Win Tickets ($40): Mono @ Aladdin Theater | Tokyo-based 4 piece Instrumental Rock Band, w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mono @ Aladdin Theater on June 7 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 3.


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June 7, 2019
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $18 ADV, $20 Doors | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The Tokyo, Japan based 4 piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship can no longer be sustained by Rock music alone and was praised by British Musical Magazine NME as “This is music for the Gods”. One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.

 Their annual world tour consists of around 150 shows. The band has now visited over 50 countries and proudly holds the stake of being one of the most internationally successful bands in Japan. Among their fans, they are revered as one of the best live bands in Rock.

After releasing 9 successful albums including a live album with New York orchestra, the band received the highly regarded award “The Marshall Hawkins Awards: Best Musical Score – Featurette” from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for their collaborative short film “Where We Begin” in 2015.

Now in 2016, the band has finished recording their 9th album with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago. The album is set for an Autumn 2016 release.

Emma Ruth Rundle
The cover to Emma Ruth Rundle’s fourth solo record, On Dark Horses, bears a blurry photo of the songwriter obscuring her face with a large toy horse with broken legs. The photo suggests something candid but also hidden, graceful but also fractured—a fitting portrait for an artist who has established a career by vacillating between shrouding herself in mystery and exposing her wounds to the world. Her first solo release, Electric Guitar: One, was a collection of Frippian guitar instrumentals written and recorded in the backseat of a tour van during her tenure in Red Sparowes. It’s a record devoid of context, revealing nothing of Rundle’s personal narrative. The first peek behind the curtain came with Some Heavy Ocean, where layers of distortion were excised in favor of acoustic guitar and Rundle’s beguiling vocals. There was a distinct difference by the time Rundle released Marked For Death, a stark and deeply personal meditation on mortality and self-destructive behavior. Her entire musical trajectory—from the cinematic instrumentals of Red Sparowes to the lush haze of Marriages and onward through her solo career—seems like a gradual disclosure of intimate secrets. With On Dark Horses, Rundle doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable realities or retreat into a private world, but it does capture an artist who has survived their personal nadir and come out stronger on the other side.

“In the wake of weak beginnings, we can still stand high,” Rundle sings over banks of electrified minor chords and ghostly guitar leads on “Darkhorse”. It’s a statement of purpose and a recurring motif throughout the album. “The record is about overcoming—understanding and embracing the crippling situation and then growing beyond it,” Rundle says. “Horses keep working their way into the lyrics and visual dimension of this record. They’re powerful and beautiful yet not free really. So the dark horse works for me in a visual way, as a representation of a contained force that will win the race or exceed the expectation of society and self.” The horse metaphor takes a darker turn on the reverb-soaked gothic Americana song “Races”, where Rundle draws a parallel between alcoholism and being a “touring vampire wastoid… creeping around in the night dragged along by the need.”

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22 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Mono @ Aladdin Theater | Tokyo-based 4 piece Instrumental Rock Band, w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

  1. Mar C May 20, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

    Holy moly! Mono in the flesh. They were such an impactful part of my college days, introducing me to Japanese shoegaze and providing background music for study sessions. Seeing them live would be a dream!

  2. Chris Johnson May 21, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Mono are incredible and would love to check out this show!

  3. Aleks May 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

    Cool, I would love to see a show!

  4. Joey May 22, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

    Just got turned onto Mono. Would love to see them live!

  5. Katie May 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

    I’d love to see Mono!! Wish I could be in Tokyo, but I’ll settle for this :)

  6. Dave G. May 23, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

    Would love to catch Mono! The band, that is…!

  7. Heather May 23, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    This would be an amazing show to see.

  8. Steven J Henegar May 23, 2019 at 7:42 pm #

    Oh, the stories that spool out in my head listening Mono. Sure, I want to shake a light stick and swirl with the Wagakki Band and thrash with Band Maid. But now is the time to find a way back inside, riding the river of music.

  9. Ron T. May 24, 2019 at 1:41 am #

    I have always had a liking for instrumental music and would love to attend this concert. Mono has captured my interest and regardless the free tickets, please pick me, anyway.

  10. Christina May 24, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

    These tickets would be amazing to win! I saw Mono perform in a church in NYC with my husband years ago and I would absolutely love to surprise him with tickets to this show!

  11. Rochelle Kaufman May 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

    I’ve wanted to see Mono for ages!!

  12. Sam May 28, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    I’m a newer fan, but still excited about them. I was too slow to grab tickets, though!

  13. Tyler May 28, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    oh yeah mono’s sick

  14. Ryan May 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    I’d love to go!

  15. Kirsten May 28, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

    Excited to see a new (to me) group :)

  16. Elise May 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

    Would love to check out this band <3

  17. Elise May 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

    Oooh! Would love to check out this band <3

  18. Robin May 30, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

    this would be really cool.

  19. Shadow Rose May 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    Sounds awesome.

  20. Dawn May 31, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

    Mono is great! I would live to see them live.

  21. Brian Bailey June 4, 2019 at 9:45 am #

    Big fan of Japanese music in all forms. Love to go

  22. Jen June 4, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

    I’d love to see this show!

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