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Ice Balloons

NYC supergroup Ice Balloons returns at Rough Trade on June 14th

Ice Balloons is the eclectic supergroup of Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Sean Powell (The FuckEmos), Giselle Reiber (Midnight Masses), and Rob Bryn (Wild Yaks) - among others. After their 2013 self-titled debut (their only record to date), they kept a sporadic live show schedule, but one always filled with fun performances full of energy and all kind of psychedelic noises. Their show at Rough Trade on June 14 opening for Celebration (an ex Brooklyn band close to TV on The Radio) promises to be another opportunity for loud, on stage partying between a bunch of old time, talented friends. 


The madness of Ice Balloons at Baby's All Right on 11.26

From their records, it sounds like Ice Balloons are trying to be the Sonic Youth of the digital age, or maybe the Suicide of the new millennium - both pretty fascinating ideas: electro-lofi-noise-rock madness! The band released their debut, self titled album about one year ago, and it's... insane. But not necessarily impossible to appreciate, in particular when the vocals and the bass follow some kind of discernable song pattern, like in our favorite song "Dragonfly," streaming. On the other hand there's nothing discernable, ever, about the digital noise created by their keyboards, whose granular wall of sound is like a permanent, rough sonic sea in which the other musical element alternatively drown and float. The guys have TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone as an occasional band member, and enjoy wearing costumes live. Their show at Baby's All RIght on November 26 should be fun - with earplugs.


Ice Balloons // Babes // Still Caves // Grapefruit // 5.17

This Saturday, Stellar Donkey boking brings a fantastic night of lo-fi garage psych jams to Portland’s noise-heads of the Northeast at the High Water Mark Lounge. Headlining the show, Brooklyn based glitch-psych super group, Ice Balloons (featuring members of TV On The Radio and Wild Yaks), are sure to blow your mind or leave you with temporary tinnitus. On tour with Ice Balloons are New Orleans rippers, Babes. Opening the night and representing Portland’s own noteworthy contributions to the current psych movement are some of my local favorites Still Caves and Grapefruit.

High Water Mark is located at 6800 NE MLK. Doors at 8pm, and there is a $7 cover.

Travis Leipzig


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