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Giveaway: Destroyer at The Loft

22 Mar

Destroyer began in 1995 as a solo project for Dan Bejar, the Vancouver singer-songwriter also known as a member of The New Pornographers. Since then, the project has expanded to include other various members and has released 13 studio recordings, nine of them full-length.

The most recent Destroyer offering, is a quirky (a style Bejar is a master of) take on 80s pop-rock. It’s a continuation of Bejar’s experimentation with different sounds and genres. No matter what the genre, however, the music is always distinct because of Bejar’s voice.

On Saturday, Destroyer will be bringing its special brand of music to The Loft. And we have two pairs of tickets for the show. To win, send an email with “Destroyer” in the subject line and your name in the body (seriously … we only want your name) to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow.

Destroyer plays The Loft on Saturday, March 26 with openers War on Drugs and Nervous Curtains. The show starts at 8:30 and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show.

Track of the Day: Neutral Milk Hotel–Chocolate Coffin

1 Mar

I heard that Jeff Mangum wasn’t at the Austin Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show, but I’m holding out hope that he will magically show up tonight at The Loft. Even if he doesn’t, it’s going to be an incredible show full of great music and fun … fun. This one goes out to you, Jeff … wherever you are. (Please be in Dallas. Please be in Dallas.)

Giveaway: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show at the Loft

23 Feb

Regular readers are aware of our love for Elephant 6. So you can imagine how our fan-boy/fan-girl excitement has been building in anticipation for the return of their Holiday Surprise Tour (which Elf Power’s Andrew Reiger told us about last October, when it was in the planning stages).

The first Holiday Surprise Tour was in 2008. Elated fans gathered to see members of Olivia Tremor Control, The Gerbils, Elf Power, OTC, The Music Tapes, Circulatory System, The 63 Crayons and Neutral Milk Hotel (including Jeff Mangum himself) play songs from a variety of E6 bands.

This year the tour includes Will Cullen Hart , Bill Doss, Peter Erchick , John Fernandes , Julian Koster , Scott Spillane , Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, Derek Almstead, Heather McIntosh , Bryan Poole , Theo Hilton, Robbie Cucchiaro and others playing the music of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, Nana Grizol, Major Organ and Adding Machine, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t. There will also be “games, films & other surprises”. Rumor has it that Jeff Mangum will be one of those surprises.

We are thrilled to be going to the Holiday Surprise Show on Tuesday and we are also thrilled to be giving two readers a chance to bring a guest along. If you want a pair of tickets, send an email with “Elephant 6” as the subject and your name in the body to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow.

The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show is at The Loft on Tuesday, March 1. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 on the day of the show and doors are at 7:30 p.m.

Giveaway: Tapes ‘n Tapes at The Loft

15 Feb

Tapes ‘n Tapes might be the prime example of a “blog band”. Their debut album, The Loon, gained its initial attention and success from blurbs on sites such as EAR FARM and Gorilla vs. Bear before being lauded by the grandaddy of all music blogs, Pitchfork.

That first bit of attention came in 2006 and the band is still going strong. They released Walk It Off (produced by Dave Friddman) in 2008 and they are currently touring in support of Outside, released last month.

Tapes ‘n Tapes will be making a stop at The Loft this Saturday and we have two pairs of tickets. For your chance to win a pair, send an email with “Tapes ‘n Tapes” as the subject and your full name in the body to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m.

Tapes ‘n Tapes plays The Loft on Saturday, February 19 with openers Oberhofer and Les Americans. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show.

Live Review: Smith Westerns, Yuck & Sunset @ The Loft

9 Feb

By Callie Windle

{{Sunset}}, Yuck Smith Westernsand played to a packed crowd last night at the Loft.

Yuck definitely stood out among the three, playing an energetic show with a musical performance true to their recorded sound. Harmonies were on target, and they took advantage of the venue’s bass heavy sound mix. Heads moved in time with the beat, and on multiple occasions the crowd seemed to sway in unison. The band members’ English accents only added to the experience.

Critical darlings Smith Westerns put on a good show, but that was about it. I was disappointed with their live performance—the vocals fell flat a few times, and were usually drowned out by loud guitar. But the crowd didn’t seem to mind (perhaps the pot I kept smelling had something to do with it?).

Their performance felt like an Indie sock hop, with skinny, teenage couples swaying back and forth and making goo-goo eyes at each other and the band. Phone cameras were always at the ready, and tipsy girls ran their hands through their hair in that “look at those hot 18-year-olds” kind of way. Lead singer Cullen Omori’s on-stage grooves (and constant hair in his face) completed the vibe.

They’re good musicians, and their latest album, Dye It Blonde, is a fun mix of ‘60s rock and ‘80s pop with a garage feel. But their performance leaves something to be desired. They’ve got attitudes that are too big for their britches. And while a bunch of Dallas hipsters may be all right with that, I’m not sure how well it will serve them.

Giveaway: Smith Westerns at The Loft

7 Feb

As Jaime talked about in a recent Track of the Weekend, Chicago’s Smith Westerns have received a lot of recent critical buzz. Their glam-rock-influenced garage/punk music is impressive, and even more so when you consider how young they are–the oldest member is just 20.

The group is coming to The Loft tomorrow night, with openers Yuck and Sunset. We have two pairs of tickets up for grabs. For your chance to win, send an email with “Smith Westerns” in the subject line and your name in the body to giveaways@daybowbow.net. Entries must be received by 11:59 tonight. We’ll notify the winners in the morning.

Smith Westerns perform at The Loft on Tuesday, February 8 with openers Yuck and Sunset. Doors are at 7:30. You can buy tickets here.

Giveaway: Yann Tiersen and Deerhoof at The Loft

1 Feb

We’re now in the middle of the second snowpocalypse/snowmaggedon/some other clever snow-related pun. So going out to a show may be the last thing on your mind. But in the case that either all the ice and snow clears up by tomorrow or The Loft simply decides to keep the show going regardless, the combination of Yann Tierson and Deerhoof is not to be missed.

Now, I honestly mainly know Yann Tiersen from the Amelie soundtrack, but as typically indie chick of me as it is, that is enough to make me love him. He’s also a talented multi-instrumentalist and I can only imagine that he is terrific live.

I saw Deerhoof a few years back at Hailey’s. And when I say I “saw” them, I mean I heard their music and knew they were playing live because they were on the marquee. The place was packed and Satomi Matsuzaki, the only member I recognize by sight, is far too small to be seen over the heads of a large crowd. Regardless, it was an incredible show.

We’re going to give to readers a shot at seeing (hopefully) Deerhoof and Yann Tiersen at The Loft on Wednesday. We have two pairs of tickets to the show. For your shot, send an email with “Yann Tiersen/Deerhoof” in the subject line and your full name in the body to giveaways@daybowbow.net. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify the winners by tomorrow morning.

Deerhoof and Yann Tiersen play The Loft on Wednesday, February 2 with support from Ben Butler & Mousepad and S. Carey. Doors are at 7:30 and you can buy tickets here.