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Band...or Panda?

Is that a band...or a panda? Take our quiz! Quick: Will you find Xiu Xiu on stage, or at the zoo?

Pop quiz, hotshot: Name (a) the classically trained Manchurian pianist whose first studio album, Memory, comes out March 14, and (b) the female giant panda widely known as a symbol of Nixon's peacemaking accords with China. If you answered, respectively, Lang Lang and Ling-Ling, you're warmed up and ready to play Band...or Panda? — EW's very own mammal-vs.-musician matching game.

MATCH THE NAMES...
A. SHI SHI
B. XIU XIU
C. SU LIN
D. GRIS GRIS
E. TAI SHAN
F. MAE SHI

...WITH THE MUSICIANS/BEARS
1. The baby giant panda born July 9, 2005, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; he shares a birthday with rockers Courtney Love and Jack White

2. L.A. noise-rock four-piece signed to the Kill Rock Stars/5RC label, onetime home to indie stars Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney — and Huggy Bear

3. His name means ''rock,'' but not that kind — a male giant panda who was loaned to the San Diego Zoo before being returned to China in 2003

4. Post-punk mad hatters known for their albums' campy cover art; they also released a split single in 2005 with cult folkie Devendra Banhart

5. The name of this 7-month-old cub from the San Diego Zoo means ''a little bit of something very cute.'' They are totally, 100 percent, not kidding!

6. California garage-psych four-piece whose name, in the voodoo religion, denotes talismans of great power — for good or evil

THE ANSWERS
A-3
B-4
C-5
D-6
E-1
F-2

Originally posted Mar 10, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints