Why you should care

Because music is life.

Every other week, our Performance editor shares what’s happening in her earbuds.

Whether you’re East Coast or West Coast, Norway or Paraguay, winter is the season for retreating under a blanket. We know you’re still committed to your plot for world domination — but even the best mastermind needs an occasional cocoon. Here’s a soundtrack for snowstorms and chilly rainfall. Listening to that Softies album was the only way we could fall asleep for weeks after watching the twin towers fall. Warning: The newish Kim Deal track will crack your heart in a few places, whether or not you’re in love. Come to think of it, so will all of these songs. Plug in your earbuds, tune in and drop off … to sleep.



Your midday procrastination video. Watch speakers, singers, actors, dancers, musicians, comedians and athletes strut their stuff.