Win Tickets ($60): Dinosaur Jr, Moon Duo @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock Band, Repeat-o Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Dinosaur Jr, Moon Duo @ Crystal Ballroom on September 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, September 26.


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September 29, 2016
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $25 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Let’s face facts — in 2016 it is remarkable that there’s a new Dinosaur Jr. album to go ape over. After all, the original line-up of the band (J Mascis, Lou Barlow & Murph) only recorded three full albums during their initial run in the 1980s. Everyone was gob-smacked when they reunited in 2005. Even more so when they opted to stay together, as they have for 11 years now. And with the release of Give a Glimpse, this trio has released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th. It’s enough to make a man take a long, thoughtful slug of maple-flavored bourbon and count some lucky stars.

Last year, 2015, saw the amazing live shows Dinosaur Jr. played to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their eponymous debut LP. There were too damn many guest stars poking their noses into songs and amps for some of us, but the shebang was upful enough, and the songs they were celebrating are amazing enough, that it was tough to gripe. But essentially that was a nostalgia fest — a very fine nostalgia fest — but it’s the future that beckons the living. So you have to be pretty damn chuffed that the band has managed to pull another magnificent rabbit out of their collective hat.

The songs on Give a Glimpse were recorded over the past year or so, again at Amherst’s Bisquiteen Studio. The sound is great and roaring with J’s various bleeding-ear psychedelic guitar touches oozing their way into the smudge-pop modeling, while Murph’s drums pound like Fred Flintstone’s feet, and Lou’s bass weaves back and forth between proggy melodicism and post-core thug-hunch.

Of the 11 songs presented, nine are J’s. Mascis has had so many projects going at various times — from the retro glam of Sweet Apple to the metal dunt of Witch to the ostrich-rock overload of Heavy Blanket — it’s always a little shocking he can compartmentalize well enough to keep his tunes with Dinosaur Jr. sounding so instantly recognizable. Which is not to say they’re interchangeable, it’s just that he has a very idiosyncratic way of structurally assembling and presenting the songs. Even when they’re not being played in concert (with amps turned to 12, and vibrating ’til they glow red).the way he hits his guitar strings has a unique quality that immediately lets you know you’re listening to Dino. It’s a very cool trick, and something only a small percentage of guitarists ever manage.

Moon Duo
The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time they were privy to the act. Moon Duo‘s third full-length LP, Shadow of the Sun, was written entirely during one of these evolving phases — a rare and uneasy rest period, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless moving landscapes. This offered Moon Duo a new space to reflect on all of these previous experiences and cradle them while cultivating the album in the unfamiliar environment of a new dwelling; a dark Portland basement. It was from this stir-crazy fire that Shadow of the Sun was forged.

Evolving the sound of their first two full-length records, Mazes (2011) and Circles (2012), Moon Duo — Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada — have developed their ideas with the help of their newly acquired steam engine, Canadian drummer John Jeffrey (present on the band‘s last release, Live in Ravenna). The unchartered rhythms and tones present on this record are reflective of Moon Duo’s strive for equilibrium in this aforementioned new environment. You can hear it is the result of months of wrangling with a profound feeling of being unsettled – there are off-kilter dance rhythms, repetitive, grinding riffs, cosmic trucker boogies and even an ecstatically pretty moment. Mixing with Jonas Verwijnen in Berlin, allowed for a creative catharsis and dissolved the album’s formal technique into a cool and paradoxically sane sound of confusion.

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80 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Dinosaur Jr, Moon Duo @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock Band, Repeat-o Rock

  1. Tim August 30, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    I love to see Jmascis again!!!!

  2. Michael August 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Dinosaur Jr. at The Crystal Ballroom. Legendary band at a legendary venue. Sounds like a great night out. PDXPIPELINE hook me up with tickets please!

  3. ryan August 30, 2016 at 7:55 pm #


  4. Juana August 31, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Saw Moon Duo at Pickathon and They. Were. Loud.

    • lisa September 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

      Sounds like a trip Id like to take

  5. Susie August 31, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    I would love an excuse to invest in custom-made earplugs, just for this show!

  6. Mike September 1, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Pick me to win these tickets. I am ready for a loud night at The Crystal Ballroom rocking out to Dinosaur Jr. J Mascis is one of my all time favorite guitar players.

  7. Chris September 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    The Mascis solo show a year or so ago was impressive. Seeing him with this seminal band will be even better. These guys are like painters with tunes.

  8. Karen Gillis September 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    Why? Because I’ve never seen them!

  9. T_dah September 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    Hah! My kid will be so jealous (he’s just now getting into Dinosaur Jr). We’d love to attend – never seen them live!

  10. Mario Martínez September 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    It would be my first time at The Crystal Ballroom and it would also be my first time seeing Dinosaur Jr, Moon Duo… When will I get a better opportunity? Never!

  11. Angela September 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    Heck yeah!

  12. M September 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

    I want to go so I can listen to my ears ring for a month.

  13. Lauren tobias September 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    I saw nirvana open for dinosaur junior in San Francisco … Would love see them again.

  14. David Pehrson September 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    I grew up a few towns over from J in Massachusetts… been a fan since the beginning. Have never had a chance to see them live, was so upset missing his show last year. Winning a spot at this show would easily make my year!

  15. Judy September 2, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Original and waiting for me!b

  16. Ryan September 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    This would make my girlfriend so happy! I love them too, of course.

  17. Cory September 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    MASCIS!!!! Best everC

  18. panda September 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    freak scene baby!

  19. catie September 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    yeah yeah yeah!

  20. Alex September 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    This would be a great consolation to missing Moon Duo at Pickathon last month :)

  21. Scott Pierce September 5, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    It would bring back memories

  22. David L. September 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    Missed them live the first incarnation and would love to see them this time around! Give an old geezer a dying wish! (well, dying eventually)

  23. Ronnie September 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    I want to be at this Freak Scene so badly I can Feel the Pain! Really I could Puke and Cry I want to go so badly. Forget the Swan, pick me!

  24. Brooke M Johnson September 6, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    Really Dino JR is still around? Yes and yes. Okay, so I find myself working for free in hospitals, holding peoples hands and dodging fluid filled abscesses. So, okay maybe I don’t get out enough. Would be freakin fantastic to see what kind of dance moves I have left. I’d love to dust off those “high heels” and work magic at this show. Okay, I don’t have high heels but I promise to brush my hair, and wash my hands.. maybe even deodorant!

  25. Jessica September 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    A great band in a great venue with free tickets from a great publication is my idea of a perfect night!

  26. scott September 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    Yay! Dino J!!!

  27. Willow Myrick September 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    I’m pretty sure J. Mascis is my power animal! I would love to go to this show!

  28. Jill Travis September 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    My ears need this!

  29. Sandra September 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    A super band.

  30. Marcela September 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    cos it sounds fun!

  31. Conor September 7, 2016 at 12:58 am #

    I’m dinosaur jr.

  32. 503Geek September 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    Geek out ya’ll free tickets will definitely get the word out when I start posting pics…

  33. Judy September 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    Now this would be a very special evening! I sure could use one!!!

  34. David kowal September 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    My wife is looking at me to setup date night this month and I know she’d love going as much as I would!

  35. Perry September 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Dinosaur Jr is dope as hell

  36. Yelena September 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    I’ll take J. Mascis to Mary’s House of Glass after.

  37. JD September 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m only in town for a few days and as someone who now owns his first Jazzmaster, figured seeing J. tear it up was a requirement (and an education)!

  38. Mikey B September 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Legends. Send me!

  39. Alex September 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    1. i love dinosaur jr.
    2. i can’t afford the tickets

  40. Audrey September 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    I love Dinosaur, Sr. and Moon Solo.

  41. Marion Davis September 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    I’d love to see Moon Duo again! Saw them for the first time back in France, in Toulouse. It was magical.

  42. Carnitas Alfonso September 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    jah know my love for Dinosaur is eternal…fulfill my dream and supply the tix…my truth is dependent on winning these tix

  43. Marc September 9, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    Yes Please!

  44. Julie September 10, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    I love them!

  45. Emily September 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Because….Dinosaur Jr. Enough said!

  46. Kt September 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Opportunity to see a legend, yez plz

  47. david September 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Yes, please.

  48. Isabelle September 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    I <3 Dinosaur Jr.

  49. Amy September 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    I recently won a pub trivia game because I knew who J. Mascis was. If that’s not a good reason to get picked for tickets, I don’t know what is! :P

  50. Gary Sanders September 13, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    The little bit of 90s left in me would LOVE to go to this show!!

  51. David Hurwich September 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    I’ve been a huge a fan of Dinosaur Jr since the mid 90s. Growing up in rural New England they were far and way different than anything else on tv or the radio. They open up new avenues of art and music in my life.

    I have never seen them live and also this will be my first time in the great city of Portland. I’d love to combine the jubilee of both new experiences together in your fair city if you’ll allow it and go to the concert with my fiancee.

  52. Maggie Brees September 14, 2016 at 2:13 am #

    I have never heard of this but it sounds awesome. Let’s do it

  53. Terue Shinohara September 14, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    Dinosaur Jr is amazing, I’ve never been able to see them, I’d love to see them.

  54. CHRIS MILLER September 14, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    i just started listening to them and would love to go

  55. Judy September 14, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    I love music that has staying power!

  56. Danielle h September 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    Would love to see these indie heroes…

  57. Rachel September 15, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    I have never experienced this and we would love to go!

  58. molli vandehey September 15, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    this is going to be the best show, i never get to go to live shows!

  59. steadydino September 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    I suffer from acute hearing–not loss, I hear too much, too vividly. My Otolaryngologist* suggested this concert. Apparently D Jr may play up and over “eleven.”

    TL;DR need the tix for my ear health.

    *yeah that’s a thing

  60. Mark September 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Dinosaur Jr & Moon Duo, what a show. Especially the rare and exciting sound of J Mascis’s guitar playing live!!!

  61. Joseph Keebler September 16, 2016 at 2:57 am #

    Need sludge!

  62. Andrew September 17, 2016 at 12:01 am #


  63. Ed September 19, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Great venue for this band, would love to go!

  64. Kelly September 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Big Dinosaur Jr. fan and I’ve never seen them live before. Also saw Moon Duo at Pickathon this summer and would LOVE to see them again!!

  65. Dean Hanson September 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    For the sake of my friend in Sacramento who can’t make it, I’d love to see them live.

  66. Christopher Phillips September 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Fingers crossed, I need to see this band before I die.

  67. Beth September 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Legend! I’d love to go!

  68. Hannah Kim September 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    almost fare!!

  69. Luke H September 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Because there’s nothing quite like DJ DJ

  70. BOBX September 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Shhh… no disrespect to Dinosaur Jr. but I really need to see the Moon Duo!

  71. Tim Newell September 20, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    I met my wife at a Dinosaur Jr concert. She had no idea who they were but went with friends. That was 1995. 21 years later I would love to relive meeting her all over again.

  72. Dave G. September 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    I’d love me a slug of some of that maple flavored bourbon…

  73. Kristi Kaneshi September 21, 2016 at 1:06 am #

    They’re amazing!

  74. Anya September 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    dance dance dance dance rock dance

  75. Haley Alves September 22, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    This is amazing! Pick Haley please!

  76. kate diamond September 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    I have never seen them! It seems like nearly everyone wants to win tickets to see them again, well I would be so damn happy to get to see them once! Pleaseeee?!

  77. Bob September 22, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Lou v J again- classic!!!

  78. Allon Hurwich September 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    As a teen in the 90s Dinosaur Jr was my lifeline. It was difficult being different, weird and gay from a small town, but Dinosaur Jr helped me feel accepted and to not give up and push forward.

  79. Mathew September 26, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    Oh boy Dinosaur JR! Woo this is one of my must see concerts. Please help a broke college student have some fun for a night.

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