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 .


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June 1, 2018
Doors 6:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $37.50 advance, $40 day of show | All Ages
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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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62 Responses to Win Tickets ($80): EELS @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock

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

    It’s in your kiss.

    • jennifer slater March 29, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      would be so much fun

  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.

  29. Michael March 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    I need to see this show! Great band at a great venue. I will be right up front rocking out. Hope I win these tickets.

  30. panda March 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

    the eels
    the eels
    the eels

  31. Jasmine March 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    Love the eels, it’d be amazing to see them live

  32. Janis March 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    I sure give a fuck about the Eels.

  33. Ed March 20, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    YES! Have been a fan for years but have never seen them live!

  34. Gregory Garabedian March 20, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    Eels. They soundtracked my life for a good decade. I’d love to hear new music from them, and live.

  35. Erika S March 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I would love to see them! My boyfriend is visiting from Halifax, Nova Scotia and loves them! It would be an awesome surprise!

  36. Melanie March 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Love Eels

  37. Michael Pendlebury March 20, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Eels always put on a great live show whenever I saw them in the U.K. I have never seen them in the USA but would love to have the opportunity!

  38. Jamie Veira March 20, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Please and Thank You!

  39. JF March 20, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    Oh how I’d love to see a show at the Crystal Ballroom!

  40. Robert Haley March 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    I’ve been telling my girlfriend how awesome this band is but seeing is believing – help me help her to believe…

  41. Valerie March 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Just try to be kind!
    Eels ❤️

  42. Monica March 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    I’d love to have E autograph his book and meet the Chet!

  43. Valerie March 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Been a fan of the Eels for-EVER, would love to see this show!

  44. Aaron Freedman March 20, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    Such a fan! Saw Mark the last time he was in town, it was great. Would love to go again.

  45. Diane McLaughlin March 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    Love them!

  46. molli taylor March 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    yesss… see the beauty in all the things. it’s just a fucking mess. let me at this show!

  47. Dara March 27, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    “Beautiful freak, That’s why I love you” The Eels

    This pretty much sums up why I hope to win!

  48. Will March 27, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    The Eels’ “Beautiful Freak” was the first NON-country music album I ever purchased for myself, at a Sam Goody in Kansas City when I was 10 or 11 years old. I liked the creepy/fun/enchanting cover art and had no idea what was inside. “Susan’s House” became and remains one of my lifelong anthems. I am DELIGHTED that The Eels are touring and coming to Portland. Love these guys.

  49. Julia March 27, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Fresh feeling!

  50. David March 28, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Its rare to see an artist back the beliefs they carry. I would love to see Eels in person

  51. Jake T March 29, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    let’s goooo!!!

  52. Whitney April 2, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

    Oh I hope I still have a chance to win!!! Would love to see EELS

  53. Nicole April 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Eels would be such an amazing experience. This show is the day after I return from three months in India, working and learning what a very different culture is all about. I can’t think of a better welcome home to the States.

  54. Cynthia Early McDermid April 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    I would love to see Eels. I think they are among the best bands of the decade.

  55. Denae O. April 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    It’s been over 10 years since I’ve seen the EELS (is that the correct grammar?)!

  56. Delaney April 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    Holy balls. My beloved monster and me. I love eels! Would love to win this :)

  57. Adam April 4, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    My fiance wanted to go to a concert this summer and their birthday is coming up and that’s right after our graduation, the best news I could give to us as a couple is we get to go see Eels and not have to worry about anything the next day.

  58. Quinn Quinn April 6, 2018 at 1:03 am #

    One Two Three Four this is what i’m looking four.

  59. Jolyn Jimenez April 16, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Holy shit….THE EELS. In PDX!!!!!!!!!

    **Squeeeee** <3 <3 <3

  60. Sheri May 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    I would love to see them again. I saw them at Roseland last and what a caaahhhhhrrraazy show it was.
    To win tickets…oh boy! – – it would be a beautiful day, a kinda sorta Fresh Feeling kinda day. Oh and I like birds too.

  61. Stacy M Jorge May 31, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    Eels in Portland? Hell yes!

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