Contests

Contests

Thu
19
May

CD Giveaway Contest: Vincent Cross, "Old Songs for Modern Folk"

Vincent Cross, "Old Songs for Modern Folk"

With roots in Ireland, Australia, and now based out of New York, traditional singer-songwriter Vincent Cross exemplifies the folk song tradition by drawing inspiration from old and modern sources. 

Old Songs for Modern Folk, is a record in the truest sense, in that there is no editing, overdubbing or enhancement with each song recorded completely straight to tape in one take: no effects, no autotune. “I created the album I wanted to hear, raw and honest,” says Cross.

This contest has ended.

The winner is PAM G. of Southaven, MS.

Sat
23
Apr

CD Giveaway Contest: Mike Ian, "Puzzle Pieces"

Mike Ian, "Puzzle Pieces"

Jersey boy Mike Ian does it all on Puzzle Pieces. He performed everything on it and recorded and produced it at Eyeball Studios, the recording studio he opened in Cinnaminson in 1988. Want to hear a little rock, a little pop, a little country, a little blues? A little rhythm guitar, banjo, slide guitar, classical guitar? Ian delivers all that with precise musicianship and clean production. It's music that makes you feel good about yourself. So, take that razor blade away from your wrist and enter the form below for your chance to win Puzzle Pieces on CD!

This contest has ended.

The winner is MELIA K. of New Carlisle, OH.

Tue
05
Apr

CD Giveaway Contest: JT Spangler, "What's a Little Heartbreak"

JT Spangler, "What's a Little Heartbreak" - CD cover

Nashville-based soul-pop singer/songwriter JT Spangler celebrates the release of his album What’s A Little Heartbreak, which seamlessly blends in the influences of Motown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and ’90s pop/soul stars Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men and Babyface.

The album was produced by Stephen Gause, a former top touring tech for Contemporary Christian greats like Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman who has produced, mixed, and engineered for hundreds of country artists and singer songwriters. Gause’s studio credits include Kathy Mattea, Nathan Angelo and Derek Stroker.

Spangler recorded What’s a Little Heartbreak with some of Nashville’s top session cats, including guitarist Gary Burnette (Etta James, Taylor Swift, Chris Tomlin) and keyboardist Tim Lauer (Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Brooks & Dunn).

Mon
21
Mar

CD Giveaway Contest: Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, "American Shuffle"

Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy have been performing as Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank for a decade and just released their fifth album, American Shuffle, on Duluth’s Chaperone Records. For the first time, they worked with a producer, Ryan Young. He’s Trampled by Turtles’ fiddle player and a longtime friend of the pair who played on the Hobo Nephews’ last three records. The brothers tackle some unexpected material on the new album, including former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (“Old Number Four”) and the legendary Yankees manager Billy Martin (“The Day Billy Martin Quits”).

Mon
07
Mar

CD Giveaway Contest: Joel Meeks, "Pouring Down"

Joel Meeks, "Pouring Down" EP

Like an old friend you've just met, Joel Meeks is simultaneously captivating and disarming. When you see him live, whether he's performing by himself or rockin' out with a full band, his stage presence immediately fills the entire room with intense, contagious energy. The combination of his youthful spirit and timeless lyrics convey a distinct flavor of country, blues, and soul that leaves audiences feeling rejuvenated; just like a home-cooked meal.

From a gentle whisper ("When I Used To Think About You") to a bloodcurdling scream ("Rain"), Joel's ability to capture the exact emotion his songs require is unparalleled. He's also a multi-instrumentalist, highly proficient on saxophone, harmonica, guitar, mandolin and washboard. His songwriting is understated and tongue-in-cheek, yet profound and honest. It sends you on a roller coaster ride that allows you to laugh at the absurd one moment and feel the sorrow of lost love the next.

Mon
22
Feb

CD Giveaway Contest: Mae Edwards, "Hieroglyphs of Emotion"

Mae Edwards, "Hieroglyphs of Emotion"

Hieroglyphs of Emotion is the second CD in Mae Edwards' multi-media project "Starlette & Saint: A Memoir on Dualism" containing commentaries reflecting her years-long studies into numerous spiritual traditions (Christianity, Buddhism) as well as thought provoking references to folklore, world history, psychology, U.S. travel destinations and popular film.

This contest has ended.

The winner is MICHAEL M. of Clarks Summit, PA.

Tue
02
Feb

CD Giveaway Contest: Joanna Beasley, "Loud Love"

Joanna Beasley, "Loud Love"

God’s unconditional love is the central focus of Joanna Beasley’s album, Loud Love. About it, Joanna says "We’re singing back to God what He already says about Himself and about us. His love is bold, true, loud, unconditional, and constantly pursuing you wherever you go!”

This contest has ended.

The winner is PETER G. of Galloway, NJ.

Tue
26
Jan

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie DVD Contest

Disney Junior Pop Star Minnie Mouse

This contest has ended.

The randomly selected winning entry is: JANAN C. from RIVERWOODS, IL.

Is there anything that amazing Minnie Mouse cannot do? In this DVD from Disney Junior, Minnie's dream of singing onstage is about to come true -- until her Mickey Mouse Clubhouse backup band pals discover that their musical instruments are gone! Now the race is on to track them down and reach Melody Mountain by sunset. But even if they find the missing instruments in time, should Minnie sing the blues, croon a country tune, or boogie to a disco beat? It's going to take help from YOU -- plus a few Mouseketools -- to get Minnie in the right groove to totally rock out!

Bursting with fun, surprises, additional episodes and two delightful "Bow-Toons," Pop Star Minnie is simply song-sational!

 

Tue
19
Jan

CD Giveaway Contest: Dan Rodriguez, "Come On Home"

Dan Rodriguez, "Come On Home"

Dan Rodriguez, an artist based out of Minneapolis, MN, is creating quite a buzz in the Midwest. The groove-based, bluesy over-toned sound of his music, mixed with his powerful, yet seductive voice creates an atmosphere different from other music. It's refreshing, tantalizing, and just plain good!

Rodriguez chose to create Come On Home in Nashville, with the intent of layering a back-to-roots Americana vibe on his work. The fresh setting resulted in totally unblemished emotion for Rodriguez’s finished music: “These are real, honest songs sung with hope and desperation… pain and joy,” he states.

Mon
04
Jan

CD Giveaway Contest: Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates, "Curtisinterruptedus"

Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates, "Curtisinterruptedus"

“(Bassist/guitarist) Steve (Norgrove) and I had talked about doing a sort of low-key, homemade acoustic album," says Brian Lisik of Curtisinterruptedus, follow-up to his 2012 release The Mess That Money Could Buy. It is his fourth solo release since cutting his musical teeth as the founder and frontman of ‘90s slop rockers The Giants of Science.

Throughout, the singer and his crack band, the Unfortunates (Norgrove, guitarist Ray Flanagan, and drummer Craig Lisik), along with co-producer Benjamin Payne (drums, guitars, percussion, banjo, backing vocals) and guests including Roberts; Tim Longfellow (Todd Rundgren, Alex Bevan) on piano, organ and accordion; and cellist Matt Reese (The Flying Carpet People) harken back to the sounds of Big Star, Cheap Trick, early Aerosmith and John (when he was still Cougar) Mellencamp.

Fri
18
Dec

CD Giveaway Contest: Wyatt Easterling, "Goodbye Hello"

Wyatt Easterling, "Goodbye Hello"

Long-time industry veteran Wyatt Easterling has spent a good part of his career as a successful songwriter, producer and as the head of A&R for a major label. But it’s often when those such as Easterling step out of the shadows as artists themselves that true music fans are rewarded. Such is the case with Easterling’s latest effort, Goodbye Hello. The album features eleven original songs that speak to love and loss, honoring the past, and a changing outlook on life and on the future.

“In the process of writing these songs I discovered, for the umpteenth time, that life is about facing change and embracing it,” said Easterling.  “As the new album began to come into focus, it dawned on me that I’d been writing songs about my own transitions.”

The album is summarized thus: The songs here are about endings and beginnings, some about living and some about dying, and in the end finding new love and how that brings out the best in us all.

Tue
08
Dec

Enter to Win Rise of the Tomb Raider Official Art Book

Rise Tomb Raider Art Book Titan Lara Croft Critical Blast

This contest has ended. The winner is Jill R. of Pennsville, NJ.

Lara Croft returns, desperate for answers -- and seeking a hidden truth. After uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

 

 

Mon
07
Dec

CD Giveaway Contest: Johnny Beauford, "A Pig Eating Past Love"

Johnny Beauford, "A Pig Eating Past Love"

Singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford is known for his distinctive Americana style, soaring vocals, and narrative lyrics. He employs a sense of spontaneity on his new sophomore set, A Pig Eating Past Love.

Beauford has made considerable waves in the Americana and local Texas music scene both as a solo artist and as part of bands the Jack Kerowax and bravo, max!

The seven-song EP was recorded in large part as a one-man process (with help on a few tracks from friends), resulting in a lo-fi sound and “interesting rhythm concepts” that fans of Beauford’s first solo work will recognize and appreciate. “Think Bon Iver’s debut For Emma, Forever Ago, performing most of the parts for each song on his own,” says Beauford. “But instead of a cabin in the woods of Wisconsin, I used a studio apartment in the big city of Dallas.”

This contest has ended.

Mon
23
Nov

CD Giveaway Contest: Andy Hackbarth, "Panorama Motel"

Panorama Motel

Americana songwriter Andy Hackbarth wrote and recorded Panorama Motel in the wake of a messy breakup. The record finds Hackbarth singing over acoustic guitars, dobro, upright bass and organ -- turning his recent brush with heartbreak into some of the most moving songs of his career.

No song sums it up better than the title track, which takes a headfirst dive into the frustration that follows a breakup.

“It’s reflective of my music career as a whole,” Hackbarth explains, “from the classical/Spanish guitar background to the darker, more indie/acoustic rock writing style that I’ve been gravitating toward lately. It’s beautiful, but dark and emotional. I’ve always loved the sound of the nylon-string guitar, and paired with layered violins, guitar swells and some haunting background vocals its aim is to capture the despair and loneliness we all feel after a breakup.

Wed
11
Nov

CD Giveaway Contest: The Nate Jones EP

The Nate Jones EP

The Nate Jones Band EP is the five-song debut release from Cleveland, Ohio native Nate Jones, a young singer/songwriter who spikes his coffeehouse folk songs with soulful vocal melodies and intricate, funky fretwork on the acoustic guitar. The collection brims with Hammond organ, bluesy guitar solos, and the breezy charm of Jones’ voice.

The EP also introduces Jones’ band, a group of likeminded musicians who, in Jones’ words, “allow me to balance my love of the softer singer/songwriter music with heavier, guitar-driven rock music, blending everything into what I think is a unique and very original sound.”

An original sound, indeed. The Nate Jones Band EP is an old-school record for modern audiences, balanced somewhere between the glory days of the Laurel Canyon sound and the recent resurgence of neo-soul music.

This contest has ended.

Mon
02
Nov

CD Giveaway Contest: Rob Nance, "Signal Fires"

Rob Nance's second album, Signal Fires, finds him broadening the sound he introduced with his first effort, 2013’s Lost Souls & Locked Doors.  Incorporating a wide range of musical styles and instruments- everything from pedal steel guitars to retro Casio synthesizers, Rob made a conscious effort to push Signal Fires into places he had not ventured on his first record.

“This time around I wanted to take the music I’m comfortable with and see if I could push it in any new directions,” says Rob. “I think this album reflects my need to explore beyond the normal scope of folk and Americana music. Whether it was having pedal steel and synthesizer together in the same song or veering into psych rock on occasion, it was cathartic to at least follow some of ideas wherever they led, even if they didn’t always fit.”

This contest has ended.

Mon
31
Aug

Win THE ORIGINALS Season Two on DVD

The Originals DVD Season 2 CW Critical Blast contest

This contest has ended. The winner is KATHRYN C. of LIBERTY, KY.

So, you didn't win the contest featuring THE ORIGINALS Season 2 on Blu-ray? Well, you're not out of luck just yet! Because we still have THE ORIGINALS Season 2 on DVD, and we're making that available to one lucky winner starting... now!

Sun
30
Aug

Enter For Chance to Win MAD MAX: FURY ROAD T-Shirt

Mad Max Fury Road Tee

This contest has ended. The two winners are DIANE B. of WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI, and KELLY G. of GASTONIA, NC.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD hits the home entertainment market this Tuesday, September 1 on Blu-ray and DVD. So why not gear up your wardrobe for the occasion by winning one of these FURY ROAD tees?

 

 

The MAD MAX: FURY ROAD promotional tee has the MAD MAX: FURY ROAD logo on the front (with the theatrical release date), and "What a Lovely Day" emblazoned across the back. The shirts are black, and are a men's size S.

 

Sat
22
Aug

Enter to Win THE ORIGINALS Season Two on Blu-Ray and Digital HD

The Originals Season Two Blu-Ray Digital HD Critical Blast CW Giveaway Sweepstakes Contest Vampire Diaries TVD

This contest has ended. The randomly selected winner is JAMES C. of SCRANTON, PA.

Up for grabs is the second season of the hit CW series and sister show of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE ORIGINALS, on Blu-ray and Digital HD.

Tue
04
Aug

Enter to Win a Limited Edition Lollapalooza Skyline Logo Cap by New Era

Lollapalooza Chicago Skyline Cap 2015 New Era Critical Blast Giveaway Sweepstakes

This contest has ended. The two randomly selected winners are:

AL J. of CHICAGO, IL  and JENNIFER M. of CHICAGO, IL.

So you didn't make it to Lollapalooza this year in Chicago? Well, you may have missed out on all those great bands, like SCHOOL OF ROCK ALL STARS, B0RNS, PHILIP SELWAY -- and, of course, PAUL MCCARTNEY, but you can at least look like you were there.

Up for grabs this week, we have TWO of the Limited Edition Lollapalooza Skyline logo caps by New Era. We are going to randomly select two winners from everyone who fills out the form below, and each of those winners will receive one of these caps. What you say to your friends while wearing the cap is none of our business.

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