Win Tickets ($60): Explosions in the Sky @ Crystal Ballroom | Two Nights, 2016 Portland Labor Day Weekend, Instrumental Rock, w/ Preoccupations

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Explosions in the Sky @ Crystal Ballroom on September 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 2.


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September 1 & 2, 2016
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $27 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky’s sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band’s own definitions of “space” (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique ways rather than intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark. From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer “Landing Cliffs,” The Wilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work-one that wouldn’t seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds.

The first EITS album not produced entirely by the band, The Wilderness finds them working with long time collaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time, and the band’s most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly: “Logic Of A Dream” lives up to its name, its celestial symphonic swells overcome by relentless tribal drum patterns that dissolve into a gentle Krautrock outro. The cacophonous washes that open “Disintegration Anxiety” resolve into a locked groove marking a rock solid midpoint of the journey, followed by a deconstructed ambient soundscape “Losing The Light.” “Colors In Space” is particularly beautiful and brave, cycling through sublime atmospherics and motorik drive before building to a whiplash-inducing halt.

Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, The Wilderness is a bold, experimental work combining the EITS song craft that has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tickets with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level of regard and demand they enjoy as film composers. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance-and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the bands expansive body of work-“proper” studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike.

The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime, and the more melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness. The uncanny ability to reconcile the tension between discordant, nightmarish cacophony and laid-back, Laurel Canyoninspired folk-rock is a cornerstone of this album, and the center of Explosions In The Sky’s remarkable evolution. If The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place was the defining album of Explosions In The Sky’s career, The Wilderness is the band’s [re] defining album.

Explosions In The Sky is: Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar), Mark T. Smith (guitar).

The band formerly known as Viet Cong have today announced their new name, moving forward they will be called ‘Preoccupations’.

In a statement released today they said “After finishing our latest record and taking some time off, we are excited to announce that we will be performing and recording as “Preoccupations” going forward. We will be previewing new material from a forthcoming record in a series of festivals and shows in North America and Europe in the coming months. We apologize to those who were adversely affected by our former band name. This was never anticipated nor our intent. We are artists and not politicians, we understand that the name reflected pain to some individuals and we are happy to change it and move on and focus on our music. Thanks to all our friends and fans. See you all soon.”

Preoccupations have been hard at work recording their new album which will be released this fall. The band will be playing a series of summer festivals including FYF and Sasquatch and are expected to debut some of the new material at these shows. All tour dates are listed below.

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43 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Explosions in the Sky @ Crystal Ballroom | Two Nights, 2016 Portland Labor Day Weekend, Instrumental Rock, w/ Preoccupations

  1. Stephanie Welsh August 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    I have heard that EITS put on an amazing show. I have never seen them. I have several friends going to this show and I was disappointed that I could not afford to go. They are driving down from Seattle to see it. On a more personal level, this is a really hard week. I have to bury my grandfather on Thursday and a show sounds like a good thing to do to get my mind cleared out.

  2. BEN LARSEN August 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Pick me! I’d love to go. :-)

  3. Allison August 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    I love this band and would love to introduce their music to my boyfriend.

  4. chris August 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    Only saw them once at a huge festival. I imagine their sound lends its self more to this type of venue.

  5. Johnny August 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    They’re my favorite band and/but I’m too poor to go.

  6. Anissa August 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    I would love to see this band live & I’ve never been to the Crystal Ballroom before. Please pick me!

  7. Jason Jancosek August 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    I would like to see Explosions In The Sky so I could relive some of my favorite moments from Friday Night Lights. Ya see, I’m not from Texas, nor did I play high school football, but that doesn’t mean I let go of that dream. A dream I still hold dear. A dream of which I’ll never let go.

  8. Kostas August 30, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    I love Explosions in the Sky and I’d love to take my girlfriend see them!

  9. Tim August 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Like to go take the Wife

  10. Brian August 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    They’re one of my favorites and their live show always brings me bliss. I cant afford tickets this time around so winning them would be incredible!

  11. Julia August 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Like to go with the hubby ;)

  12. ryan August 30, 2016 at 7:59 pm #


  13. Dustin Chaney August 31, 2016 at 8:40 am #

    This would be a great first concert for my son!

  14. Jennifer Howard August 31, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I’m broke and LOVE Explosions in the Sky!!!! Please, please, please! And what a perfect first concert for my thirteen year old daughter!!!! ❤️

  15. Erica Hulse August 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    I would love to see Explosions in the sky live!!!! I have always been a fan but never had the chance to go to a show. Please pick me!

  16. Mercedes August 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Explosions in the sky is one of the first bands that taught me what real music is and what it is like to be emotionally impacted by it. I’d love the chance to see them bring their songs to life. It’s an opportunity I’ve never had and something has weirdly always stood in the way. Boyfriend and I, together for 8 years now, have always been connected to this band and one of our first encounters involved the earth is not a cold dead place. We’ve grown together so much since then–still listening to them everyday. Somehow their music always brings us back but also makes us feel that were exactly where we’re supposed to be. Ahh, I’d really be so sincerely thankful for this beautiful experience. It’d be pretty epic.

  17. Chris August 31, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    I saw them open for NIN a couple of years ago! Awesome band, and Congleton created a whole new voice for their genius. And, the Preoccupations will be fun to see again under a new name.

  18. Jennifer Emerson August 31, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    I feel like I have to see this concert! I don’t want to get into the reasons why, really; too much for public forum. But I really need some music in my life. <3

  19. Amalia September 1, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Would love to be there Friday!

  20. Kaylee September 1, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    LOVE them. Never seen them live and have been waiting for the day.
    Count me in!

  21. Kelly September 1, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    My husband and I would love to seem them, we’ve been listening to them for over 10 years!

    • Natalie September 1, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

      I hate cats.

      (Maybe the person who reads these posts can relate and picks me as a winner because we have something in common. )

      Oh and I love EITS

  22. Nicholas September 1, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    I would be exploding with excitement if I won these!!!

  23. Dina September 1, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    This is one of my Loves favorite group! and it’s his birthday month! pick me and make this one of the best birthdays for him!!!! Pick me pick me!!!

  24. Human Person September 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Saw them at my first Coachella. They are amazing! Would love to see them again!

  25. Mo September 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Love the sound, would enjoy going to this show.

  26. T_dah September 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    My hon would LOVE a EITS concert (as would I)!! This is a great show – thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Morgen September 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    exploding into pieces

    that is what I’ll be

    if you don’t choose me

  28. Anne-Marie Johnson September 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    My husband introduced me to EITS when we first met in 2007 – I have never seen them live. Hubby is leaving me alone all holiday weekend for a roofing job, wouldn’t mind rubbing in his face missing out on free EITS tix…!

  29. Danielle September 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    An Explosions in the Sky inspired poem for PDX Pipeline:

    “Your Hand in Mine”
    “Remember Me as a Time of Day”
    “Time Stops”
    “The Birth and Death of the Day”

    “How Strange, Innocence”
    “Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever”

    “All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone”
    “So Long, Lonesome”
    “First Breath After Coma”
    “Losing the Light”
    “Welcome, Ghosts”

  30. Steve September 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    My ’87 Volvo just broke down :( Could use some EITS to help turn my frown upside down :)

  31. Sasha September 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    They’re so good! Very calming music, which I need after this week at work :(

  32. Palaiologos Palaiologou September 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    A must see event…

  33. Ryan Skith September 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    Love Explosions In The Sky! This would be a much needed night away from the kids with my wife.

  34. Simone September 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Why not?

  35. Lindsay September 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Ummm yes please!! I gave birth to both my boys listening to explosions in the sky!

  36. Anne September 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    I’ll bring the wieners and mustard.

  37. Kathy L. rankin September 2, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    Please pick me and my husband.
    I am very SAD because I had to cancel all labor day weekend plans because of the rain. And cold weather. In the 50s really and “chance” of showers? I am not camping!!!

    Sad the sunshine is gone and the hot temps!

    This show would take my mind off of my severe sadness & depression. Or any fun event
    you are planning THIS WEEKEND. I would love to go

    Pretty please pick us.

  38. Birdonit September 2, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    This has felt like the longest week ever, and I just want to curl up into a ball and listen to the soothing sounds of Explosions, while getting stepped on by 15 year olds at the Crystal.

  39. John September 2, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    My girlfriend is going to DMB this weekend and I’m staying behind with the dog. I would love to win tickets so I too can have a good weekend!

  40. Judy September 2, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Pick me so my daughgter can really celebrate her birthday in style!b

  41. Roddy September 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Crud, am i too late to enter????

  42. Ryan September 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    These guys are so great live, and I’d love to see them again!

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