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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'The Show Must Not Go On' by Harvey Danger

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David Bazan's "Wolves at the Door" tells grim stories, but it's rooted in the spirit of forgiveness. JUCO hide caption

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Wolves at the Door

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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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'The Smile of Rachael Ray' by David Mead

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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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Mountaintops

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Marketa Irglova: Tiny Desk Concert

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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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'Any Way You Want It' by Clem Snide

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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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'When I Was Young' by Nada Surf

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Chris Bathgate: Tiny Desk Concert

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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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Old Magic

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