The end of yet another year is here! December is the time for holiday greetings and gay happy meetings, at least according to that overplayed Christmas song. It’s also the time for giving and spending time with friends and family, and what’s better than spending quality family time at a concert? Or giving that extra free ticket to a friend?
To help you get in that giving mood, here’s the December preview of shows coming to the 9:30 Club all month long and an extra chance to win tickets to the show of your choice from the list below.
The Hives, Tues 12/10
Swedish rock and rollers The Hives have been blowing minds with their ground shaking, glam-punk style since 2007. The five-piece successfully continue their legacy of reinventing rock and roll by following a rather simple cycle: “release new Hives record, conquer world by touring, repeat.”
If that cycle is correct, the next step after their 2012 release of Lex Hives would be to tour. And tour, they have. Just yesterday, the Hives announced their upcoming gig with Australia’s Big Day Out event. Before the band rocks the down under, you can catch them at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, December 10.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Not a statement of adoration, but the name of a Springfield, MO band.
SSLYBY, for short, is named after the former Russian president. The trio, composed of Will Knauer, Phillip Dickey, and Jonathan James, formed after meeting at a Super Bowl party in 1999. Since then, the Missouri band has toured in many countries, including Russia and Japan. The band has released numerous LPs and full-length albums that are praised for their charming and likable indie-pop sound.
Adding to their collection of feel-good albums, SSLYBY recently released their album Fly by Wire through Polyvinyl Records. The album features ten new tracks, written and recorded in the attic where the band made their debut album, Broom. Fly by Wire has been pressed on special limited-edition Coke-bottle clear vinyl, and we’ve got one to give away!
Not a hoedown, just good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Ha Ha Tonka isn’t your average honky-tonk band. They actually aren’t a honky-tonk band at all.
The Missouri band has an Americana-meets-indie touch. Showcasing this successful fusion, Ha Ha Tonka has just released a new album titled Lessons. To promote their fourth record, the band is touring the country, making a stop at the Rock & Roll Hotel tomorrow, November 16.
Ha Ha Tonka hails from the Ozarks, turning the name of Missouri state park into their own. The band has been a part of an episode of Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and has recently had their song “Pied Pipers” featured on ABC’s hit show Nashville. “Pied Pipers” can be found on Lessons.
We’ve got something for you to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: a pair of tickets to see MGMT when they stop by DC on Tuesday, November 26.
Since the success of their first full-length album Oracular Spectacular in 2008, MGMT has quickly become a big-name indie-rock band. From the start, MGMT was recognized as an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone and have since made it on several Top Ten lists, including Last.fm’s, Billboard’s, and BBC’s. Two years after their debut, the band received Grammy nods in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for their single, “Kids.”
Adding to their successes, MGMT has opened for Sir Paul McCartney and has toured with fellow indie-rockers of Montreal. September brought the release of the band’s self-titled, third studio album. To promote the new record, the indie-rockers are currently on tour, making a stop at DC’s DAR Constitution Hall on Tuesday, November 26, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets.
For musicians, making it into an issue of a big music magazine like Rolling Stone would be considered making it big. Though many bands have been featured in countless magazines, not many can say that their touring van was featured in the New York Times. Well, rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business can.
That weird fact embodies the spirit of the rather eccentric band. J. Roddy Walston & the Business was formed in 2002 by front man, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston. The rock band, presently composed of Billy Gordon, Logan Davis, and Steve Colmus, originated from Cleveland, Tennessee but is now based in Baltimore, Maryland. Since their formation, the band has been touring in a church van, named “the Diaper,” that was purchased by Walston for $4,000.
Want a chance to see the famous “Diaper” and its inhabitants? We’ve got a pair of tickets to see the rock n’ rollers when they make a stop at the 9:30 Club, tomorrow, 11/7.
It’s hard to have a complete band with just two people, but the dynamic indie-pop duo Matt and Kim are not just a band—they’re a couple, too.
First comes love, then comes a band. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, the two founding members of, well, Matt and Kim, actually had no intention of forming and performing as a band in 2004. While on a quest for knowledge, the then-college students picked up their instruments and learned how to play them.
Together, they created music that they wanted to hear. Nine years later, their music gained the Brooklyn-based couple a large fan base, allowing them to release four albums, including their most recent release, Lightning.
Just last week, we gave away a signed copy of of Montreal’s latest release, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, which you still have time to win. This time, we’re giving away a pair of tickets…
As mentioned in the vinyl giveaway, of Montreal is embarking on a fall tour to promote their twelfth album, which was released on October 8. The album is described by Rolling Stone as “the rebuilding of the group as a Seventies country-influenced garage band.” Also, being inspired by the works of the suicidal poet Sylvia Plath, Lousy With Sylvianbriar is said to have come from “a darker place,” according to songwriter and singer of the band, Kevin Barnes.
The Georgian band is kicking off their fall tour this Friday, October 18, with a show in their hometown of Athens. A few days later, of Montreal is playing not one, but two shows at the U Street Music Hall. We’re giving away a pair of tickets, and the winner can choose which show he or she would like to attend.
Though the name may be deceiving, of Montreal isn’t a Canadian band.
Rather, the self-described “thin/primitive” sounding band hails from Athens, Georgia. Supposedly named after a failed romance with a woman from Montreal, Canada, of Montreal has just released their latest album Lousy with Sylvianbriar today, October 8, through Polyvinyl Records. The name for the album is an homage to the poetry of Sylvia Plath, which served as an inspiration behind some of the tracks, according to frontman Kevin Barnes’ Tumblr.
Today marks the release of the indie-rock band’s twelfth album. In honor of its release, we’re giving away a signed copy of Lousy with Sylvianbriar!