This week in popular culture: ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ old R.E.M. and new Miranda Lambert

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell and Katherine Waterston star in this “Harry Potter” spinoff (complete with screenplay by J.K. Rowling, her first) about Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and his wizarding adventures in the U.S. in the 1920s. (Nov. 18)

 R.E.M., “Out of Time (25th Anniversary Edition)” (Concord Bicycle). Speaking of reissues to make you feel old, various iterations of this deluxe set may include 19 demos, an unreleased 1991 live show, eight music videos, a 1991 EPK video, and the album in high-res and 5.1 Surround Sound formats on a Blu-ray disc. (Nov. 18)

rek_ntcvr Robert Earl Keen, “Live Dinner Reunion” (Dualtone). A two-CD sequel to this Texan’s 1996 album “No. 2 Live Dinner,” featuring Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison, Cory Morrow and Cody Canada. (Nov. 18)

  Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” (Atlantic). Expect funk on Mars’ third album. No, really. Funk will happen. (Nov. 18)

 Metallica, “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct” (Blackened Recordings). Their first since 2008 is a 77-minute double LP/double CD. Look, it can’t be worse than “St. Anger” and it can’t be mastered worse than “Death Magnetic.” (Nov. 18)

credit-daniela-federiciMiranda Lambert, “The Weight of These Wings” (RCA Nashville). A 24-song double album from this country star. That is a whole lot of Lambert. (Nov. 18)


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