Recent Posts in Contests
April 10, 2014
Jenny Hval @ Brooklyn's Glasslands in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval is currently on tour throughout North America in continued support of 2013's excellent Innocence Is Kinky with ambient guitarist Mark McGuire. The pair will tag Chicago as part of their tour for a performance at the Empty Bottle on April 18 with additional support from Wedding Dress (who will also play our Record Store Day in-store marathon at Saki). Advance tickets are still available, and we've also got a pair to give away! Details on how to enter to win can be found at the bottom of this post.
Mark McGuire, formerly of Emeralds, welcomed his great new solo album, Along The Way, in February via Dead Oceans. The LP is chock-full of the kind of lush and expansive loops he's become known for, and you can give it a spin via Spotify, Rdio. The 4/18 show also serves as a record release for Wedding Dress' Loom 7", which arrives via Lovitt Records. Its moody and percussive title track is available to stream in this post. Grab a copy of the 7" at the show or via Lovitt's webstore.
All Jenny Hval dates, contest details, and song streams from each artist lie after the jump...
March 28, 2014
Tinariwen @ Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saharan blues band Tinariwen are currently on tour throughout North America in support of their new full-length album Emmaar (Spotify, Rdio). As discussed, that tour includes a pair of shows at City Winery Chicago on April 5 -- 7:30PM & 10PM. Advance tickets are still available, and we've also got a few pairs to give away for each one!
All Tinariwen dates, contest details, and a couple of videos lie after the jump...
March 20, 2014
Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival is slated to take place from July 18-20 in Chicago's Union Park. The fests initial lineup included Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, tUnE-yArDs, Sharon Van Etten, Grimes, Slowdive, and more, and St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Schoolboy Q, Cloud Nothings, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Speedy Ortiz, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, Isaiah Rashad, Twin Peaks, and others have now been added to the festival.
UPDATE: just a month after this lineup was posted, DJ Rashad tragically passed away. Rest in Peace Rashad.
Festival Passes and single-day tickets are still available, and we've also got a few pairs of three-day passes to give away!
The full festival lineups-by-day and contest details can be found below...
March 12, 2014
Earlier this week, Indie rock mainstay Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean and Britta) welcomed his first proper solo album. The self-titled LP was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, who also plays keys and guitar on it, and also features his wife // bandmate Britta Phillips on bass and Anthony LaMarca on drums // pedal steel. You can check out "Holding Pattern" and "The Dancer Disappears" at the bottom of this post, and stream the full album via Rdio.
Dean will embark on a spring North American tour in support of his new album later this month. That tour includes a performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music on April 11 with Advance Base. Tickets are still available, and we've also got a pair to give away! Contest details can be found at the bottom of this post. Dean & Britta also play Galaxie 500 at a late show (10PM) at Old Town that same night (tickets).
All Dean Wareham dates, contest details, and those song streams lie after the jump...
December 9, 2013
Bob Mould @ Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Bob Mould released his debut solo effort, Workbook, in the spring of 1989. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the album, and Mould will be celebrating that milestone with Workbook 25, a deluxe 2xCD / 2xLP reissue. The CD's second disc is a live recording of his entire 1989 performance at Metro, a venue which he most recently played at in 2012.
Bob will also be embarking on a brief "25 Years of Workbook" tour next year with bassist Jason Narducy. That tour kicks off in late-February, and includes a two-night stand in Chicago: Old Town School of Folk Music on March 1 and City Winery Chicago on March 2. Tickets for the Old Town show go on sale this Friday (12/13) at 8AM CST. Tickets for CWC go on sale on Friday at 9AM. We've also got a pair of tickets to give away for the Old Town show! Details on how to enter to win can be found at the bottom of this post.
You can also catch Bob at Second City's 24-hour Letters To Santa benefit on December 17.
All known dates and contest details lie after the jump...
September 30, 2013
Andrew W.K. @ Riot Fest Chicago earlier this month (more by Cory Dewald)
Party maestro Andrew W.K., who just recently announced that he'll be releasing a book called The Party Bible, will be heading out on tour with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg later this week. That tour was originally slated to tag Chicago for a performance at Metro on October 8, but has now been moved to Double Door. All tickets purchased for Metro will be honored, more are on sale now, and we've also got a few pairs of tickets to give away! In addition to tickets, winners will also be able to meet Andrew, Marky, and the band.
An updated list of Blitzkrieg dates and contest details can be found below...
September 12, 2013
Devotchka @ Metro, January 2012 (more by Ben Rodig)
Devotcha, who are headed to Chicago to play Riot Fest this Saturday (9/14; Rise Stage at 4:45PM), have added a last-minute show at City Winery Chicago on Friday, September 13 at 11PM to their schedule. Advance tickets are on sale now and we've also got a pair to give away!
All known Devotchka dates, contest details, and a few videos can be found below...
August 26, 2013
North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, the 2013 North Coast Music Festival goes down this coming weekend (Friday, 8/30 - Sunday, 9/1) in Chicago's Union Park. Its lineup features Wu-Tang Clan (performing 36 Chambers in its entirety!), Passion Pit, AlunaGeorge, Nas, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, On An On, and many more. You can check out the lineups-by-day // set times HERE.
VIP festival passes and single-day tickets are still available. General admission three-day passes are long sold-out, but we've got a couple of pairs to give away! Details on how to enter to win can be found below...
August 21, 2013
As discussed, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is set make its North American debut in the Detroit area on September 14. The one-day fest will take place at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, MI, and its lineup features Sigur Ros, The National, Run the Jewels, The Dismemberment Plan, AlunaGeorge, Phosphorescent, Savages, and many more. Detroit's own Movement Electronic Music Festival and Ann Arbor-based label Ghostly International will also be co-presenting a separate stage at Laneway with Matthew Dear, Adult., Shigeto, Beacon, and Heathered Pearls. You can check out the complete festival lineup at the bottom of this post.
Tickets for Laneway Festival Detroit are still available, and we've also got a couple of pairs to give away! Details on how to enter to win and the full Laneway Detroit lineup lie after the jump...
August 20, 2013
Chris Funk of Black Prairie/Decemberists @ Stubb's in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Decemberists side project Black Prairie welcomed their most recent album, called Wild Ones, earlier this year. It serves as a "soundtrack" to friend/author/New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's new book of the same name. You can take a listen to the album in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
Black Prairie will be embarking on a fall U.S. tour in September. Mooallem will join them for a handful of dates, at which they'll open the show with "a special 25-minute collaborative composition with Jon narrating a series of stories from Wild Ones over our live performance." Their fall tour begins at City Winery Chicago on September 11 with Jon Mooallem. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now, and we've also got a pair to give away! Details on how to enter to win can be found below.
Decemberists leader Colin Meloy will also be doing some touring this fall. His solo run, with support from Eleanor Friedberger, includes a performance at Park West on November 11. Advance tickets are still available.
All Black Prairie dates, contest details, and a stream of Wild Ones lie after the jump...