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It features a Portland Playlist from Farnell Newton, a history of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, a New in #PDXmusic feature on SOS, a holiday gift guide of Portland-made products alongside a give guide for local nonprofits and much more—plus a feature on the "deadly fucking serious" Larry Crane as well as cover stars Lost Lander seeking to describe the indescribable.
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From The Editor
We're In This TogetherChris Young - Nov 17, 2014
Our goal is to build a better community and we'd like you to join us. Pay as much or as little as you want for your Vortex subscription and 5 percent will go to support My Voice Music and your...
The Top 25 Overlooked Songs of 2014Eric Skelton, Chris Young - Nov 13, 2014
Although 2014 is about to expire, it’s not too late to turn up the volume on these PDX-produced tracks that you may have missed. From Grace Mitchell to Vinnie Dewayne, listen to these potentially...
Empire Expansion: Tender Loving Empire Opens Doors in SE PortlandChris Young - Nov 13, 2014
Expecting to open the doors by Black Friday, TLE's second retail location on Hawthorne will be twice the size of the downtown digs with plenty of room for "epic," interactive environs.
Home For The Holidays with Laura Gibson, Myke Bogan, Wampire and Nu ShoozChris Young - Nov 26, 2014
In the spirit of the holidays, we asked four of our favorite Portland music makers a few questions about their holiday traditions.
The Portland Playlist
The Portland Playlist: Farnell NewtonChris Young - Nov 12, 2014
Farnell Newton shares the songs that inspire his music—plus a couple of tracks that he just can’t live without. Listen to his playlist and download a song of his for yours!
Showdeer: The Pop Art Poster MakerChris Young - Nov 18, 2014
A Q&A with promoter, manager, concert booker and poster designer Chris Bigalke, the latter of which he stylistically defines as “neo-surrealistic pop art.”
New In #PDXmusic
SOS: Forever YoungEric Skelton - Nov 15, 2014
Mixing technology with a fearless approach to creativity, alt-R&B duo SOS provide the soundtrack for a generation raised by the internet.
Portland’s Indespensable Sideman: Dave DepperRyan J. Prado - Nov 21, 2014
“He asked if I wanted to play bass for his band. I didn’t play bass, nor did I own one, but for some reason I said yes.”
Starfucker: From Doug Firs To DesertChris Young - Nov 18, 2014
STRFKR's Josh Hodges has been looking forward to a year off since moving to L.A. Unfortunately, 2014 wasn't that year—but it did see the much-loved PDX dance makers play both Coachella and Red...
Portraits of Portland Music
A Family Affair With The FordsChris Young - Nov 19, 2014
A day out with Sallie Ford and her decidedly original family. Photo by Benjamin Wu
Portraits of Portland Music
Describing The Indescribable With Lost LanderChris Young - Nov 17, 2014
Making a 'Medallion,' Lost Lander moves from the physical world to the spiritual one and emerges with their second record—equally collaged as the first but with more musical minds continuing the...
Portraits of Portland Music
Sound Thinking With Larry CraneJohn Chandler - Nov 14, 2014
Jackpot! Recording Studio owner, engineer, musician, writer, editor and recording entrepreneur Larry Crane reflects on his job(s) and reminisces about some of the famous folks he’s collaborated...
The Myth of the Missing MusicianCassandra Koslen - Feb 21, 2015
Band or baby? Portland musicians share how they stay active in both music and family lives.
Oregon Music Hall of Fame: Honoring The Past, Building The FutureDon Campbell - Nov 11, 2014
“The whole message is to recognize Oregon’s musical past, and use that as a vehicle for education to support Oregon’s musical future.” Photo by John Alcala
Made In Portland: Holiday Gift Guide 2014Chris Young, Eric Skelton - Dec 5, 2014
We all know our city is bursting with musical talent, but it’s also full of behind-the-scenes rock stars. From gear to literature and film to furniture and accessories, if you’re looking for a...
Give GuideIf you find yourself with a little extra change in your piggy bank and you’re feeling charitable, check out these local nonprofits and organizations that facilitate the sharing and playing of music through education, fundraising and empowerment. Join Vortex in supporting My Voice Music by...
Vortex MarketplacePortland and Oregon's vibrant music scene is supported by a bevy of local businesses and artists who value music in our community. The following supporters of Vortex Music Magazine play a vital role in encouraging, enabling and cultivating the music that circulates through the veins and culture...
Storm Large's 'Le Bonheur' Record Release at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Sept. 8, 2014Photos by Anthony Pidgeon
November 13, 2014 3:33pm
One month before the official October street date of Le Bonheur—French for the happiness—Storm Large treated a sold-out, hometown crowd at the Alberta Rose Theatre to a taste of her jazzy,...
Scenes from Day 2 of MusicfestNW featuring Spoon, HAIM, Tune-Yards, Wild Ones, EMA, Modern Kin and more at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 17, 2014Photos by Autumn Andel
August 22, 2014 5:30pm
In its first year on the waterfront, MusicfestNW featured Portlanders Shy Girls, EMA, Wild Ones and Modern Kin alongside headliners Girl Talk, Spoon, HAIM, Phantogram and many more over the course...