Name four great Hanukkah songs. OK, then how about two good Chanukkah songs? Not easy, huh? “Dreidel, Spin, Spin, Spin” is a fun little ditty but let’s face it, it doesn’t exactly rock and/or roll. Even the great Jewish songwriters, from Irving Berlin to Lieber and Stoller, only wrote Christmas songs. The Festival of Lights could really use some tunes!

Two nice Jewish guys have taken up the important task of writing a bunch of great, rockin’ Hanukah songs. Adam Gardner (Guster) and Dave Schneider (the Zambonis) have joined forces and started a band called the LeeVees, and they have a new album of sweet and rockin’ indie-pop songs solely about Channuka called “Hanukkah Rocks.” Yes, every song is about Chanuka. Some say such a concept is a bit obsessive but Adam and Dave prefer the phrase “extremely focused.”


Recent Press

01/07 Boston Phoenix Feature

12/06 The Jewish Week

12/06 The Jewish Daily Forward

12/06 NPR’s Weekend Edition

12/06 San Francisco Chronicle

01/06 Boston Phoenix “Chanukah pop comes of age with the LeeVees and Matisyahu”

12/05 Feature article in The Jerusalem Post

12/05 The Jerusalem Post Review

12/05 Adams Boston Globe Feature

12/05 Listen to Dave interviewed on National Public Radios “Soundcheck”

12/05 The LeeVees featured on National Public Radios “All Things Considered”

12/05 The Forward …NYC

12/05 Entertainment Weekly Review

12/05 The Utah Chronicle

12/05 USA Today

12/05 U.S. News & World Report

12/05 The A.V. Club at The Onion

11/05 Fairfield Weekly (CT)


11/05 Entertainment Weekly Article, Page 1 & Entertainment Weekly Article, Page 2

11/05 The L.A. Times

The LeeVees, “Hanukkah Rocks” (Reprise). Guster’s Adam Gardner and the Zambonis’ Dave Schneider take an unsurprisingly irreverent look at the Jewish holiday. But as whimsical as songs such as “Latke Clan,” “At the Timeshare” and “Kugel” are, they’re incessantly tuneful and, therefore, well-suited for repeated play. 3 out of 4 stars

09/05 Rolling

09/05 Long Island Press


The Making of Hanukkah Rocks


…coming soon…