Ticket Giveaway: Franz Ferdinand at Strathmore, Thursday, 17 October 2013

Franz Ferdinand is coming to Strathmore in Bethesda on Thursday, 17 October, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets– before they go on sale to the public! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me which Franz Ferdinand song you’d most like to hear, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 20 June at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly! Tickets go on sale on Friday, 21 June at 10 AM, so we’ll be sure to let the winner know before then!

Franz Ferdinand burst into our eardrums in the early 2000s with the uber-catchy “Take Me Out” from their debut album Franz Ferdinand. They released several more albums and then seemed to disappear for a few years– but they’re back now with a fury, announcing the release of a new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action this August. They haven’t started posting videos from the album yet, but they’ve posted this teaser, and they’ve been uploading other videos to their YouTube page like crazy in the past day(!), so if you want to get your Franz Ferdinand fix beyond the videos I’ve posted below, head on over to their YouTube page here. If you’ve never been to Strathmore before, their music hall is gorgeous and it’s easily metro-accessible via the red line’s Grosvenor stop. If you’re driving, parking in the metro lot is free for Strathmore guests!

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook! While you’re checking all that out, check out the videos below and let us know which song you’re most excited about hearing!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $58.50 on strathmore.org after 10 AM on Friday, 21 June. Good luck and enjoy the music!

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Ticket Giveaway: Junip at the 9:30 Club, Saturday, 15 June 2013

Junip is coming to the 9:30 Club on Saturday, 15 June (that’s this Saturday!), and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d be doing this Saturday if you don’t go to the show, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 13 June at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!

Junip is a Swedish folk/psychdedlic-rock band that’s fronted by singer-songwriter José González (vocals, guitar). The band also includes Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, Moog). They’ve released a handful of EPs, but their first full-length album, Fields, came out in 2010. To make things a little confusing, the group made its second album self-titled, and Junip came out on April 23rd of this year. It’s been met with mostly positive reviews (you can read reviews from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and AllMusic), which is good news, since you can expect the band to play a lot of songs from that new album live. If you’re curious what they sound like, we’ve included a few videos from the new album at the bottom of this post.

In addition to Junip, there are two opening bands on this show: the Danish soul/electro duo Quadron and the London-based Barbarossa (which features members of José González’s live backing band). All in all, it’s going to be a great night of music (three bands from three different countries!), so take a moment to think about what else you’d be doing this Saturday night and let me know in the comments for your chance to go to this show! Update: Quadron will not be appearing at this show; they’ve been replaced by GEMS.

And if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $20, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com.

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Ticket Giveaway: Courtney Love at the Fillmore, Saturday, 22 June 2013

Courtney Love is coming to the Fillmore Silver Spring on Saturday, 22 June, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets!

Now, you may remember that Love’s last area appearance with her band Hole in 2010 was quite the trainwreck (seriously, if you haven’t heard the story, go read the linked review, by David Malitz for the Washington Post)– and that’s really not that unusual for Courtney Love. So, to win this pair of tickets to her show at the Fillmore, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me the worst concert you’ve ever seen, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 6 June at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!

I usually like to give a little background on the artists that I do giveaways for, but Courtney Love really needs no introduction. After a brief stint in Faith No More (?!), she founded Hole in 1989 and released her first solo album America’s Sweetheart in 2004. She recently contributed guest vocals to the latest Fall Out Boy album (there’s a linked video below), and she allegedly has some new solo tunes this year, so you might get a sneak peek of those at this show– if she makes it that far. If you’d like to see the trainwreck unfolding in real time, follow Love on twitter at @courtney.

The opening band is called Starred, which is a duo whose music you can hear on their Soundcloud page. Their tumblr page seems to be just as scatterbrained as Courtney Love’s internet musings, so this concert should be quite the entertaining double-header.

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $29, plus service fees ($8), via concerts.livenation.com.

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Ticket Giveaway: Best Coast at the 9:30 Club, Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Best Coast is coming to the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, 4 June, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to go to this concert, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 23 May at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!

Best Coast is a Los Angeles indie-rock band who released its first album, Crazy For You, in 2010. In many ways, that album was the indie-rock summer jam of that year, with its hazy, catchy, carefree tunes and Bethany Cosentino’s often simplistic, yet totally honest lyrics (“I wish my cat could talk”, she sighs on “Goodbye“). It scored the elusive “Best New Music” tag with an 8.4 from Pitchfork and showed up on a ton of year-end lists that year as well. Best Coast followed it up last year with The Only Place, teaming up with producer Jon Brion for an album that was less fuzzy and put Cosentino’s vocals and lyrics front and center in the mix. It wasn’t quite as critically-beloved as Crazy For You, but it still had a nice indie-pop sound.

You can check out some of Best Coast’s songs below, and you can check out the two opening bands as well: Guards‘ Bandcamp is here, and Lovely Bad Things‘ Bandcamp is here. While you’re taking a listen, tell us why you want to check out this show: are you a fan of their albums? have you seen them live before? do you just want to check out what the hype is about? do you also wish your cat could talk? Or are you just looking for ways to get out of the house now that the Caps are out of the playoffs? Tell us why you want to go see the band on 6/4 at the 9:30 Club!

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $20, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com.

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Ticket giveaway: the Killers at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/10/13

The Killers are coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, 10 August, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of lawn seats– before they go on sale to the public! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what song you’d most want to hear the band play live, and I’ll pick the winners at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 16 May at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly! Tickets go on sale on Friday, 17 May at 10 AM, so we’ll be sure to let the winner know before then!

The Killers formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 and released their first album, Hot Fuss in 2004. That album sparked several hits, including “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me”. They followed that up in 2006 with the album Sam’s Town, which wasn’t as well-received critically but did produce their second-highest-charting single, “When You Were Young”. After their next album, Day & Age, the Killers took an 18-month hiatus (during which frontman Brandon Flowers released a solo album entitled Flamingo), returning last September with their most recent studio album, Battle Born. Throughout the course of their history, the Killers have recorded a ton of catchy songs, so check out some of their videos below and let me know in the comments which song you’d most want to hear them play live!

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook! While you’re checking all that out, think back to 2003 and let us know if you got to see the Postal Service live– stories are always welcome!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $40-75, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com after 10 AM on Friday, 17 May.

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Ticket Giveaway: the Hush Sound, Hockey, and River City Extension at the U St Music Hall on Friday, 5/17/13

The Hush Sound, Hockey, and River City Extension are coming to the U Street Music Hall next Friday, May 17th, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets! The Hush Sound hasn’t released a full-length album in 5 years, so all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me another band that’s left you waiting for new music for years! I’ll pick a winner at random (using random.org) next Tuesday, May 14th, at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!

The Hush Sound is an alternative pop-rock band that formed in Illinois and released its first album, So Sudden, in 2005. They released two others, Like Vines (2006) and Goodbye Blues (2008), before going on hiatus for four years. For most bands, a hiatus longer than the band was around in the first place would mean that the band was actually breaking up, but the Hush Sound’s tunes were too catchy even for the band to ignore. They came back together to release two new songs this year on an EP called Forty Five, which can be downloaded (for a “name-your-own-price”) via the band’s web site. The lead single from their last album, “Honey”, is instantly catchy and got a lot of television air play, so you’ve probably heard it even if you think you’re not familiar with the Hush Sound– check it out via the video below.

It seems fitting to see a band named Hockey during the NHL playoffs (and note: this is an early show– doors at 5:30– so whatever happens with the Caps, you can catch the end of whatever NHL/NBA playoff game[s] you fancy, after the show is done). Hockey is an indie-rock band from Portland, Oregon, whose 2nd full-length album, Wyeth Is, came out this week. The opening band is River City Extension, a New Jersey indie-folk band whose Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger came out last year. There are videos for both Hockey and River City Extension below for you to check out.

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook! While you’re checking all that out, check out the videos below and let us know which band you’re most excited about seeing!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $18 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Good luck and enjoy the music!

The contest has ended and the winner has been contacted!




Ticket giveaway: Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket at Merriweather, Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket are coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, 23 July, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of lawn seats– before they go on sale to the public! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me which of these three great bands you’re most excited to see, and I’ll pick the winners at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 2 May at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly! Tickets go on sale on Friday, 3 May at 10 AM, so we’ll be sure to let the winner know before then!

These bands almost need no introduction at all. Bob Dylan (who will be performing with a band at this show) released his first album, Bob Dylan in 1962, and he’s been steadily releasing albums all the way up to last year’s Tempest (that’s his 35th studio album, for those keeping track at home). Chicago’s Wilco formed from the ashes of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo in 1994; its most famous album is probably 2002′s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which Wilco streamed for months on its web site before releasing it officially on Nonesuch (the album was rejected by Wilco’s previous label, Reprise Records, who then dropped the band but gave it the rights to the album). Their most recent album is 2011′s The Whole Love, and we’ve included a video from their song “Born Alone” from that album below. My Morning Jacket is a psychedelic rock band that formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1998 and has been steadily releasing albums ever since; its most recent is 2011′s Circuital. It looks like you can stream all of MMJ’s albums on their web site; just click on the album’s cover and then hit “Play” next to any song.

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook! While you’re checking all that out, check out the videos below and let us know which band you’re most excited about seeing!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $45.50 to $215 via ticketfly.com after 10 AM on Friday, 3 May. Good luck and enjoy the music!

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Ticket giveaway: the Futurebirds at the 9:30 Club, Thursday 23 May 2013

The Futurebirds are coming to the 9:30 Club on Thursday, 23 May, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of tickets! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to go to this concert, and I’ll pick the winners at random (using random.org) on Friday, 19 April at 3 PM Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!

The Futurebirds are an indie-rock/Americana band that hails from Athens, Georgia; this 6-piece band is known for its harmonies and high-energy live show. If you like bands like My Morning Jacket, then you will definitely dig this band. They’re still young– the group formed in 2008, and its second album, Baba Yaga, is due out this week. The bar is set high, since its previous album Hampton’s Lullaby was lovely. If you haven’t heard the band before, check out the video for their new song “Virginia Slims”, which is at the bottom of this post….as is their cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. You can also hear more of their music via their bandcamp page. While you’re taking a listen, tell us why you’re most excited for this show: are you a fan of their first album? have you seen them live before? do you just like to check out new bands? Tell us why you want to go see the band on 5/23 at the 9:30 Club!

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $20, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com.

The giveaway has now closed and the winner has been contacted!


Ticket and vinyl giveaway: Borracho at the Velvet Lounge, Thursday 28 March 2013

We love DC’s rich local music scene, and we’re particularly excited about local stoner rock/metal band Borracho‘s 7-inch release party for “Mob Gathering“, which is happening at the Velvet Lounge on U Street on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Luckily for all of you, ShowlistDC is giving away two pairs of tickets AND two copies of this new 7″– that’s right, there will be TWO winners for this giveaway, and each of them will be able to check out this show (with a guest) and take home a piece of Borracho vinyl for free. What a great deal!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d be doing on this Thursday night if you don’t go out to the show– we know it’s March Madness, and there are probably some so-called “must-see” TV shows that you’ll probably DVR anyway, but let’s hear what you’d be up to if you don’t go check out this show! I’ll pick the TWO winners at random (using random.org) on Wednesday, 20 March at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we will pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly!

Borracho has been around since 2007, and they have that stoner metal/Southern rock sound that’s in the same vein as bands like Clutch, Down, and Fu Manchu. They released their first album, Splitting Sky in 2011, and it’s full of killer riffs, catchy hooks, and urgent vocals (I reviewed the album for the Washington Post; you can read my review here). Borracho has been working on recordings for their next album, but in the meantime, they dusted off two early recordings from 2009 and polished them off for this 7″. They don’t sound at all like demos, though– they’re as good as the rest of the band’s material, and you can take a listen via the player below!

As if that weren’t enough, this show features two other great stoner metal bands, Austria’s Been Obscene (this is their FIRST time in the US!) and Pittsburgh’s stoner/doom band SuperVoid. If you’re at all into stoner rock/metal, this show is not to be missed! So let me know what you’re usually up to on a Thursday night if you’re not out catching some live music, and I’ll pick TWO winners, each of whom will get a pair of tickets for the show AND a copy of Borracho’s shiny new 7″.

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $8 at the Velvet Lounge on the day of the show, and Borracho will have copies of their 7″ (plus other merch, of course!) for sale at the show.




Ticket giveaway: the Postal Service at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Tuesday 18 June 2013

The Postal Service is coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, 18 June, and ShowlistDC is giving away a pair of lawn seats– before they go on sale to the public! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me if you got the chance to see the Postal Service the first time around, and I’ll pick the winners at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 7 March at midnight Eastern. Be sure to use a valid email address when you enter, so I can contact you if you win (and don’t worry: your email address won’t be posted publicly when you comment on this entry and won’t be added to any sort of mailing list). If you’re a hotmail user, please add showlistdc@gmail.com to your address book or no-spam list, as other hotmail users have had problems with emails from us not getting through. Also note that we ask winners to respond within 24 hours, or else we have to pick another winner, so make sure to check your email regularly! Tickets go on sale on Friday, 8 March at 10 AM, so we’ll be sure to let the winner know before then!

The Postal Service is a collaboration between vocalist Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel and Headset. They will be joined on this show by Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis on background vocals and keyboards. They released only one album, 2003′s Give Up, which is getting a deluxe 10th anniversary reissue with rarities and new songs. This is their first tour since 2003 (and even back in 2003, they didn’t play all that many shows!), so this is a rare treat to see this group perform! If you think you know the Postal Service but just aren’t sure, then check out the video to their single “Such Great Heights” below, because that’ll surely jog your memory — or think back to the soundtrack of the 2004 film Garden State. The Postal Service was everywhere for a while, and some people even blame the group for influencing the band Owl City (remember “Fireflies“?).

Hey, if you’re new to ShowlistDC and wondering what this site is all about, check out our extensive calendar of upcoming events in the greater DC area (including Northern VA and Baltimore) and our concert recommendations. You can also follow us on twitter @showlistdc or like us on Facebook! While you’re checking all that out, think back to 2003 and let us know if you got to see the Postal Service live– stories are always welcome!

If you come across this post after the contest has closed, or if you’re not the lucky winner, then you can pick up tickets for $30-40, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com after 10 AM on Friday, 8 March.

The contest is closed and the winner has been notified!