Win Tickets ($70): Band of Horses @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Sera Cahoone + Jenn Ghetto, Indie Rock, Alternative Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Band of Horses @ Crystal Ballroom on August 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 5.

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From our sponsors:
Band of Horses @ Crystal BallroomBand of Horses w/ Sera Cahoone + Jenn Ghetto
August 7, 2013
Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | $30 ADV / $35 Doors | All Ages
Tickets: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

Way back in 2010 I opened my mouth to say that Infinite Arms felt to me like it was the first Band of Horses record. I was trying to imply that I finally had the band I’d always dreamt of, that the album was a celebratory debut of this unit. Or was I joking? That’s the thing: I’ve finally become comfortable enough in this band that sometimes I don’t even know when I’m joking.

To me, Band of Horses has always been a study in contradictions. Not just high / low or dark / light. I’m talking absolute piss-taking jokes that no one will ever get vs. serious as a heart-attack paranoia or wallowing sadness.

Where does that leave us to go now? If Infinite Arms was our beloved pet that we possibly spoiled rotten and stuffed full of too many “treats,” then Mirage Rock would be his surprise little brother left on our doorstep. Maybe a bit rougher around the edges, but the same wily, feral bloodline.

Mirage Rock was more fun and easier to make than any record I’ve ever played on. For much of that, I can’t give enough credit to Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Bill Reynolds and Tyler Ramsey. In the five or so years that this line-up has been writing, recording and solidifying as a live powerhouse and second family, we’ve all learned how crucial collaboration is to our formula, and that no one person’s idea is more important than another’s.

Then there’s the guy who created the environment that enabled us to have the most fun ever had making a Band of Horses record: Glyn Johns. As fate would have it, Glyn was finishing up–or had just finished, I really don’t know–an album for one of our manager’s other clients, heard some of our primal demos for this record, and before we knew it he was part of the process: at the controls, on the tape machine, and in the producer’s chair. It was a natural fit: Given how much Glyn’s fingerprints were all over the parents’ record collections we grew up on, it’s not hard to imagine how Glyn influenced so much of not only our tastes and musical voices and personalities, but Rock n Roll as we know it: The Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Small Faces, The Clash, Clapton… Glyn is part of the fabric of this music and it’s all been part of us since childhood.

So of course we wanted to bring some Rock n Roll to Glyn Johns. If not just to prove that we could record an album with everyone playing at the same time in the same room with minimal overdubs, then  just to see if we could make the old man boogie a bit and get into his wheelhouse. What we ended up with in the end is an album that visits many of the textures that I feel we work best with–and also the opportunity to challenge ourselves with a few new ones. The larger sound of the arena-baiting “Knock Knock” and the sloppy dirge of “Feud” may remind the listener of an earlier Horses. The straight-forward honesty of “How to Live” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Undone” may conjure a longtime listener’s favorite Horses concert memory. And the sincere “Slow Cruel Hands of Time” hopefully pulls every one of you into a story in which you’re the main character.

And as with all great experiences, Mirage Rock left us with some questions too: Is “Dumpster World” a joke? Is “Heartbreak On The 101″ the saddest song we’ve ever recorded? Is it even meant to be sad?

Really, I’m asking you. I can’t even tell what number album this is for Band of Horses.

Godspeed,
Ben Bridwell

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106 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Band of Horses @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Sera Cahoone + Jenn Ghetto, Indie Rock, Alternative Country

  1. AB July 30, 2013 at 11:39 #

    i am neither a band nor horse but i would like to go

  2. John Lussier July 30, 2013 at 11:40 #

    I want to win so I can see Band of Horses and because the Crystal Ballroom is one of my favorite venues!

  3. Jean-François July 30, 2013 at 11:41 #

    I flew over 9 000 KM for a concert of this band, and I really want to win two tickets…Please…

  4. Stephanie July 30, 2013 at 11:44 #

    I would love to see BOH, they get me through almost every grueling minute of work each day of the week. Would be nice to listen to them outside of my workstation!

  5. Kate V. July 30, 2013 at 11:49 #

    I made the regrettable mistake of missing Band of Horses during MFNW 2011. Please help me make up for that. Their music is magical. Thanks!

  6. Jadon July 30, 2013 at 11:50 #

    Oh, pretty please with sugar on top.

  7. Amy July 30, 2013 at 11:51 #

    Nothing would make losing sleep before a school night worthwhile except for Band of Horses!

  8. Stephen July 30, 2013 at 11:53 #

    A horsey…. a horsey? Come and get me kids… no I’m not!

  9. Miranda July 30, 2013 at 11:54 #

    Oh, how I long for Band of Horses to serenade me on my birthday. It would be a celebration for the record books.

  10. Erica July 30, 2013 at 12:00 #

    Because I need to hear this live:

    Anything to make you smile
    You are the ever-living ghost of what once was
    I never want to hear you say
    That you’d be better off
    Or you liked it that way!

    Thanks!

  11. Emma July 30, 2013 at 12:01 #

    Saw them a few years ago at the Doug Fir and have been a fan ever since. I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant and would love to get the next generation hooked too :)

  12. Jodi July 30, 2013 at 12:07 #

    I would love to see Band of Horses!! I am new to the PacNW and have not been to any concerts yet! Thank you!!

  13. Jaime Hudspeth July 30, 2013 at 12:08 #

    Band of Horses are coming to Portland?! I’ve been checking their tour dates for months to only find that they are touring out of the states.. This is a HUGE surprise to me! I am so stoked!!I I would love for my boyfriend and I to attend because we’ve always talked about how this is one of those “must see” concerts on our lists! (we’re concert junkies) And in the Pacific Northwest?! Their home?! I would forever be so grateful and remember this show for the rest of my life! PDX Pipeline thank you for even giving me the slim chance of seeing them live!!!

  14. Shilena July 30, 2013 at 12:09 #

    Giving my hand at this!

  15. Edward July 30, 2013 at 12:19 #

    Really? all you have to do is comment?

  16. Barbara Richardson July 30, 2013 at 13:24 #

    Band of Horses would be a super fun show to attend for date night with my boyfriend!!

  17. Jamie July 30, 2013 at 13:49 #

    This would be magical! We did the mcmenamins scavenger hunt and would love an excuse to take a staycation downtown. Please please!

  18. Erin July 30, 2013 at 14:08 #

    It will give me some street cred with the high school students I teach. Also, I like them, too.

  19. Jessica**BDAYGIRL** July 30, 2013 at 15:01 #

    * I would love these tickets because they’re playing on my birthday and I love them so!!
    I would love you long time! <3

  20. Saul July 30, 2013 at 15:19 #

    to take my 8 yrs kiddo with me!

  21. Mathew July 30, 2013 at 16:48 #

    Please please please let me see them?! They’re one of my favorite bands to see live.

  22. Ashley Black July 30, 2013 at 16:52 #

    I would LOVE to win tickets to Band of Horses and take my best friend with me. We have been through a lot this last year, and Band of Horses have helped us through most of it. I would kill to hear ‘Heartbreak on the 101′ live! Pllllleeeeeaaase pick me! I’m ready to melt into a puddle onto the crystal ballroom floor :D

  23. Lauren July 30, 2013 at 17:59 #

    So excited for Band of Horses to come to town and who could resist trying to get free tickets? I’d love to go!

  24. Brian W July 30, 2013 at 19:57 #

    The Crystal Ballroom is a great venue would love to hear and discover Band of Horses live!!!

  25. Joey July 30, 2013 at 20:19 #

    Band of Horses live would be a magical experience!

  26. Sarah July 30, 2013 at 21:04 #

    Because Noone’s Gonna Love Seeing Them MoreThan I Will

  27. Kristiana July 30, 2013 at 22:52 #

    me me me me me pick me

  28. Gopal July 31, 2013 at 03:37 #

    Great band and venue!

  29. Brian W July 31, 2013 at 05:48 #

    The Crystal Ballroom is a great venue it would awesome to Band of Horses live there.

  30. Emily July 31, 2013 at 09:01 #

    love band of horses! lived in portland my entire life and go to plenty of shows however never been to the crystal ballroom! crazy crazy!

  31. Ryan July 31, 2013 at 09:03 #

    ive missed them a few times now, but perhaps you could help me change that!

  32. haley lusby July 31, 2013 at 10:43 #

    I’ve been in love with this band since I first heard them. It woulf be awesome to see then live.

  33. Heidi S July 31, 2013 at 13:13 #

    Love BOH but have never had the opportunity to see them live. This would be a fantastic night out!

  34. Colby July 31, 2013 at 18:37 #

    I love band of horses, and would love to see them live.

  35. Anonymous July 31, 2013 at 20:14 #

    Please, please, please!!’

  36. Heather Holcomb July 31, 2013 at 22:49 #

    I’ve never seen BOH and would love to! Thanks!

  37. Audrey August 1, 2013 at 07:20 #

    i want to see ‘the funeral’ before my funeral

  38. Stacy August 1, 2013 at 08:45 #

    Mr. Ed spoke to me beyond his horsey grave and said I must attend this show.

  39. Mike August 1, 2013 at 09:09 #

    I’ve seen BoH last 2 times they were in Oregon … but never in Portland. Please halp!

  40. barbara August 1, 2013 at 09:16 #

    Love the beautiful music they make. Would love to see them up close and personal in one of our wonderful venues. :)

  41. Rachel August 1, 2013 at 10:15 #

    I would love to experience their stage performance live… and see horses in a band in real life!!!!

  42. Audrey August 1, 2013 at 10:18 #

    Ahh this would be awesome! I adore this band!

  43. Heather August 1, 2013 at 10:29 #

    A band of horses couldn’t keep me away.

  44. Janelle August 1, 2013 at 12:07 #

    I would LOVE to win the Band of Horses tickets at the Crystal Ballroom because my husband and I just moved to Portland ( Im from here originally, he’s from California) – we LOVE Band of Horses <3

  45. Amber August 1, 2013 at 12:10 #

    I own a small coffee shop in Portland, thus too broke to buy any tickets, let alone a ticket to see one of my favorite bands

  46. Janelle August 1, 2013 at 12:13 #

    My husband and i just moved to Portland from the SF Bay area. Im from here originally, he’s not. We both LOVE band of Horses.
    He’s not convinced that Portland is cool.
    I’ve been showing him around town, taking him to places that are artsy and filled with local character. AND

    I can’t think of A BETTER WAY to show him what a hip city Portland is than for us to WIN TICKETS to a BAND OF HORSES show at the CRYSTAL BALLROOM!!!!!!

    Please pick us!

    <3

  47. Jason August 1, 2013 at 12:27 #

    I’d love to attend because it is my lovely wife’s birthday and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than with the wonderful Sera Cahoone, anf the Band of Horses, of course! Wish us a very, very happy birthday with some tickets!

  48. Maria Serena August 1, 2013 at 12:39 #

    I flew from Italy just to see them, please!!! I don’t think I will have other chances to see them :-)

  49. Maria Serena August 1, 2013 at 12:42 #

    I flew from Italy just to see them, please! that’s my only chance to see them :-)

  50. Steve August 1, 2013 at 13:43 #

    My wife has been trying to see them for ages!

  51. Cory August 1, 2013 at 13:44 #

    Horse me

  52. Geena Wright August 1, 2013 at 13:45 #

    I would LOVE to go to this concert! Probably the ONLY band that both my husband and I can agree on :) What a perfect date night.

  53. Nita August 1, 2013 at 13:47 #

    OMG PLEASE….I’ve never won anything on here and my daughter absolutely loves this band…She plays there station on Pandora daily…I quite like them myself and neither of us have been in the CB since moving back to Portland last year…Its also her b-day month and times are hard so this would be such a treat for both of us!!!

  54. Yaz August 1, 2013 at 13:50 #

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this band…Their music is reminiscent of Neil Young and takes you to that happy place of memories, love, life lived and hope for the future…I would be so grateful to see them live…

  55. Aaron August 1, 2013 at 13:53 #

    I am a social worker and my new wife works for a school. We’re still paying off our wedding and an unexpected surgery my wife needed. We’re barely married, but feel a bit worn out… We both love BOH. I’ve loved them for about 8 years now. This show would be such a nice pick me up! It may even lead to some post-show action! Who doesn’t want post-show action…who?

  56. Josh Waite August 1, 2013 at 13:57 #

    I would love to go!!!!

  57. Kim August 1, 2013 at 13:58 #

    I would like to attend because I want to.

  58. Emily August 1, 2013 at 14:03 #

    Remember when Liz on MTV’s ‘Awkward.’ sang ‘The Funeral’ and made me almost cry? YEA. I do remember, thank you very much. I was flipping through channels and heard her luminous voice, and stopped on MTV BELIEVE IT OR NOT, because I LOVE Band of Horses!!!!

  59. troy August 1, 2013 at 14:16 #

    hand raised….

  60. Russell Thomas August 1, 2013 at 14:36 #

    Not a crazy horse but a band of horses!

  61. Carly August 1, 2013 at 14:42 #

    Pick me & I’ll be your best friend! :)

  62. monica burnett August 1, 2013 at 14:44 #

    i’ve been dying to see them and keep missing them

  63. Lauren August 1, 2013 at 15:02 #

    I want to go because I am ready for “The Funeral.”

  64. Jenny August 1, 2013 at 15:04 #

    To hear them play Detlef Schrempf live

  65. Nathan August 1, 2013 at 15:05 #

    I love Band of Horses!!

  66. pter mclean August 1, 2013 at 15:26 #

    B̼͙̭A̪̲̤͎͓̭̩N̡D ̼̠̪̰̫̟̫O̻̠̗F͔̟͔͍̞̤͇ ̹̜̺̪̤̜͎H̳̲͕͟O̵̯R̺̲̟̗̥͝S̼͙̻ͅE̩̫͝Ṣ͔ ̜͈̩̗I͓ ̩̖W͈̻̩͙̘͔À̘͉͈̪̥͍N̨̘͕T͓̣ͅ ̯̫͈̰̺̦ͅT̛̹̞̻̫O͎̣̺̻̻͈ͅ ͔̲̞S̬̺̖̞̙͇ͅE̛͕̞E̻̺̻.̢̤̪̮ ҉̫͎̘̬̟M̻͈A͏̹͈̜KE̩̹̗ ́M̲̙̱̫̮̲̟͢E̴̙̻͓̦̭ ̧͎̞͍͓̣͓S͇̝̜̝͚͍E̼̺̱̗̮͜E̻͕͎̫͜ T̮͇HḚ̩M̧͎̳.̗̭̤̫̼͚

  67. Kimberley K August 1, 2013 at 15:27 #

    My sweetheart is a long-time Band of Horses fan. I would love to surprise him with this for a much-needed night out!

    Many thanks!! :)

  68. Marilyn August 1, 2013 at 15:36 #

    I want to go because my husband and I really need a night out! We both love Band of Horses, and this would not be only fun, but relaxing! A much deserved break from reality!

  69. Scott August 1, 2013 at 15:40 #

    Heck yes!.!

  70. Joseph Keebler August 1, 2013 at 15:58 #

    Band of Horses is the greatest band in the world ever. Their take on glam rock is inspiring and true.

  71. Tara Kennedy August 1, 2013 at 16:10 #

    Oh, yes please!

  72. Bridget Oliver August 1, 2013 at 16:42 #

    My birthday is August 4th, and it’s my first birthday ever in Portland, and this would be a fantastic present for me.

  73. JockJamz August 1, 2013 at 16:49 #

    But what if I could visit an island on the coast? It could surely teach me how to coast, since they know how

  74. Arni August 1, 2013 at 18:32 #

    I’ve never seen Band of Horses play live, now would be a great time to rectify that situation!

  75. Kyc08 August 1, 2013 at 19:59 #

    I Love Band of Horses and have never seen them live nor been to the Crystal Ballroom but those are two things I’d love to add to my done list!

  76. Kyle August 1, 2013 at 21:37 #

    A Band of Horses in a Crystal Ballroom? Sounds like a heck-of-a evening!

  77. d@Ve August 1, 2013 at 21:58 #

    my girl’s never seen the crystal and might be heading back to idaho soon, so help me make her swoon so she’ll return to p-town soon!

  78. Dana G August 1, 2013 at 22:10 #

    I’d LOVE to see Band of Horses!! And what a perfect venue to boot!

  79. panda August 1, 2013 at 22:14 #

    saw tina + her pony, might as well keep the equine theme going!

  80. Hols August 1, 2013 at 22:15 #

    My daughter is visiting and would die to go. Me too!!

  81. Martin Rodriguez August 1, 2013 at 22:27 #

    Because I love Band of Horses, duh!

  82. David Gonnella August 1, 2013 at 22:47 #

    Ain’t never herd of them !

  83. Jadd T. August 2, 2013 at 00:23 #

    Hey is for winners.

  84. Jadd T. August 2, 2013 at 00:23 #

    Hey is for winners.

  85. Libby August 2, 2013 at 09:51 #

    I never was that into horses until I heard their music. Amazing songs and a great venue? Yes please.

  86. Brandon August 2, 2013 at 09:52 #

    Gimme.

  87. april hoffmann August 2, 2013 at 12:11 #

    Egads! Yes please I superdig Band of Horses plus this many hipsters in one place (this needs a punchline… not my specialty… hey, i can’t help it, I am more brainy than silly &I only go to shows to up my snarkiness expertise otherwise I am watching Dr.Who or knitting growler cozies)<—– har har that was my lame attempt at a "hipster punchline"… show pity on my unhip soul with these tix?

  88. heidi August 3, 2013 at 10:10 #

    <3 BOH

  89. kyler August 3, 2013 at 10:24 #

    Love these guys!!

  90. Eric August 3, 2013 at 10:56 #

    Their music sends me through time and histories… And right now, I could use some travel

  91. Catherine August 3, 2013 at 11:04 #

    I leave for a 45 day backpacking on August 9th. I would like to be sent off in loving fashion from the boys of BOH.

  92. Maddie August 3, 2013 at 11:25 #

    Dang, I really love these guys and to see them at one of my favorite venues would be AMAZING!!

  93. Maggie Brees August 3, 2013 at 12:49 #

    Yes! Need music! Pick me!

  94. Claire August 3, 2013 at 12:55 #

    Pretty please!! Desperate for a date night AND BoH!!!

  95. Bridgett Tylor August 3, 2013 at 15:21 #

    I can bet I am the only person from Georgia and Bridwell is a DAWG fan – love me some BOH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37sp-P_1dgY&sns=em

  96. Chris August 3, 2013 at 16:52 #

    I want to go to see them live in my home town since Sasquatch was amazing in 2010..

  97. Natasha August 4, 2013 at 10:28 #

    Yes PLEASEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  98. Carrie August 4, 2013 at 14:45 #

    I’m brand new to Portland and I’d love a chance to make friends with people who dig the same music I dig! PLUS I promise to bring a BoH virgin and make a fan outa’em!

  99. Carrie August 4, 2013 at 20:03 #

    I just moved to Portland last week aaaand… I think there’s a ghost in my house?

  100. Tiffahni August 4, 2013 at 21:00 #

    I am mesmerized by the sounds that come out of Band of Horses. I’m heading to Portland from Oly to look for a teaching job and would love to get all my stresses out by going to the show!

  101. nikki August 5, 2013 at 10:25 #

    It’s my fiance’s birthday on the 7th and he LOVES Band of Horses! it would be great to be able to surprise him with tickets!

  102. Melissa August 5, 2013 at 11:07 #

    I’m going stir crazy in my house being unemployed at the moment. Something like this would be great to keep me from going completely insane

  103. Julie August 5, 2013 at 11:24 #

    I would love to win because Band of Horses has been a favorite band of mine for years! Please send me to this concert!

  104. Aaron August 5, 2013 at 17:19 #

    !Banda de caballos! I have never been to the Crystal Ballroom either and would love to see it.

  105. Chris August 5, 2013 at 18:19 #

    My daughters are in from out of town… It’d be cool to take them.

  106. Sache August 6, 2013 at 08:54 #

    Love this band and have never seen them before!

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