Back in December, in the months leading up to the release ofMidlake
'sThe Courage of Others
, clips like the above, which finds the band's "Acts of Man" set to the 1927 silent film,Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
, started making their way onto the Internet in hopes of helping promote the album, which saw the light of day in early February.
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In this week's paper, I re-visit the album, which, turns out, has been something of a commercial disappointment for the band. But, critically, the adoration for Midlake remains high--and with good reason: The Courage of Others remains a staggering accomplishment, a beautifully crafted record that's as affecting a listen as any other release in recent memory. Live, too, the band continues to stun its audiences.
Which is why we're excited that we've got a couple pairs of tickets to give away to Saturday night's hometown show at Hailey's Club, courtesy of Spune Productions, which is bringing the show to Denton in wake of its Dallas cancellation. But we've also got a special prize package courtesy of the band itself--a pair of tickets, plus a special limited edition 12'' vinyl copy of the band's Acts of Man release.
Here's how this will work: We'll give the pairs of tickets out to each the first three people to email me right now with the words "Act Naturally." Then we'll randomly select one of those three winners to also win the vinyl prize. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners!