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  • Each week, Val Haller, a music-obsessed baby boomer and the founder of the Web site Valslist.com, matches tracks from her generation to those of her 20-something sons’ generation.

    My grandfather would say, “I’m feeling a bit punk.”

    My father would say, “That kid is a punk.”

    My husband would say, “Remember that punk band the Ramones?”

    My son would say, “You’ve been punked.”

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition opens to the general public on May 9: “Punk: From Chaos to Couture.”

    Punk music is neither my favorite nor my forte.

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  • Joke-rap trio the Lonely Island (aka Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) have announced their third album, The Wack Album, out on June 11 through Republic.

    Like 2011's Turtleneck & Chain and 2009's Incredibad, The Wack Album is full of big names (some of whom they've worked with in the past): Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, T-Pain, to name a few. 

    Beginning tomorrow, the trio will launch "Wack Wednesdays", a series on their YouTube channel. It will feature new videos and music and more.

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  • We’ve got a TON of Green Day guitar picks in our special bag of tricks that we want to pass along to you! Want a chance to win? We’re giving away a pair of guitar picks to 100 lucky IN members. All you have to do is enter below. It’s that easy! Only one entry per person will be qualified. Look for winners to be announced Friday, May 10th. Good luck!

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  • Michael Mayer teamed with punk rock star Billie Joe Armstrong to make hit musical, coming to Hippodrome

    Michael Mayer knows a thing or two about coming of age.

    The Maryland-born director won a Tony Award for his work guiding the 2006 Broadway hit "Spring Awakening," which chronicles teens getting a grip on their budding sexuality. In 2010, he directed "American Idiot," a punk rock musical based on the Green Day album of that name, which follows a group of cynical, spent youths as they seek excitement in a big city.

    Mayer didn't just direct the latter, but collaborated on the book with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. "American Idiot," which reaches Baltimore next week as part of a national tour, solidified Mayer's reputation as one of the most gifted figures on the theater scene.

    "For me, a journey of self-discovery and identity, regardless of context, is always great material for a musical," Mayer, 52, said. "When you consider the jaded kids in 'American Idiot,' products of those bad Bush years, how different, really, are they from Dorothy Gale in drab Kansas, going off to Oz and coming back home again?"

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