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Top Pop Culture Picks for the Week

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TOP PICK

KISS

Monster

(Universal)

The heavy metal veterans sound surprisingly inspired on this, their first studio album in three years. Guitarist Paul Stanley’s voice is a little more weathered and worn than normal, but the band sounds energized on songs such as “Hell or Hallelujah” and the grunge-y “Back to the Stone,” both of which rely upon big, bold bluesy guitar riffs.

VIDEO

Beatles

Magical Mystery Tour

(EMI)

Essentially a long-form music video, this Beatles film was essentially out-of-print prior to this reissue on DVD and Blu-Ray that comes complete with commentary from Beatle Paul McCartney, and deleted scenes (including one featuring the band Traffic performing “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” in a giant field). As long as you don’t take it too seriously, the film has camp value and comes off as quite a goof despite its reputation as a big waste of time.

MUSIC

Danko Jones

Rock n Roll is Black n Blue

(Bad Taste)

This Canadian hard rock band sounds more like Soundgarden than Soundgarden does these days. This hard-hitting album swings with real swagger and in songs like "I Don't Care" and "The Masochist," the guys unabashedly embrace reckless behavior. Nice!

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