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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