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As Hot Sugar, Nick Koenig makes what he calls "associative music" out of sounds plucked from everyday life. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hot Sugar Makes Music Out Of Anything And Everything

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Rod Stewart's new album, Another Country, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rod Stewart Picks Up The Pen

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Joyce DiDonato stars in the new opera Great Scott as a world-famous diva who returns to her hometown and finds its opera company struggling to stay afloat. Karen Almond/Dallas Opera hide caption

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In 'Great Scott,' Joyce DiDonato Leads An Opera Within An Opera

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"This is a guy who's up for the challenge," says film composer Harry Gregson-Williams, describing Matt Damon's stranded astronaut character in The Martian. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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The Music Of 'The Martian,' Deconstructed

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An Alpine Symphony, by Richard Strauss, depicts a dawn to dusk climb up a mountain. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Richard Strauss' Musical Mountain Climb

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Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator and co-star of the TV series Portlandia. Autumn de Wilde/Riverhead Books hide caption

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'Modern Girl' Carrie Brownstein Describes Finding (And Hiding) Herself In Music

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G. Love & Special Sauce's new album, Love Saves The Day, comes out Oct. 30. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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G. Love & Special Sauce: Still Cooking

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Harris J's debut album is called Salam, Arabic for "peace." Phil Scott/Awakening Records hide caption

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Harris J: Pop Music Meets Islam

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Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra are one of musician Jamie Cullum's favorite contemporary jazz acts. Simon Hunt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Coltrane To The Club, A Few Fresh Sounds In Jazz

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Dame Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" isn't just the best-known James Bond theme: It's the standard by which all other Bond themes are measured. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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From Shirley Bassey To Sam Smith, Bond Songs Remain A Pop Oddity

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Joanna Newsom's new album, Divers, is out now. Annabel Mehran/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joanna Newsom On Nabokov, Songwriting And Music Journalism

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Harry Connick, Jr.'s new album, That Would Be Me, is out now. LeAnn Mueller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Harry Connick, Jr. On Tough Love And Letting Go Of The Wheel

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Patti Smith Looks Back On Life Before She Became The Godmother Of Punk

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Hear John Grant And Neko Case

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