Faith Newman in late 1993 or early '94 at Sony Studios with, from left to right, DJ Premier, Large Professor, Nas, Q-Tip and L.E.S. — all the producers on Illmatic except for Pete Rock. Courtesy of Faith Newman hide caption

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Sheldon Harnick (right) with the late Jerry Bock, his long-time musical collaborator. Together they worked on musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello! Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR Music's Ann Powers (right) interviews musicians (from left) Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sharon Jones and Meshell Ndegeocello at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. Brady Harvey hide caption

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"The longer you're out on the road, it gets nicer to have [Abner Ramirez] there. Because he's the closest thing to home I have," Johnnyswim's Amanda Sudano says. "Home is where he is." Jeremy Cowart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz singer René Marie's latest release is I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt. Janice Yim/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Neon Trees' new album is called Pop Psychology. Andrew Zaeh/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Valentina Lisitsa's new album, Chasing Pianos, features music from Michael Nyman's score to the 1993 film The Piano. Alexei Kuznetsoff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In a 25-year career, Damon Albarn's new Everyday Robots is his first true solo album. Linda Brownlee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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