This Week: New music from Santigold; Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman as Father John Misty; Baltimore quartet Lower Dens; Psych-rock from The Brian Jonestown Massacre; Brooklyn’s Light Asylum.

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Great releases this week: Jack White goes solo with Blunderbuss, Death Grips are back for more madness on The Money Store, The Dandy Warhols remind you they are still around; Psychedelic rock monsters Ty Segall and White Fence team up on Hair; The Raveonettes release a 4-track EP while working on their next full-length.

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This Week: new material from Janis Joplin’s classic Pearl Sessions; Hip-Hop hottie of the moment Azealia Banks’ first EP; Jason Pierce and company are back for Spiritualized seventh album; Sébastien Tellier’s transcendent synths; Spencer Krug is Moonface with Siiani.

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This Week: Matthew Wars leaves She & Him and Monsters of Folk for his own sound; Alabama Shakes drop a great debut and pick up a spot on Jack White’s new tour; A collection of early 7-inches and LPs on The Dawn of Eternal Summers; Bassnectar’s speaker-splitting dubstep; Sisters Cristi Jo and Jezzica Zambri’s second effort.

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This Week: Guitarist Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter steps out of the shadow as Atlas Sound; Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven bring a pulsing second release with I Love You, It’s Cool; The 60′s indebted scuz-rock of White Fence; Nick Zammuto of The Book’s solo project; Gerard Love of Teenage Fanclub’s lush Electric Cables.

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This Week: Swedish trio Miike Snow suffer an identity crisis; Wonder boy Brad Oberhofer’s debut; El Paso favorites The Mars Volta drop album number six; THEESatisfaction’s hip-hop / soul duo debut; Kickball Katy from Vivian Girl’s sophomore album as La Sera.

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This Week: Americana rockers Delta Spirit make a sonic leap; Spoek Mathambo’s arty, left-field hip-hop keeps your interest; Nick Cave’s Grinderman gets remixes from members of The National, UNKLE and A Place To Bury Strangers; Decemberists fans rejoice – a double live album; Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood teams up with a personal idol, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

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Skateboarding and music have been pals for decades, introducing both riders and bands to rest of us and probably each other as well. Things have gotten a lot fancier since the VHS days for both industries, but skate videos will never die. Here are some recent combinations of good song and good shred.

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This Week: Trust’s debut of gothy synth; Memoryhouse make the transition from bedroom project to full-fledged band with The Slideshow Effect; School Of Seven Bells’ first album without a twin; Mouse On Mars keep chirping and glitching on their 10th album; An imaginative and catchy effort from Fanfarlo.

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Sometimes it’s fun to get a little visually freaked out. Here is a collection of recent clips that are strange or spooky or totally disturbing, all in wonderful ways.

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This Week: Sleigh Bells power chord their way back with Reign Of Terror; Claire Boucher Visions as Grimes; Ex-Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong transcends; Indie-folk virtuoso Damien Jurado’s releases album number ten.

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Award ceremonies are intended to celebrate the best and brightest talent, yet the shows themselves are often dull, lengthy and awkward. Although this year’s Grammy Awards clocked the highest ratings in decades (RIP Whitney), we were again reminded why we don’t really pay attention to these things. Especially this one.

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This Week: Sunny duo Tennis get a welcome rock edge with production from The Black Keys’ Pat Carney; High hopes for synth-elite Chromatics’ first release in five years; Islands’ album of loss, memory, forgetting and dreaming; Shearwater’s first release on SubPop finds balance; Field Music’s new one requires an active ear.

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We get it; our most loved songs will one day become commercials that sell us cars and video games and Jamaican vacations. Sometimes it’s shocking; sometimes it just works. These are current favorites (mostly).

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This Week: South Africa’s intriguing weirdo rave / rap crew Die Antwoord bring TEN$ION; A darker, draftier Of Montreal; Blondes DIY electronica; Dr. Dog is on album number seven; Sharon Van Etton has guest spots for Beirut, The National and The Walkmen.

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