Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan

Friday night December 12, I once again made the long drive south to Tacoma, Washington to see yet another great show at Jazzbones. This time it was Nekromantix with Angie & the Car Wrecks opening.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen Nekromantix, but this was the most fun show I’ve seen them . . . → Read More: Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan

Laura Nyro – Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, by Pat Thomas

For me, this 1970 LP is the best “holiday” album. Why? Laura Nyro wrote all the songs, except one, which Carole King did. Felix Cavaliere and Arif Mardin produced it. The backing band are the Swampers from Muscle Shoals – plus Duane Allman AND Alice Coltrane play on it. What more could you want?

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Free Christmas! EP From Awesome Canadians, Zerbin

Friendly Canadian indie-rock trio Zerbin is spreading holiday cheer with a free download of its latest EP. Premiering on Pancakes & Whiskey, the new release features Christmas classics with a modern pop twist and two never before heard remixes of the band’s hit song, “New Earth.” The free download is available via NoiseTrade.

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Anna O – Symphony

After spending the last few months working on new music, Australian songwriter Anna O is excited by the release of her latest single, ‘Symphony.’ The track is brought to life by the artist’s warm, soulful vocals, which glide over a landscape of dreamy synths, strings and an overall sense of intrigue. It’s this unique . . . → Read More: Anna O – Symphony

Barbara Manning – Scissors, by Pat Thomas

For me, the soundtrack of the late 80’s and early 90’s, the definitive ‘indie rock’ artist, was Barbara Manning. Her ethereal vocals over the top of a 1960s English folk / 70’s Krautrock / 80’s Kiwi Flying Nun blend was not only unique, it was transcendent. Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Robyn Hitchcock . . . → Read More: Barbara Manning – Scissors, by Pat Thomas

Red Sleeping Beauty – Merry Christmas, Marie

As a Christmas gift for you, Red Sleeping Beauty is releasing “Merry Christmas, Marie,” their first new song in 17 years.

Red Sleeping Beauty is a semi-legendary Swedish bedroom pop band. They released two albums and numerous singles on classic pop labels around the world between 1992 and 1997. Highly rated by pop connoisseurs, . . . → Read More: Red Sleeping Beauty – Merry Christmas, Marie

Top Ten Albums of 2014, by Graig Markel, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Unless someone comes out with an excellent Christmas album in the next couple weeks, here’s my top ten of 2014:

St. Paul and the Broken Bones Half the City

The Budos Band Burnt Offering

Lee Fields and the Expressions Emma Jean

Benjamin Booker Violent Shiver

Prince Art Official Age

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Jessie J – Masterpiece

The Hunts – O Holy Night

Recently signed to Cherrytree Records/Interscope, seven-piece sibling band The Hunts, have been playing music together almost their entire lives. Ranging from ages 16 to 24, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much . . . → Read More: The Hunts – O Holy Night

ABBA – Why Did It Have To Be Me, by Tom Fredrickson

You need to see this: Frida! Bjorn’s Ovation Breadwinner! Frida’s satin hot pants and charmingly awkward dancing and blithe overconfidence!

That video was discovered in an Internet breadcrumb trail—there needs to be a word for that experience (start with site A, which takes you to video B, which leads to chatroom C, etc.); . . . → Read More: ABBA – Why Did It Have To Be Me, by Tom Fredrickson

Patti Smith – O Holy Night, by Mike Swanson

She’s come a long way from Rock ‘n Roll N-word. She hasn’t lost the punk rock emotion in her voice though. Beautiful.

– Mike Swanson

Nashville Bluegrass Band & Fairfield 4 – Roll Jordan Roll, by Randy Rendfeld

One of the first stories I ever wrote for a newspaper was coverage of a tribute to black church music for the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale newspaper. I was moved by it. My parents dragged me to a Presbyterian church and we never had cool music like that. The choirs didn’t sway. Nobody tapped their . . . → Read More: Nashville Bluegrass Band & Fairfield 4 – Roll Jordan Roll, by Randy Rendfeld

My Goodness – Shiver + Shake and More, Band Live in Portland 12/18

Powerpacked, feedback-overloaded, garage-born Seattle blues rock dynamo, My Goodness, have some upcoming shows. From the video above you can tell their live show features loud, angry rock from the good old days. Below is a stream of their recent album and below that is their cover of the Rod Stewart song, “Young Turks.” . . . → Read More: My Goodness – Shiver + Shake and More, Band Live in Portland 12/18

Steven Blane – Gonna Light the Lights Tonight

Here’s a catchy little tune and a really likable voice. Rabbi Steven Blane has written an all-holiday-inclusive (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa) tune and accompanies himself on the ukulele.

Rebel Coast – Lonely Christmas

Toronto-based youth band Rebel Coast release their latest single, “Lonely Christmas” just in time for the holiday season. The song, written by the five band members; Curtis Smith, Kyle McVea, Ryan Hawken, Angelo Moretti and Amer Dhaliwal, serves as the first single from the band’s upcoming holiday EP, Home For The Holidays.

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Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

ARIANA GRANDE has delivered her brand new original holiday single, “Santa Tell Me”.

Sunday, ARIANA lit up the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. First, she delivered a sizzling medley of hits including “Problem”, “Break Free”, and “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd. Watch the stunning performance here. . . . → Read More: Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

GENEVIÈVE BELLEMARE – Shenanigans and More

GENEVIÈVE BELLEMARE is yet another young Canadian-born woman who has moved down to LA to find success in the music biz. She lived in Oregon for a while (McMinnville by way of Corvallis and won Eugene band of the year several years ago as Voudoun Moi) and found a boyfriend and a guitarist . . . → Read More: GENEVIÈVE BELLEMARE – Shenanigans and More

Cimorelli – Christmas Magic

America’s most musical family CIMORELLI have released their first-ever holiday EP, Christmas Magic [Awesomeness Music/Republic Records], on November 24 via all digital retailers. For this special collection, the six sisters interpreted five seasonal classics, seamlessly adding their own spirit to each. The EP arrives hot on the heels of their fifth and latest . . . → Read More: Cimorelli – Christmas Magic

Jordan Klassen – Firing Squad

Jordan Klassen is a singer/songwriter with a pop sensibility and a soulful voice. According to his online bio, “Jordan Klassen is a leader of the Peter Pan generation: a comforting voice for the lost twentysomethings of the new millennium. Only difference is – he’s found his way. A seasoned songwriter from BC, Klassen views . . . → Read More: Jordan Klassen – Firing Squad

Beyoncé – 7/11

This was released yesterday and every few hours it’s had a million more Youtube views. You gotta love the part where she dials her foot like a phone (2:35) and the “fresher than you” rant (3:20).