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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Win Tickets to Generationals PLUS a Vinyl Copy of Their New Album!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

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

New Orleans duo Generationals came to Oregon to record their new album, Alix, with Richard Swift. And now they're returning to the Beaver State for two shows at the Doug Fir on Sunday! We're giving away a pair of tickets to the late show PLUS a vinyl copy of Alix to a lucky End Hits reader. Is that you? It might very well be.

To enter to win, please send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Gimme Generationals!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email; remember that the late show is 21-and-over only (sorry kids). We'll select a winner at random, hook 'em up with the guest list, and make sure Polyvinyl drops a copy of Alix in the mail. Sounds good, right? This contest closes tomorrow at 3 pm, so enter now!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Premiere: Modern Kin's "Abandon" (Live at the Banana Stand) and Ticket Giveaway!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM


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

Here's the exclusive premiere of Modern Kin's latest video from their recent Banana Stand session, a howling, thunderous take on "Abandon," the excellent opening track from their self-titled album released last year. (For more from that basement session in April, visit Banana Stand for the live album.) If you like what you see and hear, you will want to see and hear Modern Kin in the flesh when they perform at Mississippi Studios in two weeks' time: Thursday, November 20, with opening bands the Ghost Ease and Kithkin.

Lucky for you, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show! To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Modern Kin!" 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 at 10 am on Tuesday, so enter now!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Win Tickets to PSU's Portland State of Mind Concert!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

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PSU's Portland State of Mind is a 10-day celebration of events and community that kicks off tomorrow. And on Saturday night, there's a special all-ages show at the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom that's been put together by the good folks at Banana Stand Media. The bill includes Radiation City, Hustle & Drone, TxE, and DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, representing a wide cross-section of Portland music. You don't have to be a Portland State student to attend—and in fact, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show right here!

To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Portland State of Mind!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select two winners at random and hook them each up with a pair of tickets to the show. This closes tomorrow at noon, so act fast!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Win Tickets to Ex Hex!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

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

Ex Hex is the DC-based band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium), Laura Harris (the Aquarium), and Betsy Wright, and their first album Rips—which came out this week on Merge—is dy-no-mite. Take a listen to opening track "Don't Wanna Lose" and hear for yourself.

Hey, Ex Hex is playing on Thursday at Mississippi Studios! And we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Ex Hex!" 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 Tuesday at 9 am, so enter now.

Ex Hex w/Speedy Ortiz, Blesst Chest; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $13, tickets

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Win Tickets to Merchandise and Lower!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

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  • Timothy Saccenti/Selftimer
  • Merchandise (left) and Lower (right)
Tomorrow night Tampa, Florida, and Copenhagen, Denmark, come together at last when the bands Merchandise (Tampa) and Lower (Copenhagen) perform at Mississippi Studios. With their lush, lovely new album After the End, Merchandise has honed the sharp, post-punk pop that stemmed from the unlikely place of the Tampa storage-unit hardcore scene. (For more on Merchandise's roots, check out our 2013 article on the band.) And Lower's debut, Seek Warmer Climes, is filled with grandly dramatic, chilly-weather modern rock—take a look at the video below for a taste.

And we're giving away tickets to tomorrow night's show! This will be a super-duper quickie to reward regular End Hits readers, so all you have to do is be the FIRST to respond, and you've got 'em. Simply send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Lower and Merchandise!" in the subject line, and please include your first and last name in the email. First respondent, and his or her guest, will get into the show for free. This is gonna go super quick, so enter now!

Merchandise, Lower, Arctic Flowers; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, Fri Oct 3, 9 pm, $12, tickets

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Win Tickets to PAWS!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

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

The three gentlemen of Scottish band PAWS really know how to make good music—they're so good that we dribbled all over ourselves about them in this week's Mercury in multiple places. This was in addition to the longer article we ran back in April, just before the group's splendid second album Youth Culture Forever came out.

PAWS are an absolutely terrific live band to boot, and they're playing this Sunday evening with Total Slacker (headlining) and Flashlights (opening) at Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi)—just in time for you to roll on over there after Project Pabst. Do not let your weekend of music end! Do not go home! Go directly to PAWS!

To make it easier for you, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to lucky End Hits readers. To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to PAWS!" 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 one will close tomorrow at 3 pm, so enter now! Good luck, PAWS lovers—and future PAWS lovers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Win Passes to Project Pabst! (And an Update on the GBV Cancellation)

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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

Project Pabst arrives this weekend with two nights and two days jam packed with music all over town—the main event takes place at Zidell Yards near the Ross Island Bridge, with spinoffs shows at five different venues. For the full lowdown, check out our Project Pabst festival guide that comes out in tomorrow's brand-new Portland Mercury newspaper, with a complete schedule and a guide to all the bands!

We're giving away a pair of festival passes to the main event: Both days of Zidell Yards shows, featuring Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GZA, Rocket from the Crypt, and many more! Check out the full lineup at Project Pabst's site, and enter to win a pair of free passes here: Send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "I wanna go to Project Pabst!" in the subject line. We'll select a winner at random and give him or her two daytime passes to the weekend shows. This contest will close tomorrow at noon, so no time like the present. Good luck!

[A quick housekeeping note: As has been well publicized, Guided by Voices broke up last week, canceling their Project Pabst appearance on Friday night at the Crystal Ballroom. The remainder of that bill, featuring Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and a reunited Pure Country Gold, will carry on as scheduled, only relocated one floor down in Lola's Room.]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Win Tickets to Orenda Fink!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 3:28 PM


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

Orenda Fink, of Azure Ray, hits the Doug Fir tomorrow night in support of her new album Blue Dream, which she wrote after her 16-year-old dog Wilson passed away. I hear you snicker, jerk, but the sadness of dead dog trumps all those stupid heartbreaks that millions of pop songs dwell on every day. Take a look at Fink's lovely new video "You Can Be Loved" above.

And hey, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show! To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Orenda Fink!" 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 at the Doug Fir. This is a quickie, closing tomorrow morning at 10 am, so enter now!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Win Tickets to Owen Pallett and Avi Buffalo!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

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  • Peter Juhl (left); Renata Raksha (right)
  • Owen Pallett, Avi Buffalo
This Wednesday night, September 10, Owen Pallett and Avi Buffalo are gracing the Doug Fir stage. Pallett's new album In Conflict marries digital sounds with natural classical-music timbres with highly emotive results, finding room for contributions from Brian Eno along the way. And Avi Buffalo's long-awaited sophomore album At Best Cuckold comes out on Sub Pop tomorrow; it's a breezy but weighty listen, with hope and sorrow doled out in equally arresting measures.

But don't take my word for it—listen for yourself. How? We're giving away a pair of tickets to Wednesday's show at the Doug Fir! Send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Owen and Avi" 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. But this one's a super quickie: We'll close it tomorrow at 10 am. Enter now! And good luck.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Win Tickets to the Breeders!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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  • Andrew Kuykendall
  • THE BREEDERS Last splashers.
In case there was any question, the Breeders are fully, definitely back. After revisiting Last Splash last year for its 20th anniversary, the Boston/Dayton band is back in business with new songs and a new tour. And said tour is bringing them to the Wonder Ballroom next week, for a show on Thursday, September 11. Hey, we're giving away tickets!

To enter to win a pair, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to the Breeders!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. These are physical tickets, so you'll need to come by the Portland Mercury's downtown office during business hours to pick them up next week. (If you can't do that, please don't enter.)

This giveaway closes Monday at noon, so enter now!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Win Tickets to Strand of Oaks!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM


Strand of Oaks' "Shut In" is one of my favorite songs in a long time, and the album it comes from, the yearning, astonishing HEAL is one of the most wrenching (and best) albums of the year. Basically, I'm hear to tell you that Strand of Oaks—the recording alter ego of Timothy Showalter—is really, really great. I wrote about him in 2011, and you'll be able to read more about him in next week's Mercury.

That's because Strand of Oaks are returning to Portland in support of HEAL, playing the Doug Fir this coming Thursday, August 28. And we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show! Don't be a shut in—enter this contest by sending an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Strand of Oaks!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send them, plus a guest, off to the show. This contest closes at midnight on Monday, so enter now!

Alternatively, you can buy your tickets here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Win Tickets to AKA at the Burgundy Wildcat!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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

It's the AKA fest! Next Saturday, 14 Portland bands will be taking over the Vancouver Red Lion's Quay Bar, playing from 6 pm until the wee hours. What bands, you ask? Well, there's the rub: Almost all the bands are performing under aliases, and we're not at liberty to divulge their names. You, however, are welcome to guess; take a look at the list of fake names on the ticket page.

Whether or not you've been able to guess some of the names, you'd surely like to win a pair of tickets! Good, because we're giving them away. To enter to win, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Burgundy Wildcat" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send them off to Vancouver, Washington for the first-ever AKA fest. Get entering, and good luck! This contest closes at midnight on Monday.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Win Tickets to Hamilton Leithauser!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

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  • LEFT TO RIGHT: Leithauser, leitweight.
[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winners have been notified.]

You probably best know Hamilton Leithauser from his tenure in New York band the Walkmen, and now he's touring on the back of his first solo album, Black Hours. HamLeit, as I've taken to calling him over the course of typing out this blog post, will be hitting the Doug Fir this Monday, August 4, and we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show!

Feel like winning? Send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to HamLeit!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select two winners at random and send them each, plus a guest, to the show! This'll be a quickie—we'll close it tomorrow morning at 9 am. Enter now!

Tickets for the show can be purchased by ordinary means here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Win Tickets to Genders!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

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

Lovely Portland band Genders left on their summer mini-tour with Athens' band New Madrid earlier this week, and they're already down one van. (This band does not have good luck with tour vans.) They'll be returning to their home turf on Friday, August 1 for a show at the Doug Fir, and we're giving away three pairs of tickets! To enter, send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Send me to Genders!" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select our three winners at random and send each of them, plus a guest, to the show! This contest closes Monday at midnight, so enter now. Good luck!

(Tickets on sale here.)

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

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.

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