wonder ballroom

Ya, so this is another one of those weeks where the joys of radio station management prevented me from actually looking up many shows. There is the second night of Yo La Tengo at Wonder Ballroom (Oct 19th) that you could still catch! (Do remember though, as I found out last night, there is no […]

FFO: Broken Social Scene, Built To Spill, Joan of Arc, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. On Monday and Tuesday, New Jersey experimental indie-rockers take to the stage at Wonder Ballroom. Yo La Tengo are a rare example of a band that has managed to stay true to a clear artistic vision over an extended period – decades, […]

This week some shows have been canceled due to the Big Scary Virus, and I’m not sure what’s still going on…. but we did have a great game of Punk, Post-Punk or No Punk with my guest from Wales, Alasdair. Here are the shows I think are still going on (and WASH YER DAMN HANDS […]

FFO: Cults, Alvvays, Wavves, Dum Dum Girls On Monday evening that most Californian of California bands, Best Coast, delivered what singer and guitarist Bethany Cosentino revealed was the band’s first Portland show in five years to a delighted Wonder Ballroom in support of their new album Always Tomorrow.             To open proceedings Philadelphia band Mannequin […]

This week I’m VERY excited that Billy Bragg is coming to town… although it’s not til August! There’s plenty to keep you busy in the meantime though and you can get tickets to KPSU presents Ásgeir at the Doug Fir Lounge next Saturday here. Friday 28th February: B.R. Mountain and The Doubt @ No Fun […]

“Being successful to me means that I don’t answer to anyone but myself.”

All the latest in the best bands playing Portland soon – watch out for my pick of the week, Songs for Snow Plough Drivers, playing tonight at the No Fun, and keep your eyes peeled for my preview of Mattiel at Doug Fir next Tuesday. I’ll be on hiatus next week but back on February […]

“Noah Gundersen is an American indie folk singer-songwriter from Seattle”, is the description one finds when looking up his name on the internet. That must have been true for previous albums, as his newest release Lover from August 23rd of 2019 seems far from being a folk album. It still has a folky side to […]

On November 7th, the Wonder Ballroom welcomed Black Lips and IceAge, but to put a fun spin on this night of hard rock, the band Surfbort started off the night. Surfbort is a 4-piece garage rock n’ roll band hailing for Brooklyn, NY. “Surfbort”, which is actually the name of an intercourse position (search it […]

VÉRITÉ // FFO: LANY, XYLØ, Transviolet, Oh Wonder After the release of her sophomore album The Valley, Betty Who set out on tour and brought on VÉRITÉ as her opener. On April 28 they both brought an incredible show to Portland’s Wonder Ballroom. After releasing three EPs (2014’s Echo, 2015’s Sentiment, and 2016’s Living) VÉRITÉ will be releasing her debut album […]


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