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KXCI Presents! Alvvays Giveaway Contest

May 13, 2024

Alvvays at Rialto Theatre Friday, May 17th

KXCI Presents! Alvvays, Canadian indie-pop band who made their GRAMMY debut earlier this year when they were nominated for Best Alternative Performance for “Belinda Says.” The song is one of several musical highlights off the critically acclaimed Blue Rev, a record that doesn’t simply reassert what’s always been great about the band, but instead reimagines it. A modern indie-rock masterpiece. Joanna Sternberg opens.


*CLICK FOR CONTEST RULES* The deadline to enter is through noon Thursday, May 16th. The winners of (1) pair of tickets will be selected at random (one entry per person). Ticket winners will be put on the guest list and must present ID at the venue box office on the night of the show to gain entry. Winners will be notified to the email address entered in the contest after the deadline and drawing.
Alvvays @ Rialto Theatre
w/ Joanna Sternberg

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

All Ages $33.5-$38


Alvvays never intended to take five years to finish their third album, the nervy joyride that is the compulsively lovable Blue Rev. In fact, the band began writing and cutting its first bits soon after releasing 2017’s Antisocialites.

They toured more than expected, a surefire interruption for a band that doesn’t write on the road. A watchful thief then broke into singer Molly Rankin’s apartment and swiped a recorder full of demos, one day before a basement flood nearly ruined all the band’s gear. They subsequently lost a rhythm section and, due to border closures, couldn’t rehearse for months with their masterful new one, drummer Sheridan Riley and bassist Abbey Blackwell.

Blue Rev doesn’t simply reassert what’s always been great about Alvvays but instead reimagines it. They have, in part and sum, never been better.

In October 2021, when they arrived at a Los Angeles studio with fellow Canadian Shawn Everett, he urged them to forget the careful planning they’d done and just play the stuff, straight to tape. On the second day, they ripped through Blue Rev front-to-back twice, pausing only 15 seconds between songs. And then, as Everett has done on recent albums by The War on Drugs and Kacey Musgraves, he spent an obsessive amount of time alongside Alvvays filling in the cracks, roughing up the surfaces, and mixing the results. This hybridized approach allowed the band to harness each song’s absolute core, then grace it with texture and depth.


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