Do you think you can beat the stories penned (typed?) by our clever commenters from the recent Shiny Toy Guns contest? Even if you don’t win the grand prize we still have a bunch of tickets to give away to the show. So go for it and leave a comment! We have five pairs of tickets to give away…
That’s right kids, we’ve got tix for two nights of music from Cut Copy, Matt & Kim, and some faaaabulous DJ action! If you wanna check out this great bill at the Fonda, leave a message in the comments telling me why YOU, and only YOU, deserve the tickets!
Now, I have one pair of tickets for each night. Let me know, along with you’re “I’m soooooo deserving” comment, which night you can make it to (hopefully both).
What’s up, pussycat? I’ll tell you. TOM JONES. Tom Jones will be belting out tunes from his new album, “24 Hours,” as well as subjecting himself to much panty-tossing during “It’s Not Unusual,” this very Friday. Info is here.
We’ve got a couple pairs of tickets to give away, but you’re gonna have to work.
Tell me about your favorite Tom Jones-related experience and why it rocked your world.
Using seesmic (which is in our comments), record a video response in our comments of you singing a Tom Jones song. The first two people to do that automatically get the tickets. Yep! Now….GO!
Any fan of rap or hip-hop–even just plain ole’ music fans who dig innovation and experimentation–will love Kool Keith in all his incarnations, whether it be as a member of seminal rap duo the Ultramagentic MCs, the trippy Dr. Octagon or the homicidal Dr. Dooom. Kool Keith’s lyrical innovations really make him akin to a Beat poet in his willingness to chop up language like a chef at Benihana, flipping around bits of language, slicing & dicing words apart to draw in all sorts of flavor.
Wanna go to the show? Tell me your favorite line from a Kool Keith track in the comments. We’ll randomly pick a few winners to get a pair of tix to the show.
Info on the show is here.
Monterrey, Mexico’s biggest synth-rock beat-driven danceaholics (that would be Kinky) come to the Fonda tomorrow night with Mexican Dubwiser and Chico Sonido for one hell of a show. I saw these guys for the first time two or three years ago at a Detour Festival downtown and they stole the whole show out from under Bloc Party, The Teddybears & even Perry Farrell. This is a don’t-miss show. Wear your dancing shoes.
Wanna go? Leave a comment telling me why you love the band sooooo much. We’ll randomly pick a few winners to get a pair of tickets.
Info on the show is here chez Goldenvoice.
Work at a record store? Or are you merely a music snob? Here’s your concert. Tapes ‘n Tapes play with Wild Light & Wavves this Saturday at the El Rey. Of course, we know you’re all planning on being at the Classic Eats dinner that night, enjoying your drinks at Traxx and your extremely strong mustard at Philippe’s, but of course this would be a lovely little show to take in post-dinner.
Wanna go? Tell me in the comments what 10 songs you’d put on a mixtape & what the theme would be. We’ll pick a couple lucky bastards to go. Here’s all the info on the show.
I’m about as heartbroken as I’ve ever been (and man, that is some serious heartbreak) about Indie 103.1’s demise, but, well, I still have these tickets to give away. I’m too bummed to get all huckstery and clever to sell ’em, so really, if you want ’em, just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about (R.I.P.) Indie 103.1 and I’ll get back to a few winners.
Represent, indie rock lovers.
Local cutups-made-good the charming People Under the Stairs (yes, charming–they’re funny and put on a fun show) bring their kicka** brand of underground hip-hop to the El Rey this Friday and you should go see ’em. If you haven’t heard them, go here to listen to a few tracks. They jokingly refer to themselves as “Fun DMC” and it’s a great way to describe their sound–they’ve got a little Tribe Called Quest, a little Jurassic Five…good times. Wanna go? We have free tickets for you. Just tell me your favorite classic hip-hop cut in the comments below & we’ll choose a few lucky winners to go party at the show. woot!
Wanna buy tix instead, oh ye of little faith? Here you go.
The beautiful and bombastic cabaret-punk Miss Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls) will be at the Fonda this Tuesday supporting her new solo album, “Who Killed Amanda Palmer,” and we have tickets! Put a link to your favorite picture of her in the comments below, and we’ll randomly select a few winners to go to the show, which she plays along with The Danger Ensemble, The Builders and the Butchers, and Zoe Keating.
You can buy tickets to the show, which I’m sure will sell out, here.
Yep, we’ve got tickets and you haven’t seen Mercury Rev in FOREVER, have you? Nope. To win tickets, tell me your favorite song by the band and why you love it so much, whether it’s because you kissed your now-spouse to the bridge of “Nite and Fog” or you love the strings section in a particular track; we’ll randomly pick a few winners to go to the show. Also, I’ve had trouble with winners actually getting back to me in time to get their names on the list, so if you enter please leave your real email addy in the comment form and check your inbox regularly to see if I’ve gotten back to you.
Wanna buy tix? You can here.
Dutch funkmeisters Kraak & Smaak bring their bootylicious soultastic dancefloor ‘splodeyness to the Fonda on Friday, and I can’t think of a better way to get this weekend’s party started. In celebration of their irresistible “Bobby & Whitney” track, wannabe winners should enter into the comments their favorite star-crossed semi-retarded druggie couple. Winners will be chosen at random.
You can also buy tix here.
This Thursday, the world lies in the balance. The conflict? Kaiju Big Battel. This is the weirdest and most HAWESOME thing to happen at the El Rey since the drummer from the Dismemberment Plan gave my friend Spork & I free tickets to their show in 2001.
Ok, it’s cooler than that because YOU can get tickets. But what, you ask, is Kaiju Big Battel?
It’s a combination of the crowd-screaming-and-laughing-for-blood-o-rama that is Mexican Wrestling PLUS the unintentional hilarity and camp factor of Japanese monster flicks–think Godzilla in the ring with Mothra, egging on a hysterical crowd, executing an EPIC throwdown! Kaiju Big Battel has about 30 different monsters, each with hilarious, non-sequitur backstories, that compete in the ring like gladiators.
Not to mention the musical acts that go along with the monster parade: Busdriver contributes brilliant flow and the sexy ladies of Rocktapussy deliver their dancey electro in order to keep the ring of combat bumpin’.
See what Kaiju Big Battel is like here, in all its inspired & bizarro glory.
To win tickets, read the backstories of the Kaiju Big Battel monsters here. Now, make up your own monster with its own special origin story! Tell me the story in the comments and we’ll choose some very lucky winners to go to this show.
Ayup, they’re BOTH playing tomorrow night so you’ll have to choo-choo-choose! Kaiser Chiefs play with Hockey at the Fonda and Copeland plays with Lovedrug, Lydia & Lights at the El Rey. Both shows should be fantastic. I’d go if I wasn’t still exhausted from working at Bats Day (report forthcoming). Because I’m exhausted & very very busy (yay Monday!) I’m going to ask you hopeful winners to leave a comment stating which show you’d like to go to & tell me what you were for Halloween (still in the Bats Day mood, you see). We’ll randomly pick a couple folks to go to each show. woop woop!
The myspace protege & indie chanteuse will entrance yet more fans tomorrow here in LA. She plays with with Newton Faulkner and David Ford @ the El Rey. Wanna win tickets? Tell me how long you’ve been a dedicated fan & how you became one. We’ll pick random winners to get a pair of tickets to the show. FWIW, the gal came into our offices at my supa-corporate work & was extremely sweet, approachable and, well, normal. I say if the democratization-wave the tubes of the Internets has brought to the music industry creates a new, grassroots crop of down-to-earth musicians who aren’t full of themselves and who just deliver great music, then the world will be a better place.
If you don’t wanna chance it to win, and just wanna buy your tickets, you can get them here.
Before The Postal Service, before Conor Oberst added glitch to his whine, before indie kids nationwide started adding pops and hisses to their tracks, The Notwist morphed their sound from guitar-rock to glitch-poetry, and it created a silent atomic bomb in the indie world. Pitchfork plotzed, party soundtracks got hijacked, and everyone bought Neon Golden.
I never heard it on the radio. I still think Indie had a massive blind spot on that one. OTOH, at that time Indie was owned by Clear Channel and was in an ‘alternative gold’ format, s I guess there wasn’t much chance for The Notwist to get airtime.
After much goofing around & collaborating with other acts, The Notwist has issued their first album in six years, “The Devil, You + Me.” It’s great. It still continues in the vein of Neon Golden, a sound that seems restrained against the current crackle of indie glitch. And I can attest that it’s perfect road trip music.
You couldn’t keep me away from their show this Wednesday with Jel & DJ OddNosdam. And no one should keep you away, either. To win a pair of tickets, comment below and tell me your favorite underappreciated band. We’ll randomly pick a few winners to go to the show! If you’d like to just buy tix, you can go here.