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The NYC Bar hosts an "Unplugged" show every Tuesday night, according to Kevin Fitz, who handles the booking of talent. Interested musicians can contact Fitz at 520-629-8355 to schedule a time slot. Among the local musicians who have performed include Alana Swindler from Propaganda Child, Frank Lloyd Vinyl and Funky Bonz.

Cand/destine, a Phoenix based Native American ensemble which fuses Native American influences with rock, has signed a recording contract with locally based Canyon Records. Cand/estine leader, David Montour is also an accomplished sculptor who was commissioned to scuplt the chair Pope John Paul II sat upon during his visit to the Native American community in 1987. Look for an upcoing cd from the band as well as live dates around town.

Those Tucson bands designated to showcase at the SXSW conference in Austin, TX are Maryanne, Giant Sand, Friends of Dean Martinez, The Drakes, Paula Jean Brown, Dan Stuart and Alana Swidler.

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Rock News

Chris Isaak completed shooting the video for "Graduation Day" from the album "Forever Blue" with actress Lauren Holly. The number is the third single off the gold selling album

Comedian/singer/actor Adam Sandler's album, "What the Hell Happened to Me?" is out on Warner Brothers Records and features "The Chanukah Song" as well as 13 new comedy sketches. In addition, Sandler's second major motion picture, "Happy Gilmore," was released last month as well.

Joni Mitchell journeyed to Stockholm to receive the Polar Music Prize for 1996 for "significant achievement in music" from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The award was presented by His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. Mitchell shared the award with French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. Both received one million Swedish crowns, or $150,000.

"Board Aid," a day long snowboarding event to benefit LIFEbeat and heighten awareness of AIDS (with teenagers as the target audience) was held in Snow Summit Ski Resort on Big Bear Mountain early in March. Participating artists included Anthrax, Megadeth, Electric Love Hogs, Ugly Kid Joe's Whitfield Crane, and the Gin Blossom's Robin Wilson. A pre-event concert held at he Hollywood Palace showcased Lucy's Fur Coat, 311, Overwhelming Colorfast, Battery Club and Blood of Abraham.

Love and Rockets' new LP, "Sweet F.A." is set for release April 9th. Their first headlining club tour since 1989, kicked off in Palo Alto, CA with a stop at Club Rio on March 24th.

Ministry is currently on tour through May promoting their sixth album, "Filth Pig," on Warner Brothers Records.

After founding member Mark Olson left the Jayhawks last November, the future of the band was in doubt. Olson has decided to remain with the band and will begin recording their next album this month. Gary Louris said that the name of theband will be changed, "as we owe it to our fans and Mark to move on."

I.C.U. (Intensive Care Unit) are slated to tour through late April in suport of their newest called "O No No O Zone" on Radical Records.

Fireside, a promising Swedish hard rock group, has been signed to American recordings. "Fireside comes from an extremely healthy Sweish rock scene, especially the straight-edged punk scene in the north," said Johan Kugelberg. "What's so exciting abut Fireside is that they're such young kids, just 19 or 21 years of age, but they sound like they've been together for 10 years. They're very, very tight."

"Loreena McKennitt's: No Journey's End" is a half-hour documentary being aired on public television. The program tracks McKennitt's spiritual, cultural and musical inspirations.

Highly regarded by his buddies in the Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and the Foo Fighters, Wesley Wellis has inked a deal with American Recordings. His debut as a solo artist with "Feel the Power" is expected to be released early this summer. His contrac t with the company gives him liberal creative license, saying if he chooses to switch from solo to recording with his band, Fiasco, that's fine. "We don't want to push him," noted American's Dino Paredes. "We want him to work at his own pace. He's an artist with a vision who makes music for a good reason -- because he loves to do it. And that's what we care about."

Ruth Ruth's Chris Kennedy has an admitted penchant for horror flicks, which he enthusiastically collects, numbering somewhere over 300.

Expect Pete Droge's second album to appear this summer. After persistent touring,he has chosen a permanent band called Pete Droge and the Sinners. The line-up includes guitarist Peter Stroud, bassist Dave Hull, drummer Dan McCarroll and singer/percussionist Elaine Summers.

"Sing Monkey Sing" is Raging Slab's new release, due out in late spring. A European tour will follow.

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Industry News


The 4th Independent Label Festival will be held July 26 & 27 at Columbia College and supporting nightclubs. The conference provides an educational and networking opportunity for those intersted in the music industry. Bands and indie labels wishing to can senf for information at ILF, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.

Departures and Arrivals at American Recordings. Departures: Melissa Dragich, the National Director of Media Relations is leaving to join the staff of Epic Records. Jennifer Murrillo, assistant to Rick Rubin, is departing for Maverick. Commented Rubin, "I will miss them very much, but wish both nothing but love, magic and high adventure." Arrivals: Jean MacDonald is part of the American Recordings Media Relations Department as Senior Manager, while Steven Cohen is Manager of Media Relations. Congratulations to all in your new journeys.

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Raffi, known as one of the world's premier children's performers, was nominated as a contender for the "Best Children's Album" with the album "Raffi Radio" in the 25th Annual Juno Awards sponsored by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Observed Raffi, "The best way of investing in chilldren so they may be healthy, loving adults is to give them in their younger years what they need -- the chance to dream."

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