TVD Ticket Giveaway: The Joy Formidable at the 9:30 Club, 3/26

I have been looking forward to the The Joy Formidable and A Place to Bury Strangers show at 9:30 Club next Monday for months.

North Wales’ Joy Formidable are unbelievable live, and I have missed the last two times A Place to Bury Strangers have come through DC. Why the show hasn’t sold out beats me—what a sensational line up! The “gloriously luscious” Exitmusic will open, and you will find me pushing to the front to catch all three acts.

The Joy Formidable’s self-produced album The Big Roar, released in 2011, has received much deserved critical acclaim, with the track “Austere” being remixed by The Naked and Famous (so good!).

A Place to Bury Strangers just released the four song EP Onwards to the Wall in February and are known as “the loudest band in New York” because of the carefully cultivated sonic wall of sound with which they blast the audience.

If there is not an absolute frenzy to gobble up a pair of free tickets to catch them live at the 9:30 club next Monday (3/26) I’ve lost faith in all humanity. But I’ve gotta have faith(ah), faith(ah), faith (ahhh).

So, now the fate of my faith in all of humanity is now in the tip of your fingers as they connect to the keyboard to type out which new band gives you awe-inspiring joy.

That’s what you have to do to win, just tell me a new band that you really, really are into lately other than TJF, APTBS, or Exitmusic.

The winner will be chosen on Monday (3/26) at noon and must confirm the tickets via email by 3pm for the show that night.

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  • brownebaglunch

    The Can’t Tells,

  • Patrick Kigongo

    best new band I’ve heard in a while? Cool Serbia from Austin, TX. Features former guitarist from Ringo Deathstarr. A lo-fi racket that features some quality guitar playing, not just rubbish drenched in reverb.

  • ali2615


  • Kitty

    The Drums

  • delsol10

    Karmin.  Though for some reason I always picture the Sleigh Bells chick as their lead singer …

  • Jill

    Sleeper Agent

  • GemSearch

    NEW BUILD [LCD+Hot Chip]:

  • JOEM

    Dry the River. They opened for Bowerbirds last night and I was pleasantly surprised by how great they were! Best opening band in a very long time.

  • pridesai


  • glttrgrrl

    Daughter! Just saw them open for White Rabbits & Tennis and I’m excited to hear more from them and see them again sometime

  • HOVE

    Savoir Adore

  • Chris

    Beast Make Bomb, who are in the up-and-coming stage but did a great show at DC9 Wednesday…
    (…but I picked up a Joy Formidable ticket months ago, and I picked up “The Big Roar” at their Black Cat show about a year ago.  The show at the 9:30 ought to be a great one.  I can’t believe it’s not sold out, especially considering how almost every show at the 9:30 seems to be sold out these days, mostly for bands that are nowhere as good as Joy Formidable.)

  • killsaly

    I am completely in love with Screen Vinyl Image!!!! Would love to see JF and APTBS (esp APTBS, I use their fuzz pedals!!)

  • rdizb

    Cloud Nothings, Pond and Bright Moments.

  • grendelthedog

    Gotta go with Purity Ring. Saw them last week and they were absolutely fantastic.

  • oliviaung

    The winner has been notified. Check your email!


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