Marcia Ball infuses "Everybody's Looking for the Same Thing" with Texas twang and a bluesy, rollicking piano style. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Roadside Attractions

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The Secret History Of Chicago Salsa

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On his 13th and 14th albums, E-40 morphs words using levels of absurdity that would make Dr. Seuss proud. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Concrete

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Fading Parade

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The Vagrants: A Hot '60s Band, For Exactly Four Years

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British Sea Power's "Living Is So Easy" pays tribute to partying and shopping, but leaves the pitfalls to the imagination. Dan Dennison hide caption

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'Living Is So Easy' by British Sea Power

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'Middle Brother': Hand-Clapping Foot-Stompers

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With Jack White's assistance, Wanda Jackson sings a timeless lover's lament in "Like a Baby." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Like A Baby

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The 18-year-old Shostakovich, photographed June 28, 1925, two days before he completed his Symphony No. 1. Courtesy of Naxos Records hide caption

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Symphony No. 1-- second mvt. "Allegro" (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, cond.)

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Thee Sgt. Major III's exuberant "New Painter Man" blends giddy girlishness with a hard guitar crunch. Joe Mabel/Wikipedia Commons hide caption

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New Painter Man

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel makes magic in Tchaikovsky's symphonic takes on Shakespeare plays. Luis Cobelo/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Tchaikovsky, Meet The Bard: Gustavo Dudamel's New CD

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A swinging romp, Tahiti 80's "Darlin'" could have anchored the soundtrack to a Dean Martin caper. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Darlin' (Adam & Eve Song)

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Beady Eye: The Hard-Rocking Sound Of Life After Oasis

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A glorious bit of Velvet Underground-esque balladry, Thurston Moore's "Benediction" unfolds like a graceful prayer. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Benediction' by Thurston Moore

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