[WIN THIS!] : Two Tickets to David Byrne & St. Vincent : July 2nd at Whitney Hall, Louisville, KY

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The one and only David Byrne along with St. Vincent will be bringing the Love This Giant Tour to Louisvlle, KY next Tuesday, July 2nd, at Whitney Hall. Given the calliber of both artists, we had to get a couple of tickets to giveaway to our loyal readers. To enter, all you have to do is go to our Facebook page or Twitter,like or follow us, then share our status update regarding this show and post. That is it. The winner will be slected completely at random this Friday at 5pm eastern sharp. After entering, be sure to grab the free Brass Tactics EP and watch the tour trailer below.

[WIN THIS!] : Oblivion Soundtrack Limited Edition Vinyl + Film Prize Pack

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On April 9th, Back Lot Records will be releasing the soundtrack to the highly anticipated movie, Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise. The soundtrack features new music by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese (TRON: Uprising, The Raid: Redemption). It has 16 score cues along with a brand new song featuring Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør that is used as the end title for the flick.

Gonzalez stated regarding the scoring process, “It was challenging, to say, writing the music for Oblivion during my tour with M83. In the back of the tour bus, I had a small set up and was making music whenever I could. It was a little complicated at first but a great way to take a break from the tour and lose myself in Oblivion’s score. Joseph Kosinski had a pretty good idea of what the music would be for the movie, and it took me finding a way to make him happy and make me happy during the process. The soundtrack is truly a collaboration between Joseph Kosinki, Joe Trapanese and myself.”

One lucky reader will win the following:
(1) LIMITED EDITION MONDO VINYL of the upcoming OBLIVION soundtrack
(1) Oblivion 3D Puzzle
(1) Oblivion Collapsible Water Bottle
(1) Oblivion Hat

All you have to do is follow MOKB on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Once you have done that, give us a shout on our Facebook page or hit us with a tweet using the hashtag #OblivionPrizePack no later than noon on April 9th. We will randomly pick someone at that time. If you don’t want to leave getting the soundtrack to chance, you can pre-order it here.

[WIN THIS!] : Two Tickets to see Grizzly Bear in Louisville, KY : April 1st

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We love giving away free stuff to our readers, so when we found out that Grizzly Bear was going to be doing a show our old stomping grounds of Louisville, KY, we knew we had to get a hold of a couple tickets to give away. In addition to Grizzly Bear, the always great Owen Pallett will be handling opening duties. To enter, all you need to do is “like” MOKB on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. After doing this, just give us a shout on Twitter with the hashtag #grizzlybearlouisville. We will select a winner on Friday, March 29th. If you don’t want to leave your the tickets to chance, you can purchase them here.

[Win This!] : Shooter Jennings : The Other Life on Limited Edition Purple Vinyl

Frequently, people approach me on the street just to ask, “What’s Waylon’s kid up to these days?” Of course, the subject of their inquiry is none other than the man fiercely determined to put the ‘O’ back in country, the one and only Shooter Jennings.

Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s no secret that just last week, ol’ Shooter dropped the follow up to last year’s Family Man, a little platter goes by the name The Other Life. We’ll be gettin’ back to The Other Life later this week, just as soon as I can drag my lazy ass off the couch to write a legit review (I’m dictating this post over the phone to an MOKB intern). In the meantime, Shooter’s people were good enough to toss us a tasty treat, which we will dutifully give away to a deserving, or at least lucky, reader.

More about that in a second. First, check this out.

MOKB/Shooter Jennings’ The Other Life on Limited Edition Purple Vinyl Giveaway: Who says Santa’s sack is closed just because Christmas is retreating in the rearview? We at MOKB have no issue with putting the Easter Bunny to work and that high-strung hare could be delivering a meaty morsel to your front door.

We’ve secured one copy of The Other Life on limited edition purple vinyl. Don’t have a turntable? Quit bellyachin’ and steal grandpa’s hi-fi. And I know, I know, you coulda been a contender, but that don’t mean diddlysquat unless you click the Comment link and enter your name and email address. Deadline is Tuesday, March 26th. The names of all you contenders will thusly be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. And don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t make me tell you again!

And if you’re in the mood for some honkytonkin’ during the next couple months, scoot yer boots out to see Shooter at one of these fine establishments. See y’all in Sauk Rapids.

Shooter Jennings on Tour
Apr 11 Texas Music Theater – San Marcos, TX
Apr 12 Strange Brew – Shreveport, LA
Apr 13 Nutty Jerry’s – Winnie, TX
Apr 16 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
Apr 17 The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
Apr 18 40 Watt – Athens, GA
Apr 19 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Apr 20 The Windjammer – Isle Of Palms, SC
Apr 23 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, TN
Apr 24 Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
Apr 25 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Apr 26 8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 27 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Apr 28 Rollie’s – Sauk Rapids, MN
May 18 Doughboyz – Ashville, OH
May 22 The National – Richmond, VA
May 24 Gus Bar – Jacksonville, NC
May 25 The Shed @ Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson – Maryville, TN
May 26 Atomic Cowboy - St Louis, MO
Jun 01 Goose on the Lake – Allegre, KY
Jun 06 Thunder on the Mountain – Ozark, AR
Jun 07 Brazos Nights: TEXAS MUSIC SHOWCASE – Waco, TX
Jul 13 Renfro Valley Old Barn Shows – Renfro Valley, KY
Aug 03 Gorge Amphitheater - George, WA

[Win This!] : Two Tickets to see Sigur Rós at Madison Square Garden

Quite a few years back, wanderlust and general distaste for responsibility found me traipsing through Iceland. I had a great time exploring the island nation, its rugged coastline, seemingly eternal darkness (winter in Iceland is not for the seasonally affected) and Reykjavík’s too cool for words clubs (as long as one remembered not to show up before midnight).

Years later, the thing I remember most about my Icelandic pilgrimage is an incident involving the Blue Lagoon, a flybussen full of German tourists and a rented Speedo.

Now the other thing I remember well (and the one that will not haunt me upon my deathbed) was discovering Sigur Rós. And it wasn’t a subtle thing. I literally saw the cover image of Ágætis Byrjun everywhere. Everywhere. And so finally my curiosity got the best of me, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Seeing Sigur Rós live is difficult to describe. Actually, it’s pert near impossible. And that’s where we come in. Sigur Rós just so happens to be hovering over North America for the next couple weeks in support of their latest, Valtari. See what I’m getting at here?

MOKB/Sigur Rós at Madison Square Garden Giveaway: Just in time for Spring, one fortunate MOKB reader is going to score two (2) tickets to see Sigur Rós performing at the world’s most famous arena. Just the tickets mind you, but how cool is that? Airfare is out of the question. Whatta we look like, Pitchfork? The winner will be able to pick up his/her spoils in advance at the Bowery Presents office. To get yer butt in the running, click the Comment link and enter your name and email address. But do it by Friday, March 22nd. All entrants will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. Oh, and don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter!

And for all of youse in the New York area who don’t like things like this left to chance, get your tickets here.

Sigur Rós on Tour
Mar 24 – Fairfax, VA
Mar 25 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Boston, MA
Mar 27 – Montreal, QC
Mar 29 – Ottawa, ON
Mar 30 – Toronto, ON
Apr 1 – Detroit, MI
Apr 2 – Chicago, IL
Apr 3 – St. Paul, MN
Apr 4 -Kansas City, MO

[Win This!] : Jim James : Regions of Light and Sound of God on Vinyl

Everyone knows we have much love for Jim James. How could we not with him hailing from our old stomping grounds of Lousville, KY? This month, he released his debut solo LP Regions of Light and Sound of God to much praise via ATO Records. We just happen to get our sticky little mitts on a vinyl copy and want to give it away to one of our lucky readers. All you have to do is follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter, then tweet us with the album you are most looking forward to in 2013 and the hashtag #jimjamesvinyl. The winner will be selected at random. The contest will end promptly at midnight on Wednesday, February 20th. If you don’t want to wait on the contest, you can purchase the album on iTunes here.

[Win This!] : Smashing Pumpkins Deluxe Edition Bundle

Say what you will about Billy Corgan, the guy knows how to divide a room. For everyone who heralds him a musical genius, I bet you could find two people who find him an insufferably pretentious buster. Why, there’s even dissension within the MOKB family, as a 2007 Smashing Pumpkins concert in St. Paul found two contributors going toe-to-toe. Sadly, that legendary post now finds itself floating somewhere in internet purgatory, but the point remains: When it comes to Mr. Corgan, you either really love him or wish him grievous bodily harm.

Me? I find myself firmly entrenched in the pro-Corgan camp. I appreciate his audacity, his singular vision and the zeal with which he pisses off his detractors. I especially love the way in which he has (with the possible exception of 1998’s Adore) relished in bombastic 70s-style arrangements and epic scope at a time when too much music is want to disturb the universe. I mean, come on. The guy has been responsible for some of the most breathtaking songs (see Disarm, Tonight, Tonight and Today) of the last quarter century, and he shows no signs of removing his foot from the neck of popular music as evidenced by this year’s Oceania (go ahead, give it a listen).

Divisive a figure as he is, one would be hard-pressed not to find at least something to like on the band’s 1995 opus, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Produced by Mr. Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder, Mellon Collie is a 28-track song cycle that the band’s ambitious leader described as “The Wall for Generation X.” Fans flocked to the record (#1 debut on the Billboard 200 and Diamond-certified sales by the RIAA) and critics stood up on their hinders to applaud, landing the sprawling record on virtually every imaginable year-end “Best Of” list. And you know what? Mellon Collie has aged exceptionally well, sounding every bit as thrilling as when it hit the racks in seventeen years ago.

Now, as part of the band’s ongoing reissue series, Mellon Collie is getting the deluxe treatment, including an expanded 5CD+DVD Deluxe Box Set and the remastered original album in 4LP Vinyl, 2CD, and digital formats. The Deluxe Box Set’s 5 CDs include 64 bonus tracks of previously unreleased material or alternate versions of Mellon Collie era songs, and its DVD features a live show filmed at the Brixton Academy (London 1996), as well as bonus performances from the German music television show Rockpalast (1996). All of these aural goodies have been augmented with two books containing personal notes, lyrics, new collage artwork, plus a Decoupage kit for creating your own Mellon Collie-esque dreams. Finally, all of these drool-inducing sweetmeats have been packed into a 12 x 12 lift-top box with new cover art and velvet-lined disc holder.

MOKB/Smashing Pumpkins Deluxe Edition Bundle Giveaway: Just in time for Xmas, one sharp and lucky MOKB reader is going to score a nice little nugget: a Deluxe Edition Bundle of Smashing Pumpkins’ first four releases, Gish, Siamese Dream, Pisces Ascariot and of course Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Mouth watering yet? Here’s what we expect. Simply answer the following question: Billy Corgan made a guest appearance on the 1999 live album from what near-legendary rockers? Piece of cake, no? Now click on the Comment link, enter your name and email address, and show us just how smart you be. But do it by Friday, Dec. 14. Names of all folks answering correctly will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. So toss on your thinking cap and don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter!