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Christmas
Because Christmas is coming: A ukelele version of 'O Holy Night'

Because Christmas is coming: A ukelele version of ‘O Holy Night’

This is what a guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter — named Jon DeRosa — who studied classical and flamenco guitar while idolized Glenn Danzig and memorizing the entire output of 4AD and Projekt Records sounds like when he covers a Christmas classic using only a ukelele. “‘O Holy Night’ is perhaps the single Christmas song I grew up...
Because Christmas is coming: Download Said The Whale's Christmas EP

Because Christmas is coming: Download Said The Whale’s Christmas EP

Vancouver’s Said The Whale are doing their part to make the season bright by offering up an excellent EP of Christmas-themed songs just in time for the holidays. Download and enjoy the band’s West Coast EP Christmas Collection below, but don’t be a Scrooge: Leave ’em a tidy tip for their festive efforts. Said The...
Don they now their gay apparel: A Christmas Q&A with Faded Paper Figures

Don they now their gay apparel: A Christmas Q&A with Faded Paper Figures

Considered a best-kept secret in indie-electronic music, Faded Paper Figures — R. John Williams (vocals, guitar), Kael Alden (synths, guitars, bass, drums, machines, trumpet, violin) and Heather Alden (vocals, synths, piano) — released their third album, The Matter, back in October. Its pulsing combo of skittering synths, pop-y beats, daring energies and thoughtful lyrics earned high praise from New York...
She & Him introduce festive 'Yule Log' app

She & Him introduce festive ‘Yule Log’ app

Zooey Deschanel (She) and M. Ward (Him) are arguably too cool for school but they’re  perfectly cool enough for Christmas. After releasing A Very She & Him Christmas last year — hip renditions of  seminal holiday hits by The Carpenters, Vince Guaraldi, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, etc — the duo now invite listeners to enjoy the glow of...
Good tidings he brings: A Christmas Q&A with Josh Doyle

Good tidings he brings: A Christmas Q&A with Josh Doyle

With over a decade of music-making experience under his belt including a notable stint as the front man of UK band The Dumdums, Josh Doyle is reaping the rewards of a slow but steady approach and some well-earned friends in high places: His eponymous solo album (released back in October) is the result of sessions with...
Because Christmas is coming: 'Do They Know It's Christmas' by Band-Aid

Because Christmas is coming: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band-Aid

If you’re anywhere near the neighborhood of 40, this Christmas video needs no introduction, but to the younger set, here’s some valuable back story on a rather historic release: Do They Know It’s Christmas is a song written by Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and Midge Ure (Ultravox) in 1984 and performed by star-studded ensemble, Band...
A Christmas (horror) Story: The Killers' debut 'I Feel It In My Bones'

A Christmas (horror) Story: The Killers’ debut ‘I Feel It In My Bones’

Though The Killers have showed a real stick-to-itiveness when it comes to releasing an original Christmas single each year, the songs themselves have never really jingled our bells. That said, however, we heartily applaud the Vegas band for getting creative in the spirit of the holidays — and of course, for donating not some, but all...
Because Christmas is coming: Ormonde's 'Blue Christmas'

Because Christmas is coming: Ormonde’s ‘Blue Christmas’

 
Because Christmas is coming: 'A Very Rosie Christmas Sampler' by Rosie Thomas

Because Christmas is coming: ‘A Very Rosie Christmas Sampler’ by Rosie Thomas

Including appearances by friends Sufjan Stevens, Damien Jurado, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), and Denison Witmer, Rosie Thomas’ Xmas sampler hints at the sweet, festive flavor found on her new holiday collection entitled, A Very Rosie Christmas. Thoughtfully included, in the spirit of giving, is bonus track, Friendship Sleigh Ride. Enjoy, be merry — and give...
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