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Neon Trees + Smallpools @ Roseland Theater 6/9/2014

 

 

Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More photos from the Pop Psychology Tour available on Flickr.

This entry was written by elevenpdx, posted on June 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm, filed under Live and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Manchester Orchestra @ Roseland Theater 4/30/2014

On the tails of a devastating Blazers playoff loss (am I allowed to talk about sports here? oh well!), I made it to the Roseland Theater in time to catch Georgia natives, Manchester Orchestra a few songs into a roaring set. A rare early show with only a three band bill, this lineup (Kevin Devine, Balance and Composure) seemed to be curated with care, which is something I think bookers miss the mark on more and more these days.

Manchester Orchestra has a way of pulling things out of the listener—I’ve watched tears streaming down people’s faces, hands raised in the air in near-reverie, something akin to a religious experience of sorts. This is what I believe the function of music is, among other things, to tap into a well of emotions, to allow people to transcend themselves for a moment. Throughout their career, the band’s has music always managed to translate a sort of emotional urgency, a deep untapped well of things from the spectrum of feeling—Cope, the band’s most recent release, is not a departure from this in the least.  (more…)

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Chromeo @ Roseland Theater 4/14/2014

The last time I saw Chromeo, I was still recovering from having my wisdom teeth surgically removed, but I still forced myself to go to the show because I never want to miss this band play live….ever even if it means waking up early at Sasquatch and making the trek in at 10am to watch this band play at 11 in the morning. This time was a lot less painful and a whole hell of a lot more dancing and less jaw throbbing. The show opened up with TOKIMONSTA who warmed the crowd up and had the crowd dancing in no time. The set up for Chromeo involved a lot of flood lights, the classic leg keyboard stands, and a full mirrored chrome selfie tempting backdrop. The fans waited excitedly and started the “Chromeo oh ohh” chant and then the fun really started with a setlist that included “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” a new song that will be coming out on their latest album White Women in May as well as favorites from 7 years ago like “Bonafied Lovin” as well as a great assortment of songs from Business Casual. They also played “Needy Girl” for everyone that has been supporting the band for the past 11 years. The sold out crowd and at capacity balcony bar turned into a funklordz dance party for the night  and it was pretty awesome, so awesome that people kept dancing as the floor lights came up and the show was over.

 

Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More on Flickr.

This entry was written by elevenpdx, posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm, filed under Live and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

The Neighbourhood + Kitten @ Roseland Theater 4/3/2014

As soon as I got into the Roseland I could hear the music pumping out over the speakers and knew that it was going to be a great night. This tour did it right by opening up with Born Casual, a DJ from Rhode Island, who energized the crowd immediately with everything from Backstreet Boys to the latest Beyonce hits. I would basically be cool with Born Casual DJ’ing my life for me (I mean I even saw security guards getting into it…arms flailing) .

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This entry was written by elevenpdx, posted on April 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm, filed under Live and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

AFI + Touché Amoré @ Roseland Theater 10/31/2013

I’ll admit it: I was a junior high school goth kid. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out I’d get to reclaim my spooky roots at an AFI show on All Hallows Eve.

Touché Amoré, who play piercingly straightforward post-hardcore, opened the night. Watching them perfect their sound over the years has been incredible—the band seems to be at their absolute best currently, honing a combination of aggressive music with stunning lyrics. While I overheard some people mention that they seemed like a strange band for AFI to take on tour, I couldn’t help but feel that it made an immense amount of sense. AFI and Touché seem to be cut from the same cloth, and while they differ sonically, their roots are similar in many aspects.

Entering the stage dressed as various foods (vocalist Jeremy Bolm referred to his band as “Food Chain Amoré”) the band blazed through an impressive twenty two songs in just over 45 minutes. With a new album out on Deathwish Records just two months ago, the band seems revitalized and excited to be showcasing new songs after two years supporting their last release. (more…)

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GWAR @ Roseland Theater 10/15/2013

          A crowd wound up by Band of Orcs, Iron Reagan, and Whitechapel had built at the Roseland, and somehow I managed to barrel my way to the front.  In front of me two tall, bald, german bodybuilder/ biker types  I have named Olaf and Igor parted and offered me a space at the barrier between them. As the crowd surged I became pinned, there was fat-guy sweat and testosterone in the air. Loud choruses of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” gave way to chants of “We want GWAR! GWAR! GWAR! GWAR!”

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This entry was written by elevenpdx, posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm, filed under Live and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Roseland Theater 9/7/2013

Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More on Flickr.

This entry was written by elevenpdx, posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:33 am, filed under Live and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Purity Ring @ Roseland Theater 4/24/2013

Canadian electronic/hip-hop duo, Purity Ring, played to a fervent crowd on Tuesday night at the Roseland Theater. Even though the group is relatively new (they formed in 2010) their draw was huge, with lines spiraling in and around the theater well before the band took to the sold-out stage. The theater was transformed into a bass-drenched dance club for the night, with an eruptive pulse propelling movement on the floor and in the balconies. Unlike many Roseland shows, there were signs encouraging photography from the audience, and there wasn’t a typical pit, which allowed front-row access to anyone who pushed their way in.

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This entry was written by elevenpdx, posted on April 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm, filed under Live and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

What’s Going On: 04/24 – 05/01

1. Palma Violets w/ Guards & Eidolons
Where: Holocene
How Much: $10/$12
When: Thursday, April 25th – 9pm
Why: London-based quartet, Palma Violets, have carved a name for themselves across the pond and it’s only a matter of time before they do the same here in the States. Their sound evokes the similar feeling of urgency you get from a cocktail of Kings of Leon and The Arcade Fire—driving, pulsating, and contagiously raucous.

2. Lil Ass Boom Box Festival
Where: Kelly’s Olympian
How Much: Free!
When: Friday, April 26th – 9pm
Why: An absolutely free mini version of Big Ass Boom Box fest with some of Portland’s finest! Catch Souvenir Driver, The Autonomics, The Century, and Outer Space Heaters. And as if one night of free music wasn’t enough, come back Saturday night with The We Shared Milk, A Happy Death, and Boing!

2b. Infected Mushroom w/ Randy Seidman & Sidestep
Where: Roseland Theater
How Much: $22.50
When: Friday, April 26th – 9pm
Why: The visual experience alone is worth the price of admission. Besides, who doesn’t love a sweaty grinder?

3. White Fang w/ Love Cop & BOOM!
Where: Hawthorne Burgerville
How Much: Free!
When: Sunday, April 28th – 4pm
Why: KPSU’s 2013 Radio Revival and Burger Records presents: White Fang with Love Cop and BOOM! After you come out of your post-brunch food coma, head to Burgerville at their Hawthorne location for an afternoon of burgers and booty shakin! Proceeds of Burgerville sales go to KPSU. Highly recommended!

 

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