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Last month we reported on the new album from the Palominos. We've just received word that Farm Vegas will join them for a dual CD release show March 7 at the National. Farm Vegas just got back from New York City where its record was mastered by Fred Kavorkian (Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) at Avatar Studio. Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade, which is also working on new material, will join the band on the bill.

The River City will always keep you guessing. It's anyone's guess why local guitar virtuoso, music teacher to the stars and all-around roll-up-your-sleeves-and-do-something-about-it guy Anthony Curtis wants to host a World Jazz Night as a regular live music series. Every Thursday will be an evening featuring a house band and weekly guests, performing music interspersed with poetry readings. The kickoff night March 5 (at a to-be-determined location) will feature homages to John Coltrane, Middle Eastern poetry, the standard “As Time Goes By” and a Curtis original called “Inland Sea,” among other things. Heady stuff, but Curtis plans to offer plenty of context for his edu-tainment. More information about Curtis and World Jazz Night can be found on his Web site:

For more than a decade, Puddleduck jammed all over the Eastern seaboard. Since 2000, band members have gone on to form current acts such as Pennyshaker (guitarist Darren Moxin) and the Former Champions (bassist Dave Watkinson). After eight years apart, the band's announced its first big reunion of 2009, playing a show Feb. 14 at Alley Katz.

Richmond's Aunt Mary Records has spurred some of our local superheroes to join forces for a good cause. All proceeds from “Cause and Effect, Volume 1” benefit Ring Dog Rescue, a nonprofit bully-breed rescue operation based in Virginia. The CD will be released Feb. 20 at Artist Underground CafAc, and the show will feature some of the bands that donated music, including Botox Party, Sana Rouge and El Zombie.

The Sound of Music was shaking at its foundations for a few days as Hex Machine “pummeled hundred-thousand-dollar mics,” says guitarist and vocalist Trevor Thomas, for the capture and reward of its first full-length “Omen Mas,” scheduled for release this month. The group's self-proclaimed “math wrath” fit perfectly on last year's tour with Clutch, and the band hits the road again in March, working its way toward South By Southwest. Thomas has also revived his ambient-experimental project with former Hex Machine (and current Municipal Waste) drummer Dave Witte, dubbed Florist. Municipal Waste singer Tony Foresta has also branched out, joining former members of New Mexican Disaster Squad in '80s-style hardcore act No Friends. — Compiled by Mike Rutz of “Activate!” on 97.3 and Jay Smack of “Studio B” on 102.1


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