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In "Sea Change," the London folk-pop duo Turin Brakes makes the most of its impeccable vocal phrasing. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lizz Wright invigorates "God Specializes" with timeless fervor by channeling her pedigree in Hahira, Ga. Vincent Soyez hide caption

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Miami Horror's "Holidays" is a simple way to satisfy a retro dance-pop fix without going on YouTube for a self-inflicted Rick Roll. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joost Buis' tunes are clean and true, and still let weird details nibble at the edges on Zoomin'. Monique Baan hide caption

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Joost Buis And Astronotes: Controlled Anarchy

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"Older" finds Band of Horses pining for a love that never fades, no matter what goes on around it. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In "Shudder and Cry," a blues-drenched guitar solo accentuates a sorrowful chorus: "It's a crying shame." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Listen to 'Ceviche' by The Stares

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Jukebox the Ghost's "Schizophrenia" bounces off every available wall, but a steady piano rhythm keeps it from getting too twitchy. Shervin Lainez hide caption

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Benita Valente made her debut with the Met on September 22, 1973, singing Pamina in The Magic Flute. Peter Checchia hide caption

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"Losing You" is a prime example of the power Mavis Staples still holds in her vocal cords. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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As a piece of pop, Happy Birthday's "Girls FM" isn't impeccably groomed, but it's all the better for it. A. Banks hide caption

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Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. He formed the ground Band of Joy in 1967, with drummer John Bonham. Gregg Delman hide caption

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In "Long Walk to Never," Long Island singer-songwriter Jaymay captivates with layered vocals and endearing nods to London and New York. Samantha Seerman hide caption

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