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Gin Blossoms, Blessthefall, The Love Me Nots and More Have Big Plans for the Valley

What does a band do if its tour bus hits a deer? Ask Blessthefall, who at least pretend to deal with that situation in the latest dispatch from the Bangover tour, currently selling out shows in Canada. How do we know it's Canada? Just listen for the part where the band goes on and on about finding a Tim Horton's.

The bill includes fellow locals Greeley Estates along with Miss May I and Before Their Eyes. The band comes back to Arizona Thursday, April 29 to play at Tucson's Rialto Theatre with As I Lay Dying and have a European tour slated for this fall, but you can hear new music now on their album, Witness, which is currently available at Target for $7.99 through April 26. Check out a video from their tour below.

See how some other local bands are abusing the Internet after the jump...

Heavy rock/death metal band (SIC)Monic played 910Live this past Friday night, and a full photo slideshow of the concert can be found here, as well as video on You can also win a copy of the band's album simply by commenting on the blog.

Veteran Valley pop rockers Gin Blossoms played an April Fool's Day joke on their Twitter fans by announcing there would be no more concerts by the band...and later came clean and posted their new dates here. There are no Phoenix dates currently, but it looks like the band is heading all over the country. Road trip time!

The band 74th Street just announced new shows, one tonight at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at 7 p.m., and one Sunday, May 2 at Brennan's Sports Bar in Scottsdale. The guys just played Mesa Arts Center last weekend, and you can see some pics from their gig at Sweet Cakes Cafe on their Twitter.

Isle of Essence, whose music is now available for purchase on Amazon, just announced a show Friday, April 16 at 10 p.m. at Martini Ranch.

If you've ever wanted to sing in a band with not four, not five, but 50 members backing you up, the Phoenix Symphony might be your spot. The classical music ensemble is currently auditioning for vocalists.

The Love Me Nots are being played in Houston and Wisconsin, and now local fans can hear the garage rock band on the airwaves, too. An interview with some of the members will be broadcast tomorrow night on KWSS (106.7 FM) at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 8 on the same station at 11 p.m. And if radios are just too old-fashioned for you, you can stream the chat at

Want to know how The Maine keeps their hair so perfect? How they come up with those irresistible hooks? What their biggest on-the-road past time is? The band is currently taking questions for an upcoming Q-and-A video, and you can submit your queries here. Be warned: you're going to have to compete with nearly 400 questions so far.

The Summer Set went to Disneyland, and they got video! Hey, you're never too old.

Stephen & Jess Visit The Mouse
The Summer Set | MySpace Music Videos

Local musician J.D. Stooks announced he was donating his old guitar case to Ear Candy Charity, a local nonprofit geared towards promoting music education in the Valley. If you want to volunteer your time or talents or make a donation yourself, the growing organization is always looking.

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