As part of our ongoing celebration of Rocktober, I’ve teamed with my good friends at Jagjaguwar Records and Touch and Go Records to give you the opportunity to win two tickets to either Parts and Labor, National Suicide Day, Tanked, and Lozen on Thursday, October 23rd at the Grog Shop, or Minus the Bear, The New Year, and Uglysuit on Monday, October 20th, also at the Grog Shop. Two winners will be picked randomly from all valid entries, and all you need to do to enter is write a 500 word essay on what the month of Rocktober means to you send an email to irockcleveland at gmail dot com with the subject line, “A Rocktober to Remember.” Please specify which show you’d prefer. The contest will remain open until 5:00 this Friday EDT.

About the bands:

Parts and Labor is a band who should need no introduction to regular readers of I Rock Cleveland. Their 2007 release, Mapmaker, ranked number two on last year’s top 25 album list. Their follow up, Receivers, is due out on October 21st. With a new drummer, and a new guitarist in tow, it finds founding members BJ Warshaw and Dan Friel reeling in their electronic chaos, and in the process discovering a new sense of melody.

MP3: Parts and Labor – Nowhere’s Nigh

Matt and Bubba Kadane were once part of the influential, slo-core band, Bedhead in the 90’s. Their current band, The New Year, recently released their self-titled disc on Touch and Go Records, with a most complimentary review by Jason Crock on Pitchfork who noted, “While the band is easing its vice-like restraint and begin to loosen up and rock out a little more earnestly (not unlike their former band Bedhead did on their third record, Transaction de Novo), what continues to set them apart is the way they put these pieces together, and how they use their average, everyman voices to demonstrate how complicated average struggles are.”

MP3: The New Year – The Company I Can Get

Recent signees to Touch and Go Records, The Uglysuit just released their self titled debut last month. Songs like “Chicago,” show a surprising amount of maturity for a band whose members range in age from 20 – 23, as they evoke the soft glow of the twilight hours — guitar, piano, and voice are all treated with delicate re-verb, making you want to hang on to that lost sunny day of the fall season as long as you can.

MP3: The Uglysuit – Chicago

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