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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Win Tickets to Slint!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

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Hey, who are these guys? Well, just imagine them in black and white (with one extra member), swimming in a Kentucky quarry.

Hey, that's Slint!

The Louisville band has reformed sporadically over the past few years, but on the heels of Lance Bangs' documentary Breadcrumb Trail, Slint is coming to Portland to play an all-ages show at the Crystal Ballroom on Thursday, August 28. Want to win a pair of tickets?

Good! To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Slint!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, to the show! This contest closes Monday at midnight, so enter now, and good luck!

Get your tickets here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Win Tickets to Natural Child!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

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  • Felipe Hernandez
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Nashville's Natural Child called their new album Dancin' with Wolves, and if that excellently placed apostrophe doesn't make you fall in love, check this: It's a country album released by Burger Records.

In other words, Natural Child is shit-kickin' good fun, twangy and bangy and rowdy and right. And they're bringing their American dirt to Portland on the 16th of July in the year of our lord 2014. It'll all go down at Mississippi Studios, and we've got a pair of tickets to give away! Freedom might not be free, but these tickets are.

To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Natural Child!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, off to the show.

This contest closes promptly at 9 am Monday morning, so enter now. In the meantime, here's a tasty taste of the band in action.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Win Tickets to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

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  • Mary Ellen Matthews
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

Oh my. Well well well. You got lucky, because we've got a very special ticket giveaway on End Hits this week.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers need no introduction. The legendary rock 'n' rollers have been around for close to 40 years, and show no signs of letting up, they've had enough. Their latest album, Hypnotic Eye, comes out July 29—and they're back on tour! Petty & Co. will hit the Moda Center on Tuesday, August 12, and it will be a rock concert of the finest order. You don't want to miss it.

Want to go—for free? Ask a stupid question. We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show to lucky End Hits readers (or at least people reading this post). The tickets are located in Section 223, in case you're wondering.

To be a face in the crowd, enter our giveaway by sending an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Tom Petty!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. Also—and this is important: If you win, you must be able to come to the Mercury office in downtown Portland during business hours to pick up the tickets. Please don't enter if you can't do this. We'll keep this open until noon on Tuesday, so enter now!

Entered? Good. And now—the waiting is the hardest part.

(Tickets for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are on sale here.)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Win Tickets to S. Carey!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM

[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Mister Sean Carey of Wisconsin—that's S. Carey to you—is known for his Bon Iver connections, of course, but he's got a deep and fulfilling solo career that's been running concurrently since the release of 2010's All We Grow. Carey's latest is the heartening, delicate Range of Light, and he's stopping in Portland on Wednesday, July 2 for a show at Mississippi Studios with the Pines.

And if you read the headline, you already know that we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show! To enter to win, simply send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to S. Carey!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, off to the show! This giveaway closes Monday night at midnight, so enter now!

To make further use of wonderful internet technology, here's a taste of S. Carey's transfixing live show, a video of "Fleeting Light" performed in Chicago.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Win Tickets to King Buzzo!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

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  • Mackie Osborne
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

King Buzzo—AKA Buzz Osborne of the Melvins—is on his first ever solo acoustic tour, supporting his brand new solo album This Machine Kills Artists. And if that sounds like a strange proposition for one of grunge's progenitors, it does to Osborne, too. "I have no interest in sounding like a crappy version of James Taylor or a half-assed version of Woody Guthrie," he said, "which is what happens when almost every rock and roller straps on an acoustic guitar. No thanks..."

This Wednesday, June 18, Osborne will be doing a totally different kind of acoustic show at the Hawthorne Theatre—and we're giving away a pair of tickets! To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to King Buzzo!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, off to the show. This contest closes Monday morning at 9 am, so enter now!

Buy tickets here, and get a taste of This Machine Kills Artists below.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Win Tickets to Chad VanGaalen!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Wizards aren't real, but I could probably be convinced that Chad VanGaalen is one. The Canadian musician/artist/genius-of-insane-proportions makes everything from screeching noise music and gentle folk songs. His latest album for Sub Pop, the lovely Shrink Dust, might be more of the latter than the former, but angel-dust weirdness creeps its way into even the gentlest country lullaby.

Simply put: Chad VanGaalen is one-of-a-kind, and he doesn't stop through Portland nearly often enough. Luckily, he'll be here on Sunday, June 15, for a show at Mississippi Studios. Even more luckily-er, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

To win, simply send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Chad VanGaalen!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, to the show. Enter now, because we'll shut this down Monday night at midnight. Good luck!

Here's a video compilation of his nutzoid animation (which he all does himself), set to Shrink Dust track "Where Are You?" And tickets for the show can be purchased right... here.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Win Tickets to Guided by Voices!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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  • Rich Turiel
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Looks like Bob got the band back together: The venerable, invulnerable Guided by Voices have returned and are coming to Portland's own wondrous Wonder Ballroom on Saturday, June 7. This is just a rough guestimate, but I expect that approximately 800 songs will be played and 14,000 beers will be drunk. Just ballpark.

You want to be there. That's why we're giving away a pair of tickets! To enter, simply send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Gimme GBV!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. Also, just for fun, include the title of your favorite Robert Pollard song (could be Guided by Voices or anything else). We'll select a winner at random and hook him or her up with two choice slots on the guest list!

This contest closes Monday at midnight, so do the collapse right now!

(Tickets can be purchased right here, but they won't last.)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Win Tickets to the Faint!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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  • Bill Sitzmann
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Omaha dance-punk band the Faint took some time off over the past few years, but they're back with a vengeance, in the form of new album Doom Abuse. They're currently touring the US, and wouldn't you know, they're stopping in Portland on Saturday, May 31 with a show at the Roseland; opening acts Reptar and Fine Pets will also perform. Hey, we're giving away a pair of tickets!

Entering to win isn't difficult: Simply shoot an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to the Faint!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, off to the show. Easy!

This contest closes Monday at midnight, so enter now. In the meantime, here's the Faint's video for "Evil Voices."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Win Tickets to Mimicking Birds!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

The new Mimicking Birds album, Eons, came out earlier this week on Glacial Pace—check out the full album stream on Stereogum. Nate Lacy & Co. are playing their hometown record-release show next week, with an early 6 pm gig at the Doug Fir on Friday, May 23, for which they'll be joined by Wake Owl and Big Haunt. And we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show!

To enter, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Mimicking Birds!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select our winners at random, and hook them each up with two guestlist spots to the show. Pretty sweet deal, huh? This contest closes Monday at midnight, so time's a-wastin'. Meanwhile, tickets can be purchased over there, and you can hear Mimicking Birds right here:

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Win Tickets to Loop!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

Influential Croydon psychedelic/shoegaze band Loop has reformed for a one-off tour following last year's reunion at All Tomorrow's Parties. And they're making Portland one of their stops, hitting the Doug Fir later this week on Friday, May 16. They'll be joined by Seattle rockers Kinski, and we're giving away two pairs of tickets!

To enter, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Loop!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select two winners at random and send them, plus their guests off to the show. This contest closes Wednesday at noon, so enter now!

Purchase tickets here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Win Tickets to Gardens and Villa!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM

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  • Neil Favila
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

Gardens and Villa are no strangers to Oregon, having recorded their first album with Richard Swift in Cottage Grove. On the heels of their sophomore album, Dunes, the California glow-pop outfit is return to the Beaver State for show in Portland next week, hitting the Doug Fir on Thursday, May 15! The lead singer plays a flute! That he carries in a quiver slung across his back! The amazing Pure Bathing Culture is opening for 'em! And we're giving away TWO pair of tickets! Hey now!

To win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Gardens & Villa!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select two winners at random and hook 'em each up with a pair of tickets to the show. This contest closes Monday at 9 am, so enter now!

Tickets can also be purchased for American money by going here. To further whet your ear-palette, here's the video for "Bullet Train," a retro-futuristic sounding highlight from Dunes.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Win Tickets to Warpaint!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

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  • Mia Kirby
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

Quick, stock up on almond milk! LA four-piece Warpaint are coming to ransack Portland's pantry next week, with a show at the Wonder Ballroom on Thursday, May 1. Celebrate May Day with the group, which recently released an excellent self-titled album and have steadily built up a reputation for their terrific, bewitching live show.

But don't take our word for it—see for yourself by winning one of the two pairs of tickets we're giving away! To enter, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "I want to go to Warpaint" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email (for guestlist purposes). We'll select our two winners at random, and send them each, plus a guest, off to the show. This closes Monday night at midnight, so enter now!

(Also, Warpaint would like you to know that you're out of stevia. Could you quick run out to the store and grab some? Thaaanks.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Win Tickets to Anvil!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

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[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Longtime Canadian metal band Anvil is coming back to Portland next week to blast the roof off the Hawthorne Theatre on Thursday, April 24. We got to know Anvil from the hit documentary a few years back, and now Lips, Robb Reiner, and Sal Italiano—gotta love those names—will be rocking out in the flesh, just for you. Plus, they're joined by a stellar bill of talent in Cemetery Lust, Spellcaster, and Maniak.

We're giving away a pair of tickets! To enter, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send Me to Anvil!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send him or her, plus a guest, to the show. This contest closes Monday at noon, so act now!

Tickets can also be purchased legitimately by going here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Win Tickets to Goat!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM


[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

This is video of Swedish band Goat playing at 2013's Glastonbury Festival. As you can see, the group performs in masks and costumes, and they refer to their performances as "rituals." Whether it's performance art or just a bunch of hippies in masks, Goat's live show has earned quite a reputation. If you want to get freaky with this psychedelic world-beat collective, they're playing the Wonder Ballroom this Wednesday eve, April 16. We'll have a bit more about the mysterious Goat in this week's issue.

But before then, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show! This will be a super quickie, so in order to win, you'll need to be one of the first two to email contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Get my Goat!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll close this as soon as we get two winners, both of whom will be able to check out Wednesday's show, with a guest, for free. Act now!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Win Tickets to See Graveyard at the Wonder Ballroom!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

Swedish rockers Graveyard aren't quite as evil as their name suggests—they're more of a hard-blooze and boogie band than anything else, and their live show is a fine way to blast the cobwebs out of your ears. They roll through town this coming Tuesday, April 15, and we've got two pairs of tickets to give away to lucky End Hits readers!

To enter to win tickets to their Wonder Ballroom show, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Graveyard!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select two winners at random and hook them up with a pair each. This contest closes Monday at noon, so enter now!

You can also exchange US currency for tickets by going here.

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