This week in popular culture: “The Girls,” Radiohead you can hold and “Finding Dory”

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26893819“The Girls” by Emma Cline (Random House). There’s hype all over the place for this debut novel by the 26-year old Cline, concerns a girl named Evie who falls under the spell of a cult leader who is very much like but legally distinct from Charles Manson. (June 14)

Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, “case/lang/veirs” (ANTI-/Epitaph). Speaking of records KUTX will lose its mind over … Lang and Case contributed to Veirs’ 2013 album “Warp and Weft,” and the trio recorded this album last year in Portland, Ore. The three will play the Long Center in Austin on Aug. 3. (June 17)

Sarah Jarosz, “Undercurrents” (Sugar Hill). Actually, this seems to be a fairly Americana-heavy month, what with this Austin-turned-New York artist’s fourth album. (June 17)

51181467Radiohead, “A Moon Shaped Pool” (XL Recordings). Everyone has already probably formed an opinion on this record, which was released on MP3 May 8. If you had a hankering to buy it on CD or 180-gram double LP, now is your chance. (June 17)

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Getaway” (Warner). Yes, they are still around. They will always be around. There will never not be a RHCP album coming soon. This one is produced by Danger Mouse, which is maybe the 50-something alt-rocker version of being produced by Rick Rubin, except these guys were produced by Rick Rubin before it was a career-revival thing. (June 17)

Swans, “The Glowing Man” (Young God). Allegedly the final album to bear the Swans name in this go-around of lead Swan Michael Gira using the Swans name. Austinite Thor Harris plays on this one, as he has on the last few. If you had told me in 1995 that Swans, who seemed like a spent bullet back then, would be one of the best rock bands of 2016, I would not have believed you. At all. (June 17)

Neil Young + Promise of the Real, “Earth” (Reprise). A double live album of performances from the 2015 tour by ol’ Neil and Promise of the Real, aka the band led by Willie Nelson’s kids Micah and Lukas. (June 17)

“Finding Dory.” The long-awaited sequel to the still-terrific 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” one of the all-time best Pixar movies. Writer/director Andrew Stanton returns, as do Ellen DeGeneres as Dory and Albert Brooks as Marlin. Boy, Disney is having quite a little year, huh? (June 17)


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