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Music & Mary Jane
This is our 20th issue, released on 4/20. Whether you believe it’s science or just pop culture that make music and cannabis such a merry pairing, the two clearly have a symbiotic relationship. Some of the greatest musical minds were stoned while creating some of the greatest musical moments. But in Portland’s music scene, it’s not just big beats and bigger bong rips: Cannabis complements—and improves—the lives of local musicians. Explore the ways music and marijuana intersect in Portland’s music community and beyond.
Issue #20 shows the ways cannabis fits into the lives of local artists, from supplementing their income to playing an impactful role in day-to-day life to pairing Portland’s best musical dispensaries with nearby munchies and listening to the dankest 420-friendly #PDXmusic playlist—spark up and dig in!
Plus discover rising talents Kid Indigo, The Get Ahead, Haley Johnsen and Anna Tivel, explore several local record labels to watch and podcasts to put on your playlist, and learn how to sell out and make money licensing your music.
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From The Editor
I Got 5 On ItChris Young - Apr 12, 2019
We turn five with our 20th issue, which drops on 4/20—and we all know that music and cannabis make a merry pairing so let's celebrate! Join us a day early on April 19 at Artists Rep when ePP,...
How to Sell OutChris Young - May 1, 2019
And make a living from your music! Learn about licensing, partnership and sponsorship when our Get Paid! panel series continues at the Doug Fir on Sunday, May 19. Join Vortex, MusicPortland and...
New In #PDXmusic
Artist to Watch: Immerse Yourself in Anna Tivel's StoriesKelsey Greco - Apr 12, 2019
And experience the true, often unseen, world around you through her eyes. Don't miss the release of her new record ‘The Question’ out on Fluff & Gravy Records at OMSI's Kendall Planetarium on May 2.
New In #PDXmusic
Artist to Watch: Join The Get Ahead's Soulful FamilyKelsey Greco - May 16, 2019
The five-piece have only grown together as they've tackled tough times, documenting their development on their second LP 'Deepest Light.' Out now, don't miss them at Vortex's free, all-ages...
New In #PDXmusic
Artist to Watch: Haley Johnsen Destroys False IdolsBrendan Swogger - May 10, 2019
It's been a journey for Haley Johnsen to find herself in the music industry, but with her debut record out May 24, she's found her direction. Win tix to her Doug Fir release show with The Weather...
The Portland Playlist
Cannabis Connections in #PDXmusicChris Young - Apr 14, 2019
Whether it’s 4/20 or just Friday, we’ve crowdsourced Portland’s most tokeable tunes from those with the finest taste in cannabis and music. Whether explicitly about bringing a blunt through or...
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...