As the year draws to a close,  music aficionados and journalists alike are scrambling to construct their year-end lists, citing la creme de la creme in 2014’s musical offerings. Polyvinyl pop quintet Alvvays is getting a lot of attention across the board–from a Rolling Stone placing in the top songs of the year (weighing in at #11) to a session at KEXP and even being the cover artists for Exclaim! in their home country of Canada. The band’s delicate blend of melody-driven pop with tongue-in-cheek lyricism is dream-inducing. Check out the video for “Next of Kin” as an example of their intoxicating pop goodness.

Alvvays rolls into Cleveland this Saturday, December 13th, alongside Baltimore’s Sun Club and Cleveland’s own Likenesses, at the Beachland tavern. We think it goes without saying that this show is NOT TO BE MISSED. The doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show and available here.

Feeling lucky? We’re giving away one pair of tickets and a copy of the band’s album. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite track off the new album and why you love it. Easy, peasy.

See you out there Saturday, Cleveland!

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  • Ben Feuer

    Hey, I’m not sure if it’s too late for the contest but my favorite track off the album is “Party Police”. It’s one of the slower, sadder songs off the album but it’s just as catchy. The first time I listened to it was in mid-August when my girlfriend and I were both about to head off to college. We had just spent the entire Summer together and I really wanted her to stay with me but I knew it was in her best interest to move away and find herself. The chorus of the song is basically exactly how I felt at that moment.

  • George

    Archie, Marry Me takes me to such a dreamy pop wonderland each time I hear it.

  • My favorite track is “Archie Marry Me” and I love it because it is fun and catchy and always ends up stuck in my head!

  • Jake Tisdale

    Hello! My favorite track on the alvvays s/t is “archie marry me” for a couple of reasons: 1. It’s the first track that i heard, (and also the first track that i played on our campus radio) and 2. Because i kind of have an emotional attatchment to it: my grandfather, whose name was arthur, died a few years ago and “archie” was his nickname. When i hear this track i think about both him and my grandmother and i love when a song can bring back memories like that.