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The Brit-rock group Kasabian has picked more than its fair share of fights with other bands. First, singer Tom Meighan referred to the Rolling Stones as "granddads [who] should be drinking cups of tea in their armchairs." Then he took aim at Justin Timberlake, a "knobhead . . . midget who is just trying to be black."

Good thing Meighan and his mates show what they've got on Empire, their second CD of greasy, guitar-based alt-rock, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. charts earlier this month. The quartet combines T. Rex-style stomp with a decade's worth of Britpop rattle-and-hum, and its live shows are blistering, ferocious affairs.
Sun., Sept. 24, 9 p.m.

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