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News on Wetlands, Billy Talent, Angie Aparo

"Wetlands Preserved," a documentary chronicling celebrated downtown New York rock club the Wetlands Preserve, will make its official debut Sunday (April 23) at a screening at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. The screening will serve as the finale to the inaugural Green Apple Music Festival.

Opened in 1989 and closed prematurely due to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the club is considered by many to have been the birthplace of the modern-day jam band scene. The venue also hosted early New York concerts -- and in some cases the first Gotham shows -- from Rage Against The Machine, Oasis and Pearl Jam.

Directed by Relix Magazine senior editor Dean Budnick, "Wetlands Preserved" explores the club's legend through accounts of musicians, staffers and fans. In addition to the Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Phish and Pearl Jam, the film also features songs from such artists as Ani DiFranco, Sublime, Ben Harper, moe., Robert Randolph and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

-- Wes Orshoski, N.Y.

Canadian rock act Billy Talent will release its next album, "Billy Talent II," June 27 via Atlantic. It's the follow-up to the band's 2003 self-titled debut, which reached No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 97,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Billy Talent will be in England next week for the Give It a Name Festival, which also features performances from My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday. A three-week stint on the Vans Warped Tour will get underway in late July and run through the trek's Aug. 13 finale in Montreal.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

On Tuesday (April 25), singer/songwriter Angie Aparo will self-release his fourth album, "El Primero Del Tres" through his
official and MySpace Web sites. The first disc in a planned trilogy reflecting his views on love and war will also be sold at the artist's tour stops.

"As an artist, the Internet allows me to put out my thoughts in music, video, and poetry in an immediate way," says Aparo, whose song "Cry" was a smash hit in 2002 for Faith Hill. He will open a tour April 27 in Athens, Ga.

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban), "El Primero Del Tres" is the follow-up to Aparo's 2003 disc "For Stars and Moon." The as-yet-untitled second installment is due by the end of the year, with the final disc to follow sometime in 2007.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.