Jingle and Jangle
A festive playlist with less Christmas schmaltz
By Samantha Anne Scott
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.
A “Nutcracker” Sweetened With Swing
Tchaikovsky faces off with Ellington
By Mel Minter
“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.
Flyer on the Wall
Vertigo Venus, Hyperland and Great White Buffalo play Christmas Eve Eve at Burt’s Tiki Lounge.
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
Courtesy of the Artist
Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal
By August March
At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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