Giveaways

WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Shovels & Rope at 9:30 Club!

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Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Johnny Cash and June Carter. Michael Trent and Carry Ann Hearst. These are a few of folk and country-rock's best duos. And while Michael Trent and Carry Ann Hearst, known better as Shovels & Rope, might not yet be as iconic as their predecessors, the energetic, endearing pair are well on their way. 

Trent and Hearst's first joint release, Shovels & Rope, came in 2008 following separate musical endeavors - Trent with indie pop band The Films and Hearst as a solo artist. Two years later, the title of that initial EP became the band's namesake as Shovels & Rope took their act on the road. Somewhere along the way, the duo got hitched, becoming a husband-and-wife force to be reckoned with. Shovels & Rope, with their raucous live show and southern charm, keep alive the spirit of old-fashioned, "do what you can with what you have" alt-country and folk.

This year, the couple are touring seemingly nonstop in support of their 2012 debut album, O' Be Joyful, with an upcoming headlining show at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, September 11. One-man-folk-band Shakey Graves will be kicking off the fun, folk-filled night. For your chance to win tickets to the show, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Shovels & Rope song and why. Be sure to use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

2. Follow us AND retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Shovels & Rope at 9:30 Club! @ChunkyGlasses #SandR930

The winner will be chosen randomly THIS TUESDAY EVENING, so be sure to enter before then, and don't forget to check your email/Twitter! 

Not feeling lucky? Tickets are still available.


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Savages at 9:30 Club!

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In-your-face post-punk rock. Manifestos. Strict "no phones or cameras" policies at shows. These are a few things associated with one of 2013's most buzzed about bands - Savages.

The London-based female quartet burst onto the music scene earlier this year with the release of their debut album Silence Yourself. Together, frontwoman Jehnny Beth, guitarist Gemma Thompson, bassist Ayse Hassan, and drummer Fay Milton tackle such themes as sexuality and abuse with abrasive realness that's hard to ignore. Silence Yourself's raw energy becomes all the more palpable in the live setting where Savages' "muscular bass riffs, frenetic drumming, impassioned vocals, and angular guitars" command undivided attention.

After a sold out Rock and Roll Hotel show this summer, Savages return to DC on Tuesday, September 10 to play 9:30 Club. For your chance to win tickets to the show, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite all-female band. Please use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

2. Follow us and tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Savages at 9:30 Club! @ChunkyGlasses #Savages930 #FreeRawkRules

The winner will be chosen randomly THURSDAY AT NOON, so be sure to enter before then, and don't forget to check your email/Twitter! 

Not feeling lucky? Tickets are still available. 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Spiritualized at 9:30 Club!

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Ladies and gentlemen, we are giving away tickets for you to float in space with Spiritualized!

Spiritualized, over the course of twenty-three years, have released seven full-length albums, with 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space being the pinnacle of their career so far. Over the course of these seven albums, only one member of Spiritualized's lineup has remained constant. Supporting band members have rotated in and out to help bring frontman Jason Pierce's a.k.a. J. Spaceman, who writes and sings all of the band's material, music to life. Spiritualized's most recent album, the poppier Sweet Heart Sweet Light, was written while Pierce was being treated for liver disease and came out last year on Fat Possum Records. 

As you can see from NPR's recording of the British group's last appearance at 9:30 Club, Spiritualized's live show is an ethereal one that complements the space rock J. Spaceman and his cohorts create. For your chance to float in space Spiritualized on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 Club, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Spiritualized song and why. Please be sure to use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held on will call should you win. 

2. Follow us AND tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Spiritualized at 9:30 Club! @ChunkyGlasses #Spiritualized930 #freespacerawkrules

The winner will be chosen randomly FRIDAY AT 5PM, so be sure to enter before then, and don't forget to check your email/Twitter!

Not feeling lucky? Tickets are still available. 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Colin Meloy at Lincoln Theatre!

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One of my fondest Bonnaroo memories (and there are many after attending five consecutive years) is singing along with thousands of other festival-goers to The Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife 1 & 2” as it played over the PA system in between sets in That Tent. Talk about a sublime reminder of the power of music. We want you to experience the same thing (just with a few thousand less people) when Decemberists ringleader Colin Meloy plays Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, November 5.

Meloy, who has studied theater and creative writing, makes music both solo and with The Decemberists that maintains folk traditions like epic storytelling. A few years ago, Newport Folk Festival appointed Meloy to the festival's Board of Advisers, saying, "...we couldn’t think of many artists better suited to the task of maintaining the integrity of the festival – as an adviser and as a performer. He embodies the old and the new of folk tradition, continuing a musical legacy while carving out his own.” Whatta guy.

For your chance to celebrate all things folk with Meloy on his upcoming solo tour, please do the following:

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite folk song. Be sure to use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

The lucky winner will be chosen randomly TONIGHT, so be sure to enter before them! 

Didn't win? Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning!


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Future Bible Heroes at Black Cat!

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Attenion Magnetic Fields fans - this giveaway is for you! Since the late '90s, Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson have been teaming up with Merritt's longtime friend and collaborator Christopher Ewen to work under the name Future Bible Heroes. The result? Three albums and three EPs of dancey, electro-disco coupled with bittersweet lyrics à la Postal Service. 

Last month brought the release of Partygoing, Future Bible Heroes' first album in over a decade. As with the band's previous two full-length releases, Eternal Youth (2002) and Memories of Love (1997), the new album features Merritt's witty songwriting, Gonson joining Merritt on lead vocals, and Ewen providing the bippy boopy instrumental tracks. 

The trio's upcoming show this Friday, July 26 at Black Cat is one you won't want to miss. Who knows when they'll tour again? With Merritt, Gonson, and Ewen each busy with other projects - musical or otherwise - it might be a while before Future Bible Heroes commands their attention agian. For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, please do the following:

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Magnetic Fields song. Please use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

The lucky winner will be chosen THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON, so make sure to enter before then!

Not feeling lucky? Tickets are on sale here.  


Win Stuff: Win 2 tix to see Nico Vega at Ram's Head Live!

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As Myspace attempts to rebrand and relaunch, the once wildly popular social networking site should consider enlisting the help of a band whose career it helped start - Nico Vega. Through numerous placements in video game and movie trailers, Nico Vega has proved that its music brings any commercial to the next level of kick-ass. And goodness knows the marketing for the new Myspace could use such a jolt if it wishes to become relevant again.

The Los Angeles band got its "big break" in 2009 when signing to Myspace Records to release the debut, self-titled album Nico Vega. Since then, the band has gone on to tour with the likes of Blondie and lead singer Aja Volkman has been compared to Janis Joplin and Karen O. As Chunky Justin points out in his review of the commercial-ready "Beast," Nico Vega creates music that "is straight out of late-70s glam, and that’s a hell of a compliment." 

Nico Vega's U.S. headlining tour kicks-off today in Orlando and this Sunday, July 28, the band makes a stop in Baltimore to play Ram's Head Live. For your chance to see them there for free, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling us a band you've discovered through a commercial. Please use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Nico Vega at Ram's Head Live! 

The lucky winner will be chosen WEDNESDAY MORNING, so be sure to enter before then!

Don't feel like luck is on your side? Tickets are on sale here


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Gonzofest!

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Flying Dog's fifth annual Gonzofest marks the end of the brewery's summer concert series, and boy, is it going out with an explosion! Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, that is.

Gonzofest is Flying Dog's yearly celebration of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, whose former illustrator, Ralph Steadman, designs labels for the brewery's bottles. In addition to commemorating the Good Doctor, Gonzofest features obscure, rare, and experimental beers of Flying Dog's as well as top-notch live music. Kicking things off this year is Indianapolis' We Are Hex and alt rock trio Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be headlining. As for which beers are on tap, you'll have to attend yourself to find out!

If you're 21+ and would like to taste unique Flying Dog brews and enjoy awesome live music while celebrating all things gonzo, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Hunter S. Thompson work. Please use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Gonzofest! @ChunkyGlasses

The lucky winner will be chosen THIS COMING MONDAY MORNING, so be sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!

Not feeling lucky but still want to partake in all the debauchery? Tickets are on sale here


WIN BEFORE YOU CAN BUY: Win 2 tix to see Laura Marling at Lincoln Theatre!

As you may have heard, historic Lincoln Theatre recently came under new management and is now operated by none other than Seth Hurwitz of I.M.P and 9:30 Club fame. Right off the bat, Hurwitz and I.M.P revealed the first round of artists to play the cultural landmark - Laura Marling, Travis, KT Tunstall, Matt Nathanson, and Neko Case. According to Mayor Vincent Gray, "Coming out of the gate with five-sought after artists demonstrates that I.M.P. is indeed beginning the revitalization of this important cultural asset.”

Pretty awesome, right? Luckily for you, we have a pair of tickets to give away to the first show at Lincoln Theatre under I.M.P.'s management! For your chance to see British folk songstress Laura Marling on Wednesday, September 4th, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Laura Marling album and why. Please be sure to use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like tickets to be held should you win.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Laura Marling at Lincoln Theatre! @ChunkyGlasses #MarlingLincoln

The very lucky winner will be chosen THIS THURSDAY AT NOON, so be sure to enter before then!

Luck isn't on your side? Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly. 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Donavon Frankenreiter at U Street Music Hall!

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Is DC's crazy, irregular weather killing your summer vibe? Let surfer-turned-musician Donavon Frankenreiter and his beach-ready tunes help get you back in a sunny mindset!

Frankenreiter began his musical career at eighteen years old, but it was not until over a decade later when things really took off. In 2001, while traveling for his surfing career, Frankenreiter met Jack Johnson in Hawaii. The two surfing and music enthusiasts became close friends and a year later, Frankenreiter signed with Johnson's Brushfire Records. Frankenreiter released his debut, self-titled solo album on Johnson's label in 2004, then signed with Lost Highway Records in 2006 to put out his follow-up Move By Yourself. Over the past several years, Frankenreiter has released three more full-length albums, as well as a couple EPs and live DVDs, and started his own label - all while maintaining his surfing career and enjoying life with his family in Hawaii. 

For your chance to see Donavon Frankenreiter and bask in his warm, summery tunes at U Street Music Hall on July 25, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, linking us to a picture of your favorite beach. Please use a valid email address and the name under which you'd like your tickets to be held should you win.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Donavon Frankenreiter at U Street Music Hall! #DFrankUHall

The winner will be chosen THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING, so be sure to enter before then! 

Not feeling lucky? Tickets are available here


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Eleanor Friedberger at U Street Music Hall!

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Indie songstress Eleanor Friedberger, the female half of brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces, has been exploring in recent years what it is like to be a solo artist. Soon after announcing Fiery Furnaces’ hiatus in 2011, Eleanor released Last Summer, the solo album that proclaimed her ability to write, record, and perform successfully independent of her brother Matthew. Earlier this month, nearly two years after Last Summer, Friedberger released her sophomore solo album Personal Record, which has reaffirmed the poppy songbird’s penchant for creative, observant storytelling. 

With Personal Record in tow, Friedberger makes her way across the country, with a stop nearby at U Street Music Hall, before departing for the United Kingdom. Playing in support of Friedberger are up-and-coming indie-psych band TEEN, who have been releasing music through DC's own Carpark Records. 

For your chance to see Eleanor Friedberger and TEEN on Thursday, June 27 at U Street Music Hall, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address and the name you'd ilke your tickets to be held under should you win, telling us your favorite band of siblings.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Eleanor Friedberger at U Street Music Hall! @ChunkyGlasses #EleanorUHall

The winner will be chosen this Thursday morning, so be sure to enter before then! 

Not feeling lucky but still want to see these girls rock U Street Music Hall? Tickets are available here


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see The Postal Service at Merriweather Post Pavilion!

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Unless you live in an alternate universe where Ben Gibbard doesn’t exist, you know The Postal Service are back, giving everyone who's turned to Give Up in the wake of a breakup something to smile about.

As music history has it, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie collaborated with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, sending demos with their additions back and forth using (you guessed it) the United States Postal Service. Tamborello created instrumental parts, burned the tracks on a CD to send to Gibbard, who added vocals, then mailed it back to Tamborello. The two carried on this way, with vocalist Jenny Lewis contributing to the demos, too, until Give Up became the ten-song, heartbreakingly amazing album it is.

That was a decade ago. For ten years, it seemed The Postal Service's run was a one-off, with no expectation of more music or any live shows to come. Fans resorted to listening to the album obsessively, thinking wishfully of such a reuinion to occur and sure enough, BLAMO! The big announcement came. Not only would a deluxe edition of Give Up be released with fifteen bonus tracks, including the never-before-heard “A Tattered Line of String,” but the band would also embark on a reunion tour.

If it's been your dream to have a sing-a-long to "Such Great Heights" with thousands of other Postal Service super fans, please do one of the following for your chance to win a pair of lawn tickets to the upcoming Merriweather Post Pavilion show on Tuesday, June 18:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us the last time you sent mail using the USPS.

2. Tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see The Postal Service at Merriweather Post Pavilion! @ChunkyGlasses #PSMPP

The lucky winner will be chosen this Wednesday morning, so be sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!

Not feeling lucky but don't want to miss the most exciting reuinion of 2013? Tickets are on sale here


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Futurebirds at 9:30 Club!

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Revel in the sweet reverb of Futurebirds' folk-rock and alt-country-tinged tunes this Thursday night at 9:30 Club!

Futurebirds hail from Athens, GA, the musical city also home to psych rock weirdos of Montreal. Speaking of Athens' diverse music scene, Futurebirds guitarist Thomas Johnson says, "It’s encouraged in the Athens music scene to do something that pushes the limits a little bit. Or to do something that someone else hasn’t really done, and create your own sound." And create their own sound they did. The bands' six members came together, along with their slew of instruments - acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, banjo, and mandolin - to create two EPs and two full-length albums since 2008. Hampton Lullaby, Futurebirds' debut LP, was released in 2010 with the sophomore follow-up Baba Yaga released earlier this year on Fat Possum Records. In the past five years, Futurebirds have shared the stage with such renowned acts as Drive-By Truckers and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.  

For your chance to win free tickets to see Futurebirds headline 9:30 Club this Thursday night, please do one of the following: 

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us the name of your favorite bird.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Futurebirds at 9:30 Club! @ChunkyGlasses #Futurebirds930

A winner will be chosen at random THIS WEDNESDAY AT NOON, so be sure to enter before then! Not feeling lucky? Tickets are on sale through Ticketfly. 

Also check out 9:30 Club's Twitter today at 3:30 p.m. when Futurebirds take over to answer fans' questions! 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Oberhofer at U Street Music Hall!

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Whether headlining Black Cat or opening for Matt & Kim at 9:30 Club, Oberhofer routinely wow D.C. crowds with their infectious indie pop/rock and wildly energetic shows, complete with amp kicking and jumping from drum kits. Surely, their upcoming appearance at U Street Music Hall on Friday, May 3 will be no exception. 

Oberhofer began in 2008 as the solo project of New York University music composition student Brad Oberhofer, who started writing music at age thirteen while recovering from being hit by a car (find out more about that story in our interview with Oberhofer himself). Oberhofer soon after enlisted the help of more musicians to fully bring to life the sounds of his singles, such as 2010's o0Oo0Oo0, in opening slots on tours with Sleigh Bells, The Morning Benders, and Neon Indian. Fast-forward a few years to 2012 and Oberhofer is signed to Glassnote Records (also home of Phoenix, Mumfod & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, and GIVERS) to release their debut album Time Capsules II.

Just last this week, Oberhofer released a follow-up, five-track EP to Time Capsules II titled Notalgia. Hear two of the tracks - "You + Me (Still Together In The Future)" and "Together/Never" - here:

For your chance to hear Oberhofer's in-yer-face-RAWK (as Carrie so aptly put it in her review of their 9:30 Club slot late last year) FO' FREE at U Street Music Hall, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us the weirdest last name you've ever come across.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Oberhofer at U Street Music Hall! @ChunkyGlasses #OberhoferUHall #FREERAWKRULES

The winner will be chosen THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING, so be sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!

Not feeling lucky? Tickets for the show are available through Ticketfly. 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Muse BEFORE YOU CAN BUY THEM!

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Someone should tell these people that Muse are not, in fact, banned from playing the District. Wednesday, September 11, the English trio, with the help of their RAWK LAZERS, will turn the Verizon Center into a SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE. And we have a pair of tickets to giveaway BEFORE THE SHOW GOES ON SALE! Just try to make it out of the black hole alive, okay?

Muse are returning to D.C. for the first time since their 2004 9:30 Club appearance. At that point, the band had only three releases - Showbiz, Origin of Symmetry, and Absolution - in their repitorie. Muse have since put out Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance, and most recently, The 2nd Law. Each album, regardless of release date, howcases Muse's undeniable powerful sound of which frontman Matt Bellamy's booming, ready-for-Broadway voice is a highlight. In addition to their impressive, prolific catalog, Muse have built a reputation worldwide for their energetic live performances, earning them recognition from Queen's Roger Taylor as "probably the greatest live act in the world today." All of this assures that District dwellers have a monumental show to look forward to.

Joining Muse for their Verizon Ceter date are Kentucky garage rockers Cage the Elephant. Cage the Elephant, like Muse, have earned attention for their vivacious live shows, the setlists for which comprise of hits, including "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," from the band's two albums. With a third full-length release on the way, concertgoers can expect to hear new Cage the Elephant material at upcoming shows.

For your chance to win our "Win Before You Can Buy" giveaway, please do one of the following before THIS THURSDAY NIGHT:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us your favorite Muse song and why.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Muse at the Verizon Center! @ChunkyGlasses #MuseDC #FREERAWKRULES

One lucky winner will be randomly chosen THIS THURSDAY NIGHT before tickets go on sale this Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m., so make sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!