It’s almost that time of year again when music festivals roll into town, bringing bands and music lovers of all genres together for a day or weekend full of music, booze, and possible leg cramping.
These fun-filled weekends come in a variety of sizes and genres. The nationwide Vans Warped Tour is basically a traveling concert, hitting up numerous cities in a span of 50+ days. On the west coast, there’s indie, grunge-rock Coachella and SXSW. On the east coast, there’s the CMJ Music Festival for up-and-coming artists, and the hard-rock and metal M3 Rock Festival.
This year, the M3 Rock Festival celebrates its sixth year of bringing metalheads together for one big hurrah at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Though tickets went on sale last month, if you still haven’t gotten yours, have no worries! We’re giving away two-day lawn passes each month leading up to the festival.
Since splitting up and reuniting from 2007 until 2011, alt-rockers the Afghan Whigs have regrouped, once again, and this time for more than just live performances.
Earlier this year, the Afghan Whigs announced the official release date of their first album in sixteen years. Titled Do to the Beast, the album went on sale in North America today. Do to the Beast marks the seventh album for the band and features ten brand new songs, including the single “Algiers.”
Sixteen years is a long time to wait for new music. In honor of the Afghan Whigs’ first release in sixteen years, we’re giving away one of the test pressings of the long-awaited album Do to the Beast.
We’re heading back to the ’80s for this Record Store Day exclusive vinyl giveaway…
1980 was a big year for American band Devo. The new wave combo released their third album Freedom of Choice, which featured the band’s biggest hit, “Whip It.” With a strong single, Devo’s third album peaked at number 14 on the Billboard charts and, according to the band’s official bio, “represented a peak in their songwriting.”
In addition to “Whip It,” Freedom of Choice also featured “Gates of Steel,” which was covered by fellow American rockers The Flaming Lips just last year. In celebration of Record Store Day, The Flaming Lips will be releasing a limited edition, silver 7″ of their previously unreleased “Gates of Steel” live cover, with Devo’s live version of the song from the DEV-O Live EP as the B-side.
The release is limited to only 7,500 copies. What’s even more limited edition than that? We’re giving away one of the test pressings.
Though he has played in a handful of different bands throughout the years, Conor Oberst has kept one thing consistent: the release of new music.
Primarily known for being the lead singer in Bright Eyes, Oberst is taking the solo path, releasing a new solo album on May 20. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer-songwriter said the new release has a “country-flavor” to it. Titled Upside Down Mountain, the release will be his first solo album since 2008. The album will feature the track “Hundreds of Ways,” which was released as a single earlier this year.
“Hundreds of Ways,” along with another track titled “Fast Friends,” will be a part of a limited-edition 7″ that will be for sale on Record Store Day, which falls on April 19 this year. Because we love giving vinyl to fellow vinyl lovers, we’re giving away a very special copy of the “Hundreds of Ways” b/w “Fast Friends” limited-edition 7″ test pressing! Very rare, indeed.
Though Grammy-nominated artist Regina Spektor wasn’t able to attend this year’s Grammys, she is participating in the upcoming Record Store Day.
Born in the Soviet Union, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor emigrated to New York with her family when she was just a young girl. Prior to the move, Spektor took up piano lessons that ultimately led to her passion for music of all sorts. She began writing songs and performing at small cafes and colleges around New York City. Spektor self-released two CDs, 11:11 and Songs, before signing with Sire Records, then releasing several albums, including the popular Begin to Hope, which featured singles “Fidelity” and “The Call.”
A proud supporter of vinyl, Spektor announced on her official site the limited release of a special edition, orange-colored 7″ for Record Store Day. The 7″ features her hit song “You’ve Got Time” on Side A and “Call Them Brothers” on Side B. There will only be 3,000 copies released, but we have something even more special for you to win. We happen to have our hands on one of the test pressings of these limited-edition singles, and in the spirit of celebrating records, we’re giving it away!
The month of April isn’t just bringing rain showers that lead to May flowers. April also brings about Record Store Day. And nothing celebrates Record Store Day like a vinyl giveaway!
Music icon David Bowie, aka David Robert Jones, made a lasting mark in the US rock music scene in the ’70s. Hailing from the UK, Bowie is an artist who formed an impression on the public with his unique voice and meaningful songs, and he has been in the spotlight for decades.
First released on February 15, 1974, David Bowie’s single “Rebel Rebel” celebrated its 40th anniversary just two months ago. In commemoration of its 40th year, Parlophone is releasing limited edition 7″ picture discs of Bowie’s big hits. The seventh disc of the limited edition series, “Rebel Rebel” was released on March 10, 2014, and we happen to have a copy of the limited edition 7″ picture disc to give away! And for Record Store Day, we also have the “1984″ limited edition 7″ picture disc that is set to be released on RSD this year, April 19.
2008 marked what appeared to be the end of Nebraska band, The Faint. Five years later, the band made a resurgence with the release of a 4-song EP titled Preversions, which ultimately led up to their new LP set for release this coming April.
After releasing their fifth studio album, Fasciinatiion, the Nebraskan foursome, currently composed of Todd Fink, Clark Baechle, Jacob Thiele, and Dapose, realized their songwriting process became somewhat of a dud. Seeing this as a sign for a hiatus, The Faint faded into the background, its members going off on their own creative endeavors. A year after regrouping in 2013, the band is releasing their long-awaited sixth album titled Doom Abuse.
Doom Abuse will be released on April 8. Later that next month, The Faint will be heading out on a nationwide tour that includes a stop at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, May 20. Haven’t gotten your tickets yet? No worries! We’re giving some away!
Four years after the release of his Grammy-winning album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is set to release a new album this coming May.
The folk singer didn’t originally start out in the music business. After graduating high school, LaMontagne worked at a shoe factory in Maine. He began pursuing a music career in 1999, landing a gig as the opener for John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards after writing and recording a ten-track demo album. In 2004, LaMontagne earned a record deal with RCA Records, with whom he released his debut album Trouble.
Towards the end of May, LaMontagne is embarking on a nationwide tour to promote the release of his fifth studio album. Named after the album, the Supernova Tour will be making a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday, June 4, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets!
The term mogwai in Cantonese is translated to mean “monster,” “devil,” or “demon.” In the music world, Mogwai is translated to mean a really awesome Scottish post-rock band.
Formed in Glasgow in 1995, rock quintet Mogwai consists of Scott Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, John Cummings, and Barry Burns. Since their formation, the band has consistently released albums and EPs that are more instrumental than vocal, building a reputation focused around each member’s guitar work.
Currently on a mini European tour, Mogwai is heading across the ocean to tour North America beginning mid-April. As a part of the North American tour, Mogwai is coming to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, May 7, and we’re giving away tickets.
Mardi Gras may have been last week, but Nick Waterhouse’s latest release, Holly, keeps the jazzy, soulful vibe of New Orleans’ annual festivities going through its dance worthy tracks.
Though his sound is native to Louisiana, Nick Waterhouse is not. Born and raised in California, the singer-songwriter began his music career in 2002, playing underground music gigs in a band called Intelligista. Several years after the band ended, Waterhouse recorded and released a single titled “Some Place.” The single’s success earned Waterhouse a record deal with Innovative Leisure Records in 2011, with whom he released his first LP, Time’s All Gone.
Just last week, Waterhouse released his second LP, Holly. He also announced international tour dates for the upcoming months. In honor of the release of Holly, we’re giving away an autographed copy of the LP.