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Bad news for The Gepetto File and a call for help. This just in from manager Frank Cass:

"I am saddened to inform you that The Gepetto File had the majority of their equipment stolen from their practice space. If anyone knows or sees anything please contact me or the Richmond Police Dept. Thank you so much for your support over the years, and hopefully we can get up and running in no time at all." For a list of equipment, visit www.thegepettofile.com or www.myspace.com/thegepettofile.

We were also informed of a break-in at Sorvino's Pro Rehearsal Spaces, which affects many Richmond bands. There is a reward for information leading to the stolen gear.

If you've worn out your copy of the five-song EP by local cow-punks Mason Dixon Disaster, get ready for the self-released full-length. You can get your copy of "Two Doubles" at a show on their whiskey-fueled summer tour.

Experimental aural assassins Silver Ninjas will "Attack" your ears with their new CD by the same name, released locally on CNP Records.

Concice Records mainstay Swordplay follows up its debut EP with a full-length called "Cellars and Attics." The 13 hip-hop tracks were produced by Swordplay, engineered by Chuck Hall of Ill Dialects, and feature appearances by Homemade Knives, Murk One, and Martinnealreamy. Swordplay's Possibly Homeless Tour comes home for a CD release show June 10 at The Camel.

Summer is festival time, and Alley Katz has two. The No Way Records fest, June 23-24, features bands affiliated with this local punk label, including Cloak/Dagger, Government Warning, Wasted Time and Direct Control. If you insist on learning something even at a show, check out the Richmond C.L.I.T. fest, June 29-July 1. Short for "Combating Latent Inequality Together," this fest aims to stimulate conversation between people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and genders to encourage an awareness of the many levels of privilege and oppression. There will be workshops and DIY bands from across the country.

Since 1984, Rockitz has been networking for Richmond musicians. Now it will book the new Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall at 623 E. Main St. Interested bands can e-mail booking@capitalalehouse.com. They are promoting June 30 at the Capital Ale House as the Rockitz "Back to the Future" Reunion, with bands from the 1984-1987 period, plus original videos and photographs.

Compiled by Mike Rutz of "Activate" on 97.3 and Jay Smack of "Studio B" on 102.1.

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