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Austin music lovers have a chance to win a pair of free tickets to see both Grizfolk and Handsome Ghost live, enter to win here now! The all ages show that you don’t want to miss takes place Monday, June 8th, 2015 at The Parish, doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The contest only includes free tickets, and not lodging, parking or transportation. Good luck and remember–you can’t win if you don’t enter! Discover more about both bands below.

Grizfolk

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For Fans Of: Sir Sly, The Colourist, Magic Man, Panama Wedding, Saint Raymond, The Griswolds

Combining pop, folk, and electronics into a global sound all their own, Grizfolk are a five-piece ensemble formed by a pair of Swedish producers and a singer/songwriter from Florida who came together to pursue a fresh musical vision. Adam Roth, the group’s vocalist and guitarist, relocated to Los Angeles from his native Florida to seek a career in music, and by 2011 he was gigging regularly in a band called La Vie featuring drummer Bill Delia. On the side, Roth was working with a music production house, helping to write and arrange material on commission, and there he met Fredrik Eriksson, a producer from Sweden who had recently pulled up stakes and moved to Southern California. Roth and Eriksson soon teamed up to write songs for a project, and discovered they were musically simpatico. Eriksson introduced Roth to Sebastian Fritze, a fellow Swede making music in America, and in 2013 the three joined forces to form a band that would combine Roth’s love of Americana with Eriksson and Fritze’s savvy with electronic pop. The group was originally called Griz Adams (after Grizzly Adams, a rugged outdoorsman in a popular American television series of the ’70s), but in time the name was shortened to Grizfolk. Expanding to a quintet with the addition of Brendan Willing James on guitar and vocals and Roth’s old bandmate Bill Delia on drums, Grizfolk landed their first break when the song “Vagabonds,” featuring a guest appearance by Nikola Bedingfield, began getting airplay in the Los Angeles market after being released as part of a digital-only EP, Indian Summer.

Soon Virgin Records signed the group to a deal; Grizfolk’s first single for Virgin, “The Struggle,” appeared in December 2013, and a four-song EP, From the Spark, followed in March 2014. Grizfolk also got a major career boost when their song “Way Back When” was used as part of the soundtrack to the hit animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

The story behind the band Grizfolk unfolds like a richly episodic Beat novel: it’s a collection of vignettes that give way to one another with ease; their songs like chapters in a traveler’s cherished diary, suspended in time and space above an aural landscape of blue-collar romanticism and electro-inflected folk-rock.

Their songs speak of dusty deserts and the vagabonds that inhabit them, mixing America’s country music heritage with that of an electro-pop persuasion: It’s where folklore meets four-on-the-floor; where tumbleweeds meet turntables. Songs that sound both futurist and revivalist at once; fashioned from a casually-indefinable collage of synth-pop squelches, junkyard percussion, undeniably catchy hooks and boot-stomping guitar lines.

 

Handsome Ghost

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For Fans Of: BROODS, Misterwives, X Ambassadors, Borns, Zella Day, Halsey

You might say Handsome Ghost‘s spirit arose from a personal and creative deconstruction — a classic scenario of life after death with a modern spin.

Tim Noyes began writing folk songs as a fresh-faced philosophy major at a small college, five hours west of his native Boston. After graduation, he taught high school English in New York City and played open mics in the evenings. The contrast of clubs and classrooms couldn’t last, and a publishing deal encouraged him to make the leap to full-time musician.

Eventually, Noyes grew disenchanted by the limitations of folk music. As his tastes became more eclectic, “One month I love R&B and then it’s today’s pop or 90’s hits,” the acoustic world seemed smaller and smaller until it held little interest. With a return to academia feeling more and more imminent, the singer and specter trekked to a snowbound Vermont studio for one last shot, this time with a different approach. Though he’d still sketch each song with vocals and guitar, next he’d adorn them with synths, soundscapes and various sonic accoutrements, enriching the compositions and heightening the emotion in the process.

“The electronic elements were so intriguing to me,” Noyes explains. “Certain things are off limits in other genres. I love Handsome Ghost because we’ll try anything.” The one rule he followed — a nod to his folk background — was absolutely no electric guitar.

“Blood Stutter,” a demo from those sessions, went viral on Spotify with 7 million plays and counting and drew acclaim from the likes of USA Today. Photo Finish Records inked a deal with Handsome Ghost in 2014, and Noyes headed to Los Angeles to cut his debut EP, Steps, with producer extraordinaire Matt Squire (Ariana Grande, Youngblood Hawke).

Far away from New England, Noyes grew to embrace his beginnings, and his naturally defenseless vocals emerged front and center. “Handsome Ghost isn’t folk music — we have big drums and production, synths etc. But I like to think that above all that stuff is the song itself, and I hope that listeners can connect with my words and melodies more than anything else.”

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Update: This contest has now ended. You can see a list of all of our live contests that are still active here.