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Congratulations! You made it! Now that 2020 is over and 2021 has begun, here's a playlist that's about the hope of a new day.
Bird's holiday album is a collection of covers and originals that some might not view as Christmas material at all.
The duo's bright electro-pop sound works perfectly for reimagined songs like "Sleigh Ride" and "Hallelujah Chorus."
Explore a playlist full of 2020 highlights, including songs by big stars (Jason Isbell, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift) and up-and-comers (Bonny Light Horseman, Arlo Parks, Devon Gilfillian).
If you dive into the new Smashing Pumpkins album, CYR, you might not be getting what you'd expect, and that's exactly what Billy Corgan wants. He performs solo in this session.
You might know him as a musician and bandleader, but Mwenso can now add "teacher" to his list of accomplishments.
Before the 2016 viral video with Pharrell Williams in her class at NYU, Maggie Rogers had been making and releasing music for years - and now, you can hear some of of it on her new release, Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016.
In this episode, World Cafe's Nashville correspondent and NPR pop critic Ann Powers brings you some of the artists from the Music City that you might have missed this year.
Scott's continuing artistic curiosity has led to all sorts of sounds from The Waterboys. On the latest album, we see Scott explore the art of spoken word.
Hornsby's latest album features collaborations with James Mercer of The Shins and the late Leon Russell – the latter of which is a reworking of an old song they wrote decades back.
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