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In 1995 I moved back to my hometown of Milwaukee with a group of college friends to start a band. We called ourselves The Virgins. Over the next five years this name would prove to be somewhat prescient. We played hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest, recorded one six-song cassette and two CDs, and made a lot of naive assumptions.
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Rust Records To Release Lareau Debut "Changes"

Rust Records, an independent label out of Cleveland, Ohio, has released Changes (Changes), the debut recording from Lareau. The band, led by singer/songwriter Larry Lareau, combines the earthy textures of Ben Folds Five and Three Doors Down with the poetic imagery of Ben Harper. Lareau is joined in the band by multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Darrin Payne, guitarists Pete Gool, Chris Saxton, bassist Tim Reed and keyboardist Anthony Brown.

When six people click and take part in the development of a sound, explains Lareau, "it's a spiritually transcendent event. I just could not produce the flavors and complexity of sounds, ideas and songs on my own that this band created when we worked together unselfishly."

Rust President Ken Cooper adds, "I looked at our label's roster and realized we had some great rock and country music talent, but were missing something in between. This band fulfills that need."

Right from the outset Lareau decided that they wanted to make music with a focus on quality. If you were to judge them by their recording Changes, you would have to agree that they succeeded. The band believes in tradition, craftsmanship, and above all, delivering a package that speaks to its audience.

Larry was influenced heavily the Beatles, Moody Blues, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Hall & Oates. When you listen to Changes, from start to finish, you can hear how it infuses their approach and sound. Darrin Payne (drums, percussion, keys, supporting vocals), Chris Saxton (guitar), Pete Gool (guitar), Anthony Brown (keyboards), and Tim Reed (bass), are Lareau's supporting cast for the recording. It becomes evident rather quickly while listening to their music that the fairies visited the studio and sprinkled some dust around before they arrived because the chemistry and magic are all present during this session.

Changes is the kind of music you would expect to hear on the radio five times a day, blaring out of your next door neighbor's window on a hot summer day, the kind of rockin' fun that your hear driving by every night because they have their windows rolled down all the way and the music is blaring full blast. This is the chicken soup for the music soul kind of music, its good for what ails you.

Rust is a Universal Music Group imprint. Lareau will be worked out of the Adult Alternative division of the Rust Nashville offices in Tennessee. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

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MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


Toshi Reagon to Present Fanny with ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award On April 20
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