SOURCE: RockinTown.com

June 14, 2006 06:00 ET

RockinTown.com Turns the Spotlight on Rock Music

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 14, 2006 -- "Rock music has an incredible history," says RockinTown.com managing editor, Ian Lord. "But more importantly, it has a brilliant future." With that in mind, RockinTown.com (www.rockintown.com), an online rock music magazine, announces the launching of a New Music Spotlight on its home page.

"Making people aware of new music, whether it's from an emerging group or an established one, is incredibly difficult," says Lord. "A lot of great music gets left behind." RockinTown's Spotlight is a way to reach rock music fans in a clear, straight-forward manner.

Artists currently in the RockinTown.com Spotlight include the Raconteurs, Taking Back Sunday, Snow Patrol, Wolfmother, Buckcherry, Arctic Monkeys, Misfits, Academy Is and Flyleaf.

"There's no future in the past," says Lord, who worked in the broadcast and music industry for 22 years. "We have to do more to promote new music so rock keeps evolving and continues as a relevant part of the American music scene."

RockinTown.com is known for its annual music polls naming the greatest rock group of all-time (Nirvana), greatest rock album (Nirvana's "Nevermind" though Green Day's "American Idiot" is coming on strong), biographies of over 600 rock acts, rock trivia and daily calendar of significant events in Rock history.

"With all due respect to jazz, rock is truly America's most significant musical contribution," adds Lord. "Rock has brought cultures and races together. It's provided entertainment for generations and yielded enormous economic benefits." Alluding to the British Invasion of the mid-60s and beyond, Lord says, "Rock has even provided well paying jobs for a slew of English kids who might otherwise have spent their life on the dole."

The Spotlight is on RockinTown.com.

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