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Smokus Pocus, Weird Al Yankovic, John Mayer, and More in This Week's Issue

We all know that the Sound Strike has taken on a life of its own, with a few notable and hundreds of hopelessly obscure acts attempting to punish Arizona by refusing to play it. This week's music feature is about one of those bands -- Smokus Pocus. There's just one little hypocritical detail that prevents them from successfully boycotting. They're local.

Have you ever wondered what happened to all of those bands that Weird Al Yankovic parodied? Michael Alan Goldberg shows you why Al may just get the last laugh.

And what is John Mayer like when he's not crooning to women of all ages? Craig Outhier examines the not-so-subtle differences between Mayer's stage persona and his off-stage reality. It's not like he would have compared his dick to famed white supremacist David Duke in a song... right?

Plus we've got show previews for the American Idol Live! Tour 2010, Rasputina, KWSS Presents, Natalie Merchant, and Ladylike.

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Sarah Ventre