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The Rasta Farmers plant their first CD

Pearl Jam's decreasing commercial appeal is a bad news/good news scenario that should hearten lead moper Eddie Vedder -- "Hey Eddie, now you can stop acting depressed, because your career is really going into the toilet" -- or at least the way of greatest hits/arena-circuit dwellers like Foreigner and REO Speedwagon. Can't wait for that Bad Company/Pearl Jam tour in 2015. Fortunately, the PJ bill also includes Brit-poppers Supergrass as an opener, so at least half of the $26 and $30 admission prices will be worth the money. Tickets for Pearl Jam/ Supergrass go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster or Desert Sky Pavilion Box Office.

Vinyl Anniversary: Zia Record Exchange, the venerable Arizona music retailer started by the late Brad Singer in 1980, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a free, all-ages bash this Sunday at Boston's nightclub in Tempe. The "hard-core" party boasts a lineup of performers that includes Zen Lunatics, Mind Advancement Team, Sonic Thrills, Truckers on Speed, Beat Angels, Whorror and many more. Also promised is a special "surprise guest" who some are speculating will be Rick Springfield, in town for a solo gig at Celebrity Theater. It seems unlikely, however, that the mystery musician will be the much maligned Australian heartthrob, but rather a much phunkier (hint, hint) outfit.

The soiree will also feature giveaways from Todd McFarlane Productions, raffle prizes from Music-Go-Round and Buffalo Exchange, and of course plenty of rock 'n' roll goodies from your hosts. While the event is all-ages, alcohol will be available for the adults. Fair warning: if past parties are any indication, the Zia staff will be entirely too hung over to take your warmed-over Grand Funk trade-ins come Monday morning.

Won't get fooled again. But we will, however, pay exorbitant ticket prices to see the Phoenix reunion date for The Who.
Won't get fooled again. But we will, however, pay exorbitant ticket prices to see the Phoenix reunion date for The Who.

Zia Records' 20th anniversary party featuring performances by Whorror, Mind Advancement Team, J16 Collage, Zen Lunatics, Gat* Rot, Truckers on Speed, Tolerance, Sonic Thrills, Beat Angels and surprise guests is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at Boston's in Tempe. Showtime is 7:30p.m.

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