Toro y Moi. Bull and me. Ethereal music and me. Mind blowing instrumentals and me. Awesome light show and me. This was my Thursday evening at a sold out Wonder Ballroom. Wise, young man, Chazwick Bundick, from South Carolina, graced Portland with his presence and genius musical skills; which I have no problem using the word genius on any musician that blows my mind with the sounds they create. Chaz et al is out and about showing off his new material from just released album Anything In Return.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Chaz Bundick, Chazwick Bundick, Chillwave, Eleven, Eleven Magazine, ELEVEN MAGAZINE PDX, ELEVEN MUSIC, ELEVEN PDX, Eleven PDX Magazine, ELEVENPDX, Kelly Kovl, Kimberly Lawson, Portland, Review, Show, Show Review, Toro Y Moi, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on March 2, 2013 at 1:01 am, filed under
1. The Sonics w/ Pierced Arrows & The Pynnacles
Where: Hawthorne Theater
How Much: $25
When: Friday, February 15th, 2013 – 8pm
Why: The Northwest’s legendary garage rock band The Sonics! Formed in 1960 in Tacoma and with cult classics like “The Witch”, “Strychnine”, and “Psycho” this show will have your hips shaking and arms flailing! Need I say more? Okay, let’s pair that with the beloved Pierced Arrows and The Pynnacles!
2. Kelly’s Olympian Anniversary Show!
Where: Kelly’s Olympian
How Much: Free!
When: Friday & Saturday, February 15th-16th – 8pm
Why: Come support one of Portland’s oldest establishments with 111 years of awesome! Two spectacular nights featuring some of city’s finest! Wow and Flutter, Souvenir Driver, Talkative, Buzzyshyface, Mike Coykendall, Autopilot is for Lovers, Bevelers And And And, The We Shared Milk, Old Age, Fanno Creek, Pony Village, The Morals, Donovan Breakwater, Beyond Veronica? Yes, please!
3. Red Fang w/ Federation X & Dog Shredder
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $15/$17
When: Sunday, February 16th – 7:30pm
Why: Since the April 2011 release of Red Fang’s second album, Murder the Mountains, the band has been in near constant motion: Europe, United States,and Europe again and again! Sunday’s show is Red Fang’s last U.S. date until Memorial Day weekend, when they play Sasquatch. Catch ‘em while you can!
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged And And And, Autopilot is for Lovers, Bevelers, Beyond Veronica, Buzzyshyface, Dog Shredder, Donovan Breakwater, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Fanno Creek, Federation X, Hawthorne Theater, Kelly's Olympian, Mike Coykendall, Old Age, PDX Live Music, Pierced Arrows, Pony Village, Portland live music, Red Fang, Souvenir Driver, Talkative, THE MORALS, The Pynnacles, The Sonics, The We Share Milk, Wonder Ballroom, Wow and Flutter. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am, filed under
My autonomous sensory meridian response was off the charts Thursday night as I witnessed about two hours of guilty rock music from San Diego’s Pinback at Wonder Ballroom. It starts with the way Rob Crow moves his head while singing (and his voice in general,) then it moves to the way Zach Smith’s bass and additional vocals coexist flawlessly alongside Crow and drummer Chris Prescott, and as per usual it ends wanting release from a progression of chords that leaves you drenched in full body…something. This state of euphoria was briefly interrupted by failure of video graphics. Support visuals dropped out about half way through, momentarily distracting the crowd and eventually staying off for the remainder of the show.
There must be something in the air. A handful of months ago, when Circa Survive announced that their forthcoming LP, Violent Waves, would be self released, they set the stage for a lot of changes to be put in place. No longer having a major label to back them created new obstacles in logistics for the band, but with those obstacles also came the freedom to craft an album precisely how they wanted to—and without unseen hands nudging them in any direction but their own.
A stellar example of this intense, new hands-on approach is in the supporting acts that Circa chose to have out with them on this headlining tour. O’brother, Balance and Composure and Touche Amore are all incredibly talented and well-established bands, but have something in common: running just below the radar. All four bands playing in one night touted one of the most impressive full line-ups I’ve seen in years, and each act didn’t fail to impress.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Anthony Green, Balance and Composure, Circa Survive, ELEVEN MAGAZINE PDX, ELEVEN MUSIC, ELEVEN PDX, ELEVENPDX, Jenna Fletcher, Kimberly Lawson, Live, O Brother, O'Brother, Portland, Portland live music, Portland Music, Touche Amore, Violent Waves Tour, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on October 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm, filed under
1. MFNW 2012
How Much: Tickets
When: Wednesday, Sept 5th – Sunday, Sept 9th
Why: ‘Tis the season for MFNW, and tough decisions will need to be made. The festivities kick off tonight with: Passion Pit at Crystal Ballroom, Sloan at Doug Fir, Against Me! at Hawthorne Theatre, Superhumanoids at Mississippi Studios, and Red Fang at Roseland Theater. Check out the full schedule! Shameless plug: ELEVEN PDX sponsored event – Friday, 09/07: Pains of Being Pure at Heart w/ AAN, Daughn Gibson, and Moon Duo at Star Theater. You’ll sleep when you’re dead.
2. Divers w/ Something Fierce & Occult Detective Club
Where: The Know
How Much: $6
When: Friday, September 7th – 8pm
Why: If MFNW just isn’t your thing, check out this solid line-up at The Know. Power-pop fused with garage-punk from Texas – with emphasis on the punk – can be used to adequately describe both Occult Detective Club and Something Fierce, respectively. Divers, on the other hand, is reminiscent of The Boss in his glory days (with just a little punk on the side).
3. Wild Ones w/ Hausu & Sweeping Exits
Where: WTF Bikes
How Much: Free
When: Saturday, September 8th -8pm
Why: Yep, they have shows there! It’s not the first one, but it’s the first one in a while. The show is free and there’s talk of a “surprise guest”. If that doesn’t strike your curiosity, I should have had you at Wild Ones and sealed the deal with Hausu and Sweeping Exits. If you haven’t heard of these bands, I’m guessing you live under a rock. Check ‘em out and check out the show!
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Aan, Against Me!, Aladdin Theater, Backspace, Branx, Bunk Bar, Crystal Ballroom, Dante's, Daughn Gibson, Divers, Doug Fir, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Hausu, Hawthorne Theatre, Holocene, Lola's Room, MFNW, Mississippi Studios, Moon Duo, Occult Detective Club, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Passion Pit, PDX Live Music, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland live music, Red Fang, Roseland Theater, Sloan, Something Fierce, Star Theater, Superhumanoids, Sweeping Exits, Ted's, The Know, The Old Church, Wild Ones, Wonder Ballroom, WTF Bikes. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on September 5, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. Wymond Miles w/ 1776 & The Woolen Men
How Much: $10
When: Wednesday, August 15th – 8:30pm
Why: In support of his second solo effort released this year, Wymond Miles (lead guitarist for The Fresh & Onlys) makes a stop in Portland. After losing a close friend and some family members in a short span of time, Miles wears his heart on his sleeve throughout Under the Pale Moon. With vocals full of emotion and guitar work to match, you’re in for quite an intimate evening.
2. Still Caves (Tape Release) w/ PinkSlime & Painted Canyons
Where: The Know
How Much: $5
When: Thursday, August 16th – 8pm
Why: After a digital release of their EP, Still Caves is having a proper release for Static Lips with a limited edition of 50 numbered tapes! PinkSlime brings the garage-surf punk tunes (high danceability and catchy as heck) and Painted Canyons (members of Palo Verde) plays instrumental cinematic post-rock awesomeness. As always, get there on time and buy the tape before it’s gone forever!
3. Portland vs. Seattle Pop Battle
How Much: $5
When: Saturday, August 18th – 9pm
Why: An all ages tongue-in-cheek knock-down drag-out power pop battle between our beloved Portland and our neighbors to the north. For a mere $5 you can show your loyalty and support for PDX bands Fanno Creek, Pheasant, Talkative take on The Hoot Hoots, Friends and Family, and The Torn ACLS. Who will come out on top? Only time will tell. (Editor’s note: Portland!)
3a. Supreme Cuts w/ Poliça
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $13/15
When: Saturday, August 18th – 8pm
Why: Delicate and sculptured, Supreme Cuts are the Chi-town production duo behind fresh new LP Whispers In The Dark. It’s engaging, engulfing and entrancing, all at once — Listen loud in headphones. They will be opening for the genre-bending (think: ElectRo&B / Goth pop) Gayngs spinoff Poliça. Show at 8 — don’t be late!
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged 1776, Backspace, Chicago Music, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Fanno Creek, Friends and Family, Gayngs, Holocene, Live, Painted Canyons, PDX Live Music, Pheasant, PinkSlime, Poliça, Pop Battle, Portland live music, Portland vs. Seattle Pop Battle, Still Caves, Supreme Cuts, Talkative, Tape Release, The Hoot Hoots, The Know, The Torn ACLs, The Woolen Men, Whispers In The Dark, Wonder Ballroom, Wymond Miles. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on August 15, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
Youth Lagoon produces a sound that reflects a generation displaced — a sonic experience spliced with many musical influences that culminates in a melting pot of melancholy and joy that so adequately encapsulates the disposition of youth today. Twenty year old Trevor powers, the bedroom virtuoso behind the moniker took the stage with a bashful wave to the crowd, took his place behind his blanket covered keyboard station and let the music transport a sold out wonder ballroom into a place of dance and reflective trance.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Boise Music, ELEVEN PDX, Gabriel Granach, Live Music, Portland Music, The Year of Hibernation, Trevor Powers, Wonder Ballroom, Youth Lagoon. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on July 29, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. MFNW KICK-OFF PARTY: Gardens & Villa, Swahili & Grandparents
How Much: $10
When: Wednesday, May 30th – 8:30pm
Why: A little taste of what’s to come at MFNW this year with two of Portland’s finest local bands. Swahili’s tribal psychedelic sound, hypnotic drums, and krautrockian patterns will captivate you. Grandparents psych-pop shoegazy delicousness makes your body move without even realizing it. And then there’s Santa Barbara’s art synth-pop group Gardens & Villa, whose sweet Californian vibe will make you ache for summertime.
2. Gospel Music w/ Surfsdrugs & Fine Pets
Where: Ella St. Social Club
How Much: $5
When: Thursday, May 31st – 9pm
Why: Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, the last time we heard from Owen Holmes (aka Gospel Music and Black Kids’ bassist) was his collaboration with members of The Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, Vivian Girls, etc for the 2010 Duettes EP. The follow-up How To Get To Heaven From Jacksonville, FL is full of playful indie-pop tunes with friend Madeline Long providing the yin to Holmes’ yang. Show up early to catch Surfsdrugs (members of And And And/Glitter Express) and Fine Pets (members of Best Supporting Actress).
3. Crystal Fighters w/ Is Tropical & Tyler Tastemaker
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $12/$14
When: Saturday, June 2nd – 9pm
Why: If you leave this show without a stupid smile of pure unadulterated happiness and sweat-dampened clothes, you’re doing it wrong. Formed in London in 2007, the globally influenced electronic group released their debut in October of 2010 in the UK. A year and half later the dynamic, pulsating, electro dance-rock from across the pond was released in the US and has been making waves ever since. Get your ticket now and thank me later.
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged And And And, Best Supporting Actress, Crystal Fighters, Electro Dance-rock, ELEVEN PDX, Ella St Social Club, Fine Pets, Gardens & Villa, Glitter Express, Gospel Music, Grandparents, Holocene, Indie-pop, Is Tropical, MFNW, Mogwai, Owen Holmes, Portland live music, Psych pop, Surfsdrugs, Swahili, Synth-pop, Tyler Tastemaker, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. Starfucker w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Wampire
How Much: $15
When: Thursday, May 24th – 8pm
Why: Taking a little break from hibernation/recording to play a few shows over the next month, Starfucker joins forces with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wampire for an all ages show. As a trifecta of such radness might suggest, advanced tickets are sold out. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door so get there early if you wanna dance your butt off.
*1B. TYCHO w/ Active Child
Where: Doug Fir Lounge
How Much: $13/$15
When: Thursday, May 24th – 9pm
Why: If the show it Branx is maxed to the teeth, or if you want a little more subdued-but-still-dance-party action, San Francisco’s Scott Hansen (TYCHO) takes the ambient-electronic and visual-design arts factor up a notch. This one is likely to sell out also, but the Doug Fir usually holds some extra tickets for when the box office opens at 7:30.
2. Spiritualized w/ Nikki Lane
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $18/$20
When: Friday, May 25th – 9pm
Why: In support of his seventh studio album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, J. Spaceman and company will grace our fair city for the first time in 5 years. I highly suggest picking up tickets if you haven’t already done so, unless you want to wait another 5 years. You can expect a couple of backup singers, swirling projections, and possibly floating in space.
*2B. Deer Tick w/ Turbo Fruits
Where: Mission Theatre
How Much: $20
When: Friday, May 25th – 8pm
Why: Deer Tick is coming to town in support of their acclaimed 2011 record, Divine Providence, and their EP Tim. The EP, released free in February, is four tracks from the same sessions as the full length. The Mission provides an intimate and historic setting for the roots rockers, and they will be accompanied by Nashville four-piece Turbo Fruits. Doors at 7pm
3. Dum Dum Girls w/ Young Prisms & Ghost Animal
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $13/$15
When: Sunday, May 27th – 9pm
Why: Continuously building buzz over the last couple of years, the sultry garage-pop quartet stops by the Doug Fir their second visit. This time around the love ladies have snatched up the San Francisco dream-pop group Young Prisms for these spring west coast dates. Kicking off this dream party is Ghost Animal, who has recently added Cole Browning (Prescription Pills) to their live shows.
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Branx, dance party, Doug Fir, Doug Fir Lounge, dream pop, Dum Dum Girls, electronica, ELEVEN PDX, Ghost Animal, J. Spaceman, Jason Pierce, Live Music, Nikki Lane, Portland live music, Psych pop, space rock, Spiritualized, Starfucker, STRFKR, TYCHO, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wampire, Wonder Ballroom, Young Prisms. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on May 23, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
First rule of The Wonder Ballroom: get there early or have your tickets in hand. Waiting in line for will-call and jumping over to the main entrance line is no fun, especially when it’s a 21+ show and no one has their IDs ready. Now that I’ve had my peace, let’s get down to business.
This entry was written by ELEVEN, Live and tagged Anton Newcombe, Austin Psych Fest, ELEVEN PDX, experimental, Germany, Live, Mike Herman, Nils Ottensmeyer, Psychedelic, The Blue Angel Lounge, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wendy Worzalla, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm, filed under