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New McCarthyizm era
It's in with the new before the New Year begins during McCarthyizm's annual holiday party tonight in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Vocalist-guitarist Joe McCarthy says to expect "a different format, different approach to songs and a good time." It's the first show back for guitarist Dan Janak following throat surgery and is also a "one-time only" return engagement for original bassist Michael Swain. Also on the bill is the Cosmic Stepping Stone. The bands promise an early show with doors at 8 p.m. and a 9:30 p.m. start.
Holiday Fibs
"Holiday Singles" is a four-song limited holiday release now available from The Fibs. The EP features three songs written by Jim Iarocci and the traditional "We Three Kings" arranged with the non-traditional flair of The Dreadbeats. "You Made Me Cry On Christmas" showcases the smooth vocals of guest singer Thomas Romeo. ("He sounds like Smokey Robinson," Iarocci says.) There's the adorable acoustic track "Do Turkeys Know It's Thanksgiving," performed by Iarocci and his son, James (who was 9 at the time), and "Christmas Crisis" off the band's 1998 CD "Pisces in Crises." "Holiday Singles" is now available at New World Record, Borders and from the band. Iarocci performs 10 p.m. Saturday with Los Tacos Locos in Nietzsche's; the Fibs will be there for a New Year's Eve Happy Hour, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 31. For more info, email the band at: fibs@juno.com.
Contortionists debut
The Contortionists plan to begin recording a debut CD in January with an impressive slate of guest musicians. Guitarist Rob Falgiano says those already confirmed include Jim Whitford of the Steam Donkeys on steel guitar; Cathy Carfagna of The Jazzabels and The Voice of Cheese on accordion; Nelson Starr of The Tails on piano; and Kevin Boyle on electric guitar.
Gifted songs
The band Gifted Children is seeing rewards from pushing songs off "Colorfast Anthem" on the MP3.com site. The site features seven songs from "Colorfast" and nine from the band's other EPs. Included is the song "Neutral Milk Hotel" "in all its 70 seconds of glory." Also visit: www.thegiftedchildren.com.
-- Toni Ruberto

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