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!).

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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.

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 08-07-12

Today’s New Releases (with locally-penned reviews)

Apache Dropout: Bubblegum Graveyard. Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

David Archuleta: Begin. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Sir Richard Bishop: Intermezzo. Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].

Colt Ford: Declaration of Independence. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

Niki and the Dove: Instinct. Reviewed by Bill Friskics-Warren [Washington Post].

Sixpence None the Richer: Lost in Translation. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Elle Varner: Perfectly Imperfect. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].


Planning Guides: DC Music Download’s Weekday Hits and Free Things To Do in DC This Week.

• CapitalBop’s excellent DC Jazz Loft series will be at Hole in the Sky this Sunday and Montserrat House in the future, after a problem with Columbia Heights venue The Dunes [Washington CityPaper]. CapitalBop previews this Sunday’s show.

• Interview: Joe Warminsky talks to DMV hip-hop producer Timothy “Judah” Matthews about Wale, the decline of go-go, and working smarter [Washington CityPaper].

• Interview: David Hintz talks to Alexz Johnson [DC Rock Live].

• Interview: Mike Shomaker talks to Troy Harley [DC Music Live].

• Preview/Interview: Emily Cary on Il Divo [Washington Examiner]. Thursday at Wolf Trap.


• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Kindness & Trouble Funk, “That’s Alright”.

• DCist’s music video of the day is Ava Luna, “Water Duct”.

• Sierra Leonean vocalist Janka Nabay wrote an Olympic anthem “Nar London” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Orchard Wall‘s new EP, Orchard Wall [DC Music Download].

Beth Orton stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• DC Music Live’s music mix of the week: Incwell.

Live Reviews

• Scott Galupo on Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys at Jammin’ Java, 8/5/12 [Washington Post].

• Mark Jenkins on Bollywood singer/composer Bappi Lahiri at the High Point High School auditorium in Beltsville [Washington Post].

• Stephanie Williams’ photos of Run for Cover at the Black Cat, 8/4/12 [DC Music Download].

• ChunkyGlasses.com on Jackson Browne and Sara Watkins at Wolf Trap, 7/23/12.


• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Big Tree, Augury on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today ).
• ShowlistDC (that’s us!) is giving away a pair of tickets to see Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on 8/14 (contest ends Thursday 8/9 at 5 PM).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Civil Twilight‘s Holy Weather on vinyl (contest ends Friday, 8/10).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).