Of all the issues currently dividing America, the most divisive one is probably Christmas music.
On one side, you have people who basically can’t leave the house without earplugs between Halloween and New Year’s Day, and on the other are people who want to boil down “Frosty the Snowman” to its very essence and inject it directly into their veins. There’s been no bridging this divide — until now. Maybe.
If you liked indie music in the late Aughties, you no doubt remember the 2008 debut album of “She & Him.” With sappy-ish covers of the Beatles and Smokey Robinson, and one song co-written by Wes Anderson muse Jason Schwartzman, it was the album everyone listened to for a good six months that no one would admit they listened to.
Overnight, Zooey Deschanel became the go-to “it girl” for dudes who wore Converse All-Stars with suits, and her look spawned a whole lot of bangs, unicorn sweaters and princess-shoulder dresses.
But like the savvy showbiz outfit they are, She & Him rapidly transitioned into a family-friendly mainstream act, and today they’ve more or less cornered the market on Christmas albums. Their show at the Anthem on Thursday will be a whimsical, charming affair even for people who cringe at the opening notes of “Last Christmas.” It will be a show that’s appropriate for all ages, from your Aunt Peg visiting from Des Moines to your niece Nevaeh who has a photo of Greta Thunberg as her Instagram profile pic.
In fact, I’d more or less guarantee that, as you all walk out afterward, your mom will say, “That girl in the band seemed nice! Maybe you could date her? Send her an email on the Twitter, you’re always on your phone anyway!”
She & Him, 8-11 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW; tickets, $46-$76