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Top Story: Get Ready Detroit! Odd Hours “Khaleesi” EP and Video Release Event

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Khaleesi is the fourth release from Detroit post-punk band Odd Hours. It comprises the Khaleesi single, music video and remixes by artists like Tunde Olaniran, Eddie Logix, Lol-lo-Lohanz, and others. The EP with audio single, remixes and video are being released on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios in Detroit.   

The release event is an art exhibit centered around the video and EP release,  with art created for, and inspired by the song and video. These pieces include the set installation of 400 hand-cut acrylic pieces in the shape of reflective crystalline daggers, and a seven-foot tall black metal throne, which were used in the “hell” set of the video.

Visitors can also observe brand new video installations by Beste, and of course scattered Vietnamese hell money along with the new video Khaleesi. The video itself includes a speedboat ride with Beste’s 70 year old, bandana-clad grandfather, and the band throwing fifty pounds of hell money into a raging bonfire. “From the way we look on stage, to using my grandfather in our videos, we want to be dark and sexy, but also confuse you by being weird and playful,” says Beste.

The video mixes striking visuals inspired by the 90’s punk/Americana look of artist Ssion and the luxurious, cold, gothic look of the black dance scene in the 80’s movie “Legend.” The name of course is the made up name for “queen” from the HBO show Game of Thrones.

The Khaleesi music video was produced by Odd Hours and Gold House Media, directed by Kevin Eckert, with art direction from Tunde Olaniran.

The new Odd Hours music video “Khaleesi” includes:

Ritual hell-money burning

A disguised septuagenarian grandfather driving a motorboat

A petulant ruler in her golden money palace

Custom-built seven-foot black steel throne, in hell

A pure black, kilt-wearing guardian

The newest single from Odd Hours

Odd Hours is the dark, sexy and avant-garde alternative to the 4/4 dance and friendly folk-based indie pop being hoisted by mainstream and indie radio.

The video release event is at 7. p.m. on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios, 2707 14th Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216.

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6 Must Have Holiday Indie Music Albums

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Looking to throw a holiday party but dreading that clichéd, cheesy, same-old Christmas music? You’re in luck. There’s a whole host of awesome indie holiday music out there, sure to give your party the festive yet hip vibe you’re looking for. Here are your best bets. 

1. She & HimA Very She and Him Christmas 

In 2006, actress Zooey Deschanel and indie darling M. Ward joined forces to create She & Him. After producing two successful albums in the following years, they decided it was time to put their spin on holiday music with their own collection of Christmas songs in 2011. Though the songs are often spare and simple, their beauty and meaning shines through. For a classic yet modern take on your favorite Christmas songs sure to please even the oldest of fogeys at your party, this album is a great bet. 

2. Sufjan Stevens Songs for Christmas 

King of the indie folk-pop-electronica genre, Sufjan Stevens found mainstream success in 2005 with his album Illinois, a concept album featuring the hit “Chicago”. In 2006 he decided to compile the various Christmas music EPs he had created over the years for friends and family and release them as a box set called Songs for Christmas. His take on Christmas songs vacillates between joyful and understated while always maintaining Stevens’ unique sound. This set is essential for any Christmas-inclined indie music lover. 

3. Bright EyesA Christmas Album 

Connor Oberst’s project Bright Eyes has dominated the indie scene for nearly 15 years. Bright Eyes released A Christmas Album in 2002, the proceeds of which going to the Nebraska AIDS Project. While his somewhat bleak take on Christmas tunes might not leave you in the cheeriest of spirits, any Bright Eyes fan will undoubtedly appreciate Oberst’s take on the classics. 

4. Polyphonic SpreeHolidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One 

Polyphonic Spree has captured countless indie hearts since 2000 with their lush, symphonic, psychedelic sound and dazzling performances (there are more than 20 members in the band!). Their take on holiday music toes the line between staying true to the classics and maintaining the band’s own unique sound, the result of which is a fun and lighthearted yet meaningful set of Christmas tunes. 

5. My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style 

The psychadelic Southern rock sounds of My Morning Jacket have propelled them to widespread success in recent years. Back when they were just starting out in 2000, they released their own take on Christmas tunes with Does Xmas Fiasco Style (as in “My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style”). Fans of the band will love the album, but these Christmas songs aren’t the most traditional-sounding, so it might be best to reserve this music for a party where Grandma and Grandpa won’t be in attendance. 

6. WeezerChristmas with Weezer 

Weezer’s pop rock/punk stylings have captured the hearts of fans for more than 20 years now. Their Christmas album features straightforward holiday favorites with a rock and roll spin. While Weezer stays true to their sound on this album, they really didn’t tinker with the classics too much, which makes it a suitable Christmas album for any setting. 

Why not stock up on all these albums for your holiday party this year? Make sure you give them a listen before hitting the “buy” button on the e-commerce platform just to be on the safe side.

Author Byline: Maddie Marshall is a groovy chick with some groovy taste in holiday tunes. She won’t steer the eager listener wrong with this bunch.