The 10 Best Punk Christmas Songs

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Andrew Youssef
Warren Fitzgerald of the Vandals on guitar
By Damian Bloor

Christmas is only a week away, and with it will come the fateful holiday party where someone -- hopefully not you -- drinks too much and tells off a roomful of sullen friends and family members. Far from a time of universal peace and joy, the winter holidays can be fraught with familial resentment and animosity. This makes the season a perfect time to dust off your old punk-rock records. We know holiday prep is major drain on time, so as our gift to you, we've assembled a playlist of our ten favorite Christmas punk songs. Now you should have plenty of time to write insincere cards to people you only see once a year.

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The 10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: December 19 to 21

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Patterson Hood performs this Saturday at the Sheldon.

Now is your last chance to escape the house before the old ball and chain of holiday obligation weighs you down. Quick! Leave while no one's looking. El Monstero starts its string of sold-out holiday shows this weekend, but if you don't already have a ticket, have fun getting scalped on the streets outside the Pageant. There's great indie-rock, doom-metal and EDM this all weekend long, so pick your poison and get your fill before those awkward catch-up sessions with your estranged cousins.


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Remember That Time Death Row Records Released a Christmas Album?

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If you grew up an outspoken hip-hop fan around the holidays, chances are some well-meaning Secret Santa stuffed your stocking with a little holiday compilation called Christmas on Death Row. Yes, this album exists.

Christmas on Death Row is an record that has puzzled used CD store clerks since its release in 1996. It's still baffling that the label that gave us The Chronic, Doggystyle and nationwide gangsta rap hysteria devoted its resources to a full-length album of Yuletide tunes.

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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 9: Kamikaze Cowboy, "White Christmas/Silver Bells/White Christmas"

Categories: Holiday Jams

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Kamikaze Cowboy

Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 9: Kamikaze Cowboy, "White Christmas/Silver Bells/White Christmas" (2000)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs


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Bad Dog Bar & Grill To Cease Operation On New Year's Day

Categories: Too Soon

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Photo by Bryan Sutter
Bad Dog was a featured venue at last year's RFT Music Showcase. Click here to view the full slideshow.

"We've always been considered a gay Cheers," says Chuck, bartender and manager of Bad Dog Bar & Grill. Located at the corner of Vandeventer and Chouteau in the Grove, the beloved clubhouse has a warm, communal vibe. Bad Dog is known for hosting many niche events in the LGBT community, but also the occasional punk-rock show -- an oddity for bars of its type.


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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 8: Funky Butt Brass Band, "Crazy Sleigh"

Categories: Holiday Jams

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Corey Woodruff
Funky Butt Brass Band

Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 8, Funky Butt Brass Band -- "Crazy Sleigh" (2011)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

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National Blues Museum Meets Fundraising Goal, Begins Construction on World-Class Blues Experience

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The home of the National Blues Museum on Washington Avenue.

When the National Blues Museum announced on December 11 that it had completed financing and was ready for construction in downtown St. Louis, business executives and music fans around the metro region became excited. After all, a world-class tribute to the blues located on Washington Avenue could drive all kinds of economic and cultural development.

But Rob Endicott, chairman of the board of the National Blues Museum, isn't merely excited about the museum; he's also confident that this is the piece that will forever connect the Gateway City with a style of music that has contributed so much to America's rock & roll legacy.

He should know. He's a blues musician himself.

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They Want Us to Call Riverport "Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre" Now, I Guess

Categories: This Just In

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You know that great big outdoor concert venue in Maryland Heights? The one where you're likely to attend the Vans Warped Tour or Pointfest or maybe a three-song-only Kings of Leon show consisting of more bird poop than anticipated? Well, it has once again changed its name.

See also: Kings of Leon Cancels Its St. Louis Show After Playing Three Songs Because of Bird Shit

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Critic Pick Comic: El Monstero Rises From the Ooze to Walk the Earth

Categories: This Just In

Editor's note: Each week illustrator Curtis Tinsley and writer/clubs editor Joseph Hess team up in comic form to recommend an upcoming show in St. Louis. Follow Curtis and Joseph on Twitter at @curtistinsley and @JosephSHess, respectively.

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All art by Curtis Tinsley, words by Joseph Hess.

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Tef Poe: How to Spot Violent Agitators at a Peaceful Protest

Categories: The Poe Report

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Bryan Sutter
Police in St. Louis on November 25, the day after the grand jury delivered no indictment. See more photos here.
Editor's note: Tef Poe is an artist from the St. Louis area. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 2 and was followed up this year by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.

This country has never witnessed a black-liberation front actually lifting our fists to fight back. There have been moments of violent encounters, but we as a community have yet to collectively declare the need to physically "fight." Over the course of history we have damaged property, devalued our own communities, flooded the streets with signs and direct actions, but America has not witnessed actual widespread physical retaliation for injustice. I think this is important to note.

See also: Dear Mr. President: A Letter From Tef Poe

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