Welcome back for part two of a new weekly feature here on the blog. In light of the underwhelming response to last week's giveaway, we're going to talk about this week's prize right off the bat. Just head over to the comments section and post your first name and city of residence before 1:00pm EST if you want to get into the running for a free pair of tickets for this week's featured show: Blues Control on Wednesday night at The Silent Barn. Read on for further details...
Tonight at the Bowery Ballroom, Baltimore duo Beach House will play the role of "supporting act" for British indie pop stalwarts The Clientele. Beach House's 2006 debut album for Carpark was acclaimed for its sweet, languid lo-fi pop sound, which drew comparisons to the Magnetic Fields, Mazzy Star, and Broadcast.
Listen: Beach House - Saltwater (Link Expired)
Bert Jansch, pictured here during a live performance on my show, is already back in New York after playing a couple of great shows in the area last year in support of his Drag City album The Black Swan. He'll be at the Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night, and this time he'll be joined by labelmate and former Tower Recordings member P.G. Six. Bert was a member of the Pentangle and was one of the most influential artists of the 1960s British folk scene. Neil Young once described him as "the Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar." If you missed him last time he was in town, don't miss this chance to catch the legendary and still incredible performer. There's no guarantee he'll back around anytime soon.
Listen: Bert Jansch - It Don't Bother Me (Live On WFMU) (Link Expired)
WFMU has been playing Blues Control cassettes for a while now, and their debut CD for the Holy Mountain label is just starting to cause a stir. White Tapes founder and friend-of-the-station Russ Waterhouse is one of the band's two members. Blues Control plays Wednesday night at the Silent Barn, conveniently situated right between Rigdewood, Queens, and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Here's a live recording from their last show at the venue, back when it was still called the Raven's Den.
Listen: Blues Control - Frankie's Problem (Live) (Link Expired)
Summertime in New York of course means lots of great free shows and this week is no exception. Funk revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings play two free shows with Booker T. & The MGs, Wednesday night at Rockefeller Park in Manhattan, and Thursday at noon on the lawn at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn.
For comprehensive listings, check out our continually-updated Arbitrary Guide To Pop Culture. Now head over to the comments section to enter into the Blues Control ticket giveaway, and check back at 1pm to see if you won and find out how to claim your prize.