Ice Queens [Album Release] // And And And // Ah God
Jul
2
8:30 pm20:30

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

Abronia [Album Release] // BlackWater HolyLight
Jun
25
8:30 pm20:30

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

Sama Dams // Sisters
Jun
18
8:30 pm20:30

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
Old Town Music 21st Anniversary Showcase
Jun
11
8:00 pm20:00

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!

The Weather Machine // Sea Caves
Apr
30
8:30 pm20:30

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

AAN // Wild Powwers
Apr
23
8:30 pm20:30

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
Roselit Bone // Weezy Ford
Apr
16
9:00 pm21:00

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
The Wild Body // Fauna Shade // Fire Nuns
Apr
9
8:30 pm20:30

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
Federale // Pat Kearns
Apr
2
9:00 pm21:00

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]

Merō // Sheers // Nike Ayers
Mar
26
8:30 pm20:30

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."

Kulululu // Dreckig
Mar
12
9:00 pm21:00

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

Gold Casio // Bryson Cone // Mood Beach
Mar
5
8:30 pm20:30

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

And And And // Devy Metal
Feb
26
9:00 pm21:00

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

Philip Grass & Friends // Post Moves // Emilie Weibel
Feb
19
8:30 pm20:30

Philip Grass & Friends // Post Moves // Emilie Weibel

1030p Philip Grass & Friends

945p Post Moves
 

9p Emilie Weibel

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

Psychomagic // Kera & The Lesbians
Feb
12
9:00 pm21:00

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
Ice Queens // Ice Princess // Bleach Blonde Dudes
Feb
5
8:30 pm20:30

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
 Autonomics // Arlo Indigo // Melt
Jan
29
8:30 pm20:30

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
Ezza Rose // Anna Hoone
Jan
15
8:30 pm20:30

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
Pony Village // Ali Muhareb's Mujahedeen
Jan
8
8:30 pm20:30

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
Helvetia // Thick Business
Dec
4
8:00 pm20:00

Helvetia // Thick Business

"Helvetia's last release, 2012's Nothing for Rambling, marked their seventh album in six years. Tonight, Helvetia are celebrating the release of Dromomania, their first new release in three years. While that gap could have had something to do with Albertini's role as bassist in Built to Spill, that wouldn't tell the whole story. It turns out a massive computer meltdown wiped out a nearly completed album back in 2013. Fortunately, those songs were recently recovered and released as A Dot Running for the Dust (The Lost Sessions), which makes for an excellent companion piece to Dromomania."- Portland Mercury
"The tail end of Thick Business was a wall of chugging, screeching noise spiked with blow-you-over vocals... We're disappointed we missed the bulk of the set, and if you weren't there, you should be too."- Hey Reverb
Jackson Boone // The Fur Coats // Bryson Cone
Nov
27
8:00 pm20:00

Jackson Boone // The Fur Coats // Bryson Cone

"Natural Changes, Boone'€™s second album in a little over a year, is more of a companion piece to its predecessor than a follow-up, ever so much more lush and dreamy, but with an eye back toward the terrestrial world... Highlights include the acid-daydream "The Dolphin Turned Into a Cat"€ and the concluding title track, sure to be adopted as the go-to wedding song for crystal healers everywhere." -Willamette Week
"Deemed the “haunted mansion R&B band,” which is an incredibly fitting description... A considerable “super group,” they had no trouble fostering an ever developing and lasting following based on the sheer wealth of talent compiled into their one entity."- Noise & Color PDX
'"Color of Love" shows their playful and cooly executed exchange of masculine and feminine vocals. When combined with the pairing of clear synths and electric guitars... it creates an urbane blanket of delight."- The Deli Portland
 
AAN // Minden // Kelli Schaefer
Nov
20
8:00 pm20:00

AAN // Minden // Kelli Schaefer

[Album Release] AAN's Dada Distractions 

"...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

Wine & Coffee // Maze Koroma // Neill Von Tally
Nov
13
8:00 pm20:00

Wine & Coffee // Maze Koroma // Neill Von Tally

"Equal parts Old Grape God (Wine) and EYRST's Ripley Snell (Coffee), Wine + Coffee is something like an improvisational hip-hop and R&B conceptual art piece—that is, if you dare label the project. There will be painting, rapping, a little freestyling, some singing, and some percolating. " -Portland Mercury

The Lower 48 // Crushed Out // Bruiser Queen
Nov
6
8:00 pm20:00

The Lower 48 // Crushed Out // Bruiser Queen

The Lower 48

"The band's newest release rubs the indie-rock stamp off its collective wrist to make room for enough genres to cover its entire forearm. The rough-and-tumbling, country-born "Threw It Away" leads right into the Spoon-esque "Jack in the Pulpit." A song later, with "Transition 1," the Lower 48 rides a wave of fuzzed-out surf rock. The band does in three consecutive songs what some struggle to do in three albums' time." -Willamette Week

Crushed Out

"Sonically, fuzz, chorus, tremolo and reverbed-out handclaps make this Bo Diddley-esque song swing, tremble and explode just right." - Rolling Stone

Bruiser Queen

Cambrian Explosion // BlackWater (HolyLight)
Oct
30
8:00 pm20:00

Cambrian Explosion // BlackWater (HolyLight)

Cambrian Explosion

"Cambrian Explosion authentically channels the prog and space-rock of the '70s, its repetitive guitars, spiraling keyboards and expansive arrangements conjuring images of quasars and exploding nebulae." -Willamette Week

BlackWater (HolyLight)

Karma Rivera // Donte Thomas // Mat Randol
Oct
23
8:00 pm20:00

Karma Rivera // Donte Thomas // Mat Randol

"Her personal message has always been clear—she is confident in the person she’s become and there are few things that she will compromise her integrity for. There’s no point in playing nice, “They say be Madonna don’t ever be the hoe/But why be a saint when she’s never in control.” Her call outs throw the big punches but it’s the playful lyricism that’ll sweep under you." -weouthere.net