Bob and Robin take a Dickensian journey in this year's holiday music special, with visits from some old friends, including Carrie Brownstein, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, Ben Folds and more. Mito Habe-Evans hide caption

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Songs We Love: Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, 'Christmas At The Airport'

Traveling these holidays? Let a veteran balladeer and his merry masked band be your support group through snowy flight delays.

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Songs We Love: Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, 'We Three Kings'

Wynton Marsalis leads the famed big band through a rougher-round-the-edges version of a Xmas fave.

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Songs We Love: Derek Rogers, 'Warm Christmas'

A brief, richly suggestive drone piece that conjures chilly atmospheres and faded family memories.

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Songs We Love: Zane Campbell, 'Layaway Plan'

An alcoholic's holiday carol that's ultimately a letter to the mother the narrator never calls, from one of American folk and country music's great recluses.

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A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2015

Celebrate the return of the sun with the 35th annual Winter Solstice concert, captured live in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

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Songs We Love: Kinky Friedman, 'Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis'

The finest storytelling Jewish cowboy in Texas puts a new spin on Tom Waits' classic holiday tale.

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Deceptive Cadence

Songs We Love: Nico Muhly, 'Whispered and Revealed'

Hear a deceptive take on the winter blues by way of a versatile choir, a young New York composer and a 150-year-old poem by Longfellow.

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