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From The Editor
It's Festival Season!Chris Young - Jun 30, 2015
Since there are festivities happening literally every weekend, take advantage of our online Northwest Festival Directory to see what’s going down so you can start to make your own plan.
The Portland Playlist
The Portland Playlist: Lisa MannChris Young - Jun 29, 2015
Lisa Mann shares the songs that inspire her music—plus a couple of tracks that she just can’t live without. Listen to her playlist and download a song of hers for yours!
The Portland Playlist
The Portland Playlist: Andy StokesChris Young - Jun 19, 2015
Andy Stokes 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!
New In #PDXmusic
Jackson Boone Ignites a Psychedelic RevolutionRyan J. Prado - Jul 22, 2015
Through 'great pluck and candor,' Boone is set to release his second record in September and has already christened his third. Until then, catch his cosmic creations on the hallowed grounds of...
Just Another Day at the Beach with Guantanamo BaywatchJohn Chandler - Jul 2, 2015
With a new record that's a definite fidelity upgrade, Portland’s most dependable and off-the-hook beach party posse looks take significant strides forward while continuing the fun, fun, fun. Photo...
The Road to the Perfect Music FestivalChris Young - Jul 1, 2015
The rise of the music festival in America leaves us looking for an unparalleled festival experience. And while we may think of perfection as an end state, it is actually about progression: Pieces...
Pickathon: The Rebel FestivalDarka Dusty - Jul 23, 2015
Entering its 17th year, the eco-friendly, volunteer-supported festival on farm and forestlands just east of Portland has become a model for not just sustainability but also top-notch performances...
Sleater-Kinney at the Crystal Ballroom on May 5, 2015Photos by Anthony Pidgeon
May 6, 2015 5:25pm
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...
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