Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway + Free MP3 Download: STARS


Stars is an apt name for a band that has consistently produced volumes of delightful, sparkling dream pop over the last decade.  Their latest work, The Five Ghosts, has been called “soothing,” “haunting,” “fluid and organic.”

We’re so excited to see the band bring these ghosts to life in Madison this Friday (October 8th) at The Barrymore.  Considering all the buzz they’ve had in indie circles over the years, we assume you are too!  Read on to learn more about Stars, enter to win a pair of tickets to their rapidly approaching show, and enjoy a free mp3 download from the band.


Friday, October 8, 2010


Barrymore Theatre – 8pm – $20 adv $20 dos – all ages


BIOGRAPHY (by Kenyon Hopkin,

Sharing a fondness for sophisticated soul and pop artists like the Smiths, New Order, and Marvin Gaye, vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman formed Stars in Toronto. Along with friends Evan Cranley (also of Big Rude Jake) and Amy Millan (who contributed to the soundtrack for the film Drowning Mona), the band relocated to New York City before returning to Canada, this time settling in Montreal.

Their debut full-length, Nightsongs, was released in early 2001, with the Comeback EP following later that same year. The band’s mix of pop and indie rock made Stars a popular act in Montreal, not to mention an important part of the city’s burgeoning indie scene, and their success began spreading into other cities as well.

Before 2002 came to an end, the band headed back into the studio to record a sophomore effort. The soft-hued Heart was released to critical acclaim in the U.K. before Christmas; Heart appeared stateside on the Canadian label Arts & Crafts during summer 2003. The ambitious Set Yourself On Fire followed two years later, and all of its tracks were creatively remixed by the band’s peers. Stars released those remixed songs on a new album, Do You Trust Your Friends?, in 2007.

During July of that year, as a preemptive measure to beat any blog leaks of their next record, Stars made In Our Bedroom After the War available for download two months before its actual September release date. They also created their own label, Soft Revolution, which released the band’s next studio album, The Five Ghosts, in 2010.


FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Stars – “How Much More”


WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS: In honor of the band’s most recent release, The Five Ghosts, we want you to list at least 5 of your favorite haunting songs in the comments section below.  These should be tunes that send shivers up your spine, and linger in your thoughts long after the closing notes.  Let us know what songs haunt your psyche, and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show.


Please have your responses in by Thursday, October 7th at 6:00pm.  We will be choosing and notifying the winner at that time.  Good luck everyone!

10 Responses

  1. The Good Life – Inmates
    Blind Melon – Change (moving song, plus it’s on Shannon Hoon’s grave – creepy)
    Cursive – The Martyr
    TV on the Radio – Hours
    Stars – Dead Hearts

  2. 1. “Ghosts” by Japan
    2. “Every Day Is Halloween” by Ministry
    3. “The Coldest Heart” by Belles will Ring
    4. “Each Other’s Ghost” by Geographer
    5. “Requiem” by Killing Joke

  3. Pluto – Björk

    Svefn-g-englar – Sigur Rós

    Sleepwalker – Santo & Johnny

    $20 – MIA

    Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl – Broken Social Scene

    • The Good Life “Inmates”

      Josh Ritter “The Curse”

      Joanna Newsom “Emily”

      Justin Vernon “Hazelton”

      Neutral Milk Hotel “The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three”

  4. Arcade Fire – My Body Is A Cage
    John Wayne Gacy, Jr. – Sufjan Stevens
    Bon Iver – Blood Bank
    The Roots (ft. Monsters of Folk) – Dear God 2.0
    Aloha – Perry Como Gold


  5. The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Just Like Honey”
    Daniel Johnston – “Story of an Artist”
    Okkervil River – “Missing Children”
    Nico – “These Days”
    Radiohead – “Pyramid Song”

  6. “Hurt” Johnny Cash
    “Lament of Pretty Baby” Cursive
    “Moonlight Sonata” Beethoven
    “How to Disappear Completely” Radiohead
    Requiem for a Dream Theme Song by Clint Mansell

  7. I love these entries; timely topic Shelley…! We’ll be getting some (less eerie) live pics up after the show as well.

  8. I love them too. You guys picked so many gorgeous, spine-tingling songs. The tix for this one will go to Jenny. Thanks everyone!

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