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Honest Iago’s album-release party for Straight on ’Til Morning happens Thursday, September 24, at Dream Street. “People can expect a lot of instrument switching with horns and electronics and such,” says singer-guitarist Nick Norton, who recently moved to London. “We’ve spent the past two years writing and recording in three countries and several states, with us sending stuff to each other in San Diego, Irvine, London, Paris, Portland, and Boston. A few times, we actually jammed on Skype.”

Moxy Bullets were about to break up before recording their self-titled debut, due October 2 on Rdub Recordings. “All of us were pretty much over the band,” says singer-guitarist Mark Polydoris, “and Rey [Puente, drums] was already playing in another group.” Recording reinvigorated the hard rockers. “All five of us would pile into the producer’s truck so we could hear how the mix sounded on a car stereo. We’d all fiddle with the EQ and volume and shout things like ‘Needs more bass’ or ‘Turn the treble down on those guitars,’ as if any of us knew what we were talking about.” The release party is October 8 at Canes.

Folksy jazz duo the Turtle Project plan a release party for their EP Songs of Trifle at Lestat’s on October 3. “Rob Deez and Chad Cavanaugh will be performing a comical original song about the Turtle Project,” according to bassist Jim Krooskos, who also plans to have Deez join him for a cover of the Predicates’ song “Taco Bell.”

Cathryn Beeks’s Mood Swings, produced by Jeff Berkley, will be out in mid-October. “I laid down rough versions of around 20 songs I’d written over the past three years,” says Beeks, “and we decided on 12 of those, plus a Paul Simon cover and a few others.”

Also in October, expect an EP from Family Wagon, new albums from the Black Heart Procession and Switchfoot, and a collection of cover songs from Greg Laswell.

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Jay Allen Sanford Sept. 23, 2009 @ 12:48 p.m.

The new album due in October from Celtic/Latin rockers Skelpin - produced with Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Weezer) and featuring Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly – has seen a name change, from The Singing Bird to A Trip To Skye.

Roxy Monoxide launches their album Another Day, Another Episode on Friday, October 9, with a release party at Tio Leo’s.

Ristband (featuring Roxy Monoxide guitarist Dave Gladish) releases their debut 9-song album on November 1, around the same time the Shake Ups launch Lasting Everlasting.

Tape Deck Mountain’s debut full-length Ghost (Lefse Records) is due November 17, this time on actual CDs instead of cassette tapes used for previous EPs.

Also in November, Brenda Xu will release her album A Little Illusion, while The Mayors of SexyTown – actually the teens of the El Capitan High School jazz band – will launch their own self-titled full-length debut.

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