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In The Valley Below Live At Portland’s Crystal Ballroom


California upstarts In The Valley below rolled into Portland’s Crystal Ballroom recently in the midst of a run of shows opening for the Airborne Toxic Event and in support of The Belt, their recently released debut. The group is the brainchild of L.A. duo Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob, who share creative control and vocal duties and are joined on drums by Joshua Clair. Buoyed by the hit (by “indie” standards) single “Peaches”, and featuring an intriguing mix of dance pop and darker, folk-influenced songs that for me recalled a lot of Junip’s work.

Along with Gail and Jacob’s writing and singing relationship, In The Valley Below’s most noticeable strength is their aforementioned versatility. The dance pop of “Peaches” and “Hymnal” are followed by songs like “Palm Tree Fire” and “King Tide”, where In The Valley Below are able to showcase their darker, folkier side. Any time an act can traffic successfully in two extremes it’s impressive, and although their dance songs are the “hits”, I’ve always found the band’s more ominous, future-folk songs more intriguing.

While watching the band, I mentioned to my photographer that this would probably be the last time we saw In The Valley Below opening for anyone for quite awhile, and sure enough they will be returning to The Crystal Ballroom December 4th for a headlining show. If you’re thinking, “Well that didn’t take long”, very little has taken long in the band’s meteoric rise, and deservedly so. There are few bands on the scene now with In The Valley Below’s crossover appeal, and few with the gumption to try so many ideas when they could just as easily crank out poppy dance songs. It makes the group one to watch for in the future, and for a very compelling live show right now.

Check out a full list of tour dates below.

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All photo credit: Caitlin Webb Photography

Tour Dates:
Nov 05 Belly Up
w/ The Airborne Toxic…
Aspen, CO Tickets RSVP
Nov 06 Ogden Theatre *SOLD OUT*
w/ The Airborne Toxic…
Denver, CO Tickets RSVP
Nov 07 Ogden Theatre
w/ The Airborne Toxic…
Denver, CO Tickets RSVP
Dec 03 The Troubadour
w/ Caught A Ghost,…
Los Angeles, CA Tickets RSVP
Dec 04 Crystal Ballroom *SOLD OUT*
w/ Kongos
Portland, OR