Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ticket/CD Giveaway: MBMG, The Balconies, EATT, Gentlemen Husbands @ The Horseshoe, Sat, 27 June.

This is gonna be a quick one. A few local(ish) bands, and one Ottawa band (that Toronto loves) are playing the Horseshoe on Saturday night. The headliners are Modernboys Moderngirls, a garage-y pop-rock group. I saw them play nearly two years ago when they were a large ensemble. They’ve trimmed their size and refined their sound since then, and I’ve heard only good things about their performances. Also on the bill are Everything All the Time, a band that produces chilled-out, groovy dance tracks that are impossible not to move to. Then there’s Ottawa’s The Balconies, another solid pop rock band that’s gotten some well-deserved buzz in this city and elsewhere. Their music is more interesting than I just made it sound, with elements of Britpop, psychedelia, and boy-girl vocals just to mix things up a bit. Finally, Gentleman Husbands, whom I have not yet seen, but—again—I hear good things about their countryish rock. All in all, this will be a night of solid local(ish) bands with some musical variety (including female band members).

Thanks to Audio Blood Media I’ve got two prize packs to give away, each one consisting of a pair of tickets to the show, a copy of the MBMG CD, and The Balconies’ demo disk. To enter send me an email at historyjenATgmailDOTcom with “MBMG” in the subject line, and your full name in the body. Make sure you (and your date) are 19+ and can actually make the Saturday show, of course. Deadline for entering is Friday, 26 June at 11:59pm. Not sure you want in? Have a listen:

Download: Modernboys Moderngirls, “My Baby Says Boy, Don't You Ever Go” (I Might As Well Break It, 2009).
Download: Everything All the Time, “Lazy Days” (Everything All the Time, 2008).
Download: The Balconies, “Battle Royale” (demo, 2008).
Download: Gentlemen Husbands, “Tapanga” (Something Along the Lines of “A Lesson in Unprofessionalism”, 2008).

If you don't win the tickets, you can get copies of the bands' merch at the show, which will cost you but $6. Not a bad way to spend a summer Saturday night.

Fine Print: Modernboys Moderngirls w/ Everything all the Time, The Balconies, and Gentlemen Husbands @ The Horseshoe, Saturday, 27 June, 8:30pm, $6.

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