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The shoegaze-y L.A. rock band never quite caught on in the '90s. In 2013, the group returned with its first album in 18 years — and on the follow-up, Medicine continues to create new wrinkles.

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After four decades of making records, Lanois has decided to chase sounds that have never been. An otherworldly adventure, Flesh And Machine has no songs and no words, using voices only for texture.

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On an album-length cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Flaming Lips' playful streak gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness and aggression — and detours down strange side roads.

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There are plenty of things about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction process that are worthy of complaint, but the most common gripe isn't one of them.

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On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.

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