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The Joy Formidable, Guards and Fort Lean

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Wonder Ballroom (map) Northeast
Mon., March 25, 8 p.m. 2013 All Ages

Wonder Ballroom
$18-20

The Joy Formidable is a small band that plays big songs. Well, I say big—but let's go with gargantuan. Their arena-made dynamics cause nonstop comparisons to Muse, especially after their run opening for the Operatic Ones. That seems unfair, though, because the Joy Formidable has never once caused me to roll my eyes. Their second album, Wolf's Law, captures the essence of big UK rock (they're Welsh) with the propulsive, molar-jarring depth of My Bloody Valentine and guitar riffs that evoke Zeppelin at their nerdiest. The occasional dreamy shoegaze moment keeps things from getting too exhausting. Ritzy Bryan is the real deal—a rock 'n'roll frontwoman who sucks you close with her breathy voice, which somehow never gets lost beneath the wail of guitars. REBECCA WILSON

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.
  • Mon., March 25, 8 p.m. 2013