TVD Ticket Giveaway: The Jesus and Mary Chain, the 9:30 Club, 9/9

So, the Olympics are just around the corner, and the entire world has gone mad with British fever. We’re no exception here, bringing you the sights and sounds of The Jesus and Mary Chain, coming to DC at the 9:30 Club this September 9th.

With influences ranging from The Velvet Underground to My Bloody Valentine, the genius of Scottish-born brothers William and Jim Reid have boosted The Jesus and Mary Chain babe bandwagon since 1984 through their poppy throwback sound.

Right now, the band is on their first US tour in over four years, and as usual we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away! Since they haven’t released a studio album since the late ’90s, you can expect to hear all your classic favorite tunes while you’re swaying around the club like it’s 1999.

Often cited as one of the founders of shoegaze—proto-shoegaze—The Jesus and Mary Chain helped define a musical tradition that is now carried on by the likes of M83, The Radio Dept, and many, many others.


For a chance to win the tickets, tell us in the comments below, another band who helped define a style of music.

Along with The Jesus and Mary Chain, another band instrumental in the formation of shoegaze—some say the band most instrumental in its genesis—was the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine, and we’re calling MBV, so don’t even try it.

The winner will be chosen at noon next Monday, July 9th (when we return from the holiday), so start thinking. Good luck!

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  • thejoeisup

    Bauhaus. In the wake of punk’s collapse and the rise of new wave, they were able to combine elements of punk, post-punk glam, dub, and Krautrock to move art rock into the genre of goth rock.

  • joana

    The Beatles.

  • MrsZebra74

    Run DMC

  • TomPape

    Gary Numan, godfather of heavy industrial electrosynth inspiring NIN and others.

  • iandc

    Going with an obvious one: you can’t hear distorted guitar running through a swirly-sounding chorus pedal and not think of early-90s alternative (“grunge,” if you will), and we have Nirvana to thank for that. They didn’t invent it, but they made it iconic.

  • NickWeishampel

    Kraftwerk is probably one of the most influential groups of all time. They defined electronic music, and influenced everyone from Africa Bambataa to Radiohead. Anyone doing a “live electronic” act owes them respect. 

  • theskytoday

    I’d say any of David Roback’s early projects (most in the early-mid 80s) were pretty much the beginning of shoegaze as a sub-genre. Including Dream Syndicate and Opal. The latter was the early version of Mazzy Star, which became the mothership of shoegaze at its peak in the mid 90s. David Roback is clearly the most influential as far as the beginnings of shoegaze.

  • mazatov

    I’d go with Black Sabbath. I think they pretty much invented heavy metal with their first albums Paranoid and Black Sabbath

  • theskytoday

    The Smiths were the founding fathers of jangly pop. They are the soul reason there was any revival of the standard, nearly forgotten 4-piece rock n’ roll band in the 80s. Their success was a rebellion against the trailing bore of disco-influenced 80s mainstream pop and the fantastical glam rock which was crowding the charts at the time. By doing so, they influenced the next musical revolution which was another attempt to bring music “back to basics” -grunge. They were real people, wore real clothes and wrote about real issues in everyday life. Not hobbits, or Satan, or hanging out at a tropical beach dancing the night away. They were essentially the forerunners for Nirvana- who are credited with bringing grunge into the mainstream.

  • MattCasey

    Spacemen 3- neopsychadelia

  • katyferreira1

    Since you guys called dibs on MBV, I’ll go with Black Flag for hardcore.

    • MattCasey

      @katyferreira1 More like bad brains IMO

  • theskytoday

    The Smiths were the founding fathers of jangly pop. They are the soul reason there was any revival of the standard, nearly forgotten 4 piece rock n’ roll band in the 80s. Their success was a rebellion against the trailing bore of disco-influenced 80s pop music and the fantastical glam rock that was crowding the charts at the time. By doing so, they influenced the next musical revolution, which also happened to be an attempt to bring music “back to basics” -Grunge. Like the grunge bands of the 90s (a decade or more after The Smiths formed), they were real people, wore real clothes and wrote about real issues in everyday life; Not Hobbits, or Satan or hanging out at a tropical beach dancing the night away. The Smiths were essentially the forerunners for Nirvana- who is credited with bringing Grunge into the mainstream. For a couple of years, The Smiths were the only band of their kind getting any attention at all.

  • EvanPage

    The Clash

  • MattDunnDC

    Iggy and the Stooges 1972 – Proto Punk

  • http://seansteege.com/ SCS1

    Nirvana. 

  • EricMaag

    Pixies for bringing post Nirvana alternative rock to the forefront!

    • theskytoday

       @EricMaag
       Pixies were post-punk alt rock. They just lasted up until post-Nirvana.
       

  • nilugo

    Suede. They kick-started the whole Britpop scene in the early 90s, mixing The Smiths ambiguity and sensibility with Bowie’s early 70s glam rock attitude.

  • julieterp

    the red hot chili peppers pioneered rap rock, paving the way for bands like 311 and rage against the machine.

  • BTH

    So many bands/styles to choose from:
    Low & Galaxie 500- Slowcore
    Miles Davis- Fusion
    The Clean- Lo-Fi and/or Kiwi
    DNA- No Wave
    Bikini Kill- Riot Grrrrrl
    PiL- Post-punk
    Rites of Spring- Emo (original emo)
    Big Star- Power pop
    Caetano Veloso- Tropicalia
    The Cure- Goth
    Bowie- Glam
    Fela Kuti- Afrobeat
    Slint & Polvo- Math rock

  • dg1793

    The New York Dolls helped create an entirely new aesthetic in music and their sound served as an example for an entire generation of punk and new wave musicians. 

  • Chrissy

    Faust

  • elf21

    Uncle Tupelo — alt-country

  • billyp

    Throbbing Gristle

  • caribusneeze

    The 13th Floor Elevators – Formed in 1965. One of the first pure psych rock bands, (allegedly) the first to have the term “psychedelic” used in reference to their music, the first to use an electric jug, one of the most original garage rock acts ever, Roky was one of the earliest “acid casualties” and an underground influence on most everything that followed in the vein of psychedelic rock music.  Others may have started dabbling around that time, but they were the real thing.

    • theskytoday

      nice choice.

  • http://Www.tennissystemdc.blogspot.com/ Matty Taylor

    Phil Spector

  • Mike o

    Ride

  • TJS

    The Flying Burrito Brothers

  • ADRV

    Without question — Kraftwerk.  Pretty much all electronic music was defined by their groundbreaking work in the mid-70s.

  • pip

    MC5

  • RL

    Blue Cheer

  • MattCasey

    unrelated: MBV will forever have my heart 

  • dhi

    Gotta agree with the others naming Kraftwerk who influenced multiple genres with electronic roots.

  • NicSanderson

    Joy Division popularized the post-punk movement, giving the dynamism and experimentation of krautrock and early prog more mainstream attention, which eventually led to the establishment of goth rock, indie rock, and early shoegaze.

  • Chris

    Chuck Berry.  He invented rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Chris

    Chuck Berry.  He invented rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Trent

    So many good ones have been mentioned but if we want to go way back to one of the most influential artists of all time, we should mention Robert Johnson. The Blues would not be the same without him and thus rock and roll and much of the music of these artists here wouldn’t be the same either.

  • Iasomie

    I would say Mount Kimbie or James Blake have helped define the whole “post-dubstep” movement. As it’s a newer style of music, it’s very broad and constantly evolving, but I’ll always credit those two as truly helping to define it. 

  • bryandc

    Depeche Mode helped define early TechnoPop. Vince Clarke and his catchy techno synthesized tunes helped define the 80’s technopop sound in Europe and made for a nice British Invasion.

  • https://www.thevinyldistrict.com oliviaung

    The winner has been notified and has confirmed via email. Thanks for all the great entries!

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