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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. …

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

The Flaming Lips: Turning Violent One of the Flaming Lips’ darkest works yet; the lyrics, instrumentation and video for “Turning Violent” are uncharacteristically reserved. Steven Drozd’s falsetto vocals and an oscillating bass synth lead you into a deceptive sense of lull, until the peace is shattered by noise feedback and bright flashing lights three minutes in, and Coyne—dressed in an electric blue alien-like suit with …