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Week ahead: Pearl Jam hits the Lube, Tom Petty closes out "SNL"

pearl jamEddie Vedder at Jiffy Lube Live - one, two, three, four, five hours in traffic. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

In concert: It's throwback week, but then again, when isn't it throwback week these days? The Buzzcocks visit the Black Cat on Tuesday performing their first two albums - "Another Music In a Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites" - each in their entirety. They'd be better off simply playing "Singles Going Steady" but most of those will probably find their way into the set as well. John Lydon's newest version of post-punk trailblazers Public Image Ltd. hits the 9:30 club on Wednesday, part of the band's first tour in 18 years. Pearl Jam was just getting started 18 years ago; even if you haven't bought an album since "Vitalogy" you'll probably love the show they play Thursday at Jiffy Lube Live. Fans of good tunes but not traffic have some other nice options on Thursday: singer-songwriters Iris Dement and Elizabeth Cook at the Birchmere, Soft Power (featuring Helium's Mary Timony) at the Black Cat and drone-rock dude Spectrum (formerly of Spacemen 3) at Velvet Lounge. North Carolina Hip-hop vets Little Brother are at the Black Cat on Saturday. And 20-year-old English folkie, star-in-the-making Laura Marling plays at Iota on Sunday.

In stores: Reviewed here tomorrow: new albums from brooding rockers The National, aforementioned singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook and Jack White's the Dead Weather. Piano-rockers (wait, that's an oxymoron, right?) Keane release "Night Train" while neo-folkie Phosphorescent delivers "Here's to Taking It Easy." Pick of the week is "Nothing Hurts" by scrappy U.K. rockers Male Bonding (look for an interview with them on the blog tomorrow). And curiosity of the week is "Callin' All," a 4-CD box set of music from the La's, a band that released just a single (classic) album (you know, "There She Goes"). That's a whole lot of extras.

On TV: Jay-Z set the bar pretty high for "SNL" performances with his career-spanning medley over the weekend. But you know who has had as many hits as Hova? Tom Petty, who will be the guest on the season finale. And no way Tom Petty brings some dope named Mr. Hudson (who I described today as "like if young Sting was as lame as old Sting) to do "Forever Young." Limp Bizkit is on "Leno" tonight (along with Laura Bush and Donald Trump!) so make sure your Tivo is ready. You might prefer Wilco on "Ferguson." New chart-topper B.o.B. visits "Kimmel" Wednesday; "Letterman" has MGMT on Tuesday and The National on Thursday.

By David Malitz  |  May 10, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: B.o.B., Buzzcocks, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty  
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