Metric's new album, its second on the band's own label, is titled Synthetica. Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key. Brantley Gutierrez hide caption

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Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters. Devon Kodzis/NPR hide caption

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A fan of soul and disco, Nemiah Mitchell, Jr. (left) let the taste of his son, Vince Lawrence, shape the output of his record labels Mitchbal and Chicago Connection. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Celebrated composer and lyricist Richard Adler has died at the age of 90. Bob Gomel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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The Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 (from left): Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne and Jeff Schroeder. Paul Elledge/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos. Andrea Shea/NPR hide caption

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Killer Mike's new album, his sixth, is called R.A.P. Music. Courtesy of Life and Death PR hide caption

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