Friday, November 17, 2017
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New music, DVDs and video games for Aug. 18-24

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New releases this week

Music

Jimmy Buffett, Songs From St. Somewhere

John Mayer, Paradise Valley

Sarah Neufeld, Hero Brother

Stereophonics, Graffiti On The Train

White Lies, Big TV

DVDs

Amour

The Big City

Charulata

Epic

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Killing Season

No One Lives

Rapture-Palooza

Scary Movie 5

Shadow Dancer

Video games

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (360, PS3, PC)

Saints Row IV (360, PS3, PC)

Splinter Cell Blacklist (360, PS3, WiiU, PC)

Walking Dead (Vita)

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

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