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The Recording Issue
The Rose City is chock-full of incredible rooms and basement spaces all dedicated to the process of capturing the sounds of our local musicians as well as national and international talent. In issue #16, we’ll take a look at the economics behind running a studio in a changing city while highlighting notable spaces, producers and engineers who span all genres of the local scene. We'll also hear new music from Laura Veirs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Moorea Masa, Matt Dorrien, Ezza Rose, The Pariahs, and BlackWater HolyLight, and learn how to set up your home studio.
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From The Editor
Learning Every DayChris Young - Apr 16, 2018
Music is omnipresent these days, so it’s easy to assume it just happens. Come experience some fine synthpop, hip-hop and rock 'n' roll when we celebrate our fourth birthday and vinyl release party...
So You Wanna Record at Home?Stephen Murray - Apr 20, 2018
Hey DIYers! Here’s how to set up your home studio. Get expert advice on creating great audio/visual content from Banana Stand Media, Opal Studio and trumpeter Farnell Newton of Marmoset at our...
Portraits of Portland Music
Vortex on Vinyl, Again!Chris Young - Apr 9, 2018
Happy fourth birthday to us! To celebrate, we gathered eight unreleased songs from local artists and, thanks to Vinyl On Demand, cut a danceable, rock-and-rollable, emotional smattering of stellar...
Laura Veirs: Devotional ExperimentsAndrea Janda - Apr 13, 2018
The singer-songwriter observes where nature, science, art and activism intertwine on her 10th solo record 'The Lookout.' Celebrate its release at Mississippi Studios on May 19.
All Over the Map: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Goes GlobalRyan J. Prado - Apr 5, 2018
UMO’s Ruban Nielson may have traveled the world to record his fourth LP, 'Sex & Food,' but he still spent plenty of time in his Portland basement. Enjoy the fuzzy psych-pop record when it drops on...
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