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Photo: Treblin/DDP/Getty New on shelves this week is the latest progtastic adventure from the Mars Volta.

However, on their fifth album Octahedron, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez scale back the theatrics for more mellow and acoustic eight-song set "haunted by heartbreak and more focused on soulful vocal emoting than on cool time signatures and guitar flip-outs," Will Hermes writes in his three-star review of the LP.Also out today: the second comeback album by '80s alternagods Dinosaur Jr., who continue their tonal assault on the new millennium with Farm.

On cuts like "Pieces" and "Plans," we find the band's original lineup — guitarist J.

Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph — proving they've still got the guitar goods and haven't lost a thunderous step.

Between this album and Sonic Youth's The Eternal, the '90s are alive and well in 2009, as Farm earned a three-and-a-half star review from RS.But the top vote getter in this week's batch of new releases is Regina Spektor's third major label album Far, collecting four out of five stars from the mag.

In his review, Jon Dolan writes, "Spektor is a woman who doesn't need much excuse to have an emotional Chernobyl (in one song, it's finding a wallet with a Blockbuster card in it).

But she's also the rare screwball who gets more universal as she gets weirder." Songs like "Dance Anthem of the 80's" and the dolphin-drenched "Folding Chair" are among the highlights on this must-hear album.For the rest of this week's New Reviews, check below:• Elektrik Red - How to Be a Lady •Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer •Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day •R.E.M.

- Reckoning (Deluxe Edition) •The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Phenomenal Handclap Band •Foreign Born - Person To Person •Pete Yorn - Back and Fourth

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/06/23/new-reviews-the-mars-volta-dinosaur-jr-and-regina-spektor/
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