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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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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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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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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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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