Win Tickets ($36): Why? @ Revolution Hall | w/ Open Mike Eagle, Alternative Rock, Indie

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Why? @ Revolution Hal on March 24. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 24.


From our sponsors:
Why? w/ Open Mike Eagle
March 24, 2017
Doors 8p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $16 ADV, $18 Doors | All Ages

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
971 808 5094

The final words sung on the sixth album by WHY? are an apt place to begin: “Hold on, what’s going on?” Because while there’s much familiar about the oddly named Moh Lhean—mastermind Yoni Wolf’s sour-sweet croon, his deadpan poet’s drawl and ear for stunningly fluid psych-pop-folk-whatever arrangement—a great deal has changed in the four years that’ve passed since 2012’s Mumps, Etc., an LP that honed the band’s orchestral precision and self-deprecating swagger to a fine point. It’s significant that this is the first fully home-recorded WHY? album since the project’s 2003 debut. Made mostly in Wolf’s studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah, the result is obsessive, of course, but also intimate, and flush with warmth and looseness. But the biggest transformation is a bit subtler. After years of eying his world, in part, with a cynical squint, Wolf here learns a new mode. While Moh Lhean never stoops to outright optimism, it chronicles our hero finding peace in the unknowing, trading the wry smirk for a holy shrug, and looking past corporeal pain for something more cosmic and, rest assured, equally weird.

A low tone opens the album on “This Ole King” as acoustic pluck and upright bass form a Western bedrock beneath Wolf’s fragile voice. But as the song pushes on, the playing gets brighter and the vocal becomes a mantra-like hum inspired by Ali Farka Touré’s blues, before rolling into a second part rich with chiming keys and twisting harmony—Brian Wilson’s kaleidoscopic vision of pop. If there’s new litheness here, it’s probably because Wolf spent much of the time between albums collaborating—with ex/muse Anna Stewart as the fuzz-pop duo Divorcee, and MC Serengeti as the puckishly depressive Yoni & Geti. And if there’s a lithe newness, it may be that Wolf excised some nostalgia via his 2014 solo tapes—one re-recording choice raps from his own catalog, and another covering cuts by artists like Bob Dylan and Pavement. It’s no wonder, then, that “The Water” handily morphs a moody folk tune into some strange new form of full-band dub. Or that “One Mississippi” bounces along happily over a flurry of bizarre percussion, whistled melodies, and trippy synthesizer blips. Perhaps most impressive is “Consequence of Nonaction,” which vacillates between a quiet meditation for guitar/voice/clarinet, and wild, sax-strewn astral art-funk.

Open Mike Eagle
Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.

On this descent into the digital trenches, Eagle teams up with British producer, Paul White for Hella Personal Film Festival. Released on Mello Music Group, the full collaboration finds White behind the boards, conjuring a psychedelic strain of soul-funk, booming drums, and 21st century crate-digging in tropical attics of the imagination. On the microphone, the Chicago-bred, LA-based, Eagle artfully breaks down the banalities and perils of the modern condition.

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13 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Why? @ Revolution Hall | w/ Open Mike Eagle, Alternative Rock, Indie

  1. tim March 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    Would like to bring a friend to check out this venue. Saw Open Mike at Pickathon wouldnt mind seeing him again.

  2. cherie March 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    Open Mike Eagle never disappoints and I’ve been a fan of Yoni from WHY? for years, but have never gotten to see him live! He’s an amazingly talented artist! I would love a chance to finally see him at this awesome venue!

  3. Yuen (Enya) Conat March 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    I can’t miss WHY? again. Would love to take my husband to the show!

  4. Marc Goldsticker March 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    I would love to see why!!!

  5. Chris March 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    This would be awesome!

  6. bianka March 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    I love WHY?
    Would love to win this!

  7. David Burkee March 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    Would love to see Why? Keeping fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance!

  8. Renee March 22, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    I would love to go!

  9. Marc March 22, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    I want to go to this!!!!!

  10. Isaac March 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Because of the slight jingle of pocket change pulsing… Been itching to see Why? for ages! Always stuck working or broke when they come through.

  11. Dave G. March 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    Let me tell you the reasons WHY….

  12. Cara March 23, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    Pick me please!

  13. Amber March 24, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Open Mike eagle sounds very interesting and WHY? That’s why?

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