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.
December. The month of the live music doldrums. Or at least that used to be the case. Not this year.
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.
First, a few exclamation points for San Fran and our beloved World Series champion S.F. Giants: !!!!, !!!!!, !!!!
Second, major props to all the street musicians who helped us celebrate last night. You also deserve a reasonable amount of punctuation marks: !!!!!
Third, let’s keep the party going…
It’s becoming increasingly clear San Francisco may never be bored again. Between music festivals, air parades, Giants playoff baseball (btw, in This Actually Happened news — Lil' Wayne led AT&T Park in a chorus of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" last night) and what figures to be a Halloween fortnight, there’s no end in sight for the regular S.F. reveler. On top of all that, we just can’t imagine missing these buzzworthy shows. Buckle your chinstraps, people.
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