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Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:

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CD -- Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly: This four-disc set offers some of the rawest and scariest rock ever made, including tunes by household names like Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Roy Orbison. But it's the forgotten rebels who stand out. Freddie and the Hitch-Hikers rattle walls with the theremin (way before Brian Wilson discovered it), Charlie Feathers channels Lucifer, and John and Jackie sound like they're having sex on the studio floor.

TV -- All That Rocks: Bam Margera hosts this new show (premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday on MTV2), in which web users vote on their favorite bands, videogames, and computer gear. Categories include "There Are None Higher, Ultimate Metal God" (best hard-rock group) and "Sickest Sports Moment" (extreme-sports feats). Lil Wayne makes an appearance, and 30 Seconds to Mars performs live. It's got all your pop-culture needs covered.

DVD -- Animaniacs Volume 1 and Pinky and the Brain Volume 1: Steven Spielberg's '90s cartoons finally come to DVD. Packed with in-jokes, pop-culture references, and adult humor, these 'toons zip by so fast that it's easy to miss the gags the first time around. The five-disc Animaniacs set skewers everything Hollywood; Pinky's mice are bent on world domination in their four-DVD collection. Pint-sized egomaniac the Brain was an obvious influence on Family Guy's equally delusional Stewie.

BOOK -- Hello Spaceboy: The Rebirth of David Bowie: Dave Thompson's Bowie bio picks up where most people gave up on rock's most enigmatic chameleon: in 1987. While none of the Thin White Duke's albums really matter after 1983's Let's Dance, it's nonetheless an intriguing, complex period worth exploring. Bowie reinvented himself several times during the era -- from the ill-conceived hard-rock band Tin Machine to his reunion with Brian Eno, who produced some of Bowie's best '70s work. Hello Spaceboy makes you want to give his post-'80s output a second chance.

CD -- Last Days of Wonder: The Handsome Family's gothic country falls somewhere between Hank Williams and Nick Cave, with an emphasis on the latter's melancholy. Brett Sparks sings haunting, death-obsessed lyrics written by his wife, Rennie. The couple's latest album is based on the life of Nikola Tesla, the discoverer of alternating current and radio, who died poor and crazy. This CD finds a message in the madness.

TV -- Soundstage: KT Tunstall: The favorite new singer-songwriter of lesbians and coffeehouse squatters shows up on PBS' venerable concert series (at 10 p.m. Thursday) to sing songs from her debut CD, Eye to the Telescope. On record, the 30-year-old Scot comes off as a bit tentative. Onstage, however, she's a commanding figure, armed with an acoustic guitar and a set of confessional songs that even a manly guy can love.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Project Runway -- The Complete Second Season: Bravo's reality-TV show about stressed-out designers and their wigged-out designs makes little sense on DVD. Watching the series unfold over 14 weeks held a fascinating, train-wreck appeal: Who's going to break down tonight? She's not gonna wear that! These shabby episodes -- extended to include even more catty bickering and backstage bitching -- feel like last year's fashion.

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