The Black Keys, Switchfoot, Foster the People – Alt-Rock Gift Guide


Story by Anne Erickson

Our Alt-Rock Gift Guide 2011 features sets from the Black Keys, Switchfoot and Foster the People

Christmas is three days from today (Dec. 22), but there’s still time to dash online and grab the alternative rock fan on your list a musical Christmas gift. The Black Keys, Foster the People and Switchfoot all have unique gifts available, so even if your pal already has the bands’ latest albums, you can surprise him or her with something else that celebrates the groups. Read on for three sets that celebrate the new wave of alternative rock!

The Black Keys, El Camino T-Shirt

By now, any true fan of alternative rock has the Black Keys’ latest full-length, the catch-cool El Camino. Featuring the hit single, “Lonely Boy,” the album entered the Billboard 200 near the top in early December, and it’s still strong. But, does that last person on your Christmas list have the exclusive El Camino T-shirt? This yellow unisex slim fit t-shirt features the now-famous “Van” graphic. Sizes range from extra small to extra, extra large. The shirt, running $24.99, is available on the Black Keys’ official website. (Photo via the Black Keys’ website.)

Foster the People, Torches (vinyl)

Foster the People certainly took over 2011, with the band’s album, Torches, becomes a sleeper hit and the single, “Pumped up Kicks,” going 3x platinum and making its way into a variety of formats. So, what do you get the ultimate Foster the People fan for Christmas? Torches is now available on shiny vinyl, and the set, which runs $19.99, comes with an instant MP3 download of Foster the People’s debut EP, so if the package doesn’t arrive in time for Christmas, the EP should hold your buddy over. The collection is available on Foster the People’s official online store.

Switchfoot, Catalog Bundle

For nearly a decade, the California boys of Switchfoot have knocked out pop-flavored alternative rock hits, from “Meant to Live” to “Dark Horses.” Now, the gift for the ultimate Switchfoot fan is available: a bundle package of nine of their releases. The package includes Legend of Chin, New Way to be Human, Learning to Breathe, Beautiful Letdown, Nothing is Sound, Oh Gravity, Hello Hurricane, Vice Verses and The Best Yet. The set is available on the Switchfoot’s official website. (Photo via Switchfoot’s website.)

Switchfoot top photo credit: Tom Stone.




Posted by Anne Erickson | Alternative, Music, Rock News

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