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    Deer Tick Seek 'Divine Providence' at Hometown Show

    Deer Tick's beer-soaked new record Divine Providence comes closer than any of their previous albums to capturing the band's famous onstage chaos. But last night's tour kickoff at the Met (near their Providence, Rhode Island home town) might be one of the few times where they actually sounded rowdier on record than onstage. Frontman John McCauley strode onstage with a full six-pack of Budweisers and a serious limp from a sprained ankle. The band was weary, having spent the morning in New York sound checking for an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman (they shared that bill with former president Bill Clinton).

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    BACKSTAGE PASS: Fucked Up & Wavves

    Nathan Williams, singer-guitarist for the San Diego surf punks Wavves, is a weed-puffin' bro with a "Life's a Beach" 'tude. Fucked Up's Damian Abraham is a human cannonball who barrels across the stage shirtless, his gut bouncing while he bashes himself bloody with the mic. They're an odd couple, but they're close friends -- and their bands are currently on tour together. (See dates here.) Before last week's kickoff show at Boston's Royale, the pair sat down with SPIN to chat about partying with college kids, selling out to corporations, Wavves' Primavera Sound debacle, and, of course, smoking weed, a pastime long enjoyed by Williams -- which Abraham picked up after 16 years of being drug and alcohol free. "I started smoking pot last summer," Abraham admits, a blazing joint in his hand.

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    Fucked Up & Wavves Kick Off Joint Tour in Boston

    Shirtless and dripping sweat Friday night, Fucked Up's lead growler, Damian Abraham, stood onstage in Boston and recounted a conversation he had with his wife earlier that day. "Did you meet up with Wavves today?" she asked him."Yeah, we did.""Does that mean you're going to be high for the next two weeks?""Yep." Abraham and Wavves' Nathan Williams might be smoking weed together into October, but the joint tour they launched at the city's Royale was an intense two hours of nonstop stagediving and power-chord-thrashing adrenaline.

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    Eddie Vedder Still Rocks, Even on Ukulele Tour

    Eddie Vedder is the kind of guy who can get onstage and sing platitudes like, "I'd never be the same without you," and you'd never question his earnestness or his cool. Even singing those words while he's plucking a ukulele, you'd be hard-pressed to say he wasn't sincere. So why not a full album of ukulele songs and a tour behind it? The Pearl Jam frontman's said that the tracks off of his second solo album, Ukulele Songs, began as jokes, but they made up the backbone of a charmingly heartfelt set on Wednesday night. Opening a month-long, solo tour at the ornate Providence Performing Arts Center, Vedder proved that the miniature, four-stringed instrument can be just as versatile as his own yowling voice. Vedder dove straight into six tracks from Ukulele Songs at the beginning of the night, molding his instrument into whatever he needed it to be.

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    Panic! Get Saucy in Boston Tour Opener

    Sunday night in Boston, as Las Vegas emo-pop heartthrobs Panic! at the Disco kicked off their latest U.S. tour behind their third album Vices & Virtues, frontman Brendon Urie gazed out into the sold-out crowd and uttered a line that entirely defied his nice-guy, squeaky clean image. "If I see you after the show," said Urie, 24. "I'm going to fuck you. I don't even care if you want it." Judging by all of the ecstatic screams from fans of all genders, the rabid fans at the House of Blues wanted it, despite the mildly offensive come on. They wanted it badly. But Panic! didn't always know what their audience wanted. They went through an identity crisis with their second album Pretty. Odd in 2008 when they took a detour into Beatles-esque melodies and abandoned the theatrical pop that earned them double-platinum sales for their debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.

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    Lil Wayne Kicks Off Tour with Nicki Minaj

    Lil Wayne made it clear that he's no longer inmate #02616544L of Rikers Island. Launching his first post-prison tour at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI, Wednesday night, Weezy headlined a wildly entertaining show that ricocheted from being nearly perfect to frustratingly excessive and back again. He acted out skits with his backup dancers. He told jokes. And, yes, he rapped, very, very well. But one thing he didn't do was dwell on the eight months he just spent in Rikers Island for gun possession. He referenced it briefly during his first set -- "I was in a place a few months ago [where] I couldn't even imagine this shit, but now that I'm here it's better than I could have ever imagined." -- but that was it.

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    Lennon Debuts Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Tour

    Could Sean Lennon draw a crowd if he didn't have his dauntingly famous pedigree? Or, for that matter, could his model-musician-girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl pack a house, if not for appearing on all those fabulous magazine covers? No, probably not: The whimsical folk pop that they create together under the fabulist name Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is a little too dreamy to outshine their quirky backgrounds. Three months after they quietly released their debut album, Acoustic Sessions, on their own label, the duo launched their first extensive U.S. tour on Thursday night at Boston's intimate dive Great Scott. While the intentions seem bigger than a mere vanity project, Lennon still hasn't found the musical outlet that will set him apart from John and Yoko.

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    Peaches Debuts Her G-Rated 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

    Peaches appears onstage wearing a skin-tight white leotard, with a stuffed collar as thick as a fire hose wrapping her neck, when she begins singing the lyrics to Jesus Christ Superstar, the 1970s musical by the masters of decidedly unhip theater, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The audience waits for a knowing wink. A sly nudge. Anything to suggest this is one giant joke. It's Peaches, after all - the electro-rap chanteuse who ten years earlier urged listeners to "fuck the pain away." But it never comes, and that's the absurd beauty of Peaches Christ Superstar, which made its U.S. debut at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art on Friday: she never reduces her tribute to some ironic gaffe. It's just Peaches, in a one-woman show backed by piano on a bare stage, sincerely belting out Webber and Rice's story about Jesus' last days.

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    Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Play First U.S. Show

    Much is still made about the sheer oddity of Isobel Campbell's detour into rootsy Americana with Mark Lanegan -- even after the duo released their third album, Hawk, in August. And, sure, the gravelly, whiskey-drenched voice of the former Screaming Trees frontman might be an unlikely match for the angelic coo of an ex-Belle & Sebastian singer and cellist. But you'd think the pairing would sink in after three records. It hasn't. Playing their first-ever U.S. show together on Wednesday night at Boston's intimate basement venue, the Middle East, Campbell and Lanegan did little to show that their collaboration is any less idiosyncratic than it was the first time in 2006. For better or worse. Walking onstage in black, Lanegan scowled meanly with his head turned down -- a look rarely leaving his face throughout the night.

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