TVD Ticket Giveaway: Belle and Sebastian
with Yo La Tengo at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 7/12

The sweetened indie pop of Belle and Sebastian is headed to the Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 12. We happen to have a pair of lawn tickets to give away with the super-easy requirement of answering only one question.

Belle and Sebastian made their debut  in 1996 when Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David got together and released the album Tigermilk on their college’s record label, Electric Honey. Shortly after, the band expanded in members and released If You’re Feeling Sinister, an album many critics consider to be one of the most important releases of the 1990s.

Their career has had its peaks of success and praise outside of Sinister, including 1998’s The Boy with the Arab Strap and 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress, the latter of which featured the hyper-poppy single “I’m a Cuckoo.”

Now backed by an eight-album catalog, Belle and Sebastian are touring before releasing a collection of B-sides called The Third Eye Centre in August.

They are joined at Merriweather by special guests Yo La Tengo, who have earned a cult following making experimental rock for almost 30 years now.  The Hoboken, New Jersey-based band bid adieu to famed hometown rock venue Maxwell’s last month with two 45-minute sets, first as their alter-ego alias Condo Fucks and then as themselves. They’re touring in support of their thirteenth full-length Fade, which was released in January of this year.

So how can you get your hands on some tickets? It’s easy! In the comments below, tell us your favorite record of the late ’90s. I like Boards of Canada’s obsession with detuned synths and textural white noise, so I’m going with Music Has the Right to Children.

The winner will be chosen at noon on Thursday, July 11. Tickets are still available.

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  • Pancakepopple

    I love love love White Town’s Women in Technology  – the whole album is worth a listen.

  • the Baltimore Chop

    The Catherine Wheel, Chrome.

  • IsaacWeiser

    Tom Waits, Mule Variations. . . My introduction to the the man’s demented late 90’s Ameriscape. . . and i still want to know; “what’s he building in there”?

  • RikiC

    Showing my age.  Middle of Nowhere by Hanson (’97)

  • Captain Easychord

    Daft Punk’s Homework… I remember seeing the video for “Around the World” in college and it has never sounded stale or dated since… and hey, still relevant!

  • hutch

    Dylan’s Time out of Mind comes to mind..for everything it meant.. he’d just nearly died, he’d been written off as dead, I saw my first Dylan show in late 96 right before it came out .. and the album was great.. it contains one of his greatest songs ever “Not Dark Yet”.. AND it began a very good streak of records…. 20 Bob concerts later and I’m still going..

  • Sully

    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

  • LoriDC

    Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.  Autumn Sweater is a long-time favorite song.

  • msmale319666

    311 – Transistor.  Came out in August of 1997 and is one of my favorite albums of all time to this day.

  • juanechenique

    I am between Urban Hymns from The Verve and (What’s the story) morning glory? from Oasis. I can not get tired of listening .

  • RonnieT

    At the moment it’s probably Built to Spill – Keep it Like a Secret… but if you asked me in 1997, it was Chumbawamba – Tubthumping!

  • baconfat

    first things first: YLT opened for the condo fucks at maxwell’s, not the other way around.
    my favorite late 90s album is kinda impossible to choose but let’s just say 69 love songs by the magnetic fields. more bang for your buck.

    • oliviaung

      @baconfat thanks. noted.

  • plethora

    Mine would have to be Patty Griffin’s Flaming Red. Still love it. 🙂

  • mitstri

    Errrmmm… The Boy With The Arab Strap 🙂

  • socam

    So difficult but Imma going with Radiohead – OK Computer.


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