Greetings friends, Well sadly we had to cancel our radio appearance on KWMR last week due to getting bitten by the sick bug - this cold has been a brutal one, so here's hoping you all stay healthy! Besides all the good stuff happening this month (live on KALX Fri. 2/16, CD release show 2/24) there's some fun stuff happening in March, too! On March 9th it's a double whammy at the Koi Pond, featuring the last Widows performance for quite some time (to refresh your memory, we're the all female trucker's widows supergroup!) - AND - the first Ramona the Pest show in quite some time - you won't want to miss this one! In other news, VE + El Mirage were recently featured on the Roots Rock Radio Podcast #88, along with music by lots of other fine indedependent roots artists. You can listen to it right now, by going here: Pretend to Believe has recently received a couple of nice reviews in faraway places - look for us at and also at We don't know what they said, but we're pretty sure they liked it... ... and if you can accurately translate for us, we'll gladly send you your very own copy of the new CD! And lastly, the links page here at staggeringsiren has been freshly updated - give it a look and check out the many great bands and artists. Til we meet again, stay dry and take that vitamin C!

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