Win Tickets ($90): The Mountain Goats @ Aladdin Theater | Indie Folk, w/ Cardioid

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Mountain Goats @ Aladdin Theater on May 9. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 2.


From our sponsors:
The Mountain Goats
w/ Cardioid
May 9-11, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $45 | All Ages
More info:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The Mountain Goats are, for all practical purposes, the endlessly clever and prolific John Darnielle and whatever cast of musicians he’s working with at the moment, which means the sound may change from project to project, but the overall tone and feel of Darnielle’s work remains remarkably consistent. Darnielle writes finely observed, impressionistic vignettes that blend a clear, realistic sense of detail with mildly surreal imaginings, giving his work a literary flavor that suits his status as a songwriter who is also a successful novelist. Darnielle’s early Mountain Goats releases were lo-fi, cassette-recorded efforts cut with a rotating lineup of musicians, such as 1995’s Nine Black Poppies and 2000’s The Coroner’s Gambit. By 2005’s The Sunset Tree, his recordings had become cleaner and less cluttered, but his character studies were just as vivid. As the Mountain Goats cohered into a stable lineup, with Darnielle joined by Peter Hughes, Matt Douglas, and Jon Wurster, they recorded tuneful, thematically unified albums such as Beat the Champ (2015) and Dark In Here (2021) that ranked with their finest work.

Taking the name from the song “Big Yellow Coat,” Darnielle first donned the Mountain Goats moniker in 1991 while working as a nurse in a California state hospital, and began releasing cassette-only albums for the label. Despite attracting a devoted underground following (or, possibly, because of it), the Mountain Goats continued to release songs in cassette form only for many years, virtually using tape hiss as an additional instrument. Besides innumerable compilation tracks, the Mountain Goats have also released many 7″ singles for over a dozen labels. Their full-length albums include Nine Black Poppies and Zopilote Machine (both released in 1995), Sweden (1996), Full Force Galesburg (1997), and Nothing for Juice (1997). Protein Source of the Future…NOW!, and Bitter Melon Farm (both 1999 releases) collected many early tape tracks and singles.

The Mountain Goats’ plans for touring in 2020 were scuttled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; in response, to help the group’s crew and accompanists recover some of their lost income, Darnielle wrote and released Songs for Pierre Chuvin in March 2020. Its ten songs were recorded using the same boombox he used for his early lo-fi releases, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. The full-band edition of the Mountain Goats returned in October 2020 with Getting Into Knives, a sleek and tuneful effort which was recorded in Memphis shortly before the pandemic lockdown went into effect. Released in June 2021, Dark in Here would be the Mountain Goats’ third release in less than a year-and-a-half; recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, it featured keyboard work from the legendary songwriter and producer . ~ Mark Deming & Steve Legget, Rovi




  1. Madeline on April 19, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Sounds amazing!

  2. Lydia Fahs on April 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    My friend LOVES the Mountain Goats! He is a hardworking dad and would love to see them live!

  3. Katie on April 19, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    The Mountain Goats are one of my bucket list bands to see before I die. Their music has gotten me through all kinds of life events.

    • Johanna on April 29, 2022 at 1:13 am

      I would love to check out the show.

  4. Mia on April 21, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Please pick me!

  5. LD-Mills on April 21, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    I would love to be in the audience.

    Thanks for the chance!

  6. Carol Trekas on April 21, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to see this concert.

  7. Kate on April 21, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely love the Mountain Goats! The animals and the band 🙂

  8. Jasmine Jay-Bonn on April 21, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Long time fan, would be over the moon to finally see them live!

  9. Rachelle on April 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Fell in love with this band when my honey played their Jordan Lake sessions album on a long road trip in the puget sound! The raw lyrics & rugged tones matched the landscapes. I loved the batter in the unedited album and felt like these guys were the type of people I’d wanna have a beer & jam with! Would love to boogie down with them live!

  10. Madeline Nico on April 25, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    The Mountain Goats- this year! would be amazing

    • Sarah Diffenderfer on April 26, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      I am gonna make it through this year… especially if I win tickets to this show!

  11. Brian on April 26, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Huge hope to get picked and hear all their pro wrestling related songs. Also, Best Ever Death Metal Band out of Denton.

  12. Daniela on April 26, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Oh snap a lot of good bands are coming to Portland in May!

  13. Robbie Lewis on April 26, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see the Mountain Goats! One of my favorite bands! This would be so much fun!

  14. David on April 26, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I’ll be honest. I can’t afford this show, but would love to be there!

  15. Hunter M on April 27, 2022 at 3:49 am

    Really need to go to this show! My friends are coming up from Eugene to see TMG, they’re so excited

  16. Carol L Trekas on April 28, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I’d like to take my hard working hubby to the, he deserves it.

  17. Kristina C on May 3, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    I’d love to take my adult child to the show!

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