TVD Ticket Giveaway: Feist at the Music Ctr. at Strathmore, 5/9

With a new album filled with raw, nature-inspired tracks, there is no venue more appropriate for Feist’s return to the DC area than Bethesda’s wood-paneled Strathmore auditorium. Tickets to her May 9th show just went on sale this morning, but we have a chance for you to win a pair.

Perhaps best known for the über-catchy iPod ad “1234,” Leslie Feist quietly and unambiguously shows how much she has grown as a songwriter on her fourth studio album.

Metals distinguishes itself from her previous efforts through pared down, ephemeral songs. Recorded in Big Sur, the Canadian-American’s newest album wistfully evokes the picturesque vistas and waves of the California coast.

NME writes, “Feist’s increasingly substantial grasp of rumpled songwriting oomph fuses both into something removed from the flimsy ad-bound ephemera of yore.”

While there is no doubt that fans of 2007’s The Reminder will similarly appreciate Metals, this is also a more thoughtful effort. On the hauntingly beautiful “Graveyard,” Feist repeatedly implores, “Bring them all back to life,” with her vocals powerfully standing up against a relatively sparse musical backdrop. It feels like the most vulnerable—and in some ways, the most alive—song on the album.

Want to hear the power in action? For your chance to win a pair of tickets, tell us which long-gone musical virtuoso you would bring back to life.

I’m going with Nina Simone, ’cause we all need a little more soul in our lives.

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday (2/7) at noon.

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  • Pancakepopple

    I would bring to life Bessie Smith, for some more blues in action. Planes, trains, and automobiles good riddance to em.

  • Todd

    I would bring Ella Fitzgerald back to life to have Somebody To Watch Over Me.

  • DCgirl

    I would like to bring lisa left eye lopez back because we all need to believe in ourselves a bit more.

  • lizJ

    Tough time deciding between Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marvin Gaye. But for today, I’m going with Marvin Gaye. This guy was a bold revolutionary and an important poet, a champion in the Civil Rights movement, and even an environmental visionary. His music is more relevant today than ever:

    “War is not the answer, For only love can conquer hate… you know we’ve got to find a way To bring some understanding here today.”

    “Oh mercy mercy me. Where did all the blue sky go? Poison is the wind that blows from the north, east, south, and sea … Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, Fish full of mercury “

  • Jill

    John Lennon, because his calls for peace and political activism have a place in today’s music now more than ever.

  • benfortney

    Otis Redding. Why? Just listen.

  • Chris

    Jimi Hendrix, for being not just the greatest guitarist ever, but for inventing a whole new way of approaching the instrument. Besides, there seems to be an acute shortage of good, never mind great, guitarists today.

    Excuse me, while I kiss the sky.

  • Todd

    This is a difficult question. But, if I had to choose just one, I would ask joe strummer to return.

  • Glory

    Freddie Mercury! The man that wrote Bohemian Rhapsody was the greatest front-man ever.

  • glttrgrrl

    Are you kidding? Marvin Gaye! No question! Soulful AND political?! LOVE him. Gone too soon!

  • Mr Bingo

    -Gonna go for a bit of an obscure pick with Timmy Taylor, singer for the late great Brainiac (as opposed to, like, the Tool Man). The direction their last album and (especially) EP suggested they were going pioneered a bizarre mix of hooky pop synths combined with harsh noise/dark subject matter. That kind of thing didn’t start creeping into the “indie scene” en masse for many years after Taylor’s (and the band’s subsequent) death. Cobain, Hendrix, Lennon… all legends duh and absolute masters of their craft. But (though it sounds kind of morbid to actually say it) they had each peaked before they went, or at least shown us what they were capable of. Taylor left the building having not yet fully delivered on his apparent (read: obvious) potential. -Which is not to slight the back catalog of Brainiac— it’s bulletproof with the exception maybe of their debut. But the album that he was working on at the time of his death, I think that would have been the one that got his name on this list a couple more times.


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    The winner has been notified. Check your email!


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