TVD Ticket Giveaway: Howlin Rain at Brooklyn Bowl, 2/8

San Francisco Bay Area-based power quintet Howlin Rain comes howlin’ back with their third album, The Russian Wilds. Formed by bandleader-singer-guitarist Ethan Miller in 2004 as a melodic offshoot of blazing new-psych innovators Comets On Fire, Howlin Rain soon caught the attention of uber-producer Rick Rubin, who signed them to his American Recordings label and involved himself deeply in their subsequent musical evolution thereafter.

“There was a point when we were really trying to blend Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Steely Dan’s Gaucho, and Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town,” says Ethan Miller. “I love the Boss’ singing, where he’s just blowing out his voice even when it’s just a pop ballad moment. And we were inspired by some of the grooves and close mic stuff on Gaucho, and by how Electric Ladyland runs the gamut from super long jams to blues numbers to drifting psychedelic pieces. There’s a sense of audacity to these records – a band chasing down strong, invisible connections – and there’s moments like that on our record. We didn’t always do the smartest or safest things [laughs].”

I’ve heard The Russian Wilds and the album is incredible. If any of the above makes any sense to you, then you’ll want to pick up this record when it drops on Valentine’s Day. Check out “Phantom In the Valley” to get a first taste…

In the meantime, you can enter to win two tickets to see Howlin Rain on Wednesday at Brooklyn Bowl! The fucking fantastic D. Charles Speer & the Helix open the show. Just comment below with your favorite classic rock record. Fair enough? Well, get to it then! Winner will be notified by email on Monday.

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