FM 94/9 radio host Tim Pyles was recently named SubModeHost of the Year for his show FTP. The SubModeReport, a look at trends in alternative music and radio, is published by national trade monthly FMQB. “It's always great to be recognized by your peers,” Pyles says via e-mail. “It's a big country, so to be singled out is pretty awesome.” A trophy? A plaque? “They told me I could print out the e-mail.”
Hip-hoppers INTR1KT, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Pride Rice Dance Co. and other artists will perform at “Kommon Ground,” a benefit showcase for Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA), a grassroots initiative that's raising funds for victims of Typhoon Megi, at Queen Bee's on Thursday, Dec. 16.
Hard-rockers Awaiting Samsara, The Empire State and other bands will perform at a Marine Toys for Tots Foundation benefit at Dream Street on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Alt-rockers Lifehouse and singer-songwriter Christina Perri will perform at “Holiday of Miracles,” a benefit for Rady Children's Hospital, at House of Blues on Sunday, Dec. 19.
Rapper Abstract Rude and DJs Steve1der, Chris Cutz, Artistic and Beatnick will perform at the “Winter Madness” toy drive at El Dorado on Sunday, Dec. 19.