Win Tickets ($70): Slint @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Tropical Trash, Post Rock, Post Hardcore

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Slint @ Crystal Ballroom on August 28. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 25.

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From our sponsors:
Slint @ Crystal Ballroom Slint w/ Tropical Trash
August 28, 2014
8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show | $29 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages
More info:

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

Slint began in 1986. Before that, drummer Britt Walford, guitarist David Pajo, guitarist/vocalist Brian McMahan, and original bassist Ethan Buckler had played together in various bands within the tight-knit Louisville punk scene. Brian and Britt formed their first band – Languid and Flaccid – in middle school, when Britt was just eleven. The older punks collapsed in fits of laughter when Britt and Brian’s dads carried in their amps and set them up on stage. Languid and Flaccid also featured Ned Oldham, later of the Anomoanon and older brother to Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Everyone in the band traded instruments from song to song. Brian and Britt also played in the beloved melodic hardcore band Squirrel Bait.

Slint’s first show was during a service at the Unitarian Universalist church that Ethan’s parents attended. Even the people who held their ears told the band afterward how much they enjoyed it. In 1987, Slint recorded their first album, Tweez, in Chicago with Steve Albini, who also produced albums for the Pixies, PJ Harvey, and Nirvana. Tweez was released on the minuscule Jennifer Hartman Records and Tapes label in 1989 and later reissued by Touch and Go Records in 1993. Ethan Buckler left the band after Tweez to pursue his own vision with his band King Kong and was replaced by Todd Brashear. In the fall of 1989, the members of Slint scattered to various colleges throughout the Midwest. Britt and Brian wound up at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Before the school year was out, both were invited not to return. Then, over four days in August of 1990, Slint recorded their second album, Spiderland, and the world would never again sound the same.

Produced by Brian Paulson at River North Recorders in Chicago and released by Touch and Go Records in April of 1991, the six songs on Spiderland methodically map a shadowy new continent of sound. The music is taut, menacing, and haunting – its structure built largely on absence and restraint, on the echoing space between the notes, but punctuated by sudden thrilling blasts of unfettered fury. It is a sound that no one had heard before and that no one will ever forget. The eerie, now-iconic black and white cover photo of the four band member’s heads breaking the surface of the water was taken by their friend Will Oldham. PJ Harvey was among the respondents to the band’s call for interested female vocalists on the back cover.

Spiderland spawned a whole new genre, frequently called Post-Rock, and came to be regarded as one of the most important and influential records of the past thirty years. The album was introduced to a wider audience when the song “Good Morning, Captain” appeared on the soundtrack for Larry Clark’s controversial 1995 film Kids. In 2010, Spiderland was enthroned in the popular and acclaimed 33 ? series of books about seminal record albums. Slint broke up shortly before Spiderland was released. Band members went on to play in Tortoise, the Breeders, Palace, The For Carnation, Papa M, Evergreen, Interpol, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In 2005, Slint reunited to headline the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Camber Sands, England, followed by a subsequent eighteen date tour. In 2007, the band performed Spiderland in its entirety for a series of European shows and at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. In late 2013, they co-headlined the final All Tomorrow’s Parties weekend at Camber Sands.

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14 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Slint @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Tropical Trash, Post Rock, Post Hardcore

  1. Stephanie August 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    This will be an awesome concert! Pick me! Pick me!

  2. Kevin August 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Who can’t forget the film ‘Kids’ and it’s wallowing soundtrack. Bliss…

  3. Teresa August 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Love the crystal ballroom!

  4. Aaron August 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    I’ve been hoping to hear some music with some hardcore leanings–there’s too much softie stuff around nowadays!

  5. Anthony August 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh holy crap, how did I not know about this?! This show will be insanely amazing and pleasepleaseplease choose me PDX Pipeline and I will love you forever and ever!<3<3<3!

  6. Hunter M August 22, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    Slint have been a dominating force in my life and in my music communities for as long as I can remember. They are wholly inspirational and I would love nothing more than to share an experience with them and my Portland friends (whom I don’t get to see as often as I’d like).

  7. Lisa August 23, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Would love to attend to start my weekend off right! Also, NEVER been to the CB for a concert! Thanks PDX pipeline for the opportunity.

  8. Marla August 23, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    AHHH! Would be so excited to see Slint!

  9. Shlayluh August 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Slint is the base of hardcore punk. Many great underground bands today are highly influenced by the repetitive riffs and math rock madness. Not to mention my appreciation for Squirrel Bait who McMahan and Walford were in. Their spoken word and whimsical lyrics are mesmerizing. I have always imagined myself seeing Breadcrumb Trail and Don Aman played live, and I would be pleased to be in the crowd of other Slint enthusiasts. Portland is honored to have such an iconic band come around to the crystal!

  10. David Kohler August 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I would love to attend this! Slint was such a great influence in music, and their sound is a big part of what made the 90s.

  11. Ryan August 24, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    missed them while waiting in another crowd at a festival way back when. let me make up for my wrongdoings. i need to see this

  12. thebluelion August 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    I was unable to take a special girl to see the Murder City Devils recently due to work. I randomly gave out the tickets on CL and made someone’s weekend. They sent me pictures and apparently had a blast. I’m hoping I have some karma built up and might win these to make up for the show I missed.

  13. Heidi August 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    I remember the back of the CD said something like “you should be listening to this on vinyl” It was part of the sound track to my college life, almost a genealogy to where I am now. Anyway, it would make a great birthday present… Sheesh, was college actually 20 years ago??? Crap. I better grow up.

  14. Maren August 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Pick me for a pair of tickets, for I will proudly brag about pipeline’s amazing opportunities as I recall of how I had an unforgettable weekend of making love, exploring the city, and listening to some damn good music at my favorite venue. Make the summer of the two thousand teens’ the golden ones.

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