Win Tickets ($54): Camera Obscura @ Crystal Ballroom | Scottish Indie-Pop

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Camera Obscura @ Crystal Ballroom on June 21. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 21.

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From our sponsors:
Camera Obscura
June 21, 2013
8 p.m. | $25 ADV/$27 Door | All Ages

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

Desire Lines, the new album by Glasgow, Scotland indie-pop group Camera Obscura, was recorded last December when the band decamped to Portland to work with GRAMMY nominated producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket) and pleased with the progress they made there, they returned a month later to finish it. Entitled Desire Lines, it’s now slated it for release on June 4th (3rd in UK/EU).

Tracyanne Campbell from the band, “Of all our records this was pretty much the most challenging to write, partly because of the situation we found ourselves in with having to take such a long and uncertain amount of time out, but also because it would be record number five and we were getting harder and harder to please.

Working in the US with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn’t there before. We were also delighted to have Neko Case and Jim James sing on the record too. What a treat.”

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45 Responses to Win Tickets ($54): Camera Obscura @ Crystal Ballroom | Scottish Indie-Pop

  1. Sian June 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    No way! I’m Scottish but ashamed to say I’ve never heard of them. My favorite Scottish band is King Creosote but I’d love to see these guys

  2. Roger June 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I am very intrigued by Camera Obscura and have been wondering what a live show would be like from them! This would be a great opportunity for me to find out, right? Would love to win these passes, please.

  3. Edward L June 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    PDX pipeline Just have to love it.

  4. Shawn Sanders June 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    If I don’t win these tickets, I’ll give myself a Glasgow smile!

    But seriously – love your site, keep up the good work fellas, and I would honestly LOVE to see Camera Obscura exactly one week after my birthday!

  5. Rachel June 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    I keep missing their shows. I’d love to finally get to see them live!

  6. Tony Arnell June 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Been wanting to see them for a long time!

  7. Anne June 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I love camera obscura! Would LOVE to go!!

  8. Nick June 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I want to go. They rock!

  9. Mitch June 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Hey Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken…

  10. Heather June 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    After Floyd broke my heart I spent a week in a dusty library reading books written by girls. Before, I’d been footloose and fancy free; it was all honey in the sun. Now I can’t see further than my own nose at this moment.

    I guess what I’m saying is this maudlin career has come to an end I don’t want to be sad again, so please give me tickets to Camera Obscura.

    • John David June 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Either you really love Camera Obscura or you just Googled their song names and arranged them cleverly… regardless, your efforts deserve a reward. My friend just bailed and I have a free ticket if you want it. If so, reply and we can meet near the venue before the show.

      • Heather June 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

        I love Camera Obscura. No Googling required. Trying to win a tickets for me and my gf to go. That’s super generous, thanks.

  11. Heather June 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    *LLoyd. Auto-not-correct.

  12. Sandra June 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Is Marissa Nadler opening this show? I would be delighted to see Camera Obscura at the Ballroom!

  13. Eric June 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    The last song at my wedding was “Let’s Get Out Of This Country”. It would be a lovely present for my lovely wife.

  14. martin June 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    cuz I am poor and cant afford tickets…

  15. Wes June 18, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    I miraculously have Friday night off and would love love love to tear up the dance floor. Pipeline, you’re the best!

  16. Katie June 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    It would be great to finally see them live!

  17. Jessica June 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Crystal Ballroom is awesome and I haven’t been lucky enough to go there since I saw Modest Mouse play a few years ago. Camera Obscura is awesome.

  18. Ryan June 19, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    camera obscura is my middle name

  19. Audrey June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I’m coming out of some wretched bug thats going around and I want to celebrate being (breathing) free again!

  20. Ashley June 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Oh please give me free tickets!

  21. Kae June 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    I love Camera Obscura, so my daughter has grown up listening to them. I have wanted to see them live for years, and if I win these tickets I’m taking my daughter with me. It will be her first concert. :)

  22. Nhan T. June 20, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    I’ve been a fan since 2006. Let’s Get Out Of This Country is one of my favorite albums ever. I never got a chance to see them live before, so maybe it’s finally time!

  23. Peter McLean June 20, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I spent all my money on dirty cheeseburgers, the store bought kind. Now, im full, but I have no tickets.

  24. mel June 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I love them. And I’m scottish. And I’m a broke student. Please pick me!

  25. Bonnie June 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Will comment for Camera Obscura tickets (:

  26. Manda June 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    This sounds rad! I must admit that I have not heard of Camera Obscura before but the write-up makes me very interested. Always a good time with pumped up kicks at the Ballroom. Wheeee!

  27. Hazel June 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I’m very intrigued here. If your goal is to get people out to find and enjoy new music from artists playing in town, then sign me up because I’ve never heard of this group. After looking into them (thank to your write-up), it sounds like this show is going to be awesome. I would love to check out a new band…especially one from Scotland with such good reviews :)

  28. Tim Poundstone June 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Love Camera Obscura….”Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” is the perfect response song to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions song from the 80’s…”Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?”

    I want those tickets!

  29. [email protected] June 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    oh man, my girl’s never been to the crystal and would dig on this immensely…yes, please!

  30. brooke June 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    i’ve never been able to see them before!! pleaseee.

  31. Cory June 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Auto me!!!!

  32. Alex June 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    because it would be lovely

  33. April June 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    It’s been a bad week… this would be a pickup.

  34. Luke June 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I Love this Band!

  35. April Ruthie June 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    looks lovely:)

  36. Lea Anna June 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Their songs are just so catchy!

  37. Ryan June 21, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    I like indie music and I’m scottish

  38. Barrett June 21, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    I’ve been doing my ironing in a cowboy hat all week in preparation for this show.

  39. Shad Woodworth June 21, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Camera Obscura–when my wife described them as a Scottish indie pop band, the milk in my coffee curdled. She bought a ticket for herself. I have listened to them on the sly over the past week, but can’t admit to her that I like the sound. I’d love to surprise her by showing up an proving I can recognize when I’m wrong.

  40. Jessie June 21, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    My vote is for the guy above. I’m his sister-in-law and believe me, he’s not wrong often ;)

  41. Nicole smith ryan June 21, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Who doesn’t want to see two beautiful amazing women and three pimped out guys that make amazing music, like song birds to your ears. So obscure!!! I would love to go for my 32 birthday eve!!

  42. Christi Smith Ryan June 21, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    So my wife’s and I just moved to Portland and her birthday is tomorrow would love to take her to an amazing show and see the sights.

  43. Sandy June 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I don’t want to beg, as I do consider it rude. But heck! Sometimes you have to fight for what you want in life. Haven’t had a night out in ages, this is the perfect night to celebrate, and we love love love Camera Obscura and the opener! This would be a gift! Make my world PDX Pipeline, please?!!! (Interrobang) XOXOX

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