Live Review: Interpol at Crystal Ballroom, Sept. 17


Have you ever been beaten over the head with a bass drum? It probably feels something like being at the Interpol show last night. Though the New York post-punk act made a name for itself with precision and subtlety, the band displayed plenty of the former and too little of the latter at the Crystal Ballroom.Though the show was part of a tour supporting El Pintor, the band's first without founding ...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Show Preview: Future

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[BACK TO THE…] Earlier this year, Auto-Tune aficionado and new father Future released “Move That Dope,” the first single on his then-highly anticipated second studio album, Honest—and it was   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 SAM CUSUMANO

Show Preview: Kongos, the Ecstatics

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[ROCK…WITH ACCORDION?! WHAAA?] It’s hard to rock out in this wacky, post-Mumford world. Not necessarily to perform rock music—that’s been pretty much the same since the ’60s—but to be    More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Crystal Ballroom Shuts Down Schoolboy Q Show Amid Structural Concerns

"Portland 2 rowdy," the rapper Tweets.


Apparently, even Portland's architecture is screwing with hip-hop shows now. Last night, a sold-out concert by Schoolboy Q at the Crystal Ballroom ended about 20 minutes into the L.A. rapper's headlining set after venue staff noticed a crack in a structural beam. The building was evacuated around 11:20 pm, sending 1,200 to 1,500 concertgoers spilling into the street.For his part, Q, who performed ...   More
Monday, April 14, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad & Vince Staples

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[LOS AWESOME] It’s not a big stretch that Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q decided to title his major-label debut Oxymoron. Schoolboy, who rolls as part of the    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Patti Smith at Crystal Ballroom, 2/26

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"Fuck the Oscars—I win!" So declared Patti Smith from the stage at the Crystal Ballroom last Tuesday, bragging that she'd received, right from the hand of Kevin Shields, the very first copy of the new My Bloody Valentine album. But she immediately followed by saying she didn't mean it, that she watches the Oscars every year, and loves Jennifer Lawrence. To prove it, she pulled from ...   More
Sunday, March 3, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Flashback: Patti Smith

At Crystal Ballroom, Aug. 5, 2001.

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Her performance of “Spell” that night, during which this photo was taken, appeared on the 2002 compilation Land. Photographer Jeff Bizzell recalls what happened after the show: “[Patti Smith] c   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

A Review in Conversation: Animal Collective at Crystal Ballroom, Sept. 20

"I liked it because I didn't really like it either. "


Anyone who has heard even a lick of Animal Collective's music has to admit  they are one of the strangest bands to have captured the attention of the indie scene lo these past 15 years. And with the release of its most recent album Centipede Hz, the band's popularity continues to grow to the point that their fan base seems to be skewing younger and younger. With that in mind, I had the thought ...   More
Monday, September 24, 2012 ROBERT HAM

LIVE REVIEW: Yeasayer at Crystal Ballroom, August 31


Yeasayer at the Crystal Ballroom, August 31, 2012In all honesty, the fans were wrong: Daughn Gibson doesn’t sound like Crash Test Dummies. He also doesn’t sound quite like the National. Instead, the former drug-rock artist is a sophisticated collage artist, one who prefers unlikely merges—namely, R&B with twang. Yes, he sings from the depths below. There’s no denying Gibson’s baritone. ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MARK STOCK


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