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Dots not Feathers, Palace, Elsinore and Union Tree Review

8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.


By the Tuesday after Christmas you're as likely to experience a stomachache from the surfeit of holiday-themed music as you are from one too many cookies. But warm, heartfelt pop done properly, as it will be on this evening, never grows old. Champaign, Illinois' Elsinore, whose sweeping songs are fit to score an art-school student's remake of Fantasia, fills out a bill otherwise occupied by locals. And those St. Louis bands — Palace, Dots Not Feathers and Union Tree Review — are easily among the most talented and likeable young acts in the city.

In the Spirit of Giving: A special set of holiday tunes featuring members of Palace and Dots Not Feathers promises to reform your Scrooge-like attitude toward the genre.