As a dark look at youth, City Center's "Teardrop Children" hits too close to home to feel like an exercise in gloom. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Teardrop Children

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Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 when she starred in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Sony Classical Archives hide caption

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Re dell'abisso, affrettati

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"Slip into the same old dream every night," Chad VanGaalen sings in "Peace on the Rise," adding, "Welcome all the things that could've been." Delphine Ghosarossian hide caption

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Diaper Island

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Wilhelm Furtwaengler: A Complex German Conductor

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M83 usually chronicles overwrought teen anxiety, but in "Midnight City," the producer's focus turns to fun and frivolity. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Midnight City' by M83

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The timing is eerily right for the first single from The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon and his moody side project, The Horrible Crowes. Danny Clinch hide caption

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Elsie

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The 'Complete Mythology' Of Syl Johnson

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The steel-drum melody of Chad Valley's "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)" conjures images of ice-cold drinks and miniature umbrellas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)

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John Doe's New Album Is A Contemplative 'Keeper'

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When Hella's "Headless" thunders, you're more likely to find yourself banging your head than scratching your chin. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tripper

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Two Experimental Rock Bands Stay True To Their Roots

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Active Child's "Hanging On" is a break-up ballad, but it's the rare variety that chooses maturity over self-pity. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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You Are All I See

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The 1958 song "Peggy Sue Got Married" is so richly evocative, it took 57-year-old John Doe to get at the core of it. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Peggy Sue Got Married

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