Win Tickets ($44): The Dandy Warhols Holiday Show @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Modern Kin, + Bloco Alegria

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Dandy Warhols Holiday Show @ Crystal Ballroom on December 15. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 13.

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The Dandy Warhols Holiday Show @ Crystal BallroomThe Dandy Warhols Holiday Show
w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Modern Kin, + Bloco Alegria
December 15, 2013
7 p.m. doors / 8 p.m. show | $20 ADV / $22 Doors | All Ages

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

Often compared to the druggy psychedelic pop of the Velvet Underground, the Dandy Warhols do possess more than just a passing resemblance to Lou Reed and company at times, but elements of such modern rockers as Love and Rockets and Ride can be detected in their sound as well.

Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994, the Dandy Warhols consist of members Courtney Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmstrom (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums), who signed on with the independent label Tim/Kerr shortly after their formation. In 1995 came the release of the quartet’s debut release, Dandy’s Rule OK?, and while other rock bands may be a bit hesitant to spell out their influences, the Dandy Warhols decided to openly advertise it, as the album contained such song titles as “Lou Weed” and “Ride.”

Capitol Records signed the group the same year, but the Dandys’ new label rejected a second album they submitted (claiming it didn’t have any “hits”). Disappointed but undeterred, the group reunited once more with the producer of their debut album, Tony Lash, and came up with Dandy Warhols Come Down, issued in 1997. While the album didn’t exactly establish the group as a household name, it did prove to be an underground fave (especially in Europe, where the group became the toast of the critics and enjoyed more substantial commercial success), while the single “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” received some attention, for which a promo video was filmed by renowned celebrity photographer David LaChapelle. At the height of the band’s popularity, Hedford left the band to take up DJing in Portland, and Taylor’s cousin Brent DeBoer stepped in to play drums. In 2000, the band issued its third full-length overall, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. “Bohemian Like You” was a hit at college radio. Two summers later, founding member Peter Holmstrom married his longtime girlfriend and took her maiden name of Loew. Taylor also got a name change when he opted to go by Courtney Taylor-Taylor after an interviewer misinterpreted the pronunciation.

Within months, Taylor-Taylor, Loew, McCabe, and DeBoer were back in the studio for a fourth album. Welcome to the Monkey House (2003), a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s book of short stories, featured collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, and Evan Dando. the Dandy Warhols were also personally asked by David Bowie to be the opening act for his fall 2003 A Reality tour.

Though the band was relatively quiet during 2004, it remained prominent thanks to the fascinating documentary Dig!, which chronicled the love-hate relationship between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The group returned with new music in 2005, when Odditorium or Warlords of Mars arrived that fall. In 2008, the Dandy Warhols released their sixth album, …Earth to the Dandy Warhols…, in both digital and physical formats on their own Beat the World label; the album also featured collaborations with Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. The Dandy’s followed up with their ninth album, This Machine, in 2012.

#63 of the Crystal Ballroom’s “100 Nights”
Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola’s Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.

Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang – a performance by the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy on January 21 – the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal’s amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.

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34 Responses to Win Tickets ($44): The Dandy Warhols Holiday Show @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Modern Kin, + Bloco Alegria

  1. Erick December 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Good times.

  2. Mollie December 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    My friend, Jimmy Walker, needs these tix!

  3. Tamara Colpitts December 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    My best friend just moved up here from Texas and i would love to show her what Portland’s music scene has to offer… She would love the night out… and so would I….

  4. Dirk December 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    New to PDX, havent had the cash or ability to hit a show yet and see what Portlands most well known band has to offer! Very loyal to local music scenes and Portlands makes my old hometown look like childs play. Also free things always make me smile.

  5. Haley December 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I am a huge Dandy Warhols fan! Psychedelic rock is my passion and I have loved this band since I was a kid. It would be so amazing to fin tickets to their holiday show at the crystal! Please make my holiday <3

  6. Aubrey December 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Sounds like fun night!

  7. Daniel Bayot December 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Oh jeez I wanna go to this show!

  8. Ryan December 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    goodness gracious! all of these people in the same venue?? diggin it

  9. Holly Sweeney December 10, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    2 free tickets + me & friend = an amazingly wonderful crowd

  10. emily December 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    would love to see them live in action!!

  11. Cody Ryans December 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I still remember the first time I heard this band. It was back on the 2005 Blind “What If” skate video when I was 14. I dreamed of skating and playing indie music until the day I die back then. I loved the tracked, but had no idea these dudes were from Portland. 8 years later, I live in this town and have found myself at a point where I’m about to return home to my roots back east for awhile. Good times have been had in this place. Would love to see this band before I leave in two weeks. Hook it up, PDX!

  12. Gino December 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I love the Dandys! This sounds like a blast!

  13. steve burnett December 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    This would be an awesome x mas gift! my sister is coming to town that afternoon, and she would just die to see the dandies

  14. indika December 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    WOW! I wanna go, great venue and great artist…couldn’t ask for more…

  15. Kimberly December 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Dandy Warhols and the Unknown Mortal Orchestra! Awesome! Great venue, I wanna go…

  16. Alexa December 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Friends coming in town from Seattle and I want to show them a good time. We love the Dandies!

  17. TomP December 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I like it!

  18. Ross December 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Would love to see the Dandy’s again this year!

  19. Sam Gomez December 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I have a lot of respect for these bands. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of my favorite bands.

  20. SusanH December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I LOVE the Dandys…free tickets would be the best holiday gift, EVER!!!!!

  21. Kali December 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    This would be awesome!

  22. Dominick December 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Yes please. I need to see the Dandy’s before the end of the year.

  23. steadycrue December 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm #


  24. Aaron December 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Never been to the Crystal, Dandily enough!

  25. Stacey December 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Damn, that sounds like fun!

  26. Lance Mayhew December 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    This would be a great show

  27. Nasheena December 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    oh please oh please pick me! This would be the BEST anniversary gift for my husband & I.

  28. Lea Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I’d like to go because I haven’t seen The Dandy Warhols for at least 5 years. They put on a good show last time I saw them.

  29. Scott December 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  30. Matt December 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Would love to take my daughter to her first show!

  31. Wayne Carrigan December 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    I would love to go to this.

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  32. Cliff Barnett December 13, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    Yes please

  33. dylan December 13, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    I think it would be a good family experience

  34. Kitteh December 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Alright!!! The Dandy Warhols are in town! We would LOVE to go.

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