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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. 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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