Poster Contest For Boston Show: The Shins are out on tour and they’d like your help! Whether you’re a notebook doodler or an expert photoshopper, submit your tour poster design for your chance to win! Contest ends Monday, March 5th @ 12:00pm (PT). Remember to check out all the submissions and rate, tag, and comment on your favorites at

One (1) Grand Prize

* Two tickets to The Shins concert at the Orpheum Theater in Boston (March 15, 2007)
* Two airline tickets to and from Boston
* One night hotel stay in Boston
* 150 Limited Edition posters of the winning design will be printed and handed out for free at the show

New Single News: The band will follow their forthcoming UK tour with an April 9 (UK) release of a new single. “Australia” will be the second single from their album Wincing The Night Away.


Kori and Jason of Mates of State have been muses for many a hipster’s late-night journal scribblings on what it would be like to rock out for a living side-by-side with your boo. It has been said before, but we will say it again: This husband-and-wife duo border on the achingly adorable. From their love-gaze-filled shows to their “finish each other’s sentences” interviews, they are truly an indie rock dream.

Mates of State are also a peta2 dream, because they can’t stand fur either. They want people to drop the pelts of tortured animals from their wardrobe so badly that they were not afraid to make a statement by taking it all off for the cause. Need evidence? Look to the right to see their new “We’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad.

If you can peel your eyes away from their too-pretty-for-words ad for a minute, check out the behind-the-scenes footage of the photo shoot below—then enter to win an iPod filled with their delightful music. Click here for details.

My friend Eric White from the Milwaukee band Heathrow was kind enough to offer us a few CDs and stickers for this giveaway.

Returning from a weekend trip to Smart Studios in Madison where the band finished the final mixes of their forthcoming release World Opinion Is With Us with Mike Zirkel (Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, London Suede). Eric took the time to talk with Rock Sellout about the late spring/early summer release. More about that closer to the release date.

In the meantime, we’re offering a Heathrow giveaway to get everyone familiar with the band and a few of the new songs that will be available on World Opinion Is With Us. This giveaway is open to all, including previous winners and Rock Sellout contributors.

Giveaway Rules:

1. Add Heathrow to your MySpace friends list.
2. Review the songs “Kiss The Girls” and “Silver Underwear” from their new album.
3. Once the band approves your request, comment on their MySpace telling them which of the two songs they should consider releasing as their first single.

The first 5 to leave comments will win a CD of their fabulous album The Listening Class and a Heathrow sticker

As you probably know, Fields have been supporting Bloc Party on their current UK tour.

The tour has long been sold out but we’ve got hold of a handful of tickets just for you Fields fans out there. Look for other dates coming soon, but tonight we’re giving you the chance to see Fields supporting Bloc Party at Manchester Academy.

Maybe you’ve forgotten to get your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift or maybe you have no idea what to get? This is the perfect opportunity for you to surprise the special person in your life at the last minute!

All you need to do to be in with a chance is answer the following question…what is the name of the current digital EP Fields have out?

Send your answer along with your full name, address and contact telephone number to:

Good luck!

Darryl Weeks from StageFright Publicity and our friends at Outside Music were kind enough to supply us with the following CDs for today’s giveaway:

NassauMachines To Paradise
Rock Plaza CentralAre We Not Horses
Woolly LeavesQuiet Waters
Baby Eagle

Contest Rules:
1. Choose a CD from the list above.
2. Send me an e-mail with your choice in the subject line.
3. In the body of the e-mail, tell me: a) What you like about Rock Sellout. b) What you think would make Rock Sellout a more pleasurable experience

How Do I Win? Good question. I’m going to take the best four answers from the e-mails I receive and send each the CD of their choice…put some effort into this if you want to win!!

Previous contest winners are not eligible.

Terry Hackbarth and the N. Farwell (Milwaukee) Exclusive Company were kind enough to offer Rock Sellout a few really cool promotional items to offer to our readers.

Nothing in life is ever truly free, so there’s a few hoops I’m going to make you jump through before giving this stuff away. First, I’ll tell you about the three prize packages we’re giving away.

1: The Shins tour poster, sticker and 7″ (“Nothing At All”/”Spilt Needles” (alt. version). Of Montreal Hissing Fauna poster. Bloc Party 7″ (“The Prayer”/”England”). Rock Sellout postcard, stickers and button.

2 & 3: The Shins sticker and 7″ (“Nothing At All”/”Spilt Needles” (alt. version). Of Montreal Hissing Fauna poster. Bloc Party 7″ (“The Prayer”/”England”). Rock Sellout postcard, stickers and button.

Check out the video for Bloc Party’s “The Prayer”:

Giveaway Details (Must have a MySpace account to be eligible):

1. Add The Exclusive Company to your friends list. If you’re not a MySpace friend of Rock Sellout already, add us as well.

2. Once added to The Exclusive Company‘s friends list, you have to leave the following comment: “Rock Sent Me”.

3. To help Rock Sellout become a better website, we’re asking for your input. Email your reply to the two following questions to: (Please include your MySpace username so I can keeps tabs on who’s who)

1. What’s your favorite thing about the website?
2. What could we do to improve it?

The first person to successfullly jump through all hoops wins the first prize, the next two get the 2nd & 3rd prizes. Good Luck.

A truly one-off competition, brought to you in association with Fred Perry. Enter to win:

* Original Tartan Green/Ice/Maroon Paul Weller limited edition shirt – with an actual signed Paul Weller back neck label! Only five of these actual signed shirts were produced for the whole world… an amazing collectors piece

* Entire Yep Roc Records Paul Weller catalogue – signed!

* Signed, special edition Hit Parade box set (which compiles all the singles from the Jam, the Style Council and Paul Weller’s solo career and will be released January 23 on Yep Roc Records

* The Fred Perry Icon Book – 50 years of the brand (never sold) – signed by Paul and Paolo Hewitt

* PLUS a signed 8″ X 11″ photograph of Paul Weller

And if that wasn’t enough:

* You will also be entered to win 2 tickets to see Paul Weller at the Avalon in Los Angeles on February 5th

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