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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Second Player Score

The Blasphemous Collaboration Series

The Toads

The Shrike

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

$7 advance, $10 day of show

21 and over

Second Player Score

Second Player Score

Second Player Score is a power trio rock band playing music that spans everything from Driving Rock to Pop Punk with killer hooks, melodic vocals, powerful harmonies, and crushing rhythm. Drawing inspiration from 90's Era Green Day and Bad Religion, SPS brings a high energy rock show to every stage; drawing listeners in with a sound that is truly unique yet, at the same time, oddly familiar.

Prior to a show that Second Player Score played at a bar in downtown Vancouver, Washington, the bar's manager-possibly influenced by "Chosen One," a song off of SPS's debut album, Fortress Storm Attack-was asked by a patron to characterize the band's sound. His reply? "Like if Bad Religion wrote songs about video games." Would that be an accurate description?
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"It could be," Brian Tashima, guitarist/vocalist, says with a chuckle. "But I think it goes a little deeper than that. We don't actually have songs-besides "Chosen One," of course-that contain specific references to video games per se, but pop culture as a whole is where a lot of our inspiration comes from, so I guess that description kind of captures the spirit of who we are as people in general."
Indeed, most of the material on Fortress Storm Attack and the band's newly-released sophomore album, Nobody's Hero, does not so much reflect a direct relationship to the topics adored by Comic-Con attendees (of which the band members proudly count themselves as being among) as they do a certain vibe and sensibility that can only come from people who have been steeped in that particular scene since childhood.

For example, while it never explicitly says so, the cover art of Fortress Storm Attack is a direct tribute to the "All your base are belong to us" Internet meme that grew out the 1989 video game Zero Wing. And now, with Nobody's Hero, the band returns with a quasi-concept album that tells the Dungeons & Dragons-esque story of a man, granted magical powers by an evil spirit, who ends up destroying the world.

"Basically, this guy gets seduced by a female demon who gives him these special abilities, and initially, he tries to help people with them, but then he eventually succumbs to the temptation of using them for selfish and corrupt purposes," Tashima explains. "Having done that, he becomes worthy of being her consort and siring her child-a daughter who will grow up to continue the cycle. The demon then betrays and abandons him, leaving him for dead. He survives, though, and uses what's left of his powers to stop her in the only way possible, which is to cause an apocalypse that wipes everyone out, including them. It's like a Greek tragedy."

Sounds fun. How did the band come up with such a story?

"It actually sort of wrote itself," drummer/vocalist Kyle Gilbert says. "We didn't set out to make a concept album, but as we were developing the songs, the story just appeared. That's how we tend to do things, for the most part-we don't plan it, we just go with the flow and take things as they come to us, whatever happens naturally, whatever feels right."

"We try to plan, but that usually never works out," bassist/vocalist Daniel Downs adds with a laugh.

The eleven songs on Nobody's Hero reflect a darker, heavier sound that still manages to retain the anthemic hooks and vocal harmonies that have become the band's signature. From the crunching riffs and beer bottle-slide solos of the opening track, "Bonestorm," to the ska-like verses that give way to an epic instrumental finish in the closer, "Comets," this album showcases the growth of a band that counts not only artists like Bad Religion and Green Day among its influences, but all of geek culture itself.

 

Website:
http://www.secondplayerscore.com/

The Blasphemous Collaboration Series

The Blasphemous Collaboration Series

The Blasphemous Collaboration Series was born by tying our beer culture into the 2nd Annual Sabertooth Micro Fest in 2016, embracing the opportunity to bring together the raw energy of rock music with the creation of unique micro brews, creating the perfect partnership.

Keeping that inspiration live year round, Crystal Brewer Drew Phillips utilizes a quarterly opportunity to create a beer specifically inspired by each band that performs in this showcase. The band will often play a part in the brewing process, giving the end result the life it was meant for. This event will shine light on the special space that is Lola's Room in the heart of the Crystal Ballroom, making it an integral piece of the music and beer culture in downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

Head of Sin India Red Ale

Brewed for The Blasphemous Collaboration Series with Vancouver, Washington punk rock all-stars Second Player Score, this beer is based on a homebrew recipe from drummer and vocalist Kyle Gilbert. It pours a deep red and exudes flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, mint and black current. Rounded by a full, slightly roasty malt body and hop bitterness, this ale starts sweet and ends with a bite!

Malts: Munich, Pilsen, Caramel Pilsen, Rolled Oats, Crystal 135/165, Black, Midnight Wheat

Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Ekuanot, Falconer's Flight

OG: 1.065   TG: 1.012   ABV: 6.84   IBU: 83   SRM: 19

 

The Toads

The Toads

The Toads are a three piece, high energy power pop trio. Ranging in tone from psychedelic to country to Beatles pop to punk to doom metal, primary songwriters Matt K. and Matt D. create catchy, humorous, harmonized tunes that stick in the ear, at turns snarky and sincere but always memorable.

Twitter:
www.twitter.com/wearethetoads

Website:
www.wearethetoads.com

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FWSqFn_Kbs

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/wearethetoads

The Shrike

The Shrike

The Shrike is a Portland-based hard rock band that blends crunchy riffs with dark melodies to create a hard-rocking immersive sound.

Join Darren, Jamie Lynn, The Craw, and Roya as they bring you all the sonic delights you have come to expect from The Shrike.

We completed our second release at Opal Studio and our Chase the Sun EP is now available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and other fine internet outlets.

Check our Live page for tour dates in Fall 2017!

 

Website:
https://www.theshrikemusic.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/theshrikemusic/

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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 and/or Lola's Room Passport Stamps?

A 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.

If you cannot make the tour, stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show. The shows can be ticketed or free – as long as you’re attending an event in the venue, you can get that room’s stamp. Please note that if you’re attending an event in the Crystal Ballroom, you will need to attend a separate event in Lola’s Room to get the Lola’s stamp and vice versa. Stamps are always exclusively available in their own 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.

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