Ticket Giveaway: Oh Land at Littlefield

Remember back in June when we told you about Oh Land? Shortly after she played an amazing swell of songs at our Northside Festival showcase at Brooklyn Bowl to an unsuspecting crowd. Well, since then the Danish native has received rave reviews from pretty much everybody– from Nylon to Vogue, even becoming the face of M Missoni. How’s that for star power?

With her dreamy pop soundscapes and endearingly off-kilter stage presence, Oh Land is truly captivating. Howling intonations and crackling electro hooks have the power to transfix, while songs such as “Wolf & I” take you cautiously by the wrist affirming each track can be trusted. We longingly await the self-titled EP out in October on Epic Records, followed by a full-length debut in early 2011.

Luckily for you, this pretty little bird of song will be playing at Littlefield in Gowanus tomorrow night with Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You and Frances. And we wouldn’t be FREEwiliamsburg if we didn’t have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one of our favorite readers… Just comment below (using your real email address) and you’ll be entered to win a night of pure music joy.

And be sure to check out NYCtaper’s live recordings of Oh Land‘s Brooklyn Bowl performance if you need some convincing.

Ticket Giveaway: Apache Beat, Beach Fossils, Blood Orange, and We Are All Romans at Coco66

Yes, that’s right– our first installment of FREEwilly First Thursdays at Coco66 is tonight, and what better way to celebrate than giving away a pair of tickets to the show!?

I mean, free tickets or not, you wanna be there anyway. Check out this lineup:

10pm  Apache Beat

9pm  Blood Orange

8pm  We Are All Romans

The live performances will be followed by DJ sets from Beach Fossils, the perfect boys to say so long to summer with, and Ilijrana from Apache Beat. Not to mention the fabulous Whitney Fierce giving us hits to shake our rumps to all night long!

So head on over to the Facebook invite, RSVP and share it with your friends, and you could be the proud new owner of two tickets to tonight’s show.

We’re picking a winner at 3pm, so stay on your toes!

Otherwise, doors are at 7pm // $8 at the door

Ticket Giveaway: The Black Angels Secret Show

c/o Alexandra Valenti

The September 7th show is so secret, we don’t even know where it is yet. But here’s what we do know:

1. The Black Angels are awesome and announced a tour with Black Mountain in the fall which you can pre order tickets for until Saturday with the code “black”.

2. The band also just launched an official pre-order of Phosphene Dream on their website, which includes a Deluxe Edition that comes with a signed lithograph poster and a Black Angels hoodie, the instant download of “Bad Vibrations” and “Telephone”, and to be delivered on streetdate, the full digital album in high quality, the CD and 180 gram double vinyl.

3. The secret show will be somewhere downtown, but not at a venue. There will be free drinks, and a full set from the band. Which means we’ll be there, and we’ll be drunk, doing our best impression of a Beatles fan.

4. Obviously, we have a pair of tickets for one lucky reader– just comment below about where you think the show may be and why you deserve to be there and those tickets might be yours, along with a nifty Black Angels poster.

Ticket Giveaway: Clinic at Joe's Pub

Last night, Clinic took the stage at Brooklyn’s Bell House with their usual literal band name manifestation with surgeon masks and bummed out tunes. Actually, the Village Voice eloquently coined them the Boys of Bummer recently, so I’ll be sticking with that.

Bubblegum, Clinic’s newest and sixth studio endeavour, has the usual suspects– ringing boom-clicks, lo-fi haze, and the psych pop sounds we’ve come to expect from the masked musicians who make note of their own “tacky pun”. Listening to the newest release reminds us how good the previous five were– locked up in our rooms listening to each along with Radiohead and the Flaming Lips, respectively. But Bubblegum doesn’t leave a bad taste in our mouths, one that is longing for the discontinued flavor, it instead induces a feeling of reminiscence in the current tracks. Besides, this may be where all our favorite Pitchfork bands stole their sound.

If you’d like to know the dynamic feeling of nostalgia for the present, comment below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Clinic’s Joe’s Pub show for you and a friend.

And while you think of something witty to say, head on over after the jump to check out the video for the newest single, “I’m Aware”, from Bubblegum which is due out on Domino Records on October 5th.

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Ticket Giveaway: Mogwai's Live Film Screening

Burning is a live film that was shot in early 2009 over the course of Mogwai‘s 3 sold out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg by Nathanaël La Souanec and Vincent Moon, best known for La Blogotheque’s stunning Take Away Shows. There will be a screening of the film at the same venue it was shot next Tuesday night in celebration of the film’s release along with Mogwai’s newest full length, Special Moves, available on that same day, August 24th.

We have a pair of tickets to see Burning on the big screen for one lucky reader. Just comment below (using your real email address) and it could be you!

Ticket Giveaway: The Hazy Drone of Soars at Glasslands

Hailing from noise and experimental haven Leigh Valley, PA, Soars is awash with a beautiful sadness, captured eloquently by the hazy floating vocal of who most will assume is Briana Edwards. But the band is having fun with this for now, and haven’t confirmed their lead singer just yet as a sort of social experiment in what makes an ass out of u and me– although we have it on good authority that it’s Chris Giordani.

The first single, Throw Yourself Apart delivers its promising title by referencing sounds of the Cocteau Twins, while traveling along barefoot on its own high grass landscape– and the rest of Soars’ debut unfolds onto itself forming layers of seemingly tufted sound. A heavy industrial drum follows on “Escape On High”, bringing you back to teenage depression with ease, slowly moping around with arms limp for no particular reason.

It’s a record that would be inappropriate for guests, and not recommended for dinner party atmosphere… unless, of course, you and all your friends wear black lipstick. Yet with all the heavy-hearted drone, there are glimmers of hope with slightly more upbeat tunes like “Ditches” and “Young Adult”, but Soars never stray from shifty guitar and dazed vocals. They’re not to be missed at their first NYC show with The Golden Filter, Glasser, and How To Dress Well at Glasslands on Friday, August 13th.

And since we’re in a giveaway mood, we’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader. Just comment below using your real email address so we can contact you when you win!

Soars self-titled eight song debut will be available on La Société Expéditionnaire on October 5th.

Ticket Giveaway: Maps & Atlases at the Knitting Factory

In support of their recently released debut album, Maps & Atlases will be playing two shows in NYC this week– the first on Thursday at Mercury Lounge and then at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on Friday. We have a pair of tickets for y’all but more on that in a bit…

Perch Patchwork is a stunning array of folk viva voce, “a Latin phrase literally meaning with living voice”, with the backing of a big sound that swells in choral waves. And these songs do live, with unavoidable imagery of marching bands, lazy Sundays, and Caribbean dance parties (maybe). Maps & Atlases sound is hard to put your finger on, drifting in and out of mopey longing to hooks filled with echoing hope. They’re definitely a band to keep an eye on, as we can probably expect greater things from them with seasoning.

Check out their Big Ugly Yellow Couch session after the jump, and comment below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Brooklyn show. Happy listening… and good luck.

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Win a ZipCar, Drive to Solid Sound Festival

c/o Ryan McGinley

Ok, so you only win the ZipCar for the weekend, and you’ve gotta figure out where to stay when you get to North Adams, MA, but it’s still a pretty sweet deal.

Summertime road tripping is where its at, especially when Wilco, Mountain Man, and Avi Buffalo (to name a few) are your final destination. Details:

What: 2 winners get a Zipcar for the weekend plus (4) 3 Day passes to Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival this weekend August 13th – 15th.
Where: Event is at Mass MoCA: 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 0124.
When: Selecting winners tomorrow at 5:00 PM EST. Event takes place Friday, August 13th – Sunday, August 15th.

How: People tweet to @zipcarnyc a twitpic of them ‘rocking out’. (Winners must be 21+ years of age, have clean driving record)