Sometimes we need a Christmas music break from the abundance of familiar standards performed in familiar ways. These albums embrace a broad range of American music styles and the many ways holiday cheer and sadness, joy and pain, can intersect. We're only human, after all. There are a number of options -- quirky and retro, vintage and newly recorded. Let's start with an impressive series of reissues titled "Cool Blue Christmas."
It's tempting to describe new Christmas recordings by rock iconoclast Tav Falco and Mulehead drummer Geoff Curran in terms such as retro, rockabilly, surf, Americana. But for each of these Arkansas-connected musicians, Christmas music is a decidedly personal, perhaps quirky, individual vision that has roots in childhood memories and American music. Falco, who grew up on a farm near Gurdon, calls Austria's capital city, Vienna, home now.
A warm intimacy embraces viewers of the 13 works that make up "Little Rock Journal," John Deering's new exhibit at Cantrell Gallery. Most times when Deering, who is also chief editorial cartoonist for the Democrat-Gazette, has shown new work, large canvases command the space, whether he's exploring animal imagery that taps whimsy, folkloric themes and human commentary, Western or Civil War-era scenes and romantic portraits and landscapes.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".