This past weekend, we had the long-overdue good fortune of checking out the Mission’s newest cultural gem — The Chapel. I already miss it. Find an excuse to check it out. Get inside, scope the bar, the gastropub grub, the upstairs balcony, the cavernous aesthetics, all of it. It’s already a treasure and one of the city’s more magnetized venues, pulling the likes of Marissa Nadler (on Saturday) and Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers fame) in February. Go on, move your tail over there. Mush.
Anyways, onto the week at hand. Don’t be fooled by anyone who says it’s a slow week. That’s quitter talk.
We all know the greatest gift of all is a Kenny Rogers box set that includes the song “Greatest Gift of All,” featuring Dolly Parton. But the second greatest gift of all?
Concert tickets for your BFFs and FMFs (that’s “family members forever,” redundancy be damned)! It’s not too late to stuff your peoples’ stockings with promises of fun and sound, if Christmas is your holiday of choice. Giveth. Receiveth. Rinceth. Washeth. Repeateth.
We’re entirely OK with the cheesiness and predictability of the holiday concert calendar. Routine begets tradition, which begets a feeling of holiday cheer, which begets warm and fuzzy feelings, which begets egg nog, which begets mistletoe. So on and so forth.
But whatever, there’s also a healthy number of concerts that are "traditional" only insofar as much as the word "holiday" pops up on the marquee. We dug ‘em up and vetted them for your holiday approval.
Say what you will about the neverending onslaught of Year-End/Best-Of lists clogging up the internets, but this is truly one of the best times of the year to be a music obsessive. Read as many ‘Best Albums of 2012’ lists as you can stand, and discover.
Forgive the dorked-out shout-outs, but this week I’ll be giving thanks to the following music apps, without which I don’t know how I’d ever sustain such a life-consuming addiction: Songkick (concert-listings aggregator), Spotify (if ya don’t know about Spotify…shame), WillCall (similar to Songkick but less robot-y), KCRW (wildly influential LA radio station), Shazam (song identifier), SoundCloud (music sharing and recording app), Pandora (duh), Anchording (great for musicians who need quick reference to tablature), and yes, even iTunes (sometimes).
Nothing to report here. Plenty going on down here though…
First, a friendly public service announcement: ROCK THE VOTE THIS WEEK, PEOPLE.
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