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Around the NPR Music office we all swear like a twee version of Veep — but on-air and on-website we receive a tiny electric shock every time we try to spell out our favorite dirty words. (That's not true, but it's funny to think about.)

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  Mohawk artist Brendt Thomas Diabo is based out of Toronto, Ontario. His sound is reminiscent of legendary acts like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash with an indie rock twist. Brendt picked up the guitar at an early age and played in a punk band in high school. As Brendt got older, he became inspired by the rockabilly, country, and blues music that was first introduced to him by his grandparents when he was a child. Diabo has toured the U.S. and Canada, once opening for the GRAMMY-winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters, on the Mohawk Reserve of Kahnawake where he grew up.

Brisbane, Australia is sometimes derided as "Brisvegas," a crack at the city's supposed lack of sophistication. But Australian musician Harriette Pilbeam might disagree that her home city lacks culture: She has spent the past few years honing her power-pop chops in the bands Babaganouj and Go Violets, part of Brisbane's not-insubstantial indie-rock scene.

It's not often that re-releases from a band's back catalog prompt a public statement saying that it isn't "announcing s***."

We get right down to business this week with the fantastic, frenetic pop of Guerilla Toss. The New York band has a new album on the way and recently released "Betty Dreams Of Green Men," a cut inspired by alien abduction, addiction and the obsessions that can consume a person's life.

It's hard to know what's real in the latest video from English musician and actor Johnny Flynn. The short film, for his song "In The Deepest," opens with Flynn casually strolling down the street on a sunny day while shooting a selfie. "The thing about Glasgow is you don't know what you're gonna get," he says, staring into the camera. Just then he notices a brilliant light streaking across the sky behind him. It seems a massive meteor is headed straight for earth.

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