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Conor Oberst's road tunes, The Mummy in China and a rich Civil War novel

MUSIC

Conor Oberst Conor Oberst; available Aug. 5 Folksingers don't lighten up, but they do go on vacation, and an extended jaunt to Mexico seems to have offered Oberst a glimpse of a world without doom. The meandering road anthems (Moab) and beach tunes (Sausalito) capture the mischief and freedom of travel without going all Margaritaville. So your brain is welcome on this journey too. A-

MOVIES

Brideshead Revisited Directed by Julian Jarrold; rated PG-13; out now "Don't be such a tourist," Sebastian Flyte chides his college chum when they arrive at the titular house. But gawking is the appeal of...

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