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The DIY Issue
Portland’s do-it-yourself attitude is one of our greatest assets. In issue #14, we explore Aminé's DIY roots and rise to fame, keep an eye on new music from Wild Ones, Mo Troper and Lenore., check out Autonomics in action, offer expert advice on how to be a DIY musician, take a look at Damian Lillard's rising rap career and more.
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From The Editor
Is Portland Too DIY?Chris Young - Nov 2, 2017
The local scene needs to know that we value it more than just a like or a share.
The Portland Underground: Dig It YourselfOllie Collins - Dec 20, 2017
The underground isn’t just warehouse ragers and basement shows. Your grand, recurring event can begin as anything.
A Stormy Evening with Decent DonJP Downer - Dec 22, 2017
What's the best way to warm up a cold, wet Portland night? Light a few candles, cozy up with your lap cat, and break out the...
New In #PDXmusic
Three New Records from Three Portland Artists to WatchAndrea Janda, Jeni Wren Stottrup, Ryan J. Prado - Nov 13, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, the city of Portland continues to pump out solid releases from newcomers as well as established acts. With two sophomore efforts and a debut, these are three names you...
Autonomics in ActionChris Young - Nov 6, 2017
Portland's mightiest power pop punk trio went into debt for your listening pleasure and now they're heroically memorialized in comic form! Featuring photos by Heather Hanson and Sam Gehrke and...
Autonomics Release 'Debt Sounds' at the Doug Fir Lounge on Sept. 2, 2017Photos by Sam Gehrke
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Advice For The DIY MusicianChris Young - Oct 20, 2017
It’s all about having a head for more than just music. Career DIYers Cool Nutz and Self Group’s Krist Krueger offer some tips. Then get more expert insight at our free, all-ages panel on the...
Portraits of Portland Music
From PSU to 200 Million YouTube Views: A Firsthand Look at Aminé’s Rise To StardomBrian Kinnes - Dec 15, 2017
It all started on a whiteboard in an unlocked Portland State classroom: This is the story of Aminé's "Caroline" video and his ascension to the top of a new class of hip-hop artists—all seen...
Portraits of Portland Music
Damian Lillard's Serious Game, On The Court and MicMac Smiff - Nov 17, 2017
As he climbs the list of greatest Blazers, Damian Lillard also proves he’s a serious artist off the court. It might be time to stop talking about him as a "slash" rapper: Dame D.O.L.L.A.'s...
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