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DEBUTANTE'S DEBUT: Since their break-up in 1997, all has been quiet on the Urge Overkill front. But the silence will be broken in February 2000, with former Urge frontman/guitarist Nash Kato's Debutante, which will be released on Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's Loosegroove label. The album features guest appearances from guitarists Josh Freese (Guns N' Roses) and Nils St. Cyr.... STRUNG OUT: In his world travels guitarist Darryl Purpose has met many musicians in dire need of the most basic equipment--strings. Along with Kevin Deame, he has started the Second String Project which asks fellow strummers to donate used strings to colleagues who can't afford--or do not have access to--replacement strings. Donations can be sent to Kevin Deame, 28 Ladd Rd., Ellington, CT 06029, and should be labeled either as "sets" or "singles." For the full story, go to the Second String page at www.darrylpurpose.com.... DESERTED OASIS: Band members are dropping like flies from the Oasis camp. First, guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs quit the Brit-pop band after an eight-year tour of duty, and now it has been reported that bassist Paul McGuigan has also jumped ship. At press time, there were no reports of replacements or future plans--a name change to "the Gallagher Brothers," maybe?--but you can watch the drama unfold at www. …