Win two guest-list spots to see The Helio Sequence in Bend

Monday, February 4th, 2013, 1:27 pm by Ben Salmon

The veteran, Portland-based indie/electro-pop/rock duo The Helio Sequence returns to Bend Wednesday night to headline another PDXchange Program show at the Tower Theatre. I’m sure you read my interview with guitarist Brandon Summers in Friday’s GO! Magazine; if not, do so here.

Anyway, PDXchange guru Henry Abel has kindly given Frequency a handful of the show’s guest-list spots to give away, and I think I’ll give away a pair today and a pair tomorrow. To summarize, here is what those spots would get you and a friend:

— An opening set by the fine local rock trio All You All, whose new “digital single” represents, in my opinion, a big step forward in their songwriting, and who bring it live, too.

— A set by Portland “folktronic” duo Talkdemonic, who’ve toured with some decent little bands you may have heard of like The National, The Walkmen and Modest Mouse.

— An hour or more (I assume) of The Helio Sequence‘s lush, melancholic music played live. This stuff sounds pretty intricate on the band’s excellent albums, which makes it all the more impressive when you see two dudes creating those same sounds right in front of your eyes. I saw them play the Tower in 2010 and you can read my review here.

So, do you want to go to the show? Here’s all you have to do: Leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite musical duo, and why they’re your favorite. It can be a band, or a songwriting team, or whatever. Just make sure it’s two people who make music. Do so by 9 a.m. tomorrow, when I’ll pick a winner. (Be sure to leave a real email address so I can get in touch, OK?) I’ll send your name to Henry and you’ll have a +1 at the door.

Still unsure about whether to enter? Here’s one last pitch: The Helio Sequence’s most recent release, 2012’s “Negotiations,” is the latest in a long line of remarkably consistent albums from Summers and drummer Benjamin Weikel. Check out a full, free stream of the album right here and see if it’s up your alley:

And hey, if you hate free tickets or just want to ensure your seat right now, tickets are available via the Tower Theatre and at Ranch Records in Bend.

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13 Responses to “Win two guest-list spots to see The Helio Sequence in Bend”

  1. jaime says:

    As cheesy as this may be, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton!

  2. kelsey says:

    i really love the black keys. they bring a great old school bluesy sound to modern day pop culture. they also put on a great show! saw them at the rose garden last year and it was amazing. dan auerbach has a classic, unique voice too, which is a big thing for me.

  3. Sara Y. says:

    Hall & Oates! Because of Sara Smile.

  4. Colleen says:

    The White Stripes because they rock. Period.

  5. Teresa says:

    June Carter & Johnny Cash – classic, simple, and reflective of human struggle.

  6. Christine davidson says:

    Bono and Edge! U2 was the soundtrack of my teen years. The songs they wrote were multi faceted and layered in ways that even now when I listen its like I am hearing them for the first time.

  7. Brian says:

    Its a tie between Pomplamoose and Thievery Corporation.

  8. jay says:

    Was (Not Was). Why? Why not? A little something for everyone.

  9. Connor says:

    Gotta love Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler. Such a shame DFA1979 only released one LP.

  10. matt says:

    Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock because they found the balance between joy and pain, sunshine and rain.

  11. Amy Clark says:

    Postal Service. Happy to see they are doing a reunion tour.

  12. Catrina Gregory says:

    Tim & Nicki Bluhm. 1) I love the way they sound together. 2) I’m a sucker for a husband/wife singer-songwriter team. 3) Nicki Bluhm is coming to Bend next week (not a real reason, but I’m still excited for the show).

  13. Kevin D says:

    I’m going to say DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, only because I can’t think of any others right now!

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