Win Tickets ($40): Bully @ Aladdin Theater | Rock, w/ Melkbelly

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bully @ Aladdin Theater on February 25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 23.


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February 25, 2018
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $18 ADV / $20 DOS | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202

Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like. Today the band announces Losing. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio.
Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, and formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. “The coarse Cobain head-scream of Bully singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Bognanno is its own resuscitating jolt of protest,” said Pitchfork. “She spends much of Feels Like tearing the house down with her howl.” The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.

While Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno’s young adult life, Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. The debut single, “Feel The Same’ is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head. On “Seeing It” she addresses the issue of personal safety and navigating the world as a woman. On “Running” she focuses on personal relationships and the avoidance of facing the demise of a personal relationship.

Losing is an internal, carefully focused record, a universalized diary and an exorcism-not of any one specific demon, but the host of them that characterize contemporary anxieties. Bully are growing up, sure, but their fire is in no way diminishing.

If Nothing Valley were a real place, it’d be mossy, verdant, and a little bit strange.

Melkbelly, formed by vets of Chicago’s experimental and DIY scene champions, organized noise and thoughtful freneticism on its debut full-length, Nothing Valley, fusing dreamy vocal lines and cantankerous guitar racket. Its songs clang and bang in stripped-down production that highlights the band’s sharp edges; multi-faceted slabs of sound serve harmonious, immediate songs. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the band members’ tastes run obscure–The Hecks, Lightning Bolt, and jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and, as they tell us, “bands and musicians that draw on a sense of adventure.” The quartet’s membership overlaps with several Chicago noise and experimental bands and art collectives.

An efficient one-day recording session resulted in Melkbelly’s first EP, 2014’s Pennsylvania, which opened the door to touring and opening slots for Speedy Ortiz, Magik Markers and Built to Spill, and led to The Chicago Reader calling Melkbelly “one of the most exciting new sounds out of Chicago.” Next, Melkbelly got back to writing and working, recording a pair of 7-inches with Dave Vettraino at Chicago’s Public House where it had made its first recordings ever for Public House’s Digital Singles Series and a Public House compilation tape. The sessions gave the band a chance to deepen its collaboration with Vettraino.

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17 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Bully @ Aladdin Theater | Rock, w/ Melkbelly

  1. Keegan Bradford February 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    Bully was the first show I attended in Portland at the Mississippi Theater, which has become my favorite venue and bar. It was also a show put on by She Shreds, a great Portland publication about female guitar players, and I felt like it was a perfect introduction to my time in the city. I’d love to spend another night with these jams!

  2. William Longnecker February 13, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    Love the throw back Rick sounds of these guys. Lamp burgers and beer for all (or maybe just me and a friend)

  3. ryan February 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm #


  4. Brian February 15, 2018 at 12:43 am #

    It would be great to see Bully play live.

  5. Scott R Worthington February 15, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    i have not heard of them, but that is the best part of going to live shows and hearing new stuff

  6. Dave G. February 15, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

    I’d like to try & take this BULLY on…

  7. Sara Haddix-Arling February 18, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this band. Would love to check them out!

  8. Kristina C February 19, 2018 at 5:52 am #

    This would be a great date night!

  9. Brenda R February 19, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    I’d love to check this band out!

  10. Kai February 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    I saw Bully at Bonnarroo two years ago and it was so fun! Also I’m from Nashville, so it’ll be nice to go and hear a band from my home ❤️

  11. Kayla February 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    Would love to take my fiance on a date night to Portland! Be a nice break from the midterm studies.

  12. Bob MacKay February 20, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    Everyone needs a turn at being the Bully

  13. corrina stellflug February 21, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend to the Aladdin theater for the first time!

  14. Jessi Cox February 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    We would love to go see this show and take my husband, who is also my cannabis business partner. We need a night out! The cannabis industry is lagging, and very slow right now (go buy some cannabis, everyone) and this would put a smile on our faces!

  15. Christina February 22, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    One of my husband’s favorite bands! Would love to win!

  16. Collin Foster February 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Who doesn’t like the word Bully? Nobody that’s who

  17. Aaron February 22, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    Chicago connections abound, it seems, great musical heritage we need more of in Portland. That combined with the magic carpet ride of a Bully/Melkbelly Aladdin show—hard to go wrong!

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