Afresh: How do you rate your live performance ability?  Do you feel better performing live or in the studio?

Dave-I prefer live because it’s fun. It’s a rush to play on stage for people. When I’m tracking in the studio, I’m very, very perfectionistic and picky, and never satisfied.

(Joey) I hate the studio.  I am not a sound nerd.  Actually, I could probably benefit a lot by learning more about sound and spending less time on Twitter.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

Dave-yes, boy bands and bad hair metal bands, because I strive to not be like them

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

Dave- Joey writes all of the lyrics. He usually comes up with a riff or two on guitar, or a song idea and then we try to collaborate on the changes, intros, bridges, etc. It usually goes smooth, like butter, but if we get stuck on an idea, we’re careful not to force it just for the sake of finishing a song. …which is why we have several incomplete songs on the shelf, for now….but more often than not, we are able to incorporate each other’s ideas and finish a song we start writing.

Afresh:  What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?

Dave- The independent, do-it-yourself spirit. Non-commercialized, non-conforming, and passionate about playing well. Neither of us are huge fans of the club scene or Top 40 popular culture. I think we both favor more of the underground/indie/college radio scene…it feels more comfortable, and not trendy and superficial like the whole MTV image is.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

Dave-I wish I could grow an afro.

(Joey) I think thinks would go a lot smoother in all regards If Dave had more hair.

Afresh:  Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist?  What are your long-term career goals?

To gain the respect of other musicians and artists who I respect. To have fun and meet and do shows with some bands I admire. To continue to write and record music I’m proud of.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?  How does it affect the closeness you have with your fans, media, etc. now?

Not yet

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?  How did you handle this?

No.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?

Regional shows throughout October & November

New releases?

We hope to finish and release our new EP by Christmas.

Tours? News?

Check our My Space page for upcoming shows.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead, alive, or broke-up who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Dave-The Who (with Keith Moon) circa 1969

(Joey) – If I could just shake a tambourine on stage with Zeppelin while wearing an open-chest jumpsuit circa 1970, I think that would be nice.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

Dave-Atlanta, GA

(Joey) – I once played a show that was broadcast live over the web, so I’m sure someone in New Zealand was watching it.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

Dave – it’s here to stay

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

Dave-In my previous band, we did a few benefits for Haiti and for a battered women’s shelter.

(Joey) I’ve played shows as entertainment for Relay for Life and for Animal Rescue shelters.

Afresh:  How do you think you would like to be remembered by everyone if something were to happen to you suddenly?

Dave As a kind, selfless person and a talented artist. (Joey) For having sweet hair.

Afresh:  Thinking back to the very beginning of the band, how do your feel about your performance today and it is much different for you now than when you first started performing?

It has improved and progressed.

Afresh:  When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?

Dave- I think we are pretty good at stepping back and taking a breath, or shelving things if we get stuck or disagree on something.

(Joey) – Check my fantasy football team.

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?

Dave-I absolutely love music and I have a strong ambition to create music I like to hear, and I thoroughly enjoy performing.

(Joey) I’d like to make the most of my limited time and do something memorable both in the present and to look back upon in the future.

Afresh:  As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?

Dave – making a living at it without compromising your values.

Afresh:  If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be?

Dave – Just make love

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

No label or sponsors yet….any takers out there?

Afresh: Is this your first on-line interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?  Have you had any previous print or broadcast media exposure or reviews?

Dave – I had some regional press and internet press like this with my previous band, called Dawn Canon

Afresh:  Do you have a demo or press kit, (including an Electronic Press Kit …an EPK), or any other promotional materials that you could send to us for a future review also?

Yes

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

Coming soon…

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?

http://www.myspace.com/theelectricpear

Just for fun…..fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be__Dave-emotionally shallow/ spiritually hollow__

____Joey – bored____.

Music is ___Dave – an absolute necessity__

____Joey – the most universal form of expression____________.

My music makes me feel _(Joey) useful________________.

___Dave – blissful, melancholy, euphoric, depressed, disgusted, impressed, in love…and every other emotion a human can feel___

I write the songs because (Joey) it is therapeutic for me__Dave-ditto_________.

Support music because ____Dave -It is one of the truest most innocent forms of human expression__& it’s better than watching sitcoms or Jerry Springer____.

Afresh: We want to extend our warm wishes for your success and thank you for the awesome interview.  We hope we can attend one of your shows soon so keep us informed on your updates! Thanks guys, for doing an exclusive interview for Afresh Annie of Afresh Entertainment Magazine.  Thanks for your support, and we hope you will tell everyone to read this article.

Support live music in your area—get out and see a band perform live!

Thanks for “Keeping it fresh, live, real & rockin'”….to all great things

Best regards….The staff of AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE MAGAZINE & TV

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28

Jim Kilroy News

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The last Semi-Final of the Battle For Freaker’s Ball is tonight at Crosstown Station.  It began back in June and over 100 bands have taken part.  One band from tonight will go to the Championship on October 8 at Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge.  The eventual winner will play the 98.9 The Rock Freaker’s Ball on October 23 at the Midland Theater.

BATTLE FOR FREAKER’S BALL SEMI-FINAL
Restraint
Canvas
Ten Thousand One
For The Broken
The Family Band Massacre
Harvest The Flesh
The Hand Of Midas
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Crosstown Station
1522 McGee ● KCMO
8pm ● 21+
$8 IN ADV

BATTLE FOR FREAKER’S BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Evalyn Awake
Drek
9 Volt Junkie
Injected Element
Root Of David
+ 9/24 Semi-Final winner
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
VooDoo Lounge
Harrah’s Casino, North Kansas City, MO
8pm ● 21+
$10 in adv

WWW.CLUBWARS.NET

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Sep
28

SIRE/DECAYDANCE RECORDS ARTIST THE READY SET SELECTED FOR MTV “PUSH” & “POSTED” ARTIST PROGRAMS

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SIRE/DECAYDANCE RECORDS ARTIST THE READY

SET SELECTED FOR MTV “PUSH” & “POSTED”

ARTIST PROGRAMS

FIRST SINGLE “LOVE LIKE WOE” CLIMBING THE MAINSTREAM TOP 40 AIRPLAY CHART

DEBUT ALBUM ‘I’M ALIVE, I’M DREAMING’ OUT NOW

Burbank, CA – Decaydance/Sire Records artist THE READY SET has been selected for MTV’s coveted “PUSH” & “POSTED” artist programs.   The alternative-pop artist is featured as this week’s “PUSH” artist, during which MTV uses its massive on-air and online reach to bring fans unparalled access, ranging from live performances and music videos to interviews and exclusive footage.  MTV’s “POSTED” program spotlights one artist for an entire month. The franchise lives on their web and mobile properties as a space that connects the artist directly with their fans in real time. As part of the program, each “POSTED” artist will be given a Motorola BACKFLIP™, AT&T’s first Android smartphone. They will use the devices to submit content, including videos and photos, to their individual “POSTED” sites. The Ready Set is the “POSTED” artist for the month of October.
“Love Like Woe,” the JR Rotem-produced first single from The Ready Set’s debut album I’m Alive I’m Dreaming, is currently breaking at pop radio across the country. It is the #1 Billboard Heatseeker and is steadily climbing on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart, where it is currently #28.  The song has sold over 300k digital singles so far, and the video for the track has gotten over 3 million views on YouTube.
The Ready Set is 20 year-old Indiana-born drummer, singer, songwriter and keyboardist Jordan Witzigreuter, who creates infectious, danceable pop designed for fun.  I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming is the first release from the newly minted joint venture between Sire Records and Pete Wentz’s Decaydance Records. It is available everywhere.
On October 20th The Ready Set is taking the party mobile on a fall tour supporting Hey Monday and Cartel.  The nationwide run kicks off in St. Petersburg, FL and goes through November 27th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

For tour dates and more info please visit www.myspace.com/thereadyset.

By Warner Bros.

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28

Dynasty Warriors, new tactical combat MMO Gameplay Preview

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Dynasty Warriors, new tactical combat

MMO Gameplay Preview

set in the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China and the beautiful

graphics will transport players back ….

Dynasty Warriors Online is the first online tactical combat game (MMO) from Techmo Koei. It is set in the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China and the beautiful graphics will transport players back into the heart of this dramatic and romantic period. This game artfully combines MMO elements with the fast paced, exciting combat players have grown love from other Dynasty Warriors titles. In Dynasty Warriors Online, players are able to:

• Lay waste to thousands of opponents in every battle.

• For the first time, play online with friends from around the world. Up to 24 players can participate in Show Downs.
• Unique in-game, instance based leveling allows players to change their strategies mid-fight by leveling up various attributes.
• Numerous battle modes to allow players to fight one another, hone their skills in solo modes, even capture enemy towns.

In addition to these, Dynasty Warriors Online is the first title to feature character creation that allows the player to become the hero of the story. As players grow and become more powerful warriors, they continue to become more individual as the game offers a variety of customization options for both armor and weapons. To take their power to even higher levels, players can take advantage of an easy to use item enhancement system. Every warrior should have a place to call home; Dynasty Warriors Online provides player houses and furinture to decorate the place to all their social needs. Finally, Dynasty Warriors Online has a guild system to let players create newer and greater strategies for large-scale wars!

Come to http://MMOGames.com to find all of the best Online Games, MMOs and MMORPGs

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28

Ruinhayes brings us introspective thoughts through his music

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Ruinhayes brings us introspective

thoughts through his music

Ruinhayes’ new single “What We Life For” is an analogy

of one snippet of his life that was interpreted through song

RUINHAYES

Elkhart, Indiana – The Ruinhayes Band has been together for the last 18 years. Their genre is a mixture of independent/rock/country. They have opened for Martina McBride, which in the past, had created some dramatic moments on stage when band members would show up late or being maneuvered on stage prior to their particular schedule. This was before cell phones, mind you. Things got a little better as they were requested to open the second show also for her.

Joe Lint, the founder of Runhayes Band, put his music aside for awhile due to his marriage and the birth of his daughter, Gracie. In 1998 he started up again with all new players and did shows for the next 5 years in the Midwest.

His new single off of this CD, “What We Live For” was actually written when Joe was 17 years old. Now, after tinkering with it for all these years, it has finally been completed and released for public consumption. The situation that sparked this song was seeing a girl ride by as Joe was literally standing at the window. He wondered by he didn’t stop her and strike up a conversation. Then he questioned himself about life and how we are into what we are doing in our lives trying to be good, look good – about religion, etc…Which almost triggers the opposite emotion of why are we here at all and finding a different solution or a more permanent way out. Then it came to him — “I won’t let it drive me insane”, as the song states at the end.

This song is representative of the kind of writer and performer Joe Lint is. His songs are all short stories or snippets of his life during certain times that he wants to remember.

Ruinhayes’ music is available for purchase at any of the following websites:
www.myspace.com/ruinhayesband
www.promofm.com (search: Ruinhayes)

Ruinhayes is currently working with A & R Select in West Hollywood, Ca. for licensing, publishing, a record deal and/or placement opportunities. For additional information, you can reach them at:
323-924-5897
www.arselect.com

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