Chicago Giveaway

If you are unfamiliar with Futurebirds or on the fence about their music, it’s a requirement to see them live. There are few emerging bands with their energy and zeal on stage. The band is wrapping up a crazy year that included tour dates with Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Gary Clark, Jr., and J. Roddy Walston & The Business. They’ll be heading back to the studio soon to follow up their incredible 2010 debut, Hampton’s Lullaby.

For those in Chicago, we have a free pair of tickets to giveaway to the show at Schubas tomorrow night (December 15th). Email us your full name to and we’ll announce the winner by 1pm CST. Your name will be on the guest list +1 at the door.

If you need a taste, head over to our live session with Futurebirds. These guys bring it.

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Belivers, A.A. Bondy’s latest album, has been impossible for me to review. I’ll first point out that I am in love with the album, but it’s different from every album I’ve listened to this year. It has a few songs that rise above others, like “Surfer King” and “Rte. 28/Believers,” but they serve as crests on the album’s waves that ebb and flow in a dream state. It’s played for months in my car, house, headphones and one day I found myself immersed.

The album’s sound is soaked in guitar reverb and awash in the warm rasp of Bondy’s vocals. Lyrically, the album is a puzzle. You’ll find very little that makes literal sense, leaving every turn of phrase open for interpretation. Let’s have a look at “Surfer King:”

Behind the red door, in American skin
There is a murder of roses
In the midnight hiss, come cover me there
For I am electric nothing

Out on the tide, strangers all
Are drowning by
Under eclipse, I wait for your kiss
With the beating of all…
These idiot hearts

And no more evil now, no horror sound
No maniac song from tyrant
And the surfer king will show me everything
In the great, green flash of the evening

Out on the tide, strangers we ride
Smoke in our eyes
Under eclipse, I wait for your kiss
With the beating of all…
These idiot hearts

And so goes the abyss that is lyrical beauty on Believers. This is a slight departure from the Folk/Americana style on Bondy’s two previous albums, but it’s a fantastic record that breezes by in the blink of an eye, filling your room with an atmosphere of warmth and calm. But that calm may be interrupted by feelings of trepidation. It’s the feeling of walking alone on a deserted city street, lit by moon or by a dim streetlight. You may check over your shoulder from time to time. You may feel as if you’re being watched.

If Believers doesn’t agree with you immediately, give it more time. It will slowly permeate your mind.

A.A. Bondy is in Chicago at Lincoln Hall tonight and we have a pair of tickets to give away. Email with your full name and “Bondy Giveaway” in the subject line to nab them. We’ll pick a winner at high noon.

A.A. Bondy – The Heart Is Willing

Dig into our Live Session with A.A. Bondy, if you haven’t already.



Looking for something to do on Saturday night? Folk crooner Amos Lee has already sold out a show at the Vic, but we have a pair of tickets to give away to one HearYa reader. Email us your full name to with “Amos Lee Giveaway” in the subject line to get your hands on ’em.

Here’s Amos Lee performing “Windows Are Rolled Down” live at Farm Aid. The song is from his new album Mission Bell, produced by Calexico’s Joey Burns.


The Moondoggies are finally making their way to Chicago and we have a pair of tickets to give away. The show is tomorrow night at Schubas. If you want them, email your first and last name to

The winner will also receive The Moondoggies latest album, Tidelands, and a three-pack of Field Notes memo books.

If you don’t win them, head on out and buy a ticket to the show anyway. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fall season.

The Moondoggies – It’s A Shame, It’s a Pity

Video: The Moondoggies – Empress Of The North

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Get Free Tickets to The Black Angels + Black Mountain @ Metro 10/28 [Chicago Giveaway]

October 25, 2010

The Black Angels and Black Mountain released new albums on September 14th and then joined forces on tour. We got our hands on a pair of free tickets to the show on Thursday at Metro in Chicago. Shoot us an email with your full name at to win! The Black Angels will also be […]

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