Win Tickets ($70): 2015 Sabertooth Micro Fest @ Crystal Ballroom | Psych Rock Music Festival Featuring Sleep, Nothing, Black Pussy, Freak Mountain Ramblers

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Day One of the 2015 Sabertooth Micro Fest @ Crystal Ballroom on February 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 12.

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From our sponsors:
Sabertooth2015 Sabertooth Micro Fest
February 6-8, 2015
3-day festival pass $75
Friday & Saturday $30 advance, $35 day of show
Sunday $20 advance, $20 day of show
All Ages
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

“Sabertooth Micro Fest” – Day 1

Featuring: Sleep, Nothing, Black Pussy, In Lola’s Room: Vintage cartoons and other visual pleasures, Al’s Den: Jay Cobb Anderson (of The Villians, Fruition), In Ringlers: Freak Mountain Ramblers, featuring members of the Holy Modal Rounders, A musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom’s psychedelic history, sponsored by Musicfest NW, KPSU and VooDoo Doughnuts

Sleep
The words have failed them all. Since by the time you’ve read this far you’ve already read words that are intended to be touchstones but which do nothing but make it easier to not hear what should be all about hearing: their music.

So let’s dispense with “stoner” and “doom” and while “metal” is a good catch-all even that does what SLEEP does an injustice. What SLEEP does and has been doing since 1990. Since San Jose. Since vocalist and bassist Al Cisneros hinted darkly at his next act after Asbestosdeath. Make something that was like something you had never heard/felt before even if you had heard/felt it before. Like wind or the yawning subsonic expanse of an earthquake: something undeniably large.

“Sabertooth Micro Fest” – Day 2

featuring Kurt Vile and The Violators, The Minders, The Shivas, In Lola’s Room: Vintage cartoons and other visual pleasures
In Ringlers: Freak Mountain Ramblers, featuring members of the Holy Modal Rounders, A musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom’s psychedelic history, sponsored by Willamette Week, KPSU and VooDoo Doughnuts

Kurt Vile and The Violators
Kurt Vile has a way of tying time in knots. You can hear it on his new album Smoke Ring For My Halo from the get-go – the pinwheeling guitars and reaching atmospheres of ‘Baby’s Arms’ are as strange as they are familiar: a demonstration of how Kurt can put worn methods and sounds through himself and end up with something that isn’t emotionally or sonically obvious. Instead we’re left with a record that contains traces of the past but doesn’t waste precious time in the now being reverent.

Once compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Psychic TV, and Animal Collective in the same review (for 2009’s Childish Prodigy), Kurt can bring to mind anything from Suicide to Leo Kottke to My Bloody Valentine, Bob Seger, Nick Drake, and Eastern ragas. Still, he pieces together these disparate elements so seamlessly and unpretentiously that such reference points are rendered pointless by the singularity of his sound. Kurt Vile might belong to a long lineage of classic American songwriters, but he’s the only one who’s alive and in his prime today.

“Sabertooth Micro Fest” – Day 3

featuring Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Morgan Delt, Wampire, In Lola’s Room: Vintage cartoons and other visual pleasures, Al’s Den: Mimi Naja (of Fruition), A musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom’s psychedelic history, sponsored by Musicfest NW, KPSU and VooDoo Doughnuts

Stardeath and White Dwarfs
Stardeath and White Dwarfs are an Oklahoma band. Raised on the freaked out, psychedelic, sense assaulting music of Uncle Wayne’s band, The Flaming Lips, Stardeath has found its own path. Equally as influenced by The Dungeon Family as Crazyhorse, the band’s long anticipated new album “Wastoid” takes things to a new level. Tediously constructed over the past three years on the desolate plains of Oklahoma, the album follows the ups and downs of a life as raw as a place like this. Lyrically and musically deeper and darker than Stardeath’s debut, “The Birth,” Wastoid hits you right in the chest.

Although it has been a few years since the last Stardeath record, the band has been very busy writing songs with The Flaming Lips, not to mention Miley and Kesha, and recording on multiple Lip’s family recordings of Dark Side Of The Moon, Court Of The Crimson King, The Stone Roses first record, and SGT. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band. The band has also been busy honing its reputation as one of the best live bands around, touring with the likes of Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, and Devo. You just gotta see them when they come to a city near you.

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33 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): 2015 Sabertooth Micro Fest @ Crystal Ballroom | Psych Rock Music Festival Featuring Sleep, Nothing, Black Pussy, Freak Mountain Ramblers

  1. Paul Hirshfield January 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    I’ve never been to this 3 day festival and would love to go to this first night! I hope you all had wonderful holiday seasons and Very Happy New Years!

  2. Jack Berkley January 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    I am Bradley Cooper.

  3. Jake January 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    I LOVE THESE BANDS. I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO THIS.

  4. bob January 5, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    Cause I wanna f’n Rawk!
    \ m /

  5. Michael January 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    because I lost my Wampire vinyl on the trimet.

  6. Daniel January 6, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    I want to be there!

  7. Yume January 6, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    Portland is host to a lot of great music festivals throughout the year, but this is definitely one of the more intriuging of the bunch! Looks like it’ll be good!

  8. Alex January 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Sleeeeeeeep!!!!

  9. e.b. January 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Sleep AND Kurt Vile? And you’re asking why I’d like to attend?!
    Also because you didn’t pick my entry for Dead Moon Night. You want us to be on talking terms again? Here’s your chance to redeem yourself.
    Cheers!

  10. Nate January 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    I would really really really really like to see Nothing.

  11. Amanda January 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Yes please

  12. Karim January 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    I have not opened myself to psych rock music much but it would be awesome to hear these great bands play at my favorite venue, the last musical experience I have had here was my senior prom, lets replace the old with the new!

  13. Zoe January 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    This sounds like an awesome few days!! I’d love to bring my friend with me to this :)

  14. scott January 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    I luckily got to see Sleep back in 1994, opening for Helios Creed and Nik Turner’s Space Ritual. Would LOVE to see them again.

  15. Miranda January 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I like it when I can tell my parents, “Remind me when you’re planning to visit, because I’m going to Sleep with Black Pussy,” and this doesn’t end in scandalous tears.

  16. Coral January 8, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Kurt Vile! Kurt Vile! Kurt Vile! Kurt Vile!

  17. Dave G January 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Sounds like something I can really sink my teeth into! Awesome!

  18. Melany H. January 9, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    It would be a great excuse to get a babysitter and go out.

  19. ryan January 9, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    SLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEP

  20. Caitlin January 9, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Let’s do this Sabertooth Micro Fest!

  21. Nick January 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    Seeing Sleep and Nothing would make my year!

  22. Michael L January 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    My friend told my a story of something he referred to as beer. His eyes went gloss when referring to it as if it was heaven itself.

    I would like to know this feeling!

  23. Donovan January 9, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    I would fucking love these tickets my dudes!

  24. CB January 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    I’m currently working 12 hours a day 7 days a week in Alaska, so I could definite use some sleep.

  25. Carrie January 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    This sounds like a super fun experience, especially from a new Portland transplant! I like to see as many shows as I can. I also became a fan of Freak Mountain Ramblers many many years ago when I saw them on a visit to Portland and have loved them ever since. Would love to see them live again!!!

  26. Ryan January 11, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    I’ve never seen Sleep. But I’d like to. So pick me.

  27. PdxDee January 11, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    The lineup looks amazing- Sleep, Nothing, and Black Pussy, rounded out by the Freaks just doesn’t get much better than that. I would love to go to let the music course through my veins, dance the night away- night after night, and walk away with only the kind of glow that good music at the Crystal in Portland can give you.

  28. Kaylee Kelly January 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    I’ll probably be the only 20 year old there but So worth it!!

  29. Andy January 12, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    Because I’m on a drug so powerful the government won’t even let us have it, when you take it you are healthier when you come down than before you took it.

  30. Michael January 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Yes. Yes. Yes.
    I want to go so bad.
    Kurt Vile is the man.

    Luv u pdx pipeline.

  31. Z January 13, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    I spent all my money on weed and now can’t afford to go but still need a place to do all this weed.

  32. Marcella February 5, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    There are three of us who would like to attend, and we are all pretty much broke. If we win two tickets, we can pull together one ticket between the three of us and be able to attend. That would be most awesome. Thanks a million for giving everyone an opportunity to win these tickets.

  33. SeanGee February 6, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Please! This would be an ideal show for this weather!

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