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(Frank Zappa)

Christmas
Because we're suckers for choirs and covers

Because we’re suckers for choirs and covers

(…And we’re totally in denial that the holidays are over, so even though it’s a touch tardy, allow us to throw out just one last holiday-inspired goodie before we delve headlong into the new year, k?) All-female Belgian rock choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers present December, an LP that explores a selection of non-traditional holiday...
Peace on, etc: A Christmas Q&A with E4RTH

Peace on, etc: A Christmas Q&A with E4RTH

Almost exactly two years ago, when blizzards were hitting hard in Brooklyn, New York, songwriter/producer Alan Astor conceived of E4RTH. Feeling the isolating weight of his city buried under so much snow, Alan took refuge in his apartment and wiled away the hours by the warm glow of the digital nature scenes of BBC’s Blue...
'Good Light' and Emmylou, too: A Christmas Q&A with Drew Holcomb

‘Good Light’ and Emmylou, too: A Christmas Q&A with Drew Holcomb

Described as a Tennessee-born, bourbon-drinking, book-collecting Eagle Scout with a Masters in Divinity from Scotland’s University of St Andrews (producing a dissertation on “Springsteen and American Redemptive Imagination”), Drew Holcomb of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors personally introduces himself to Talk Rock To Me by talking 2012 — the year that gave birth to Another Neighborly Christmas...
Because Christmas is coming: 'The Water You Walk' by WHY?

Because Christmas is coming: ‘The Water You Walk’ by WHY?

WHY’s “loosely Xmas-themed track” entitled, The Water You Walk, will appear as the B-side to the band’s forthcoming Waterlines 7-inch.” The wintery, woodland clip is directed and produced by Erika Ochoa. ___ WHY? on tour in 2013 02-08 – Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Ballroom #$ 02-09 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop #$...
Help kids in need by watching Hey Rosetta's 'Carry Me Home'

Help kids in need by watching Hey Rosetta’s ‘Carry Me Home’

Taken off Hey Rosetta’s debut holiday EP, A Cup of Kindness Yet, “Carry Me Home” and its companion video below weave a common sentiment of trying to get home for the holidays. In the true spirit of the holidays, XM Canada will donate $10,000 to Kids Help Phone — an anonymous phone and online counseling service...
'Falling Snow' and wintery wonderment: A Christmas Q&A with Graph Rabbit

‘Falling Snow’ and wintery wonderment: A Christmas Q&A with Graph Rabbit

Graph Rabbit is easily one of 2012’s most gorgeous surprises. Introducing their light-as-air LP Snowblind in early October, duo Austin Donohue and Shy Kedmi create distinctly delicate yet sonically complex songs — like Only Fields and Make It Stop — that effectively (almost magically) transport listeners to whimsical otherworlds. Austin spoke with us last month about...
All-day drinking and tickets to The Boss: A Christmas Q&A with MYSTYRYS

All-day drinking and tickets to The Boss: A Christmas Q&A with MYSTYRYS

Adam Slater [guitar/vocals], Sagar Patel [drums] and Jon Clifford [bass/vocals] are the experimental psyche-pop act, MYSTYRYS, who’ve spent most of this year crafting a sometimes raucous but always rompin’ sound in in an array of London rehearsal spaces. Citing Women, early Liars and post-punks, Red Krayola as influences, the band have released two EPs in...
Because Christmas is coming: 'Twinkling Lights' by Office Romance

Because Christmas is coming: ‘Twinkling Lights’ by Office Romance

Taken from festive three-song EP, https://itunes.apple.com/album/i-love-holidays-feat.-syd/id575623598I Love the Holidays, post-punks Office Romance bust out of their mold to debut the holiday-inspired, iTunes Single of the Week, Twinkling Lights.  
All is calm, all is bright: A Christmas Q&A with Tess Henley

All is calm, all is bright: A Christmas Q&A with Tess Henley

It’s safe to assume that it was her  mother — a professional singer — that gave Tess Henley her natural ear for music. It’s equally safe to assume that it was her dad — a record collector — who honed that ear by schooling Tess on iconic rockers like The Beatles, Tower of Power, and Steely Dan. In that spirit...

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