Win Tickets ($84): Geographer w/ Grmln @Aladdin Theater | Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Electronic Rock

We are giving away THREE pairs of tickets to Geographer w/ Grmln @Aladdin Theater on August 8. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 5.

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Geographer w/ Grmln @Aladdin TheaterGeographer w/ Grmln
August 8, 2013
Doors 8 p.m. / Show 9 p.m. | $12 ADV/ $14 Door | 21+ (Minors permitted with parent or legal guardian)

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with his guitar and a synthesizer, turning that tragedy into the songs that would soon become the foundation for Geographer.

With the additions of cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, Geographer spent the next year cutting their teeth in the Bay Area, winning over crowds with the heart-pounding epics that make up their debut record, ‘Innocent Ghosts’. After being selected one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now’ by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the band signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records, releasing a 7″ single for the song ‘Kites’ in October 2009.

‘Animal Shapes’ follows up ‘Kites’, building on the synth-driven aesthetic of the single, while flirting with darker, more esoteric underpinnings. The record merges Geographer’s aptitude for crafting beautiful, haunting melodies with textural sounds and polyrhythmic energy, marking an evolution of their distinct style. With the overwhelming response to the release of ‘Kites’ and ‘Animal Shapes’, punctuated by a dynamic and engaging live set, the band has already begun to make an indelible mark on the ears of music fans worldwide.

Born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Southern California, 19-year-old Yoodoo Park is the man behind indie rock outfit GRMLN. In the summer of 2010 in between sessions on his surfboard, Park began recording guitar-driven dream-pop in his garage to soundtrack the journeys in his car. Park chose the name GRMLN to echo the feelings of otherworldliness and disconnect he felt during those summers. Currently a student at the University of California Santa Cruz, Park pens songs there when he’s away from his makeshift recording studio and his live band, in which he plays with his brother. Entitled Explore, Yoodoo’s debut EP is just that: a young artist inspired by the scenery of his coastal surroundings, discovering and developing his singular voice to create a wistful palette of blues, greens and golds.

On Explore, Park pairs clean, jangly guitars and strong backbones of bass with his yearning, muted vocals that employ reverb to soften, not distort. GRMLN’s sound may be unmistakably Californian, but there’s a sense of nostalgia that pervades Explore, hearkening back to Park’s roots in Japan, where he still spends every summer. Tracks like album opener “Relax Yourself (Dolphin Cry)” and the slow-burning “Live.Think.Die” encapsulate the wistful aesthetic of Explore, with twinges of heartbreak and melancholy tales of wasted youth darkening the album’s summertime mood. “Patio” brings Explore to a close on a restless note with one of the album’s most soaring melodies, bolstered by haunting harmonies that build a feeling of despair lingering on far after the album’s final minor key. Explore is a bittersweet portrait of a young man, making music to catalogue his memories as they slip away with every passing California sunset.

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30 Responses to Win Tickets ($84): Geographer w/ Grmln @Aladdin Theater | Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Electronic Rock

  1. alex July 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I’ve been a huge Geographer fan for years now but I’ve always JUST missed them when they’ve come to Portland. I love their sound and their unique take on pop music. I will be around for this show and the tickets will not be wasted if you choose me!

  2. Jessica July 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I had to miss the Geographers last time they were here because I was out of town for work.

  3. Barbara Richardson July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    This show is sure to be a hoot! I would love to see Geographer live!!

  4. Ben Goggin July 24, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    luv Geographer

  5. Margaret Hill July 25, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    This would Be such a great date night for me and my husband.

  6. Nick July 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Geography is my favorite subject.

  7. Alex July 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    because it would be lovely

  8. Ayla Rose Gilbert July 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I am so in love with Geographer that I have proposed to Mike Deni (lead singer) TWICE over facebook. No response…. So I obviously need to ask him in person! This show could change the course of my entire life! He is my soulmate! The power is in your hands!


  9. d@Ve July 26, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    while i admire ayla’s response, i’m a bit fearful for mike deni…unless, of course, he is her soulmate. then again, what if he’s mine? just sayin’.

  10. Beth July 26, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Yes! This is going to be an awesome show! I would love to see Geographer live, I totally regret not seeing them last time they came to Portland. Excited to hear GRMLN too! :D

  11. Mathew Trono July 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Please please pick me. Geographer is awesome and my birthday is the 9th! Early present?

  12. Allie July 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Yay! Music! :)

  13. Katie July 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Looks cool! I wanna go

  14. Emily Wilde July 30, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    Love Aladdin Theatre!

  15. Haley Lusby July 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Kites is one of my favorite songs of all time!

  16. Heather Holcomb July 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    It’s serendipity! I just listened to Geographer yesterday, after not having listened to them for years. And now I see they’re coming to Pdx and you’re giving away tix! Yay!

  17. Rachel August 1, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Geographer has created some of the most beautiful, deeply emotional music I’ve ever heard. I would love to experience that live.

  18. Rachel August 1, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Geographer has created some of the most beautiful, deeply emotional music I’ve ever heard. I would love to experience that live.

  19. Tuesday August 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Thursday is my only day off and being at Aladdin Theater experiencing Geographer would make that week suck a whole lot less.

  20. Marco August 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Break my ears PDXPipeline with that Geographer sound!

  21. Emily August 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    this is gonna be good, really good. I wanna go.

  22. Chris August 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    My brother is in town for a few weeks from Tokyo and demanded I find us some sweet music to go to. Geographer would more than meet his demands! Thanks.

  23. Scott Worthington August 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I was lucky enough to see them at the Kink radio station, would love to see them again

  24. quinn August 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Hey I haven’t seen them live yet but I sure would like to! My husband and I love their music.

  25. Coral August 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I would love to take my sister to this show, they’re her favorite! Thanks PDX Pipeline for making the good stuff happen!

  26. Lauren August 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I’ve just recently discovered Geographer.

  27. Dave August 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I love to see a band I don’t know much about -no expectations, great discoveries!

  28. Christopher August 5, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I have never heard of these bands. I don’t even know Geography that well. However, based on the description I would probably highly enjoy this performance. It’s been months since I’ve been to a show, and I think it’s about time that changes. What say you, PDXPipeline? Tickets?

  29. emily August 5, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I have actually just started listening to geographer and liking what I hear so far! Would love to get to experience the music first hand. I love going to shows especially bands I’m not as familiar with there’s always something magical about them.

  30. Aaron August 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Missed Geographer when they came through town last…also have never been to The Aladdin, even though it’s in the ‘hood!

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