CONTEST: Win Tickets to IAN AXEL @ The Beacon Theatre, NYC

While all of your friends are vacationing in far away destinations next week, we have just the solution to get you out of the apartment and away from your cats. Your getaway comes in the form of IAN AXEL.

Starting TODAY, you can ENTER to WIN 2 TICKETS to see IAN AXEL at the BEACON THEATRE in NYC, this MONDAY, AUGUST 1st (Yes, he’s opening for Matthew Morrison from Glee. Don’t judge us)

Winners will be chose at random. The deadline to submit for the contest is Sunday, July 31st at 12pm Noon EST Time.

Please send an email to MODERNMYSTERYBLOG@YAHOO.COM with “IAN AXEL CONTEST” in the header. Please include your FULL NAME and PHONE NUMBER.

Good luck!


Ian Axel began his career when his typical 20-something job working at a Manhattan Apple Store suddenly became not-so-typical as his bosses caught wind of his musical talents. They flew him around the country to perform at dozens of stores around the United States, and included his songs on the playlists of hundreds of their stores worldwide. Ian officially “touched down” in 2011 when he released his debut full-length, This Is the New Year. The title track received over 1 million YouTube views, he performed on the nationally syndicated Rachael Ray Show and on La Blogothéque’s world-renown Take Away Shows, and his songs were featured on TV shows such as “One Tree Hill,” and as the theme to the MTV documentary series I Used to Be Fat.

However, it’s Ian’s live show that shoots him to new frontiers. He has an energy that recalls the intimacy, energy and excitement of performers like Regina Spektor, Elton John and Randy Newman. NPR described him as “a voice that possesses the sweetness of youth, the stubbornness of a teenager and the swagger of a rock star.” He is capable of captivating an audience as only the greatest performers do, an appeal that has not gone unnoticed, leading to opening gigs for Ingrid Michaelson, Evan Dando and, most recently, for Glee star Matthew Morrison’s at the 2500-capacity Beacon Theater on August 1st.


A New Chairlift Track for You to Enjoy


New York City’s Chairlift are back to work after some “time off” collaborating with the likes of Das Racist and Washed Out.  The duo have released a new single featuring the title track off their upcoming album, “Amanaemonesia.” Currently, the single’s A-side is available for streaming on their website, but you will likely have to wait or shell out eventually for the B-side, “Peculiar Paradise.”

Matt Pond PA Want You to Pick the Songs They Play

The East Coast is about to have Matt Pond PA roll through on somewhat of a co-headlining tour with Rocky Votolato.  For this tour, both artists will be accompanied by full bands, so they have claimed to “bring more of the rock” this time around.  If that sounds exciting to fans of either band, here is the real treat: Matt Pond PA are accepting votes from you to pick the songs they will play on the tour.  Votes should be sent to, and will be compiled by guitarist Chris Hansen. Choose wisely.

Tour Dates:


09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

13 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

15 – Harrisburg, PA @ Abbey Bar

16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

17 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

18 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways

19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

21 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

22 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade

23 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club

24 – St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven

26 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub

27 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

(West Coast dates to be announced soon)

Army Navy Release New Album, “The Last Place”


The California-based indie pop band Army Navy have now released their second album, The Last Place, through their own label, The Fever Zone Records! You can stream it in full at Aol Music. So you know what to expect, SPIN Magazine gave it an 8 out of 10, calling it “a feel-bad record you can actually feel good about.”  Not entirely sure what that means, but judging from the first excerpt the band has made available for download, “The Long Goodbye,” it seems that Army Navy could easily seduce you with their sweet pop tunes. The band is also set to tour throughout the second half of the year so keep your ears out for more news!

Listen to “The Long Goodbye” below:

Pepper Rabbit Release Free EP

In order to get people really psyched about their upcoming full length Red Velvet Snow Ball, Pepper Rabbit has released a free EP into the wild.

The EP, Rose Mary Stretch, features the album’s lead single (sharing the same name as the EP) as well as a Miniature Tigers cover with the song “Gold Skull”.

You can grab the EP right here, or see the real thing as Pepper Rabbit continues their extensive U.S. tour. Dates include:

08/31 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge \

09/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^

09/08 – Washington, DC @ DC9 ^ !

09/09 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival

09/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn ^ !

09/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree ^ !

09/12 – Nashville, TN @ The End ^ !

09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle ^ !

09/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^ !

09/16 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert Arms Hotel ^ !

09/19 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop ^ !

09/20 – Calgary, AB @ Republik ^

09/22 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival

09/24 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern ^ !

09/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene ^ !

09/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ !

09/28 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar ^ !

09/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo ^ !

09/30 – Tempe, AZ @ Sail Inn ^ !

10/01 – Santa Fe, NM @ Corazon ^ !

10/02 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace ^ !

10/04 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ^ !

10/05 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^ !

10/06 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird ^

10/07 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop ^ !

10/08 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern ^ !

10/09 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge ^ !

10/10 – London, ON @ Call The Office ^ !

10/14 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern ^

10/15 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon ^

10/16 – Quebec, QC @ Le Cercle ^ !

10/18 – Halifax, NS @ Paragon Theatre ^

10/19 – Portland, ME @ SPACE ^ !

10/20 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott ^ !

* = w/ Givers

# = w/ 1, 2, 3

$ = w/ Ballyho!

% = w/ Charlie Blacksmoke, Cheyenne Marrs & Sudden Organs, & Royal T

\ = w/ We Barbarians, & ANR

^ = w/ Braids

! = w/ O Danagemen