Win Tickets ($50): Japanese Breakfast @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock, Pop, w/ Special Guest

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Japanese Breakfast @ Crystal Ballroom on August 23. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 19.



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August 23, 2019
9 p.m. | $25 | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. Oregon 97209

“The title Soft Sounds From Another Planet alludes to the promise of something that may or may not be there. Like a hope in something more. The songs are about human resilience and the strength it takes to claw out of the darkest of spaces.”

Michelle Zauner wrote the debut Japanese Breakfast album in the weeks after her mother died of cancer, thinking she would quit music entirely once it was done. That wasn’t the case. When Psychopomp was released to acclaim in 2016, she was forced to confront her grief. Zauner would find find herself reliving traumatic memories multiple times a day during interviews, trying to remain composed while discussing the most painful experience of her life. Her sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, is a transmutation of mourning, a reflection that turns back on the cosmos in search of healing.

“I want to be a woman of regimen,” Zauner sings over a burbling synth on the album’s opening track “Diving Woman.” This serves as Zauner’s mission statement: stick to the routine lest you get derailed, don’t cling to the past, don’t descend. In fact, ascend to the stars; Zauner found artistic solace removed from Earth, in outer space and science fiction. “I used the theme as a means to disassociate from trauma,” she explains. “Space used as a place of fantasy.”

And yet, Soft Sounds From Another Planet isn’t a concept album. Over the course of 12 tracks, Zauner explores an expansive thematic universe, a cohesive outpouring of unlike parts structured to create a galaxy of her own design. In the instrumental “Planetary Ambience,” synths communicate the way extraterrestrials might, and on the shapeshifting single “Machinist,” which Zauner has been performing live for over a year now, she details the sci-fi narrative of a woman falling in love with a machine. “It’s pure fiction,” she explains, “But it can map onto real relationships in a relevant way.” The track, which begins with spoken-word ambience, moves into autotune ‘80s pop bliss and ends with a sultry saxophone solo, perfectly marries the experience: there’s a perceptible humanity in mechanical, bodily events.

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59 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Japanese Breakfast @ Crystal Ballroom | Indie Rock, Pop, w/ Special Guest

  1. Joseph July 11, 2019 at 6:39 am #

    Absolutely love Japanese Breakfast! Pick me!

    • Beel July 30, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

      You should try to do as little harm as y’all can to the woman be lovin’ you, ya hear?

      • Jolisa Cecchini August 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

        So you mean there really is no breakfast? Love the crystal!

        • Mitch Wilder August 19, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

          Such an awesome band! I would love to take the girlfriend to experience their music in person!

  2. Chris July 11, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

    Love their sound so much!

  3. Jessica July 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    Yas please!

  4. JP July 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

    Mm… Japanese Breakfast!

  5. rd July 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

    would love to

  6. Lena Bainbridge July 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm #

    I’d love to win tickets because this sounds like a unique event!

  7. Erin July 11, 2019 at 11:17 pm #

    Please!! I’d love this!!

  8. mike foix July 12, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    Way Kool!

    • Erin July 31, 2019 at 11:22 pm #

      I’d love to go to this!!! <3

  9. Anthony July 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    Big fan of J Brekkie and I’ve not yet seen a show at the Crystal!

  10. Shawn Saechao July 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    Japanese Breakfast is amazing! And we have a Eugene connection, go ducks!

    • Mica August 6, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      I cry to them in my room time to cry to them in person!

  11. Cayla July 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

    I first saw japanese breakfast last year as an opener at the Oregon Zoo, would love to see them again!

  12. Cassandra July 12, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    I’ve heard such wonderful things about Japanese Breakfast. And my sister in law is so amazing and deserving, I would love to take her to see this. Pick me :)

  13. Matt July 12, 2019 at 11:23 pm #

    I would love to go!

  14. Lisa Kendall July 13, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

    What fun. Celebrating Japanese culture with a great breakfast at a wonderful location. I’m in.

  15. tim July 14, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    Would like to support more asian american artists especially Korean-americans from Eugene!!!

    • Erin July 31, 2019 at 11:23 pm #

      I’d love to go to this!!! <3

  16. Charissa July 14, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    Would absolutely LOVE to see Japanese Breakfast! Please pick me! ❤️

  17. Amy July 16, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

    I’d love to see this!

    • Erin July 24, 2019 at 10:53 am #

      I love this music! It would be so fun to see Japanese Breakfast live!

  18. Alex H July 16, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    AMaaazing band.

  19. serena July 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

    I want to go so bad! this artist is so creative :)

  20. zach July 18, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    wow! this is really something :)

  21. Lottie July 23, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    Would love to see this show – Soft Sounds From Another Planet is a great album.

  22. maddy nico July 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

    Japanese breakfast!! would love to see this show

  23. Ryan July 25, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

    yes please!

  24. Tim B July 30, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

    Super cool sound – would love to catch the show!

  25. Tyler July 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    this is the only band my friend likes! i want him to see them live!

  26. Yu July 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

    I like their music a lot. I would love to go!

  27. Destiny Breitmayer August 1, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    count me in!

  28. Carlos Valle August 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Me! Me! Me! I love J Brekkie

  29. Grace August 1, 2019 at 10:54 pm #

    Omg I would LOVE to have these tickets!!! My girlfriend bought me a psychopomp LP for our first anniversary and she’s always had a special place in our hearts! Sounds so fun :))

  30. Danielle August 3, 2019 at 9:53 am #

    I’m winning right now!

  31. Emily Holland August 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

    I would be stoked to see the best meal of the day!!

  32. Steph Backus August 6, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  33. Jennifer Haliewicz August 6, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

    I don’t go to nearly enough shows lately and I would LOVE to go to this one!!!

  34. Kyle E Jones August 6, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

    This would be such a fun concert!

  35. Nicole SmithRyan August 7, 2019 at 9:15 am #

    Dancing to Japanese breakfast in the crystal sounds like something that needs to be on my to do list… for sure

  36. amy August 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    I’ve been dying to see Japanese Breakfast, and the Crystal Ballroom is my favorite Portland venue! Plus, the last time I was there I got dumped, so it would be great to have a new memory of the Crystal to get that bad taste out of my mouth :D

    • Gena Wallace August 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

      I love the Crystal! Such a neat venue. This is going to be fun!

  37. Sommersraye Ebright August 10, 2019 at 7:51 am #

    I would like to see and hear what it takes to claw yourself out of the darkest of places. Could make for an interesting show indeed. Pick me plz!

  38. Lena Bainbridge August 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

    Would love to go to this show because I love the crystal ballroom!

  39. T Ho August 11, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    Love this band since Psychopomp. Would love the opportunity to finally see them!

  40. madeline nicolopoulos August 13, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

    need some Japanese breakfast in my life!!!!

  41. Chrysta August 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

    Ooh yes please, this sounds like it would be awesome!

  42. MacKenzie August 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to see JB forever! Sounds awesome!

    • Michael R August 14, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

      I meant JB ;-)

  43. Michael R. August 14, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

    I’d love to see JP… I hear they are great!

  44. Rose August 15, 2019 at 11:19 pm #

    This would be awesome to see !

  45. Johanna August 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

    Love Japanese Breakfast! Pick me, please!

  46. Melissa C. August 19, 2019 at 1:34 am #

    I’m obsessed with her music, playing non-stop for the past year- I need to get out of my depressive funk, would love the tickets!

  47. Jessica August 19, 2019 at 4:03 am #

    OMG!!!! Japanese Breakfast in coming to PDX!! Her voice is sooo soothing!!! It’s like a soft lullaby and I love herrrrrrr!!

  48. Jennifer miller August 19, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    Wow i totally need to see this show!! I’m one of their biggest fans!

  49. Amanda M. August 19, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    Ahh love Japanese Breakfast!! Hope to see everyone there :)

  50. Olivia Acaster August 19, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    I’d love love love to win these tickets!! The crystal is a beautiful venue and I love Japanese Breakfast so much!! Thank you for this awesome opportunity

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