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Nuvo Picks Music Blog

Sam Smith

Monday, December 22, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

This week’s pick was selected entirely for being so amazingly pretty. Though nothing could ever dethrone Judy Garland’s original rendition in my heart and mind, Sam Smith does a lovely job with this smooth and sophisticated version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Monday, December 15, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

As family roles go, I’m typically the member charged with explaining the many mysteries of modern popular culture to my oft-confused but unfailingly curious mother – but when she asked me how/why Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett were teaming up for an album of jazzy duets, I had no explanation to offer her. I really didn’t get it either.

But, after having given the album a chance, it turns out I think Cheek to Cheek is terrifically entertaining. Gaga and Tony obviously enjoy each other and enjoy performing together, and the fun that they are having serves to showcase their respective talents charmingly.

And, much to my merriment, the duo have also now offered up this cover of “Winter Wonderland,” only further solidifying my new stance as fan, while also helping foster a little holiday spirit.

I still can’t explain how exactly this partnership came about, but I can at least assure my mother that I like it.

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Idina Menzel

Monday, December 8, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

Continuing a nod to the season, this week’s pick comes from the fantastically talented Idina Menzel’s new Christmas album, Holiday Wishes. Teaming up with Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, Idina takes on the famous wintry duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and the result is a charming rendition of the flirty classic. Making it even better, though, is the accompanying video, which features two super cute kiddos dancing and lip-syncing their way through the tune. Check out the smile-inducing video below:

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Pentatonix

Monday, December 1, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

‘Tis the season for new takes on old holiday favorites, and this fresh rendition of Tchaikovsky’s  “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” – one of the most recognizable pieces from The Nutcracker – comes courtesy of a cappella YouTube sensation Pentatonix. Both fun and festive, I recommend hot cocoa while giving it a listen:

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Nick Lowe

Monday, December 23, 2013 | by Caitie Tieman

Nick Lowe, a British singer-songwriter and collaborator with the likes of Elvis Costello, released a holiday album this year, and kicks the album off with a version of one of my most favorite (and seldom heard) Christmas songs, “Children Go Where I Send Thee.” Done in a charmingly rockabilly fashion, the quick tempo and fun feel might be just what I needed to finish wrapping all those presents… Happy Holidays, all!

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