Reptaliens // Smokey Brights
Aug
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Reptaliens // Smokey Brights

"Considering the group's knack for miragelike pop songs built from rubbery basslines, woozy synths and absurd lyrics, the term "nightmare pop" would be more fitting, if the music didn't happen to be so goddamn pretty." -Willamette Week (Best New Band 2017)
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New Move // Colin Jenkins // Arthur & The Antics
Aug
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

New Move // Colin Jenkins // Arthur & The Antics

"Portland’s New Move embraces cross-genre collaboration on their newly re-recorded self-titled album. Each track features a different Portland artist who puts his or her own spin on the original New Move album... Gritty guitar, hip-hop beats and a diversity of vocal stylings are fused with frontman Jesse Bettis’ signature songwriting and somehow work together to not overwhelm the ear. Each track transports you to far-reaching ends of the musical spectrum". -Eleven PDX

Colin Jenkins: AKA...

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Avi Buffalo // Haunted Summer
Aug
6
8:30pm 8:30pm

Avi Buffalo // Haunted Summer

"Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there’s no denying Avi Buffalo’s own bar was set quite high with 2010’s celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not... there’s nothing in this tale about The Second Album—a.k.a. At Best Cuckold, due September 8th in Europe and September 9th in North America on Sub Pop—that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age." -SubPop.com
"Haunted Summer lives up to its name with an even more enchanting series of dream-pop shimmers, as Bridgette Eliza Moody's vocals trail off languidly in the jet stream of husband John Seasons' majestic emissions." -Falling James (LA Weekly)
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Máscaras // Ghost Frog // Amani
Jul
30
8:30pm 8:30pm

Máscaras // Ghost Frog // Amani

"What comes through most in the music of Máscaras, cacophonous as it can be, is that feeling Craig experienced when he first picked up his instrument again—the rush of getting in a room with some good homies, and just letting it rip. It's a feeling that permeates the band's live shows, especially. Though the trio doesn't improvise much onstage, Fimbres' free-form flailing and inside-joking banter can make it seem like you're huddled in their practice space with them, watching as a song gets bashed into existence." -Willamette Week (Best New Band 2015)
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Jul
23
8:30pm 8:30pm

Strange Ranger // The Toads // Cool American

"Rot Forever, the debut double album from Portland band Sioux Falls [now Strange Ranger], swells from indie rock into six- or seven-minute epics, like early Modest Mouse or Built to Spill."- Pitchfork.com
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The Domestics // Le Rev
Jul
16
8:30pm 8:30pm

The Domestics // Le Rev

"The Domestics have released “Beauty Contest,” the final single from their self-titled debut record. The release is accompanied by a striking video directed by Martin Melnick that features scenes from the Oregon coast, suburban Portland and the St. Johns Bridge. Singer Michael Finn said the song was a natural choice. “Beauty Contest in many ways feels like a bridge in-between our first record and the new record we recently made with Tucker Martine,” says Finn. That new album was recorded at Martine’s Flora Recording & Playback studio in Portland and is due out later this summer via label Tender Loving Empire."- OPB Music

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Hustle and Drone // Earth World // Mothertapes
Jul
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

Hustle and Drone // Earth World // Mothertapes

"...on Holyland, Hustle and Drone employs maximalist production to deliver a dynamic, bombastic rock record that's more now than any drums-and-guitar rock record in recent memory. It certainly exists in the realm of the robotic: Beyond woolly basslines and piles of vocal tracks, machines rule this record from start to finish. It's the heavy heart with which frontman Ryan Neighbors (formerly of Portugal the Man) conveys universal feelings of existential dread ("Bhikshu"), spirituality ("The Glow") and desperation ("I Just Need Some Money") that makesHolyland more of an organic, cathartic experience than the trunk-rattling 808s and digitized clipping may imply on first listen." -Willamette Week
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Ice Queens [Album Release] // And And And // Ah God
Jul
2
8:30pm 8:30pm

Ice Queens [Album Release] // And And And // Ah God

"The band soon found itself... cranking out the sort of bent, forceful rock that isn't getting much play in Portland these days. It's tightly wound and confidently played, wrapping loud, distorted guitars and breathy melodies around herky-jerky time signatures, nodding to Smashing Pumpkins as much as Polvo." -Willamette Week
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Abronia [Album Release] // BlackWater HolyLight
Jun
25
8:30pm 8:30pm

Abronia [Album Release] // BlackWater HolyLight

Abronia celebrates the release of their debut album on Water Wing Records

"To say I enjoyed 'Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands' is an understatement....it is a magical album that defies categorization and pigeon-holing, one that is based on spirituality and mysticism. At the beginning I mentioned that the aim was transcendence and I think they've achieved it...this album transcends." -Dayz of Purple and Orange

With special guests BlackWater HolyLight

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Sama Dams // Sisters
Jun
18
8:30pm 8:30pm

Sama Dams // Sisters

"Portland experimental trio Sama Dams explores some exciting musical territory, evolving from the band's math-y origins, infusing polyrhythmic grooves beneath Sam Adams' fragile, soaring croon."- Portland Mercury
"...the group’s first LP, Drink Champagne. Recorded with producer Ryan Hadlock (the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Ra Ra Riot) at Bear Creek Studios, the record features 11 lushly layered songs that meld Vait’s crisp vocals and flourishing synth lines, Westman’s booming drums and sweet harmonies (and occasional lead singing), and array of other instrumental sounds at the duo’s disposal to create a sugary sweet pop album." -Seattle Met
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Old Town Music 21st Anniversary Showcase
Jun
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Old Town Music 21st Anniversary Showcase

Old Town Music will host a showcase of its employees’ bands at Rontoms on Sunday, June 11th. Admission is free!

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The Weather Machine // Sea Caves
Apr
30
8:30pm 8:30pm

The Weather Machine // Sea Caves

"Smith recruited more bandmates, channeled his inner Ray Davies, and wrote the music that would become the Weather Machine's excellent sophomore album, 2015's Peach. With a four-piece band behind him, Smith thrives, proving himself a worthy frontman." -Portland Mercury

"In fact, on Sea Caves' new album, Bright Forest, the flute takes on a central, fluttery role in gently rolling tunes like "Spanning the River" and "Accelerate." Founding member Shiloh Halsey is the man behind the flute (as well as guitar and vocals), while bassist Brian Nelson, keyboardist Seiji Nair, and drummer Cameron Jones round out the rest of Sea Caves. Together they've made an album that's unconventionally crafted but understatedly melodic and easy to like." -Portland Mercury

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AAN // Wild Powwers
Apr
23
8:30pm 8:30pm

AAN // Wild Powwers

"...the album finds Aan warmer, brighter, and more playful than ever, one that applies an artful, exploratory spirit to grunge sounds that first emerged from the Pacific Northwest a quarter-century ago. Wilson sings with the fierceness of Chris Cornell or Maynard James Keenan, but the delicately gleaming “Forever Underfoot” sounds more like it just dropped in from outer space." -Stereogum
"A journey to the unknown, without fear. This sense of freedom and courage manifests itself via an edgy road trip on Wild Powwers’ sophomore full-length Hugs And Kisses And Other Things. The dust, grit, and sand are almost tangible from one song to the next, the momentum of the album like a rugged truck blazing through the wild, Wild Powwers, in the driver’s seat and all you need to do is hold on tight."- Seattle Music News
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Roselit Bone // Weezy Ford
Apr
16
9:00pm 9:00pm

Roselit Bone // Weezy Ford

"...from country-politan big band to experimental noise, gobbling up influences from surf and hillbilly, to rock and bluegrass in a tornado of fire. Like Marty Robbins meets The Cramps, or a Goblin sountrack to a spaghetti western, ranchero fantasy meets greased up country in a magical reality... McCaslin’s tempestuous lyrical horrors suck it all into a vicious downward spiral." -American Standard Time
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The Wild Body // Fauna Shade // Fire Nuns
Apr
9
8:30pm 8:30pm

The Wild Body // Fauna Shade // Fire Nuns

"Lead single “Marzipan” is a strange, swirling, wonderful example of what Smith is capable of. Guitars alternate between jaunty strolls and rippling reverb, feeling like rolling waves of drug-induced color. There’s even a Floydian outro of zapping electronic wiggles. But the most fetching aspect of the track is Smith’s voice itself. It’s somewhere between T. Rex’s Marc Bolan and WU LYF’s Ellery James Roberts, part back-toothed growl, part heady vibrato."- Consequence of Sound
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Federale // Pat Kearns
Apr
2
9:00pm 9:00pm

Federale // Pat Kearns

“Set against bristling, decorous soundscapes ever hinting at playful release, Federale jefe Collin Hegna unfurls a honeyed baritone that calls to mind Scott Walker at the Grand Ole Opry—or, for the title track’s scorched-country duet, a reverse-engineered Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. The best of these songs were made for tuneful, robust talking. And, with enviable grace, that’s just what they do.” -Willamette Week

Pat Kearns [Blue Skies For Black Hearts]

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Merō // Sheers // Nike Ayers
Mar
26
8:30pm 8:30pm

Merō // Sheers // Nike Ayers

"Merō is a dreamy electronic, experimental rock band from Portland, OR. With lush cavernous vocals, swelling electric guitars, rushing soundscapes, and R&B/trip hop influenced electronic beats, Merō seems to have arrived, unexpectedly, from elements of its influence (Bjork, Four Tet, James Blake, Daughter, Radiohead, Lauren Hill, Kendrick Lamar) nuanced by its folk roots in storytelling and a fascination with the evolution of human history."

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Kulululu // Dreckig
Mar
12
9:00pm 9:00pm

Kulululu // Dreckig

"Donned in the finest of linens and strangest of face masks, experimental rock band Kulululu are officially dropping their new addicting single "We Are Kulululu."  The track bounces back and forth between jazzy progressions and full fledged rock, delivered to you in raucously burstful spurts. You're guaranteed to seizurely gyrate and jump about."- The Deli Portland

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Gold Casio // Bryson Cone // Mood Beach
Mar
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Gold Casio // Bryson Cone // Mood Beach

"...it’s easy to see that the five-piece worships keyboards and glitter. The band melds campy, gold-plated disco with glitchy indie-pop, and the result is groovy and danceable—you can’t avoid this boogie fever, so might as well let it infect you." -Portland Mercury

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And And And // Devy Metal
Feb
26
9:00pm 9:00pm

And And And // Devy Metal

"Portland sounds like a strange oasis of hip stasis, where you can be a career waiter and live comfortably with plenty of free time. Wherever there is free time, there are good bands—and And And And are the sultans of the scene."- Vice

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 8th Annual Valentine's Day Show w/Chanti Darling // Wet Dream // DJ Cooky Parker
Feb
14
to Feb 15

8th Annual Valentine's Day Show w/Chanti Darling // Wet Dream // DJ Cooky Parker

Rontoms' 8th annual Valentine's event features Portland's 2015 Band of the Year, Chanti Darling who'll be romancing you into their vintage R&B spell. Also, opening band Wet Dream will be dimming the lights and setting the mood, while DJ Cooky Parker keeps your fire stoked throughout the night. Savor our special Valentine's cocktails and capture you and your sweety's rapture with our sexy (and free) custom Photobooth. Love abounds tonight.

TUES FEB 14 / Doors 7:00 / Show 8:30 / 21+ 
$12 Advance. $15 Day of Show.

Tickets available here.
http://rontomsvalentines.brownpapertickets.com/

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Psychomagic // Kera & The Lesbians
Feb
12
9:00pm 9:00pm

Psychomagic // Kera & The Lesbians

"The title track “Bad Idea” has him transforming for a monster mash delivery about being scared of strange love. Often, the band chimes in for completely unrestrained choruses of “Lalalalala"... With swelling guitars, tight drums, organ, silly stories, and real feels, it’s a release of energetic, imaginative rock hitting all of the sweet spots: punk, vintage surf tones, ’60s lounge music, and a lot of freak." - Eleven PDX
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Ice Queens // Ice Princess // Bleach Blonde Dudes
Feb
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Ice Queens // Ice Princess // Bleach Blonde Dudes

"The band soon found itself... cranking out the sort of bent, forceful rock that isn't getting much play in Portland these days. It's tightly wound and confidently played, wrapping loud, distorted guitars and breathy melodies around herky-jerky time signatures, nodding to Smashing Pumpkins as much as Polvo." - Willamette Week
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 Autonomics // Arlo Indigo // Melt
Jan
29
8:30pm 8:30pm

Autonomics // Arlo Indigo // Melt

"Autonomics traffics in the kind of sloppy, speedy garage-rock meant to bang a few heads and spill a few beers. Witness it tonight when they headline a free Sunday Session at Rontoms with support from Arlo Indigo and Melt." - Portland Mercury
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Ezza Rose // Anna Hoone
Jan
15
8:30pm 8:30pm

Ezza Rose // Anna Hoone

"Her music, previously built on gentle, minimalist melodies and eerie harmonies, takes a different tone on her new LP. More electrified and slightly more ominous than the simple, lilting sound she previously established, this is Rose at her best so far. Highlights come in the laid-back, doo-wop swing of "Tie Me Up," the rolling electric guitar on "Under Your Teeth" and the deep, scissoring cello that breaks up the easy flow of "Sailboat Land.'" -Willamette Week
"Portland's Anna Hoone delivers the kind of straightforward folk that comes bristling with poetic barbs. Hoone's recent NPR Tiny Desk Contest video submission for her song "Oh Mama" saw her deft acoustic strumming accompanied by Sam Vogt's dobro. Hoone's voice is a vessel of poise and of prose-heavy lyricism that recalls the melodic grit of songsmiths like Lucinda Williams." -Portland Mercury
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Pony Village // Ali Muhareb's Mujahedeen
Jan
8
8:30pm 8:30pm

Pony Village // Ali Muhareb's Mujahedeen

Long-running Portland band Pony Village's final show ever!

"'The Brighter Side (Is Darker Than Ever)' is a track off their upcoming full-length. It was produced and engineered by indie stalwarts Tucker Martine (The Decembrists, R.E.M., Spoon) and Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse, Superchunk)... It’s more atmospheric than their previous releases... They’ve begun to experiment with more sonic textures, mainly because, as Barber explains, “There’s only so many ways to write a pop song and we’ve done a lot of them.”" -RedBull.com
"Muhareb slaps together heavy beats and distorted melodies, adding a nefarious contingent to tunes like "Modern Grime," which bear the torch for the burgeoning local psychedelic-pop movement." -Portland Mercury
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