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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The Cars: The Good Times Are Back

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As a jazz singer and a vocal coach, Gretchen Parlato is in demand. David Bartolomi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gretchen Parlato: Stay In The Moment

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Donnacha Dennehy: Crashing Through Cultures

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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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Emmylou Harris: The More Things Change

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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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Hear "Silent World"

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Like his father Fela, Femi Kuti puts African politics front and center in his music. Julien Mignot/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nigerian Star Femi Kuti Talks Politics And Music

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Hazel Dickens onstage at 2008's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns hide caption

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Remembering Hazel Dickens: A Feminist Bluegrass Voice

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Though a pioneering artist, Amede Ardoin is also a historical phantom. Few copies of his classic recordings remain, and this image is the only known photograph of him. Courtesy of Christopher King hide caption

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Long-Lost Love Songs From A Cajun Music Pioneer

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Eliza Doolittle's self-titled debut just came out in the U.S. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eliza Doolittle: A Pop Veteran At 22

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Lee "Scratch" Perry in the mid-1990s. Des Willie/Redferns hide caption

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Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Over 75 Years, From Dub To Dubstep

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After two decades out of the studio, Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady (at left, playing guitar and bass) are back with Steady As She Goes. Scotty Hall/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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20 Years On, Hot Tuna Keeps It Familiar

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Dead Rock West: California Spirituals

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Rapper and singer Ben Drew, a.k.a. Plan B, adopts a more soulful sound on his second album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Plan B: A Singing Rapper Catches His Second Wind

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For the most part, tUnE-yArDs has always been singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus, but the band's latest album welcomes bassist Nate Brenner (left) to the lineup. Anna M. Campbell/Couresty of the artist hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs: Expanding And Grabbing Attention

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Sing It Loud finds k.d. lang returning to her country roots. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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k.d. lang: Bringing It All Back Home

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