Win Tickets ($70): My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ ADULT, KANGA, Electronic Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult @ Crystal Ballroom on May 26. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 22.


From our sponsors:
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
May 26, 2023
6:30PM, 8PM Show
GA: $30 ADV, $35 Doors
21+ Balcony $40 ADV, $45 Doors
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax! Records stable of recording artists, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT have been conjuring up sonic tales of sex, blasphemy and kitschy horror since 1987. Along with label mates such as Front 242 and Ministry, TKK (as often abbreviated), helped develop the industrial music genre, yet have consistently evolved their sound, creating one of the most diverse repertoires in modern day music. They can be described as electronic rock, heavily influenced by both disco and punk, with the distinctive use of spoken-word samples lifted from B-movies laced throughout their songs. The band has released 14 studio albums, a slew of compilations and singles, and has appeared on a variety of soundtracks.

Artist Franke Nardiello and musician Marston Daley, two Chicago neighbors who enjoyed late night binges watching trashy exploitation films, wanted to make their own flick to be called “My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. While the movie itself never came to fruition, they also wrote a few songs to be the accompanying soundtrack. Both worked at Wax Trax! Records, and when the label heard the music, they were intrigued. Taking the film title as the name for the project, the duo released a 3-song EP, and the fans overwhelmingly wanted more.

Dubbing themselves Groovie Mann (Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Daley), they began to focus on the band full time, creating an occult-biker meets disco-goth look, which included a bevy of voluptuous backup singers/dancers known as the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. They released their first album I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits in 1988 followed up by the hard-hitting dance floor classics “Kooler Than Jesus” and “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover ‘Cuz It’s Hot”, which included no-wave chanteuse Lydia Lunch on vocals. The New York Times wrote, “Sex, blasphemy, big beats and go-go dancing; they’re all in a day’s work for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. This attracted the attention of indie fans and the ire of religious groups in practically equal measure. By the time TKK released their second album, Confessions Of A Knife (1990), they were far and away one of the biggest selling acts on the label.




  1. Joshua Gross on February 14, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    TKK is one of those bands that I always wanted to see live, but life just got in the way every time. Maybe this year will be different!

  2. Wallace on February 14, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    Thrilled to KILL!

  3. steadykill on February 14, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    wow, TKK FTW!!!

  4. Arianne Kimberly Belt on February 15, 2023 at 9:57 am

    YAS!!!!! Its been 20yrs since I’ve seen them….this would be an ode to my youth: my very own Oregonian, musical memory lane!!

  5. bernadette on February 16, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Well this would just be the best thing ever! Pick me 😉

  6. RK on February 18, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    KANGA is so good, saw them randomly like 7 years ago

    • Nikki G on March 2, 2023 at 7:40 pm

      What a night this will be! I would love to say I saw this iconic band at such an iconic venue 😍

  7. xin on February 20, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    would love to go!

  8. Eric on February 21, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    TKK… has it been that long… when the music is good it last forever!

  9. rmh on February 23, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Pick Me!

  10. Amber on February 24, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Takes me back to high school!

  11. Arianne Kimberly on February 25, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Yes Please!!!!

  12. Gary Spencer on February 28, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    I’d like to attend because I haven’t seen TKK since they opened for Siouxsie & the Banshees, and it’s my birthday weekend!

  13. tishree on February 28, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Love to see TKK! I’ve never seen them before! 🤞

  14. Galen on March 4, 2023 at 2:26 am

    This show would be so cool to see!

  15. Dani on March 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Can’t wait to hang with my fellow elder goths 🦇

  16. Ragnar Hartmann on March 9, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Honestly, I suspect this band helped inspire NIN, so they’re a must see!

  17. Melissa on March 14, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    I would love to finally see them!

  18. Maria on March 19, 2023 at 11:00 am

    I am wanting to open my mind up to new/different music to hopefully connect with my 14 yr old son.

  19. Aaron O on March 22, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Yes! Let’s go

  20. Karl Michael Jacobson on March 23, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    An experience to be had – Please and thank you!

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