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This is the single artwork for "Eraser III." We can't even print the acronym of the Toronto punk band it's from. Carlos Velasquez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elyse Weinberg rolled with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell in the late '60s, and released only one LP before leaving the music industry. David Elliot/Courtesy of Numero Group hide caption

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Traced in Air not only reinvigorated but reinvented Cynic, a metal band co-founded by guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert, who died Friday. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Today's Active Lifestyles, Polvo's second album from 1993, gets a slight makeover from its original, puke yellow-and-green color scheme for a vinyl reissue. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Fire-Toolz, Maria W Horn, Rakta, Haunt Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

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Real Life Rock & Roll Band applies minimalist techniques to rumbling, dueling guitar histrionics on its debut album, Hollerin' the Spirit. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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