Win Tickets ($30): The Academic @ Mission Theater | Indie Rock Group From Ireland

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Academic @ Mission Theateron March 3 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 26.


From our sponsors:
The Academic
March 3, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $12 advance, $15 day of show | All Ages
More info:

Mission Theater
1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland, Oregon 97209

Nothing will ever feel as free as the first time you hit the recording studio to lay down your own music, a rush that Irish foursome The Academic channeled perfectly on their 2015 debut EP ‘Loose Friends’. The joyful intensity of those early songs was all ripped jeans and carefree nights, as the band sang about youthful passion with optimistic fervor and a cheeky wink.

That irresistible charm, undeniable wit, and infectious personality shines through again on their highly anticipated debut full-length ‘Tales From The Backseat,‘ proof-positive of the band’s embodiment of a refreshing tonic and barrage of fireworks rolled into one. Leaping from mellow, artfully constructed melodic thoughtfulness into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance, there’s a surprise around every corner within The Academic’s music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.

Now in their early twenties, The Academic are one of the most exciting new acts coming out of Ireland. Growing up in the rural town of Mullingar, about an hour west of Dublin and set in the very heart of Ireland’s agricultural midlands the four met in high school, becoming firm friends through their shared of love of toasted sandwiches, Nicholas Cage movies, and of course, music, with each having their own unique influence. Brothers Stephen and Matt Murtagh favored Britpop, Craig Fitzgerald rap, while ‘dark-side’ Dean Gavin was into metal. Those differences soon blended into a shared enthusiasm for the early 2k NYC rock revival lead by the likes of The Strokes, Interpol and Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and that post-punk sound made an indelible ‘watermark’ on The Academic’s music.

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17 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): The Academic @ Mission Theater | Indie Rock Group From Ireland

  1. Brittanie February 19, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    I would love to go to this!

    • Laurie Palfrey March 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

      I think going would be great. The group’s music influences are so varied. My husband and I would just love to hear new music from across the pond. Thanks.

  2. Marc February 20, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    The academic are great! Id love to see them live!

  3. Gisela February 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    I would enjoy this concert.

  4. Krys February 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    Would love to go!

  5. Chase cawley February 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Pick me!!! These guys are awesome xo

  6. Lauri Aunan February 20, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

    Music is life affirming — and I love seeing bands I’ve never seen before!

  7. Carrie Daugherty February 20, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    This sounds so great! I’d love to check them out!

  8. Benhard February 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    A perfect start to March!

  9. Tara February 22, 2018 at 8:40 am #

    Hello PDX pipeline, I am from Ireland and it makes me feel closer to home seeing Irish bands perform here. It is also amazing too see usa audiences knowing their songs etc…
    I would love to go see some Irish musicians in Portland! As there few and far between here in Portland!


  10. Kim February 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    I would love to be schooled by the Academic!

  11. Tom February 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    Love Irish bands they know how to have fun!

  12. Christina February 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  13. Rina February 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    Good times!

  14. Aaron February 22, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

    Aside from the music and the Irish connections (U2, Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, et. al.), i’d like to ask them if they thought Nicks Cage was better in The Rock or Snowden.

  15. Dave G. February 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

    Whenever you get 4 Catholics together, there’s always a fifth!

  16. Scott Pierce February 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    A concert at the Mission. Nice venue.

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