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January 8, 2004

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Denver Dalley, guitarist for the local band Desaparecidos, will be at the show to celebrate the release of a new full-length CD by his side band, Statistics.

What started as a hobby has turned into a labor of love for Joe Vavak.

Since 1999, his underground music Web site - - has grown bigger, better and more visible.

The Web site will celebrate its fifth anniversary at a concert Friday at Sokol Underground.

The evening also is a CD release show for the new full-length record by Statistics, the project of Denver Dalley, guitarist for local band Desaparecidos.

"Leave Your Name" is the follow-up to Statistics' self-titled debut EP, a lush electro-pop gem that was released last summer on Jade Tree Records in Wilmington, Del.

"I tried to stay true to the sound established on the EP," said Dalley, who will be on tour through mid-April. "I actually recorded this back in August, so I am excited to get this out there and to work on more things."

Vavak, a 24-year-old photography student at Metropolitan Community College, said he is amazed at how much his site has taken off.

"Back when I first started, I got excited if I got 30 visits a day," he said.

Today, his Web site gets from 750 to 1,000 visitors a day.

It also offers more features, including a message board, product giveaways, MP3 downloads and a calendar of coming concerts.

"We list twice as many shows as a year ago," said Vavak, who estimates he spends about 15 hours a week maintaining the Web site.

Vavak hopes to have an online store up and running sometime this year.

Last month, Vavak and friend Mike Perry created Someday Never Records, which this year expects to put out new material from local bands Roarbot and The Show is the Rainbow.

With a Someday Never Records compilation disc in the works, Vavak is looking forward to a busy year of spreading music to the masses.

"It's part of who I am," Vavak said. "I don't think I could stop."