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

Crystal Ballroom Installs New Sound System


If we're being perfectly honest with ourselves, you have to admit that you've seen some pretty rough sounding shows at the Crystal Ballroom. Mine was the New Pornographers after the release of Twin Cinema, a show that left the otherwise pristine pop group sounding muddy and fetid. But, just as often, they've dialed things in correctly, making big bands sound even bigger. Well, brace yourselves, ...   More
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Sound Clash Preview: Nude Yoga, Pyrotechnics, and Face Tattoos

Be warned, this could be the end for two of Portland's finest, Viva Voce and the Builders and the Butchers. Both bands are so hyped up about their Sound Clash at the Crystal Ballroom tonight, that they're threatening retirement when the dust has settled. I headed down to rehearsals yesterday to see how this whole shindig's going to work. With two stages and four rounds, ably compared by supreme ...   More
Thursday, October 1, 2009 Jenny Booth

Live Review: Adam Lambert, July 21 at Crystal Ballroom

BREAKING NEWS: Glambert is the real deal. And not just because he introduced lasers to the Crystal Ballroom for the first time in memory last night. Because he's a supremely confident performer who nonetheless projects a charming soupçon of humility onstage. Because his show is precisely ordered and choreographed, yet he still found time to get silly with his dancers and the audience. ...   More
Thursday, July 22, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Manu Chao, Wednesday, Oct 13 at the Crystal Ballroom

For the better part of two decade, Manu Chao has dominated the Euro tour scene. But outside a worldly niche, he hasn't stormed U.S. stages with half the explosive success. Well, apparently, America is ready for Manu Chao, because half the country seemed to converge on the Crystal Ballroom last week for a sweaty, sexy, sold-out show that packed the venue to the gills and gave its trademark bouncing ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kids Keep On Rocking For The Third World

[youtube 1GZ2IsN9U2M] Grant Ellman is 13 years old, in seventh grade and isn't nervous to play the Crystal Ballroom. “I'm used to playing shows like that,” he says. Grant is one of the three founding members of the all-kid band Still Pending that has gained some fame by playing local Portland venues, winning talent search contests and cultivating an avid youtube following. Now ...   More
Monday, March 23, 2009 Shawn O'bryant


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