1/4: Swingin' Things

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    SINGAPORE, JULY 13: A DJ produces disco music as Singaporeans and foreigners dance late into the night at The Liquid Room and Sound Bar July 13, 2003 in Singapore. The government recently announced that by next month some bars will be eligible for a 24-hour permit and people will also be allowed to dance on bar tops. The city is trying to change its image, relaxing some of its laws as Singapore recovers after the SARS crisis, with an aggressive advertising campaign to win back the tourist dollar. (Photo Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images)

    FROM THE DESK OF ... : By day, Pete Freedman keeps the local music interwebz interesting as the Dallas Observer's music editor. But you already knew that. By night -- the first one each month, at least -- he does more showing than telling as Libertine Bar's resident DJ. Catch the fourth installment of this meta incarnation of the Local Yokel Show, where Freedman has played older bands like Slow Roosevelt alongside groups-you-must-hear-now like Neon Indian and Telegraph Canyon, at 10PM.

    MARK IT SLOW: Moving to low-key funk and new school soul is all in the neck, and Tony Schwa, Big J of the Clever Monkeys and others in the Cool Out Monday crew at the Cavern make it easy to get those holiday stress-induced kinks out. 10 PM.

    WANT LIST: Santa didn't respond adequately to your letter? Try writing to Paul Slavens during his residency at Dan's Silverleaf, and you might just get what you never thought you wanted. Scrawl it as a song title on a slip of paper, and it comes out as improvised song dreamed up by Slavens and his band on cue -- that is, if you attach a tip. 10PM.