Stock up on the booze and Google Grandma's number -- it's holiday season again. Nothing wrong with settling down with a rum and eggnog and seeing the family members whose calls you forgot to screen, but this celebrated season also has a dark side. Yes, along with the snow, ice and awkward family gatherings, the holidays also blare “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Baby (It's Cold Outside)” everywhere: malls, TV commercials, even your car isn't safe.
When the White Stripes put it in writing that the band's hiatus had turned permanent, a void opened in the musical universe. The band had expertly fused blues, rock and a little punk to create their signature sound. Now that the Stripes have left the building, people need to look elsewhere to get their fix of raw, catchy rock.