"It feels alive and it feels electric and it feels like it has color," Chad Clark says of Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. Jon Pack/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer Julia Wolfe has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields, an oratorio about coal miners and their families. Peter Serling hide caption

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Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (left) will put out his first album under his own name next month. Katie Crutchfield just put out her third album as Waxahatchee on Merge. Lissa Gotwals/Jesse Riggins/Courtesy of Merge Records hide caption

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"It was the first time I was aware of how strange humanity has got," Laura Marling says of living in L.A., "and that we live in such close proximity to one another. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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