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    Billy Corgan, Dave Navarro Debut 10 Songs

    "You've done a lot of things, but you've never rocked a bookstore, have you?" Billy Corgan asked Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. It was Friday night in Long Beach, CA, and their nine-piece ensemble, Spirits in the Sky, had just played a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Morning Dew." Sitting cross-legged on a wooden chair, Navarro just smiled. "Well," Corgan continued, "there are a couple young ladies over there who'd like you to rock their bookstore -- first edition." The 85 lucky fans at {open}, a bookstore 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, were rocked – often very softly -- with covers and 10 new Corgan songs.

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    Wolfmother Rocks Sunset Strip Dinner Crowd

    Despite the infighting and drama shadowing Aussie rockers Wolfmother in recent years, the band's fiery spirit is burning brightly again -- at least if Wednesday night's roar through the Roxy Theatre on Hollywood's Sunset Strip is any indication. Singer-guitarist Andrew Stockdale, surrounded by three new mates after 2008's acrimonious departure of bassist/keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett, ripped through seven songs in 45 minutes during a performance that could have approached transcendent if the circumstances had been a bit more favorable to the quartet's scuzzy, retro metal. The surprise gig was a free dinnertime affair, and the crowd was culled from e-mail responses to a last-minute blast on Wolfmother's website. The occasion? The filming of a yet-to-be-named video series debuting next month on Yahoo! Music.

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