This Valentine's Day, if you're feeling lonely, just remember: It could be worse. You could be the protagonist in a "splatter platter" love song — and, you know, probably dead already. iStockphoto hide caption

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Animal Collective's new album, Painting With, comes out Feb. 19. Tom Andrew/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Stewart's new memoir, Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, chronicles his life in music. Michelle Shiers/Courtesy of NAL hide caption

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Rokia Traoré's new album is called Né So. Danny Willems/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Record Company at the World Cafe studio in Philadelphia. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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The Record Company On World Cafe

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The L.A. band lays down songs from its new album, Give It Back To You, live in the studio.

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Diane Warren co-wrote the song "Til It Happens to You" with Lady Gaga. It has been nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar for Best Song. Emily Shur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lucinda Williams' new album, The Ghosts of Highway 20, shows off her Southern roots. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Singer Ane Brun, 'Freedom Is Really An Absence Of Fear'

"Let your mind and body rest so it can heal." That's the mantra that inspired the Norwegian artist on her latest album, When I'm Free.

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Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has performed more than 80 world premieres. Elmer de Haas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alejandra Deheza finished the album SVIIB on her own after the death of her School of Seven Bells collaborator Benjamin Curtis. Clarke Tolton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mr. MFN eXquire: 'I Evolved As A Man'

Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry.

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Morris Robinson in the Los Angeles Opera's 2009 production of The Magic Flute. Los Angeles Opera hide caption

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