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 V.20 No.51 | December 22 - 28, 2011 
Jingle and Jangle

Aural Fixation

Jingle and Jangle

A festive playlist with less Christmas schmaltz

Holiday-themed music is ubiquitous during the most wonderful time of the year. Shake things up with a sonic snow globe of garage rock, punk, pop, experimental, old country and blues—all in the key of Christmas.
Julia Minimata


A “Nutcracker” Sweetened With Swing

Tchaikovsky faces off with Ellington

“The Nutcracker” suite is full of memorable melodies, which is at least partly the reason it has become all but inescapable during the holiday season. This year, though, the music is getting a special twist or two, courtesy of The Nutcracker (Swing!) concert presented by Concordia Santa Fe.

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Flyer on the Wall

Vertigo Venus, Hyperland and Great White Buffalo play Christmas Eve Eve at Burt’s Tiki Lounge.

Sonic Reducer

Ellis Marsalis A New Orleans Christmas Carol · Various Bambara Mystic Soul (The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979) · Various Tally Ho! Flying Nuns Greatest Bits

Our tiny take on A New Orleans Christmas Carol; Bambara Mystic Soul (The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979); and Tally Ho! Flying Nuns Greatest Bits
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 16)

Snowy Egret Has Landed

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret • piano, jazz, composer

Pianist Myra Melford, a Guggenheim fellow who specializes in cross-genre, postmodern musical deconstruction, performs with her ensemble Snowy Egret at Outpost Performance Space on Friday, Oct. 16. Basing her work in a plethora of quintessential artistic experiences that encompasses everyone and everything from Rumi to Japanese Butoh and Meso-American Indigenous traditions, Melford brings a deft touch to her dream-like musical explorations. She’ll be in the company of instrumentalists Ron Miles on trumpet, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Together they’ll perform work both translucent and opaque as they transport listeners to a world without sonic boundaries. Tickets range from $15-20 for this transcendent trip.
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