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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Peace at Johnny Brenda’s on 6/10

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Hotly tipped UK act Peace make their Philadelphia debut at Johnny Brenda’s on June 10th.  The young four-piece from Birmingham won over the likes of NME, BBC and The Guardian last year with their fun, psych rock-y Delicious EP, being named “the future of Indie” by The Guardian and nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll.  Peace are now touring behind their recent full-length Love Now, showcasing a WU LYF-esque penchant for tribal grooves and kaleidoscopic arrangements that are a perfect way to kick-off summer.

We have a pair of tickets to give away for their June 10th show with Weekender and Team Spirit at Johnny Brenda’s.  Leave a comment below with a summer activity that would be well accompanied by the sounds of Peace (hammock-ing, eating watermelon, etc.).  Make sure to include your full name and an email address with the comment so we can contact you if you win (email address will not be made public).  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Watch their video for “Bloodshake” below.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center on June 6th

PattyGrammy-winning and critically revered American folk performer Patty Griffin makes a Philadelphia appearance next month, headlining Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center. Griffin is on tour in support of her seventh record, American Kid, released this month on New West Records, and this week we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show on Wednesday the 6th of June. Just leave a comment below with your favorite Patty Griffin song and we’ll announce a winner next Thursday afternoon the 30th.

Ground rules: you have to leave your first and last name in the comments, and you have to enter an email where we can contact you if you win (the e-mail will not be made public). Below, watch Griffin performing “Wild Old Dog” at The Living Room in New York last month.

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Contest: Win tickets to see Toots and the Maytals at Trocadero on 4/10

true-love-tootsJamaican ska legends Toots and the Maytals are coming to Philadelphia to bring their upbeat style  to the stage. The band is responsible for a staggering 28 studio albums, releasing music since the early 1960s. Toots and Maytals will be playing at the Trocadero this Tuesday, April 10th, and we are giving away a pair of tickets on The Key — leave a comment below for your chance to win. Below, watch a video of the group playing their song “Monkey Man” at 2009′s Reggae Rising.

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Contest: Win tickets to see Black Angels at Union Transfer on 4/7

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Austin psychedelic rock powerhouse The Black Angels are back this year with their fourth full-length album, Indigo Meadow. Out on Tuesday, the record sizzles in the signature Black Angels sound – thumping rhythms, droning guitars, spacey textures. The band makes its way to Philly next Sunday, April 7th for a show at Union Transfer, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets this week on The Key – just leave a comment below for your chance to win. Below, watch the band performing at Austin Psych Fest back in February.

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Contest: Win tickets to Little Green Cars (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 3/21)

LGCQuickly-rising Dublin group Little Green Cars haven’t yet released their debut record Absolute Zero but the buzz surrounding the five piece has been steadily growing in anticipation.  Drawing comparisons to Arcade Fire, the folk-rockers build harmonies and dynamic beats to transcendent heights on the handful of tracks they have released ahead of the album’s March 26th Glassnote Records release.

Little Green Cars pull into town this Thursday, March 21st for a show at Johnny Brenda’s and The Key has a pair of tickets to the show that you can win.  Leave a comment below with your first and last name and an email address we can reach you at should you win (email address will not be made public).  For tickets and more information on the 21+ show with Dan Croll and The Quelle Source go here.  Watch the video for “The John Wayne” below.

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Contest: Win tickets to see Owen at the First Unitarian Church on 3/21 (plus a copy of Ghost Town on vinyl)

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If you listened to the sounds of the indie/emo underground any time from the mid-90s to present, you probably know who Mike Kinsella is. Founding member of seminal post-hardcore band Cap’n Jazz, sonic adventurer in Joan of Arc, Maritime, Owls and so many more. Since 2001 or so, he’s been the solo introspective songwriter performing under the Owen banner, and later this month, Kinsella takes Owen on a short run of east coast dates, stopping at the First Unitarian Church on Thursday, March 21st.

This week we have your chance to win a pair of tickets, plus a vinyl copy of Owen’s 2011 release Ghost Town. Just tell us your favorite non-Owen Kinsella project in the comments, and we’ll announce a winner on Thursday afternoon. Ground rules: you have to leave your first and last name, and you have to enter an email where we can contact you if you win (the e-mail address will not be made public). To get you in the mood, here’s Owen performing “Too Many Moons” for Dickies’ YouTube channel.

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Contest: Win tickets to see DeVotchKa at The Troc on March 8th

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There’s a lot of excitement around the XPN offices for DeVotchKa‘s Philly appearance next week. Part of it lies in the fact that the eclectic, eastern European-infused indie band is road-testing its first batch of new songs since 2011′s 100 Lovers. Part of it is the studio session they’ll be recording for Folkadelphia, stripped down and with a string section. And part of it is because the band always puts on a great performance – and today we’ve got your chance to check it out for yourself.

Leave a comment below to enter yourself in the running for a pair of tickets to see DeVotchKa at The Troc next Friday, March 8th. We’ll announce a winner on Thursday afternoon. Ground rules: you have to leave your first and last name in the comments, and you have to enter an email where we can contact you if you win (the e-mail will not be made public). Got it? Good. Now watch this video of DeVotchKa performing with an orchestra at Red Rocks Amphitheater and imagine how good they’ll sound next week.