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Wonder Ballroom, Portland 97212


128 NE Russell St Eliot
Portland, Oregon 97212
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Wed, February 19, 2020 (8:30 PM PST)
Metronomy


Metronomy

Hey, did you ever notice how Metronomy, the Joe Mount-fronted electronic indie pop group releasing their sixth album MetronomyForeverthis September, sounds a bit like time keeping tool ‘metronome’? You did? Boy oh boy.The metronome reference was but a musical in-joke before: now it contains more meaning. The steady tick-tocking of the pendulum represents continuation, stability, endlessness, and consistent familiarity. It understands that while we all ultimately returnto the goo from whence we came, time marches on furiously, like a bull aiming for a matador. Your last breath will be another click on the machine.Metronomy Foreverin name represents a similar ethos: something looking backwards and forwards simultaneously, like Janus, something fated and eternal. You were made from dust and to dust you will return, that sort of thing. “What happens is when you’re making music and you enter a world where you have achieved some sort of celebrity no matter how large or small you start to think about yourself in terms of legacy and what you’re going to leave behind,” says Mount. “And then you realise that’s limited to the interest people have in you. In the end I feel completely comfortable with it. The less importance youplace in any art the more interesting it can become in a way... I’m making music, I’m going to do some concerts, I need to feed my children.” Metronomy Foreveris the follow-up to 2016’s Summer 08, and contains 17tracks. Its length is born from a desire for breathing room, from not wanting to stuff the hits together like a bouquet of petrol station roses. In between the sauna-sweat-soaked funk of songs like It’s Automatic, and the beach funeral of Walking In The Dark, lie pretty, glistening ambient tracks. It evokes the feeling of being sat in a nursing home, Swiss-cheese-brained, recalling joyous flashes of a past life while the fugue states of comforting confusion wash over you.

128 NE Russell St Eliot, Portland, OR 97212 
$25 - $28

Upcoming Shows

Wed, February 19, 2020 (8:30pm - 10:30pm PST )
Metronomy
Metronomy

Hey, did you ever notice how Metronomy, the Joe Mount-fronted electronic indie pop group releasing their sixth album MetronomyForeverthis September, sounds a bit like time keeping tool ‘metronome’? You did? Boy oh boy.The metronome reference was but a musical in-joke before: now it contains more meaning. The steady tick-tocking of the pendulum represents continuation, stability, endlessness, and consistent familiarity. It understands that while we all ultimately returnto the goo from whence we came, time marches on furiously, like a bull aiming for a matador. Your last breath will be another click on the machine.Metronomy Foreverin name represents a similar ethos: something looking backwards and forwards simultaneously, like Janus, something fated and eternal. You were made from dust and to dust you will return, that sort of thing. “What happens is when you’re making music and you enter a world where you have achieved some sort of celebrity no matter how large or small you start to think about yourself in terms of legacy and what you’re going to leave behind,” says Mount. “And then you realise that’s limited to the interest people have in you. In the end I feel completely comfortable with it. The less importance youplace in any art the more interesting it can become in a way... I’m making music, I’m going to do some concerts, I need to feed my children.” Metronomy Foreveris the follow-up to 2016’s Summer 08, and contains 17tracks. Its length is born from a desire for breathing room, from not wanting to stuff the hits together like a bouquet of petrol station roses. In between the sauna-sweat-soaked funk of songs like It’s Automatic, and the beach funeral of Walking In The Dark, lie pretty, glistening ambient tracks. It evokes the feeling of being sat in a nursing home, Swiss-cheese-brained, recalling joyous flashes of a past life while the fugue states of comforting confusion wash over you.

$25 - $28
Thu, February 20, 2020 (8:30pm - 10:30pm PST )
Lane 8
Lane 8 $23 - $26
Wed, March 4, 2020 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PST )
Pepper
Pepper

Ohana: The Hawaiian word for family, which is used to convey the sense of togetherness that transcends blood ties. For Pepper paying homage to their roots is essential over a decade in to their celebrated career. The Southern California trio, who formed in 1997 and moved to the mainland from the three musicians’ hometown of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1999, know that where they come from should always be infused in the music they create. On Ohana, the group’s seventh full-length album (4/29/16, LAW Records), Pepper embraces the feelings and sounds that encouraged them to become a band in the first place. “Over our past few albums, we had been departing from our original sound and exploring new directions,” Bret notes. “On this album, we wanted to come back to our classic style and revisit our roots. The writing and recording process was a conscious effort to do that.” “We wanted to strip the band down to its natural state,” Kaleo adds. “We’ve always been a three-piece band with good songs and energy and our goal was to showcase that. We’re all were really pleased with how the music came out and how it conveys the strengths of our band.” It was important to the musicians to self-produce Ohana, which marks the first time Pepper has helmed the production of one of their albums. From their 2000 debut Give’n It to their 2006 standout album No Shame, which was recorded with 311’s Nick Hexum, No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary, Pepper has explored various methods of recording, always hoping to embody not only their signature style of music but their lifestyle in the songs. Ohana was recorded last fall in the band’s own Kona Inn Recording Studio in Redondo Beach. The building is the former home of Pennywise’s Stall #2 studio and embodies a positive vibe for Pepper, who have recently begun recording other artists in the space. “It was time for us to take the reins,” Bret says. “We’ve been through the process with several really cool producers in the past and we’ve learned a lot from them. We have the knowledge now and it’s about not being complacent anymore. We wanted to do it ourselves, so it’s from our family to yours.” “I really wanted to simplify everything and not overthink things,” Yesod adds. “We wanted to go jam in a room and hit record. I think we found a great balance in the studio and the end result was pure Pepper, condensed down to its purest form. It was really gratifying to be in control of the process from start to finish and know that we created every aspect of the album.” The resulting album features Pepper’s surf rock songs, showcasing the upbeat, positive vibe elements that make the band so beloved by their fans. There is, as usual, an ever-present sense of sunshine throughout the tracks, bolstering the music’s sense of optimism. The party anthems, the beach hang melodies, the boisterous rhythms are all there, each song carefully crafted to best express sunny moments by the ocean. “Vacation,” a fun, upbeat reggae-tinged number, was co-written by Bret and production duo Diji Parq and seems, to the band, like “the Beach Boys at their goofiest.” The soulful “Never Ending Summer” is about taking full advantage of something before it ends while “Wait” evolved throughout the writing process and eventually became a propulsive crooner that feels like signature Pepper. “Every song on this album is a great example of what we wanted to do,” Kaleo says. “That’s why there are only ten of them. We wanted to give the music our concentrated, focused attention. It’s not about the singles, but about being a whole piece. That’s why we gave it the most powerful name we know.” “Growing up in Hawaii your Ohana defines you,” Yesod says. “It is you. And it's not just family through blood – it's family through spirithood, brotherhood and sisterhood. Ohana is truly the strongest bond that can ever be made. It’s how we feel about each other as friends and as a band, and we wanted that spirit to come through in the music itself. These songs come together to create their own version of Ohana.” Over the years, Pepper have toured extensively with groups like 311, Slightly Stoopid, Flogging Molly and Sublime With Rome, and spent several summers on Warped Tour – and this live sensibility shows on the album, released on the group’s own LAW Records. The band’s music – both live and on their releases – is really about enjoying life and being grateful for each experience. They want to give their all to every performance and share their passion with their fans and with younger artists. “We’re still growing a lot,” Bret says. “Our live show continues to improve and evolve and we always give it our all onstage. We have so much fun playing, even all these years later. And we’ve gotten to work and tour with so many different artists. We’ve learned a lot from them. Everything we do is done from love. We feel good to all be sitting at a table, laughing, twenty years later. It’s the three of us, just like when we were kids. Because we were together long before we were a band and we’re still such good friends. We can’t stop doing this and we don’t want to ever stop enjoying it.”

$22.50 - $25.00
Sun, March 22, 2020 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
The Teskey Brothers
The Teskey Brothers

To celebrate the release of their much anticipated second album Run Home Slow, Australia’s finest purveyors of blues and soul, The Teskey Brothers, will bring their incredible live show to North America in March 2020. With singles "Hold Me" and "Man Of The Universe" already fan favourites, Run Home Slow more than delivers on the promise of the band’s breakout debut record, Half Mile Harvest which recently peaked at #5 on the US iTunes album chart. The four friends have delivered another timeless set that expands on their trademark soul/blues sound with elements of southern rock, Americana, psychedelia, Dixieland jazz, gospel and a striking pop number in third single "So Caught Up". The band have pulled out all stops over the past six months, captivating fans around the world with sold out shows and festival slots across USA, Canada, UK and Europe including a well-received appearance on CBS Saturday Morning. Josh Teskey’s once-in-a-generation voice leaves audiences gasping while the band ignites around him. It’s a show not to be missed.

$20.00
Sat, April 18, 2020 (9:00pm - 11:00pm PDT )
Polica
Poliça

POLIÇA If the opening moments of POLIÇA’s new album, United Crushers, leave you feeling unsettled, then Channy Leaneagh has done her job. With her voice pitch-shifted down into an ominous, nearly unrecognizable register, she sings of a post-industrial urban landscape littered with broken promises, a land of poverty and violence that’s been rigged against us from the start. Despite all that, though, there is an element of defiance, a refusal to surrender in her delivery of the lyrics. Halfway through that first track, “Summer Please,” when her gorgeous true singing voice enters on top of the deep and disturbing baritone, there is a moment of hope and transcendence, and it’s the key to unlocking United Crushers, POLIÇA’s third full-length release and most ambitious album to date. Even at its darkest, the record is musically the band’s most upbeat and celebratory. It is a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchised; it’s very creation an act of rebellion in the face of the such forces as repression, social injustice, and one’s own self-doubt and isolation.

$20 - $22