Recent Posts in Contests - Page 5
May 31, 2013
by Bill Pearis
The landmark film This is Spinal Tap will celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year. While films like Albert Brooks' Real Life paved the way, Spinal Tap really launched the mockumentary format into public concsiousness, spawned a zillion catchphrases ("This one goes to 11," "What's wrong with being sexy?") and remains scarily true to life -- just watch Anvil! or DiG! for proof.
In addition to being flat-out hilarious, This is Spinal Tap boasts great songs too, written by the film's stars, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and director Rob Reiner. The soundtrack is getting its first vinyl reissue since its initial release via The Control Group on June 11, which comes in a gatefold sleeve with original liner notes from Rocklopedia Brittanicus.
BrooklynVegan is happy to be presenting a release party at Williamsburg's Passenger Bar that night (6/11) from 8 PM - 11 PM. Mike V of The Everymen and D. Jane Gherkin will be spinning tunes and there will also be Brooklyn Beer specials. We're also giving away a copy of the vinyl reissue. You can enter ahead of time (details below) and pick up the prize at the party (we'll let you know ahead of time if you won).
Do come out. In the words of Tap keyboardist Viv Savage, "Have... a good time...all the time." Check out a classic Spinal Tap clip below...
King Tuff at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As mentioned, garage rocker King Tuff is reissuing his long-out-of-print 2008 debut, Was Dead, this year and that reissue just came out this week (5/28). It was awarded a "best new reissue" on Pitchfork. If you haven't heard it, you can stream the album in its entirety below.
King Tuff is playing a previously discussed one-off release show for the reissue in NYC this Sunday (6/2) at Bowery Ballroom. No openers for that show were announced when we first mentioned it, but since then Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach were added. Sunday's show is one of two currently scheduled local shows for Nude Beach before they head out on tour. The other is on June 16 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Vacation and others, and when they return home from tour they play Knitting Factory (7/5) with Prince Rupert's Drops (tickets).
The Bowery Ballroom show this Sunday is also with Hector's Pets. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.
Updated Nude Beach dates are listed, along with details on that ticket contest, the show flyer, and the King Tuff LP stream, below...
May 29, 2013
by Andrew Sacher
The Thermals at Bowery Ballroom - 5/28/13 (via Paul Petrowsky)
The Thermals have been on the road in support of their new album, Desperate Ground, which dropped this past April via their new label home of Saddle Creek, and they swung through NYC last night (not for the first time this year) for the first night of their two-night run at Bowery Ballroom (5/28-29).
It was a great show start to finish with a triple billing of bands that blur the lines between indie rock and punk, kicking off with a set from Philly's Hop Along. Playing as a four-piece rather than their usual setup as a trio, Hop Along kicked off their set with a new song (which they said debuts on June 5), and then went into a number of cuts from their killer (and underrated) 2012 album, Get Disowned like "Laments," "Young and Happy!," "Tibetan Pop Stars" and plenty of others. The crowd was already at a pretty decent size during their set and from looking around a good deal of people towards the front knew every word.
Following them was Screaming Females, who open both Bowery Ballroom shows, and for a band who never seem to disappoint, they were especially on last night. Maybe it's because they're fresh off a tour with Garbage that mainly hit big venues, but they just sounded way too huge for Bowery Ballroom. And I might have been imagining it, but it seemed to me like they picked the songs with the most guitar solos for last night, because Marissa was wailing away almost that whole set, making it even more tremendous.
Finally, the headliners of the night, The Thermals, took the stage and kept the show on a total high. Their usual antics were intact with singer Hutch Harris only waiting about 4 songs to run off stage and play guitar in the audience, and a few songs later drummer Westin Glass was crowd surfing and high fiving everyone. As usual, their set was all high-octane pop punk with no slowing down, and included a number of classic cuts like "No Culture Icons," "Returning to the Fold," "Now We Can See," "It's Trivia" and tons more, in addition to many of the highlights from Desperate Ground. The crowd was loving it too, pushing each other around, stage diving, yelling every word, and both the crowd and band were all smiles the entire show.
The Thermals and Screaming Females do it again tonight, this time with support from Screaming Females' Don Giovanni labelmates Black Wine. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a couple pairs. No pictures from last night's show unfortunately, but a couple more instagrams from the show and contest details from tonight's show are below.
May 23, 2013
by Andrew Sacher
Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, Cap'n Jazz, etc) has been working on new material, which will result in his new album, L'Ami due Peuple, due out on July 2 via Polyvinyl. Usually known for his bare acoustic songs with the occasional extra instrumentation worked in, for his new album he's taking a more full-band approach. You can hear the new sound on the singles "Blues to Black," which you can listen to at Rolling Stone, and "Bad Blood," which you can stream below. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.
As briefly mentioned, Owen will be coming to NYC on Friday (5/24) at Bowery Ballroom for a show with Laura Stevenson and Field Mouse. It's the last date on Laura and Field Mouse's tour together. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win tickets are below.
Owen has some other upcoming dates after the Bowery Ballroom show. All of them are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
May 22, 2013
The So So Glos, whose album Blowout came out not too long ago, are playing a free show at Studio @ Webster Hall tonight (5/22) which will be streamed live on MTV Hive. You can get free tickets through Ticketweb but walk-ups will be let in until capacity is reached. Doors are at 7 PM. Flyer for the show is below.
The band's next NYC show is a previously discussed show happening this Sunday (5/26) at Knitting Factory as part of a show put on by Hunter College radio station WHCS. Since we last spoke, Crystal Stilts have been added to that bill, which also includes Dinowalrus, Heavens Gate and Trabajo. Tickets are $12 ($8 if you use promo code "hookmeupwhcs") and still available but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away. Details on how to enter are below.
May 20, 2013
The Crystal Ark @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, the DFA Records 12th Anniversary Party is this Saturday (5/25) at Brooklyn's wonderous Grand Prospect Hall featuring a cavalcade of the label's talent, including live performances from YACHT, Shit Robot, Black Dice, Planningtorock, Prinzhorn Dance School, Factory Floor and more; and DJ sets from James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Juan Maclean, Tim Sweeny and more. Plus, "special guests." The show's been sold out for some time but more tickets are being released today at 2 PM so here's your chance if you missed out before.
In other news, the Crystal Ark have a few new remixes fo their track "Rain" (from last year's eponymous debut) and we've got the premiere of the Barker & Baumecker remix in this post. Stream that below.
Also as mentioned, YACHT, Prinzhorn Dance School and Larry Gus will play Shea Stadium on Friday (5/24). Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free, we've got a pair to give away. Details on how to enter are below.
Prinzhorn Dance School also play Cameo next Monday (5/27) with DJ sets from DFA labelmates Planningtorock and CREEP, plus a live performance from Dan Bodan who is also playing his first U.S. shows as part of the DFA weekend. Tickets for that show are still available.
That Crystal Ark remix, DFA party flyer and contest details below...
May 13, 2013
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Eddie Front - Arthur's Theme (The Best You Can Do) (MP3)
Eddi Front, who released an EP late last year, has been in a mellow mind of late. A couple weeks ago she covered Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better" (the theme from Bond flick, The Spy Who Loved Me) and now she's taken on another soft rock movie soundtrack favorite: "Arthur's Theme (Best You Can Do)" which was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and originally performed by the man who put the yacht in Yacht Rock, Cristopher Cross. With spare detuned piano backing it's a little more sad than the original, but very pretty. You can stream it below, along with the other cover.
Eddie Front plays Rockwood Music Hall tonight (5/13). Doors are at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7 PM. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter, as well as those song streams, are below.
May 10, 2013
Foxygen @ Bowery Ballroom in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Foxygen's "No Destruction" is one of our favorite songs of the year, so we're glad it's now got the awesome video it deserves. Brilliantly, the band's close friend Bryan Felber decided to get nostalgic, putting together a kind of supercut of some of the homemade films he worked on in high school and college with the band members before they got together to form Foxygen, and stitching it together with some new footage too. The end product is as smart as it is surreal, just like the song itself.Watch the video below.
Foxygen arrive in NYC on Monday (5/13) for a three-night run starting with a $3.00, BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Amen Dunes (who just opened for Boris), LODRO (who also have a new video), and Price Rupert's Drops also on the bill. All ages, no advanced tickets. Want to go for free (and have your ticket waiting for you at the door)? We're giving away two pairs of tickets, and DoNYC has a pair you can win too. Details on how to enter our contest are below along with the video and more tour dates (Pygmalion and ACL included).
May 3, 2013
The National at Beacon Theatre in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, The National are releasing a new album, Trouble Will Find Me, and going on an extensive tour in support of it this year which includes their big hometown show on June 5 at the Barclays Center with Youth Lagoon. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Before that tour begins, The National will do some other hometown events, including performing their song "Sorrow" repeatedly for six hours straight at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (5/5), and a live from the Artists Den taping on Tuesday (5/7). That same day, National member Bryce Dessner will have works he commissioned performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Roulette in Brooklyn. Members of the National will also be performing at Ecstatic Summer 2013 which takes place at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29-30.
Meanwhile, Youth Lagoon will also be on his own tour with Majical Cloudz which hits the NYC-area for sold out shows on Monday (5/6) at Maxwell's and Thursday (5/9) at The Bell House (BV presents). After those shows, Majical Cloudz play their own show at Glasslands (5/21) with Gobby (tickets).
Updated National dates are listed, along with contest details and streams of two songs from their new LP, below...
James Blake at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, James Blake is currently on our side of the Atlantic for a North American tour which hits Terminal 5 for headlining shows on Tuesday (5/7) and Thursday (5/9), and a DJ set at the Museum of Natural History (5/10) afterwards. All three shows are with FaltyDL. The May 9 show is sold out but tickets for the May 7 show are still available and we're also giving away a pair to that one. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Those Terminal 5 shows happen right after Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Ultraista play the same venue (5/5 & 5/6), and we're giving away tickets to those shows too. Today (5/3) is the last chance to enter for the FlyLo contest.
James Blake's excellent new album, Overgrown is out now, and he recently recorded a KCRW session for its single, "Retrograde, which came out earlier this week. You can watch that video, along with contest details and his updated tour schedule, below...