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The Cars

Ric Ocasek has famously and repeatedly said there would never be a reunion of the Cars after his old band broke up in 1988. But in a recent NPR interview, Ocasek graciously explained that his change of heart in not just re-forming the Cars for a tour but also in recording a new album, Move Like This, had to do with his old bandmates being the right group of players for the new songs he had written. Sometimes re-formed bands kind of phone it in, but the latter-day Cars sound like the guys picked up where they left off, brushing off the two decades in between. Sadly, the other voice in the classic lineup, Benjamin Orr, passed away in 2000. But if the new album is any indication, the Cars have managed to do justice to Orr's memory, and the live show should be no different.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.