Interview With Slug From Atmosphere

Interview With Slug From Atmosphere

Sean Michael Daley, otherwise known as Slug, has made a career off of wearing his heart on his sleeve. For better or for worse, Slug’s emotional journey over the last 20+ years was recorded on audio and released for the public to hear. Fans around the world found a connection to his brutal honesty that was purveyed through unbelievably clever wordplay. So when I spoke to one half of Atmosphere and he told me that he came to the realization that his job in life is to make others smile instead of dwell on their problems—my face instantly struck a grin.

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Atmosphere @ The Roseland

Atmosphere @ The Roseland

Sean Michael Daley, otherwise known as Slug, has made a career off of wearing his heart on his sleeve. For better or for worse, Slug’s emotional journey over the last 20+ years was recorded on audio and released for the public to hear. Fans around the world found a connection to his brutal honesty that was purveyed through unbelievably clever wordplay. So when I spoke to one half of Atmosphere and he told me that he came to the realization that his job in life is to make others smile instead of dwell on their problems—my face instantly struck a grin.

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Feed Me with Teeth

Feed Me with Teeth

The Roseland Theater played the role of host for the Portland stop of British Dance Music Icon Feed Me (real name John Gooch)’s North America Tour, dubbed “Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey”, featuring a cast of spectacular diverse support that came together to create a night of energetic dancing, countless smiles, and bone-shaking bass.

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Soopah Eype

Soopah Eype

This last weekend at the White Owl Social Club, Portland via L.A. rapper, Soopah Eype (pronounced “Super Ape,” Soop for short) took the stage headlining the musical portion of the Drink and Draw night. Soop, one of the more talented and innovative lyricists you’ll come across, put his skill set on full display that night and it did not go unnoticed.

 

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Beloved Sacred Arts And Music Festival

  As our big red truck made the final descent west on Hwy 34, the sun was setting over the mountain and the outside smelled of fresh evergreen. We had missed the opening ceremony but that wasn't too much of a concern, as we were about to be home. The Beloved Sacred Arts and Music Festival is truly one of the most magical places you could be on Earth, and I had returned for my second year. Last years’ experience was one of overwhelming positivity and radiant beauty, so much so in fact that I still have last years’ wristband on.

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MFNW Day Two

MFNW Day Two

Next up was another band known for their crazy live performances. Tune Yards is a project of Merrill Garbus that relies heavily on layered drum loops infused with other instruments like ukulele and bass guitar. Garbus and her merry band of colorfully dressed ladies (plus one guy on bass) are an absolute pleasure to watch perform. The thrilling and imaginative performance featured hits like “Powa,” “Gangsta,” and “Bizness.” adding to what had already been a great day of music. 

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Against Me!, Creepoid, Venus De Mars @ WOW Hall

To give some context for the following review, Against Me! is hands down, my favorite band. For the last five years I have been pining over Laura Jane Grace’s writing, cut-throat vocals, and general approach to punk rock. After seeing them 5 times, I was finally granted the opportunity to photograph a band that has the most special place in my heart. This all being said, I will try to keep this review as neutral as possible, for the sake of good taste.

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MFNW Day One

MFNW Day One

There was a buzz in the air surrounding Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Saturday, and it wasn’t the Heineken that was everywhere, this buzz was more natural, pure, and released from within thousands of Portland’s music lovers. Musicfest NW had finally arrived, we were no longer staring at a date on a flier, the artists were all in town, the stages were set up, and the music was finally here. For the lucky few at any of the opening parties, MFNW was already in full swing, but for the general population—this was only the beginning.

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