While the country is starting to open back up, the coronavirus pandemic is still keeping most of us home more than we used to, and music (and TV) remain more important than ever. It provides solace during these increasingly crazy times and fortunately — despite no concerts happening — there is no lack of music to get us through. We’ve been posting several musicians’ livestreamed performances on a daily basis and some of our favorite live concert videos every week day. We’ve also asked several artists to make playlists of the music they’ve been listening to in isolation, and several BrooklynVegan staff members/contributors have made our own isolation playlists too. If you’re looking for something new to listen to, or old to revisit, maybe one or more of these playlists will do the trick.

We’ll be posting new playlists weekly. Here’s this week’s:

Andrew Sacher (editor)

What exactly is the role of music in a time like this? I'm not sure if I have the answer, but I like to think it can inspire, educate, and provide some much-needed therapy. Here are some songs released in the past couple weeks that do that. Make a change.

Bill Pearis (editor)

A friend of mine posted Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That?" on Facebook over the weekend which I hadn't heard in a long while and had forgotten how much I liked it. (I'd also forgotten that Sleigh Bells' "Rill Rill" sampled it.) So this week's playlist spun out of that, reaching in all manner of weird, funky directions.

Amanda Hatfield (editor)

This is a direct continuation of my last playlist, with some of the newly released protest music from the past week alongside some older picks.

Browse our archive of BrooklynVegan Quarantine playlists for more. For even more songs and playlists, keep up with our daily new song roundups and monthly new song playlists.