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Midday Update

12:04 PM Thursday 10/2/08 | |

Here's what we have at the halfway mark - New dates for Debauchery, Celine Dion, Peppino D'Agostino and Dame Edna, and links to items about EMI suing MP3tunes, Sirius XM Radio's revised programming, German artist says she's going to smoke Kurt Cobain's ashes, Bettye LaVette's Q&A, Paris Hilton's (shudder) next album and remembering The Clash.

Link-O-Rama …

Judge tells EMI it can sue MP3tunes, but the label cannot sue MP3tunes founder Michael Robertson - CNET

So far, newly merged Sirius XM Radio is offering consumers more choices, but better price options remain cloudy - The Washington Post / Post I.T.

German artist claims she has Kurt Cobain's ashes, and that she plans to roll the remains up in a spliff and smoke it. No word yet as to what she plans on doing with the roach - The Guardian U.K.

Bettye LaVette stays in one place long enough to handle a Q&A - Columbia Tribune

Here's a phrase no one expected to see: "Next Paris Hilton album." But don't worry. There's still plenty of time to head for the bunker - New York Daily News

Why The Clash was the only band that mattered - Telegraph U.K.

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Guitarist Peppino D'Agostino updates today with new gigs for this year and next. Newly posted dates show the artist playing in Easton, Maryland, on October 24 at Coffee East, Berkeley, California, on November 10 at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Piermont, New York, on January 11 at Turning Point and Ferndale, Michigan, on April 18 at 1st United Methodist Church.

There's nothing like some Debauchery to liven up the day. The German death-metal band updates today with new Euro dates. Stops include December 1 in Berlin at Columbiaclub, Helsinki on December 4 at Tavastia - Klubi, Copenhagen on December 9 & 10 at The Rock, Dublin on December 13 at JBs and London on December 16 at The Underworld.

Celine Dion slots February 9 & 10 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City.

And we have some North America dates for Australia's favorite author / television host - Barry Humphries Dame Edna - November 7 - 9 in Austin at the Paramount Theatre, November 14 - 15 in Vancouver at River Rock Casino, November 20 to January 4 in San Francisco at Post St. Theatre and January 8 - 11 in Plam Desert, California, at McCallum Theatre. Other stops include Florida cities Fort Lauderdale (March 10 - 29), Sarasota (April 6 - 7) and Naples (April 10 - 11), and San Diego, California (June 2 - 7).

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Decemberadio, David Ryan Harris, Corey Smith, Duran Duran, Burton Cummings, Adrian Legg, Adnan Sami, KJ-52, Leo Kottke, Loudon Wainwright III, Newsboys, Sevenglory, Roger Hodgson, Western Underground and The Felice Brothers.

That's our story (and we're sticking to it) at the halfway mark, but there's still plenty of raw data sitting on our loading dock. Find out what it all means in Your Latest Update, posting around 3 pm (PDT).

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