Win Tickets ($40): WHY? Plays Alopecia @ Revolution Hall | Alternative Hip Hop, Indie

We are giving away a pair of tickets to WHY? Plays Alopecia @ Revolution Hall  on November 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, November 9.


From our sponsors:
WHY? Plays Alopecia
November 13, 2018
All Ages | Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $17 ADV / $20 DOS

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

“I’ll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn’s / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone.” It’s the kind of couplet you’d carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career-defining album—one so fan-adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the art-pop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?’s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists.

It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk, bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album’s 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history.

Revisiting these songs is like catching up with an old, very strange friend—one who obsesses over his mortality, wonders if his ex is some sort of god, identifies as a “lifelong local foreigner,” and does his emotional unpacking in public restrooms*. When Yoni sings that he’s been “faking suicide for applause in the food courts of malls” on album opener “The Vowels Pt. 2,” you aren’t sure if it’s a metaphor about fame or a real thing he did. Our narrator’s odd charm is Alopecia’s most enduring gift. Inspired by Bob Dylan and Joanna Newsom, Yoni packs confessional candor and vivid detail into honeyed melodies. Energized by Lil Wayne and MF DOOM, he seeds self-effacing boasts and mesmeric wordplay within complex rhyme schemes. The result is a swirl of humor, desperation, and beauty that both pulls us into his world and draws out our own proud, wounded inner weirdo. As Yoni coos on “The Hollows,” “This goes out to dirty-dancing, cursing, backmasking, back-slidden pastors’ kids / and all us Earth growths; some planted, some pulled.”

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10 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): WHY? Plays Alopecia @ Revolution Hall | Alternative Hip Hop, Indie

  1. Megan November 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    Sounds like a fun evening :)

  2. Kaydee November 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    WHY? not?!

  3. Christopher Loop November 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Your mom she sits while her hair is in curlers
    Smokes weed and listens to that Garrison Keillor

  4. David November 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    The last time I got to see Why? was when they originally toured for this album. Been a fan since the Oaklandazulasylum days. Thanks for the chance to see a great show!

  5. Chris November 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    Love Why?!

  6. Jenny November 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

    LOVE why? I am from LA and he is from LA, I would love to see this.

  7. michael p dalton November 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm #


  8. Dave G. November 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    Badass indeed!

  9. Brittanie November 8, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    Sounds cool!

  10. Nicholas November 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    Should be a great show! Love the venue. Never seen them before, very exited to see their live show

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