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Brendan Benson Contest Returns...For Real This Time

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 12, 2005 6:11PM

Back in August, Chicagoist ran a contest to give away tickets to an upcoming Brendan Benson show at Metro. Unfortunately, the show 2005_09_12_brendan.jpgwas postponed as was the contest. But time has been good to Benson and to Chicagoist readers as we've got even more prizes to give away.

Benson returns to Chicago for a show at Metro this Thursday with locals Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra. Tickets are $16 and it's an 18 and over show. (Note that all tickets purchased for the August show will be honored).

After spending the last month touring with fellow Detroit natives The White Stripes, Benson will join them for a show in Detroit on October 1st. He then heads to Europe in October for a series of dates in Germany, France and the UK so while he's been touring here frequently, this show may be your last chance to see him for a while.

White and Benson along with members of the Cincinnati band The Greenhornes have been collaborating in the studio recently. According to XFM Online UK, the songs they worked on will be released sometime this year under the name The Raconteurs. The album is described as a cross between Nirvana and Cat Stevens.

Does this sound like B.S. to anyone else? "It's a cross between Nirvana and Cat Stevens" sounds like something bored rock stars say in interviews. "Yeah, we're going for a heavier sound on our next album. Something like Sabbath meets square dancing. Or maybe a cross between Pavarotti and Led Zeppelin's 'Four Sticks.'"

Chicagoist is giving away five prize packs in this contest. The grand prize will be a pair of tickets to this Thursday's show, plus Benson's entire CD catalog (including "Alternative to Love", "Lapalco", the Metarie EP and "One Mississippi), a copy of the "Love" album on vinyl , and the "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" 7 inch single (streaming link). Four runners-up will receive the vinyl copy of "Alternative to Love", the "Cold Hands" 7 inch and other assorted goodies.

Fill out the form after the jump for your chance to win. Contest ends on Wednesday September 14th. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Good luck!