There are shows and then there are shows (this one falls into the latter, we think). We're proud to be presenting a pairing responsible for the two of the best records of 2012 this Saturday night at the Roseland Theater as The Walkmen and Father John Misty come to town.
If you recall, The Walkmen released their sixth album, Heaven, last year, celebrating a decade that's seen them evolve from scrappy New York City upstarts (the last standing of the great NYC class of '02) to stately, poetic sophisticates. Their music has been arguably sunnier over the past couple of records, and while they might not look like this, exactly, at the Roseland, they'll still be bringing light and warmth to a Portland January night.
An opener like Father John Misty, meanwhile, makes this a two headliner bill. Josh Tillman took everyone by surprise in 2012 with his new moniker/project/outlook, eventually earning the top spot in both year end favorites polls-- ours and listeners'. Tillman stopped by our studios back in July to perform solo versions of his songs, but the full band version couldn't be more different. He preens, poses and dares you to take him seriously, adding a visual element to wry and sardonic numbers that mingle with the ghosts of Gram Parsons and Harry Nilsson.
Needless to say, you want to go. So do we. We all do. And here's your chance to do it for free...