Gig Alert/Bonus MP3/Giveaway: Monahans Offer "I Break The Silence," Play City Tavern and Hailey's Club This Weekend.

Tonight, City Tavern hosts yet another night of music that reminds anyone who may need a refresher that, yes, good live music can be found in Downtown--even if none of the acts on the bill are from the eastern side of the Metroplex.

While Telegraph Canyon's Chris Johnson has rightfully vaulted to the forefront of area lead-men, he and his banjo-wielding beard will be but a table setter for this evening, as he will be sans chamber-rocking buddies. Ft. Worth's The Cush will be closing out the festivities, but it's the middle band of the night that has something intriguing to share.

Austin's Monahans, one of the newer additions to Spune's roster, headline the night. And they aren't exactly strangers to this area, given that a couple of members used to be Deep Ellum regulars. But, the atmospheric indie rock of the band formerly known as Milton Mapes is always a welcome gig, regardless.

A recent appearance from the group's rhythm section displayed them beefing up the folk sounds of Doug Burr in a live setting, something they have no problem doing for their own band live, or on record.

And this is just one of two shows the band will be playing this weekend. Tomorrow night, the group will play Spune Productions' Ice Cream Social 2k10 at Hailey's Club in 2010, alongside performances from Telegraph Canyon (a full band this time), Spooky Folk, Final Club and a whole slew of others.

Want a free pair of tickets to that show? Cool, 'cause the folks at Spune have been kind enough to pass along two pairs of tickets to the event for us to hand out for free. You can score one of those pairs by being among the first two people to email Pete right now with the words "I Scream, You Scream" in the subject line. Good luck!

Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners!

And, after the jump, Monahans have been kind enough to pass along a new song from a cool project they have currently underway. Check it out.

Bonus mp3:

Monahans -- "I Break The Silence"

Each week, for the past couple of months, the band has given away a brand new song on its web site--something they'll continue to do weekly, for the remainder of the year in fact.

This week's offering, "Break the Silence," is a percussive, urgent tune that effectively makes it tough to really get comfortable and simply listen without fully committing yourself mentally. This tune capably displays the growth this band has achieved since their days of being lumped in with so many alt-country acts.

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