It’s a Kansas City Christmas

It seems that 2013 is the year that Kansas City really welcomed the holiday season. Of course there’s the annual Plaza lighting ceremony, etc, etc… But I’m talking in a more musical sense. A broad plethora of Kansas City based bands have released material for Christmas, and all of it is great. From punk to jazz to electro-pop, KC really delivers this season.

First up is the ever-charming We Are Voices. The quartet sent out a social media blast asking fans what song to cover a few weeks ago. After an overwhelming response, the band released a video for O Come, O Come Emmanuel. You can see We Are Voices perform the song live at the annual Toys For Tots Benefit at Riot Room this Saturday, with Rooms Without Windows and the Noise FM.

Antennas Up is an outfit that Kansas City should be proud of. Their brand of electro-indie-pop is truly unique and seeing them live will persuade you to fall in love. They released a video for the song I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

If you caught my post covering my top local albums of the year, you heard a little about Maps For Travelers, who recently signed to No Sleep Records. The label has just released a free holiday sampler featuring War Is Over by Maps. You can check that out on their bandcamp page…and it’s free!

Boulevard Brewing Company is running a campaign related to the sales of it’s popular beverage, KC Pils. It is called 10% for KC. The Midwest Music Foundation has this to say, “Boulevard Brewing Company has launched its KC Pils 10% For KC Charities campaign to give back to area charities, and Midwest Music Foundation has been chosen as one of the three recipients. Of the three charities, the top vote getter will receive 60% of available funds from sales of KC Pils.” They worded it far better than I. In efforts to boost their campaign, they teamed up with 12 local acts to release a KC Christmas Sampler. Everyday, starting today, a new video will be released on their YouTube channel. Download their sampler here, then check out the videos. Don’t forget to start voting this Sunday, until Dec. 31; 1 vote per day, per IP address (that means use your phone, computer, mom’s computer, etc.).

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