September 19, 2012

Win tickets to Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka

Two absolutely phenomenal shows from the Communion Records family in London are coming through Denver a day apart from each other at the end of September, and Fuel/Friends is excited to get to give away a pair of tickets to each!

Ben Howard is playing the gorgeous Boulder Theater in a (sold-out) show on September 29 with Marcus Foster. He was on my spring mix with the glorious, slow-building warmth of “Old Pine,” and also added his unique spin on that cover of “Call Me Maybe.”

Michael Kiwanuka is playing the next night, September 30, at the Fox Theatre with Bahamas. All of these things are good on so many levels; Michael Kiwanuka blew me away at SXSW this past March, and he was on my summer mix. That new Bahamas record has been on constant rotation (and I also love his first album, still listening to it regularly).

WIN TICKETS! Please leave a comment on this post with an interesting fact about something cool. Also indicate which show you are entering for! I will pick a random winner for each concert sometime in the middle of next week.

As a reminder, here is what happens when all these folks make music together. Communion Records is so squarely in my wheelhouse, just curating some of the best music out there lately:

(Filmed at Cacophony Recorders, Austin TX during SXSW Communion Records artists Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard with his band, India and Chris, Ben Lovett, The Staves and Johannes from Bear’s Den jam to John Martyn’s ‘Over The Hill.’)

And a feature from NME about the ethos and philosophy behind Communion Records with founders of the label: Kev Jones (who took me out for lovely pints in London in November) and Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons.

You might want to check out Communion’s New Faces record, to see what other goodness they have waiting in the wings.


  • System of a Down, The Beatles, Guns ‘N Roses, 2Pac and DMX are the only artists to have ever had 2 studio albums debut at #1 in the same year.

    Steve Landess — September 19, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  • @UberFacts: As a child, Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA inquiring on how to become an astronaut – NASA replied saying girls could not be astronauts.
    Ben Howard

    Roxanne — September 19, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  • I am not attempting to win. I just wanted to note that I’m seeing Ben Howard here in CHicago, and he’s absolutely wonderful. That’s all.

    David Kolen — September 19, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  • The entire animating team of Finding Nemo was required to take a graduate level ichthyology class to help make the film more authentic.

    Ben Howard

    Nick Geyer — September 19, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

  • interesting fact: Colorado had the lowest rate at just under 21 percent. Mississippi had the highest at 34.9 percent.

    I’d love to see Ben Howard, but would gladly take tickets to either show!!!! Thanks for the give away; your blog is a favorite!

    heather — September 21, 2012 @ 8:08 am

  • Here’s a fun fact: Neuroscientists found a specific neuron in a large number of people’s brains that spikes when the person is shown an image of Jennifer Aniston, and only then. So, many people have a Jennifer Aniston-specific brain cell. And it’s different than the usual neurons we generally use to recognize faces of people we recognize. Crazy. Fame!
    I think I’d like to see Ben Howard, but either show would be wonderful! :)

    Kim M. — September 22, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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