Win Tickets ($24): I Am The Avalanche @ Star Theater | w/ Diamond Youth + Turnover, Punk, Rock, Americana

We are giving away a pair of tickets to I Am The Avalanche w/ Diamond Youth + Turnover @ Star Theater on April 9th. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 7th.

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I Am The Avalanche @ Star TheaterI Am The Avalanche
w/ Diamond Youth, Turnover
April 9, 2014
7 p.m. | $10-12 | All Ages
Tickets: ticketfly.com | Facebook

Star Theater
13 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 248-4700 | More info: startheaterportland.com

Two years after the long-awaited release of ‘AVALANCHE UNITED’, I Am The Avalanche are coming at us with their third album ‘WOLVERINES’. It is, to use an obvious yet totally appropriate metaphor, a beast of an album, ten songs full of heart, ferocity, relentless passion and, of course, struggle. It wouldn’t be an Avalanche record, after all, without struggle, without the band being somewhat bloodied but very much unbowed. Last time around, it was record label woes that delayed the release of ‘AVALANCHE UNITED’, so much so that the album came out six years after their self-titled debut full-length was released. This time around, the trouble was more physical and personal in nature, one that shot literally right through the spine of the band.

“I was making my solo record,” explains Vinnie Caruana, the band’s singer and one of its founders, “and I injured myself. I went to a specialist – well, first I didn’t go to a specialist and I tried to live with it – but I herniated a disc in my spine. I was walking with one crutch, I was bedridden for three months, my girlfriend would have to tie my shoes for me and help me get out of bed to use the bathroom if that was even possible. So I started writing the Avalanche record in the most excruciating pain that I could ever imagine. My brain was getting fried because the pain was just so agonizing. I finally went to specialist and got an MRI and they told me what was going on. They told me I needed to get surgery and in the meantime I basically had to take painkillers all day every day, just so that I could move. So for about four or five months I was taking painkillers and muscle relaxers and this and that and it was brutal. And then Hurricane Sandy hit and I was laid out and could barely move and my town, I’d look out the window and it was all destroyed.

Diamond Youth
Diamond Youth (formerly Diamond), from Baltimore, Maryland. Featuring members of Trapped Under Ice and Down to Nothing, Diamond Youth started writing in early 2010, with the release of an ambitious demo shortly thereafter. In collaboration with Photobooth Records, Diamond Youth’s first vinyl offering serves up five fresh songs of catchy pop/rock tunes not unlike contemporaries Jimmy Eat World or Weezer, not to mention 90’s predecessors such as Samiam or Nada Surf. All influences aside, the band has a very distinctive sound that’s guranteed to leave you humming for days.

Turnover
Turnover is a fast and to the point, punk band based out of Virginia Beach. Their debut self titled EP consists of 5 songs, totaling at just under fourteen minutes. With honest lyrics, and simple but catchy riffs, the EP is solid beginning to end. Turnover is sure to be one of this year’s best upcoming bands.

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7 Responses to Win Tickets ($24): I Am The Avalanche @ Star Theater | w/ Diamond Youth + Turnover, Punk, Rock, Americana

  1. Stephen April 1, 2014 at 12:33 #

    I am “The Dood” who would really appreciate free tickets to “I am the Avalanche!

  2. Mike April 1, 2014 at 13:14 #

    That show is on the night before I take off for Massachusetts for a good long time,
    I can think of no better send off (that I can’t afford right now) than seeing Vinny and IATA.

  3. zoe April 1, 2014 at 15:19 #

    I would love this chance to experience some new music – thank you!!

  4. Dusty Pishione April 3, 2014 at 11:40 #

    I am a new fan of Diamond Youth and I’d love to see them live. It sounds like it’s going to be a really solid show and it’s during the month I’m visiting Portland. I’m trying to see as many venues as I can while I’m there and I’d love to see how the Star Theater is too!

  5. Danny Pavlovich April 3, 2014 at 18:23 #

    Enjoying these bands and the Star is one of my favorite venues

  6. Aaron April 5, 2014 at 09:22 #

    Grrrrrrrr I am ready to rock like the wolverine

  7. Dana April 6, 2014 at 19:10 #

    Diamond Youth are one of my FAVS!! Would love to see these guys again.

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