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Rising From The Underground
The underground is alive and well and this issue of Vortex highlights the makers (Artists to Watch) and enablers (Record Labels to Watch) of an underground that’s rising. It explores the DIY all-ages scene and calls on you to be part of The Portland Underground.
Explore new music and record labels (what do they do anyways?) plus find a portrait of dark soul and rock and roll act Thanks as well as an interview with a new Portland resident: Aesop Rock.
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From The Editor
Rising From The UndergroundChris Young - Jul 20, 2016
There’s something bubbling beneath the surface of Portland.
The Portland Underground: An IntroductionOllie Collins - Jul 29, 2016
Even though our city may look like it’s going astray, The Portland Underground is alive and well.
New in #PDXmusic
Five Portland Artists to WatchRyan J. Prado, Eric Skelton, Mac Smiff, Jeni Wren Stottrup, Chris Young - Jul 21, 2016
From the synth pop of Small Million to the hip-hop of Aminé and psych rock of Arlo Indigo, Andrew Endres Collective's modern take on jazz and R&B from TYuS are also surfacing. Fresh on the scene,...
Portland's Best New Music for Your Summer PlaylistEric Skelton, Chris Young - Jul 27, 2016
Summer is in full swing and that means backyard barbecues, campouts, road trips, or just a good reason to open the windows and crank up the volume. Let the world know you’re listening to the...
Record Labels 101: What Do Record Labels Do?Chris Young - Jul 25, 2016
And why would I need one? In conversation with The Future of What, local Portland imprints tell you what you need to know. Then come meet the voices behind the labels and ask your own questions at...
Four Portland Record Labels to WatchRyan J. Prado, Chris Young - Jul 26, 2016
While the Rose City has a label for just about every type of artist, we believe these four labels—Good Cheer Records, Golden Brown Records, Banana Stand Media and EYRST—are rising to carry the...
Thanks: Conquering MountainsChris Young - Aug 1, 2016
"We are completely insignificant in the greater scheme of things—to nature, to the mountains,” says singer and lyricist Jimi Hendrix of her band's recently released sophomore effort full of...
Thanks at Mississippi Studios on July 2, 2016Photos by John Alcala
August 1, 2016 11:55am
Portraits of Portland Music
Aesop Rock: A Bazooka Tooth Lives In The Rose CitySam Gehrke - Aug 17, 2016
After some two decades in the indie rap game, Ian Bavitz's journey has led the vocal acrobat to Portland as he inches closer to becoming a household name.
Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and Homeboy Sandman at the Wonder Ballroom on May 7, 2016Photos by Sam Gehrke
May 11, 2016 2:00pm
A Guide to All-Ages Music in PortlandChris Young - Aug 3, 2016
Although access to all-ages events may be tough to come by at times, there are still plenty of tireless advocates working to bolster the scene in our city.
Portraits of Portland Music
Rejecting: 'No Minors Allowed'Cameron Crowell - Aug 2, 2016
While 21-and-over events dominate the Portland music landscape, an active group of underagers are making their own underground, all-ages scene happen.
Naked Hour, Cool American and more at My Friend Ben Scott's House on June 9, 2016Photos by Sam Gehrke
August 2, 2016 9:30am
Drunken Palms, Big Baby and HURTR at a Pop-Up House Show on June 29, 2016Photos by Autumn Andel
August 2, 2016 11:00am
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