Jammin’ jingles: The essential holiday playlist

After a strenuous bout of finals and the pile of dirty clothes that’s become of your roommate, the holidays are an oh-so-welcome way to celebrate the end of a semester and year. Whether your favorite activities include watching holiday movies, getting tossed on eggnog, making gingerbread houses or covering your entire home with snowflakes and lights, we’ve got the perfect mixtape for you.
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Festival dispatch: BottleRock in Napa Valley

BottleRock, Napa Valley’s young addition to the California music festival scene, took place May 29-31. Now in its third year, BottleRock remains utterly unpretentious, catering to an older demographic and to families. The absence of twentysomething music snobs was rather relaxing. Instead, the feeling of a slightly bourgeois suburban family
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