Joey Badass & Pro Era

Joey Badass & Pro Era

Set up on the stage is Joey’s own personal stoop, a single red door and stair steps, a throwback to the root of it all—home. When Statik Selektor took over the DJ booth, you knew that something big was about to happen. The door swings open and out comes a young but grown Joey Bada$$, not missing a beat Joey is already speaking his message in rhythm and rhyme. With a voice that sounds like his throat was doused in kerosene and battery acid, Joey proceeded to scream fire at the crowd for over an hour.

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Mad Decent Block Party

Mad Decent Block Party

Who would've thought that a small block party in Philadelphia could grow into an annual touring event that attracts hundreds of thousands in attendees and millions in revenue? Certainly not Diplo, that's for sure. The Mad Decent Block Party founder seemed genuinely humbled by the presence of those who attending the tour and the fact he had been selling out just about every venue that the Block Party visited. The MDBP seems like a hedonistic paradise where the Turn Up Is Real, but at the very core of it all, MDBP is nothing more than a lot of people who just really love music. 

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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

Slug is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and has blood on the leaves, it is difficult to imagine being brutally honest about your ex-lovers, dead best friends, deceased elders, and substance issues on stage in front of a sold out crowd. Somehow though, Slug does all of this with absolute conviction and comes through to the other side with a smile on his face. Despite all the heartbreak, Slug is surer than ever that his job on this Earth is to bring a smile to all the faces with a frown. To wear your heart on your sleeve, have it stomped on, and still pick it back up and smile is no easy task—Slug reminds us that sometimes it’s important to allow yourself to smile even with a broken heart.

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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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