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Why You Won't Make It Big In Portland
Can a band really make it big in Portland? What does that even mean anymore? Issue #8 asks these question and explores possible answers. Really, it’s not that you can’t make it big here, but while you’re on your way to the big time, you should take some advice from those who have made it (featuring input from Storm Large, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Hutch Harris of The Thermals and Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols) as well as those in the process of making it (like Robin Bacior, Mo Troper of Good Cheer Records, Annie Ostrowski of Riot Act Media and Jeff Bond).
Plus, find out about Northwest Fests in our summer guide, read features on Laura Gibson and Summer Cannibals, and learn how to book gigs from local experts!
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From The Editor
Where’s the Music Industry in Portland?Chris Young - Apr 29, 2016
If you are a part of the local music scene, it's time to stand up and make your presence known: Take the Music Portland Census now!
A Portlander’s Guide To NW FestivalsChris Young - May 6, 2016
Whether you're looking to get lost in the woods, relax on the farm, find some free, all-ages action, or take over city streets and parks, here's the best of what's happening this festival season...
Get the Gig: 14 Concert Booking TipsChris Young - Apr 19, 2016
Take these concert booking tips from local pros and add them to your arsenal—then pick up plenty more when Vortex hosts a marketing meetup at the Mission Theater on April 24 featuring a panel of...
Laura Gibson: Rebuilding an EmpireAndrea Janda - Apr 28, 2016
The singer-songwriter stepped away from music to pursue an M.F.A. in fiction and returned with her most personal sonic document.
Laura Gibson at The Old Church on April 14, 2016Photos by Veronica Rose
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Summer Cannibals: An Accidental Breakup RecordChris Young - May 5, 2016
Everything’s coming together for Portland’s Summer Cannibals as they prep to release their third album on May 27, yet some things have to break apart before it all falls into place. Photos by...
Portraits of Portland Music
The Misconception of Making It Big in PortlandChris Young - May 12, 2016
It’s not that you can’t make it big here, but while you’re on your way to the big time, you should take some advice from those who have made it.
Portraits of Portland Music
Why You Shouldn't Worry About Making It Big in Portland: A Guide to Leveraging ExpectationsRyan J. Prado - May 13, 2016
Can a band really make it big in Portland? What does that even mean anymore?
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