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On Strawberry Mansion, Langhorne Slim dives into the aftermath of his struggle with addiction, hometown memories and mental health. Harvey Robinson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Langhorne Slim Finds Peace In The Chaos On 'Strawberry Mansion'

After getting help with his addiction and while pausing for the pandemic, Langhorne Slim found songs — happy, sad, anxious, joyful — to be pouring out of him like deep breaths.

In "Broken Harvest," Madison Cunningham writes as an artist who has lost major opportunities to the pandemic, but found inspiration in her time off. Claire Marie Vogel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Broken Harvest,' Madison Cunningham Is Hopeful For A Fresh Start

2020 was set to be a fruitful year for the artist, full of travel and music. In her contribution to Morning Edition's Song Project, she faces the reality of that loss and finds hope in starting over.

Ani DiFranco's latest album, Revolutionary Love, explores the idea of approaching your adversaries with compassion. Daymon Gardner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ani DiFranco Wants Us To Engage In 'Revolutionary Love'

DiFranco's latest album finds inspiration in a book by activist Valarie Kaur, which urges an understanding of and empathy for one's opponents.

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Muzz (Home) Concert

The rock group featuring Paul Banks of Interpol performed a Tiny Desk quarantine set from a theater in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Nora Brown (Home) Concert

The 10th grader with a preternatural skill for the banjo performed a set of Appalachian folk music for Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST.

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DakhaBrakha (Home) Concert

The Ukrainian rock band joined us from Kiev for a Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST concert.

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mxmtoon (Home) Concert

The YouTube star performs five songs in her Tiny Desk quarantine concert.

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Thistle & Shamrock: New Year Sounds

Hear Fiona Ritchie's collection of new sounds for the new year. This week's episode includes The Chair, John Doyle and cellist Ofra Harnoy.

Thistle & Shamrock: New Year Sounds

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Dale Ann Bradley (left), Tina Adair, Gena Britt and Deanie Richardson (center) of the bluegrass band Sister Sadie do their impression of the rock band Queen. Jon Roncolato/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bluegrass Band Sister Sadie Embodies Tradition, But Bends It Too

This fall, the bluegrass supergroup Sister Sadie became the first all-female band ever to win the top prize at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards.

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Here's To New Beginnings: A Playlist For 2021

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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.