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What not to miss in music, DVDs, and games

What not to miss in music, DVDs, and games — Listen2This raves about the new Public Enemy concert DVD, ”The Rock Snob’s Dictionary”, and more

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What not to miss in music, DVDs, and games

DVD

PUBLIC ENEMY It Takes a Nation: The First London Invasion Tour 1987 (Music Video Distributors)

It’ll take a nation of millions just to hold back our recurring Flavor Flav-Brigitte Nielsen nightmares, but this two-disc concert DVD of Public Enemy in Europe during their late-’80s heyday is funk-ay fresh. Yeeeah, boyeee! (Out 4/19)

Book

THE ROCK SNOB’S DICTIONARY (Broadway)

Puzzle those vinyl-collector pals with your sudden expertise in obscure rock figures like post-punk architects ESG, old-school country hero Porter Wagoner, and minimalist synth giant Terry Riley, with this informative, tongue-in-cheek guide. Never confuse the Soft Boys (late ’70s weirdo-pop) with the Soft Machine (late ’60s weirdo-psych) again! (Out 4/19)

CD

SPROUT Soundtrack (Record Collection)

Aimed at sophisticated Sex Waxers, this surf-flick soundtrack places instrumentals (by HIM, Tortoise, and others) alongside sun-kissed gems like the Shins’ ”When I Goose Step.” Hope Sandoval lends a lusciously lazy track, but to truly chill, cue up Oliver Nelson’s ”Stolen Moments,” recorded in the cool-jazz ’60s. All in all, pretty rad. (Out 4/12)

Game

STAR WARS REPUBLIC COMMANDO (LucasArts, Xbox and PC, T)

Clone troopers get top billing in this first-person shooter — but don’t worry: They flash far more personality than the mindless drones seen in Episode II. As squad leader, you and three other elite soldiers make way more use of brute force than the Force as you blast your way through a series of campaigns, none more hairy than the one that takes place on the Wookiee world of Kashyyyk. (Out now)

Concert

COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL

This two-day blowout has become the indie rocker’s Fear Factor: Fry in the SoCal desert! Gorge on sketchy pizza! Suck more sand than a Mad Max extra! But with this year’s retro-tastic lineup — hello, Gang of Four, Nine Inch Nails, and Bauhaus! — hey, bring on the pain (coachella.com). (April 30-May 1)