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.


From our sponsors:
Japanese Breakfast
August 23, 2019
9 p.m. | $25 | All Ages
More info:

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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18 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!

  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!

  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!

  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!!!

  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!

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

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

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