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Oregon’s Bluesman: Norman Sylvester
In 1987, B.B. King told a 42-year-old Norman Sylvester to devote himself full time to music. The Boogie Cat heeded that advice and became his own ambassador of blues: "Musicians are messengers. We take the rhythms and the melodies and heal people."
The Portland Underground: Still Open
Now is the time we need to feel connected. Join your #PDXmusic community—and start planning for our future—by participating in MusicPortland's city commissioner candidate forum on May 3 at 1pm. Ask the candidates about issues that matter to you!
Artist to Watch: Isabeau Waia’u Walker Shines Her Bright Gloom on Debut EP
After 15 years of making music, Isabeau Waia’u Walker finally decided to record her own songs. 'Better Metric' is out April 26 but you can stream the title track here and celebrate its release via live stream with Jacob Miller and Ryan Oxford on May 9.
Frankie Simone Is Exactly What the World Needs Right Now
As our planet charts its own course, rest assured that Frankie Simone is sitting on the most powerful and personal music they've made to date, ready to emerge with new pop anthems that'll make everything feel alright. Don't miss their intimate live stream performance as part of Vortex's sixth birthday party on April 17 at 7pm!
Fox and Bones: 'Already Here (Music in Modern Times)' [Song Premiere]
The duo get real about the struggles professional musicians face while also savoring making music for a living. Celebrate the release of this single—as well as their signing to Portland's Dutch Records—at the Doug Fir with The Get Ahead and Dead Lee on February 26. Wanna win some tix? Click here!
Time for the 'Nasty' Revival
How can music promote causes that are not just worthy but necessary? Catch Stand and Sway do just that live at Hillsboro’s Walters Cultural Arts Center on February 21.
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Olivia Awbrey: 'Advanced State of Decay' [Song Premiere]
Chris Young - Feb 10, 2020
Prepping to release her punk-tinged, self-aware debut LP on May 1, Olivia Awbrey will crisscross the NW rocking Rx Fest on February 15 and Boise’s Treefort at the end of March before returning...