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Weekend LISTening: Rock Goes To The Symphony

Paul McCartney conducts a 40-piece orchestra during recording sessions for <em>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</em>.
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Paul McCartney conducts a 40-piece orchestra during recording sessions for <em>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</em>.

On Friday, the Los Angeles indie rock band Foxygen released a theatrical, bombastic new record called Hang, which features a 40-plus-piece orchestra. Since Foxygen is certainly not the first band to take classical musicians on a field trip to the local dive bar, we figured this was a perfect chance to revisit some of the most magical moments when symphonies have starred in rock recordings. Check out a dissection of each song below, plus a Spotify playlist to take with you on the go.

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