Ticket giveaway: Okkervil River at the 9:30 Club, Monday 23 September 2013

Okkervil River is coming to the 9:30 Club on Monday, 23 September, 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 song you’d most want to hear them play, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 8 August 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!

Okkervil River is an indie-rock band from Austin, TX, that formed in 1998. They’ve released a ton of awesome albums (I think my favorite of theirs is probably 2005′s Black Sheep Boy) and have a new one coming out in September called the Silver Gymnasium, so I’m betting they’ll be playing lots of new songs at the show. In addition to their own music, Okkervil River have done a few other interesting projects; they were Roky Erickson‘s backing band for the excellent album True Love Cast Out All Evil, and to help promote their 2008 release the Stand Ins, they had a bunch of their friends record cover versions of their songs (including Bon Iver and AC Newman & Will Sheff).

The opening act for this show is singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott, who records under the name Torres and released her first album, Torres, earlier his year.

We’ve put some Okkervil River videos (including a new song!!) and a Torres video at the bottom of this post, so check those out and let us know which song you’d most want to hear live at this show!

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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 $25, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com.

The contest has ended and the winner has been contacted.




Ticket giveaway: Frightened Rabbit at the 9:30 Club, Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Win tickets before they go on sale!

Scottish indie-pop band Frightened Rabbit is coming to the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, 29 October for two sets, and ShowlistDC is giving away two pair of tickets! This giveaway is extra-special for two reasons: first, we’re giving away tickets before they even go on sale to the public! Second, since they’re playing two shows on the same night (6 PM & 10 PM), we’re giving away a pair of tickets to each of the shows! So all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me which of the two shows (early or late) you want to go to. If you truly have no preference, you can enter for either (but you can’t win for both shows!). On Thursday, 1 August at midnight Eastern, I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org), and I’ll let the winner know before tickets go on sale on Friday morning. 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!

Frightened Rabbit formed in 2003 and have released four solid albums: 2006′s Sing the Greys, 2008′s the Midnight Organ Fight, 2010′s the Winter of Mixed Drinks, and most recently, 2013′s Pedestrian Verse. More importantly, they put on a great live show; I’ve gotten the chance to review their show twice: April 2010 (at the Black Cat) and November 2010 (at the 9:30 Club). Note that the band has gotten even more popular since 2010; they sold out the 9:30 Club in April of this year, so it makes sense that they’re playing two different shows in the same night. (and did we mention that we’re giving away tickets to both of their shows???)

You can check out a few of Frightened Rabbit’s songs via the videos embedded below, and while you’re giving those a spin, let us know if you want to go to the early show or the late show (or if you have no preference!).

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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, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com: early show and late show.

The contest has now ended and the winner has been contacted. Thank you!




Ticket Giveaway: Savages at the 9:30 Club, Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Savages are coming to the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, 10 September, 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 see this show, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 1 August 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!

Savages are an all-female post-punk revival band from London that formed in 2011. Obviously influenced by Siouxsie & the Banshees, Savages’ first album Silence Yourself came out earlier this year to great critical acclaim, but the hype had already been building: they played a show in July at the Rock & Roll Hotel that sold out months in advance(!). You can read some reviews of that show here (DCist’s Francis Chung) and here (the Washington Post’s Aaron Leitko).

We’ve put some videos from the band’s debut album at the bottom of this post, so check those out and let us know why you want to see this show. Did you miss out on tickets to their Rock & Roll Hotel show? Did you make it out to that show and want to see them again? Do you love the album? Or do you just want to check out the show and see what all the hype is about? Whatever your reason, it should be a great show, so leave a comment below to enter to win the free tickets!

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 contest has now ended and the winner has been contacted. Thank you!




Ticket Giveaway: Beth Orton at the 9:30 Club, Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Beth Orton is coming to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, 7 August, 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 song you’d most want to hear her perform, and I’ll pick the winner at random (using random.org) on Thursday, 18 July 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!

Beth Orton is a folk/folktronica singer-songwriter from England who started her career with collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers but soon transitioned to her own solo releases, starting in 1996 with Trailer Park, which featured the haunting “She Cries Your Name” and a cover of Phil Spector/the Ronettes’ “I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine”. She followed that up a few years later with Central Reservation, whose song “Stolen Car” I actually remember getting some radio air play back in the late 1990s. After a few more albums, Orton went quiet for six(!) years, finally releasing a new album last year, Sugaring Season, which I liked quite a lot (you can read my review of this album in the Washington Post, here). We’ve included a few videos from that new album (as well as her old hits) at the bottom of this post.

Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes will open this show; she’s released four solid albums, the most recent of which came out in 2010 (so hopefully she’ll be playing some new tunes at this show!).

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 $25, plus service fees, via ticketfly.com.




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!

The contest is now closed and the winner has been notified!




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.

The contest is now closed and the winner has been notified!




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.

The contest is now closed and the winner has been notified.




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.

The contest has now ended and the winner has been notified!




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.

The contest has ended and the winner has been contacted. Thanks!



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!