Win Tickets ($40): Destroyer @ Wonder Ballroom | w/ Frog Eyes, Indie Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Destroyer @ Wonder Ballroom on September 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 18.

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September 18, 2015
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $20 | All Ages

Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 284-8686

Trouble in Dreams continues Bejars lyrical and musical assault on all that is stagnant in modern popular music. His is a body of work that consistently flouts convention in favor of musical leaps of faith, statements of purpose cloaked in subterfuge, and the joyous refrain of an optimists heart cloaked in cynicism. Anthems sprawl with shifting layers of guitar and piano, spinning just to the edge of chaos and back, while referencing fantastical realms and mysterious women who may or may not approve of our interloping voyeurism.

Written during an extended stay in Spain during the spring and summer of 2007, Trouble in Dreams is both soothing and jarring, sparing us neither his lyrical bite nor pulling any punches. Trouble in Dreams is yet another brilliant entry in the astonishing Destroyer canon.

Dan Bejar started Destroyer as a solo home-recording project in the early to mid-nineties. In 1996, he released his debut full length of stripped-down, lo-fi electric folk, Well Build Them a Golden Bridge. Soon the Destroyer template expanded to include a rhythm section, and Bejar was compelled to head into a proper studio to record City of Daughters in 1998. It was with Daughters that Bejar began to develop his own unique lyrical voice, a voice that continued to evolve and refine itself over the course of his next two records, Thief and Streethawk: A Seduction. Destroyer seemingly had produced its masterwork with Streethawk, a highly refined send-up and condemnation of popular culture, an idea honed to razor-sharp precision. The album became one of the most acclaimed recordings of 2001, and the Destroyer mystique captured music fans and critics alike.

This Night, the Destroyer debut for Merge, is an epic full of indulgences and flights of fancy that seemed the perfect foil to the sleek and streamlined approach of earlier recordings. This Night both baffles and seduces, leaving jaws on the floor and confounding both fans and critics. Bejar took another turn towards the unexpected with Your Blues, his second recording for Merge, wherein he stripped Destroyer down to its barest essentials once again, with MIDI-synthesizer symphonies that explored what Bejar dubbed European Blues, a vainglorious retreat from American rock traditions, celebrating an exercise in old-world excess within limited means. Those who had been pining for a new Streethawk were left shaking their heads, forced to admit that the last thing Destroyer was ever going to give them was anything close to what they expected (or hoped for). Bejar had everyone right where he wanted: dazed, confused, and not knowing what was to come next.

Frog Eyes
. Shuddering, intense, grit-and-glam cabaret from Victoria, BC. Trembling, combustible rock magic – complete with a hoary growl barking lyrical turns of phrase over heavy beats, skronk, and aching beauty. The band has been turning heads wherever they go, and can count Black Dice, the Animal Collective, Wolf Parade, Mountain Goats, Hot Hot Heat, Polyphonic Spree, and John Vanderslice among their legions of diehard fans. These guys have been an established force for a few years, gaining a wider audience with 2004’s less magical The Folded Palm. Still, you get the feeling that for many, the Victoria, B.C. quartet remains no more than a name dropped by Wolf Parade when its members are asked to list their favorite contemporary musicians. As Daniel Johnston or the Vaselines know, a ringing endorsement from a younger, more popular artist can draw new listeners and we really really really think you should check them out.

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20 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Destroyer @ Wonder Ballroom | w/ Frog Eyes, Indie Rock

  1. Chris September 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I didn’t stand a chance.
    I didn’t stand at all.
    You looked ok with the others.
    You looked great by yourself.

  2. Chris September 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

    Sounds like a fun way to spend a Friday night.

  3. luce September 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Dan would want me and my European blood there. Don’t let him down!

  4. Dave G. September 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    I want to know what happens next…!

  5. TIM FOSTER September 11, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    Anything at the Wonder, let’s go.

  6. Dan Jones September 12, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    ,,,because I used to listen to Destroyer’s Rubies on my Zune

  7. Andrea September 12, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Great band, great venue.

  8. Mel September 17, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    In nearly 20 years of recording they’ve never put out a bad record. Kaput is still in my top 10 favorite albums and Poison Season’s not far behind. Can’t believe I haven’t seen them live yet!

  9. Andrew M. September 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Destroy me with free tickets!

  10. Thomas Fuller September 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    I love Destroyer!! Please let me win this time!

  11. Tanya September 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I want to see destroyer so bad!

  12. Jorden September 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    because I’m new to Portland and haven’t seen live music here yet!

  13. Michael September 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Saxophone me baby!
    God Bless.

  14. Kiefer Goldberg September 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    I’ve seen New Pornographers live, but Dan was unfortunately not at that show. I’d love to see him now with Destroyer!

  15. Kimi September 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    This guy looks like someone I dated once. And for that reason alone, I should win.

  16. Christine September 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Nothing beats live music and I know Destroyer & Frog Eyes will not disappoint!

  17. Valerie September 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    Yes please ! Would love to go !!!

  18. Cory Shird September 17, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Paranoia will…………

  19. Michael Mendez September 18, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Because Destroyer got me through the worst parts of my life and let me come out on top. Now that they’re actually here it’s not in the budget for me unfortunately. It would be amazing to see them tonight and remember why I love them so much.

  20. Faith September 18, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    He plays the saxophone like a sex crazed Clinton. Give me the tickets and I’ll bring the cigars!

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