Monday, October 14, 2024

Robert DeLong and Atlas Genius

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$22 advance, $27 day of show

All ages welcome

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Robert DeLong

Robert DeLong

Robert DeLong is all grown up. Or, at least, he's ready to leap into the next phase of his life and artistic career. Originally from Seattle but now based in Los Angeles, the songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has always reflected himself in his music, but on Playlist of Doom, his fourth full-length album, Robert embraces a sense of raw honesty that seeps through the cleverly-crafted lyrics. "My first few records were more existential," he says. "In your twenties you think you know everything about the universe and you want to tell everyone everything you know. But as you get older you learn more about yourself and relationships, so it made more sense for me to write about that."

The songs on Playlist of Doom began to come together shortly after Robert released Walk Like Me, his third album, in the fall of 2021. That album, a response to the break-up of a long-term relationship, was clouded by the pandemic and didn't have the impact Robert was hoping for. He slowly began writing new music, working late into the night in his home studio, and autobiographical themes started to emerge, even if all of the songs themselves aren't autobiographical. He wrote across genres, incorporating everything from indie pop to electronica to reggaeton, and sees the album as an instinctual distillation of his songwriting. It was an experimental, energized and completely organic process.

"Music, for me, is always emergent," Robert says. "I start by chasing a melody and then the lyrics pop out. Whatever I've been thinking about, whatever I've been going through, whatever emotions I'm feeling about my relationships with people or whatever I'm worrying about in my life just inject themselves. Everything spills out. The songs that feel the most like me, as on this album, are more extemporaneous on some level."

Single "Deserve It All," which features guest vocals from Pahua, draws inspiration from Latin American cumbia (a folkloric genre and dance from Colombia) as Robert takes stock of his life and career to date, setting the tone for the rest of the album. "I started feeling like I wanted to get more out of my career," he explains. "I needed to look forward into the future and take control of things myself. I had to stop waiting. The lyrics center on the realization that I deserve more than I was getting. That was the first song I'd written in a while that felt unique and fun, but also like I was saying something real about my life."

Throughout the tracklist, fans can hear subtle hints of Robert's varied influences, resulting in an album that's as eclectic as he is. They range from his obsession with dub, the dusty drums of breakbeat and jungle, the songwriting of ‘90s alternative music and early ‘00s Seattle indie, as well as classic songwriters like Tom Petty, David Byrne and Depeche Mode. He also nods to more modern artists like Gloomer, Post Malone, Pugilist and Om Unit.

Uplifting indie pop number "Makeshift Paradise" marks Robert's first "love song without caveats," encouraged by his current relationship. "Slowly" is more imagined, reflecting on the internal longing you feel at the end of a partnership even if you're completely over it. "2 of Us," one of the oldest songs on the album, was co-written with Joaquin Pastor, while buzzy electronic song "Headrush," written with Natalia Aristides and April Bender, grapples with the reality of feeling uninspired and being unable to get out of bed.

"Those kinds of songs would have been more difficult for me to write at an earlier phase in my life because I would have been more self-conscious about them," Robert says. "Now in the conversations I have with other adults and with younger people, it's clear we all feel these things. And it helps to be honest about it."

Playlist of Doom, Robert's first release on his new record label Round Hill Records, showcases the varied thematic and sonic influences that go into the Robert's music, which he dubs eclectic alternative electronic pop. Its lyrics nudge towards relatable experiences and feelings, encapsuling the highs and lows of the human conditions through the lens of compelling songwriting. It's an evolution from his earlier work, but also a full circle moment as songs and sounds nod to his 2013 debut, Just Movement, which featured breakout single "Global Concepts," which went platinum in Australia.

In the years since, Robert has dropped two more albums and two EPs, along with several notable singles, including 2018's "Favorite Color Is Blue," which featured K. Flay, and 2021's "Did It To Myself," featuring Lights. Ashe also appeared on two songs on Walk Like Me. His 2015 single "Long Way Down" peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Alternative chart and became his biggest streaming track on Spotify. The musician boasts more 170 million streams on Spotify and 30 million views on YouTube. Over the years, he has performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Reading and Leeds, captivating fans with his dynamic, frenzied live performances. Now, Robert is ready to step into something new.

"I started doing this in my twenties and I was very young and at the beginning of my life," he says. "I feel evolved from the person I was. I feel good about making music and being part of a record label that reflects where I am and who I am today. It all just feels right. The music industry can be such a roller coaster, so it's nice to feel like everything is aligned and that I'm getting to do what I'm meant to do."


Atlas Genius

Indie Alternative

Atlas Genius

Their Father was a self made man. He started as a miner, miles below the Australian earth before becoming a successful engineer. But his dreams fell apart following an incapacitating heart attack and a 2 year battle for his life. While their mother tended to their ailing father, the 3 teenage sons, Keith, Steven & and Michael grew up quickly having to provide for the family. Eldest Keith's job at KFC wasn't enough, so the Jeffery brothers started playing gigs to pay the family's bills. Even the youngest, 14 year old drummer Michael, had to balance school work and early mornings with their late night cover band shows in the local Adelaide clubs. After a few years and the healing of their father, the band built a recording studio in their home's garage. Out of this home studio came the band's debut album and certified platinum hit single "Trojans."

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About Mission Theater

Experience a slice of Portland history. What is now known simply as “the Mission” was originally home to the Swedish Mission Covenant congregation in the early 20th century, and despite its staid, buttoned up appearance, this place now hosts live music, video dance nights and special events on select nights each month. 

For ADA accommodations please contact us by email at or by phone at (503) 225-0047. Please note we are only able to accommodate in this section until it is at capacity.

House Rules

As our guest, please respect the house and ensure the safety and comfort of those around you by observing our House Rules. 
  • Backpacks are not permitted.
  • Re-entry policy is determined on the day of the show, and we can't guarantee that re-entry will be permitted.
  • Possession or use of illegal substances
  • Possession or use of permanent markers or paint pens
  • Possession of any type of weapon
  • Possession or use of false identification
  • Willful damage to the property
  • Cursing or verbal harassment towards other customers or staff
  • Inconsiderate behavior towards other customers or staff
  • Any form of inappropriate, racial or physical harassment , including displaying symbols that the venue deems to be threatening
  • Intoxication before entry
  • Consumption of any alcoholic beverage not purchased on premise
  • Smoking in non-designated areas
  • Violence of any nature
  • Thank you for your help in making the Mission Theater safe, comfortable and fun for all.

Box Office

Box Office Information
Tickets for all McMenamins shows are ticketed by Cascade Tickets, and may be purchased at the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, Crystal box office (located under the Crystal's awning) and McMenamins Edgefield, by phone at 1-855-CAS-TIXX, or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link located at the event listing on our schedules.
Tickets bought directly at the Crystal box office or any of our ticket outlets will only incur a $2 facility charge. (Please note! Tickets to Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn will incur additional service fees.)
Resend Ticket Confirmation Email
23rd Avenue Bottle Shop Hours
Sunday–Thursday, 10am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am - 11pm
The bottle shop accepts cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and DiscoverCard.
Crystal Ballroom Box Office Hours
2pm on concert days only
Will Call
Will call is located at the box office.
Refund requests may be directed to If a show is cancelled or rescheduled, ticketholders will be emailed with their refund options. We will also post show information on our website ( and social media platforms. 
For ADA accommodations please contact us by email at or by phone at (503) 225-0047. Please note we are only able to accommodate in this section until it is at capacity.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions about your box office and ticketing … where do I find that info?
Scroll up and check out our Box Office info! If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you might find your answer below, and if not then feel free to shoot us an email.

What seating is available?
The Mission Theater specializes in open-floor shows, but also has a mezzanine on three sides with seating throughout. Occasionally the main floor will feature seating as well, and we will indicate this by referring to the event as a “seated event.”

The mezzanine sounds cool! Can I reserve seats there? 
No, our seats are all first-come, first-served. 
I don’t like to buy tickets online; where can I buy in person at the Mission? 
The Mission does not have its own outlet, but tickets for Mission shows (and any McMenamins music events) are available at the outlets describe above in the Box Office section. 
I heard that fees are lower if I buy tickets in person … is this true? Yup, the fee is only two bucks for Mission shows if you buy those tickets in person at our outlets. PLEASE NOTE: Since Crystal Ballroom box office hours are very limited, here’s a pro tip for ya: purchase your tickets at our outlet at 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop to receive the same fee deal. 
Help, I can’t find my tickets! Can you resend/email them to me?
Even better, just go to and provide your email address as well as the last 4 digits of the card used for purchase. A ticket confirmation will be sent to you.
I have a printed at home ticket … can you just scan the original email from my phone? 
We’re able to scan ticket barcodes from most phones…. Make sure your brightness is turned up for best results! If that doesn’t work we will be able to enter your ticket’s order number into the system and get you into the show that way. 
I can’t make the show; can I get a refund? 
We are not able to offer refunds. If you opted to purchase insurance through our ticketing company as part of your ticket purchase, you should have received an email from Allianz Global  Assistance and you can file a claim with them directly. You are also welcome to sell your tickets.

Someone sold two tickets to me for tomorrow's show. When I arrive at the venue, will there be any issues since I wasn't the original buyer? 
We are unable to determine the validity of third party tickets. Also, a ticket may be scanned only once for entry. If your ticket was purchased from someone who sold the tickets to multiple parties, only the first person who shows up will be granted entry. 

Are there still tickets / VIP tickets to a show?
You can check this by finding the show on the Mission Theater online calendar and clicking the ticket link, where availability information will be displayed. 
I couldn’t get a ticket for a sold-out show. Is there any way I can get one?
The best we can say is that sometimes the artist or promoter will release some tickets that they’ve been holding onto. We can’t predict, however, if or when that might happen. 
How do you accommodate for ADA?
For ADA accommodations please contact us by email. Please note we are only able to accommodate until the ADA section is at capacity.

I understand there are stairs leading into the Mission’s main floor. Do you have accessibility options? 
Yes, we are wheelchair accessible. We have a ramp leading to our side entrance on 17th Avenue; just let security at the front door know you need ramp access. 
Can I bring my camera to a show? 
While we don’t have specific house policy, we do enforce the band’s policies, and we don’t typically know those policies until the day of the show. Usually only phones or small handheld cameras are allowed, but all attendees are subject to the stipulations from the band. Professional camera gear is almost never permitted. 
Are Light Gloves allowed?

 Is there a coat check?
There is no coat check at the Mission Theater. 
What’s your re-entry policy?
Due to a variety of factors in play for each performance, re-entry policy is determined on the day of the show, and we can’t guarantee that re-entry will be permitted. Please see our House Rules (above) for additional important entry-based information.
I’m interested in performing at your venue; who can I contact?
You can email
I want to work at the Mission Theater! 
We want to hear from you! Please check out our employment page and apply there!
I want to hold a private event in that glorious space!
Please visit our private event page for details! We have a dedicated staffer that can help with weddings, meetings, parties, you name it!
What is the venue capacity?
300 standing, 200 seated
Do you have air conditioning?
We do indeed have air conditioning, but there’s a LOT of air in the room and it can be tricky to keep the space cool. We set up water stations at our shows, and you are permitted to bring your own empty water bottle to fill there so you can stay hydrated. 
How do I get my McMenamins passport stamped?
Mission Theater stamps are only provided at the bar in the venue, and you must attend an event in order to receive one! If there’s no show or a show is sold out then you’re out of luck for that night, so plan ahead and pick a show from our fine selection of upcoming events! Another option is to wait for our occasional open houses or other free events, as we issue stamps for those events as well. 


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub to event space, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!


Use the arrows to scroll through the photos, or click on any image to view the gallery in flickr.

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