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Prince's rainy day 2007 performance of 'Purple Rain,' new songs from female powerhouses Laura Mvula, Roisin Murphy and more in this week's music

Prince: Purple Rain (Live) It’s tough to lose Prince, who passed away this week at the age of 57. The seemingly invincible artist’s personal back catalog is an infinite jukebox of hits and buried treasures—which helped launch others’ careers and inspired countless musicians from D’Angelo to Chaka Khan, Sinead O’Connor, Janelle Monae, Miguel and The-Dream. Through his singular talent for songwriting and performance, the freaky-and-proud-of-it …

The Flaming Lips: Space Oddity

Four months later, it’s still hard to fully grasp that David Bowie is no longer with us. The latest tribute comes from The Flaming Lips, who have covered “Space Oddity” with utter, heartfelt emotion. In the accompanying music video, the band plays in an empty church (one member on the organ), pews filled with white balloons, before filling the space with lasers and screeching distortion. …

Pure Bathing Culture: Dream the Dare

From The Flaming Lips' "Turning Violent" to Jesse Woods' "Lazerburn," our look at music this week

What do you get when you cross Beach House with Fleetwood Mac somewhere on the foggy coast of the Pacific Northwest? Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture melds celestial layered synths with late ’70s, dreamy pop rock. Their second single, “Dare to Dream,” from their upcoming full-length debut illustrates the duo’s musical potential. Backed by producer Richard Swift of The Shins, Pure Bathing Culture has already created …