Author Archives: Charles Gray

TVD Ticket Giveaway: Justin Jones at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 11/8

Thick with an earthy warmth, Justin Jones makes patient indie rock with flairs of folk, gospel, and homegrown Americana. He creates modern plugged-in country with soft tread choruses and plenty of overdriven guitar soundscapes that share space with acoustic chord vehicles.

The singer/songwriter is coming to Rock and Roll Hotel on November 8, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

Jones is a songwriter born of West Virginia landscapes and Americana roots. Since his first in 2004, he has been responsible for five solo studio efforts as well as an EP in the band The Deadman.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Frightened Rabbit at the 9:30 Club, 10/29

Scottish quintet Frightened Rabbit is an indie rock band whose work comes with ample amounts of earthy production and atmosphere heavy with spacious reverberations.

Frightened Rabbit’s sound is deep in matured emotions and forlorn chord progressions. Delicate picked guitar bounces off powerful drums and vulnerable lyricism, providing Frightened Rabbit with a modern indie rock sound souped up in post rock afterbirth.

Frightened Rabbit will be coming to the 9:30 Club on October 29 for both an early show (6pm) and a late show (10pm). Augustines will be opening, and we have tickets to give away to the late show.

This year saw the release of their fourth album Pedestrian Verse. Though the band began as a Scott Hutchison solo project, the years have seen the effort expand and morph into a full group. Pedestrian Verse defines this current momentum, being the first collection of songs in which the compositions did not rest solely on Hutchison.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Elton John,
The Diving Board

Elton John is an artist who sits on a throne of No. 1 hits fueling his cultural influence. He’s been considered an icon for over forty years and continues to produce music and tour. So where does an artist go when they’re already at the top?

The answer is a return to form. Over the past few years, John has professed a reclaiming of the classic drums/bass/piano line-up that projected him into worldwide fame. In 2012, John released Good Morning to the Night, an album containing remixes of songs John wrote and recorded in the ’70s in his classic stripped-down style. The remixes were carefully put together by Australian dance pop duo Pnau, resulting in John’s first No.1 on the UK charts in over 20 years.

2013 sees the release of his first full-length album in seven years, The Diving Board. Still working with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, the album was produced by T-Bone Burnett with the idea that it would embrace the sound of classic Elton, with the unique feel he created and is known for. The album has been released on vinyl via Capitol Records, and we have one to give away to one lucky winner.

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TVD Video Premiere
and Vinyl Giveaway: Switchblade Kid, “Veronica Sawyer”


Memphis rock outfit The Switchblade Kid is band building a reputation for modern monuments to punk, garage rock, and nostalgia bombs. Much like their music, the band’s aesthetic is full of grain and fuzz in the warmest of ways.

Last year they let loose their self-titled debut via Miss Molly Music. The album was not only notable for its sound, but its accompanying videos, which also carried a very familiar and warm aesthetic. In addition to gearing up to release a new album, the band is coming out with a DVD containing all the music videos to last year’s full-length. We were able to secure the premiere of “Veronica Sawyer” before it is released on the DVD later this month.

For All the Sad Bastards is a quick follow-up to the self-titled album and a collection of solo tracks band leader Harry Koniditsiotis recorded from 2002-2012. The album expands on the Switchblade Kid’s throwback sound, including slowed-down psuedo-country crooners and indie rock tracks with feelsy ’90s vibes. Any fan of guitar music from the era will find at least one thing to fall in love with.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Father John Misty “Solo” at the 9:30 Club, 10/23

“What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You’ve got to have a name. I never got to choose mine.”
—J. Tillman

So you can go ahead and rule out that Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, is an artist whose name reflects an alignment with modern American religious ideology. The singer/songwriter has been penning tunes and riding their waves since the mid-2000s through releases attached to more than one name. Having stints in both Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore before venturing out solo under both his own name and then the moniker Father John Misty, Tillman’s talent has seen good company over the years.

The good Father John Misty will be coming to the 9:30 Club on October 23 with comedian Kate Berlant in tow, and we have tickets to give away.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: The Flaming Lips at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10/4

In April of this year, The Flaming Lips released their newest all-original studio album The Terror. The thematic collection of spacey noise rock tunes with heavy-hearted lyrical content follow the Lips’ fondness for gigantic and engaging rock operas.

Further expanding what the modern definition of psychedelia is, the effort moves in waves of obscure production separated by moments of emotional clarity. As the band continues to wade into the waters of refining their sound, this album extends itself to be intensely personal, bringing with it plenty of weight to throw around.

They’ll be bringing much of their new album to the Merriweather Post Pavilion on October 4, and we’ve got tickets to give away.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Lissie at the 9:30 Club, 11/24

Lissie is pretty lady with a sultry voice and sort of an oddball success story. The folky artist first gained recognition through dance tracks worked on by DJ Harry and Deadmau5. After she began releasing her own music in the late 2000s, Lissie gained a quick audience through her debut album Catching a Tiger and its resulting hits, “When I’m Alone” and “Cuckoo.”

Three years down the line and much more well-known, Lissie is poised to release her second album Back to Forever. The release arrives in US record stores on October 8, unfolding a matured and focused follow-up to her initial breakthrough.

Lissie is coming to the 9:30 Club on November 24, and she’ll be joined by the talents of the Kopecky Family Band, and we have tickets to give away before you can even buy them.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Superchunk at the 9:30 Club, 9/29

After an extended hiatus, Superchunk shows signs of sustaining a kick they’ve been on since reforming in 2010. This August saw the release of I Hate Music, their 10th studio album. Power chords, nostalgic guitar tones, and plenty of melodic hooks can be found in I Hate Music. The album dips a bit darker than most of Superchunk’s other material, but still retains a hefty amount of memorable riffs and chord progressions.

The ’90s indie rock quartet will be coming to the 9:30 Club on September 29th. We’ve got tickets to giveaway, so come and get ‘em.

The story of Superchunk starts back in ’89. At the time, band members Mac McCaughen and Laura Ballance founded Merge Records as an independent label that would release the material of their own projects, as well as their friends. Through Merge, the first Superchunk single was released to critical acclaim.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Matisyahu’s Festival of Light Tour at the 9:30 Club, 12/9

Religiously themed music rarely breaks into the mainstream, usually carrying some sort of moral high ground to the commercial realm. Through reggae (off all possible styles), Matisyahu built a persona of relaxed musical vibes with heady lyrical content that broke through the glass ceiling of religious music. 

Jewish rapper Matisyahu is coming to the 9:30 Club on December 9 as part of his Festival of Light tour. We’ve got tickets to give away before you can even buy them.

Ever since his first major hit with “King without a Crown” in 2005, Matisyahu has penned an extensive catalog of bouncy tracks with spiritual lyrical contexts. With four studio albums and two live albums, he’s shown to have consistency in tandem with his religious devotion. 2012 holds his most recent effort, Spark Seeker, which was recorded in both Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, giving insight into his influence and aesthetic.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Steely Dan at Jiffy Lube Live, 9/20

’70s avant-garde jazz pop act Steely Dan are back on the road. The Grammy-winning group is coming to Jiffy Lube Live on September 20, and TVD has Pavilion tickets to give away.

Through their nine albums, Steely Dan has became known for intellectual pop with innovative arrangements and a perfectionist nature toward the recording process. Not only are their albums acclaimed by critics, but Steely Dan has also won a number of awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band has worked on two separate occasions, the first run ending after the release of their 7th album Gaucho in 1980. The current iteration has been rolling since 1993 and included the creation of the 2001 Grammy award-winning album Two Against Nature.

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