Local-Ish News Round-up: Kristeen Young off Morrissey tour, Story of the Year signs with Epitaph, BRMC produces Cold War Direction, Free Bunnygrunt MP3

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*Affton native Kristeen Young was summarily dismissed from Morrissey's U.S. tour, allegedly due to remarks she made onstage at a recent show. The offending comment? "By the way, Morrissey gives great head, er, I mean cunnilingus." (Read her statement here, chatter here.)

*Screamo rockers Story of the Year has signed with Epitaph Records, home of Bad Religion, Motion City Soundtrack and Rancid, among others. The quintet is working with producer Elvis Baskette and also with John Feldmann, who produced 2003's breakthrough, Page Avenue. Expect the disc next spring.

*According to a MySpace bulletin, the Cold War Direction's debut EP will be produced by Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Also, Troubadour Dali's Ben Hinn and the Hibernauts' Jack Stevens are the band's new drummers. Yes, plural. A name change might also be in the works.

*Courtesy of Mike A.: Snag a free Bunnygrunt MP3, in honor of the band's New England Popfest! appearance. Link here, along with a bunch of other bands that have played St. Louis in recent years.

-- Annie Zaleski

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