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Golden Globe? Nah. Grammy!

Looking at actors turned rockers -- EW surveys the latest musical efforts of Jared Leto, Adrian Grenier, and Michael Pitt

Get back, Dogstar, there's a new kid in town. Actually, three of them. Keanu's band may have faded into living-room-jam oblivion, but that hasn't stopped a new generation of broody thespians from picking up a six-string. Below, we survey three current It Boys of the small and silver screens, and their respective musical efforts.

JARED LETO

Known for

My So-Called Life, Fight Club, dating famous hot blondes (Cameron, Scarlett, Ashley O.).

Band

L.A. angst-rock outfit 30 Seconds to Mars.

Sounds Like

Linkin Park/Incubus alt-metal epicness, with superserious pensive screams and howls courtesy of Leto.

Quit the Day Job?

After Alexander? Um...maybe.

ADRIAN GRENIER

Known for

HBO hit Entourage, Melissa Joan Hart vehicle Drive Me Crazy, superexpressive eyebrows.

Band

The Honey Brothers, who've been dubbed ''masters of Hawaiian-Appalachian glam rock.'' Very tongue-in-cheek brand of self-mythology (see www.thehoneybrothers.com); full-length due shortly.

Sounds Like

Sort of They Might Be Giants meets y'allternative: Grenier contributes drums, cowbell, and backing vocals. The rest split the difference on guitar, ukulele, recorder, banjo, and melodica.

Quit the Day Job?

And say no to Aquaman? Ari would lose it.

MICHAEL PITT

Known for

Dawson's Creek, playing muse to art-house directors (Gus Van Sant, Larry Clark, Bernardo Bertolucci), vague resemblance to Leo DiCaprio.

Band

The Brooklyn-based Pagoda. No official release slated, but fangirls flocked to a recent NYC residency.

Sounds Like

Early-'90s flannel angst meets dissonant art-rock freak-out.

Quit the Day Job?

Well, the band only enhances Pitt's disheveled downtown-indie-god mystique — so we say go ahead and pull a double.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints
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