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It has been a busy summer for Meg & Dia! The band has been playing to huge crowds as one of the main stage performers on Warped Tour 07. With an army of new fans supporting them, it looks like the young band will be making the inside of a tour bus their home for the rest of the year. After the Warped Tour concludes in late August, they?ll be joining up with The Almost for a string of dates in early September. October will find them supporting Sire Records recording artist The Spill Canvas with Idiot Pilot on select dates. Meg & Dia recently released their Lex Halaby (Bad Religion, Hoobastank) directed video for the single ?Roses.?

Something Real is out now on Warner Bros Records

w/ The Almost & Josh Moore
Aug 31-Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Sept 2-Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
Sept 3-Portland, ME @ The Station
Sept 4-Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Caf?
Sept 5-Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore at the TLA
Sept 6-Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Sept 7-Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Sept 8-Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sept 9-Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

w/ The Spill Canvas, PlayRadioPlay! & Idiot Pilot
Oct 18-Vancouver, BC @ Croation Cultural Centre
Oct 20-Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
Oct 21-Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
Oct 22-Regina, SK @ The Distrikt
Oct 23-Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick

w/ The Spill Canvas, PlayRadioPlay! & New Atlantic
Oct 24-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

w/ The Spill Canvas, PlayRadioPlay! & Treaty of Paris
Oct 27-Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Oct 28-Chicago, IL @ Metro
Oct 29-Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Nov 1-London, ON @ Call The Office
Nov 3-Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
Nov 6-Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Nov 7-Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Nov 9-New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
Nov 10-Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
Nov 11-Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Nov 12-Cincinatti, OH @ Mad Hatter
Nov 13-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 15-St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Nov 16-Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
Nov 17-Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits

w/ The Spill Canvas, PlayRadioPlay! & New Atlantic
Nov 18-New Orleans, LA @ The Parrish
Nov 20-Austin, TX @ Emo?s Alternative Lounging
Nov 21-Dallas, TX @ The Door
Nov 23-Little Rock, AR @ Juanita?s
Nov 24-Cordova, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
Nov 29-Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Check out their video for Roses by clicking on of the links below:
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Combinations, the second full length from Tyler, Texas pop-rockers, Eisley hits stores tomorrow, August 14th but you can hear it now in its entirety, exclusively on MySpace. Head over to for a first listen.

When listening to Eisley?s new album Combinations, it doesn?t take long to hear why the Tyler, Texas quintet has earned such ardent fans. In the first minute of the album?s opener ? the rock-oriented ?Many Funerals? ? sisters and vocalists Stacy and Sherri DuPree trade lines and harmonize with a beauty unique in modern music, as the guitars and drums carry the song along.

Building on the success of their lauded debut Room Noises, the guitar-driven Combinations is a diverse collection of songs that nevertheless fit comfortably together. The lyrics shift effortlessly from romantic to quirky (?Invasion? even involves an alien takeover), but always keep the listener fixated on the track at hand.

But where Room Noises contained a mix of new songs and re-recorded older tunes, Combinations is the band?s first full-length of all new material. ?It was exhilarating for us to have an opportunity to start from scratch,? Stacy says. ?We were excited to start writing this record and, because of that energy, we wrote a lot of the songs very quickly.? The album was produced by former Oingo Boingo keyboardist Richard Gibbs.

Oasis will release a two disc DVD which documents their 2005 world tour titled ‘Lord Don’t Slow Me Down’ internationally on October 29th. The first disc includes audio commentary from the group plus a Q&A session with Noel Gallagher. Disc two features 16 tracks from their hometown concert in Manchester, England. The band is currently writing for the follow-up to 2005’s ‘Don’t Believe the Truth’.

Chiodos have revealed the tracklisting to Bone Palace Ballet. It is possible that there maybe a few other songs featured on special release editions of the album. No details have been given, but in an interview with AltPress they mentioned titles of a few tracks such as:
Memoirs of a Narcoleptic Mountain Man
A Final Opinion Is Of Less Value Than An Appreciation Of And Tolerance For Obscurity

but currently the official track list is as follows:

01) Is it Progression if a Cannibal Uses a Fork?
02) Lexington. (Joey Pea-Pot with a Monkey Face)
03) Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered
04) A Letter From Janelle
05) I Didn’t Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was a Wizard
06) Teeth The Size of Piano Keys
07) Life is a Perception of Your Own Reality
08) If I Cut My Hair, Hawaii Will Sink
09) Intensity In Ten Cities
10) The Undertaker’s Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)

Album will be in stores on September 4th.

Atreyu have filmed a video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. This next installment of the video series opens Atreyu?s book of guitar-methodology and open highway of creative writing between guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel on Lead Sails Paper Anchor.

Watch the video:
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Drowning Pool?s new album, Full Circle, is now available. The new album features the single ?Soldiers? which is dedicated to the troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to the new album, the band have announced the This Is For The Soldiers tour with The Exies. The trek kicks off in September and a portion every ticket sold will be donated to the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the USO. In November Drowning Pool will head back to Iraq with the USO to play for the troops.

Dates below:

September 3rd Pavilion at Concrete Street ? Corpus Christie, TX
September 5th Harker Heights Event ? Harker Heights, TX
September 7th Palladium Ballroom ? Dallas, TX
September 8th Hemisphere Park ? San Antonio, TX
September 9th Click?s Billiards ? Tyler, TX
September 11th Graham Central Station ? Pharr, TX
September 13th Dos Amigos Bar & Grill ? Odessa, TX
September 14th Scout Bar ? Houston, TX
September 15th Old Kelly?s ? Abilene, TX
September 18th Jaxx ? West Springfield, VA
September 20th Webster Theatre ? Hartford, CT
September 21st Mark?s Place ? Bedford, NH
September 23rd Crocodile Rock ? Allentown, PA
September 24th Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub ? Cambridge, MA
September 27th Polish Picnic Ground ? Dayton, OH
September 28th The Wedge ? Austintown, OH
September 30th Midtown ? Chattanooga, TN
October 2nd Hooligans ? Jacksonville, NC
October 3rd Recher Theatre ? Towson, MD
October 5th The Machine Shop ? Flint, MI
October 7th Sammy T?s ? Huntsville, AL
October 9th Juanita?s ? Little Rock, AR
October 11th Woody?s Bar ? Evansville, IN
October 13th Jakes ? Lubbuck, TX
October 18th House of Blues ? San Diego, CA
October 19th The Whisky ? West Hollywood, CA
November 2nd Flashbacks Dance Club ? Wichita, KS

German industrial metal powerhouses, Rammstein, have announced the release of their new DVD V?lkerball on September 18th. The DVD features performances from France, England, Japan and Russia. Rammstein has a stage show that is unlike any other artist and this DVD captures all the excitement of the live show. Germany’s #1 music export and 2 times Grammy Nominee (Best Metal Performance ’99 and ’05) have racked up combined sales of 14 million albums which puts them amongst the most successful and influential rock acts today.

The DVD will be released in three different packages. The Standard 2 disc DVD/CD package will contain 140 min live video and 75 min live audio. The Special Edition package will also include a documentary on the tour and a behind the scenes look at the “Making of ‘Reise, Reise’.” Finally, the Limited Collectors Edition contains 4 disks packaged in a 190 page book with photos from the tour.

Alternative Press has posted a new song off of Chiodo‘s new and upcoming album Bone Palace Ballet. The new track is titled “Is It Progression If A Cannibal Uses A Fork?”

Click here to listen to the new Chiodos song.

Brian Benoit has left The Dillinger Escape Plan on an indefinite hiatus. Read his farewell below:

Fallen comrade. After more than two years and counting, the hiatus continues. My name is Brian, some know me as Benoit, others don’t know of me at all. To those who have been along the ride with us for a while (thank you), I don’t think I need any kind of introduction, but to those who are asking the question “who the hell is this guy,” I play(ed) guitar for Dillinger dating back to 1998. I suffered a nerve related injury in April of 2005 which has affected the use of my left hand, and has sidelined me from remaining in the starting lineup ever since. Apparently, with the news of Chris’ departure, the questions have been increasing regarding my situation that the rest of the guys felt I needed to give an update personally to provide the answers concerning my condition and whereabouts or lack thereof. So, shall we…

April 28, 2005…Memphis, Tennessee…the Hi Tone. This is the show that will go down in infamy as far as my future with the band, my ability as a guitarist, and the use of my left hand in day-to-day life for years to come…maybe forever. Everything was a-okay through the halfway point of the set…full throttle, balls to the wall, all systems go. A song or two later however, my neck was giving me a sensation like no other I had ever experienced with all the sore neck issues that come with the trade. I didn’t find out until we came home a couple of weeks later (missing all but two of the the shows on the rest of the tour) that I had ruptured a disc in my lower neck, and this was only the tip of the iceberg. We were only about a week into the US tour that included the show above, and as always a good number of the band/crew were sick with the typical ‘colds’ from traveling to different climates and working on little rest. Like clockwork, my cold progressed to bronchitis, which eventually led to pneumonia, and again I didn’t realize the severity until we finally came home from the tour. Well, let this be a lesson to everyone reading this (especially guys in the 30ish range). Since I took so long to finally get treated, my immune system went berserk trying to beat the pneumonia on its own without the help of antibiotics, and it actually started to attack the good stuff as well, in my case my nervous system. This is actually a rare condition, but when it occurs, it happens mostly with men in their late 20s/early 30s. It’s called neuritis, specifically brachial plexus neuritis with me, which is medical terms for in the shoulder blade. There is a network or cluster in the shoulder blade area which connects the nerves from the neck to the nerves which continue down through the shoulder, arm, and hand. So, basically I now suffer from mild nerve damage (non-permanent I’m told by multiple neurologists) which stems from mostly my shoulder blade and upper back on my left side down my arm and into my hand. With the addition of the ruptured disc in my neck, this is not helping the healing factor progress as fast as I’d like, and what was originally supposed to take about 18 months to heal, is now taking 24+. Consequently, I had another nerve related injury in my left elbow that I was dealing with for over a year which I eventually had surgery for a couple months prior to the mess above. Some of you might have witnessed my freak episodes of hand cramping preventing me from playing parts of songs, whole songs, even full sets (sorry) and as luck would have it , this all correlates with one another. I’m still trying to remain positive throughout this whole disheartening ordeal, hoping that one day my situation will improve, but unfortunately for now I still can’t do what I truly love…which is to play an instrument that has been a part of me for a better part of my life, and to perform with my friends…that is the Dillinger Escape Plan. If anyone knows George Lucas, or can resurrect Miles Dyson from Cyberdyne/Skynet to create an artificial hand for me, I would greatly appreciate it…

My time in Dillinger began in the fall of 1998, and ended abruptly in May of 2005. I was the blonde whirlwind, the stage slasher, but most of all a guitar player who was fortunate enough to play with four truly phenomenal musicians, and who is honored to be (once) one-fifth of the Dillinger Escape Plan. I’ve been a part of both Chapter’s 1 and 2 (Dimitri and Greg), but unfortunately Chapter 3 will consist of different pages…pages which now won’t include me. That is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever written. In the past 9 years, the Dillinger Escape Plan has been my life, my every waking moment, and even now with what is keeping me from it, I can’t seem to move on thinking I’m no longer a central part of it…this absolutely kills me everyday. This band has made me who I am, and that might seem like a steaming hot corn dog smothered in mustard, but with what we’ve all gone through to get this far (good and bad), the experiences teach you a lot about yourself and what you can endure and overcome as an individual as well as within a band of brothers. It’s been the most fun a person could ever dream of in a lifetime, and also the largest sacrifice in the same breath, but i would do it all over again if the circumstances permitted. I’ve made friends with some amazing people, played with some amazing bands, and traveled to places I never even thought I’d step foot on let alone perform in. Most of all, I’ve been part of a group of musicians who has defied the odds, pushed the envelop to its limits, has never given up on a conquest, and whose respect and friendship I will always have for each and every member past and present of this band for the rest of my life…my hat’s off to all of you. I will be forever indebted to Ben, whose phone call in late summer of 1998 changed my life…no words can begin to describe the thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this entity and family. My thanks and gratitude goes out to all who has helped us along our journey to get the band where it is today. Obviously, to the fans (old and new) who have expressed their devotion to our music and what we’re trying to accomplish, you’re the reason why it was all well worth it. To those who have raised questions about my current condition and whereabouts, I sincerely appreciate your concern and support. I would like to give a huge thanks to James Love for allowing the band to continue in my absence, making sure that there was no momentum change and that the touring aspect could continue on smoothly. Of course, I wish the band all the success in the world, despite the ‘Curse of John Dillinger.’ Maybe one day I’ll be able to reclaim my thrown, and occupy stage left once again (if the option is open), or to at least recover to the point of being able to perform in the future to some extent on a different avenue. Until then, please welcome Jeff Tuttle who will be taking over for me on a non- or permanent basis. As a buddy once said…switch off goodbye.

-Brian Benoit