Crystal Ballroom Downtown
Thu., May 11, 7:30 p.m. 2017 21+
Much is made of Portland’s cultural exports from the 1990s, but nobody really brags about Everclear. Maybe that’s not surprising for a city that prizes its status as a one-time hub for underground music. Also, that dude’s goatee is just plain horrendous. But Everclear’s appeal stands in stark contrast to much of today’s guitar music, and is an almost comically conspicuous version of what still draws young music fans to ’90s radio rock anthems. These songs are weirdly bereft of irony. As a teenager, I preferred hearing Rivers Cuomo circle around the pain of an absent father with jokey lyrics like “Somebody’s Heine is crowding my icebox.” But a half-decade into adulthood, and I don’t mind hearing Art Alexakis get right to the point: “Father of mine, tell me where have you been.” NATHAN TUCKER
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.