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Fountains of Wayne and Mike Viola

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Wonder Ballroom (map) Northeast
Sat., Oct. 8, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Wonder Ballroom
$18-20

Fountains of Wayne—or Sloan, as they are known in Canadian—are pop music's perennial could-have-been-a-contender, a band unable to write a bad song, yet mired in deep obscurity, banished from the FM dial and shunned from their rightful home atop the Billboard charts. Or, at least that's what we've been told throughout the years. Truth is, Fountains of Wayne are doing just fine. As songwriters, Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood have assembled a remarkable résumé—songs in countless films, Grammy nominations, Emmys on the mantle—and they've never sunk to the underappreciated depths of Alex Chilton, professional dishwasher. FOW's latest, Sky Full of Holes, is as solid as you'd expect it to be, with its highlight coming not in bouncy lead single "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart," but in the clever touring ballad "A Road Song." Anyone who has ever spent time daydreaming in the claustrophobic loft of a tour van will surely appreciate the line "I bought you a light blue T-shirt last night from some band I couldn't stand/But their logo's all right." EZRA ACE CARAEFF

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
503-284-8686
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"
http://wonderballroom.com

Venue Hours
  • Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sat., Oct. 8, 9 p.m. 2011
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