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    Two years ago, Dinosaur Jr. released a new album, Sweep It Into Space, the latest in a string of albums since the original trio became a going concern again, and they’ve kept up a steady presence on the road. After a run of live dates this summer, Dinosaur Jr. will perform a series of special shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of Where You Been, the band’s sixth overall album and second during their major label era.

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    “This album is dedicated to Brandon Nurick. RIP. You’re forever loved.” So goes the transcription on Perfumed Saturnine Angels’ new album Saccharine Curses Exhaled In The Wind. Nurick, the Dallas band’s original vocalist, died of an overdose late last year. Co-founder Garry Brents wrote this album in response, with lyrics and vocals added a couple months later by Dave Norman from Our Future Is An Absolute Shadow and Apostles Of Eris.

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    American Idol: It’s still happening! It’s been many years since the once-dominant singing show had any real cultural impact, but the show apparently has a stable home at ABC, and it’s had the same panel of judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan — for a few years now. Last night, the show ended its 21st season with a finale that featured a truly random assortment of guest stars: Keith Urban, TLC, REO Speedwagon, Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll, James Blunt, Lauren Daigle, Ellie Goulding, Jazmine Sullivan, Idol graduates Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. And then there was Kylie Minogue.

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    Next month, Johanna Samuels is releasing a new album, Bystander, which was produced by Josh Kaufman. The Los Angeles-based musician has shared “Ugly On The Inside” and “Holy Mothers” from it so far, and today she’s back with a third single, “Golden Gate.” “This song is a true quarantine artifact,” Samuels said in a statement. “I was playing and writing frequently in that period and I fell in love with the chords and song structure.” She continued:

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    This past weekend, fans of ’80s new wave in the greater Los Angeles area had some options. There was the goth-centric Cruel World Festival, with Billy Idol and Love And Rockets and Echo & The Bunnymen and Siouxsie Sioux’s first US show in 15 years. But if you were in a sunnier mood, there was also legendary 2-Tone ska band the English Beat — or, if you’re English, just plain the Beat — who headlined the free Fiesta Del Sol festival in Solana Beach.

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    Kelly Clarkson covers — you know them, you know we love to post about ’em. Just about every day on her talk show, Clarkson takes on a different song in her Kellyoke segment. They can seem completely random, they can make a whole lot of sense. This year alone, we’ve spotlighted Clarkson doing the Killers, Florence + The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, MUNA, … Spacehog. Normally my colleague Tom takes these on, expressing varying levels of incredulity, but the most recent Kellyoke is firmly up my alley.

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    Right now, as you presumably already know, Taylor Swift is in the midst of her Eras Tour, a vast and oddly moving stadium spectacle where virtually every moment is intricately planned-out and choreographed. But there’s one part of the show that allows for some spontaneity: The segment where Taylor plays two acoustic songs that she’s only planning to play once per tour. Last night, that surprise-songs set included a live debut.

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    Earlier this year, the mysterious goth-punk legend Siouxsie Sioux returned to the stage for the first time in a decade. Siouxsie has a number of solo shows coming up around Europe, and she played three warm-up gigs in Brussels, Amsterdam, and Milan. This past weekend, Siouxsie was scheduled to play her first US show in 15 years at Cruel World, the goth and new wave nostalgia festival in Pasadena, California. The show itself was rained out, with the festival being forced to shut down before headliners Siouxsie and Iggy Pop could perform. Last night, though, Siouxsie and Iggy both played a make-up show, and Siouxsie performed one of her Siouxsie And The Banshees classics for the first time in 10 years.

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  9. The Trek Domane+ SLR9 with eTap before an epic ride.

    Enlarge / The Trek Domane+ SLR9 with eTap before an epic ride. (credit: Eric Bangeman)

    One of the things I love most about working at Ars Technica is the lunchtime bike rides. My home in the northwest suburbs of Chicago lies two miles from the Des Plaines River Trail and about three miles from the North Branch Trail. When the weather cooperates, I'm generally furiously pedaling through the woods on my Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 gravel bike.

    So when Trek offered me the chance to ride its top-of-the-line Domane+ SLR 9 e-bike, I jumped at the opportunity. Yes, the weather can be dodgy during seasonal transitions, but I'd be facing the changing temps and gusting winds astride a carbon-frame gravel bike with carbon wheels… and a 50 Nm electric motor paired with a 360 Wh battery in the downtube.

    But even as I picked up the Domane+ from a local bike shop, one question kept popping up. Why would I want to ride an electric road bike?

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    Morgan Wallen’s new album One Thing At A Time came out in March, and the controversial country singer has spent the past 11 weeks in the #1 spot on the Billboard 200, meaning that he now has spent the most consecutive weeks at #1 in 25 years. As Billboard notes, the last album to achieve such an uninterrupted reign was the Titanic soundtrack, which spent its first 16 weeks at #1 when it was released in 1998.

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