James Brown performs onstage at the TAMI Show on December 29, 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call. Sven Halling/Getty Images hide caption

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Sam Hunt has written hits for both Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. His debut album, Montevallo, is out on Oct. 27. Chase Lauer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Janet Weiss (left), Carrie Brownstein (center) and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney. The trio's first album since 2005 will be out on Jan. 20. Brigitte Sire/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alexander Scriabin originally set out to write a piece called "Orgiastic Poem," centered on physical ecstasy, but later decided to alter the title to something more ambiguous. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Several hundred protesters picket the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center, Sept. 22, 2014. "You will be made to destroy that set," Jeffrey Wiesenfeld said. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Otis Redding in 1967. Redding was also known as "The Mad Man From Macon." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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