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Local Music News

The Dragons

The August 2 tribute concert to the band's late bassist Steve Rodriguez included a surprise appearance by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, who performed with the Dragons.

Victor Willis

The former Village People singer's unreleased 1979 album Solo Man is finally being released this month on his own Harlem West Music Group label.

Scott Weiland

His band the Wildabouts has cancelled their upcoming UK and European tour, citing "far too many administration and production issues to overcome." Their gig at London's Garage on September 3 will go ahead as planned.

The Shambles

Their song "Wouldn't You Like to Be A Bear?" will appear on the bear-themed 4-disc 40th Anniversary Box Set from German label Bear Family Records, alongside tracks from Ry Cooder, Chip Taylor, Swamp Dogg, the Fuzztones, and around 60 others.

Jewel

Her new album, Picking Up the Pieces, is due in September, along with a memoir called Never Broken published by Random House Penguin.

The Black Heart Procession

Band Joe Plummer (who also drums for the Shins and Modest Mouse) has a new project called Built In Sun featuring Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot) on vocals and Richard Swift on bass, with a self-titled debut album due August 7.

Blink-182

Mark Hoppus, who recently scored the animated short I'm Scared, has revealed to Billboard that the band will be entering the studio in August to record a new album with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in place of departed frontman Tom DeLonge.

Tolan Shaw

He won the Battle for Kaaboo, becoming the first 2015 Discovery Tour Winner and earning a slot on the Emerging Artist Stage at Kaaboo Del Mar (running September 18-20)

Chris Thile

Having already guest-hosted PBS radio show A Prairie Home Companion for show creator Garrison Keillor, Thile will become the permanent host after Keillor completes the next season's episodes.

Jake E. Lee

His band Red Dragon Cartel announced its fifth lead vocalist in the past four months, former Jones Street singer Shawn Crosby, who replaces Chas West (who was preceded by DJ Smith, Michael Beck, and Darren James Smith).

Wavves

No Life For Me, a collaborative album featuring Nathan Williams and Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings recorded at Williams' home, is now available via Williams' own imprint, Ghost Ramp.

A.J. Croce

A 20th anniversary of his album That's Me in the Bar is being reissued this month by Compass Records, with an added bonus track.

Tom DeLonge

DeLonge and author Suzanne Young have teamed up for Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares, the first of a planned trilogy. The novel, due October 6, "explores an unknown world where dreams meet reality and the chasm between the two sometimes disappears," according to a release.

The Rosalyns

Amy Gore from the Gore Gore Girls will fly in from Detroit to play two high profile shows, at Tiki Oasis on August 16 (supporting Chocolate Watchband at the Crowne Plaza Hotel) and Burger A Go Go on September 5 at the Orange County Observatory.

Bill Ray

"After 26 years in San Diego, I'm relocating up to Seattle at the end of September," reports the prolific drummer.

Switchfoot

Their 2006 album Oh! Gravity has been reissued on 180 gram vinyl via SRCVinyl, in editions limited to 1,000 copies on red vinyl and 500 copies on smoke white.

Cathryn Beeks

Her Listen Local showcase at House of Blues wraps September 8, as she prepares to launch a new project called Lunch Ladies, intended to "provide live acoustic entertainment and delicious catered meals for your mid-day events."

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