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    Confrontational British Punks, Gallows

    The five mad young men in Gallows have beef with Mickey Mouse. "He hates us," says wiry, heavily tattooed lead snarler Frank Carter, 25, speaking on the phone from the home he shares with his mother in the English town of Hemel Hempstead. "The day before a show at the House of Blues in Disneyland, we got a call saying Disney wouldn't let us play because our lyrics were offensive. I imagine they had a problem with 'I don't want you passing out / I want you sucking my dick.' " (Relax, it's the anti-date-rape title track of their 2006 Epitaph debut, Orchestra of Wolves.) The band members weren't bummed about the canceled gig.

  • Against Me!, 'The Original Cowboy' (Fat Wreck Chords)

    At 11 tracks and 25 minutes, with unobtrusive overdubs as its most overt evidence of studio magic, Against Me!'s militantly thrilling 2003 second album, As the Eternal Cowboy, could hardly be accused of bloat. Main Me! Tom Gabel heard differently. Thus, this eight-track, 22-minute offering of preproduction demos. Drier vocals and guitars, plus drums that thud instead of thwack, mean that the effect is more like being kicked in the gut by the steel part of the boot rather than the leather. Which begs the question: How real do you want it? BUY: Amazon

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    Phish Treat Bonnaroo to a Three-Hour Extravaganza!

    Jam nation, your wayward sons have at last arrived at their rightful home. Phish, finally, have played Bonnaroo. Even though the Vermont jam band icons had been on a five-year hiatus before reuniting this summer, they'd long been at Bonnaroo in spirit. Not only have both guitarist Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon previously played the festival with other post-Phish bands, you could argue that the festival as a whole was birthed in the spirit of the quartet's good-vibes eclecticism. In fact, multiple people I spoke to this weekend were certain that Phish itself had hit Bonnaroo before. Nope. So when the band took to the main stage shortly after 11 P.M.

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    Bruce Springsteen Triumphs at Bonnaroo

    Bruce Springsteen may be an American cultural institution, but as far as the average tie-dye aficionado is concerned, he probably ranks somewhere between Justin Timberlake and drug-abstention as far as relevance goes. That's why his decision to play Bonnaroo was so interesting. Would fans outside his normal constituency sing along with the fervor the Boss is used to? Playing before a crowd that wasn't there solely to see him, would he stick to his biggest hits? Might he and the E Street Band, gulp, jam? Yes, no, and no.

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    Jack White: Not Your Dad's Rock Star

    Always unpredictable and never less than interesting, Jack White has cut a unique swath through modern rock. Here's how: 1. He's Willing to Take a Back Seat, LiterallyIn his new band Dead Weather, Jack White is the drummer. He's leaving the spotlight to singer Alison Mosshart (of the Kills). Rock history is full of famous frontmen who temporarily left their regular gigs to do solo work -- e.g., Mick Jagger, Thom Yorke -- but that move is almost always about setting oneself apart from the band, a way of saying this is my thing, here's what I can do. But by installing himself behind the drums and teaming up with a spitfire lead singer, White is making it clear that his time away from the White Stripes is no ego trip.

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    Breaking Out: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    Like lots of nice boys who dig the Ramones and loud noise but not rebellion, Kip Berman once pretended he was someone else. "When I was in high school," recalls the Pains of Being Pure at Heart singer-guitarist, "I used to hang out in the smoking section at the all-night Denny's with the punk kids and talk about anarchy." No one was fooled, least of all himself. "It's hard to get into that scene when you don't smoke, don't hate your parents, and don't mind doing your homework." In Pains bassist Alex Naidus, 29, singer-keyboardist Peggy Wang, 26, and drummer Kurt Feldman, 25, Berman, 29, found friends he didn't have to fake it with. The Brooklyn fuzz-poppers' charming self-titled Slumberland debut -- bursting with shimmering guitars, boy-girl vocals, and swooning lyrics -- is a candid plunge into the experience of being young and open-hearted.

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    Grizzly Bear: Soap Opera

    Listening to Grizzly Bear's sepia-toned fantasias, you could easily imagine the men who make them spending their leisure time perusing dusty daguerreotypes or promenading down moonlit cobblestone streets. Bowling? Not so much. "I had no idea this would be so crazy," says singer-guitarist Ed Droste, dressed in beige khakis and a pink plaid button-down shirt (with matching socks) and straining to be heard amid the ZZ Top and rolling thunder of a busy Williamsburg, Brooklyn bowling alley. "Who goes bowling at 8:00 on a Friday night?" Unfortunately, in a neighborhood with enough idle bobos to support a 33-team kickball league, the answer appears to be everyone. Bassist-producer Chris Taylor returns from a confab with the dude spraying fungicide into the rental shoes.

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    Green Day -- Live from NYC!

    Tuesday night, Green Day celebrated their brand new No. 1 record (215,000 copies of 21st Century Breakdown sold in just four days) with a show for MySpace Music concert series "The List" at New York City's Webster Hall. An audience of 1000 or so lucky fans and industry bigwigs were treated to an opening hour of material from 21st Century, followed by a similarly timed greatest hits pupu platter. Another food metaphor applies, too.

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    The 9 Best Musical 'Star Trek' Moments

    On May 8, JJ Abrams' Star Trek will introduce a new generation of fans to Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise. Featuring a young, sexy cast -- and a decided lack of Shatner -- Abrams' franchise reboot will attempt to entice moviegoers to boldly go where they may never have gone before: a Star Trek film. But for those of us well versed in the moral implications of the Prime Directive, the world of Trek has lived on even in the time between new films and TV series. Astute observers may have even noticed the show creeping into the alien world of pop music. My nine favorite such minglings are listed below: 1. William Shatner's "Mr.

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    No Doubt: Back in the Saddle

    "We need this sooo badly," says Gwen Stefani in the perpetually questioning accent of a native Cali girl. "We've been in a drought for, like, years." She's talking about the rain currently pelting the greater Los Angeles area. Presumably. On an early March afternoon, the platinum blonde singer, her hair tied back in a loose ponytail, is looking through the kitchen window of the recording studio where she and bandmates Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young have been working on a cover of Adam and the Ants' "Stand and Deliver." It's the first music they've recorded together in half a decade. Stefani wraps her long, thin fingers with shiny, French-manicured nails around a mug of PG Tips tea. Her calf-length boots, loose slacks, and turtleneck are all black. "You get desperate trying to write new songs," she says.

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