Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony. Bill Swerbenski/San Francisco Symphony hide caption

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Legendary music producer Quincy Jones. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Dirty Beaches is the performing title of the Taiwanese-Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai. His new double album is called Drifters / Love Is the Devil Daniel Boud/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marshall Chapman's latest album, her 13th, is called Blaze of Glory. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Laura Mvula's debut album is called Sing to the Moon. Josh Shinner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marques Toliver's debut album is called Land of CanAan. Athos Burez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall. Carol Friedman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vampire Weekend's third album is titled Modern Vampires of the City. Singer Ezra Koenig (far left) says he sees it as the closing chapter of a trilogy. Alex John Beck/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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LL Cool J's latest album is called Authentic. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Swedish-born guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released more than two dozen albums. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby — but the new film's music is so bold it may as well be a character, too. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture hide caption

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