LIVE REVIEW: Yeasayer at Crystal Ballroom, August 31

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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

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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


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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


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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


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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


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[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

OLCC Levies Penalty Against Crystal Ballroom


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The OLCC announced this afternoon that it has agreed to the following settlement in its case against the Crystal Ballroom: Crystal Ballroom & Brewery, 1332 W. Burnside, Portland; will pay a fine of $5,280 or serve a 32-day license suspension, and four restrictions will be placed on the liquor license for two violations. The first violation is for a history of serious and persistent problems. ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 HANK STERN

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