TVD Ticket Giveaway: Rufus Wainwright at the 9:30 Club, 2/12

Although Rufus Wainwright spent some time away from producing music while pursuing other creative endeavors, including the premiere of his opera Prima Donna and the recreation of Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall concert, Wainwright’s most recent album Out of Game is definitely not out of touch.

Inspired by the birth of his daughter Viva, his engagement and marriage to partner Jorn Weisbrodt, and the death of his mother Kate McGarrigle, the album reflects Wainwright’s powerful, but conflicting, emotions. With soulful tunes that fans know and love, upbeat electric rhythms, and echoes of ’70s beats that inspired him in the first place, Wainwright keeps it fresh throughout his album.

Just two days before Valentine’s Day, Wainwright is bringing his sound to D.C. at the 9:30 Club , and we’ve got your chance to win a pair of free tickets!

The American-Canadian has certainly experienced a tumultuous past filled with both highs, like being named the “Best New Artist of the Year” by Rolling Stone in 1996 and gaining critical acclaim for his previous albums—as well as lows, such as his struggle through drug addiction in the early 2000s. Wainwright’s music artfully reflects these struggles with lyrics that his fans can relate to.

Known for his melancholy but inspiring cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Rufus Wainwright captures numerous emotions in his songs. For your chance to win free tickets, in the comments below, tell us the song and artist you go to for when you are sorting out mixed feelings. Mine is “Sorrow” by The National.

One introspective winner will be chosen at noon on Monday, February 11. If you’re not chosen, be sure to get tickets

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  • SCS1

    Radiohead.. Pyramid Song

  • whoabecca

    Ooh, many Elliott Smith tracks, but “No Name #1” is my go-to for wallowing. it’s so sweetly heartbreaking.

  • Erica

    Have to go with Stars “Personal”, tells a story with a million possible meanings and helps provide a distraction from whatever I’m thinking about.

  • Gina

    Galileo by the Indigo Girls

  • ErinSheehan

    The Smiths – Sleep

  • missxziggy

    Beautiful Child by Rufus

  • Madelyn

    “Kamera” by Wilco seems to be my go-to song in situations like that!

  • KyleK75

    “Dig” by Incubus. Always reminds me that everyone has problems and we all have people who care if you just reach out.

    If I turn into another/ Dig me up from under what is covering/ The better part of me/ Sing this song!/ Remind me that we’ll always have each other/ When everything else is gone//

  • kaikai12

    Sweet Talk by Jessie Ware

  • BobKearns

    Everybody Hurts – REM

  • NayrHclem

    Golden Light – Peter Mayer

    • NayrHclem

      Props to the writer – some pretty  insightful analysis of Wainwright!

  • kendra

    It is so difficult to choose just one song so I’ll go with the song that has been my “go to” song for the past year:  “Bulletproof…I Wish I Was” by Radiohead.  

  • megank

    Rilo Kiley – A better son/daughter

  • Kelly C

    “Terrible Love” – The National  I don’t really know what “It takes an ocean not to break” means, but it’s my go-to for trying to get my emotions back on track.

  • eriggs77

    “Summer Skin” by Death Cab for Cutie because it represents moving forward but holding onto the happy memories.

  • earleyjared

    “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” by The Smiths

  • whatthefrench

    Daft Punk – Indo Silver Club… Because I like to Dance the anxieties away

  • jeff gerhard

    Pink Floyd “Fearless” is a great one for me personally… reminds me of youth/high school, has dreamy music & introspective lyrics, and ends with soccer fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” which is a nice thing to know when you’re in that mixed-feeling mood.

  • deesave

    “Mo Better Blues” by jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson. It’s a perfect mix
    of chill to help me relax and a funky rhythm to get me positive, smiling
    and bopping my head.

  • oliviaung

    The winner has been notified. Check your email!


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