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.
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.
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.
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.
’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.
Since the ’90s, the Icelandic troupe Sigur Ros has been laying together minimal soundscapes caressed by bowed guitar and falsetto vocal swoops while being pushed forward by the occasional patient crescendo.
In short, Sigur Ros make beautiful music that would likely enhance even the happiest of occurrences. This year brought about their seventh album, Kveikur, with the lead single “Brennisteinn.” The single has a more blatant lean on a heavier rock aesthetic than the band’s work in the past but still retains their emphasis on a spacious mix.
The post-rock outfit are on tour and will be stopping by the Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica on Sunday, September 15. We happen to have a pair of tickets and their newest record to give away.
If you were around in the ’90s, Hope Sandoval’s voice still haunts you to this day.
Chord-driven guitar band Mazzy Star hit their main success in the mid ’90s. Though many members have played with the act, its music revolves around key members David Roback and Hope Sandoval, who write and sing the band’s material, respectively. 2013 will see the band’s first new album in over 15 years with Seasons of Your Day, a release set for September 24.
The band is known for their somber progressions and Sandoval’s delicate lilt that dips from chord to chord, leaving emotional exclamation in its wake. ”Fade into You” is their most well-known song that showcases this melancholic style.
The alternative rock act is coming to the Fillmore Silver Spring on November 23, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away before you can even buy them.
Hey, Memphians! The time has come again to rock out to some local yokels in addition to national notables in support of a great cause. The seventh iteration of Rock for Love is happening this weekend with a slew of talented musicians and fun things to do.
The extended weekend is as much a collection of great shows and fun things as it is a fundraiser for the Church Health Center and its endeavors to help the less fortunate. A portion of the proceeds for the Levitt Shell gig also go to funding the venue, so please go to ensure that the Shell will be there for Memphis for many years to come.
Also of note is a CD compilation of 20 exclusive/previously unreleased tracks of Memphis music available through the weekend’s event. The release includes John Paul Keith, Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers, Mark Stuart, and Snowglobe, and will come out via Unclaimed Recordings with help from Select-O-Hits and Audiographic Masterworks. Pick yours up and show support for local music and publishing!