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TVD Recommends: Shangri-La Records 25th Anniversary Shindig at 1884 Lounge, 11/30

Shangri-La Records is one of Memphis’ most longest running and notable record stores. In the time since its inception at its location in Midtown Memphis, the store has been a cornerstone for local music and rare vinyl finds. It’s been covered by Rolling Stone for the respect and homage it gives to local music legends and shows no signs of slowing down.

Shangri-La will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on November 30 at Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge. The concert will feature The Grifters and Ex-Cult.

The Grifters are a Memphis garage rock act with a history. In the ’90s, they released a string of releases via Doink, Simple Machines, and Sub Pop. Grifters deliver loose garage rock with pseudo-indifference that lets out-of-tune guitar and subtle off-timed  rhythms share space with relentless melodies and catchy guitar licks.

They come out of seclusion on special occasions to play sets. This 25th Anniversary might be their last show for a while, so be sure to make it out.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Rob Zombie at the 9:30 Club, 11/27 (Sold out!)

Since gaining a dual identity as a horror movie director and American rock icon, Rob Zombie has spread himself around quite a bit. He’s directed seven full-length movies (including a Tom Papa comedy special) and released five albums as a solo artist. Currently in the promotion phase of his newest album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, the gravel-voiced singer is tearing his way through the states.

Rob Zombie is coming to the 9:30 Club Club on November 27 with guest Scar the Martyr, and we’ve got tickets to give away to the sold-out show.

This year has been busy for the king of late-’90s shock rock. Lords of Salem, Zombie’s sixth horror movie, saw a theatrical release and fan fervor. He and his band also released their newest album with plenty of homages to rock of the 20th century.

Chugging guitar and call-and-response vocals hint at throwback sounds, while the cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” is a full-on admission of retrospective adoration.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Poliça, the 9:30 Club, 11/6

Poliça started in July of 2011 as a project between Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olson, both members of the band Gayngs. The dynamic created was a balance between Olsen’s lowkey beats and Leaneagh’s vocal wisps.

After the addition of a bass player in Chris Bierden and Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson (both drummers), they recorded an album. Give You the Ghost was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno and had two songs that featured Bon Iver’s Mike Noyce, released February of 2012.

Poliça is coming to the 9:30 Club on November 6th, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

This past October, they released their sophomore album Shulamith. The band’s second record returns with mellow beats and vocal croons and a bit tighter production and has garnered quick acclaim from the Guardian and Consequence of Sound.

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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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