25 Days of Holiday Gifts: Jon McLaughlin Tunes

Day 18: A Hoosier songman’s new Christmas release
Indiana boy Jon McLaughlin’s reliable, unassuming piano pop is a perfect match for holiday songcraft. He’s in his element with a batch of five songs celebrating the season: The Christmas EP, released on Nov. 11. If you download but one of these tracks, make it “Christmas Saved Us All.” In truth, though, the entire set is delightful (and cheap, practically a stocking-stuffer). If McLaughlin himself looks dashing in the snow, his songs sound it. So let this be your 2014 soundtrack whilst roasting those chestnuts. $7 at jonmcl.com, or $4.95 via iTunes download. Luna Music (5202 N. College Ave., 317-283-5862, lunamusic.net), Indy CD & Vinyl (806 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-259-1012, indycdandvinyl.net), and more local stores.