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From The Editor
Change Is The Only ConstantChris Young - Mar 23, 2015
A new mobile experience is waiting for you.
The Portland Playlist
The Portland Playlist: Thara MemoryChris Young - Mar 11, 2015
Thara Memory 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! Photo by Diane Russell
Dan Stiles: Making Rock Stars Even CoolerEric Skelton - Mar 21, 2015
Striving for smart, simple, iconic pieces, concert poster designer and artist Dan Stiles makes folk-pop and punk rock modern pieces in a nod to his influences.
New In #PDXmusic
Real Recognize Real: Manny MondayBlake Hickman - Mar 19, 2015
"The best music can come from struggle." Photo by Kevin Hasenkopf
Papi Fimbres and the Illusion of TimeRyan J. Prado - Mar 26, 2015
The prolific drummer and percussionist will go from navigating 22 bands down to just a couple when he and his wife move to Germany for a year beginning in August 2015. Moving day aside, you still...
Andrew Oliver: A Former Portlander Swingin' In LondonDon Campbell - Mar 25, 2015
From Portland to London and back (temporarily), Oliver will be home in the Northwest to celebrate an album release with The Kora Band on March 28 at The Secret Society as well as play other dates...
Eight Venues, Seven Days, One City: Portland's Venue Bucket ListYou have one week before Portland self-destructs. Time’s ticking so here’s a week’s worth of venues to check out and check off your bucket list. (Plus a bonus option for Sunday if you're seeking something that's not entirely musical but nonetheless devilish.)
Portraits of Portland Music
At the Altar of the Three Muses: Women, Music and Fashion in PortlandAndrea Janda - Mar 20, 2015
In the space where music, fashion and women coalesce, the city is being shaped by a creative class of female musicians who are in the spotlight, ceaselessly defining the silhouettes, the sounds...
KMHD: 30 Years of Jazz Radio Against the OddsDon Campbell - Feb 25, 2015
Through ups and downs, Portland's own 89.1 FM is among the oldest listener-supported jazz station in the country.
Decemberists Day at City Hall on Jan. 20, 2015Photos by Anthony Pidgeon
February 6, 2015 12:00pm
Hear ye! Hear ye! The City of Portland declared January 20 Decemberists Day as our beloved literary folk rockers celebrated the release of their seventh studio album by playing a packed City Hall.
The Jeremy Wilson FoundationThere’s a vulnerability to being a full-time musician. It’s not only what happens onstage when one puts him or herself out there night after night to entertain, and it’s not just the paycheck that varies from month to month. Musicians work like freelancers, and those who don’t rely on a day job...
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...