Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Undercover round-up, the A.V. Club, those patrons of pop culture, have announced a new Undercover series – this time with a peppermint twist! We’ve written about the first plenty, but in case you missed it: Undercover asks artists to pick a song originally performed by someone else and go to town, much like our own Cover Commissions. This time, though, they’ve changed the rules and added a theme: holidays! Where before artists were required to choose a song from a pre-determined list, participants in this round of Undercover can play any song they want, as long as they can demonstrate some kind of holiday theme. I can’t wait to see the hoops irreverent indie bands jump through to perform songs that have no discernible connection to the season.

Undercover’s second “season” begins on November 30. They’ll post 10 episodes in total to the A.V. Club website, two a week until December 30. No word on the bands involved yet, but if it’s anything like last time expect some great talent on display. Not only that, but the A.V. Club’s planning a new regular series of Undercover for next March, and this time their readers get to help pick the songs!

As a bonus, in the post announcing the news the A.V. Club debuted Undercover’s “pilot episode,” in which Champaign, IL band Headlights perform XTC’s “Making Plans for Nigel.” Check it out below!


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