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Jingle Boom Holiday Bash in Huntington!

Put on that ugly holiday sweater and enjoy treats, live music and poetry December 20


It’s a feast for the senses—so eat, drink, dance and be merry. SPARKBOOM, an affiliate of the Huntington Arts Council, invites you to spark the halls of HAC’s Main Street Gallery for the Jingle Boom Holiday Bash on Saturday, Dec. 20. This free art-filled event (suggested donation $5) allows you to simultaneously get into the holiday spirit and chill out before seeing the relatives.

Gallery windows will be dressed by graffiti artist Reme 821 and fine artist Caitlyn Shea. There will be performances by acoustic experimental band Cloud Caverns, hip-hop/ska group Nonstop to Cairo and singer/songwriter Robert Sloan with spoken word/poetry by Steven T. Licardi, Bri Onishea, James Kim, Frankie A Soto and Meredith Nussbaum. 

Indulge in homemade donuts and sweet treats from Stella Blue Bistro, craft beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery and fruit oil-infused Hint Water. And don’t forget to dig up that Christmas sweater for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest…



What: Jingle Boom Holiday Bash
Where: Huntington Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington
When: Saturday, December 20th from 6-10pm
Free ($5 suggested donation)

For more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/317075631826692/?ref=22

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Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree

Americana band Rough Shop takes on the holiday season


My wife gets tired when the gifts look like they were wrapped by little kids
This Yuletide will be different cause this is what I did:
Realized my wrapping weak spot could never be addressed at home
So I took care of that shortage of those papers, strings and bows
Gimme That Twine! Unhand that Ribbon!
No Terpsichore till they’re under the tree
—“Gimme that Twine!” by Rough Shop

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Need to spice up that holiday record collection?

Informed by folk, rock, soul and country music, the award-winning St. Louis-based band Rough Shop has released its second Christmas cd, Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree. The Americana quintet—lead guitarist Andy Ploof, bassist Anne Tkach, rhythm guitarist John Wendland, pianist Jon Parsons and drummer Spencer Marquart—is joined by special guests from bands like Ransom Note, Magnolia Summer and the Love Experts.The 13-track cd includes nine originals, a rewrite and three rare covers: British folk-rock band Stackridge’s “North St. Grande,” the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned, “I Wish You a Merry Christmas” and a soulful version of Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes.”

But what makes the album really shine are the Rough Shop originals spanning a wave of Christmas feelings from loneliness and wonder to longing and pure joy—with the requisite humor thrown in. Songs like the nostalgic, Wilco-esque leadoff track “Christmas Isn’t Like Any Day” and the wistful “Snowbound Girl”: “When the holidays are crashing all around you/ A blanket of white is all you see/ Crowds and confusion surround you/ And you’re longing for the way you used to be…” could well be holiday classics.

The band livens things up on the jazzy “Santa, What You Got in the Bag?” and “Gimme That Twine!”, a swingin’ remake of Jon Hendrick’s “Gimme That Wine,” with Wendland writing of a family man experiencing a wrapping paper shortage. (This is likely the first holiday song ever written using ‘Terpsichore,’ the Greek word for the Muse of dancing and song, to rhyme with tree) There’s something for everyone on Rough Shop’s holiday album—including the hungover: “Sick Again,” and those who can’t make it home for the holidays: “Christmas at the Super 8”—so put it on during that tree trimming.

Take a listen here: http://roughshop.bandcamp.com/album/lit-up-like-a-christmas-tree

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.

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Roy wrote on December 09, 2014

Really good contemporary holiday records are few and far between. This one is really good. Not the usual and often lame attempts at covering “Silent Night” or “Rudolph” for the 8th bazillionth time. I think “Snowbound Girl” (which is just begging for Van Morrison to cover it) is my current favorite.



Celebrate Thanksgiving with Blonde Redhead

Indie trio brings Barragan to NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on Nov. 25th and 26th


She does nothing all day
But sit down and cry
She touches the sky
And wishes to play

—“The One I Love” by Blonde Redhead

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Image: Marlene Marino


New-York based Blonde Redhead fans, and those returning to New York City for turkey day, are in for a pre-holiday treat when the local indie dream pop trio perform two shows at the Bowery Ballroom. Japanese vocalist/rhythm guitarist Kazu Makino and Italian/Canadian twin brothers—guitarist Amedeo and drummer Simone Pace—have been making music together for 21 years. It seems like just yesterday that art student Makino randomly met the Pace brothers at an Italian restaurant in New York City. More of a noise rock band in the beginning, the band caught the attention of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and he produced Blonde Redhead’s self-titled debut in 1995.

The last decade has seen the trio go a quieter, but just as experimental, route. While 2010’s dreamy Penny Sparkle was more electronic and synth-based, Blonde Redhead’s latest album, Barragan, was recorded live in the studio with analog paraphernalia for a more stripped down sound. Barragan is the Spanish word for warrior or brave young man, but Makino said they got the title elsewhere: “I didn’t know that was the meaning, but we got the inspiration from the Mexican architect Luis Barragan.” The Modernist architect, known for his clean lines and use of raw materials, was also interested in color, emotion and serenity so one can see how his work inspired the trio’s latest effort, which was recorded with producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck). Barragan would likely have appreciated the acoustic, flute-laden title track and stand-outs like the quirky “Cat on Tin Roof,” the shoegaze-y “No More Honey” and the propulsive “Dripping”: “I saw you dripping sunlight/ I saw you dripping moonlight.”

Let yourself be inspired by the creative sounds of Blonde Redhead at the Bowery Ballroom before meeting up with the relatives on Thursday.

“We’ll be playing most of the songs from Barragan except one or two,” said Makino. “The rest are a mix from from our other albums—for some reason, we are not able to play covers.”

What: Blonde Redhead—live
Where: Bowery Ballroom in NYC
When: Tuesday, November 25th AND Wednesday, November 26th, 9pm

For more info: http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/635343-blonde-redhead-new-york

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.

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Suzanne Vega plays Westhampton Beach Performing Arts

Folk songstress brings Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles to New York


I never wear white
White is for virgins
Children in summer
Brides in the park.

My color is black black black
Black is for secrets
Outlaws and dancers
For the poet of the dark.

—Suzanne Vega

It’s been 27 years since singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega released the a cappella “Tom’s Diner,” which was named after NYC’s Tom’s Restaurant on W 112th Street and Broadway. (Shots of Tom’s Restaurant were also used to represent Monk’s, the diner where Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer gnoshed on Seinfeld). Since the British dance duo DNA successfully remixed “Tom’s Diner” in 1990 (one of Vega’s most commercially successful songs along with “Luka” and “Marlene on the Wall”), numerous musicians have sampled the song. And it can be heard on Fall Out Boy’s latest single, “Centuries.”

“There have been so many samples,” admits Vega, who recently joined Fall Out Boy in a performance of “Centuries” on Ellen. “I really like Nikki D’s ‘Daddy’s Little Girl,’ Fall Out Boy, Michigan & Smiley and Danger Mouse’s versions.”

On her first album of original music in seven years, Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,Vega actually samples 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” and makes reference to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain.” Produced by David Bowie’s former musical director Gerry Leonard, The Queen is quintessential Vega with a few more guitars thrown in with the help of former Bob Dylan sideman Larry Campbell, Peter Gabriel and King Crimson bassist Tony Levin.

One of the dark poetess’s more rockin’ songs is the semi-autobiographical “I Never Wear White.” And while she admits to wearing white from time to time—like when she got married—the woman with the penchant for dark-colored suits really does prefer black.

“‘I Never Wear White’ is a juicy song that I can really get into performing,” said Vega, who studied modern dance as a teenager. “I also like performing ‘Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain’ because it’s a lot of fun.”

While the folk songstress was influenced by artists like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Laura Nyro, Vega is looking forward to hearing the new albums by Taylor Swift and Lucinda Williams. More music from Vega and a book could also be on the horizon.

“There could be more music at the end of 2015,” said Vega. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan and revisiting all of Fall Out Boy’s back catalog. I also love Cibo Matto’s new album—great stuff!”

What: Suzanne Vega live– her distinct voice is smoother than ever
Where: Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, November 1st, 8pm
For more info: www.whbpac.org/pages/event_detail.php?event_id=812

Vega will also be playing at Joe’s Pub in NYC on November 14th with shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, and on November 15th with shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

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The Great Garden City Pumpkin Patch

Head to UUCCN for pumpkins and baked goods throughout the month of October


Linus: Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see…

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Let the Pumpkin Scarecrow lead the way when heading to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau (UUCCN)  at the corner of Nassau Boulevard and Stewart Avenue. Throughout the month of October, the grounds will be covered with pumpkins from the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, which tend to last longer than those grown in the eastern United States. The sale is open daily from 11am to 7pm through Halloween on October 31st.

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Close to 6,000 pumpkins in various shapes and sizes were delivered, as well as some variety pumpkins, gourds and decorative corn. Bring friends and family and enjoy some of the congregation’s homemade baked goods available for purchase—including homemade apple pies available on Sundays baked fresh from the oven! Admission is FREE and you are welcome to take pictures and wander through the patch in search of your Great Pumpkin…

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Happy Halloween! For more info head to: https://www.facebook.com/UUCCN/timeline?ref=page_internal

On Saturday October 18th, UUCCN will also host a special benefit for The Water Project, which helps bring relief to communities around the world that lack access to clean water and proper sanitation. Entertainment includes jazz/country/rock/French cabaret violinist Bob Mastro, Folk Goddess Martha Trachtenberg, composer and musical director Michael Sansonia and local favorite Mason Sansonia. The $25 cover charge includes a gourmet dinner served right after the performance. For reservations and info email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.

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Elizabeth wrote on October 17, 2014

Beautiful



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