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5 things from this week that are worth your time.

With all the books, shows, movies and albums that come out every week, it can be hard to choose what's worth checking out and what's, well, not. At least, it used to be hard. But with RELEVANT Recommends, things are much easier. We give you a list of five things you should be watching, reading or listening to this week.

  1. Transcendental Youth, Mountain Goats: You've read our review (haven't you?) so what are you waiting for? Mountain Goats' dependable blend of gorgeous songs telling you sad stories will haunt your eardrums long after you turn it off.

2. Frankenweenie: Tim Burton is back to form (in more ways than one) with this, his feature-length adaptation of an early short film of his about a boy who revives his deceased dog. The claymation is gorgeously detailed, and the characters have more life and pep than almost anything else in theaters right now.

3. America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't, Stephen Colbert: Colbert's had quite a year with his game changing SuperPAC, his fake(?) presidential run and a television show that remains blisteringly sharp and refreshingly transcendant of the partisanship that clouds other satire of his ilk. Add to that a side-splitting new book about restoring America to her former glory, and you can chalk up 2012 as big win for Colbert's campaign for truthiness.

  1. The Vice Presidential Debates: Nothing on television this week will be fraught with as much drama or higher stakes than Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan's debate at Centre College in Kentucky on October 11. Early word is that Medicare will be the topic of choice for both candidates.

5. Nashville: Wednesday night marks the debut of ABC's big fall premiere, Nashville, which follows the career of two country music stars pitted against each other for domination of the charts. The early buzz is that this is ABC's best show in years, and the cast is anchored by universally beloved Connie Britton, who's most famous as the moral anchor of Dillon, Texas in Friday Night Lights. You won't want to miss this one.

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Anonymous commented…

The only way I could be more disinterested in Nashville is if it contained animated segments from Seth MacFarlane.

But the Mountain Goats album is definitely worth a listen.

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Anonymous commented…

Nashville locals hate the concept that most of America seems to hold about our town. Apparently, we are only known for country music and the main place out of town guests want to visit is Broadway: home of tourist filled country music bars. I hope "Nashville" doesn't push these misconceptions farther. Yes, those things are part of our town but they are not what the majority of locals love about the city... Not this 22 year old Nashville native at least.

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Anonymous commented…

ha well when I visited Nashville we tried to find other stuff in nashville to do but seemed like country music was the most advertised and everywhere...and let me tell my family hates country so we had to suck it up.
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