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.

James Murphy is Pissed.

In a development conspiracy theorists could whet their palates over, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem has announced four shows at Manhattan’s Terminal 5 leading up to their final hurrah at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd.  Tickets for the MSG show sold out fast — much to the surprise of pretty much everyone except some bloodsucking scalpers.  Now that tickets are going up for obscene amounts of cash on craiglist and ebay, Murphy has decided to channel his frustration into more gigs – this time hoping he can actually get tickets to the real fans.  In a tirelessly long post on the band’s website titled “fuck you, scalpers”, Murphy vents directly to the fans, who have been affected most.  It’s an honest and at times hilarious account from the band’s side of things, with Murphy describing a failed attempt to buy a ticket off a scalper himself.

Anyway, the Terminal 5 shows are going down March 28-31 — only fans pure of heart may wield a ticket.  Or so Murphy hopes.