For a hot minute in 2008, the entire blogosphere was plagued with one pressing question: Are you at the Pizza Hut or at the Taco Bell?
Who knew that two goofy guys repeating a couple of stupid phrases could have been the beginnings of a credible -- hell, revered -- rap group that Rolling Stone gave accolades to last year? (Truth: The magazine named the single "hahahaha jk?" one of the best singles of 2010.) Das Racist transcended its meme status with two serious (well, sort of) mixtapes: 2010's Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man. Now, they're coming to The Granada on March 30. And you can win tickets. Yes, you!
Free song downloads are sweet, but 140 of them is a hell of a lot sweeter. Thanks to Spinner, you can grab yourself a free three-part MP3 download of more than 140 tracks from bands that will be at this year's South by Southwest music festival. And because the deadline has passed to register for the event, it will have to do in place of getting there yourself.
The MidCoast Takeover, Kansas City's showcase at this year's South by Southwest music festival, has released a 25-track album available for free download, featuring tracks from the acts that will be repping the KC-style in Austin this March. The album is anchored by local standards such as hits from the Appleseed Cast, Roman Numerals, and the Beautiful Bodies, but is also peppered with lesser known (and equally awesome) songs from Mansion, Walking Oceans, and Vertigone & Trystyl.
Lawrence music venue mainstay The Granada is holding a contest on Facebook, in honor of Valentine's Day, to give away five pairs of tickets to various upcoming shows. The catch is pretty simple -- find The Granada on Facebook, "like" its page (this would be one of those times when it would be sweet if Facebook had a "love" button), and then check out how many friends you have that "like" The Granada, too. The person with the most friends of The Granada wins and gets first dibs on the ticket selection. Not a lot of work for some free concert lovin'.
Have you checked out this week's issue of The Pitch? Well, then, you already know that the Decemberists are coming to the Uptown on Monday night with Vermont's ethereal trio of women known as Mountain Man.
The Decemberists are touring in support of its critically acclaimed new album, The King Is Dead -- and you can win tickets!
It's hard to believe that it's been 100 years since blues master Robert Johnson was born, but there it is: Johnson's birthday is May 8, 1911. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was ranked fifth in Rolling Stone's top 100 guitar players of all time. (Not bad for someone who died in 1938.)
James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm and, oddly, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will all pay tribute to the legend on February 12 at the Uptown. It's called "Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts." And we're giving away tickets.
Ah sey one! Today, Wayward Blog is going to light up your February.
With a door price of only $5, there's no reason that you shouldn't high-tail it down to VooDoo Lounge on Saturday night to catch Hearts of Darkness funking it up before cheeky MC Kid Sister takes the stage. (DJs Bobby Keys and Brent Tactic open, too.) For all you readers who are nickel-and-diming it these days, here's a quick way to score some serious Saturday-night entertainment: Like Wayward Blog on Facebook (go here! It's easy!), and tell us why you have a crush on Kid Sister. If your reason is the best, we'll give you two free tickets to the show.
There's a new free EP to be had, kids! Locals Queens Club released its new EP, Friendly, on its Facebook page for free. Which is friendly, indeed. (Har, har.) It includes two acoustic tracks, too.
DJ Kid Koala has worked with Gorillaz (as a member of Deltron 3030), he's toured with Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow, and he recently played for free at the opening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at San Diego's Comic-Con. He's at VooDoo Lounge this Saturday. He's also known for reinterpreting "Moon River" on four different turntables at once at live shows. (Watch the video after the jump.)
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