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All About: Wye Oak

To celebrate their brand-new third album, Civilian, Wye Oak let us ask them Five Questions with the Band, created a playlist based on what they’ve been listening to lately, and even gave us two free tickets to give away, for their April 7th show at the Chicago venue Schubas. Keep reading to hear all about it.

Five Questions with Wye Oak

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Wye Oak's frontlady, Jenn Wassner: It’s hard for me to keep up with the amount of incredible music in Baltimore alone—I tend to be so absorbed in what’s happening here that I lose track of much of the rest of the world. With that in mind, some of the most inspiring and beautiful music I’ve heard lately comes from the great Baltimore band Lower Dens, and I’m confident that the rest of the world will soon agree.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    JW: The record that I’m going to make ten years from now. (I’m really curious.)
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    JW: Mariah Carey. I had the Daydream cassette when I was a kid, and I used to listen and have vivid daydreams of my own about being a singer. (In my imagination, however, I was lip-synching and performing elaborately choreographed dance moves to Always Be My Baby in front of my fifth-grade class.)
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    JW: stoned
  5. We were thinking about  ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    JW: our rapidly changing lives

Their label, Merge Records (who you can also follow on Rdio), is hosting an eclectic playlist made of music that would be in Wye Oak’s Heavy Rotation.

The Wye Oak Ticket Giveaway

Like what you hear? Wye Oak is coming soon to a city near you. If you’re a lucky Chicago-dweller, tweet @Rdio your favorite track off their new album and include the hashtag #WyeOakTickets between now and 11am 3/10/11 for a chance to randomly win two guest-list spots at their upcoming Schubas show. Here is the full list of Official Rules.

∞  March 8, 2011 — 12:00AM