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“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ...” If only. The holidays are the season for the comfort of familiarity, and in this holiday music season, that doesn’t just apply to carols.

Shameless plug alert: Don’t miss EW’s Next Big Thing 2012 CD Release Party 9:30 pm Friday, Dec. 7, at Sam Bond’s, featuring performances by Volifonix, Paul Quillen and Tara Stonecipher and The Tall Grass.

Take part single mother since 17, part former stripper and plus-size porn star, part successful musician and part cancer survivor. Put them together and you’ve got so much more than bibbidi-bobbidi-boo; you’ve got Candye Kane.

I love fado singing. When done right, the traditional Portuguese musical style will transport you directly to Lisbon: a dimly lit bar, a woman and a guitarra (Portuguese guitar) — lamenting the life of the poor, singing of the sea or of lost love.

Since they last rolled through Eugene over a year ago, Blue Scholars has been busy.

It’s rare that a triple-bill generates an equal amount of excitement for each individual artist, but this one does exactly that.

What can be said about a legend like Jonathan Richman that hasn’t already been said?

Math The Band sounds like how a 12-year-old boy sticking a booger in your face feels — but ... in a good way.

When it comes to musicians, reinvention isn’t a new idea, it just gets a little harder as the years go by. 

Stephanie Schneiderman has been on a trip with trip-hop music producer/musician Keith Schreiner, but as per her latest 2012 release, Live at the Old Church, the singer-songwriter has come full circle and then some.

Classical music’s recent struggles have less to do with the music itself than the stuffy, archaic, expensive way it’s too often presented in America.

Escape what’s sure to be a dreary November afternoon outdoors for the sun and warmth of the world’s second largest continent, and before you shimmy to the music, get warmed up with some culture first.

Tony Trischka is coming to Eugene Nov. 18 hot off one of the most prestigious banjo events in the world: the New York Banjo Summit

San Francisco-based musician Andrew Goldfarb has some tricks up his sleeve. Recently, one of those tricks just happened to be some deadly, deadly mint julep, which he fed to the town of Lost Hills while in search of a mysterious gypsy woman.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest of the rat pack continue to seize some intimate nugget of nostalgia in the American imagination, abetted by the steely slick appeal of AMC’s hit show Mad Men and the persistence of skinny ties and cocktail culture for the haute bourgeoisie.

You’re forgiven if you start lacing up your Doc Martens upon hearing the penultimate track on Tromper le Temps, the latest album by Canadian folk outfit Le Vent du Nord.

So many different kinds of music are going on around town this month that it’s probably easier to organize your musical adventures by venues rather than varieties.

Whether you view the Dropkick Murphys as purveyors of pub house punk, bagpipe rock or some other form of raucous Celtic music, one thing is certain: These guys know how to party.

It’s pretty weird to imagine hip hop gracing the singer-songwriter-heavy stage at Cozmic, but who better to be that anomaly than The Coup?

The folk-meets-bluegrass-meets-country-meets-blues-meets-rockabilly trio The Devil Makes Three likes to do things differently. And if that tongue-twisting description of their sound didn’t tip you off to that fact, consider this: They are a drummer-less trio.

I like to think about what Petunia, frontman of Petunia and the Vipers, sees when he steps up to the mic. There’s something about his old-timey aesthetic, warbling, velvet voice and smoky gaze that hint at a man transposed from another time, as if he was plucked from some turn-of-the-century ragtime saloon and plopped down on Sam Bond’s stage.

These country/rock road-warriors blend up-tempo classic country, folk and bluegrass, never afraid to address issues ranging from nuclear energy to war.

Grrrlz Rock is a month-long local concert series that spotlights and supports amazing female artists that light up this humble valley with music. A few acts are looking to make a splash at The Speakeasy this weekend.

Corvallis seems to be stepping up its live music game lately. As someone who grew up in Philomath — think Corvallis’ Springfield — we got used to driving to Portland or Eugene to see anyone touring nationally.