Gang of Four isn't reinventing anything in "Never Pay for the Farm," but its members have a blast with their second lease on life. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The High Highs' "Open Season" is an immediately endearing slice of indie-pop, lending itself to fuzzy late-'90s nostalgia. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Souljazz Orchestra's "Negus Negast" sounds like a collaboration between Fela Kuti and the Modern Jazz Quartet's Milt Jackson. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Bird Songs, Joe Lovano looks for new ways into Charlie Parker's material. Courtesy of Jimmy Katz hide caption

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A Seattle sextet with a flair for warm gentility, The Head and the Heart oozes good-natured winsomeness in "Winter Song." Kyle Johnson/Courtesy of Sub Pop Records hide caption

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In "Time of My Own," The Woggles' members re-create the Nuggets era with a timeless ode to freedom and hope. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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