Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday magic coming via Christmas albums, special concerts and movie showings

With the holiday season upon us, there is all kinds of magic happenings...

The Killers * Second Annual Jimmy Kimmel Live (RED) Show * Tuesday, November 22 @ 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT on ABC

Tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live!  tonight, November 22 to catch Brandon Flowers and The Killers kicking off the holiday season in the second annual (RED) episode supporting (RED)'s fight against AIDS. The Killers will join Jimmy Kimmel and U2 frontman Bono for a special performance with appearances from Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Kristen Bell, Halsey, DJ Khaled and Neil Patrick Harris.

To celebrate (RED)'s 10th anniversary year and a decade of their much-anticipated Christmas singles, The Killers have released Don't Waste Your Wishes, a Christmas album featuring their ten previous Christmas singles and one brand new song, via Island Records. All proceeds from Don't Waste Your Wishes will benefit (RED) - PRESS HERE to purchase. Since 2006, The Killers have donated 11 tracks to (RED), and are the only band to have donated a Christmas track every year for the last decade. This year, they have created a special website hosting the full catalogue of Christmas videos from the past 10 years - PRESS HERE to explore.

New Holiday Playlist Only on
Amazon Music - Acoustic Christmas
Featuring Train, Zella Day, Us the Duo, Sara Watkins, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
and more

Acoustic Christmas is an Amazon Music Original playlist featuring twenty nine original and classic holiday recordings from a wide range of artists like TrainZella DayUs the DuoSara Watkins, as well as Billy Bragg and Joe Henry -  will be available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music beginning today, November 22.
In addition to mainstream artists such as Train and Zella Day, the artist roster for Acoustic Christmas highlights established members of the Americana community, including; Trampled by TurtlesHayes Carll, and Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins. Emerging artists like Son LittleKeaton Henson, and Little Scream are also featured on this broad and eclectic playlist.
Today, Amazon Music shared a live performance of Us the Duo's "Feels Like Christmas."
"I feel like there’s always anticipation leading up to Christmas, we’re all just waiting for this special time of year. ‘I Miss You Christmas’ is my way of literally singing praise to my favorite holiday,” said Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train.
The song selection for Acoustic Christmas reflects the diverse group of artists involved, including a mix of covers of holiday classics and original compositions. Watkins’ “The Holidays with You” is an upbeat original, while Billy Bragg and Joe Henry delivered a plaintive rendition of the late Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December,” recorded during their recent U.S. tour.
“The moment that we were first reached with an invitation to contribute a song to Amazon's holiday playlist, the two of us were en route through an autumnal rain from the big city to the mystic hamlet of Woodstock, NY. Eager to participate and knowing time was short, we pulled guitars from the bay of our small touring bus and almost without second thought heard ourselves join voices as we bounced along, rehearsing as we traveled what proved to be the only choice of song - not only for us as songwriters of the broader folk tradition, but as world citizens desirous of navigating these treacherous times with a nod to both trembling and optimism: Merle Haggard's seminal blue-collar Christmas meditation, ‘If We Make It Through December’” explain Billy Bragg and Joe Henry.
Additionally, Escondido’s beautiful version of “Little Drummer Boy” stands alongside newcomer Samuel Larsen’s acoustic-pop take on Brooks & Dunn’s “It Won’t Be Christmas Without You,” Son Little’s “What Child is This?” and American folk pop singers, Us the Duo’s newly-written song “Feels like Christmas”.
“This has always been my favorite Christmas song, partly because it uses the melody of Greensleeves-- I think it fits perfectly with the air of mystery suggested in the lyrics.” – Son Little
The result is a timeless mix of songs showcasing the best characteristics of both acoustic and holiday music.
Acoustic Christmas Track List: 
1.     “This Christmas,” Eric Hutchinson
2.     “Feels Like Christmas,” Us The Duo         
3.     “The Holidays with You,” Sara Watkins        
4.     “Birthday Cake For Jesus,” Shinyribs
5.     “My Own Christmas Tree,” Andrew Combs
6.     “Grateful for Christmas,” Hayes Carll
7.     “Christmas Time,” Linda Stonestreet
8.     “Merry Christmas To You,” G. Love
9.     “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Zella Day
10.   “What Child Is This?” Son Little
11.   “Christmas Was Here,” Inara George
12.   “I Miss You, Christmas,” Train
13.   “Christmas at McKinley Pub,” Stone Foxes
14.   “Auld Lang Syne,” Barcelona
15.   “Little Drummer Boy,” Escondido
16.   “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Black Joe Lewis
17.   “If We Make It Through December,” Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
18.   “Christmas In Prison,” Tramped By Turtles
19.   “Taking Down The Tree,” Keaton Henson
20.   “Christmas Street,” Bob Schneider
21.   “Come Home for Christmas,” Echocentrics (feat. Natalia Clavier)  
22.   “Cold Street,” Baskery
23.   “We Were Just Kids Then,” Arum Rae
24.   “It Won't Be Christmas Without You,” Samuel Larsen
25.   “Merry Christmas From the War,” Jillette Johnson           
26.   “Lou and Jessy's Christmas,” Little Scream
27.   “Is It to Bethlehem,” Kacy & Clayton
28.   “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day,” Anais Mitchell
29.   “One Little Christmas Tree,” Barbarossa           
Official music videos for a selection of songs from Acoustic Christmas will be released at a later date.
Amazon Music Unlimited is available on all Amazon Music compatible devices including Amazon Echo, Fire devices, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Sonos players and more. Customers who sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited can begin their free 30 day trial today. To find out how to listen, visit www.amazon.com/howtolisten.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
To Perform Private Concert for SiriusXM Listeners
"Christmas Rocks" concert to air on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country and Holly channels
Brian Setzer Orchestra set to perform concert
for SiriusXM listeners on Nov. 29, 2016.
SiriusXM announced today that iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners in New York Cityon Tuesday, November 29. This private concert-to air on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country and Holly channels--is part of The Brian Setzer Orchestra's in-progress 13th annual "Christmas Rocks!" tour, presented by SiriusXM (full itinerary here). In December of last year, The Brian Setzer Orchestra also performed an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners in New York City.
The private performance will feature the 19-piece band performing his unique take on Holiday classics, including songs from their first studio Christmas album in 10 years, 2015's Rockin' Rudolph, (Surfdog Records) plus Setzer's well-known hits from the Stray Cats and his solo career. Setzer recently released (November 4, via Surfdog Records) the Blu-ray/CD Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka! - Live In Japan.
The "Christmas Rocks" concert, taking place at The Hard Rock Café in Times Square, will air Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET on Outlaw Country, channel 60, and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at SiriusXM. Highlights from the concert will air on SiriusXM's Holly, channel 13. For rebroadcast times, please visitwww.siriusxm.com
After the broadcast, the concert will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM app for smartphones and other connected devices or online at http://www.siriusxm.com/streaming.
Outlaw Country plays country rebels like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers and Old 97s.
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer is a "Musician's Musician" credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the '80's and swing in the '90's). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world's greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of "The Simpsons." That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, Setzer received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 "Stray Cat" guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and John Coltrane's saxophone.
 For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com

A Double Feature of Holiday RiffTrax events dashes into Cinemas Nationwide with Two Times the Jokes on December 1, 2016 only
Joined by Comedy Legend ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic,
the RiffTrax Crew Takes on Two Yuletide Favorites for One Night This December

Next week the gents of RiffTrax (Michael J. NelsonKevin Murphy & Bill Corbett) are set to bring the festive spirit and twice the laughs with RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature.” This hilarious one night event comes to select U.S. movie theaters on Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. and includes “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” a beloved classic from Mystery Science Theater 3000, and “Rifftrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza,” with multiple Grammy Award-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic.  Attendees will also view a bonus short, Parade of Aquatic Champions, plus the guys riffing on fan-submitted holiday family photos.
Check out the trailer here.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a list of all participating theaters, click here.

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