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    FLAG Return to Home of First-Ever Black Flag Gig at Secret Show

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    Dimebag Darrell and Dio Tribute Brings Metal Elite to Hollywood

    "You think Dimebag can hear you?" shouted Sebastian Bach, standing centerstage in full Diamond Dave mode, early in last night's tribute to guitarist Dimebag Darrell at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Bach wore a in vintage Pantera T-shirt, blew kisses and head-banged his blond mane as guitarist John 5 ripped into Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love." The singer and guitarist were just two of the many guests in a diverse lineup at this year's "Dimebash," a tribute to both the late Dimebag Darrell and metal icon Ronnie James Dio, who died last year. Others onstage included Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Serj Tankian, Ben Harper, Jerry Cantrell, Geezer Butler, Duff McKagan, Disturbed's David Draiman, among many.

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    Playlist: Henry Rollins' 5 Favorite Bands

    Henry Rollins will sing for you no more. After a three-decade career fronting the pioneering L.A. punk band Black Flag and his own group, Rollins Band, he has chosen to hang up his mic and focus on his spoken-word career; he's currently on a world tour that circles back to the U.S. on March 17. Rollins, 50, is also a columnist for L.A. Weekly and has created documentaries for National Geographic. "I rang that bell very hard, very frequently, with a great deal of urgency," he says of quitting his music career. But it's not like Rollins has given up on discovering new bands. He still gets his kicks as a DJ for L.A.'s KCRW-FM and says he buys at least one new CD every day.

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    First Listen: Daft Punk's 'Tron' Soundtrack

    When news first leaked that Daft Punk were writing the soundtrack for Disney's Tron: Legacy, fans were so excited that they posted fake tracks online. But on Saturday in Santa Monica, California, Disney unveiled the real thing with an exclusive preview of 5 of the 22 tracks. The score is a departure for the dance punk duo - Daft Punk's ditch their Parisian discothèque sound in favor of stunning, baroque-flavored instrumentals. Director Joseph Kosinki, who was on-hand at the event, revealed the origins of Daft Punk's score. After he personally persuaded Guy-Manual de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter to contribute, the duo holed up in London's AIR Lyndhurst Studios with an 85-piece orchestra to write and record the score."It was clear to me that these were not just dance guys," Kosinski said of first meeting the duo.

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    Breaking Out: Emily Wells

    There's long been a tradition of ironic hip-hop covers, from Nina Gordon's lilting, folk version of N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" to Ben Folds' melancholy take on Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." But violinist Emily Wells' dreamlike rendering of Notorious B.I.G.'s anthem "Juicy" is no joke. Layering eerie strings, bleeping synths, and electronic beats under Biggie's rags-to-riches lyrics, she sings and raps like a feral, streetwise Nina Simone. "I know not everyone is going to feel it because that song has such a place in a lot of people's history," says Wells, 26, the classically trained daughter of a French horn teacher. "But it has a place in my history too." Wells began studying violin when she was four, and samples and beats became part of her musical language in junior high.

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    Hot New Band: The Bird and the Bee

    What Greg Kurstin recalls most about that night were the assless chaps. He was a teenager at a Van Halen concert in 1982, and onstage, David Lee Roth was rocking his rough-trade cowboy gear. "There were jeans under them, and then mysteriously, the jeans disappeared," says Kurstin, 39, now one half of the Bird and the Bee. "It was just ass." That raw image is nowhere to be found in "Diamond Dave," his group's loungey, space-age lullaby, which finds singer Inara George pining for the hard-rock ringmaster ("You spoke to me / All the things you provoked in me," she discloses in elegant falsetto). George, 34, never saw the chaps (or ass) up close herself but remembers being dazzled by Roth on MTV. "I think in Dave's soul is a very schmaltzy Broadway guy that somehow landed in this world," she says lovingly.

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