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Few punk-era rockers have stayed angry for as long as Graham Parker. Except for a few lapses, the curmudgeon’s work has long been a steady stream of phlegm, often aimed at critics justly trashing his post-Squeezing Out Sparks career. His latest tirade, Acid Bubblegum, reveals a pissed-off and paranoid Parker railing against an assortment of stale targets, including the big bad media, civilization, the “masses” who don’t buy his records, and even Aretha Franklin, for “singing on some advertisement.” Is this the same guy who wrote “You Can’t Be Too Strong,” one of the most compassionate pop songs ever? The Figgs open for the still-angriest white male at 9:30 p.m. at the Bayou, 3135 K St. NW. $16. (202) 333-2897. (ED)