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Atmosphere’s sold out, but Christmas is in the air!


Denmark’s “rambunctious” New Politics will share a Black Sheep bill with J Roddy Walston & The Business Dec. 8.
  • Denmark’s “rambunctious” New Politics will share a Black Sheep bill with J Roddy Walston & The Business Dec. 8.
Hopefully, any Atmosphere fans who are reading this right now have already bought their tickets to see the legendary hip-hop duo’s first-ever appearance at the Black Sheep this coming Tuesday. Because, as much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, you should know that it’s already sold out. (Although we did find one online reseller scalping them for $237.50 each.)

According to Black Sheep General Manager Jeremy Grobsmith, from the moment the show went on sale two months ago, there wasn’t a second when tickets weren’t being hauled off in someone’s cart. The intense interest and subsequent sellout is not too surprising, however, considering the Minneapolis-based duo has repeatedly sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

But cheer up. Thanks to our president, the mythical “War on Christmas” is finally over, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by going to see Keith and Kristyn Getty, who are considered to be preeminent modern hymn writers. The couple, who originally hail from Northern Ireland, bring their large-ensemble “Sing! An Irish Christmas” to The Broadmoor on Dec. 6 and 7, as part of a tour that includes stops at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The Gettys, aside from being prolific writers and performers in their own right, have had their works covered by Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Owl City and many more.

The Broadmoor is not the only place in town getting into the holiday spirit, of course. KRXP is set to hold its annual holiday show at the Black Sheep on Friday, Dec. 8. This year’s lineup is headed by Maryland-based rock ’n’ rollers J Roddy Walston & The Business and Danish indie-rock act New Politics. J Roddy Walston and company, while possessing a thoroughly contemporary sound, should appeal to the full gamut of rock fans with their power pop-inspired harmonies (the band lists Marshall Crenshaw and Faces as influences), while New Politics describe themselves as “rambunctious” and “Danish as f*ck,” bowdlerization included. Perhaps that says it best. Local support comes courtesy of indie-rock trio Sound Studies.

Meanwhile, those who prefer their music on the noisier side would do well to pay a visit to the Flux Capacitor on Dec. 11, as the venue hosts Philadelphia-area noise-rock/hardcore act Plaque Marks with locals Dream Hearse in support. Plaque Marks, who released their debut EP Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship in late October, possess a sound driven by “caveman drumming, tooth-rattling bass, painfully distorted guitars, and buried yells [that] sound like they were recorded with one lone mic hanging from a noose in a Philly warehouse.” You know, as one does at times.

Dream Hearse, for their part, released their own debut demo EP in August 2016, which was recorded on a 4-track recorder by Brian Elyo, aka mobdividual, and is a wonderfully murky, feedback-laden listen. You can also catch Dream Hearse at Denver’s Mutiny Information Cafe on Dec. 8, sharing a bill with Screwtape, Ultraviolet and Sentry Dogs.

Nü-metal fans won’t be left out during this week of eclectic music, either (nor should they ever be). Los Angeles-based act Crazy Town hits Sunshine Studios on Dec. 13, joined by Kenny OE Blair, CX Da Grinch, ColorBlind, Mass Transit and Vase Vide. If you don’t remember Crazy Town-mania, put on their 2000 hit single “Butterfly” and refresh your memory, recalling the days when the rap-rock band was the subject of a good old record label bidding war.

Incidentally, you can also catch local openers Vase Vide — who recently released their LP Hello, Moon. Good Night — performing a showcase at the Gold Room on Dec. 6, the latest in an ongoing concert series presented by KCOS Digital Media.

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