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Sonnet was born in Athens, Greece, and growing up was always involved in music. Her family hopped around the world finally settling in LA where she did most of her growing up. She is perhaps best known for her work with Lagoon, who used her song “You’re So Good For Me” in their recent advertising campaign. She has an album coming out later in 2009, and she’ll make a stop in the End Zone on 101.9 The End on Thursday, July 2nd. If you want to attend, text ENDZONE to 62582 with your full name.

Feedback was a little split for this song. Casey called in and said she had a “good voice, but it was a little bubble gum,” futher stating that she might want to stick with show tunes. Shawn said he “thought the bride was annoying,” but that “she’s got a really great voice.”

You can download the full song on Lagoon’s website at lagoonpark.com. Catch up with Sonnet on her MySpace page, Facebook, Twitter and her official website.

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I make no secret of my love for Alice In Chains. Growing up in Washington, outside of Tacoma, I was in the thick of it as the world discovered the music of Seattle. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden all shaped the sound of the 90s, but it is Alice In Chains whose influence is the most apparent some 15 years later. Listen to any rock radio station and you’ll hear more bands that sound like poor carbon copies of Alice In Chains than any other single band of that era.

It has been more than seven years since Layne Staley, former lead singer of Alice In Chains, passed away. It’s been twice that long since the world received a new studio album from the band. That changes later this year as Alice In Chains, with new singer William DuVall, is set to release Black Gives Way To Blue on September 29th.

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Having proclaimed the Death of Auto-tune recently, Jay-Z now backs it up with a video (after the jump). It’s a pretty nice clip with Hova rubbing elbows with Harvey Keitel and shooting hoops with LeBron James. I’ve made it no secret that I really dig this song, and the video isn’t hurting my stance.

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Spoon first came into my conciousness with their 2005 album Gimme Fiction. They also released Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga in 2007 and have several albums before these two. Tomorrow they release their new single, “Got Nuffin.” And July 9-11 they’ll do a 3-night residency at Stubb’s in their hometown of Austin, Texas.

Rection to this song was fairly vanilla, with most people not caring too much either way. Britney (aka D-Town) called up and said the song was “a musical explosion of tastey.” Not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds positive. Mike was the only texter to put his name down and he said he didn’t like it at all and that we should “bag it!”

For more on Spoon, visit their official website. You can also find the band on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter (not sure if this account is official).

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Chris Cornell’s first album after leaving Audioslave found him doing a lot of stripped down acoustic songs. Included on the album was a haunting cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” today’s NMS. Though the song is a couple years old, I felt it was apropos of the moment with Jackson’s passing yesterday. I don’t imagine Cornell viewed his version as a future eulogy for the King of Pop, but I can’t think of a better Jackson cover to serve that purpose.

For more on the passing of Jackson, head to 1019theend.com.

For more on Cornell, head to his MySpace page, Facebook, Twitter and official website.

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From TMZ.com, the source that first broke the news of Jackson’s death (whether corporate news credits them or not) comes the audio of the 911 call when Jackson first went into cardiac arrest.

Here’s the audio:

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Lisa Marie Presley posted a blog on her MySpace page about her relationship with Jacko that is, simply put, eye-opening and jaw-dropping in its honesty and sincerity. It begins like this:

Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

I can’t recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, “I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.”

I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.

14 years later   I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.

This is a must read. Please read the whole thing.

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I featured White Rabbits on the NMS back in May, and brought the song back today because the band is performing tonight at Urban Lounge. The group is a six-piece based in NYC and their song “Percussion Gun” is starting to make some waves. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jamie Levinson, one of the drummers in the band, and you can hear the interview after the jump.

Response to this was pretty positive. Scott said they weren’t bad, and that he was going to look into their other musice. Several anonymous texters responded, one saying “That new song was bitchin’.” There weren’t any negative responses at all for White Rabbits, it was a clean sweep.

Take the jump to hear the complete interview with Levinson and to watch the video for “Percussion Gun.”

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It started early this afternoon with reports that Jacko had been admitted to a hospital having suffered cardiac arrest. TMZ later reported that the King of Pop had died. LA Times corraborated that report and now all major news sources are reporting the death.

Celebrity deaths don’t affect me. I’m not sobbing over Jackson’s death, or Farrah Fawcett’s for that matter. But they are no less sad. Both of these celebrities had amazing impacts on our culture, for better or worse, and their loss is felt in their death.

My thoughts go out to both families.

From 1019theend.com:

Multiple sources confirm that The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died today after suffering from cardiac arrest, at the age of 50. 
 
According to reports, paramedics were called to his home around 12:30pm PT.  EMT’s say they performed CPR and that Jackson was unresponsive while being rushed to UCLA Medical center.

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Incubus, and the band that has been opening for them on their current tour, the Duke Spirit, want to send you to Outside Lands, a music and arts festival in San Francisco. The festival is August 28-30 and the lineup features Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse and many more.

Head over to enjoyincubus.com for details.

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