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  1. Welcome to part 5 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2018, in which we highlight toys and other gifts for kids and their parents, including books, DVDs, board games, technology, and more. We were sent so many cool things to write about that we had to split the post into two parts, our website couldn't handle one post as long as our Toy Gift Guide. So here's part 1, which features kid-friendly toys, books, and DVDs/Blu-rays. 
  2. Tegan and Sara, sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, have announced their first memoir. It's entitled High School and is due out in fall 2019 via MCD, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux (and Simon & Schuster in Canada and Virago in the UK). It is "the origin story of Tegan and Sara" and recounts their high school years, with alternating chapters written by each sister.
  3. Not the former beastly Detroit Lions' wide receiver, Calvin Johnson; the other Calvin Johnson. The Pacific Northwest scenester weirdo (turned 56 on November 1) who has ran a label (K Records) for 36 years while being involved in many bands (Beat Happening, Cool Rays, The Go Team, The Halo Benders, and Dub Narcotic Sound System). 
  4. Mitski (full name Mitski Miyawaki) released a new album, Be the Cowboy, back in August via Dead Oceans. Now she has announced some 2019 U.S. tour dates. They go down next March and April. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 14. Check out the dates below, followed by the videos for "Nobody" and "Washing Machine Heart."
  5. On Bill Ryder-Jones' fifth studio album, the ever morose and contemplative singer/songwriter takes on the daily indignities of living through relationships from behind a screen of doubt and detachment.