Ellie Goulding’s Debut Lights Released Today

Having already conquered her native Britain with the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, Lights, which premiered at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with four hit singles and earned a BRIT award, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is ready to make a similar splash in America. Lights, released in the US today, is infused with Ellie’s sparkling electro-folk-pop sound that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics.

While Ellie tours across North America from festival to festival, she’ll be stopping in New York, naturally. That Webster Hall show on March 24th is Sold Out, but you can enter to win a pair of lucky tix.

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Nostalgia 77 – “Simmerdown” 7-Inch Release + Contest

The upcoming album from Nostalgia 77, Sleepwalking Society, is due out on Tru Thoughts on March 22nd. “Simmerdown” featuring vocalist Josa Peit is a great introduction to Sleepwalking Society, showcasing the contributions of Josa Peit’s sensual bluesy vocals. The video is simple footage with overlays of flares and light, creating an ethereal effect that matches the track perfectly. “Simmerdown” (available now digitally as well) is a vinyl 45 backed with “Skin & Bones,” a non-album track inspired by a Mary Lou Williams quote.

Enter to win the vinyl 45 single, buy it digitally from iTunes.

 

Sleepwalking Society by Nostalgia 77 will be out on March 22nd via Tru Thoughts.

Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights & Early Mornings Out Today

Marsha Ambrosius‘ (of the classic soul duo Floetry) highly anticipated solo album Late Nights and Early Mornings was released today, featuring the hit single “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)” and another single currently climbing the charts, “Far Away.” The emotionally charged video for “Far Away,” conceptualized by Marsha and directed by her manager Julius Erving III, touches upon society’s current ills of bullying, gay bashing and suicide. By being honest and aware in her approach to creating timeless music, Late Nights & Early Mornings offers a candid glimpse of Marsha’s life and perspectives as she takes the reigns as the primary songwriter and producer of the album. Collaborations with musical peers Alicia Keys, Dre & Vidal (producers of “Say Yes”), Just Blaze and more add a raw and edgy vibe to the reflective and soulful album.

Marsha Ambrosius – “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)”
 

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Quantic Caliventura Vinyl Contest + Tour Dates

The Caliventura EP, out on March 15th, consists of remixes by Cut Chemist, J-Boogie, Jeremy Sole, Daedelus and DJ Day, from Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro’s immensely acclaimed Tradition In Transition. The Caliventura EP also features an alternative, previously unreleased version of the album track “Albela,” and you can preview all these new tracks below.  This essential 12” comes in a full color picture sleeve featuring a photograph taken in Colombia by the celebrated LA-based photographer B+ (Mochilla). Inside the sleeve, you’ll also find an exclusive download card with all vinyl tracks as MP3s, plus five bonus goodies.

Enter to Win a free 12″ of the The Caliventura EP.

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Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro – Caliventura EP by Tru Thoughts

Win Tickets for a Weekend in Philly with Questlove, Keren Ann and Rennie Harris Puremovement – 4/16 – 4/18


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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is offering a contest to win a full weekend getaway to see Questlove and the hip-hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement, plus an art exhibition by The African American Museum of Philadelphia which looks at African American expatriate artists during early 20th Century Paris.

We give away concert tickets often, but it’s a rare opportunity to giveaway a full-on vacation: this includes transportation, a two-night stay at The Doubletree Hilton, tickets to the dance performance (4/16), tickets to the Questlove performance with Keren Ann (4/17), free admission to the museum exhibit and some free local food.

Enter to win here; good luck!