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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Lygia Clark's cover art for Sigur Rós' forthcoming album, Kveikur. Lygia Clark/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sigur Ros performs at Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31, 2012. Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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