This Week: Drake is back with superstar guests; Swedish electronic outfit Korallreven’s debut; Pterodactyl is noisy and bright; 31 years of R.E.M.; A synth-phonic release from Tycho.

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There’s something about those familiar asphalt driveways and picket fences that put us in a certain mindset—video directors know this well and push the button often. And it still works, even now as we’ve been swept back to suburbia too many times to count. Instead of calling trite!, we’ve compiled a few all-time favorites for your viewing pleasure.

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This Week: A beautiful and progressive release from Deerhunter frontman Brandford Cox; Cass McCombs keeps telling stories with his second album this year; Creepy auter David Lynch’s album is as odd as you would expect; Florence Welch and her Machine are massive in every way; Daniel Lopatin breaks out with another release as Oneohtrix Point Never.

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It’s getting to be that time of year where we look back at 2011’s trends and decide which ones we liked and which we didn’t. One musical trend that can’t be ignored is the saxophone – it showed up everywhere. Lisa Simpson would be thrilled.

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This Week: Lou Reed and Metallica – you decide for yourself; Portland’s Blouse is sugar and synths; Brian Wilson and the few remaining Beach Boys finish an album after 45 years; James Ferraro goes automated; The Soft Moon’s new EP: sinister, intense, dark.

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CMJ is done for another year, its 31st to be exact, and like most 31 year-olds this music marathon has grown and matured significantly from its early College Music Journal days. Without the aid of cloning and time travel abilities it would be impossible to attend every show, but we did our best. Here are five highlights from this year.

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This Week: Coldplay’s neon spray-painted fifth album; Justice’s return is not completely triumphant; Surfer Blood continues their pop craft on a four-song EP; Deer Tick’s liveliest album yet; Denver foursome Woodsman get loud.

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Has it all been done before? Maybe. What’s the difference between a reference and an outright copy? Let’s explore that fine line with some blatant examples.

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This Week: M83 impresses with a double-disc; Real Estate’s Days of sunny surf pop; Gauntlet Hair is intriguing, but…; Brooklyn folk singer Elizabeth Harper is reinvented as Class Actress; My Brightest Diamond’s greatest gem is her voice.

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It’s really upsetting – that moment when you realize the two of you are just headed in different directions and there’s nothing to be done about it. Maybe you can wish them well and move forward, but it’s hard to get over the hurt. Breaking up with one of your favorite bands just sucks. Relive the pain with us, five times over.

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Let the madness begin! Boasting more than 1,000 bands in its 30th year, CMJ Music Marathon hits New York October 18th-22nd. It can all be a bit overwhelming, so here’s our top picks of acts you should see if you’re in town.

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Is there something in between a supergroup and a one-time celebrity jam? Maybe. But sometimes it can be a bit…much (Chickenfoot anyone?) Let’s take a look at some recent collaborations, all of them pleasing.

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This Week: Wilco fans will rejoice; Twin Sister trumps all the buzz; Gem Club’s beautiful tragedy; blog-star Youth Lagoon’s much-awaited debut; Mastodon brings heavy riffs and a sense of loss.

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A couple weeks ago we looked at videos made of found footage collages. Now, let’s look at videos where the band is live; front and center, and the videographers are producing so much more than the grainy concert footage you occasionally screen, wincing all the while.

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This Week: Megafaun’s fourth album is for cloud-watching; Jens Lekman’s charming little stories; Nurses’ elastic freak folk is fun; Besnared Lakes release the score to web documentary Welcome To Pine Point; UK moody pop outfit Veronica Falls combine morbid thoughts with a preppy package.

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