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!

ABOUT IAN:


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.

Get The Results From “8in8,” A Musical Experiment By Damian Kulash, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Last month, Damian Kulash of Ok Go, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Ben Folds attempted to write eight songs in eight hours during the Rethink Music conference in Boston; the project was appropriately called “8in8.” In the end, they only put together six songs and releasing them on Amanda Palmer’s bandcamp page, while documenting the entire process in 12 hours of webstreamed video.

The insta-album, as they call it, was named Nighty Night. The entire project has been released under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, which means you are free to share and remix the songs as you please (except for commercial purposes).

All proceeds go to the Berklee City Music Network, a Boston based charity that brings music education for under-served teens free of charge. So check out Nighty Night; not only will you be participating in showing the music industry that there are other ways of producing music than the tradition label route but you will also be helping out arts education!

Ben Folds, Damian Kulash, Amanda Palmer, and Neil Gaiman Rethink How Music Is Made

Ben Folds, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman will be performing a music production superstunt on April 25th at Berklee College of Music. From 4 pm to midnight, a mere eight hours, they will write and records eight songs, and release them 10 hours later at the Rethink Music conference in Boston. Their goal is to show how record companies are becoming less essential to music distribution.

This event will be broadcast live from the recording studio at rethink-music.com and the album will be released through Bandcamp.com. Proceeds from the first week of downloads will go to Berklee City Music, which provides free music education to underserved teens.

The next day, April 26th, Folds, Kulash, Palmer, and Gaiman will give a presentation on the recording project at 10:40 a.m. at Rethink Music, and perform a private concert for the lucky people registered for the conference. at the Berklee Performance Center accompanied by Basia Bulat and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.

LA’s Lady Danville Announce West Coast Tour with Dashboard Confessional


Wrapping up their east coast tour with Ben Folds, including 3 shows at the CMJ Music Marathon, Lady Danville returns to their west coast roots. The three-piece acoustic folk-pop trio will be touring with Dashboard Confessional in December 2010 and January 2011.

Formed out of the UCLA’s Awaken A Cappella in 2007, Lady Danville has been selling out shows in Los Angeles area ever since and are excited to return home for a dozen shows.

If you missed the east coast tour or won’t be able to catch any of Lady Danville’s west coast dates, mark your calendars for their scheduled appearance at SXSW 2011.

Tour Dates:

JAN 10 – The Summit Music Hall w/ Dashboard Confessional
Denver, Colorado

JAN 11 – In The Venue w/ Dashboard Confessional
Salt Lake City, UT

JAN 13 – Neumos w/ Dashboard Confessional
Seattle, WA

JAN 14 – Wonder Ballroom w/ Dashboard Confessional
Portland, Oregon

JAN 15 – The Regency Ballroom w/ Dashboard Confessional
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

JAN 16 – House of Blues Anaheim w/ Dashboard Confessional
Anaheim, CA

JAN 19 – Troubadour w/ Dashboard Confessional
West Hollywood, CA

JAN 20 – Troubadour w/ Dashboard Confessional
West Hollywood, CA

JAN 21 – Troubadour w/ Dashboard Confessional
West Hollywood, CA

JAN 22 – House of Blues San Diego w/ Dashboard Confessional
San Diego, CA


http://www.myspace.com/ladydanville


NYC’s Weekly Show Roundup!

Sufjan Stevens @ Beacon Theatre

DJ Shadow @ Irving Plaza

Fiction Plane, The Globes @ Mercury Lounge (Early Show)

Oh Land @ Mercury Lounge (Late Show)

Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, King Charles @ Terminal 5

Jonsi (and Kjartan of Sigur Ros), Alex Somers (of Riceboy Sleeps), Hilliard Ensemble, Latvian National Choir, Wordless Music Orchestra
@ The Church of  St. Paul the Apostle

The Joy Formidable, Group Love, The Dig @ Bowery  Ballroom

Oceanographer, Minor Stars, Leslie Sisson (of Wooden Birds) @ Bruar Falls

Spindrift, Dinowalrus, Runaway Sons @ The Knitting Factory

Kings of Leon @ Madison Square Garden

Glasser, ARP @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, King Charles @ Terminal 5

The Big Sleep, Chappo, ArpLine, Red Wire Black Wire @ Glasslands

Ben Kweller @ Maxwell’s

Darwin Deez, BELL, King Charles, Friends @ Mercury Lounge

Electric Tickle Machine, Mirror Mirror, Hooray for Earth, Mon Khmer, Autre Ne Veut @ Pianos

La Roux @ Terminal 5

Thao Nguyen @ The Bell House

Deleted Scenes, Modern Skirts @ The Rock Shop

Tame Impala, Stardeath And White Dwarfs, Kuroma @ Bowery Ballroom

I’m Turning Into, Whale Belly, The House Floor, Mala Strana @ Bruar Falls

Electric Tickle Machine, Web Dating, Pet Ghost Project @ Death By Audio

CFCF, Teebs, Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set) @ Glasslands

Buffalo Tom, Dinosaur Feathers @ Mercury Lounge

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set), JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House

Ben Folds, Lady Danville @ The Wellmont Theatre

Hess Is More, Sky White Tiger, Jessica 6 @ Union Pool

The Morning Benders, Twin Sister, Cults @ Webster Hall

The Beets, Total Slacker, The Babies, Eternal Summers, Night Manager @ 285 Kent Avenue

Tame Impala, Stardeath And White Dwarfs, Kuroma @ Bowery Ballroom

Light Pollution, Acrylics, Blood Orange, Unsolved Mysteries @ Glasslands

Cornershop @ Irving Plaza

Bear in Heaven, Twin Shadow, Sun Airway @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Kate Nash, Peggy Sue @ Terminal 5

ArpLine, Motive, Machu Pichu, Little Racer @ The Studio at Webster Hall

 

 

Josh Ottum “It’s Alright”

There has been a buzz about singer/songwriter Josh Ottum for quite a while now. Known for being a little wacky and also having a stockpile of his own songs. Finally it is time for him to share them all with the world. Ottum will release his highly anticipated debut record Like the Season (Cheap Lullaby) on October 21st.  For his first record he’s already pulling out some big names. Appearing on the album is James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens) Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion, Sufjan Stevens) and engineer Jon Ervie (Modest Mouse). The first single “It’s Alright” shows his influences new and old from Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder to Phoenix and Ben Folds. Check out the tune below!

Download Josh Ottum “It’s Alright”