July is a busy month for actor turned singer-songwriter Jay Brannan. Not only is he set to release a new album on the 15th, but Brannan is embarking on an international tour that begins the next day.
Last year, we talked to Brannon about his entry into the music world, which came after landing a role in the 2003 film Shortbus. In addition to being in the film, Brannan also wrote the song “Soda Shop” for the soundtrack. Like numerous artists today, Brannan used YouTube as a platform to gain a following and extend his reach into the music industry. Among his popular uploads is a video where he sings “Soda Shop” whilst on the toilet.
Since his YouTube success, Brannan has performed his original songs all over the world and has released many albums. His latest album Always, Then & Now will feature the singer’s acoustic originals.
Brannan will be touring across the US, Canada, and Europe to promote his new album. He will be performing at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, July 19. He recently released a music video for the song “Blue-Haired Lady” off of the new album. The music video premiered on Billboard.com.
The Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black became a hit upon its first episode streaming on the popular instant movie site last July. Since then, the original series, which is based on the memoir written by Piper Kerman, has been the recipient of numerous nominations and awards including the People’s Choice and Golden Globes.
Recently, another nomination was added to the series’ list. The series’ theme song “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor was nominated for a Grammy award. The theme song, along with eleven other songs from Season 1 of the series, is featured on the Orange Is the New Black soundtrack, which was just released last month. Artists appearing on the soundtrack include Tune-Yards, Kelis, Betty Davis, The Staples Singers, The Velvet Underground, and more.
Though we can’t make the wait for the new season end any sooner, we can make it pass just a little bit quicker. We have a limited edition orange vinyl copy of the Orange Is the New Black soundtrack, and we’re giving it away!
Though she placed as a quarter-finalist on 2010′s America’s Got Talent competition with her skills as a “hip hop violinist,” Lindsey Stirling has risen to fame through a new form of media—YouTube.
Taking the violin to a whole new level, the Arizona-raised violinist, dancer, and composer Lindsey Stirling has proven to audiences everywhere that the violin isn’t limited to just classical music. Integrating her violin skills into Top 40 songs and video game theme songs, Stirling gained a massive following on the popular social media website, YouTube. Stirling’s collaborations with other YouTube sensations, including acapella group Pentatonix for their cover of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive,” has earned the violinist a YouTube Music Award in 2013.
Since her start in 2010, Stirling has been on three tours and has released two albums. Her second and latest album, Shatter Me, was released this past April. In December, Stirling announced tour dates for her upcoming US Tour. As a part of the tour, Stirling is performing at Echostage on Tuesday, June 24, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets!
With a recently announced debut solo album on the way, Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy is heading on tour in June with a few different bandmates.
Last summer, indie-rock band Wilco found themselves touring across North America as a part of Americanarama. This summer appears to be following the same route, but only for one member: Jeff Tweedy. The frontman and producer is embarking on a 16-date North American tour with a new band line-up. Tweedy’s summer backing band consists of Jim Elkington on guitar, Darin Gray on bass, Liam Cunningham on keyboards, and Spencer Tweedy (yes, his son) on drums.
Tweedy’s solo tour begins in Detroit on June 5. A few days later, the singer-songwriter is playing a show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on Monday, June 9, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets!
After a long and abnormally cold winter, Spring has finally arrived. What better way to enjoy the warmer weather than with food, drinks, and good music?
Enter DC’s Sound Bites. The music fest previously hosted at the 9:30 Club has been relocated to the Ronald Reagan Building this year. The event features food and drink samples from over 25 restaurants, a Bar Battle between mixologists and, of course, music. Playing at this year’s Sound Bites are eclectic singer-songwriter Billy Thompson and his band, the eight-piece brass band Black Masala, The Get Down’s Saturday DJ Harry Hotter and band Ingleside Collective.
Sound Bites takes place on Sunday, 5/4, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Event tickets have already been on sale, but if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, we’re giving a pair away!
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!