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!

The contest has ended and the winner has been notified!

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 06-20-12


• Planning Guides: DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda and This Week in Hip-Hop. Washington Post Going Out Guide rounds up rounds up outdoor music and movies this week.

• NPR intern Emily White never owned any music to begin with [NPR]. This sparked a huge discussion. Then David Lowery from Cracker responded to Emily’s article [The Trichordist]. Then the Dismemberment Plan‘s Travis Morrison responded to Lowery’s letter saying that music piracy is nothing new [Huffington Post].

• Former Capitol Records/EMI present Joe Smith has donated ~238 hours of artist interviews– including Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Simon, BB King, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney– to the Library of Congress [Rolling Stone]. The LoC has digitized the recordings and will make them available in the reading room.

• Interview/preview: We Love DC talks to Eli Maiman of Walk the Moon. Performing on Friday night at the Black Cat.

• Preview: David Malitz on Banding Together [Washington Post], a law firm battle-of-the-bands at the Black Cat tomorrow night.

• CD Review: Fiona Apple: Idler Wheel. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

• CD Review: Neneh Cherry and the Thing: the Cherry Thing. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork]. (Yesterday we pointed you to a review written by Sarah Godfrey at the Washington Post).

• Interview: Philip Runco talks to Santigold [Brightest Young Things].

Neal Schon flaked out on the Silverdocs panel he was supposed to be on after the Journey documentary screening [DCist]. Oh, and Michaele Salahi.

• The Washington CityPaper picked up the commentary I wrote yesterday about BYT’s ridiculous “write a suicide note to win Morrissey tickets” and talked to BYT managing editor Logan Donaldson. Donaldson’s response is fair, but it’s somewhat negated by this response on the initial BYT post, from Assistant Editor Stephanie Breijo. I’m not going to repost the link, but I will copy/paste her text:

Hi, all–

In defense of this post and with full disclosure I’m writing to say that I, a BYT staffer fully in support of this giveaway prompt, have lost two people–with whom I was very close–because they committed suicide. One of my closest friends in high school OD’d in Los Angeles after a fight with her boyfriend. One of the first boys I ever kissed joined the Air Force and after a long tour in Iraq hanged himself over the side of a boat (in a very public place, no less).

Suicide is very real and it is TERRIBLE. I have experienced suicides first-hand but I’m writing to say that this does not place me above humor. Is it morbid? Entirely. So is Morrissey.

I have a newsflash for all of you: You are going to die. Everyone you love is going to die. Everyone you have ever met or interacted with is going to die, and this includes myself, the author of this post, and all its contestants. The fact that others choose to bow out before their time is sad but it is their decision. Sometimes all you can do is laugh, no matter how shitty the circumstances may be.

A quick google search will show you we are not, in fact, the only online publication discussing suicide in this fashion, in this week alone:


To Catherine Lewis of Showlist DC–I am truly sorry if we have offended you. But if you cannot see the humor in this, you probably shouldn’t be reading our site or, quite honestly, caring what we write about. It is our site. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. No one is pressing a gun to any reader’s head (perhaps more suitable for a Nirvana giveaway of some sort?). No one is being forced to read, nor are they being forced to participate.

That being said, we appreciate your input nonetheless.

Wishing everyone the best for the remainder of your days (however many you may have left),

Stephanie Breijo
Assistant Editor

So, to summarize, (1) it’s OK because Vice did it first. Also, (2) it’s OK because someone at BYT knows someone who committed suicide. And finally, (3) BYT apparently has more than one person on staff with the title of “Editor”. Who knew there was any actual editing going on at BYT?!

Anyway – BYT has changed the text of the contest. It’s no longer “write a suicide note to win tickets”; it’s now this:

TO WIN: Since there is no longer any truth to there being a light that never goes out (oh, song title puns!), and Morrissey has (has not? whatever) announced he’ll be retiring in 2014, why not string together a couple of paragraphs using only Morrissey’s lyrics. Okay, you can use The Smiths too. If you must.



• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is the Hundred in the Hands, “Keep It Low” [DCist].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Deleted Scenes, “Bedbedbedbedbed”.

• DC Music Live points us to a new Owen Danoff song, “Never Trust a Man”.

• Listen to Lorelei, “Hammer Meet Tongs” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen to Tittsworth, Rez, and Des McMahon‘s Juicy Jorts EP [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen to “Higher Bodies” by Heavy Breathing [DC Music Download].

Live Reviews

• Megan Buerger on Santigold at the 9:30 Club [Washington Post].

• Metal Chris recaps all the bands he saw at Maryland DeathFest, with his own photographs and videos [DCHeavyMetal.com]. (That link is to the main post; you can also go directly to his writeups on the festival’s Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lineups).

• Liz Gorman on Destroyer at the 9:30 Club on 6/16 [the Vinyl District].

• Photos of the DC Record Fair at the Fillmore on 6/17: from the Vinyl District and Bethesda Magazine.

• Anne Midgette on violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Hauschka at the Birchmere on 6/18 [Washington Post].

• Fuzzy Logic on the Dandy Warhols at the 9:30 Club on 5/29.

• Alan Pyke on Raul Midon at the Howard Theatre [Brightest Young Things].

• Brightest Young Things on Ramona Falls at the Red Palace.

• Marie Eff on Keane and the Mystery Jets at Strathmore [Brightest Young Things].

• Josh Stewart on JEFF the Brotherhood at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].


• Brightest Young Things is giving away tickets and a meet-and-greet with Childish Gambino at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on 6/23 (contest ends today).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to The Great American Festival featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, and more, at the National Harbor on 6/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to see Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Wolf Trap on 7/25 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• Metal Injection is giving away tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest featuring Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/29 (contest ends “randomly” as the concert date approaches).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see 311 and Slightly Stoopid at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/28 (contest ends Sunday 7/22).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see System of a Down with the Deftones at the Verizon Center on 8/7 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 02-09-12

Things to read:
• The Vinyl District bids farewell to Gold Leaf Studios, the Chinatown space that closed at the beginning of February. TVD will be looking back at the bands that called this space home (and looking at other DIY spaces in the area).
• Bob Dylan’s “Judas!” moment will be preserved at the National Museum of American History– no, not with his controversial electric guitar, but with the black leather jacket he wore at that infamous 1965 Newport Folk Festival concert, writes the Washington Post.
• We told you that Sharon van Etten (and her new album Tramp) were gonna be all over the news this week: Express‘s Rudi Greenberg talks to van Etten, and she gives some insight behind two of the tracks on Tramp. We do still recommend that you attend her show on Saturday at the Black Cat, but note that it is now sold out.
• Stephen Deusner on Die Antwoord [Express]. Note: show at the 9:30 Club is sold out.
• If you’re looking for a show that’s not sold out, go no farther than Strathmore‘s Friday Night Eclectic. We Love DC brings us a nice interview with The Grey Area, who are headlining this week.
• Get to know Metal Chris, the guy behind DCHeavyMetal.com [Washington CityPaper]
• Got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? The Washington CityPaper summarizes three local Kickstarter campaigns (Listen Local First, HighBrau, and Ad Hoc).
• DC record label Crank Automotive is now available on SoundCloud (thanks to Crank brother TriggerCut for the tip!).
• This week in jazz [DCist].
• Not directly DC-related, but DC writer (and ShowlistDC curator) Catherine Lewis has made available an archive of Low articles, interviews, and record reviews from 1995 through 2002.

Free stuff:
• DCHeavyMetal.com has tickets to Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost (5/9) and Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated (5/22), both at the Fillmore in Silver Spring (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 4 PM).
• ShowlistDC has tickets to Mos Def at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 5 PM).
• Heavy Uber Alles has tickets to Iced Earth at the 9:30 Club on 3/13 (contest ends Monday 2/13 at noon)
• The Vinyl District has a copy of Of Montreal‘s Paralytic Stalks on yellow vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends Tuesday 2/14)