Monday, April 20, 2009

Ticket/CD Giveaway: Beth in Battle Mode @ Silver Dollar, 24 Apr.

For some reason it took me a long time to get around to seeing Beth In Battle Mode perform. Once I did, I kicked myself for not partying with them sooner! Their indie synth pop is just so catchy and danceable, and they've got stage presence and energy that match the songs perfectly. (Plus: attractive musicians!) The band has a new album out---Hot Science---and they're headlining a show this Friday, 24 April, at the Silver Dollar, a great spot for them. Opening are The Hey Now and Clouds (that look like things). It's been too many months since I last saw this band, and this bill also featuring two local acts I have yet to see (but have heard good things about) at a venue I rather like. That is pretty hard to beat. Here's to hoping I can persuade a few of you to join me at the show... with free tickets and some freebie downloads just to get you in the mood!

I got in touch with keyboardist / chief stage dancer Andrew Ennals to hear more about what the band is planning for Friday. He told me to expect "a song or two we haven't played in ages, in addition to the modern classics. Also [drummer] Dave [Gilgan] is going to wrestle a bear, provided we can get clearance from Parks Canada." Andrew will also take the opportunity the show affords "to lobby for the return of the big quart bottles they used to sell at the Silver Dollar." Sounds good to me. Live music + wildlife + consumer lobbying = recipe for a fantastic night.

Care of Beth in Battle Mode, I've got a pair of tickets and a copy of the new CD (Hot Science) to give away. To enter the draw for this BIBM prize-pack, send me a message at historyjenATgmailDOTcom with "BIBM / Hot Science" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is 11:59pm on Thursday, 23 April. I'll pick a random winner and let you know soon thereafter. If you don't win, you can still hit up the show. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Download: "A Little-Known Fact" (Hot Science, 2009).
Download: "No Feeling" (Technical Know-How, 2007).

Feeling like dancing yet? Check out the band's MySpace for more music.

Fine print: Beth In Battle Mode, Clouds (that look like things), and The Hey Now @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9:30pm, $5. The Facebook event is here.

UPDATE: I got a winner! Congrats to Tamara S. and thanks to all who entered.

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