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Contest: Klaxons @ Lincoln Hall, 9/30

Klaxons7.jpg London's Klaxons last steamrolled through Chicago in 2007 when they played 4 shows during a whirlwind year. Their debut album Myths of the Near Future pushed the electronic side of the angular rock music sound that was ubiquitous in British bands in the prior years and won that year's Mercury Music Prize. On its strength, they toured the world and reached dizzying heights. Then, in an age when bands need to constantly be in the public's eye, they retreated to work on the next album.

In the years since, the followup's progress ran into roadblocks like creative differences with producers and a label calling it "too experimental." Re-recordings delayed it and left everyone nodding about an inevitable sophomore slump. However, with Ross Robinson on the boards, everything started to fall into place and the album, Surfing the Void, was released over the summer. Despite worries about Robinson's history with nu metal bands like Korn and Slipknot (and At the Drive-In, naturally), Surfing the Void continues where Myths of the Near Future left off. It's still steeped in guitars and synths, highly danceable and very British. Transmission's giving away a pair of tickets to see Klaxons on Thursday at Lincoln Hall. Write to with "Surfing the Void" in the subject line for a chance to win. [Update! We have a winner! Congrats to Amy. Thanks for reading, everyone who wrote in.]

Klaxons play Lincoln Hall on Thursday, September 30. Los Angeles' Baby Monster opens. The show starts at 9PM, is 18+ and admission's $15. Lincoln Hall's at 2424 N. Lincoln.

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