Ric Ocasek (second from left) says the decision to reunite The Cars was simple: He had a batch of new songs, and knew his former bandmates could play them best. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Emmylou Harris says her new album, Hard Bargain, is in part about how her expectations change as she grows older. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Hill (center) says Tombs won't have a prog-rock period, but that he wants a career trajectory akin to Swans and Neurosis. Jason Hellmann/Courtesy of Relapse Records hide caption

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Tombs: Metallic Meditations On The Apocalypse

Tombs distills a barrage of sound into something that, while familiar, is crushingly dynamic.

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