Live Review: Janelle Monae and Wondaland at Roseland Theater, 8/25

In the '70s, given the vibrancy of their street-level politics and the febrile intensity of their music, some savvy PR flack dubbed the Clash "The Only Band That Matters." Monday night at the Roseland Theater, Janelle Monae closed the Portland stop on her Eephus Tour with what feels, at this moment, like The Only Song That Matters: "Hell You Talmbout." The propulsive, percussive chant—calling out ...   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Death Grips at Roseland Theater, 6/21

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At the ripe age of 31, I’m old enough to have a working knowledge of the ‘90s “Loudness War” and its effect on modern pop music. I remember where I was when news of Kurt Cobain’s death broke (at a Taco Bell adjacent to a Coconut’s Music, fittingly). I also remember what a revelation it was when Nirvana got huge for streamlining the use of quiet-loud dynamics to make the loud parts ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2015 PETE COTTELL

E-40 For President

Amy Miller on America's last tycoon.


I re-watched Citizen Kane this week and got to feeling sad that we don’t really have “tycoons” anymore. We have super-rich people, we have talentless celebrity types, we have Rupert Murdochs and Ted Turners of the world quietly sitting back, controlling media and wrinkling under an electric blanket. I couldn’t pick either of them out of a lineup of other pruny white men. Gone are the ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 AMY MILLER

Live Review: Young Thug & Travis Scott at Roseland Theater, April 1


Despite its limitations as a venue, the Roseland Theater is perfect for a certain type of hip-hop show—not legacy acts or old heads, but young, unhinged rappers that just want to turn the entire pit into on sweaty party. On April Fool’s Day, Atlanta weirdo rapper Young Thug and Houston’s Travis Scott hit town for the last stop on their Rodeo Tour, turning a quiet Wednesday night into a ...   More
Friday, April 3, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Young Thug, Travis Scott, T Spoon

Music Stories
[HIP-HOP ALIEN] Every few years, a rapper comes along who doesn’t just change popular culture but changes the way we hear the human voice. If Lil Wayne really is a Martian, as he claims on “Ph   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Marilyn Manson at Roseland Theater, 3/25


Willamette Week's Art Director, Kathleen Marie, is a huge Marilyn Manson fan. So not only did she shoot this show, we also let her tell you about it. See both her photos and writeup below:At the Roseland Theater Wednesday night, two years and one album since his last Portland show, Marilyn Manson—the band and the man himself, dressed to the nines in modest layers of worn black and painted up a la ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Matthew Singer

Show Preview: Marilyn Manson at the Roseland

Music Stories
[AMERICAN HORROR STORY] In 2001, The Onion published an article with the headline, “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” The conceit was that, with Eminem having us   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Too Many Zooz: Saturday, Jan. 31, at Roseland Theater

Some real underground music.

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In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like Satyricon, Portland’s legendary punk club. Take it from drummer David Parks, who’s played both. “There’s a certain randomnes   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Live Review: Tune-Yards at Roseland Theater, 12/12


“Those inflatable worms kind of look like dicks,” a guy in the crowd commented at the start of Tune-Yards' show at Roseland Theater on Dec. 12. The Oakland-based experimental pop group certainly does have a preference for odd stage props. The stage was draped in baby-pink linens, obscenely large googly eyes, toy cacti and, yes, giant inflatable earthworms—an aesthetic best described as ...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 ASHLEY JOCZ

Live Review: Swans at Roseland Theater, Sept. 6


Swans are the Game of Thrones of bands: epic in scale, tonally intense, and if you told me any of the members had once crushed a man's skull with their bare hands, I wouldn't question it. At the Roseland Theater on Sept. 6, each song unfurled with a season's worth of stomach-knotting dread, and most at about half the length of a typical GoT episode. (And even better: no stupid dragons were ...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER


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