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The Muffs
, No Holiday (Omnivore Recordings) – Kim Shattuck let few outsiders know she had a lot riding on the reunion of her boisterous punk trio The Muffs, since she recorded tracks in the final stages of ALS. Her death on Oct. 2 made the release of No Holiday a memorial of sorts, which is ideal because the album distills and crystallizes the band’s exuberant riffs, while never feeling sorry for itself. This 18-track party wonder is a fine way to remember the howling force of nature that was Kim Shattuck.

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Mark Lanegan Band
, Somebody’s Knocking (PIAS/Heavenly) – Since founding Screaming Trees in the ’80s as a punky baritone, Seattle songwriter Lanegan has evolved to a husky Waits-style tenor with minor-key jangly guitars to match his sad futurist imagery. While his work with Isobel Campbell had moments of sweetness, the full band, with Rob Marshall, Greg Dulli and Sietse Van Gorkom, features a mysterious aura hinting at Joy Division, Crooked Fingers and cowpunk, making this an ideal Halloween soundtrack.

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