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Best In The World

Watch Nikki Lynette flow on que. Is she the best in the world? Perhaps. Last month Nikki shot the video for her single “Don’t Say No” and she should be releasing the results any day now. Don’t forget to check out Nikki’s blog at Chicago Now.

Bloodshot Spreads Holiday Cheer With the 15 Days of Bloodshot

Our friends at Bloodshot Records certainly seem to be in the holiday spirit. And lucky for us, they are celebrating the holidays with a massive sale at Bloodshot Records.com.

Albums by such Bloodshot artists as Ryan Adams, the Detroit Cobras, the Blacks, and the Old 97s are on sale right now—some as low as $5—making them perfect ideas for this season’s gift exchange.

The label is also holding a festive contest, the 15 Days of Bloodshot. When you order any Bloodshot merch between now and December 21, you will be entered to win 1 of 15 awesome prize-packs from SPIN, the AV Club, KEXP, No Depression, and others.

BloodshotRecords.com will once again be featuring Dex Romweber’s “Dark Christmas” as a free download, to help ring in the holiday cheer, Bloodshot style. Visit their giveaways sections to collect your free download, and while you’re at it, visit their online store to finish some Christmas shopping—and snag your chance at winning one of those coveted prize-packs. - Neph Basedow

Cool Kids @ Reggie's Tonight!

What’s better than The Cool Kids, stop motion, and action figures? The Cool Kids live and in person. Don't miss The Cool Kids at Reggies' tonight with Bun B and Chip The Ripper. Tickets are $20.

Last Minute Plans: Blane Fonda @ The Bottom Lounge

2009 has been quite a year in the life of Blane Fonda. Also, it's been the only year - way back in 2008 Blane was just a glimmer in the eyes of Blane's forbearers. Within this year, we've been extremely fortunate with great shows and support here at home, and more recently, some memorable shows out of town. So many thanks to everyone who has helped us so far.

There's lots of fun stuff in the works for Blane in 2010, but before we get to that, we're closing out 2009 with our last show of the year here in Chicago. Tonight, December 10, Blane Fonda joins Bamboo Shoots (Epic Records) and The Embraceables for a show at Bottom Lounge. It's a big room they got at Bottom Lounge so hopefully there will be lots of bodies in there. If not, we're changing our name to the Island Margarita Dads and moving to Hilton Head where vacationers will buy us drinks and we can sing songs of adventure at sea, probably. – Charlie Nadler

Optimus Maximus

I’ve been meaning to write about Gatekeeper for a while now, and I just found out that No Coast has a few copies available so I thought now was a good time. Back in October Fright Records released the latest EP from the frighteningly talented producer Gatekeeper. Optimus Maximus is a dark and electronic album that delves into the depths of the macabre. The album is available digitally at I-tunes, but I recommend the limited edition granite colored vinyl edition. Fright is a strange German label “dedicated to exploring the realm of serial killer symphonies for back alley discos of the macabre.” Gatekeeper was their first signing and clearly a perfect fit.

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