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Ah, Christ...mas: Brave Combo, holiday favorites thanks to their It's Christmas, Man disc, kick off the holidaze with their annual Christmas shindig, December 1 at the Gypsy Tea Room. In non-Hallmark-sanctioned news, the band will release All Wound Up! A Family Music Party!, its collaboration with kiddie-song vets Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, on January 31 on Rounder Records. As for us, we'll be having our first annual Festivus party upstairs at The Cavern sometime this weekend. Check one of the barstools for more information: We'll be the one impersonating Jesus...
Speaking of X-mas--or The Man's holiday, as we prefer to call it--Good Records sponsors its own get-down on December 14 at the Lakewood Theatre, with holiday sounds provided by The Polyphonic Spree. Seems The Polyphonic Spree kids have been working on their first recording, so look for a late Christmas present sometime early next year. And as for the Good Records X-mas par-tay, get there early: Doors open at 7:30 p.m...
[DARYL], whose seven-inch single for Quality Park Records should be ready to go anytime now, is finishing up work on its first full-length at the moment as well, for--we think--Beatville Records, the same label that brought you the greatness known as The pAper chAse's Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know. They'll take a break from all of that to hit the road with pals Paris Texas on its five-date swing through Texas. You can see the bill for yourself, and you really should, when both bands play at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on December 7...
Ben Kweller, who came back to town recently to play gigs at Trees and Liquid Lounge, is doing well for himself in New York. Let's just hope he doesn't pick up any bad habits from former Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, who Kweller is teaming up with for an East Coast, just-two-guys-with-guitars tour. The kid already leaves the most wonderfully rambling phone messages in the history of voice-mail technology. Wouldn't want to hear what he'd come up with while all hopped-up on goofballs. You know, there's a reason they call it dope.