McMenamins Music

1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

Monday, March 13, 2017


Gillian Frances

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7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
$7 advance, $7 day of show
All ages welcome

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Melancholy is easy. It's the default emotion of indie rock. Languor is hard and grown up-melancholy infused with self-awareness. Being able to identify and depict the mundane with a sense of hope and charisma is a feat that requires maturity and understanding, and one not necessarily required to make a totally pleasant record. .

Boreen's upcoming album, Friends, extracts motifs from a variety of genres without ever feeling recycled or played out. While Boreen could sonically be categorized as dream pop, that title to me implies lackluster songwriting and haze, when O' Sullivan's lyrics are vivid and narrative. My parents once found a collection of newspaper clippings, photographs and handwritten notes in the walls of my childhood home, dated ambiguously but clearly stashed decades before our moving in. Listening to Friends evokes a similar feeling, a timeless sense of connectedness with a musical artifact, one that is heavy with recollections big enough to project yourself onto but specific enough to imbue intrigue.

"A lot of the time indie lyrics can be vague, and it's hard to connect with them because it doesn't really seem like they're about anything. So to sort of combat that, I force myself to be really straight forward and tell real stories about people I know." Friends fully displays O'Sullivan's songwriting prowess, with lyrics covering everything from mortality to working at an amusement park. He pairs these existential vignettes with samples of friends and family speaking, field recordings or other samples relevant to the song. Combined with a full rock foundation Friends is a multi-tiered and complex scrapbook of memories and sound. The album stirs up darkness thematically, but uses catchy hooks and indie/pop sensibility to leave listeners hopeful and looking upward.

On Friends, O'Sullivan's wistful melodies and production are coupled with lyrics that articulate a special kind of youthful, suburban despondency--mystical and magnetic, even in all its familiarity. With Boreen, O'Sullivan is writing his name in the foggy window of dream pop and indie rock.



About Lola's Room

An oasis below the Crystal

The little sister of the historic Crystal Ballroom, Lola's Room is located on the second floor, directly below the Crystal. If you're a fan of DJ'd dance events, raging local rock showcases or intimate seated performances, then take a moment and bookmark this page.

The navigation menu at left is your roadmap to Lola's Room and the other offerings at the corner of 14th & Burnside. Check out what's coming up on the Events Calendar, let us host your next party or simply investigate our brewery, artwork and history.

A night at Lola's Room should always include a stop by Ringlers Pub or Ringlers Annex, where the vibe will fit your mood -- great pub fare, handcrafted beverages, engaging conversation, a good pool game, a rowdy party or a groovy DJ in a dimmed setting.

Never stop exploring! This website is a continual work in progress, and will develop over time. Watch for photo tours, sound samples from upcoming acts and much more. Meanwhile, be our guest, wander and enjoy!

Looking for your Crystal Ballroom Passport Stamps?

Crystal Ballroom, Lola’s Room & Crystal Brewery Tour occurs daily at 2 p.m. - meet at Ringlers Pub (street level below the Crystal Ballroom.) The tour takes about half an hour to complete. Any questions may be directed to the Crystal box office, 503-225-0047.

Stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show – ticketed or free – in either venue.

Please note: Due to private events, concert setup needs and brewers’ schedules, not all spaces are guaranteed to be available to tour daily, but our staff will give it our best shot and show you the spaces that we can.

Explore the Crystal Blocks

Our Crystal Hotel and legendary Crystal Ballroom are just across the street from each other, each offering their own unique spaces for live music, Northwest style fare and McMenamins hand crafted beverages.  Explore these properties and all they have to offer. 

Crystal Ballroom Property

Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

Crystal Hotel Property

Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

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