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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snow & Co. to serve up Festivus celebration Friday night

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Celebrate the non-celebration with booze.
  • Celebrate the non-celebration with booze.

Who wants to go to another hoity-toity holiday party? Not I, sir. Not I!

If cheery, sparkly holiday parties are beginning to turn your brain into mush, you’re in luck. We’ve caught wind of a very different kind of festive party. On Friday night, Snow & Co. is hosting Festivus for the Restofus.

What can the Restofus expect at such an event? We caught up with Jerry Nevins, general manager of Snow & Co., and asked him about it.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We wish you a merry non-denominational holiday time

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 4:08 PM

We hope your holiday is as magical as this unicorn.
  • We hope your holiday is as magical as this unicorn.

Well, everyone, we're taking off on Thursday and Friday to sit next to a tree with lights on it, get drunk and give each other things. We hope you'll do the same! (Or, you know, do your winter solstice dance, light candles, wear robes, eat Chinese food -- whatever your holiday-time traditions may be!) Have fun and be safe, everyone. We'll see you on Monday, bright and early!

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Cop a feel for new local music at the Record Machine's Xmas showcase tonight

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Lazy will be there.
  • Lazy will be there.

By putting a slew of local talent in one place, a record-label showcase is a cheap way to cop a feel. Kansas City's the Record Machine -- home of such acts as Cowboy Indian Bear, Max Justus and Soft Reeds -- slots showcases every couple of months, but this one offers a new crop of handpicked local acts. The label hasn't signed most of them yet, but this is one new class of rising musicians you'll want to sample.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Random act of choral music strikes Crown Center [updated]

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Crown Center
  • Crown Center

UPDATE, 2:53PM: We have video! Find it after the jump.

You know that saying about how everything takes a little bit longer to reach the Midwest? Well, after the flash-mob trend has taken over train stations and public spaces across the world, it's finally made it to Kansas City. According to the Star, at least 450 people -- organized by word-of-mouth and e-mail -- erupted among unsuspecting shoppers in Handel's "The Hallelujah Chorus" at Crown Center yesterday. (They called it a "Random Act of Choral Music.") It was supposed to be a secret, but by 1:30PM, Crown Center's central atrium, food court, and upper two levels were jammed with singers holding choral music, cell phones and digital cameras.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Snag a Warped holiday package -- but take care, too

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:25 PM

This year's Warped Tour, where the temperatures were more extreme than the bands.
  • This year's Warped Tour, where the temperatures were more extreme than the bands.

You already know that Vans Warped Tour is coming back to Sandstone next year. (At this year's show, a man died from the intense heat at the rock festival.) Warped Tour is coming back nevertheless, though -- hopefully with more precautions this time. If you're willing to risk the boiling tempatures this coming summer, Warped Tour is offering a holiday promotion for $45, where you can score a Warped Tour ornament, a ticket, early entrance, and some Warped Tour socks. A tip: You might want to stuff your kid's stocking with some water bottles, too.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

John Lennon's 'War Is Over' posters: print 'em for yourself...in Serbian

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM

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This year is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. Yoko Ono has put copies of her and John Lennon's 1969 holiday posters -- 'War is over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John and Yoko' -- in over 100 languages on her website for free download. Ono asks on her website that fans "Download, print & display these posters in your window, school, workplace, car and elsewhere over the holiday season. Send them as postcards to your friends. We say it in so many ways, but we are one."

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

'Little Drummer Boy' gets a makeover, thanks to stepbrothers comedians John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 8:42 AM

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Christmas can either be merry, jolly and gay, or it can be vaguely disturbing. Take the date-rape-y lyrics of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for example; or the voyeuristic "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Another good example? David Bowie and Bing Crosby's version of "Little Drummer Boy," which starts out with an introduction that resembles a porn sketch. Bad acting, good singing: it's begging for parody, yeah? Well, this year, there are two.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Break out the formal wear for Hooligan Holiday this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Hooligans, having a holiday.
  • Hooligans, having a holiday.

Wanna take your lady-friend out all fancy-like, without the price tag? This SaturdaySunday, it's Hooligan Holiday at the Beaumont Club. The event is 100 percent free if you're 21-plus, and there's burlesque, a fashion show, and awesome free tuneage from Hearts of Darkness, Audiovox, New Riddim and rapper Irv Da Phenom. Plus, if you're one of the first 50 people through the door, you get a 25 percent off coupon from Bunker, in Westport. The catch? Yeah, you have to dress up, you bum. Yes, like a suit. Really.

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The Noise FM return for Toys for Tots on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 9:45 AM

The Noise FM
  • The Noise FM

On December 11, indie outfit the Noise FM headlines the second annual Noise for Toys benefit show at the Bottleneck. The charity concert, which is organized by members of the Noise FM with the support of the Douglas County Toys for Tots program, is also the band's first hometown show since brothers Austin and Alex Ward made the move to Chicago this past summer.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sam Billen's Christmas album can now be downloaded by you, for free

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Xmas come early.
  • Xmas come early.
Remember back in October when we encouraged you to donate a few bucks to Sam Billen's Kickstarter fund so that he could record an album of Christmas songs that he would then give to everybody for free? You remember!

Well, Billen surpassed his $1,200 pledge goal, and, per the agreed-upon social contract, you are now free to download his Christmas album, which he made with Josh Atkinson, and which is called A Word of Encouragement

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