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  • Alt-J's sophomore effort, This Is All Yours, doesn't arrive in stores until September 23rd, but the highly anticipated album is now available for streaming at iTunes Radio. Following the departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury earlier this year, This Is All Yours is the group's first album as a trio, and includes the singles "Left Hand Free", "Every Other Freckle", and the Miley Cyrus-sampling "Hunger of the Pine".

  • Fresh off the release of their excellent fifth album, El Pintor, last week, Interpol have released a video for LP closer "Twice As Hard". Singer Paul Banks directed the clip, which features a group of boxers training in the gym. (They've come a long way since the days of weird puppets.) Watch the clip below.

  • Mark Lanegan has announced a tour behind his forthcoming ninth studio album, Phantom Radio, beginning on October 29th at the Neptune Theatre. After two separate stints supporting Nick Cave in the last year, the jaunt will be his first full-band tour since 2012. Phantom Radio arrives on October 21st, but Lanegan previewed some of the material when he stopped by KEXP earlier this summer.

  • The revered D.C. quartet The Dismemberment Plan have announced plans to reissue their 2001 album Change on November 4 via Partisan. The album, which has never been pressed on vinyl before, was the originally the band's swan song before disbanding in 2003. Similar to the 2011 vinyl reissue of their 1999 classic Emergency & I, the package will include the album on 180-gram vinyl and a 12-page booklet with lyrics and photos.

  • In a rare case of an internet joke turning into something genuinely exciting, a Kickstarter for Run the Jewels to remake their forthcoming second album, RTJ2, entirely with cat noises has evolved beyond a practical joke into an artist-approved possibility. When El-P and Killer Mike initially announced a slew of ridiculous pre-order packages for the album a few days ago, one option was "Meow The Jewels", a re-recorded version of "RTJ2 using nothing but cat sounds for music" at the very reasonable price of $40,000. Although the duo were clear that it was a joke ("run the jewels reserves the right to take your money and not fulfill any of its obligations as outlined in any package priced at 35k or more"), one fan took it upon themselves to make MTJ a reality, setting up a $40,000 Kickstarter, which has raised about $5,000 as of this writing. To top it all off, El-P has agreed to go through with the project and donate all proceeds to charity if it meets its goal. Donate here, and the non-cat version of RTJ2 is still on track to be released (for free) on October 28th.

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