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Tuesday

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The best songs of 2024 (so far)

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Tuesday

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The Contenders, Vol. 11: Jason Mantzoukas

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Tuesday

Janelle Monáe gives a commencement speech at Loyola Marymount University's 2024 Graduate ceremony. JC Olivera/Getty Images hide caption

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Advice for graduates: Listeners share songs, lessons from high school

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Tuesday

Lake Street Dive's latest album is Good Together. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 10: The songs we can't stop playing this week

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Monday

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WILLOW's latest album, empathogen, includes one of this week's must-hear tracks, "Run." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 9: The songs we can't stop playing this week

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Tuesday

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Mother's Day Special: Celebrating moms and the music they loved

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Tuesday

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The Contenders, Vol. 8: The songs we can't stop playing this week

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Thursday

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Cruel songs for the cruelest month

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Wednesday

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The Contenders, Vol. 7: The songs we can't stop playing this week

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Tuesday

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Songs to make you laugh, with 'Weird Al' Yankovic

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Tuesday

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The Contenders Vol. 6: The songs we can't stop playing this week

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Tuesday

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Relax: Songs to calm the nerves

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Tuesday

Cellis Maya Beiser offers a remarkable interpretation of Terry Riley's In C on her latest album. Boyang Hu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 5: Our running list of the year's best songs

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Tuesday

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Spring preview 2024

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Tuesday

Madi Diaz's new album, Weird Faith, includes the deeply affecting song, "God Person," one of our best-of-the-year contenders. Muriel Margaret/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 4: Our running list of the year's best songs

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Tuesday

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Beck's 'Loser' at 30 and the golden age of slacker rock

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Tuesday

Composer, singer-songwriter and producer Julia Holter joins us to play some of her favorite music ahead of her latest album, Something in the Room She Moves, due out in March. Camille Blake/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 3: Our running list of the year's best songs

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Tuesday

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Mix messages: Listeners share the songs that say 'I've got a crush on you'

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Tuesday

"Crowded Roomz," the latest single from Nia Archives, is one of the tracks we can't stop playing this week. Lola Banet/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 2: Our running list of the year's best songs

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Saturday

Tuesday

Green Day's latest album, Saviors, arrived as the group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of American Idiot and 30th anniversary of Dookie. Alice Baxley / Apple Music/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Why we still love Green Day

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