[GIVEAWAY]: Wild Child & Elliot Moss @ 9:30 Club on 11/13


We’re excited to announce we’ll be giving a pair of tickets away to Wild Child and Elliot Moss this coming Friday, November 13 at 9:30 Club. Wild Child have been featured on CokeCanPoetry in the past, as the endearing Austin-based group is one of our favorite indie-folk live acts. Read more about Wild Child in our feature on them here and whilst you listen, enter to win tickets to the show by sending a tweet (or retweet) to @CokeCanPoetry.

Warming the crowd for Wild Child is a rising new talent — a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and visual artist named Elliot Moss. Moss released his debut album Highspeeds on Grand Jury earlier this year, which was mixed, produced and recorded at Moss’ home studio. It’s an impressive and mature debut from such a young artist, whose falsetto vocals and emotive electronic sounds have been compared to Bon Iver. Listen to the luminous track “Best Light” below for a preview of what Moss has to offer.

Sure to be a dazzling show all around so enter to win today — we will reveal the winner Friday morning!

[GIVEAWAY]: TV On The Radio @ 9:30 Club on 11/16


Gather ’round Coke Can denizens, we’ve got two tickets to give away to the sold-out TV On The Radio show on Sunday, November 16 at DC’s 9:30 Club. If you missed your chance to grab tickets to see Tunde, Kyp, and the rest of the lads make music, well now’s your chance. Enter to win by leaving a comment below or sending a tweet to @CokeCanPoetry.

They’re sure to be in good form as they parade their latest wares from their forthcoming album Seeds, notably among them the new single “Happy Idiot” (which you can preview below). Even if you’re new to TVOTR’s scheduled programming, we highly encourage you to check them out. Their recent fare boasts seriously catchy melodies backed by resolute basslines, while their older releases run the gamut from lo-fi funk to semi-orchestral threnodies.

Standout tracks from their back catalog include “Ambulance,” “Will Do,” and “Wolf Like Me.” To whoever wins: if they play “Blues From Down Here” or pull out their a capella cover of the Pixies’ “Mr. Grieves,” please leave our contributor Jon a message telling him how it was.

Ready, set, good luck!

[GIVEAWAY]: The Kooks @ 9:30 Club on 7/27


Listen up — your favorite quirky UK quartet The Kooks are coming to 9:30 Club this Sunday, July 27, and we’ve got two tickets to give away! To enter, leave a comment below or send us a tweet letting us know why you should be the lucky winner to the sold-out showHint: enthusiasm counts, so try not to curb it.

In anticipation of their forthcoming LP, Listen, scheduled to release September 1, The Kooks have released a couple of new tracks, including the single “Bad Habit” below. Featuring their signature style — electric guitar, choppy percussion, and the unique vocal stylings of lead singer Luke Pritchard — the new track shows promise for the new album.

For those not in the DC area, check out additional upcoming tour dates below.


The Kooks Upcoming Tour Dates:

Jul 26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Jul 27 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club
July 28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Jul 29 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Aug 1 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Aug 3 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Aug 4 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Aug 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Aug 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Sept 24 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Sept 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sept 26 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

London Grammar – Everywhere You Go

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London Grammar have uncovered an unreleased gem (incidentally one of their earliest recordings, according to Rolling Stone) — so you know I had to share it. Although the track diverges from the group’s usual electronic fare, it’s nice to hear Hannah Reid’s vocals float over an acoustic guitar so effortlessly in this musically simple song. So good, I can’t stand it.

The track can be found on their new Nightcall EP. Also the trio will be touring North America in 2014, so check out the dates below. I suggest you get your tickets now, as their show at DC’s U Street Music Hall this October was by far the best I saw all year.


2014 North American Tour Dates:
1/15 – Baby’s Alright – Brooklyn, NY
1/16 – The Box – New York, NY
3/17 – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX
3/18 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
3/21 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
3/22 – Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV
3/23 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/25 – El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/27 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
3/28 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
3/29 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
3/31 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
4/03 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
4/04 – Metro – Chicago, IL
4/05 – Shelter – Detroit, MI
4/07 – Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
4/09 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/11 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
4/12 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/14 – 9:30 Club – Washington D.C.

Throwback Thursday: LCD Soundsystem


Inspired by the MS MR cover of LCD Soundsystem‘s “Dance Yrself Clean” at Black Cat a couple weeks ago, for this Throwback Thursday edition I thought I’d post one or two or four tracks of the now-defunct group.

Although the legendary NY-based group technically played their last concert in Madison Square Garden in 2011, frontman James Murphy is currently on tour doing his thing solo. He’s playing a DJ set at 930 Club Friday night, so in anticipation of the show, stream the tracks below and if you’re in the area go get your dance on tomorrow.


What’s your favorite LCDSS track? I’d love to know!

Bonobo – Know You


The Brooklyn-based and British-born electronic producer Bonobo (aka Simon Green) released new album The North Borders a couple months back, and it’s one you should know. The artfully layered sounds and textured melodies of Green’s music are exemplified on the track below.

Bonobo’s upcoming tour dates can be found on his website here, including a stop at DC’s 930 Club in October.

Andrew Bird – Imitosis (Four Tet Remix)


How this accomplished artist managed to slip under my radar until 2013 is beyond explainable — Andrew Bird, the classically trained violinist and one-man band originally from Chicago is a truly gifted musician. His brooding and improvisational vocal style is reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright. Thankfully through Indie Shuffle — who reposted the Four Tet remix this year — I’ve been introduced (better late than never?).

NPR describes his music as “an eclectic mix of gypsy ballads, jazz, folk and rock.” Interestingly, Bird also claims to rewrite his songs for the audience every night, which is apparent just by listening to a few different versions of his live tracks. I’m partial to the acoustic version of “Imitosis” below.

“Imitosis” is a track off his acclaimed 2007 album Armchair Apochrypha – and Four Tet does a nice job on the remix, keeping it close to the original with a slightly updated feel.

Stream his live concert from 930 Club circa 2007 over at NPR.


And if you’re lucky enough to be anywhere close to Bird’s upcoming tour destinations, do yourself a favor and go see this insanely talented man live.

Tour Dates:

7/25 Bearsville, NY
7/26 Bearsville, NY
7/28 Newport, RI
8/2   Happy Valley, OR
8/3   Happy Valley, OR
8/17  Sterling Heights, MI
11/14 Davis, CA
11/15 Santa Cruz, CA
11/16 Santa Cruz, CA
11/18 Arcata, CA
11/19 Chico, CA
11/21 Santa Barbara, CA

Junip – Your Life, Your Call


Long before José González made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed solo artist, he was cutting his teeth with the folk rock group Junip, which consists of the Swedish–Argentine singer-songwriter on vocals/guitar, Elias Araya on drums, and Tobias Winterkorn on the organ/moog. The trio have reunited for another collaboration on their third and self-titled album, which released today. Listen to their single “Your Life, Your Call” below.


José and his hushed pop lay at the heart of Junip, however, with his seductive bossanova sound and haunting vocals ever-present. So hard to pick just a few, but check out a couple of choice solo efforts below — including one of my favorite covers of all time.


Junip will be performing at the Highline Ballroom in New York June 13th, followed by a show at the 930 Club in DC June 15th. For a full list of tour dates, visit their site here.

Local Natives – You & I


In case you haven’t heard, Local Natives and their gorgeous harmonies are back on their new album, Hummingbird, released January 29 via Frenchkiss records (and I insist you visit the label’s previously linked fb page, for no other reason than to view the absurdly awesome cover photo). The LA-based band does not disappoint with their sophomore effort, retaining their original melodic appeal while putting forth some new introspective material.

Local Natives are playing two sold-out shows at 930 Club in DC next month – April 5th and 6th. Sad to say, I do not have a ticket. If someone wants to remedy this, please contact me immediately. I was also delighted to see that directly following their DC stop, the group will be headed to my hometown, Tulsa for a performance at Cain’s Ballroom on the 9th. Nice!

Sample a couple of tracks off the new album – “You & I” and “Heavy Feet” – below, along with another favorite off the debut album Gorilla Manor.

oh what a fool I was to think / that I could get by on a smile and a wink

Foals – My Number (T.E.E.D. Remix)

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Foals first landed on my radar with the release of their debut album, Antidotes in 2008. The indie group from Oxford have been making steady music ever since (particularly prominent in the UK), dropping their third studio album Holy Fire this month.

Although as a whole the music is a little too post-punk for me, I dig this house remix by the also Oxford-based (and totally amazing) producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) of their latest single “My Number.” Hot Chip also attempted a makeover over the song, but I much prefer TEED’s version. Check it out below, along with earlier effort of theirs “The French Open.”

Update: Foals will be coming to DC’s 930 Club May 5th!