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

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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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