Holiday Songs from Local Music Superstars

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By now, odds are you’re pretty sick of “Little Drummer Boy.” And “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” And “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”  Lucky for us, we live in a city with bountiful musical talent and plenty of holiday spirit.  Local music stars from Wye Oak to Dan Deacon have their own versions of holiday songs; maybe you’d like to take a listen?

  • Wye Oak got a lot of well-deserved love from the Onion’s AV Club this year — their most recent (and awesome) album, Civilian, got named best album of the year by the site.  And the band repaid the favor by playing a live cover of “Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day” by Brenda Lee; song and video here.


  • Baltimas, a compilation of strange holiday songs by Baltimore residents, features many local favorites. Listen for Dan Deacon’s take on “Carol of the Bells,” and a Christmas rap by Sam Herring of Future Islands.


  • Okay, so this song is from last year — but we figured you wouldn’t mind.  Beach House manages to be both sad and celebratory on their holiday original, “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun.”


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