The Very Best of Music

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Babe-a-licious pop alterna-rock band BETTY is bringing their annual Holiday hi-jinx to the Highline Ballroom on Dec 15 in BETTY: Unwrapped for the Holidays. BETTY comes home for a very special live appearance featuring their spine-tingling harmonies, surreal lyrics, searing riffs, explosive on-stage energy and subversive comedy asides. BETTY Unwrapped for the Holidays will feature songs from their emotional and wildly funny, not-so-happy holiday album Snowbiz, several new tracks from their upcoming 2008 CD, and special celebrity guests.

Jan 24–27, Joe’s Pub celebrates the 23rd anniversary of singer Toshi Reagon’s annual musical birthday bash. In a not-to-be-missed NYC tradition, Toshi performs with her band Big Lovely, including some of New York’s finest musicians. The event promises extra-special surprise guest appearances from Toshi’s many friends and collaborators, plus gifts from Toshi for her fans. Sunday evening continues the birthday celebration with an evening of sacred music sung by Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely with special Guest Bernice Johnson Reagon.

Revel in sweet and sour songs of the season with Joe’s Pub’s Dec 23 event, Downtown Holiday. Join the nine-piece Alphabet Lounge Band as they ring in the holidays with a variety of tuneful treats, joined by the exuberant Lascivious Biddies for an audience sing-along and general mayhem and merriment. From fresh takes on traditional favorites to new seasonal music, this band of respected melody makers will leave everyone feeling the holiday spirit—in more ways than one!

New Hampshire’s resident electro-pop queen Nicky Click hits New York on Dec 14 at Don Pedro’s with Angela and Abstract Artimus. Nicky Click is a producer, beat maker, video artist, songwriter and performance artist. Her sophomore album, I’m On My Cell Phone, is filled with original, catchy electro-pop songs that have all the memorable hooks to keep them in your head for days, while also telling the story of this unique artist’s life and experience as a queer femme and feminist.

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