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This week, we tackle the Sisyphean task of climbing with four “hill” songs from Wolfy, the Beatles, the Replacements and Peter Gabriel. Plus a double play of Spoon, a trip down the motorway with Tom Robinson and the Killers say they just can’t stay.

It’s the Brainwaves annual Passover special, in honor of this week’s Jewish holiday. Music to celebrate freedom from slavery, whether that’s songs about Egypt, Pharaohs, plagues (no, not the current one) or wandering in the desert. Plus a little Moses thrown in for good measure. From bands you love like Oingo Boingo, Sioux and the Banshees, Prince, Neko Case, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Belle and Sebastian, the Cure and more. This is a show you don’t want to pass over.

Jenny Lewis leads off this week’s Brainwaves with two tunes plus one from her now defunct and greatly missed band Rilo Kiley. Then it’s on to a set of “millions” with music from Robyn Hitchcock, the Eames Era, the Grass Roots, the Plimsouls and Nash the Slash. Plus Starcastle ask, “Could this be love?” All on this week’s Brainwaves.

This week, Brainwaves takes a look in the mirror for some songs of reflection from the Human League, the English Beat, Nada Surf, The Who and Original Mirrors. Plus a triple play from Strand of Oaks and songs from Moon Hooch, Beach Fossils, Elbow, Jellyfish, Postal Service, Kishi Bashi, Aviv Geffen and much more. What music is your mirror playing?

The Israeli indie band Red Meadow kicks off two hours of eclectic alternative indie on Brainwaves this week. Plus music from Socalled, Assaf Avidan, Interpol, the Hoovers, String Theory, Young the Giant and much more. The meadow always has the best music!

Brainwaves A to Z is back with the “U” show – all bands and songs beginning with the letter “U.” You’ll hear U2, Usher, Utopia, Ultravox, the Undertones and the Undisputed Truth. Plus “U” songs from R.E.M., Talking Heads, Neon Trees, Death Cab for Cutie, Eels, Matthew Sweet, the War on Drugs, Thirteen Senses and much more. It’s all about “U.”

It’s a Brainwaves tradition: Every year for the Jewish holiday of Purim, it’s two hours of happy music. And boy do we need that now! Tap your toes and get your grin on for music from Bobby McFerrin, Kaki King, Elliott Smith, Three Dog Night, Walk off the Earth, the Turtles, Nada Surf, Talking Heads and much more.

No, Brian doesn’t have a girlfriend (he’s happily married for 32 years). But Brainwaves this week does have a few girlfriend songs from Shy Nobleman, The Three O’clock, Talking Heads, Matthew Sweet and the Smiths. Plus music from Sum Sum, The Bongos, R.E.M., Peter Buck, Said the Whale and Rani & Eiland.

There’s so much great music in this week’s Brainwaves, we had to call it a “gold rush.” Seven “golden” songs from Looking Glass, 10,000 Maniacs, Ed Sheeran, Mates of State, the Stranglers, Snow Patrol and Golden Earring. Plus a set of crying music from Gomez, Said Cleeves, Victor Malloy and John Fullbright.