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:
— 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.