Crystal Ballroom Downtown
Mon Oct 8, 2018, 7 pm All Ages
Recommended by Chris Stamm
Having spent the better part of his adult life playing second fiddle to Blink-182 mastermind Mark Hoppus, Matt Skiba has finally mustered up the mustard to claim the spotlight for himself. As frontman for pop-punk upstart Alkaline Trio, Skiba establishes himself as a vital voice in the ever-growing army of middle-aged men who worship at the altar of scruffy veterans like the Lawrence Arms and the Menzingers. On his new band’s debut album, Is This Thing Cursed?, Skiba trades Blink-182’s goofball shtick for a darker sound and worldview. The results will alienate diehard Blink fans hoping for Enema of the State: Part Two, but Skiba might just be on to something here.
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.