Anyone who's had a lousy year would do well to jam Harvey Danger's "The Show Must Not Go On" as the clock strikes midnight. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In "The Smile of Rachael Ray," David Mead crafts a melancholy Christmas song with an unlikely star. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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David Mead: Heartache For The Holidays

Mead crafts a wistful, heartbreaking and humane new Christmas classic in "The Smile of Rachael Ray."

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In "Palomino," Mates of State's Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel approach long-gone love with characteristic generosity of spirit. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mates Of State: The Sound Of Infectious Joy

In "Palomino," the band approaches long-gone love with characteristic generosity of spirit.

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Leave it to Clem Snide's Eef Barzelay to find the winsome beauty in a commonly dismissed Journey song like "Any Way You Want It." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Clem Snide: A New Look At An Old Journey

Leave it to Eef Barzelay to find the winsome beauty in a commonly dismissed Journey song like "Any Way You Want It."

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In "When I Was Young," Nada Surf makes a case for embracing our lives as we've decided to live them.

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Song Download: Nada Surf And The Meaning Of It All

In "When I Was Young," the band makes a case for embracing our lives as we've decided to live them.

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As hopeful and humane as it is devastatingly sad, Nick Lowe's "House for Sale" is more than just a metaphor.

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Nick Lowe: Quotable And Clear-Headed

As hopeful and humane as it is devastatingly sad, "House for Sale" is more than just a metaphor.

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