Ticket Giveaway: Two Door Cinema Club (w/ Broods) @ Echostage, 11/17/16

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Two Door Cinema Club (Photo courtesy Glassnote Records)

Northern Irish post-punk trio Two Door Cinema Club keep upping the ante with a very good third album, Gameshow, released last month via Glassnote Records in the United States.

Since dancing into our ears with their debut album Tourist History in 2010, Alex Trimble (vocals, rhythm guitar, beats, synths), Sam Halliday (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Kevin Baird (bass, synths, backing vocals) have managed to totally sound like themselves while also keeping it interesting. With Gameshow, Alex told NME, “The two biggest influences for me were Prince and Bowie — both total pioneers who straddled that line between out-there pop and avant garde craziness.”

Well, that’s great inspiration all around indeed! Over the summer, Two Door Cinema club released the first single from the new album — “Are We Ready? (Wreck).”

Watch the very amusing official music video for “Are We Ready? (Wreck)” by Two Door Cinema Club, which sends up advertising and consumerism, on You Tube:

Prior to the new album’s release, Two Door Cinema Club played a very sold-out show at the Black Cat in June. Now, they are returning to DC to perform in a bigger space with Echostage on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Parklife DC is giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to see them! To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Two Door Cinema Club!

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Thursday, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets also are available online.

Oh wait — before we go, did we tell you that Broods — the incredibly talented siblings from New Zealand — are opening for Two Door Cinema Club? The trip hop duo recently played their *own* sold-out show at the 9:30 Club on August 1! (Read our Parklife DC review of that show.) It’s almost a question of who would you rather see — Two Door Cinema Club or Broods? Well, why not see them both?

Two Door Cinema Club
w/ Broods
Echostage
Thursday, Nov. 17
Doors @7pm
$40
All ages

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Ticket Giveaway: James Vincent McMorrow @ 9:30 Club, 11/9/16

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Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow seems to have a taste for beauty in unconventional spaces.

At least judging from the video for his latest single, “Rising Water,” where the camera explores intimacy in cramped alleyways and stodgy flats, only to release the participants in those encounters onto a scenic beach that (while scenic) seems unerringly real.

Well, the former folk rocker, now turned alternative R&B crooner, has released his third album, We Move, via Mahogany Books/Burning Rope in the United States as of September, and the whole thing seems very much about transporting oneself. Press releases for the album We Move suggest James was inspired by his own movements between Los Angeles, Toronto, and Dublin while recording the album. He’s on the move now with a tour, and he stops in DC to perform at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Watch the official music video for “Rising Water” by James Vincent McMorrow on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see James Vincent McMorrow at the 9:30 Club! To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Mr. McMorrow?

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 28, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets also are available online!

James Vincent McMorrow
w/ Dan Mangan
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Doors @7pm
$30
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Phantogram @ 9:30 Club, 10/26/16

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Only a few weeks ago, Phantogram released their third album, Three, via Republic Records. The trip hop duo is on tour to support the album, and they perform at two sold-out dates at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Although tickets are sold out, Parklife DC has an opportunity for you two win a pair to go the second night’s show on Oct. 26! Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter received generally favorable reviews on the new record, with Slant Magazine praising their “ability to transform darkness into light, taking personal tragedy and shaping it into professional growth.”

Watch the official music video for “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” the lead single from Three, by Phantogram on YouTube:

So Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see Phantogram. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Phantogram.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Thursday, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

Tickets for this show have sold out but you can monitor availability if more become available.

Phantogram
w/ The Range
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016
Doors @7pm
Sold out
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Saint Motel @ 9:30 Club, 10/20/16

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Los Angeles dreampop quartet Saint Motel caught fire recently with their 2014 EP My Type, catapulting the band into indie fandom in a way their debut album several years later had not.

For my type, the ’60s-tinged band adopted mod iconography for singles “My Type” and “Cold, Cold Man,” demonstrating a sense of style and fun. The instincts that guided the band into adopting the flavor served them well as they are poised to release their second full-length album saintmotelevision on Oct. 21.

The day prior to that record release, Saint Motel visit the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Oct. 20 as a stop on their current US tour, and Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets for you to go see the show.

First, watch the devilishly clever official music video for “My Type” by Saint Motel on YouTube, which manages to get you involved by the end:

Second, leave a comment below to win a pair of tix to go see Saint Motel from Parklife DC! To win, leave any comment on this blog, but we would like to hear your favorite Saint Motel song!

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Thursday and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

Tickets also are available online (although 9:30 Club has issued a low-ticket warning)!

Saint Motel
w/ Hippo Campus, Weathers
9:30 Club
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @7pm
$22.50
All ages

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Ticket Giveaway: Teenage Fanclub @ 9:30 Club, 10/14/16

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The Scottish quintet Teenage Fanclub return with their first new album in six years, and that album, Here, appeared on Sept. 9 via Merge Records.

Over at Merge, they sure like their power pop, and Teenage Fanclub is right at home on their roster. But singer Norman Blake certainly leads his band through their own sunny, jangly sound. Listening to Teenage Fanclub is like having a great conversation with an old friend: You may know where it’s going but you’ll enjoy the ride.

Teenage Fanclub are touring in support of their new album, and they visit the 9:30 Club on Friday, Oct. 14. Parklife DC is giving you a chance to go!

Watch Teenage Fanclub perform “Thin Air” from the new album for BBC Radio 6 Music on Sept. 13, 2016 on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see Teenage Fanclub. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Teenage Fanclub.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 7, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets also are available online!

Teenage Fanclub
w/ Skylar Gudasz
9:30 Club
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Doors @8pm
$25
All ages

Ticket Giveaway: Warpaint @ 9:30 Club, 10/4/16

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I adore Warpaint. And they really caught my attention with their single “Love Is to Die” on their self-titled sophomore album in 2014. I think they hit peak heartbroken dreampop, but they did so in such an articulate, and yes feminine, way that the song proved irresistible.

And soon afterward, as a big Duran Duran admirer, I enjoyed their very good take on “The Chauffeur” for the recent tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme. It was indescribably a wholly appropriate cover, and I would like Simon Le Bon to name check it when it comes to Duran Duran covers over William Shatner’s “Planet Earth.”

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Ticket Giveaway: Lush @ 9:30 Club, 9/21/16

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What a time for the classic shoegaze period of the ‘90s! Last year, UK music aficionados welcomed Ride to the 9:30 Club, and this year it’s going to be Lush!

Yes, Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson (vocals and guitars) along with Phil King (bass) have returned with the addition of drummer Justin Welch (Spitfire, Elastica). And they released a new EP, Blind Spot via their own Edamame label, and they sound as amazing and beautiful as ever. Lush are now on a world tour that stops in DC at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and you can now win tickets to go.

Revisit the official music video for “Sweetness and Light” by Lush on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets so that you can see Lush return to DC after 20 years away! To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. Let’s hear your favorite Lush song?

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Thursday and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

Lush last played the 9:30 Club on August 30, 1996! See the awesome setlist.

New Zealand dream pop singer Tamaryn opens for Lush. Tickets also are available online!

Lush
w/ Tamaryn
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Doors @7pm
$35
All ages