You know that one cover band full of graying longhairs at your local bar that somehow manages to turn every song into an '80s-inspired shred fest, be it Smash Mouth's "All Star" or Third Eye Blind's "Jumper"? That is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an arena prog-rock act that will shreddify any Christmas song you throw at it, perhaps most famously a flame-licked version of "Carol of the Bells." And while I usually don't include corporate sponsors in write-ups, the fact that this head-banging tour is sponsored by the Hallmark Channel is further proof that even the most metal of intentions can be thwarted by holiday commerce. (Fans only)

You know that one cover band full of graying longhairs at your local bar that somehow manages to turn every song into an '80s-inspired shred fest, be it Smash Mouth's "All Star" or Third Eye Blind's "Jumper"? That is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an arena prog-rock act that will shreddify any Christmas song you throw at it, perhaps most famously a flame-licked version of "Carol of the Bells." And while I usually don't include corporate sponsors in write-ups, the fact that this head-banging tour is sponsored by the Hallmark Channel is further proof that even the most metal of intentions can be thwarted by holiday commerce. (Fans only)