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Tonight’s Concert Picks: El Vez at World Cafe Live, Marina & the Diamonds at Union Transfer, Ari Hest at The Tin Angel, Forest Fools at North Star bar

El Vez (The Mexican Elvis) is celebrating the yuletide season with a show at World Cafe Live tonight.  Billed as El Vez Mexmas!, the Latin singer will perform holiday favorites with a Mexican twist alongside his stage companions The Elvettes, sprinkling in some cabaret-style entertainment and exciting costume changes.  Tickets and more information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Watch a back-stage promo video for Mexmas here, and watch a video from El Vez’s Christmas revue below.

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My Morning Download: “The Fire Plays” by Ari Hest (playing Tin Angel on Tuesday evening)


New York singer-songwriter Ari Hest recently released a new album, The Fire Plays. His seventh proper release, the album was produced by Gerry Leonard and features guest appearances from Valeska Steiner of the German band Boy and bassist Tony Levin who performs and records with Peter Gabriel. Hest celebrates the release of his album tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 4th at Tin Angel. Go here to the new XPN concert calendar, powered by The Swollen Fox, to purchase tickets and for more information about the show. Below, download the title song to The Fire Plays.