Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

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The Interscope debut from acclaimed New York underground rock act TV On The Radio, "Return to Cookie Mountain," featuring a guest spot from David Bowie.

A pair of anticipated new electronica albums from U.K. duo Basement Jaxx, "Crazy Itch Radio" (XL), and Canadian pair Junior Boys, "So This Is Goodbye" (Domino).

The first album in 11 years from Bob Seger, "Face the Promise" (Capitol).

The Columbia debut from U.K. singer/songwriter phenom Sandi Thom, "Smile ... It Confuses People."

A new album from New York dance/rock combo the Rapture, "Pieces of the People We Love" (Universal).

The latest release from enduring indie rockers Yo La Tengo, "I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass" (Matador).

Hard rocker Zakk Wylde's new album with his band Black Label Society, "Shot to Hell" (Roadrunner).

A collaboration between guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau, "Metheny Mehldau" (Nonesuch).

Veteran Canadian rock outfit Barenaked Ladies' "Barenaked Ladies Are Me" (Nettwerk).

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