Win Tickets ($60): Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock & Folk, w/ Cass McCombs & Heron Oblivion

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Crystal Ballroom on October 17. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 12.

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Kurt Vile and The Violators Kurt Vile and The Violators
October 17, 2015
7 p.m. Doors, 8 p.m. Show | $25 ADV / $30 Doors | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

Kurt Vile (real name) has slowly, quietly become one of the great American guitarists and songwriters of our time. Kurt was born in 1980, one of ten children, and raised in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. As a teenager, his bluegrass-loving father gifted him with a banjo, when what Kurt craved was a guitar – so he played it as if it were.

Bewitched by lo-fi figureheads like Beck, Pavement, and Smog, along with a love for classics like Petty, Creedence, and Neil Young, he recorded his first songs and self-distributed them on CD-R between 2003 and 2007. These were compiled on 2008’s Constant Hitmaker and the 2009 mini-album God Is Saying This To You. The dreamy and psychedelic tangles of damaged but still-lyrical songcraft announced a major new artist wandering in from the hinterlands.

The Violators debuted on the 2009 EP The Hunchback, coming into their own on Childish Prodigy, Vile’s third album and his first for Matador. More violent, more vivid, more ecstatically ‘rock’ than anything in Vile’s catalogue, the album was a righteous leap forward. The album that followed, the breakthrough Smoke Ring For My Halo, was more reflective, something sun-dappled and sexy in softly strung-out strums like “Peeping Tomboy,” the kindred flipside to barnstormers like “Freak Train” off the previous record. His fifth album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, was a 69-minute double LP that alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts into dreamy, expansive songs that gradually unfurl like a massive flag. The next chapter in Kurt Vile’s untouchable discography reveals itself in fall 2015.

Cass McCombs
Cass McCombs is an American musician who has released seven albums and one EP since 2002.

During the 1990s, McCombs played in countless bands at various DIY spaces in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest until he relocated to New York. In 2002, he released his debut “Not The Way” EP on independent Baltimore label Monitor Records. On his first trip to Europe in 2003, he recorded a Peel Session for John Peel, who described McCombs’ music as “unobtrusively brilliant.” In 2003, McCombs released his first album, “A,” and that year toured with Baltimore’s The Oxes as his backing band. In 2004, he performed at the UK’s All Tomorrow’s Parties and in 2005 released his second album “PREfection” on Monitor Records in the US and 4AD in Europe. In 2005 he toured with Modest Mouse. In 2007, “Dropping the Writ” was released on Domino Records and McCombs toured with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Domino Records would release his next four albums: “Catacombs” (2009), which was voted one of the “50 Top Albums on the Year” by Pitchfork; “Wit’s End” (2011); “Humor Risk” (2011), and “Big Wheel and Others” (2013).

In 2012, McCombs toured with John Cale and performed at Occupy Sandy, a benefit for the storm’s victims. That same year, McCombs premiered his song, “Bradley Manning,” on the Democracy Now News Hour.

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34 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock & Folk, w/ Cass McCombs & Heron Oblivion

  1. BZ October 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    I’d love to see Cass McCombs open up for Kurt Vile at the Crystal ballroom.

  2. Mikaela October 7, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    Moving from New York to Portland the music scene here is something I’ve really dove into and I’m trying to soak up all areas, so when I can I just try to see whoever I can. This show would be added to that collection in a second for sure!

  3. Alana Folsom October 7, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Kurt Vile is one of my favorite singers! I’ve never seen him live and would LOVEEEEE to!

  4. Samantha October 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    Eeek! Would love to see Cass & Kurt Vile, what a rockin lineup !!!!!

  5. John October 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    I wonder if Jelloman will be at this show. #bestshow4life

  6. Audrey October 8, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    I’m vile, too!

  7. Brooke October 8, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I would LOVE to see Kurt Vile because His music is unique. It would be amazing to see live since I’ve been knee deep in nursing school, starting enemas, rectally administering meds, irrigating sacral wounds… So lets face it- i need to switch it up. KV equals mental and orfice cleansing! Thanks!!!!

  8. Shelly Challinor October 8, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    It’s on my birthday!!! Would LOVE to go!

  9. Jorden October 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    because “Peeping Tomboy” is so good its not fair. also cause i met kurt once and he was a swell guy

  10. Qing October 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Would love to see Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs in the same night!!

  11. Mark October 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    i want kurt vile to violate my eardrums with those sweet, smooth vibrations.

  12. Paul Hirshfield October 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Would LOVE to see this extraordinary pairing on a great fall evening.
    Being a native of NYC and having lived here in 96, and seeing the transitions Portland has gone through, I’m positive the energy will be electric in the air this night.
    I’d love to be a part of that.

  13. Bailey Roberts October 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Would love to win because I need to leave SE Portland or I’ll go insane

  14. Hunter M October 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I have not yet seen Mr. Vile but I’m sure this show will be great. His new album is phenomenal and I can’t wait to hear the tunes at the Crystal!

  15. Robert G October 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    I think Kurt is fantastic! It would be great to see this guy perform live!!!!

  16. Chris johnson October 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    Kurt Vile with Cass McCombs, perfect!

  17. Susan October 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    This show is going to be amazing! And I’d love to be there to see it! I love Kurt Vile!

  18. lori October 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Would love to win tickets!

  19. Dave G. October 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

    This guys been on my radar since he first came around!

  20. Erica October 9, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    I would LOVE these tickets because…actually, after reading Brooke’s comment, Brooke should win. Damn, girl, good luck, and coming from someone whose mom is a nurse, thank you…but yeah, if Brooke doesn’t win, then I’d be happy to take her place. I haven’t seen my fiance in a while and I can’t wait to be “in my baby’s arms” (see what I did there?)

  21. Tom Popowich October 9, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    I’d love to go!

    • Tom P October 9, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      I’d love to go

  22. david October 9, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    kurt vile is a go-to when needing a mellow vibe. plus cass? an amazeballs nite.

  23. chris October 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    This is going to be a blast i love it!

  24. Brad October 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Violate me

  25. ryan October 10, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    i would love to see this stacked double header

  26. Audrey October 10, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    ch-ch-ch-choose me

  27. Solar October 11, 2015 at 2:17 am #

    Brilliant line-up.
    My soul needs more live music.

  28. Kileforever! October 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    PAPAPAPA please have pity on a poor nursing college student that sees more bodily fluids than live music. I would LOVE and sorta need to go to this show!

  29. cami October 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    I want tickets! Forgot to get tix! Save me from myself!!

  30. Rachel October 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    I would love to surprise my husband with these tickets!

  31. Sarah October 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Pick me!

  32. Elizabeth October 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

    I love bluegrass, banjo, and kurt vile. plz plz plz!

  33. Jeff sheridan October 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    I am an artist and cartoonist, and Kurt Vile’s ‘Wakin on a pretty Daze’ was on repeat during a transformative summer doing art. I would love to see this show, but money is tight this month and I really can’t afford it.

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