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Bach, Brits And A Bodacious Boston Orchestra: New Classical Albums

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Music Review: Dengue Fever's 'Deepest Lake'

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John Luther Adams' new album, The Wind in High Places, evokes austere landscapes and mysterious light. Kris Serafin hide caption

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04Sky With Four Suns

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    John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places
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    Cold Blue
    Released
    2015

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Gael García Bernal (right), Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell star in the classical music comedy series Mozart in the Jungle. Nicole Rivelli /Amazon Studios hide caption

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Photographer Chris Stein in the reflection of Debbie Harry's sunglasses. Chris Stein /Chris Stein/Negative, Rizzoli, 2014 hide caption

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A Place That Can't Exist Again: Blondie's New York

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A new box set shows that aboriginal artists were recording their own music in the '60s and '70s, largely outside of the media spotlight. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

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Music Review: Lori Henriques' 'How Great Can This Day Be'

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Charli XCX's new album is titled SUCKER. Bella Howard/Charli XCX hide caption

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Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

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Talk about a long-awaited holiday gift: D'Angelo's Black Messiah was released Monday, nearly 15 years after its predecessor. Greg Harris/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Worth The Wait: The Transcendent Groove Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

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Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, sees the rapper revive his Tony Starks alter ego. Brian Level/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

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Music Review: 'Here is Barbara Lynn' Reissue

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