Win Tickets ($80): EELS @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to EELS @ Crystal Ballroom on June 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 2 .


From our sponsors:
June 1, 2018
Doors 6:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $37.50 advance, $40 day of show | All Ages
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

We could do the usual record company “bio” about this new record, but, seriously…who gives a fuck?

The world is a mess. This is just music. Music by someone who tends to believe that change starts in your own backyard. I’m just optimistic enough to believe that kind of thing can still help people.

It doesn’t have any answers, other than maybe that there is no answer, the dust never settles, everything is out of control, etc. But it offers this: you can make changes. Thus, you can change the world. Right?

Maybe if there’s anything we have any true control over, it’s how we see things. There’s a song about that here. The “our” of “In Our Cathedral” is the collective “our” – all of us. Your point of view. As the great Roger Miller once said, “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.” He said it better than I did.

The other thing we can do while everything’s such a mess is just try to be kind. Why not? We all have bad days, but why not put in the effort whenever possible? Nobody has it easy, however their story may appear from a distance. So why not try to be nice? Starting with yourself. That’s a nice change for the world right there. Good things will grow out of that. There are some songs along those lines here as well.

I’ve been through some stuff, but I’m no expert. I’m trying to dead reckon my way same as anyone. I’m really just talking to myself here, looking for what’s really there under all the defenses. But maybe it could help you too?

Or: Fuck all this jibber jabber and see if you like this new record!

Here are 15 new EELS tracks that may or may not inspire, rock, or not rock you. The world is going nuts. But if you look for it, there is still great beauty to be found. Sometimes you don’t even have to look for it. Other times you have to try to make it yourself. And then there are times you have to tear something apart to find something beautiful inside.

Best wishes on future endeavors,

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28 Responses to Win Tickets ($80): EELS @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock

  1. Joseph March 13, 2018 at 5:45 am #

    It’s in your kiss.

  2. Paul March 13, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Aw man. I would love to finally see this band.

  3. Sascha March 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    They would be so much fun to see live!

  4. Cora K March 13, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    I LOVE THE EELS! Would love to win tix to see them and have a date night with my hubby.

  5. Susan H March 13, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets to see these guys! I’ve been a fan for 25 years!

  6. Sloan March 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    Perfect music at the perfect time, yes please!

  7. Reuben March 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    E is great! I”ve never seen the band, but electro-shock blues means a lot to me on a persona level so I feel connected to the guy. For tickets I would be grateful indeed.

  8. Amy March 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    Can’t wait for the new album and this show!

  9. Michele March 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Eels!! I LOVE the Eels! Eels make me squeal!!!

  10. Dan March 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    Would love to see the eels!

  11. Chris D March 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    Would love to see them at such a great venue!

  12. David Rottenberg March 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    WOW the Eels are coming to Portland!!!!!!!!

  13. Jason Jancosek March 13, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    I’d like to win tickets to this show because about ten years ago, when I mistakenly lived in Los Angeles for a few years, I saw Mark play at Largo, as he was known to do. After the show, a few of us were standing around smoking and noticing she looked cold, he let my girlfriend wear his jacket while she finished her cigarette. Before we knew it he had left and she still had his coat. We didn’t think too much about it until later when we found a note from his sister in the pocket, and as you may or may not know, his sister died tragically in ’96. Since then I’ve held onto this jacket and it’s contents tighter than I held onto the girl.*

    *this may not be 100% true, but it got your attention, didn’t it?

  14. Dave G. March 13, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    There music has special Eeling powers!

  15. Marcie March 14, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    Dig the Eels! Would love to experience a live show!

  16. Carrie Seidl March 14, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    I’d love to surprise one of my oldest friends with tickets to this show. Music is holy to us, and no one does it better than Mark E.

  17. Jenna March 14, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    I would love to see the Eels!

  18. Nicholas March 14, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    It would be a delight to see the Eels perform!

  19. Cat March 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    My brother introduced me to The Eels long ago, and it would be such a treat to see them live!

  20. Daniel Bayot March 14, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    Oh jeez would be so amazing to win!

  21. david March 15, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    i’ve been an eels fan since mark was e. his last time in town, my dog ate a pot brownie and we had to spend the first half at dove lewis, getting a subcutaneous hydration pack injected. the second half, we took turns checking on zero. ah, life in the pacific northwest, right?!?

  22. Elizabeth March 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    I’d love to see E. I’ve been a fan since middle school.

  23. Mikey B March 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Oh yeah, this is the jam. Send me!

  24. JP March 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    Would love to go!

  25. Aaron Cullen March 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    Yes please!

  26. Maureen A. March 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this!

  27. Jenny March 15, 2018 at 8:32 pm #


  28. Mark March 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

    YES!!! I have been a longtime fan since: Novocaine For The Soul and The only thing I care about were my first beautiful sounds.

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