Rock and hip-hop records released this week include:
v The Flaming Lips, “The Terror”: The band explores personal themes such as isolation and disconnection, even loneliness.
v Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Mosquito”: The band mixes pop-song instincts with its rock chops but the result is ho-hum.
v Charli XCX, “True Romance”: The much-promised and much- anticipated major label debut of the Brit Goth-pop princess.
v Fall Out Boy, “Save Rock and Roll”: A charming, convincing and much-welcome comeback for the band.
v Ghostface Killah, “Twelve Reasons to Die”: There is no big single, but with everything swirling around its concept, this album is certainly the first Ghostface album in a while that’s demanding all eyes.
“In Performance at the White House: MEMPHIS SOUL” (8 P.M., PBS): Alabama Shakes and Mavis Staples join other artists in celebration of the iconic ’60s sound.
“Deadliest Catch” (9 p.m., Discovery): “Deadliest Catch” launches a new season, which means more scenes of manly men braving low temperatures and the angry seas, all while we sip lattes on the couch.
“Who Gets the last laugh?” (10 p.m., TBS): “Scrubs” vet Donald Faison hosts “Who Gets the Last Laugh?” It’s a reality competition that has three comedians competing against each other to pull the best hidden-camera pranks on unsuspecting victims.
“Awkward” 10 p.m., MTV: The bell rings for the start of Season 3 as Jenna is challenged by a demanding writing instructor played by “The Breakfast Club’s” Anthony Michael Hall.
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Blake Shelton coming to Blossom
Blake Shelton, with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer, will come to Blossom Music Center at 7 p.m. Aug. 1. Tickets are $54.75 and $39.75 reserved pavilion; and $25 lawn (four-packs for $79). Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.
Brass ensembles in two concerts
The Dana School of Music Brass Chamber Ensembles will present recitals at noon Wednesday at the Butler Institute of American Art; and at noon Thursday as part of the J Cafe series at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane. Both programs will feature a rousing and contemporary repertoire of brass music.
The J Cafe recital includes a lunch and is $10 in advance ($7 for members) and $12 at the door. Call 330-746-3250, ext. 195.
LGBT lecture on campus
Penn State Shenango will conclude its 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series with a talk by Matthew P. Ciszek, assistant librarian and head of the Lartz Memorial Library, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in Sharon Hall Room 105, on Penn Avenue.
His lecture, “The Rainbow Connection,” will focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in higher education. The event is free. For information, call the Penn State Shenango Academic Affairs Office at 724-983-2825.