With the coronavirus pandemic keeping many of us home a lot more, music (and TV) is perhaps more important than ever. It provides solace during these crazy times and an escape from the endless scroll of news, 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)

An insane amount of great new rap albums came out last week, and this playlist is very much informed by that. It starts with a song from the Freddie Gibbs/Alchemist project, and that song really set the tone for just about everything else I picked. Lot of Alchemist beats, and (not coincidentally) a lot of Griselda too.

Bill Pearis (editor)

Still in the same "groovy" mood I was last week, so for this one I've picked some prog, psych, dance, post-punk and a few new songs that all fit together in my head. This one sounded good while making dinner.

Amanda Hatfield (editor)

Black lives matter.