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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 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 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 Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 at 9:30 Club!

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Saturday, April 27, English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock takes the 9:30 Club stage with his current band, The Venus 3.

Hitchcock, formerly of The Soft Boys and The Egyptians, presently works as both a solo artist and with The Venus 3, made up of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and Ministry/R.E.M.'s Bill Rieflin. The four released their debut album, Olé! Tarantula, in 2006 and followed it up with two more records - 2009's Goodnight Oslo and 2010's Propellor Time. Although clearly invested in his work with The Venus 3, Hitchcock also works independently, releasing his ninth and tenth solo studio albums, Tromsø, Kaptein (2011) and Love from London (2013), respectively. 

Regardless of whether he's working alone, in a group, or collaborating with the likes of Nick Lowe and John Paul Jones, Hitchcock routinely draws attention for his surrealist lyrics and similarities to greats such as Bob Dylan and Syd Barret, whom he cites as influences. Hitchcock also paints, draws, and writes short stories, all of which often appear as album art and in liner notes of his various musical releases. 

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Hitchcock's 9:30 Club appearance this weekend, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us your favorite of Hitchcock's projects.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 at 9:30 Club! @ChunkyGlasses

A winner will be chosen at random THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON, so get your entry in before then! GOOD LUCK!

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


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band at U Street Music Hall!

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D.C., being the multi-cultural crossroad that it is, is a great place for musicians from all corners of the globe to team up, influence one another, and create new music. Such was the case for Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, whose members hail from various countries including Romania, Ghana, and Nigeria. The result of their meeting each other? A funky, fourteen-piece orchestra with horn, rhythm, and percussion sections that meld traditional West African musical styles with modern influences. Adding even more to Chopteeth’s worldly vibe are the group’s vocalists who sing in a total of seven foreign languages.

Since forming in 2004, Chopteeth has garnered much local acclaim, most notably through winning numerous Wammies from the Washington Area Music Association. Among the band’s prizes are Wammies for Best World Music Group in 2007, Best Debut Reording in 2008 for their album Struggle, and 2009 Artist of the Year. Chopteeth, reaching a milestone of ten years as a band next year, continue to play local venue and festival circuits as well as travel around the country, sharing the infectious Afrofunk they create.

For your chance to see Chopteeth for free at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, April 20, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us to which country you’d most like to travel and why.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I’m entering to win tix to see Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band at U Street Music Hall! @ChunkyGlasses #ChoptUHall #FREEFUNKRULES

A lucky winner will be chosen randomly this Friday evening, so be sure to enter before then!

Not feeling lucky? Tickets for the show are on sale 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!


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see David Wax Museum at 9:30 Club!

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Using unique instruments to create music is not uncommon, yet bands that incorporate such novelties consistently intrigue music listeners and concertgoers alike. David Wax Museum’s use of a donkey’s broken jawbone for percussion is no exception. If you are curious to know just how a donkey jawbone sounds when played (you know you are), check out David Wax Museum's infectiously joyous Tiny Desk Concert:

Suz Slezak, the featured masterful donkey jawbone player, along with vocalist/guitarist David Wax, make up the core of David Wax Museum. The two, with help from the various saxophonists, stand-up bassists, and other supporting musicians who rotate in and out of the band, blend elements of Americana and traditional Mexican folk to create what they call “Mexo-Americana.”  

David Wax Museum caught the music world’s attention in 2010 upon winning a contest, thanks to fans' votes, to play the renowned Newport Music Festival. Everything Is Saved, featuring the single “Boy With A Broken Heart,” came the following year, earning the band even more well-deserved acclaim. However, as ChunkyGlasses Editor-in-Chief Kevin Hill notes in his review of last year’s Knock Knock Get Up, the latest David Wax Museum effort is their best yet. "...Wax and crew have outdone themselves in every way possible, finding not only their balance, but their path forward as a group of truly remarkable musicians," Hill says. Knock Knock went on to claim the number six spot on our Best Albums of 2012 list.  

Supporting David Wax Museum at their 9:30 Club show next Thursday, April 4 are local favorites Kingsley Flood. With nods from Rolling StoneMTV Buzzworthy, and more, the sextet released their second full-length album, Battles, just last month. (Stay tuned for our forthcoming interview with Kingsley Flood frontman Naseem Khuri!)

For your chance to a pair of tickets to the show next week, please do one of the following: 

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

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see David Wax Museum at 9:30 Club! @ChunkyGlasses

Do not miss your chance to see the donkey jawbone in action - enter by this Tuesday, April 2! The lucky winner will be randomly chosen that evening.

Not feeling lucky? Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased through Ticketfly!


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

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What do you get when you mix a funky, indie disco band and craft beer? 

The Festival de Cans featuring Escort at 9:30 Club, presented by Flying Dog as part of the Craft Brewers Conference! 

Seventeen-piece, Brooklyn-based Escort have been quite a hit on the dance floor since releasing the single "Starlight" in 2006. The band began as a duo when founders Dan Balis and Eugene Cho banned together to"make records in the spirit of the old ones [they] were sampling." Since then, the disco revival project has expanded to include lead singer Adeline Michle and a multi-membered "disco orchestra" to create the retro yet contemporary music for which they are known. Indeed, in recent years, Escort have received accolades for both their live show and debut, eponymous album released in 2011.

 

In addition to the groovy live music, this special show also features an exploration through the evolution of beer advertising with contributions from Flying Dog, The Brewer’s Art, Brooklyn, DC Brau, Golden Road, Half Acre, Maui, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Revolution Sierra Nevada, and Starr Hill. Films will be screened alongside some of the best vintage beer commercials from the last half-century. 

If you want free tickets to get down on the dance floor (think they'll have a disco ball?) and revel in craft brew history on Thursday, March 28, please do one of the following. You must be 21+ to enter and win.

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us your all-time favorite disco song a why. 

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

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

3. Grab your friends, throw on some costumes, and record youselves karaoking a disco revival tune, then upload the video and share it with us in the comment section below! Doing this will earn you lots of extra entries into the conest!

So, brush up on your disco moves by watching Saturday Night Fever, break out your afro wig and bell bottoms, and enter the contest! All entries must be submitted by the afternoon of Monday, March 25 when we'll be picking a winner. GOOD LUCK!

Aren't the lucky winner but still want to have a great time with Escort? Tickets are on sale through Ticketfly!  


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Little Green Cars at DC9!

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In keeping with our weekend theme of All Things Irish, Dublin’s Little Green Cars is coming to DC9 on Wednesday night and we’ve got 2 tickets for someone to take a friend to the Next Big Thing while it’s still a Medium-Sized Thing.  Little Green Cars is comprised of a bunch of 20-year-olds making lushity lush lush music, complete with complex vocal harmonies and tons o’ acoustic guitars, and their debut album Absolute Zero arrives on March 26.  They sound like they’ve been at this music thing for a couple of decades, rather than only being alive for a couple of decades, and in the past year they’ve been featured at CMJ, highlighted by NPR, and they’re currently the darlings of SXSW.  Lots of things with important initials love this band, and now you get a chance to find out why FOR FREE.

If you’re missing the shit out of Fleet Foxes or wondering what it would sound like if that band got knocked up by Death Cab for Cutie, then do one of the following for your chance win:

1. Leave a comment below with valid contact information and the answer to this question: What was the name of your first car, and where was the dumbest place you ever drove it?

2. RETWEET THIS or Tweet out:  ‘I'm entering to win tix to see Little Green Cars @dc9nightclub! @ChunkyGlasses #FREERAWKRULES

One luck winner will be chosen randomly this coming Tuesday afternoon, so get to entering! Don't forget to kiss the Blarney stone before you do! 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Sigur Rós at the Patriot Center!

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Sigur Rós, along with Björk and Of Monsters and Men, are one of Iceland’s most famous musical exports. The ambient, ethereal post-rockers have been active for nearly two decades, and recently, they’ve begun playing larger venues, such as the GMU Patriot Center where they’ll be next Sunday, March 24. 

The 2002 album ( ) is perhaps Sigur Rós’ most well-known, largely for all of the mystique surrounding its conception. Upon its release, the album was untitled and none of the tracks were named. Additionally, the lyrics, sung in frontman Jónsi’s beautiful falsetto, were written entirely in a made-up language called Hopelandic. The album came with a booklet filled with blank pages, allowing listeners to interpret the lyrics and ascribe song titles for themselves.  

Since that notable release, the band has put out three more albums, including the most recent, Valtari, which came out last year.  

While Sigur Rós’ intimate music is best suited for small, cozy spaces, their upcoming show at the Patriot Center will be nothing short of incredible. Reviews of the band’s shows in these larger arenas have been quite positive, oftentimes with the entire audience remaining hushed. 

We have a pair of tickets to give away for next weekend’s show and for this contest, we’re doing something fun – Sigur Rós trivia!  At 2 p.m. every day for the next week (until Friday, March 22) until Wednesday, March 20, we’ll be releasing a Sigur Rós-related question over on our Twitter page. For each question, the first three people to respond, either on Twitter or by emailing madelyn@chunkyglasses.com, are entered to win. The more you participate, the better your chances are of winning. 

Haven’t brushed up on your Sigur Rós trivia but still want to attend the show? Tickets are still available and can be purchased here

So, if you want to play, stay tuned to our Twitter page for trivia questions! One lucky winner will be chosen the afternoon of Friday, March 22 Wednesday, March 20. GOOD LUCK!


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Gwar at Merriweather Post Pavilion BEFORE YOU CAN BUY THEM!

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Ready for this trifecta of METAL MADNESS? 

Alice Cooper. Marilyn Manson. And Gwar. All on the same bill at Merriweather Post Pavilion this June as part of their "Monsters of Madness" tour! 

Prepare to have your face melted three times in one night is all we have to say. Don't believe us? Check out these videos of their live performances for yourself. 

All three artists have decades of recording and performing experience to their names. Alice Cooper first began as a full band effort, but in 1975, Cooper broke ties with his band and launched his solo career with the concept album Welcome to My Nightmare, which documents the night terrors of a young fictional character named Steven. Since that year, Cooper has released eighteen studio albums, the most recent being Welcome 2 My Nightmare, a sequel and thirteenth anniversary tribute to his first solo album. 

Marilyn Manson, along with his band, released their first studio album Portrait of an American Family in 1994. This jumpstarted the beginning of Manson's successful career and later albums including Smells Like Teen Children and Antichrist Superstar only added to their notoriety. Through his controversial music, forays into film, art and book-writing, and tumultuous love life, Manson has kept himself in the public eye. 

"Satirical heavy metal band" Gwar formed in Richmond in 1984 and have spent the past few decades making a name for themselves though their monstrous costumes, vulgar lyrics, and theatric, bloody live shows. The band's current lineup, consisting of vocalist Oderus Urungus, lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus, second guitarist Balsac the Jaws of Death, drummer Jizmak Da Gusha, and bassist Beefcake the Mighty, have not released an album since 2010, but continue to tour frequently. 

Whether you want to attend for Cooper's theatric stage show that draws from vaudeville and horror movies, Manson's controversial shock rock, or Gwar's blood cannons, we want to send you for free to witness the madness!

To enter our giveaway for a pair of lawn tickets before the show even goes on sale, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us your craziest memory from an Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, or Gwar show.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Gwar at Merriweather Post Pavilion! @ChunkyGlasses #CooperMansonMPP

The lucky winner of this "win before you can buy" giveaway will be chosen randomly and notified this Thursday night, so be sure to enter before then!

Aren't the lucky winner but don't want to miss these "Masters of Madness" in action? Tickets for the sale go on sale this Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly! 


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) at Jammin' Java!

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No, this isn’t a taping of VH1’s Where Are They Now? But this show will indeed make you want to jump in your way-back machine! 

Glen Matlock, former Sex Pistols bassist, and ex-New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain are joining forces to embark on a Punk Pioneers tour. Sunday, April 7, the pair will be stopping at Jammin’ Java to purvey their punk prowess.

 

Both rockers have been active in recent years, reuniting with old band and forming new ones. And their most recent endeavor, teaming up for the Punk Pioneers tour, should not be missed. For your chance to see these living legends for free, please do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us which other punk rockers, living or dead, you would like to see live.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tix to see Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) @ Jammin' Java! @ChunkyGlasses #FREERAWKRULES

One lucky winner will be chosen randomly this Friday night, so get your entry in before then!

Aren't the winner but still want to RAWK out? Tickets are still available and can be purchased here


WIN STUFF: Win tix to see Belle and Sebastian with Yo La Tengo BEFORE THEY GO ON SALE!

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Merriweather Post Pavilion's summer schedule is shaping up to be quite spectacular. Recent show announcements already have us daydreaming about enjoying warm summer nights on Merriweather's lawn, and their most recent news has us yearning for that even more. Now we're looking forward to Belle and Sebastian with Yo La Tengo on Friday, July 12!

It's been two and a half years since Belle and Sebastian's most recent studio album, so their full-force return has been met with much excitement from fans. Earlier this month, Pitchfork released an hour-long documentary on the band's 1996 breakthrough album If You're Feeling Sinister, then the Scottish indie poppers announced a North American tour. Also in the works is a compilation of B-sides and rare tracks entitled The Third Eye Centre, which will be released this June, and a ninth studio album, to be recorded following the upcoming tour.

Yo La Tengo has also created a good amount of buzz this year with the release of their newest album, Fade, and extensive touring. (We're especially excited that they're on the Solid Sound bill!) 

Want to see these two awesome bands at Merriweather for free? Before the show even goes on sale, we're giving away a pair of lawn tickets! Here's how you can enter to win:

1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us your favorite Belle and Sebastian album and why.

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win tickets to see Belle and Sebastian with Yo La Tengo at Merriweather Post Pavilion! #BandSMPP @ChunkyGlasses

3. Reblog this tumblr post AND send us a tumblr message with your email address so that we can contact you if you win.

The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and notified TONIGHT, so make sure you enter right away!

Remember: Even if you don't win, tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, February 22 at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see JONATHAN RICHMAN with TOMMY LARKINS @ 9:30 Club!

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If you like effusive, sardonic songwriters with a catalog spanning four decades, or if you enjoy cult favorites who can convey an entire storyline using nothing more than two sentences, a raised eyebrow, and a dry Massachusetts accent, then there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t be in attendance as Jonathan Richman visits our humble town on Friday for a 7 p.m. early show at the 9:30 Club.  Although it’s been 20 years since he toured with any version of the Modern Lovers, and he hung up the ‘Godfather of Punk’ moniker years ago, Richman brings a charm and substance to his performances that singers half his age can only dream of – and luckily for you, we’re giving away 2 tickets to see him live with drummer Tommy Larkins.

Whether you’re a 30-year fan of the dude that brought us “Roadrunner” and “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar,” or if you caught on to his genius in the 1990s as he and Tommy played the ill-fated Greek Chorus in “There’s Something About Mary,” Richman always delivers an intimate and hilarious live show, and even if you’re not lucky enough to win, tickets are still available HERE

He’s not big on putting professional videos on YouTube, but here’s a shaky hand-held taste of what you’re in store for on Friday:

Here are a couple ways you can enter to win, but please note that only one entry per person will be counted.

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

2. Retweet this or tweet the following:

I'm entering to win 2 tix to see Jonathan Richman at 9:30 Club this Friday! #JRichman930 @ChunkyGlasses

One lucky winner will be chosen randomly and notified this Wednesday afternoon, so make with the entering! Good luck!