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Ring in the New Year--Ace Fu Style!

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Ring in the New Year--Ace Fu Style!
It's true, kids! Ace Fu's very own An Albatross and Man Man will be rocking in the new year by playing their hearts out to their respective fans, and you--yes, YOU--are invited to come celebrate!

Dec. 31, 8pm - Cafe Metropolis (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
w/The Swims & DJ's Brothers Gieda & Drew M.
Cost: $10

Dec. 31, 11:45pm - Transit (600 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA)
Cost: ???

URGENT: Former Jawbox Frontman J Robbins Needs Our Help

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URGENT: Former Jawbox Frontman J Robbins Needs Our Help
Legendary indie rock guitarist and producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Channels, Government Issue) and his wife Janet have recently met with what can only be described as a parent's worst nightmare. Their 8 month old son Callum has been diagnosed with with a genetic motor neuron disease called Type 1 SMA, or Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The facts are brutal: SMA kills kids. The disease affects the brain's ability to communicate with the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, breathing, and swallowing. Type 1 SMA is usually fatal; most Type 1 babies will die before their second birthday. Those infants who survive into childhood are in for a long road of occupational therapy, wheelchairs, and assistive devices. Despite years of work on its treatment and "ongoing promising research," it has no cure.

J., Janet, and Cal live every day with this disease hanging over their heads, and the path before them is extremely expensive and consuming of their former "normal lives." Cal will never be able to walk. Once he is old enough to require a wheelchair, he will be wheelchair-bound for life, which likely also means at some point he'll need surgery to correct for scoliosis.

It is an understatement to call this a heartbreaking situation. It also stands to be an unbelievably expensive one, especially for a household where the only wage-earner is a self-employed indie recording engineer. It remains unclear just how helpful J.'s single-payer insurance will be.

Please join us helping J. and his family in this trying time. After all the wonderful music he has brought into our lives. It's the least we can do to give something back.

>Read more about Cal's condition, and donate here.

Annuals LIVE on KEXP!

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Annuals are playing a live in-studio on KEXP Sunday December 10th, If you are one of the poor unfortunate souls who hasn't gotten to see them live yet, tune in to this to see what you're in for. An alltogether different beast from Be He Me Guitars rage and crash, drums duke it out in a triple threat battle, Mike dances really funny, and Anna is so pretty you can see it on the radio!
Click here for Annuals (after Sunday) and more live performances on KEXP.

Devotchka nominated for a GRAMMY!!!

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Yeah, thats what I said... keep binking, it's still there.
You read it right.

They're nominated for their excellent work with Mychael Danna on the soundtrack to 2006's Little Miss Sunshine with Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear. Which they composed the majority of. Lets hope they take it all the way and become the first (but maybe not the last) Grammy-award winning Ace Fu band.

God, I like the sound of that...
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