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Win two guest-list spots to see The Helio Sequence in Bend

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The veteran, Portland-based indie/electro-pop/rock duo The Helio Sequence returns to Bend Wednesday night to headline another PDXchange Program show at the Tower Theatre. I’m sure you read my interview with guitarist Brandon Summers in Friday’s GO! Magazine; if not, do so here.

Anyway, PDXchange guru Henry Abel has kindly given Frequency a handful of the show’s guest-list spots to give away, and I think I’ll give away a pair today and a pair tomorrow. To summarize, here is what those spots would get you and a friend:

– An opening set by the fine local rock trio All You All, whose new “digital single” represents, in my opinion, a big step forward in their songwriting, and who bring it live, too.

– A set by Portland “folktronic” duo Talkdemonic, who’ve toured with some decent little bands you may have heard of like The National, The Walkmen and Modest Mouse.

– An hour or more (I assume) of The Helio Sequence‘s lush, melancholic music played live. This stuff sounds pretty intricate on the band’s excellent albums, which makes it all the more impressive when you see two dudes creating those same sounds right in front of your eyes. I saw them play the Tower in 2010 and you can read my review here.

So, do you want to go to the show? Here’s all you have to do: Leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite musical duo, and why they’re your favorite. It can be a band, or a songwriting team, or whatever. Just make sure it’s two people who make music. Do so by 9 a.m. tomorrow, when I’ll pick a winner. (Be sure to leave a real email address so I can get in touch, OK?) I’ll send your name to Henry and you’ll have a +1 at the door.

Still unsure about whether to enter? Here’s one last pitch: The Helio Sequence’s most recent release, 2012′s “Negotiations,” is the latest in a long line of remarkably consistent albums from Summers and drummer Benjamin Weikel. Check out a full, free stream of the album right here and see if it’s up your alley:

And hey, if you hate free tickets or just want to ensure your seat right now, tickets are available via the Tower Theatre and at Ranch Records in Bend.

Counting Crows Ticket Giveaway, Part II

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Two spots on the guest list for Tuesday’s Counting Crows show are up for grabs. Today’s task: Leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite Adam Duritz lyric/s.

Here’s a bunch of ‘em, in case you need a refresher course or just need to find a random line to post because you wanna go hang out on the grass and drink wine.

Leave your real email address, please. I’ll pick a winner at midnight!

Counting Crows Ticket Giveaway, Part I

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Alright, folks, yer old friend Frequency has eight — EIGHT — tickets to give away that’ll get you in to see Counting Crows next Tuesday (Aug. 7) at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. I’m going to give them away in pairs over the next four days. (Please be aware that these are not paper tickets, but spots (+1) on the guest list at the box office.)

And yes, you’re going to have to work for ‘em, at least a little bit. Each pair would cost you more than $80 to buy yourself, so you’re going to have to do more than just click “like” or whatever.

First up: Today is Adam Duritz’s birthday. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me which person on this list of people born on Aug. 1 is the coolest, and why. Bonus points for humor, creativity, and not picking Jerry Garcia. (No offense to Jerry, but y’know … it’s kinda obvious.)

Leave your comment right now, because I’ll pick a winner tonight at midnight. Be sure to enter an email address you check regularly so I can get in touch.

Happy Birthday Adam Duritz of Counting Crows! And also Vanessa Huxtable.

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #6: Tenacious D

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Today is release day for Tenacious D‘s long-awaited new album “Rize of the Fenix” (stream it here), and what better way to celebrate than to give away two tickets to see the epic comedy-rock duo on May 26 at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend.

To win ‘em, simply leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite Jack Black movie. (If you’re not a movie person, you can just pick one from his filmography. I’ll never know the difference!) Be sure to leave your real email address so I can get in touch if you win. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday; I’ll announce the winner here.

And remember, tickets are on sale now.

Finally, here’s the video for the new album’s title track!

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #5: Norah Jones

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

More tickets to give away!

This time, it’s two to see jazz/pop superstar Norah Jones, who’ll play Les Schwab Amphitheater on Aug. 15. Her new album, “Little Broken Hearts,” came out Tuesday, and it’s great. Stream it all for free at her website.

After that tough contest for Shins tickets, let’s make this one a bit easier: All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and tell me the best concert you’ve seen this year or your favorite album of 2012 so far. If you’d like to elaborate on why you chose what you chose, please do! I would love to hear it. But you don’t have to.

Just make sure you leave a real email address and your comment by 5 p.m. Monday. That’s when I’ll pick a winner and get in touch!

And if you’d prefer, you can always buy Norah tickets here.

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #4: The Shins

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Yes, there’s a contest to win two tickets to see Beck in Bend going on as we speak.

But why give away two tickets when you can give away four?

Today, I need to get rid of two tickets to see indie-pop-rock powerhouse The Shins on May 25 at Les Schwab Amphitheater, along with an outstanding pair of openers: Blind Pilot and The Head and the Heart.

Want ‘em? Simple: Just leave a comment on this blog post telling me how The Shins have changed your life. (Don’t get it? Watch this.)

Now, you can, of course, relay a true story of how The Shins have changed your life, if indeed they have. But if they haven’t, you should definitely make something up. Maybe the band’s music was playing when you decided to propose to your spouse. Or a particularly vigorous performance of “Know Your Onion!” inspired you to ditch your job as a bloodthirsty bounty hunter and instead become a chef.

Perhaps James Mercer dumped you in high school and you have hated beards ever since. Or what about that time you were stepping out into the street and former Shins drummer Jesse Sandoval snagged your belt loop with his drumstick and pulled you back onto the sidewalk just as a bus whizzed past?

Whatever. Anything goes, and the funnier and/or more outlandish, the better. Just keep it clean; I can’t publish comments that contain dirty words or other inappropriate stuff.

Tell me about your life-altering Shins experience in the comments by Saturday at 5 p.m., and be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact the winner!

Oh, and does that sound like too much work? Well you can always buy tickets through the Les Schwab Amphitheater’s website.

(Photo courtesy Annie Beedy)

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #3: Beck

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Huey Lewis and Michael Franti tickets have been given away. The Shins, Norah Jones and Tenacious D are still to come.

But today, the task at hand is to unload a couple of tickets to see veteran odd-rock fusionista Beck at Les Schwab Amphitheater on May 27. The opening act, Metric, is no slouch either.

To enter, go to this post on Frequency’s Facebook and leave a comment telling me your favorite musician who is best known by one name. Y’know, like Madonna, Sting, Adele or Yanni. Rappers like Eminem count. Or maybe it’s Beck? (Here’s a list of singularly named celebrities if that’s helpful.)

Anyway, that’s it: Your favorite one-named musician. Leave it here. That’s it.

Entries are due by Friday at 2 p.m. I’ll pick a winner shortly thereafter and get in touch via Facebook.

Reminder: Tickets to see Beck and Metric are on sale now at the Les Schwab Amphitheater’s website.

(Photo courtesy Cassidy Turbin)

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #2: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Last week, we gave away a couple of tickets to see Huey Lewis and the News this summer at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, and we’ve got a bunch more Schwab-show tickets to unload over the next few weeks.

But today, I’m going to alter the schedule I posted last week to squeeze in a pair of tickets to see Michael Franti & Spearhead at the amphitheater on Aug. 22!

Mr. Franti's future is soooo bright...

To win ‘em, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite “summer album.” Interpret that however you wish: The album that feels like summer to you. The album that makes you feel all warm inside. The album that takes you back to a particular summer. The album that’s a ray of sunshine in your life. An album that has a sunny title. Whatever. Just tell me the name of the artist and the album, and if you want to give me your reasoning, too, I’d be happy to read it!

Be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll pick someone on Friday at 5 p.m. and post a comment with the winner.

And remember, if you’d rather just buy ‘em, Franti/Spearhead tickets will be available at the amphitheater’s website beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

(Finally, if there’s anyone out there wondering: This week I had planned to give away Beck tickets. I think I’ll save him for next week and do Beck and The Shins at about the same time. FYI.)

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #1: Huey Lewis and the News

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Good afternoon, folks.

Over the next five Fridays, we’re going to give away five pairs of tickets to five different concerts happening this summer at Les Schwab Amphitheater. The schedule of these giveaways is as follows:

Friday: Huey Lewis and the News
April 20: Beck
April 27: The Shins
May 4: Norah Jones
May 11: Tenacious D

So today, we need to unload a couple tickets to see Huey Lewis and the News on Sept. 11, and we’re gonna keep it simple: All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite Huey tune, or depending on your view of the man and his band, the Huey tune you hate the least. If you need a refresher course, here’s the News’ discography. Bonus points if you offer up a song I haven’t heard before, i.e. a non-hit. (Note: Not really. There is no point system, thus there are no bonus points. But still … feel free to come strong with the Huey knowledge.)

Be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll pick someone on Friday at 2 p.m. and post a comment with the winner.

And hey, if you hate free tickets or don’t want to enter for some reason, remember you can buy tickets at the amphitheater’s website beginning Friday at 10 a.m.