Win Tickets ($70): Einstürzende Neubauten The Year of the Rat Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | German Experimental Music Group, Industrial, Avant Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Einstürzende Neubauten The Year of the Rat Tour @ Crystal Ballroom on October 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed January 31.


From our sponsors:
Einstürzende Neubauten The Year of the Rat Tour
October 18, 2020
6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show | All Ages | $30 ADV, $35 Doors
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Many young and creative people living amid the state of emergency in West Berlin during the 1980s perceived it as a kind of normality. It was a period in which anything seemed possible.

When Blixa Bargeld was asked if he wanted to perform at the Moon Club on April 1, 1980, he thought up the band Einstürzende Neubauten, accepted the gig and called a few friends. The initial members of the band turned out to be musicians who happened to have time that evening. The official birth of Einstürzende Neubauten is generally linked to this concert. Certainly, no one could have dared to predict back then that the band would continue to be so highly productive and still be going strong after almost four decades. A Greatest Hits Tour, beginning in January 2017, with a double concert in the spectacular Elbphilharmonie venue in Hamburg – which sold out in record time – demonstrates that the band Einstürzende Neubauten is still very much alive after nearly 37 years of the most intensive musical ecstasy. The following outline of the eventful history of an evocative band shows why this course should not be taken for granted.

With the release of its debut album Kollaps in November 1981, Einstürzende Neubauten declared war on all conventional listening habits. The album is actually an “inaudible” record; it is a frontal attack on expectations and ways of listening that have been blunted by mainstream sound. For lack of money, among other reasons, the range of instruments consisted of “found” and self-made objects, created from sheet metal and including drills, hammers, a “non-voice” that snatched shreds of German words from a text, and professional studio equipment, which was consistently used to undermine its actual technical purposes. This nonconformist mixture itself would become the foundation of a completely new understanding of music that would later influence countless artists, and would highly stylize the band’s subsequent albums into milestones of the industrial scene. As a construct or entity, Einstürzende Neubauten is one of the few German bands that internationally sends out a genuine impulse via its trendsetting mix. It has affected numerous other bands and art genres – from dance theater to the visual arts; and has also inspired film up to the present-day – from Schlingensief to Tarrantino. Although the media mocked the band in the beginning as a bizarre “curiosity in the divided city,” it quickly established itself around the world as one of the renowned greats of the present and of pop culture. It has influenced an entire generation and even today it provides often copied blueprints for experimental sound art and performance. Characterized by its original and radical redefinition of the term “music,” Einstürzende Neubauten often takes part in unusual and pioneering collaborations, as for instance with the Japanese director Sogho Iishi. The band has also shared far-reaching experiences through theater projects with well-known directors and dramaturges, including Peter Zadek, Heiner Müller and Leander Haussmann, all euphorically documented by the art press. And the band members have received invitations to highly regarded international cultural events, such as documenta 7, the Biennale de Paris and the EXPO in Vancouver.

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30 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Einstürzende Neubauten The Year of the Rat Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | German Experimental Music Group, Industrial, Avant Rock

  1. Greg K. January 21, 2020 at 11:50 am #

    Yes, I would like to attend this rare occurrence.

    • Tiffany January 28, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

      This sounds amazing!

  2. Karen January 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm #

    Yes! This would be an epic event!

  3. Carol Lynn Cooper January 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm #

    37 years for a band to be together is epic. Want to see them so bad.

  4. Jonas Trekas January 21, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

    That’s great they have done theatre projects also. Looking forward to seeing then if I’m picked. Germany is a great place also to travel to. Hope to go there someday.

    • Carol Cooper January 29, 2020 at 10:03 pm #

      Would love to go to West Berlin someday and other country’s. I want to check this band out. Make my day please.

  5. Sascha January 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    The first time I saw them, I had no idea who they were. Now I want to see them again!

  6. Saul Sanchez January 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

    I would love to attend this show!

  7. Kaleb January 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm #

    Have loved these guys for over a decade, but have never had an opportunity to see them live! Would love you forever for this Pipeline ;-)

    • Carol Lynn Cooper January 26, 2020 at 12:23 am #

      The year of the rat tour will be great. Please pick me. Thanks.

      • Alyssa January 28, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

        I have always wanted to see them and have been a fan for years!! This is such a special occurrence, would be so stoked if I won tix!

  8. wallace January 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm #

    Super special event here, hell yeah!

  9. Richard Peet January 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

    My son ad I both have learned german and will travel there soon. This would be awesome to prime us!

  10. Gary January 21, 2020 at 3:16 pm #

    I would like to go because this is a band I’ve been a fan of for a long time and never thought I’d get to see. THIS is legit industrial music!

  11. Eric January 21, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

    Ich würde gerne an dieser Veranstaltung teilnehmen. es wird wundervoll sein.

  12. Carol Cooper January 21, 2020 at 10:06 pm #

    Our anniversary is in October. Would love to go to this to celebrate.

  13. Doug January 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to see these guys… been listening to them for years!

  14. Amie January 23, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

    Would love to go! I’ve never seen them live!

  15. Amie January 23, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

    Would love to go! I’ve never seen them live!

  16. viola rose January 24, 2020 at 9:06 am #

    I want to get beautifully freaky with all the beautifully freaky people of Portland!

  17. John DeCesare January 24, 2020 at 2:24 pm #

    Can’t wait for this gig. After seeing them way way back in NYC almost 30yrs ago I’ve been affected ever since by their performance. This is a MUST SEE gig. I would love to see them again.

  18. Nadine January 28, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    My daughter loves anything German! This would be a great experience!

  19. Jason January 29, 2020 at 12:51 am #

    Einstürzende Neubauten is in town!

  20. Lisa January 29, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

    Who *wouldn’t* want to win tickets to this show!?!

  21. Myki January 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    Reading the above bio of the above performance of this group is outstanding of starting with individuals and
    being in the lime light for such a long time would be an evening which one would not ever forget..

  22. Jonas Trekas January 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

    Went to the Chinese Garden and saw the Year of the Rat and it made me think of this band. Pick me please.

  23. Paul January 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

    I would be AMAZED to be able to attend this performance- having been a huge fan for many years.

  24. Kaj Persson January 30, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    Please, please, please pick me!!!!!!!! I am German and I miss my country so much! This would heal some of my home sickness.

  25. Benjamin Larsen January 31, 2020 at 10:16 am #

    Wow this is going to be epic!

  26. Annabelle Grey February 20, 2020 at 1:09 am #

    Yes I would be so into this!!

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