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:
2015 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
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
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
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.
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.
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.