CONTEST: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man Meet & Greet
Bless the gods of the Honda Civic Tour for sending us the most solid of lineups to kick off fall.
The punchy pop power of Grouplove, the art-rock of Portugal. The Man, and the melodic folk collective of Typhoon makes for a healthy serving of all the indie-rock food groups! With a common thread of psychedelia, these three bands are poised to hypnotize and energize this Saturday at Merriweather!
Do we have you sweating this show yet? Let us turn up the heat one more notch by letting you enter to win a pair of tickets AND a meet & greet with Grouplove AND Portugal. The Man! 
THREE WAYS TO ENTER:

Tweet: Post about our show on your feed! Tag #HCTMPP, @MerriweatherPP and make sure to include this link: http://ticketf.ly/1qCf3Ni
Instagram: Post the rad flyer above to your account and tag #HCTMPP and @MerriweatherPP (+ your friends, duh).
Invite: See our FB event? Invite your pals! Send a screenshot to contests@930.com

We’ll have prizes for the most social of sharers and pick our lucky GRAND PRIZE meet & greet winner at 6PM on WEDNESDAY, September 10th.

Need a ride to and from Merriweather? Take the Rock & Bus!

CONTEST: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man Meet & Greet

Bless the gods of the Honda Civic Tour for sending us the most solid of lineups to kick off fall.

The punchy pop power of Grouplove, the art-rock of Portugal. The Man, and the melodic folk collective of Typhoon makes for a healthy serving of all the indie-rock food groups! With a common thread of psychedelia, these three bands are poised to hypnotize and energize this Saturday at Merriweather!

Do we have you sweating this show yet? Let us turn up the heat one more notch by letting you enter to win a pair of tickets AND a meet & greet with Grouplove AND Portugal. The Man! 

THREE WAYS TO ENTER:

Tweet: Post about our show on your feed! Tag #HCTMPP, @MerriweatherPP and make sure to include this link: http://ticketf.ly/1qCf3Ni

Instagram: Post the rad flyer above to your account and tag #HCTMPP and @MerriweatherPP (+ your friends, duh).

Invite: See our FB event? Invite your pals! Send a screenshot to contests@930.com

We’ll have prizes for the most social of sharers and pick our lucky GRAND PRIZE meet & greet winner at 6PM on WEDNESDAY, September 10th.

Need a ride to and from Merriweather? Take the Rock & Bus!

ART BLANCHE: Merriweather Post Pavilion 

There’s about nothing more fitting for an Animal Collective album cover than an optical illusion — it’s a seemingly perfect complement to their very unique style of music. So when it was announced that the cover for Merriweather Post Pavilion was an optical illusion, well… it just made sense. The thing that makes less sense is actually looking at the cover. The leaves are all moving, but I’m pretty sure it’s a still image. It’s a headache-and-a-half.  

So that begs us to ask the questions: what exactly am I looking at, and why does it make my brain hurt?

First, some background: optical illusions play on the sensory skills of our eyes and the way in which they process and perceive light, color, shape, movement, etc. One of the pioneers in the development and study of optical illusions is Japanese psychologist and professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka. Aside from designing one of the most famous optical illusions, the “rotating snakes,” Kitaoka is also responsible for the illusion on the cover of Merriweather Post Pavilion.  

Now, to the science-y part: breaking down the cover of MPP. 

The illusion on the cover of MPP is called an “anomalous motion illusion” which is a fancy term that means “part of the image moves in a different direction from the rest of it.”

When looking at this cover there’s two apparent layers to the image: the green, moving leaves in the foreground, and the spacey, blue-pinkish image that is the background. What you may or may not have been able to guess is that the background actually has (mostly) no effect on the illusion at all. In fact, you can completely replace the background and the illusion still works. Take a look at my quick (and sloppy) photoshop that proves this exact point. Yes that’s Nick Cage.

On top of this, the leaves’ green color also has no effect on the illusion at all. (Well, mostly… I’ll get to that in a sec.) Here, I’ve changed the leaves to purple (because it’s my favorite color) and replaced that photo of Nick Cage with a different Nick Cage photo (because I can), and guess what — that headache-inducing movement is still going strong.

By now, if you’re a fan of process of elimination you may have figured out the magic behind this illusion: those black and white outlines around each leaf. They create what is called “conflicting luminosity” which is an effect that triggers the neurons in your brain into thinking they’re seeing motion when, in fact, they aren’t. In conjunction with this, the leaves are also laid out in a very specific pattern that helps further stimulate these neurons. Research has shown that repetition helps trigger the motion-sensing parts of the brain, and you can see the pattern of movement from MPP in this diagram below from the fantastic idsgn blog (who did their own post on this cover that I highly recommended checking out).

Now remember how I said the color of the leaves and the background mostly doesn’t matter? Well, that’s because of the whole conflicting luminosity thing. Think about it - for the full conflict effect, you need both colors to be present so they can conflict with each other. So, if you were to replace the background or the leaves with one of those two colors, it basically nullifies its effect because that color becomes overwhelming in the sense of creating conflict. 

Lets take a look at an example of this in that second Nick Cage photo real quick. In it, there are certain spots where the black lines in the background intersect with the leaves and you lose a bit of the intensity of the illusion in those spots. So, in the case of Merriweather Post Pavilion, the green leaves and the spacey background don’t really help make the illusion work, they just don’t make it not work. Ya dig?

That’s all I got for this week, but before I go, I just want to say I know that was long - thanks for reading!

Also, sorry for all the headaches.

-Dylan Singleton

P.S. If you have any ideas for my column, tell me! artblanche930@gmail.com

9:30 INTERVIEW: Trampled by Turtles
Kelsey [9:30]: I know a lot of folks have asked you about your band name over the years. I’m gonna add to that - what kind of turtles do you envision doing the trampling?
Dave Carroll [Trampled by Turtles]: All of them.
Wild Animals and Stars and Satellites seem a little more slowed down and mournful than earlier albums like Palomino. Would you chalk this up to maturation or something else?
We’ve definitely matured as a band over the years.  With Stars and Satellites and Wild Animals, we wanted to do something different than what we’ve done in the past. These albums are a way for us to grow as a band. It’s also really a great experience to slow things down, and think about what we are doing while we are doing it, as opposed to balancing on the edge of a train wreck.
Besides sharing a hometown with Low (and Alan Sparhawk who produced the latest album), how has being from Duluth influenced TBT’s music? I always love when I can get a sense of the band’s native topography through the music.
Duluth is a wonderful city, one might say the best outdoors town in America. However, when the cold wind bites and it is difficult to be outside, it channels a different energy. Artists have months during the winter to learn new skills or form new bands (indoors). Also, the lake (Superior) has a profound impact on all of us. It is pretty amazing.
To you, what’s the most important reason in keeping traditional American roots music alive and relevant?
Playing music using instruments crafted from wood and metal will always be an important part of American roots music. It’s how it all started. 
You guys recorded this album in just a couple of weeks, right? Has the recording process gotten smoother after having six albums under your belt, or are you pickier?
We don’t like to have a time table present when we are recording nowadays. Back in 2004, we were on a much more limited budget and therefore had less time to record. I think we made our 1st record in 4 days. Even though 2 weeks is still a small amount of time, we feel like it allows us to try playing the songs in different ways, using different guitars or banjos etc. We tried a lot of new techniques. It was a blast.
Best food to eat on the road?
Try to find a sweet local restaurant, or eat a salad. We eat salads every day. Ha!
If there was one misconception about your band or the bluegrass genre that you could clear up, what would it be?
Banjos never feedback.
You guys are well known for your excellent live cover of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” and you recently recorded a great cover of Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down” for a Born In The U.S.A. tribute. Are there any other songs you’ve been dying to cover?
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.
Flip side of that: what would be your dream scenario for another band covering one of your songs?
Bruce Springsteen.
What’s the best new music you’ve heard recently?
I’m a huge fan of Warpaint’s new record, although I think it came out last year.
Who are you most excited to see at the Route 29 Revue?
Hurray for the Riff Raff. They kill it.
Last question, because you know the fans want to know – how do y’all keep your beards so fluffy and voluminous?
Conditioner!
-Kelsey Butterworth
See Trampled by Turtles at Route 29 Revue on Saturday, September 13 at Merriweather Post Pavilion!

9:30 INTERVIEW: Trampled by Turtles

Kelsey [9:30]: I know a lot of folks have asked you about your band name over the years. I’m gonna add to that - what kind of turtles do you envision doing the trampling?

Dave Carroll [Trampled by Turtles]: All of them.

Wild Animals and Stars and Satellites seem a little more slowed down and mournful than earlier albums like Palomino. Would you chalk this up to maturation or something else?

We’ve definitely matured as a band over the years.  With Stars and Satellites and Wild Animals, we wanted to do something different than what we’ve done in the past. These albums are a way for us to grow as a band. It’s also really a great experience to slow things down, and think about what we are doing while we are doing it, as opposed to balancing on the edge of a train wreck.

Besides sharing a hometown with Low (and Alan Sparhawk who produced the latest album), how has being from Duluth influenced TBT’s music? I always love when I can get a sense of the band’s native topography through the music.

Duluth is a wonderful city, one might say the best outdoors town in America. However, when the cold wind bites and it is difficult to be outside, it channels a different energy. Artists have months during the winter to learn new skills or form new bands (indoors). Also, the lake (Superior) has a profound impact on all of us. It is pretty amazing.

To you, what’s the most important reason in keeping traditional American roots music alive and relevant?

Playing music using instruments crafted from wood and metal will always be an important part of American roots music. It’s how it all started. 

You guys recorded this album in just a couple of weeks, right? Has the recording process gotten smoother after having six albums under your belt, or are you pickier?

We don’t like to have a time table present when we are recording nowadays. Back in 2004, we were on a much more limited budget and therefore had less time to record. I think we made our 1st record in 4 days. Even though 2 weeks is still a small amount of time, we feel like it allows us to try playing the songs in different ways, using different guitars or banjos etc. We tried a lot of new techniques. It was a blast.

Best food to eat on the road?

Try to find a sweet local restaurant, or eat a salad. We eat salads every day. Ha!

If there was one misconception about your band or the bluegrass genre that you could clear up, what would it be?

Banjos never feedback.

You guys are well known for your excellent live cover of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” and you recently recorded a great cover of Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down” for a Born In The U.S.A. tribute. Are there any other songs you’ve been dying to cover?

"Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.

Flip side of that: what would be your dream scenario for another band covering one of your songs?

Bruce Springsteen.

What’s the best new music you’ve heard recently?

I’m a huge fan of Warpaint’s new record, although I think it came out last year.

Who are you most excited to see at the Route 29 Revue?

Hurray for the Riff Raff. They kill it.

Last question, because you know the fans want to know – how do y’all keep your beards so fluffy and voluminous?

Conditioner!

-Kelsey Butterworth

See Trampled by Turtles at Route 29 Revue on Saturday, September 13 at Merriweather Post Pavilion!

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Brightest Young Things
Based in DC and NYC, Brightest Young Things is the web magazine we all know and love. We turn to them for so many things: playlists, interviews with our favorite artists, and shows for which we should get pumped.
Avid BYT readers know that the online publication regularly reviews our 9:30 Club and I.M.P. shows, complete with loads of stunning pictures for your viewing pleasure. For example, they were there for our stellar, three-night Spoon run at Lincoln Theatre. 
This fall, BYT’s hosting the 2014 Bentzen Ball Comedy across a slew of D.C. venues, including our own Club and Lincoln Theatre. 
But that’s not all! Our beloved partner is hooking you up with the chance to win tickets to the Honda Civic Tour with Grouplove and Portugal. The Man at Merriweather Post Pavilion! For your chance to win, stay tuned to BYT’s site, Facebook, and Twitter for the contest announcement this Monday. 

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Brightest Young Things

Based in DC and NYC, Brightest Young Things is the web magazine we all know and love. We turn to them for so many things: playlists, interviews with our favorite artists, and shows for which we should get pumped.

Avid BYT readers know that the online publication regularly reviews our 9:30 Club and I.M.P. shows, complete with loads of stunning pictures for your viewing pleasure. For example, they were there for our stellar, three-night Spoon run at Lincoln Theatre

This fall, BYT’s hosting the 2014 Bentzen Ball Comedy across a slew of D.C. venues, including our own Club and Lincoln Theatre

But that’s not all! Our beloved partner is hooking you up with the chance to win tickets to the Honda Civic Tour with Grouplove and Portugal. The Man at Merriweather Post Pavilion! For your chance to win, stay tuned to BYT’s site, Facebook, and Twitter for the contest announcement this Monday. 

merriweatherhunt:

DC CLUE #5: Don’t let the end of summer harsh your mellow. DC’s little slice of heaven holds your free tickets.
#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

DC CLUE #5: Don’t let the end of summer harsh your mellow. DC’s little slice of heaven holds your free tickets.

#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

BALTIMORE CLUE #4: This buddy Baltimore club has bathrooms so famously graffiti’d, it’s got it’s OWN tumblr dedication. Pick up your free tix AND some wall wisdom while you’re at it.
#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

BALTIMORE CLUE #4: This buddy Baltimore club has bathrooms so famously graffiti’d, it’s got it’s OWN tumblr dedication. Pick up your free tix AND some wall wisdom while you’re at it.

#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

DC CLUE #4: Eating good in the Bull Dog’s backyard. Their burgers delicious bite curated by a Spike.
#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

DC CLUE #4: Eating good in the Bull Dog’s backyard. Their burgers delicious bite curated by a Spike.

#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

BALTIMORE CLUE #3: A bill as great as this…you might even call it a ‘Baltimore Bomb.’ It’s certainly dangerously good.
#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

BALTIMORE CLUE #3: A bill as great as this…you might even call it a ‘Baltimore Bomb.’ It’s certainly dangerously good.

#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

DC CLUE #3: Many a GW students go to for anything and everything. Don’t let the name fool you, more than just for the ‘bro’.
#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

DC CLUE #3: Many a GW students go to for anything and everything. Don’t let the name fool you, more than just for the ‘bro’.

#HCTMPP

merriweatherhunt:

BALTIMORE CLUE #2: Snag your tix and get a vinyl fix. This Baltimore record store shares the same name as a massive 90’s alt rock band.

merriweatherhunt:

BALTIMORE CLUE #2: Snag your tix and get a vinyl fix. This Baltimore record store shares the same name as a massive 90’s alt rock band.