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Formed: 2000
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ill Nino Announces More Tour Dates

Ill Nino has announced more tour dates to their trek with Otep and Walls Of Jericho.

The tour schedule is now as follows:


Oct 27 2008
Bourbon St.


New Port Richie, Florida

Oct 28 2008
Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia

Oct 30 2008
Ground Zero Spartanburg, South Carolina

Oct 31 2008
Hooligans Jacksonville, North Carolina

Nov 1 2008
Jesters Fayetteville, North Carolina

Nov 2 2008
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey

Nov 4 2008
Blender @ Gramercy Theater New York, New York

Nov 5 2008
Crocodile Rock Allentown, Pennsylvania

Nov 6 2008
Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut

Nov 7 2008
Sonar Baltimore, Maryland

Nov 8 2008
Al Rosa Villa Columbus, Ohio

Nov 9 2008
Hayloft Liquor Stand Mt.


Clemmens, Michigan

Nov 11 2008
Peabodys Cleveland, Ohio

Nov 12 2008
Pearl Room Mokena, Illinois

Nov 14 2008
Pierre’s Ft.


Wayne, Indiana

Nov 15 2008
Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nov 16 2008
Pop’s Sauget, Illinois

Nov,17 2008
Village, Little Rock, Arkansas

Nov 18 2008
Scout Bar Beaumont, Texas

Nov 20 2008
Scout Bar San Antonio, Texas

Nov 21 2008
Scout Bar Houston, Texas

Nov 22 2008
Ridglea Theater Dallas, Texas

Nov 23 2008
Tequila Jungle Lubbock, Texas

Nov 25 2008
Gators Farmington, New Mexico

Nov 26 2008
Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nov 28 2008
Jillians Las Vegas, Nevada

Nov 30 2008
Key Club Los Angeles, California

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Ill Nino And Otep To Tour Together

Ill Nino has lined up a co-headlining tour with Otep which begins next month. Also joining them on the bill will be Walls Of Jericho.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 27 - New Port Richie, FL @ Bourbon St.
October 28 - Atlanta, Georgia @ Masquerade
October 30 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
October 31 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
November 1 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters
November 2 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 4 - New York, NY @ Blender Theater
November 8 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
November 9 - Mt. Clemmens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
November 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
November 12 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
November 14 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
November 15 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
November 16 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
November 18 - Beaumont, TX @ Scout Bar
November 20 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
November 21 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
November 22 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
November 23 - Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
November 25 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
November 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

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Otep To Perform At Democratic Convention

Otep has been confirmed as one of three performers, alongside Fall Out Boy and N*E*R*D for the Rock the Vote Ballot Bash in support of the Democratic party.

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Otep To Headline New West Coast Tour Dates

KOCH Records recording artist OTEP is set to bring its searing live show on the road once again. Headlining new west coast dates on the Circus of Democracy tour to promote "The Ascension," the band’s latest album. OTEP will release a new live DVD in early 2009, which will be filmed on select dates on this leg of the tour.

Otep Shamaya is making a name for herself outside of music, as not only a singer, but also activist, actress, and writer. She has filmed segments for several top-rated TV shows, including HBO’s DEF POETRY, Bravo’s DATE MY EX and most recently TLC’s hit show L.A. Ink.

Shamaya also finds time to be a vocal and committed activist for such causes as Equal Rights, Victims Rights, Darfur, Hurricane Katrina, Myanmar, Rock The Vote, PETA, RAINN, and All Shapes & Sizes.

The confirmed west coast tour dates for OTEP with special guests DROID (Emotional Syphon Recordings) and KOCH Recording artists ANEW REVOLUTION: More...

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Otep Posts "Crooked Spoons" Video Online

Otep have posted the new video to their latest single "Crooked Spoons" online. CHeck it out below.

Band leader Otep Shamaya has spoken about what the song means to her: “The video is an exposition of the American way in all of its beautiful contradictions: sex, violence, solidarity, betrayal, lust, power, religion. I was reading Nietzsche when I was writing the early lyrics for this song, and was captured by his ideas on the world being “the will to power” and how humanity has a natural appetite for destruction. I find this song to be seductive, erotic, dangerous, and provocative. It’s one of my favorites.” More...

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Eyes Set To Kill To Tour w/ The Human Abstract

Arizona's Eyes Set To Kill have announced the dates for their upcoming tour with The Human Abstract and In Fear and Faith. The tour starts June 19th with more dates to be announced shortly.

In the meantime Eyes Set To Kill has checked in with the following tour re-cap following the cancellation of the remaining dates with Otep after singer Otep Shamaya was diagnosed with a throat infection.

"The Otep tour was fantastic. The turn outs were great and the shows were good chance for us to make new fans. We like to thank everyone in the Otep tour for having us out and giving us the chance to connect with their fans," says Eyes Set To Kill drummer Caleb. "We are all very excited to hit the road with Human Abstract in the coming weeks, as they are a great band. This is going to be another great tour and we can't wait to get back out on the road."

Eyes Set To Kill's rise throughout the screamo scene has been nothing short of amazing. The band were crowned MySpace top unsigned act for over ten months before signing to California based BreakSilence for the release of the group's recently released debut full-length "Reach". The album, which debuted at #29 on Billboard's Heatseekers Charts and #77 on Billboard's Independent Music charts, is powered by the dual lead vocal attack of Alexia Rodriguez's melodic vocals and the screams of Brandon Anderson.

Eyes Set To Kill are currently preparing to shoot a video for the track "Darling" in the coming weeks. The group's debut video, "Reach," was directed by Motion Army.

Here are the latest Eyest Set To Kill tour date with The Human Abstract: More...

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Otep Reschedules Shows

Otep namesake and frontwoman Otep Shamaya has checked in with this update:

"This tour has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. To be able to connect with so many people (strangers who know nothing, but understand everything) through ART is an event so profound that there are no words to truly articulate and express the experience.

"Most people know that the band and I give 2,000 percent of ourselves on stage and though the medical professionals have warned me to 'take it easy up there' or I risk serious damage to my throat, it is not something I am aware of while lost in the experience of spiritual intercourse.

"Truth be told, I know only two speeds — ALL or NOTHING. More...

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Eyes Set To Kill Post New Video Online

Female-fronted melodic metalcore band Eyes Set To Kill have released the video for their latest single "Reach" on YouTube (also embedded below, after the jump). The band is currently on tour with the Circus of Democracy tour headlined by Otep and also featuring Anew Revolution and Creature Feature. Here are the remaining tour dates:

Apr 21 West Springfield, MA @ Jaxx
Apr 22 Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
Apr 23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr 25 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
Apr 26 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's
Apr 28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr 29 Gainseville, FL @ Backstage Lounge
May 1 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
May 2 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 3 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
May 4 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
May 9 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
May 10 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
May 13 Reno, NV @ Club Underground
May 16 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 17 Spokane, WA @ The Big Easy Concert Hall
May 18 Boise, ID @ The Big Easy Concert Hall More...

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More Tour Dates Added To Circus Of Democracy Tour

More tour dates have been added to Otep's "Circus of Democracy" tour, which also features Creature Feature and ANew Revolution (ex-Unloco/Slaves on Dope).

Here are the latest "Circus of Democracy" tour dates:

Mar 30 Farmington, NM @ Gator's Bar and Grill
Mar 31 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Outer Rim
Apr 01 Denver, CO @ Cervantes Ballroom
Apr 02 Colorado Spings, CO @ Black Sheep
Apr 04 Minneapolis, MN @ The Rock
Apr 05 Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
Apr 07 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Apr 08 Michigan Center, MI @ Motorhead's Bar & Grill
Apr 10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Apr 11 Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
Apr 12 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Apr 13 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Apr 15 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Apr 18 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Apr 19 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Apr 21 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Apr 23 Atlanta @ The Masquerade
Apr 25 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
Apr 26 Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters
May 01 San Antonio, TX @ scout bar
May 02 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 03 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
May 04 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
May 09 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillians
May 10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey
May 13 Reno, NV @ Club Underground
May 16 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 17 Spokane, WA @ The Big Easy Concert Hall
May 18 Boise, ID @ The Big Easy Concert Hall

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Otep To Headline The Circus Of Democracy Tour

As previously reported, KOCH Records recording artist OTEP is set to hit the road, headlining a new tour to promote its latest album, "The Ascension." The Circus of Democracy Tour will be presented by Hot Topic and will also feature Creature Feature, Eyes Set To Kill and KOCH recording artist Anew Revolution.

About naming the tour The Circus of Democracy, frontwoman Otep Shamaya states, “This is one of those amazingly emotional and inspirational seasons that comes rarely (even once) in a lifetime. It can disappear as quickly as it came if we do not reach out (with both hands) and grab it. Our nation is trapped in 2 wars, our economy is slowly sliding into recession, gas prices are obscenely high, the environment is in chaos, the working class is losing ground, our healthcare system is in shambles, but now we, as citizens, have the opportunity to be involved in a life saving effort for our nation. Never before have there been so many people inspired to take ownership of their country. We've seen what happens when citizens do nothing; elections can be stolen, wars can be launched, & oligarchs can swell their pockets with our national treasures. So as part of our mission to help provoke people into action, I've named the tour The Circus of Democracy. We want people informed, inspired, and involved and to remind them they have the power to change the course of history. All around us the energy is swelling. It feels like we are on the verge of a new American Revolution, only this time waged with thought and spirit rather than guns and cannons.”

The band’s new single, “Perfectly Flawed,” will impact at Active/Modern Rock Radio on April 8th. In addition, the new video for the song “Confrontation” debuted on MTV2’s Headbangers’ Ball last weekend.

On May 6th, 2008 ITunes will be releasing two tracks that were previously only available on special versions of "The Ascension." The tracks are “Special Pets” and “Perfectly Flawed.”

To date, OTEP has sold over 400,000 units, and continues its success with "The Ascension."

The confirmed tour dates for The Circus Of Democracy Tour are as follows: More...

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Otep Announce New American Tour Dates

California's OTEP have announced the following tour dates:

Mar. 30 - Farmington, NM - Gator's
Mar. 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Outer Rim
Apr. 01 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom
Apr. 02 - Colorado Spings, CO - Black Sheep
Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - The Rock
Apr. 05 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb
Apr. 07 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Apr. 08 - Michigan Center, MI - Motorhead's Bar + Grill
Apr. 10 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Apr. 11 - Columbus, OH - Al Rose Villa
Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Apr. 13 - Toronto, ONT - The Opera House
Apr. 18 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 21 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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New Otep Video Posted Online

"Confrontation", the new video from OTEP, can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's new album, "The_Ascension", which sold 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in November to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE), "The_Ascension" sees the band challenging itself to avoid clichés and classifications and finding a new landscape of sound and vision. "We said 'genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explained Shamaya. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make." More...

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Otep Shamaya Attacks The Grammy’s, Saudi Arabia

Otep Shamaya’s newest installment in her weekly blog on NONELOUDER brings with it more than entertaining twists of the mind and plays on words as you can note in her last post. This time around, she attacks head on The Grammy’s, Saudi Arabia and much more. Otep Shamaya has a weekly blog that can be viewed at www.NONELOUDER.com, a social network promoting all aspects of heavy music.

Read the full article at NoneLouder.com.

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WSOU 60th Anniversary Celebration Concert Details

A 60th anniversary "celebration" for Seton Hall University radio station WSOU will be held at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on April 18th. Doors open at 6pm and admission is $25. Bands scheduled to perform include Shadows Fall, Unearth, Otep, A Life Once Lost, Bloodsimple, and Five Finger Death Punch.

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Korn Reveal Munky's Replacement On European Tour

According to HardDrive Radio, Rob Patterson — former OTEP guitarist who was in the back-up band for KORN's Family Values Tour in 2006 — is replacing KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer on the band's current European trek.

Shaffer left the tour for "personal and family reasons," according to a statement posted by the band at its official web site. Singer Jonathan Davis said, "We fully support Munky's need to be home right now and because we want to come through for all of our European fans, the tour will go on. It's what Munky wants us to do, too. We promise to give it our all every night!"

In a MySpace bulletin, Munky stated about his decision to leave the tour, "If you want to better understand my departure, then listen to the words in the song 'Watching the Wheels' by John Lennon."

Although his departure is not seen as permanent, Shaffer is the third original member of KORN to exit in the last three years. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch left in early 2005, while drummer David Silveria went on "temporary hiatus" in late 2006 and has yet to return.

Shaffer posted an update online just a few days ago, saying that he had a "big surprise announcement coming very, very soon" about his future plans.

KORN's current touring lineup includes guitarist Shane Gibson and ex-ARMY OF ANYONE drummer Ray Luzier, in addition to remaining original members Davis and bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu.

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Otep Singer Faces Possible Surgery

OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya has issued the following update:

"So here it is. All summed up. Another tour winding down. Minds changed, lives saved. New album infecting the souls of the initiates. Drip by drip / creating stellar stalagmites for the futurists to ponder and study in awe. In our world of performance, all of life's intensitie can be celebrated and all of life's repressions can be abated. Here we recreate all the myths, legends, religions, archetypes, and moralities that have failed us from their cultural sources.

"It's liberating beyond explanation. it must be experienced to be truly realized.

"In performance, we can reinforce our connections, reinstitute the old gods, and repair the wounds and reap the joy of existing. Through art. Through music. In ritual, we celebrate the sexual, intellectual, and spiritual freedom our spirits hunger for.

"I recently found out that I have a polyp on my left vocal cord. Although terrifying, this is quite common for singers and speakers in all genres. I've had several follow ups with the doc and it's been determined that the swelling in the cords and the size of the polyp had reduced and the prospects for recovery look good. The doc has ordered me to a strict regimen of a variety of meds AND complete silence between shows. This silence thing is very difficult for me as I am quite loquacious BUT it was either that OR drop off the tour. I didn't want to do that and let anyone down, so here I am. However, the doctor has informed me that if the polyp doesn't reduce significantly then surgery might be necessary. This uncomfortable news has given new meaning and purpose to the 'silent treatment.' But I'd rather suffer through silence (and writing bad puns) than have a surgeon slicing puffy membranes off my vocal cords.

"So I want to thank everyone for understanding how hard and how serious this is for me. And also thank you for understanding if I don't speak to anyone after a show or don't respond to you verbally. I wish this wasn't happening. But it is. So be it."

"The 'Breed' video is doing very well and i want to thank you guys for all of your kind words and support. we have another video for 'Confrontation' that will be released sometime after the new year. it's a stylized representation of the song but we will also have a few other surprises pertaining to different versions of the video - but all that will be revealed next month.

"'Special Pets' is one of my FAVORITE songs and will be included on future tours and in future performances. This song is ONLY available via the Best Buy version of the album. The trick is — you have to buy the album in store. It is NOT included in the online version. Sooooooo, if you want 'Special Pets' — go to Best Buy and buy it there. We also included another track called 'Necessary Accessories' (another fave of mine) that tells a multi-layered story of trust, betrayal, and revenge and takes a swipe at the credit scams and judging system that fail the people its supposed to protect.

"I never thought I'd be here, at this place in my life, with the opportunities that I have. Without art, I could've easily fallen into many addictions (sexual, narcotic, psychopathic) or I could have just given up and succumbed to the criminal elements that surrounded me. (I think a lot of you can relate.) But thanks to my muses, to our supporters, my family and friends... this is (to quote Jim Morrison) 'the strangest life I have ever known'... and I love it."

OTEP has set up a new web site in addition to its official site. ThisIsOtep.tv will enable fans to enjoy live web video chats with Otep Shamaya as well as a chat room for fans to directly communicate with the band.

The first live chat is scheduled for today (Monday, December 3) at 8:00 p.m. EST. Otep will ask fans trivia questions about the group's video for the NIRVANA cover "Breed". Every question is going to require users to watch the video numerous times to find the answer which is hidden within the video. Fans will be rewarded with prizes such as copies of the band's new album "The_Ascension", stickers, posters, and other merchandise. Otep will regularly visit this site to conduct impromptu video chats after the "Breed" promotion on Monday. Fans will learn of Otep's visits to the Otep TV site via MySpace bulletins and email alerts.

OTEP's new album, "The_Ascension", sold 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Dave Fortman (MUDVAYNE, EVANESCENCE), "The_Ascension" sees the band challenging itself to avoid clichés and classifications and finding a new landscape of sound and vision. "We said 'genre limits and music fads be damned, let's write music that is important to us and that motivates us," explained Shamaya. "I wanted to write songs we believe in and let nothing stop us from building the album we want to make."

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Otep To Take Part In Online Chat

Southern California's OTEP has set up a new web site in addition to its official site. ThisIsOtep.tv will enable fans to enjoy live web video chats with vocalist Otep Shamaya as well as a chat room for fans to directly communicate with the band.

The first live chat is scheduled for Monday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Otep will ask fans trivia questions about the group's video for the NIRVANA cover "Breed". Every question is going to require users to watch the video numerous times to find the answer which is hidden within the video. Fans will be rewarded with prizes such as copies of the band's new album "The_Ascension", stickers, posters, and other merchandise. Otep will regularly visit this site to conduct impromptu video chats after the "Breed" promotion on Monday. Fans will learn of Otep's visits to the Otep TV site via MySpace bulletins and email alerts. More...

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Otep Frontwoman Speaks On Being A Lesbian

Larry Nichols of Philadelphia Gay News recently conducted an interview with OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya.

"There's an old saying that labels are for soup cans," Shamaya said about the band's supposed association with nu-metal. "We're more of a fusion band. That's one of the things I wanted to accomplish when I started the band, to invite people that had many different styles and inspirations and wanted to make really aggressive emotional music. That included having inspirations from everything from punk to grunge to hip-hop to metal to spoken word poetry. Perhaps that's how we avoided it. It was the wrong category for us."

She continued, "There's a lot of metal traditionalists out there that don't consider us metal and that's fine. I don't really consider us metal either."

While there are more women in the metal scene today, openly gay practitioners of metal are few and far between. Shamaya said that being a lesbian hasn't been much of as issue in her career.

"The fact that I like girls doesn't seem to have an effect on anything," she said. "The fact that I find women beautiful doesn't have anything to do with the quality of our work or our songs. I think it would be more of an issue if I was a guy. One of the biggest stereotypes of people who are interested in same-gender relationships is that [people think] I can't find men attractive, which is absolutely false. I just don't have a sexual interest in them. The way our culture views the distinction between a gay man and a gay woman — that would be a bigger issue. I don't think it really matters in the end. Most people don't pay attention to the fact that I like girls. Why would they? I'm not trying to convert anyone. I'm not trying to give them 'the gay.' I'm just up here writing songs."

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Otep Cancel Ventura Show

OTEP has issued the following statement:

"Due to a serious medical condition, OTEP must regretfully cancel their part in the [November 16] Ventura, CA show [on Balls Volume Strength Tour with HELLYEAH and BLOODSIMPLE]. OTEP plans to resume the tour in Vegas at the House of Blues on Saturday, November 17th. The band offers their sincere apologies but it's something that just can't be avoided."

OTEP has scheduled the following headlining shows during the "off" days on Balls Volume Strength Tour:

Nov. 18 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Nov. 30 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Dec. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Dec. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon

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Otep Announce Headlining Dates

OTEP has scheduled the following headlining shows during the "off" days on the band's current Balls Volume Strength Tour with HELLYEAH and BLOODSIMPLE:

Nov. 18 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Nov. 30 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
Dec. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Dec. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Dec. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon More...

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