Vortex Marketplace

Portland 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 of our city so please show them some love and support them back.

  • 4 Peaks Music Festival

    4 Peaks Music Festival

    Taking its name from the four Cascade mountain peaks that form a picturesque backdrop for central Oregon's high desert music fest, 4 Peaks has been bringing an eclectic array of national, regional and local bands to Bend for more than a decade. With grand views and grassy fields, multiple stages and a large late-night tent, vendors and a kids activity area, 4 Peaks is committed to building an intimate, family-friendly festival from morning yoga to the silent disco.

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    Ampraid is a Portland-based artist management and promotion company that supports singers, songwriters, producers, artists and businesses. We’re one of the few artist management companies in the world that provides music video production, digital content creation, branding, website creation, and hyper-targeted social media marketing—and handles them all in-house. We have many collective years worth of running targeted social media campaigns specifically designed to support musicians, producers, music venues and artists. We can help you find your audience. We will amplify your voice.

  • Artists Repertory Theatre

    Artists Repertory Theatre

    Artists Repertory Theatre's mission is to produce intimate, provocative theater and provide a home for artists and audiences to take creative risks. Founded in 1982, Artists Rep is Portland's premiere midsize, regional theater company. Its 2018-19 season offers a dynamic mix of fresh, funny, potent and exhilarating theater experiences.

  • AudioGlobe


    A live and on-demand event streaming platform that allows subscribers to view our library of live performances both in real time and recorded—all at no cost to the artist. Live music when you want it.

  • Benson Amps

    Benson Amps

    Benson Amps makes heirloom-quality tube amplifiers and effects in Portland, Ore., using original designs and premium components. Used loudly by David Bazan, Colin Meloy and Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Jessica Dobson of Deep Sea Diver, Michael Parker of Pickwick, and many more stellar music makers in the Northwest and beyond, a Benson Amp will give you a signature tone that’s all your own.

  • Blue Heron Studio

    Blue Heron Studio

    Affordable fixed-price projects eliminate time pressure. Tracking, mixing and mastering in an acoustically optimized space with top-quality mics and a Yamaha baby grand. Free recording scholarships available—see website for details.

  • Bossanova Ballroom

    Bossanova Ballroom

    Bossanova Ballroom is a live music and performance venue located in the entertainment district near downtown Portland. We host the widest variety of eclectic events of any venue in Portland. Our mission is to provide a safe and fun environment in which our patrons can attend their chosen events and truly experience the vibrant Portland performance and music scene.

  • The Breaking

    The Breaking

    Alt-rock revivalists The Breaking stepped straight out of 1995, mining the rich soundscape of mid-’90s guitar pop where brooding introspection gives way to anthemic choruses and infectious guitar hooks. Drawing inspiration from bands like Failure, R.E.M., Soundgarden and early Radiohead, their sound is strikingly familiar but originally crafted, remaining firmly rooted in the alternative rock tradition of the Cascadian glory days.

  • Camp Crush

    Camp Crush

    When the synths start to swell and the vocals begin to soar on Run, the new EP by Portland’s Camp Crush, listeners will feel the goosebumps rise and their heartbeat begin to race. This is the second EP in eight months for the duo—Jen Deale on synths and vocals, Chris Spicer on drums—and another collection of powerful pop songs that throw back to their new wave inspirations. For fans of Berlin, Beach House, Depeche Mode, Florence and the Machine, and Echo & The Bunnymen.

  • Cascade Record Pressing

    Cascade Record Pressing

    Cascade Record Pressing is the first and only automated production record pressing plant in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to make high-quality records for discerning local artists and record labels. We are committed to working with our customers to actualize their vinyl visions. Cascade is 100 percent dedicated to manufacturing quality records that will stand the test of time.

  • Catfish & Sons

    Catfish & Sons

    Catfish & Sons’ style of tripped-out blues is rapidly becoming a Portland staple. These boys have been relentlessly taking their catfishy melodies to venues all around their home city and pleasing the ears of PDX rockers far and wide. In the midst of wrapping up production on their debut full-length album Psychedelic Catfish Blues, look for it to drop in late fall. Catch ’em at a show—follow on Instagram and Facebook.

  • CD Baby

    CD Baby

    CD Baby is the largest and most trusted distributer of independent music worldwide. Join the community at cdbaby.com.

  • Clinton Street Theater

    Clinton Street Theater

    Beyond our regular film and Rocky Horror schedule, the Clinton Street Theater also hosts theater, music and other live performances—always affordable and open to all ages. Interested in playing a gig here? Get in touch: info [at] clintonsttheater.com

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    Corbett Fun Fest

    Save the date this Fourth of July: After a classic small-town parade, live music, food and family fun continue throughout the day with a huge fireworks show capping off the night! Check out the full musical lineup now!

  • Cravedog


    Locally owned and operated for 25 years, Cravedog has developed an international reputation for excellent service manufacturing millions of CDs, LPs and apparel orders for our clients. Whether you are a long-standing corporation, a small company, an independent artist, a record label or filmmaker, we know how to meet your needs. It's important to keep things simple and personal—you won't find a computer answering your phone calls. We take pride in personally seeing your project through from start to finish and delivering it to you exactly the way you originally envisioned it. Stop by our monthly happy hour every last Thursday of the month from 4 to 7pm (21 and over only).

  • Crystal Ballroom

    Crystal Ballroom

    Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, the Crystal Ballroom is indisputably the centerpiece of the McMenamins music empire in Oregon. Perched on the third floor of an old brick building originally called Cotillion Hall, the historic structure occupies prime real estate on West Burnside, while upstairs the spring-loaded ballroom floor bouncingly hosts thousands of concertgoers at 150 gigs annually. A litany of genre-spanning legends have shared this stage, from Little Richard and James Brown, to the Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield, to the OG funkateer George Clinton and surf pioneer Dick Dale, to contemporary acts like blues-tinged rockers The Black Keys and electronic dance purveyor Pretty Lights as well as homegrown Portland talent aplenty, including The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney, Pink Martini and The Dandy Warhols. Although the air may be thick with sweaty bodies on a rowdy show night, take a moment to admire your surroundings: Ornate glass chandeliers hang overhead, hand-painted murals adorn the walls, and carved, cackling jokers top the colonnades. And when the floating dance floor starts to quiver, just go with the flow and pogo in unison to the beat because the floor will respond like a hardwood trampoline. If the lights come up too soon, grab a pint of house-brewed beer in Lola’s Room, the dance floor below the ballroom, before continuing on to the ground floor Ringlers (named for first owner of the ballroom) for some pub grub—or just stumble a few steps further east to the subterranean speakeasy of Al's Den. On any night, anything can happen!

  • Dan Cable Presents

    Dan Cable Presents

    A music podcast spotlighting Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest scene featuring in-studio performances and uncensored conversations with artists. Stay up, stay tuned, every Friday on iTunes and Podomatic.

  • DJ Klyph

    DJ Klyph

    A staple of the Portland radio scene consistently providing support to the local hip-hop community, the Klyph Notes podcast extends that support by bringing listeners in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes content featuring artists and difference makers from all over the world who are making a positive impact on their communities. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts or listen here.

  • Don Bonsai

    Don Bonsai

    Don Bonsai's debut EP Circling the Square is butter for your bread and honey for your tea. Mixing together funk, bass and the electronic 8-bit wizardry of Professor Steve Delay create a body-moving, soul-grooving sound that is sure to energize the Portland music scene. These five songs are packed with vocal hooks and smooth harmonies that’ll both satisfy you and leave you wanting more. For fans of Cake, Beck and Portugal. The Man, Circling the Square is out now—listen to the first electro-funky single “I Ain’t Mad” featuring guest vocalist Zahira (of Rising Buffalo Tribe) taking the track to an even higher dimension!

  • Doug Fir Lounge

    Doug Fir Lounge

    Doug Fir is Portland’s own log cabin of live music, rising in the east since 2004. Catch an up-and-coming touring or local act at one of the best-loved, greatest-sounding venues in town. Open 7am until late serving up a newly reinvented food menu, specialty drinks and a whole lotta wood!

  • Ear Trumpet Labs

    Ear Trumpet Labs

    Hand-built visual and sonic beauty: Meet Edwina, the best live mic for acoustic musicians. Preferred by Grammy Award-winning artists and discriminating home recording. Made in Portland. "Lead vocals worked so well that I resisted pulling out mics that cost 10 times more. That's unusual at this price point for a picky bastard like me." Larry Crane, patron saint of PDX recording, $550 direct

  • Elke Robitaille

    Elke Robitaille

    A call for compassion, “Mercy” is a hopeful ballad from Portland-based folk singer-songwriter Elke Robitaille, relating to the worst in us, and asking for the best in us. “Mercy” cries out to the heart of humanity as an anthem that was born in response to current times and standing together in solidarity—and the brand new music video was even filmed at the Portland March For Our Lives rally. For fans of First Aid Kit, The Head and the Heart and Brandi Carlile, “Mercy” is available digitally on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

  • Eola Hills Legacy Estate Vineyard

    Eola Hills Legacy Estate Vineyard

    Extraordinary wines, vineyard vistas and events to remember... Eola Hills Wine Cellars produces award-winning wines from the famed Willamette Valley, Oregon's largest wine growing region. Join Eola Hills for another summer of concerts lakeside on the lawn at the Legacy Estate Vineyard! We are thrilled to continue the tradition of "great wines and great times" with Summer Uncorked.

  • Fire Flower

    Fire Flower

    Producing quality, craft cannabis, we believe in our community and are helping to set the standard for modern marijuana cultivation.

  • Five Letter Word

    Five Letter Word

    Five Letter Word's debut album takes its title from audiences’ oft-guessed origin of their band name. Such speculation is not that far afield, as members Audra Nemir (bass), Clara Baker (guitar, fiddle, banjo) and Leigh Jones (guitar, percussion)—with their harmony-driven, “siren song” folk and Americana—are vocally alluring yet known to provide some unexpected, dramatic songwriting twists and turns. Siren showcases their musical agility and vocal chemistry in witty, touching and insightful songs. For fans of The Wailin' Jennys, The Staves and The Wood Brothers.

  • Five Star Guitars

    Five Star Guitars

    Instruments • Lessons • Repairs | Celebrating more than 20 years of serving the local music community | 7 days a week in store and online

  • Foster Mastering

    Foster Mastering

    Welcome to Foster Mastering, where the best in analog and digital technology has been assembled in a purpose-designed room to give us a wide variety of options to make your music sound the best it ever has. Ryan Foster, Foster Mastering’s chief engineer, has years of experience working and training in some of the best studios in the country, including Prince’s Paisley Park Studios, Sony, Freq. Mastering and many others. From basement recordings and bedroom mixes, to work done in the best of studios, high-quality audio mastering is more important than ever. An experienced mastering engineer has heard thousands of records in a precise, familiar room and will have a fresh perspective on your mixes, allowing them to be the best they can be. Mastering is not only your final opportunity to make sure that your record is competitive, it’s your last chance to make sure that the vision you have for the music you’ve worked so hard on comes to fruition. Let us show you why dedicated mastering engineers and studios exist.

  • Fox and Bones

    Fox and Bones

    Fox and Bones are the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, if Bonnie and Clyde had driven a Volvo and played folk pop music. Jonathan Frahm of PopMatters calls the internationally touring duo “just the right wistfully optimistic medicine,” and European music blog Rockette says they are “addictive like peanut butter.” Engineered by Matt Greco (The Rye Room) and produced by Dominik Schmidt (Rola Music), their sophomore effort Better Land is the perfect combination of modern production and classic songwriting. For fans of Fleetwood Mac, The Wind and The Wave and Johnnyswim.

  • The Future of What

    The Future of What

    The Future of What is a radio show and podcast that explores music and the recording industry—where it is and where it’s headed. Host Portia Sabin, president of the independent record label Kill Rock Stars, cuts through the noise with music business experts to provide an authoritative look at this rapidly evolving industry in Portland and beyond. Hear new episodes every Tuesday on XRAY.fm and wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Horse Brass Pub

    Horse Brass Pub

    A traditional British pub in the heart of Portland with award-winning food and beer for over 40 years. "If it was any more authentic, you'd need a passport."

  • The Jack Maybe Project

    The Jack Maybe Project

    Blending elements of Americana, you can hear the monstrous adaptation of tall tales, blues, jazz and folk music on The Jack Maybe Project’s new release, which made its debut at the Doug Fir Lounge on March 3 of this year. Weary Bones & Witchcraft hits upon the vices and pitfalls of the human condition, and the beasts that hide within the unknown. Join Jack and the other monsters as they learn what being human means. For fans of Lord Huron, Ezra Bell, Tuba Skinny and Bridge City Sinners, don’t miss them with Maurice and the Stiff Sisters and Kiki & The Dowry at Mississippi Pizza on Thursday, April 25 or at the LaurelThirst on Thursday, May 2.

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    Jackpot! Recording Studio

    Jackpot! Recording Studio has served Portland’s music scene since 1997. Notable clients include Elliott Smith, Jolie Holland, Wooden Shjips, Built to Spill, Moon Duo, Lord Dying, Battleme, Quasi, Stephen Malkmus, She & Him, M. Ward, Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Spoon, comedian Dax Jordan, Jason Lytle, and The Shins. Owner Larry Crane has helmed many of these sessions and utilized his knowledge of recording to create a unique and full-featured studio that is available for an affordable price. Many talented engineers and producers from Portland and all over the world have worked at Jackpot!, a studio with an impressive assortment of gear including a custom 32-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, analog tape decks and Pro Tools. Get a hold of us to tour the studio and book your next project!

  • Jealous Butcher Records

    Jealous Butcher Records

    Vinyl-focused, Pacific Northwest-leaning record label creating quality sonic artifacts since 1991! From punk rock bands to singer-songwriters and all manner of soundtracks, weirdos and broken pop music and everything in between, we've released records by Team Dresch, Eyelids, Califone, The Decemberists, M. Ward, Fruit Bats, 1939 Ensemble, The Builders and the Butchers, Laura Gibson, Hallelujah The Hills, The Geraldine Fibbers, Boxhead Ensemble, Red Red Meat and so many more!

  • Katelyn Convery

    Katelyn Convery

    Taking listeners on an intimate, epic journey inside themselves, singer-songwriter Katelyn Convery crafts dynamic, lyric-driven songs that blend folk, rock, pop and electronica with influences from her time spent living in South Korea, Spain and South Africa. Her soulful debut Unarmed is out now.

  • Kill Rock Stars

    Kill Rock Stars

    Legendary independent record label founded in Olympia, Wash., in 1991 and now based in Portland, Ore. We’re currently celebrating our 25th year of putting out exceptional records by important artists, and our tradition of being queer-positive, feminist, and artist-friendly continues as well! Home to releases by Elliott Smith, Gossip, Marnie Stern, The Decemberists, Hari Kondabolu, Deerhoof, Bratmobile, Cameron Esposito, Quasi, The Thermals, Heavens to Betsy, Summer Cannibals and many more!

  • KINK


    Uniquely Portland: Tune your radio to KINK at 101.9 FM for Vortex's #PDXmusic Song of the Week every Thursday afternoon at 12:30pm!

  • Lotus.fm


    Lotus.fm is a Portland startup dedicated to helping artists get paid. Looking for a simple, earth-friendly way to crowdfund your next album or other creative project? Lotus.fm Visual Badges give fans the ability to contribute to a campaign and receive a limited-edition, artist-created virtual badge instead of a sticker or coffee mug. You don't have to worry about the high cost of shipping or storing more merch than you actually need. Meanwhile, your campaign gets a boost as fans share their badges on their own social media pages.

  • Mad Hanna

    Mad Hanna

    Mad Hanna is your neighborhood living room where the drinks are cold and the welcome is warm. Need a laugh or an ear to bend? Swing by and you’ll find it. Fresh-squeezed juice and house-infused liquors mean delicious, handmade cocktails. Enjoy ping-pong, horseshoes and conversation in the sunny backyard or stay inside for pool, music on the jukebox and sass from the best bartenders in town. When you’re here, you're part of the family—we got your back!

  • Tara Velarde, Making the Move

    Making the Move

    Making the Move features conversations with working musicians, digging into the creative ways they structure their careers, sustain their financial and artistic needs, and balance their professional and personal lives. From touring acts to cruise musicians, backing singers to sound engineers, these music makers share their experiences and lessons learned as they commit themselves to their craft. Portland artist Tara Velarde hosts—look for new episodes every first and third Thursdays of the month. Listen on Spotify and iTunes!

  • DJ Klyph, DJ O.G. One, Trox, Mic Check, White Eagle Saloon

    Mic Check

    Brought to you by veterans of the scene (DJ Klyph with resident DJs O.G. One and Trox), this bi-monthly hip-hop experience goes down the last Thursday of every other month at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon. We showcase dope elements of hip-hop including beat sets, an open mic and the region's best emcees in an atmosphere built to grow the culture!

  • Monkey With a Hat On

    Monkey With a Hat On

    Monkey With a Hat On is dedicated to providing contemporary, relevant, inexpensive theater pieces geared towards, but not exclusively for, younger generations. Theater is for all of us and should be accessible to everyone—both in creating it and enjoying it as an audience member. Theater is the oldest human art form. Theater is people getting together to share a series of moments and experiences, providing a medium where thoughts, emotions and human histories are exchanged in real time. It is the duty of Monkey With a Hat On to provide pertinent, entertaining and thought-provoking theater for five bucks to the wonderful people of Portland, Oregon. There are many productions on the horizon and plenty of room on the boat for everyone willing—man, woman or monkey.

  • Montavilla Guitar Studio

    Montavilla Guitar Studio

    From absolute beginner to lifelong dabbler, weekend rock ‘n’ roller to soon-to-be studio musician, Juilliard-bound teenager to play-by-ear professional, Montavilla Guitar Studio offers exploratory group classes and one-on-one lessons focused on developing musicianship. Learn guitar, bass, drums, voice, ukulele, piano, songwriting and Alexander Technique.

  • Montavilla Jazz Festival

    Montavilla Jazz Festival

    Now in its fifth year, the Montavilla Jazz Festival is a two-day festival that showcases the very best in original Portland jazz, supporting and strengthening local culture by highlighting the freshest, most exciting original compositions from Portland’s eclectic and vibrant jazz scene. Taking place annually at the nonprofit performing arts space Portland Metro Arts, MJF offers Portlanders a unique and accessible way to join Portland’s finest musicians as they chart new frontiers in jazz. Look for the 2019 fest in August!

  • MOsley WOtta

    MOsley WOtta

    What Comes After is a fucking triumph! MOsley WOtta’s new album is a cerebral and catchy nine-track mini-odyssey, a hip-hop album for people who are sick of rap music. Frontman MOWO’s all-too-relevant lyrics are coupled with the subtle complexity and driving beats of producer Colten Tyler Williams, making for a combination that’s as difficult to place as it is to resist. Out this spring, don’t miss MOWO at the Star Theater for Portland’s Prom with Just People and Worth on Saturday, May 18.

  • Music Millennium

    Music Millennium

    Music Millennium has been serving Portland’s recorded music needs since 1969. We buy and sell used and new vinyl, CDs and DVDs plus array of unique gift items. We host about 150 live music events in-store each year, both local and international—from Lost Lander to Joe Strummer. It’s A Place Where The Music and People Still Matter.

  • MusicPortland


    A grassroots organization by the industry for the industry, MusicPortland unites, supports and amplifies all sectors of the Portland music ecosystem. Our board includes members of Kill Rock Stars, J-Fell Presents, Ear Trumpet Labs, McMenamins, Vortex Music Magazine, And And And, Sutro, The Future of What, DJ O.G. One and more. We seek to support individual artists, services and makers while uniting all creators to grow our scene—because our independent spirit is stronger together.

  • New Body Electric

    New Body Electric

    Churning out self-produced electropop with dance, disco and funk influences, New Body Electric focus on publishing as a duo and live performances as a trio. Inspired by musical acts like The Strokes, Foster The People and Phoenix, see them at local Portland venues and hear them in ad campaigns internationally. Listen to the new single "Cash Cache" out now on all platforms and look for "Sky's a Lie" out April 1.

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    Northwest String Summit

    Showcasing today's leaders in the Americana, bluegrass, indie rock and jam scenes, Northwest String Summit is one of the top boutique live music experiences in the country and it all happens at the iconic Horning's Hideout, located just 20 miles outside of Portland. Horning's Hideout, a private, family-owned reserve of old-growth trees, wild peacocks, ponds and campsites, is among the most awe-inspiring festival sites in the country. A family-friendly and locally sourced festival, String Summit caps its capacity at 5,000 attendees to ensure an intimate festival weekend for all concertgoers at an incredible ticket price.

  • Oregon Symphony

    Oregon Symphony

    The oldest American orchestra west of the Mississippi and Portland’s largest performing arts organization, the Oregon Symphony is led by music director Carlos Kalmar and performs with many of the world’s top musicians, offering the best of orchestral music—from classical to pops to cutting-edge contemporary—to growing audiences in Portland and across Oregon. From September through May, the orchestra performs about 80 concerts each season, mostly at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, drawing an audience of more than 225,000 people annually.

  • PDX Pop Now!

    PDX Pop Now!

    PDX Pop Now! is dedicated to stimulating and expanding participation in Portland music. As an all-volunteer organization committed to being accessible, current and local, we provide and support live performances and recorded materials. We aspire to advance a sustainable community that values inclusivity and a high caliber of artistry to enable a creative dialogue between artist and audience. Each year, artists, businesses and individual volunteers donate time and resources to producing our two-disc compilation album of local music as well as benefit events and school outreach programs that all lead up to the organization’s annual, free, all-ages festival, which will be held beneath the Hawthorne Bridge on July 20-21, 2019.

  • Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai

    Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai

    Fresh, made-to-order mini-doughnuts. Five flavors of house-crafted chai from raw spices and tea. Community not competition. Open 8am to 4pm seven days a week.

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    Portland Metro Records

    Portland Metro Records is a commercial-free, ASCAP-licensed internet radio station that features today's hits with Pacific Northwest local artists. Download our free Android or iTunes app—just search for Portland Metro Records. Our TV show Off The Record features an interview and performance with local musicians and talent airing Mondays at 8pm on CAN channel 11.

  • Portland Pickles

    Portland Pickles

    The Portland Pickles are a collegiate, wood bat baseball team founded in 2015. A member of the West Coast League, they play their home games at Walker Stadium in SE Portland's Lents Park. The Pickles are all about fun and are recognized for presenting the best live-sporting entertainment package in the Portland area. Pickles baseball prides itself on presenting an affordable family atmosphere as well as its community involvement. The Pickles offer special discounts to groups and encourage fundraising opportunities for organizations throughout the greater Portland area.

  • Portland Radio Project

    Portland Radio Project

    Commercial-free music radio: rock/folk/blues and weekend jazz. We play a local artist every 15 minutes! Broadcasting in the heart of Portland at 99.1 FM and streaming globally 24/7.

  • Portland'5 Centers for the Arts

    Portland'5 Centers for the Arts

    Hosting concerts, theater, dance, lectures, and art in five historic venues (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre, Winningstad Theatre, and Brunish Theatre), we also present Portland'5 Presents, Music on Main Street, Summer Arts on Main, Noontime Showcase, and our brand new curated series: Live at the Winningstad.

  • Property Group NW

    Property Group NW

    Property Group NW is a local team of two: broker Katelyn Convery and principal broker Ariel Sasser. Both native Portlanders (and self-professed real estate nerds), they provide the perspective and expert negotiation skills necessary to succeed as a buyer or seller in the competitive Portland housing market. Katelyn (also a singer-songwriter) started her career in real estate by buying and fixing up properties for her own personal portfolio. She's since applied her knowledge in real estate investing to help her clients succeed in buying and selling fix-and-flip properties, including top level investors in the Portland metro area. She is passionate about ensuring that each of her clients, whether seasoned investors or first-time residential buyers, find the property that will best improve their financial future. Katelyn and Ariel truly love what they do and are committed to providing clients with professional service that exceeds expectations. Think buying a home is out of your reach? Ask us about Lease to Buy and Zero Down Payment programs.

  • Pulp Romance

    Pulp Romance

    Pulp Romance’s new single “​Clockwork​” is a nuanced modern portrait and dreamy manifesto on the dangers of capitalism. The juxtaposition of cutting lyrics and visceral imagery narrates the all-too-well-known angst towards corrupt politics. The half-time, psychedelic groove rock uses syncopated synths and whiskey-soaked, crooning vocals—at times hushed and even whispered—to coax listeners into a supernatural dimension. For fans of Tame Impala, Portugal. The Man, Cage The Elephant, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys, catch them sharing tracks off their upcoming EP at the Star Theater on Tuesday, May 14 or The Hawthorne Hideaway on Thursday, May 23.

  • Purusa


    Big things are in store for the veteran alt/soul/rock band Purusa: Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) produced their new full-length out this fall, and they’ll kick off summer with a big rock show featuring Seattle’s Stereo Embers—signed to the label of Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready—and grunge-era legends Sweet Water for a night high on melody, energy and, of course, rock! Don’t miss Sweet Water, Stereo Embers and Purusa at Dante’s on Saturday, June 8.

  • Radio Room

    Radio Room

    Radio Room is open all day, every day. We are a casual restaurant and lounge with tasty, unpretentious food and drink, priced right and happily served to our wildly creative neighbors, friends and the fine humans of Portland at large. From a morning espresso with breakfast to a nightcap and happy hour snack before bed, we got you all day long. Food. Drink. Art. Music. For the People.

  • Rainwater Records

    Rainwater Records

    Rainwater Records is an all-volunteer, nonprofit record label based in Portland, Ore. It is our intention to cultivate a family of career, independent artists by thoughtfully marketing and selling their recorded music and related merchandise. We are committed to the economic mobility of our artist family and fully support their brand without owning any of the music they create. Collectively, we build a solid foundation for the discovery of the arts with school programs aimed at the formative years. Our founders, Bill Lewis and Bettina Chuck, envision a place where career artists, of all genres, can be welcomed in, with no requirement of eminent fame, and allowed to create freely. We endeavor to make this a reality here, at Rainwater Records.

  • The Rambler

    The Rambler

    The Rambler is a neighborhood bar and restaurant situated on Portland's historic Mississippi Avenue. Owned by career bartender Christian Lee, the focus is on comfort, quality and, foremost, hospitality. We are located in a converted 1920s bungalow that retains the charm of a family home while adding a full bar, dog-friendly front and back patios, fire pits, and bocce ball. We offer a great food menu, trivia on Tuesdays, various board games, and sports on the TV.

  • Revival Drum Shop

    Revival Drum Shop

    A home for all drummers from the beginner to the seasoned player: vintage and custom drums, eclectic percussion, parts and accessories, new and used cymbals.

  • Rich Layton & Tough Town

    Rich Layton & Tough Town

    With 10 originals and a psychedelic ’60s nugget, Salvation Road is a high-octane trip, roaring down southern backroads. It’s The Yardbirds jamming with Johnny Cash... The Stones in Muscle Shoals with Delbert McClinton... Elvis backed by the growl of an amplified harmonica in a Memphis juke joint. Making these influences all his own, Rich Layton leaps from your speakers with the conviction of a firebrand rock and roll preacher determined to save your soul—and his. For fans of The Bottle Rockets, Delbert McClinton and Reverend Horton Heat, do not miss Salvation Road—his third album of swampadelic twang and tremolo—out via Never Lucky Records on May 31.

  • Roadhouse Amplifiers

    Roadhouse Amplifiers

    Roadhouse produces the highest quality hand-wired tube guitar amplifiers. While capturing the warm raw tone and touch sensitivity of the mid-century classics, Roadhouse incorporates unique modern upgrades to improve versatility and maximize reliability. Attention to detail is paramount, from transformer and component selection to the signature lacquered finishes. Whether your style puts you in the fast lane or sees you taking the scenic route, guitarists wanting great tone will find it at Roadhouse. Meticulously handmade in Portland, Oregon.

  • The Rye Room

    The Rye Room

    Serving the Pacific Northwest, The Rye Room provides musicians with a recording experience tailored to each individual or group. Every artist or band bring unique elements to their music. Our mission is to distill raw creativity and talent through an exceptional, time-honored process to create a high-quality product that, like a great whiskey, can be easily enjoyed. We believe recording is about the experience. We put a great deal of thought into design, vibe and comfort to ensure you are able to deliver your best performance. Capturing that performance is enhanced in the right environment, which is why all rooms are tuned and custom wired for exceptional acoustics. Small batch, handcrafted records means we approach each project with an eye for quality, a lifelong passion for music, and a focus on creating your best record.

  • Salvatore Manalo, The Rye Room

    Salvatore Manalo

    After releasing his debut EP—full of soulful R&B, smooth songwriting and pop hooks—earlier this year and wrapping up a spring tour, Salvatore Manalo is focused on consistently creating new music. His upcoming single “Love Coming Down” will be the first of many that are performed, produced and recorded entirely by Salvatore. Teaming up with Matt Greco at The Rye Room to mix and master, this record is just the beginning of a path of uninhibited creativity. For fans of John Mayer, Allen Stone and Ed Sheeran, listen to “Love Coming Down” here.

  • Saturn Stickers

    Saturn Stickers

    Full color, die-cut vinyl stickers for local bands, artists and businesses. We can create your custom die-cut lines for free. Printed in Portland. Call or stop by to chat about your next project—or email: stickers [at] saturnstickers.com

  • Showga


    Fusing yoga, live music, aromatherapy and lights, Showga partners with local musicians and yoga instructors to host events in beautiful bars, venues and alternative spaces. Showga is a live concert on your yoga mat!

  • Sounds of PDX, photo by Luke Neill

    Sounds of PDX

    Sounds of PDX is a weekly show hosted by Luke Neill that features independent alternative, folk, electronic, pop and rock music. The format is something unique: I invite a different guest every week to promote an upcoming show or release, and we build the playlist together. We showcase my guest’s original work and the music that influences and inspires them. During the broadcast, I feature the PDX Spotlight Playlist and the Vortex Music Magazine Upcoming Concerts segment. I am a musician and producer myself, so for all you music lovers who like to talk about production, gear and songwriting, be sure to join me every Tuesday on Portland Radio Project from 7 to 9pm!

  • Specialized Mastering

    Specialized Mastering

    Portland’s place for audio mastering: Very satisfied, happy clients include Esperanza Spalding, Hailey Niswanger, Midnite, 3 Doors Down, David Friesen, George Colligan, Tony Ozier, Ed Bennett, Coco Columbia, The Legendary Beyons, Farnell Newton, Max Ribner, Chris Lay, Errick Lewis, Amber Sweeney, MYG, Nahko, Korgy & Bass, The Junebugs, Here Comes Everybody, Soul Vaccination, The Dark Red Seed, Banana Stand Media and many more. For mastering to bring the ultimate sonic potential, it takes a skilled ear and dedication to the process. A passion for the craft and serving artists as "a sounding board" makes music sound full and present anywhere it travels. Please call and join us for mastering your next project. Audio Mastering? Better get a Specialist!

  • Spotted Peccary Music

    Spotted Peccary Music

    Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over 30 years, Spotted Peccary has been developing, producing, publishing and releasing ultra-high quality, deep listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. From deep drone to chill out to high-energy beats, Spotted Peccary traverses the worlds of ambient electronic, classic Berlin School, ethereal atmospheric, space music, pure acoustic and more, releasing pivotal music that transcends any boundaries previously imposed by these genres. In many cases, Spotted Peccary releases are difficult to classify, for good reason—the label believes that great music is of utmost importance.

  • Stereophonic Mastering

    Stereophonic Mastering

    Independent mastering for independent musicians. Established 2003 with more than 1,900 titles mastered including Cake, Haley Heynderickx, The Dandy Warhols, YACHT, Mirah, Built To Spill, La Luz, Ezza Rose, Chromatics, Wooden Shjips, Dead Moon, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Quasi, Lithics, Mild High Club, Michael Hurley, The Builders and the Butchers, Vikesh Kapoor, Turtlenecked, The Minus 5, The Woolen Men, Daniel Menche, Miss Rayon, The Fur Coats, Grouper, Mount Eerie, Old Time Relijun, Tune-Yards and many more. Trust Your Ears.

  • Stoneface Honey

    Stoneface Honey

    If you ask Angie Kopshy how the cannabis-based lawsuit turned out, her attorney-advised, monotone response will be: “It was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both parties.” If you want to know how it felt, Stoneface Honey’s latest album takes you on the emotional rollercoaster that vacillates between pop, reggae and ballads. The female duo of Kopshy and Kate Austin pulled in the support of Portland drummer Randy Herbert, bassist Christopher Friesen and guitarist Dan Johnson, recording with The Rye Room’s Matt Greco. For fans of First Aid Kit, Shook Twins and Tori Amos, Resolved to the Mutual Satisfaction of Both Parties is out now on CD and and digital platforms—get it here or stream here.

  • Strange and the Familiars

    Strange and the Familiars

    Keep Portland Strange! Welcome to the dark and whimsical world of Stephanie Strange of Strange and the Familiars, where ghosts come out to play, spiders talk back, and black cats prowl around in your dreams protecting you from your nightmares. The world of indie comics and local music come together for the double release of Ghostbugs: From the Chronicles of Nina Nightmare (illustrated by Jay Reynolds and written by Stephanie Strange) and the new single “She’s a Nightmare” from Strange and the Familiars. For fans of Storm Large, Fiona Apple and The Doubleclicks, hear the new single and get the comic at Strum Guitars with Hayley Lynn on Saturday, May 4.

  • Strum Guitars

    Strum Guitars

    Strum Guitars was born out of the idea that the traditional model for a guitar shop is outdated and ineffective. We sought to create a vintage guitar retail environment that is inviting and comfortable. Sharing our retail space is a performance venue where three to four nights a week we host both local and nationally touring roots music events. Rounding out the concept is a bar, serving locally sourced craft beer, wine and cider. Stop in and check out the new guitar shop, bar and venue everyone in town is talking about!

  • Swider | Haver

    Swider | Haver

    Experienced attorneys providing legal services to Portland’s musicians including distribution, performance, producer, venue, copyright, contract, publishing and licensing agreements.

  • Tender Loving Empire Records, Tender Loving Empire NW 23rd, Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne, Tender Loving Empire West End

    Tender Loving Empire Records

    Record label. Handmade goods. All together now. Portland’s hub for local music, handcrafted gifts, apparel, jewelry, housewares, vinyl and more. Locations at the Portland Airport, West End, NW 23rd, Bridgeport Village, and Hawthorne, where you can find frequent in-store performances from the bands you love. Subscribe to our emails to find out more!

  • Terry Robb

    Terry Robb

    Drawing on his deep knowledge of Delta blues, ragtime and swing, blues guitar legend Terry Robb releases his 15th solo recording and second album with NiaSounds, featuring 13 original compositions ranging from blistering instrumental blues and stunning ragtime fingerpicking to soulful singing backed by a powerhouse rhythm section. From country blues to Coltrane, ragtime to Hendrix, Americana to American primitivism, Confessin’ My Dues will captivate listeners with its melodic and rhythmic invention and musical virtuosity. For fans of Ry Cooder, Eric Clapton, John Fahey, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson, Confessin’ My Dues is available worldwide on May 31. Don’t miss Terry Robb with Robin Trower at the Roseland on Thursday, May 16 or with his all-star band at the Waterfront Blues Festival on Saturday, July 6.

  • The Thesis

    The Thesis

    PDX's hottest monthly live hip-hop showcase, presented by We Out Here Magazine and Vortex every first Thursday at Kelly's Olympian. RSVP here.

  • Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Third Angle New Music

    Third Angle New Music

    Third Angle New Music's mission is to perform and record the masterworks of the 21st century while commissioning new works from regionally and nationally recognized composers. Based in Portland, Ore., the organization has earned abundant critical acclaim for its bold and innovative programming, high artistic standards, and committed efforts to bring music of the 20th and 21st centuries to a diverse audience. Third Angle engages notable local, national and international musicians to explore a variety of works for an array of instruments, from traditional strings to percussion to bagpipes, and even a Chinese pipa.

  • The Thread, US

    The Thread, US

    Beneath the tension that divides us is a thread that unites us. The Thread, US is an ongoing social investigation led by Americans across the country of every race, political leaning, gender, class and age with a united mission: to find what threads the people of the United States together. Join the conversation @thethreadUS and listen to the podcast on Spotify.

  • Ticket Tomato

    Ticket Tomato

    Your alternative to oversized, national ticket retailers since 2007. Whether buying or selling, we're committed to an efficient, fair and excellent ticket experience. Ticketing is made easy with online purchasing, ticket printing, customer service, promotion and box office management. TT is committed to helping our clients sell, promote and event manage with web-ready tools. Join us and make your event a success!

  • Treefort Music Fest

    Treefort Music Fest

    Treefort Music Fest is a multi-venue music festival in downtown Boise, Idaho. Treefort is a festival of discovery bringing in hundreds of emerging artists from across the globe. Explore the Treefort 2019 lineup and roam the streets of downtown Boise to find your new favorite band!

  • Voodoo Catbox

    Voodoo Catbox

    Designer, illustrator and screen print artist Gary Houston offers original hand-pulled posters and other art. We make crap you don’t need.

  • Waterfront Blues Festival

    Waterfront Blues Festival

    As the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second largest blues festival in the nation, the Waterfront Blues Festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike. In downtown Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park, come enjoy over 100 acts on four stages, blues cruises on the Willamette River, after-hours shows, and the largest Fourth of July fireworks show in Oregon.

  • Whysir


    Whysir is a subconscious rapper, producer, psychedelic advocate and activist. He’s known in numerous underground art circles for his introspective, intense and often visceral lyricism. This, along with his unique approach to the medium, makes him not only an artist to pay attention to but a force to be reckoned with. Listen to his debut album The Multiversal Adventures of Whysir: Journey Through the Hallways of Always on all platforms and at hallwaysofalways.com.

  • Wildwood MusicFest

    Wildwood MusicFest

    The Wildwood MusicFest was created exclusively by grassroots efforts of a caring community in rural Oregon. Our annual festival is a small, family-friendly event that is all about fantastic music from emerging artists all performing on a single stage, allowing you to settle in and take it all in without having to follow a hectic schedule. We are committed to making this a self-sustaining, yearly fest that showcases good music and good times by promoting local food and agriculture, featuring regional beers and wine, and providing tons of free activities for kids, all while being environmentally conscious by using reusable cups and tableware.

  • Wilsonville Festival of Arts

    Wilsonville Festival of Arts

    See, hear, feel, smell and taste contemporary art in all of its forms at the Wilsonville Festival of Arts on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2—including music from The Junebugs, Cary Miga Quartet, Baile Folklórico Cosecha Mestiza, Myles de Bastion, Robin Jackson and many more!

  • wvy/wvz


    Portland native wvy/wvz is dropping his debut album un[trpt], a sonic adventure down a rabbit hole of Information Age paranoia. Culled from obscure samples ranging from 70-year-old show tunes to the latest and weirdest offerings from YouTube, dark trap anthems and ethereal boom bap make un[trpt] a bass head's thrill ride while attempting to unite seemingly opposing forces: the trap and the conscious, old school and new school, reality and illusion.

  • XRAY.fm


    XRAY.fm is an independent, not-for-profit radio station that supports the Pacific Northwest’s music and arts communities. It fulfills its educational mission through airing local public affairs programs featuring voices seldom heard on radio and broadcasting a diverse array of music, with a focus on new, local, independent and experimental recordings. XRAY.fm also serves as a resource for training community members in radio, broadcasting and digital media. In the Portland area, tune in at 91.1 and 107.1 FM or stream online.

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