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    Though not all of us head back to school this month, we can’t seem to shake the feeling that it’s time to start something new. From an of-the-moment bag to a cool moto, our wardrobe is brimming with possibility. September has an embarrassment of cultural riches, too—from the start of a fresh TV season to mind-blowing albums (Haim’s is out at last!) to Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directorial debut.

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    The duo behind some of this decade’s most commercially-trippy dance music is ready to get back to basics, and we’re totally on board. 
    Release date: September 17th
    Download now: “Your Life is a Lie”

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    PHOTO: Big Hassel

    Days Are Gone, Haim

    This California trio of fashionable sisters totally bring it when it comes to indie rock—catch them live if you can, the concert banter is top notch—and we’re so happy they’re finally releasing their album.  Mostly because we can’t stop listening to their EP, and we want more!
    Release date: September 30th
    Download now: “The Wire”

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    PHOTO: Dan Winters

    Mechanical Bull, Kings of Leon

    It’s been about three years since the bros Followill (and their cousin Cameron) released an album, so we’re saddled up and ready for Mechanical Bull (which, says Caleb, is influenced by everyone from Queens of the Stone Age to Sly and the Family Stone).
    Release date: September 24th
    Download now: “Wait for Me”

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    PHOTO: Republic Records

    Yours Truly, Ariana Grande

    From Broadway baby to Nickelodeon actress, this newly minted pop star, singer of the insanely catchy “The Way,” is the queen of your new back-to-school jam.
    Release date: Now!
    Download now: “Baby I”

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    PHOTO: Atlantic Records

    Electric Lady, Janelle Monae

    This stylish chanteuse never disappoints—and with an album featuring Prince, as well as Erykah Badu on single “Q.U.E.E.N.” and Miguel on “Primetime,” how could she?
    Release date: Sept 10
    Download now: ”Q.U.E.E.N.”

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    Outside the Box coloring book ($18)

    Scribble inside—and outside—the lines in this curated coloring book chock full of drawings from contemporary art heavyweights ranging from Keith Haring to Shepard Fairey to Ryan McGinness. 

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    Oh man, if you don’t fall in love with Los Angeles-based crooner BANKS, you probably don’t have a soul. Not only does the singer lay serious tracks over plucky synth (like on the super sultry “Warm Water”), but she looks like a slinky French fashion muse. Lucky for all of us, this month she drops a sick four-song EP “LONDON.” Let the remixes begin. 

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    Masters of Sex

    In this Showtime drama, Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan (our comedy crush) play William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the dynamic duo who brought the study of human sexuality to the forefront of culture starting in the late ‘50s. Awkward conversations and divine period-appropriate costumes are sure to ensue.

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    Allison Janney and Anna Faris could read the phone book to each other on screen together and it’d be the funniest thing on television right now. So as you can imagine, we we’re super stoked to watch them play mother and daughter on this new CBS sitcom. 

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    Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D

    We love our kick-ass ladies, so we can’t wait for this new ABC show based on the Marvel comic books and brought to life by The Avengers’ (and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s) Joss Whedon. Keep an eye on Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge—our picks for girls to watch. 

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    PHOTO: Showtime, Fox, Disney/ABC Television Group

    Mindy Project, New Girl, Nashville, Homeland

    Can you imagine what it would be like if we put Mindy, Jess, Juliette, Rayna, and Carrie in the same room together? Minds. Blown. Our favorites are coming back to the small screen, and we couldn’t be more excited! 

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    Don Jon

    Writing, directing, acting, singing: Is there anything Joseph Gordon Levitt can’t do? After watching this sweet, smart film in which Gordon Levitt (who also wrote and directed it) stars alongside an amazing Scarlett Johannson and Julianne Moore—you’ll know that answer.
    Hits theaters: September 27th

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    The Family

    Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo star as a mafia family in the witness protection program who just can’t seem to keep themselves protected. (We’ve totally waited for this very moment since Pfeiffer first donned those gold hoops in Married to the Mob.)
    Hits theaters: September 13th


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    Mademoiselle C

    Behind the scenes with ex-Vogue Paris fashion doyenne Carine Roitfeld as she launches her magazine CR Fashion Book? Sign us up.
    Hits theaters: September 11th

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    Thanks for Sharing

    Can you call a film about sex addiction a “romantic comedy?” Critics are going to try with this indie featuring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Gwyneth Paltrow—and we shall let them!
    Hits theaters: September 20th

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