The Postal Service @ Rose Garden Arena 7/17/2013

The Postal Service took the stage at the Rose Garden Arena, starting the set with “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” the first song on their recently re-released and remastered  album Give Up Yes, it has been a decade since The Postal Service released their only album. As Ben Gibbard explained to a mixed crowd of just-out-of high-school kids, young families, and couples, the “pretend band” began as pieces of other projects.


Gibbard had met up with “intelligent dance music” artist Dntel (AKA Jimmy Tamborello; AKA “bleep, bloop” as he was introduced) and they experimented with tracks using discs like CD-RW  (remember those?) and sent them back and forth through the old snail mail.  Thus the name of the band, which caused a small tiff with the (actual) Postal Service (which was payed off in performance).


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Tegan and Sara + M83 + The Killers @ Rose Garden Theater of the Clouds 12/5/2012

December to Remember has been in full effect since Sunday, and I’ve had the pleasure of checking out the impressive lineup on Wednesday. The show was in the Rose Garden in their “Theater of the Clouds” where they partition off a section of the arena for a more intimate setting. The show started off with the quirky Canadian twin sister duo, Tegan and Sara, who very recently were nominated for a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. They played a variety of songs ranging from their newest single “Closer” to “Walking with a Ghost” off of So Jealous. Watching Tegan and Sara in a mini-arena setting with upwards of 6,000 other concert attendees is a little less intimate than one would be used to, but they pulled it off incredibly well.


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Coldplay w/ The Pierces @ The Rose Garden Arena 4/24/2012

With many people zeroing in on the end that could have come to fruition and with their recent success in landing a spot opening for Coldplay’s North American tour, you can imagine the sort of pressure The Pierces must be feeling. Tuesday night’s show, center stage at the Rose Garden Arena, however, proved that they are ready to fight and show people across the nation the spark that they’ve got.


After over ten years of making music together, Allison and Catherine have had ample time to learn what works for them and what doesn’t. While translating that to an astronomically larger stage than normal can be an awkward learning process for some acts, the sisters looked comfortable there in the spotlight, playing a selection of songs spanning their releases, but focusing mostly on tracks from You and I, released about a year ago.


The sweet harmonies and up-tempo riffs somehow managed to make such a large space feel close and intimate—and fans still filtering into the arena seemed to take notice, many standing in their seats and applauding throughout the set enthusiastically. A fitting high point was during “You’ll Be Mine,” both sisters and their backing band looking confident and engaging the crowd with their energy. The subtle twang, and powerful pop tones of the Pierces music is just genre-liquid enough to invite scores of people to indulge in, and although it’s no surprise that the majority of people in the audience were anxiously waiting for Coldplay’s turn on the stage, the response to the Pierces was impressive, to say the least.


Prior to the show, Catherine had already noted that Portland was a stand-out for the tour, as they had close family and friends in attendance. Their cousin, Amelia Pape, is a Portland resident, in fact, who help runs a mobile grocery cart called My Street Grocery which services “food deserts”—or lower income areas in the city that don’t have ample access to fresh fruits and vegetables.


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