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If Hot Lava owns you (as its Web site suggests), then you'll be having the best August ever. Richmond's favorite garage-pop outfit is set to release two split 7-inches that month, one with Roanoke indie-pop quartet the Sad Cobras and the other with Baltimore's experimental art-pop duo Video Hippos. The split with the Sad Cobras will contain two new songs, “Lady Postman” and “The Auctioneer,” and the other will feature collaboration with Japanese electronic artist Plamo.

Throttlerod has decided that three is its lucky number — three lineup changes, three members in the pared-down version of the band, and now a third album for Small Stone Records. As with the band's last two records, “Pig Charmer” was recorded and mixed by Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, the Blue Man Group), who has also agreed to join the band on bass. Throttlerod's metallic, muscular rock has been showcased on MTV's Nitro Circus and it will play a host of East Coast dates this summer in preparation for the album's August release.

Although Amazing Ghost started off as a solo project for Bio Ritmo bassist Eddie Prendergast, he needed help pulling off his electro concoctions in the live setting. So, Bio Ritmo bandmates Toby Whitaker, Bob Miller and Giustino Riccio, and friend Matt White of Fight the Big Bull and the Great White Jenkins, were recruited. Prendergast returned one favor by contributing to the new record in progress by the Great White Jenkins.

No Way Records is psyched about the third installment of its No Way Fest. The homegrown punk fest will rage June 19-21, with headline performances by one of the original hardcore punk bands, Indianapolis, Ind.'s Zero Boys, on Saturday and Sunday at Alley Katz. Local acts include usual suspects Cloak/Dagger, Wasted Time, Bad Advice, Direct Control and Government Warning. Copies of the Ladies' new 7-inch “Hole Sailor” and Government Warning's new LP “Paranoid Mess” will be available. Read the full story on No Way Fest 3 next week.

Just in time for road trips and back porch boozin', roots rockers Exebelle and Rusted Cavalcade have finished up a new EP entitled “C.A.F.” Although it'll be released in early July, the songs will be played live June 12 at the Camel, along with a performance by Richmond bluegrass band Jackass Flats.

Before the new full-length by El Zombie comes out in the fall, the band will release a split 7-inch with Cut the Architect's Hand, temporarily fulfilling your hunger for metal epicness. The record release is June 27 at Wonderland.

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