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.

  • Alberta Street Pub

    Alberta Street Pub

    Portland's best sounding small venue features consistently solid entertainment across the board with free comedy on Sundays, trivia and Baby Ketten Karaoke on Mondays, free music and open mic on Tuesdays, and live shows rounding out the rest of the calendar. With 21 rotating taps, a full menu of scratch-made pub grub and a huge patio, there are plenty of $5 happy hour and late-night snack options, whiskey and sonic offerings to choose from every single night. Come enjoy Portland's listening room.

  • Anna Tivel, Fluff & Gravy Records

    Anna Tivel

    Anna Tivel’s fourth studio album Small Believer is a collection of patchwork stories drawn from conversations with strangers on the road and in restaurants, bars and rest stops. Produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anaïs Mitchell), the songs float on a raft of electric guitar, pump organ, and sparse bass and drums. Small Believer is spacious and honest, a lyric-driven exploration of the things that move within us. Tivel takes great care with every syllable and every story, chipping away until what remains is blindingly true and deeply affecting. For fans of Patty Griffin and Brandi Carlile, Small Believer is out now on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Fluff & Gravy Records.

  • Anomelea


    This new Portland band is full of grace while emanating the grit of rock ‘n’ roll. Anomelea captivates the listener with ethereal sounds, bluesy psychedelic guitar, driving rhythms, and soft but brooding vocals that will make their way into your bones. Do not miss Anomelea's single release show at The Liquor Store on Wednesday, February 28.

  • Anxious Houseguest

    Anxious Houseguest

    The latest album from Anxious Houseguest is a collection of memories and personal musings, crafted through synthesizers, sound clips and bedroom pop verses. The self-produced album merges futuristic sound design with a DIY spirit, allowing simple songs to bubble up from a shifting ambient plane. Galactic Goodness and the Cosmic Arcade invites listeners on a journey through its textured worlds, led by laid-back vocals underscoring heartfelt moments. For fans of Mount Eerie, Youth Lagoon and Say Hi, listen to Anxious Houseguest’s lo-fi, loop-ridden take on sci-fi here.

  • 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.

  • Badfoot Records

    Badfoot Records

    Badfoot Records is an independent label based out of Portland and Nashville. Founded by Oregon native Danny "Badfoot" James, the label spotlights a team of friendly songwriters who put in honest work to get their music heard. Artist based and funded, everyone on the label has an active part in the building blocks and foundation of the team, all bringing something different to the table. Badfoot represents a humble lineup of talent including Fox and Bones, Shane Brown, Trent Beaver, Rocky Bottom (Nashville), and Jesse Priest (Alabama). For the artist, by the artist: Real is rare.

  • The BeneFactorz

    The BeneFactorz

    Biological brothers Kane and Trap are two American hip-hop artists. As The BeneFactorz, the themes of their music revolve around the violence, drugs, pimping and hardships they’ve experienced living in inner cities. What separates them from the rest is their affinity for their community and their unconditional love for the trap. Big Trouble, Little Portland is out now—find The BeneFactorz on Spotify, iTunes and all streaming platforms.

  • 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 Ryan Adams, 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.

  • Brad Parsons, photo by Jessie McCall

    Brad Parsons

    With songs that hit you right in your chest and a big voice that goes straight for your gut, Brad Parsons begs you to sing, shout, dance, laugh and cry with him. Establishing a strong presence locally as well as making waves at festivals across the country, his latest record, Hold True, displays his soulful expression of psychedelic Americana.

  • Burn Money Music

    Burn Money Music

    We are an independent record label dedicated to assisting in the development of new media and music while supporting true artists' independence. Housing multiple recording studios with the latest technology, our focus is to elevate new and emerging artists and help cultivate creative artists of any genre.

  • Camp Crush, photo by Julia Henry

    Camp Crush

    An exploration of new wave rock and melodic pop, Camp Crush weave lyricism with whimsical, danceable melodies. Finding inspiration in their musical roots—Duran Duran, The Cure and Blondie—Camp Crush will make you feel like you’re at the high school prom you wish you had.

  • 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.

  • Cedar Teeth

    Cedar Teeth

    With Cedar Teeth’s new EP, Farewell To Green Mountain, the familial five-piece double down on the eclecticism of their debut album, Hoot. Influenced and inspired by the music and songwriting of the Pacific Northwest—the various strands of grunge, pop, folk and Americana—the only rules Cedar Teeth follow on Farewell To Green Mountain are: Keep the music honest and speak with a voice that genuinely reflects the region of the Cascade foothills from which they hail. The EP is out now—get it here!

  • 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!

  • CorePower Yoga

    CorePower Yoga

    Discover your most powerful self. CorePower Yoga has three Portland-area studios (and many more nationwide!) offering a variety of high-intensity classes that will push you past physical boundaries with an open mind and a beating heart. Give it a try with your first week FREE and then commit to your mat—and even get 20 percent off yoga packages as a Vortex Access Party member!

  • Cravedog


    Locally owned and operated for 24 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.

  • Daren Todd, It’s Future Time

    Daren Todd

    Daren Todd only joined forces with the Portland-based collective It’s Future Time four months ago and he’s already blowing up the rap scene. His first three singles are a soul-quenching reprise from the daily grind—let his passionate harmonies and hypnotizing beats wash over you like gentle waves on a summer day. Start vibing on them now at It’s Future Time.

  • David Barber

    David Barber

    A local rapper and jazz musician, David Barber’s recently released debut Painted On The Wall is an authentic blend of rap lyricism and jazzy musicianship, featuring beats by the Portland neo-soul and hip-hop trio Radio Phoenix. Recorded almost completely live in the studio, David’s lyrical delivery and content defy any preconceived notions one might have regarding hip-hop. This album offers something for fans of jazz, gospel, hip-hop and neo-soul in one cohesive musical experience. For fans of Common, The Roots, Joomanji, D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Painted On The Wall Out is out now—listen on all online music platforms and buy on Bandcamp.

  • Deathlist


    The solo project of Summer Cannibals’ Jenny Logan, the singer and songwriter played every instrument on her latest EP. Produced by The Thermals’ Hutch Harris, Weaks explores the emotional landscape of a relationship’s demise. The songs are stark and direct due to minimalist production, culminating with the title track, a moving mid-tempo song where Logan sounds almost hopeful, singing, “I’m gonna find it somewhere, I’ve been weak a long time.” Deathlist has received acclaim from publications like The Fader, Eleven, Willamette Week and Impose Magazine. For fans of Suicide, Sisters of Mercy and Wire, look for her upcoming sophomore full-length FUN out in March and don’t miss Deathlist at Bunk Bar on Friday, January 26.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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    dugg mason

    Rapper, DJ, producer dugg mason honed his craft in the Bay Area only to return to his native Northwest. Where his beat tapes provide a collage of emotive samples and warm textures, his rap persona diverts, offering wavy synths, kinetic drums and chrome-dipped rap bravado. Follow @itsduggybaby on Instagram for new music releases every first of the month.

  • Eagle Home Mortgage

    Eagle Home Mortgage

    Committed to Seeing You Home: Your Mortgage Maven and Music Advocate, I pride myself on exceeding my customer's expectations at every stage of the home-buying process, from a complimentary pre-approval through an on-time closing. As a loan officer with Eagle Home Mortgage, I have access to a variety of loan programs and an experienced support team focused solely on home financing. —Janeen Rundle, NMLS #135407, JaneenRundle@eaglehm.com

  • 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, $499 direct

  • Elke Robitaille

    Elke Robitaille

    Hailing from a small mill town on the west coast of Canada, the Portland-based folk songwriter intertwines elements of Americana, bluegrass and alt-country on her fourth studio release: In The End. Out now, the EP features a dynamic assortment of songs and boasts a talented medley of studio musicians. Watch her latest video for "That Devil" here!

  • Falcon Heart

    Falcon Heart

    Catch the Wind gets right to the heart of genuine passion by using elements of violin, lap steel, sparkly clean guitars, dynamic drums, and a bass line that comfortably walks alongside you. You can’t help but fall into the soaring melodic harmonies and captivating storytelling with lyrics that are simple, true and catchy, creating a soundscape that is smooth and deep. This album harnesses the energy of Falcon Heart’s live performance and the passion they have for their craft. For fans of Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes and The Lumineers, Catch the Wind is out now and don’t miss them live at The Analog Cafe on Thursday, February 1 or at The Fixin’ To on Friday, April 6.

  • Fire Flower

    Fire Flower

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

  • Fluff & Gravy Records

    Fluff & Gravy Records

    Trust Your Label: We are a full-service record label and recording studio featuring music and records from the likes of Richmond Fontaine, VacilandoSassparilla, Mike Coykendall, Nick Jaina, Drunken PrayerJeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, The Harmed Brothers, Hillstomp, Fernando, Catherine Feeny and more! Get 20 percent off any order—go to our website and use the code: vortex20

  • Free Tillman

    Free Tillman

    The sample-based, instrumental hip-hop producer Free Tillman explores the fear of leaving home and the heartbreak of leaving others behind as well as the joy of triumph, all while hardly uttering a word, on his latest record. The story told on My Way Home is one of an artist finding his way after moving from his small hometown to the big city. Anyone who has ever tried to pursue their dreams will easily relate. For fans of Madlib, J Dilla, Knxwledge, Oddisee and Apollo Brown, My Way Home is out now—take the opportunity to feel Free Tillman.

  • 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.

  • The Get Ahead

    The Get Ahead

    The Get Ahead is all about driving forward. In these painfully complex times, the Americana-soul quintet’s mission is to move people with their gritty but emotive roots aesthetic. With their third release, Mind Is A Mountain, they have driven into new territory. The four-song EP is the product of a fresh palette of artistic possibilities offered by a new lineup and the opportunity to work with Grammy Award-winning producer and artist Son Little (who's worked with The Roots, RJD2, Mavis Staples). For fans of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Son Little and The Lone Bellow, Mind Is A Mountain is out now via Jullian Records—don’t miss the five-piece at the Goodfoot on Thursday, January 25 or at The Fixin’ To on Saturday, February 3.

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    Gritty Birds

    Sharing the stories and voices of independent artists in today's music and artistic landscape, Gritty Birds is on a journey to discover how we create and why. Season 3 is out now—subscribe on iTunes.

  • Haley Johnsen

    Haley Johnsen

    Ready to share her sophomore EP with the world, When You Lit the Sky is a soulful helping of blues and pop songwriting with nostalgic arrangements, and a window into the great passions of an artist whose dynamic vocals soar and whose heart is eternally, vulnerably, human. When You Lit the Sky is out now—stream on Spotify or buy on iTunes, at Music Millennium, or on Bandcamp.



    Show your grille! HEARSiGHT helps tell stories by connecting what's heard with what's seen. We just released our patent pending photographic grille covers used to adorn loudspeakers and amplifiers, along with photographic sound absorption panels used to improve the acoustics of your room. With a decade of international experience, HEARSiGHT also provides location sound recording for music videos, motion pictures and commercials. Sound for picture. Picture for sound. We're a Portland-based sensory fuse.

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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!

  • Jeffrey Martin, Fluff & Gravy Records

    Jeffrey Martin

    After Jeffrey Martin released 2014’s Dogs In The Daylight, the Portland Mercury posited that he “might be the best songwriter in Portland.” No Depression called the record “as close to a masterpiece as a folk album from an emerging singer-songwriter can get.” One Go Around is the long-awaited follow-up to that record. These are stories of an America left behind, of working-class people struggling to keep their heads above rising waters, of people trying to find love in a time of heartlessness. The stories hit hard, because we know we may not be far from them ourselves in this time of uncertainty. For fans of Josh Ritter, Joe Pug and Gregory Alan Isakov, One Go Around is out now on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Fluff & Gravy Records.

  • JoAnna Lee

    JoAnna Lee

    Welcome to JoAnna Lee’s raspy confessional: The 10 tracks on So Free create an intimate yet universally relatable chronicle of her life experiences—none more so than “Drinking By Myself,” which covers a revealing set of emotions wrapped in optimism, strength and growth, and heartbreak tempered by lessons learned. So Free is out now—get the new single “Drinking By Myself.”

  • Jon Koonce

    Jon Koonce

    The 13th album from the Portland mainstay is 10 new songs from a 10-piece band featuring three horns, two ladies singing backing vocals and rockin' guitars—it’s full of Memphis soul and bluesy grooves. Recorded live at an eight-track studio in glorious mono, The Lost Cause is an analog statement—out now on vinyl and CD at local stores and on Amazon.

  • Karyn Ann

    Karyn Ann

    Her voice is as much an instrument as her piano or guitar. Often likened to Adele and Bonnie Raitt, Karyn Ann’s upcoming sophomore album, Be Loud, follows her 2015 debut album, Into the Depths, with an eclectic mix of funky riffs, soulful ballads and rock anthems. Get her new single “Be Still” on iTunes or Bandcamp and catch her hosting happy hour every fourth Tuesday at the Alberta Street Pub.

  • 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.

  • King Black Acid

    King Black Acid

    KBA’s first full-length in 15 years is an ambitious musical adventure with roots stretching from the band’s psychedelic rock origins to ‘60s vocal pop, early ‘70s R&B, ‘80s synth rock, modern dream-core, and uptempo, danceable, rebellious anthems—all while remaining authentic, organic and heartfelt. The longtime project of Daniel Riddle (who soundtracked The Mothman Prophecies), Super Beautiful Magic is nothing short of a full-blown cinematic experience. Out now via Cavity Search and Mazinga Records, get it here!

  • Metal Yoga with Stephanie

    Metal Yoga with Stephanie

    Stephanie is a heavy metal music lover, yoga teacher and aspiring metal drummer who honors the dark and light within us all when she throws up her horns and connects with her fellow rebels through Metal Yoga. She is a bold, honest and passionate person who has dedicated almost half her life to the local metal scene and over five years to yoga. Unleash your inner wild child, shout and cuss while we move and breathe to badass tunes—it doesn't get any more real than this!

  • Mic Check

    Mic Check

    Brought to you by veterans of the scene (StarChile and DJ Klyph with resident DJ Trox on the beats), this hip-hop experience goes down every last Thursday at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon. We showcase dope elements of hip-hop and the region's best emcees in an atmosphere built to grow the culture!

  • Michael Allen Harrison

    Michael Allen Harrison

    The versatile composer, songwriter and pianist makes magic once again with Julianne Johnson on their sixth album together. My Romance hears the friends and musical partners delivering fresh interpretations and arrangements of wonderfully classic songs like “At Last” and “Imagine.” Catch the pair’s CD release and Valentine’s concerts February 9 to 11, and then don’t miss 10 grand pianos played by 10 world-class pianists on the Schnitz stage at Ten Grands on Saturday, March 31.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Musicians Union, Local 99

    Musicians Union, Local 99

    The American Federation of Musicians and the Portland chapter Local 99 are created of musicians, by musicians and for musicians. Since 1896, we have established, through negotiations and member unity, industry standard wages and working conditions for professional musicians.

  • The Old Church

    The Old Church

    The Old Church Concert Hall is one of Portland’s best-loved venues for intimate performances from folk, alternative, jazz and classical musicians from around the world. We are a nonprofit with a double mission of preserving and celebrating a national historic landmark, and cultivating and sharing programs that reflect and enhance artistic and cultural life in our community. We are all ages so bring your family for a night of music and magic when you join us for a concert at Portland’s sanctuary of sound!

  • One Tail at a Time | PDX

    One Tail at a Time | PDX

    OTAT PDX is an all-breed, no-kill dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families. All OTAT PDX dogs live in approved, loving and committed volunteer foster homes until permanently adopted. Get involved: Volunteer, adopt, donate or become a member!

  • 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 21-23, 2017.

  • People


    Get lost in a meandering, maddening, splattering dreamworld. Start with People’s 2017 debut Like Music to Your Ears—the nine tracks are a gritty, grungy, tumultuous journey through a lost mind in a lost world—and maybe you will find yourself there. Listen to Like Music to Your Ears now.

  • 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. We also support a monthly live showcase called First Look that showcases local talent of all genres.

  • Portland Notes

    Portland Notes

    Portland Notes is dedicated to supporting and encouraging creativity by sharing local artists with Portland and the world. Check out the new Portland Notes Radio here!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ROLA Music

    ROLA Music

    A global music agency focusing on bringing American artists to Europe, we sustainably develop and support our artists with personalized strategies and long-term vision via booking international tours, public relations and management. Founded in Vienna in 2010 by Dominik Schmidt, ROLA Music established a second location in Portland in 2013. As a result of the expanded territory, ROLA now operates full time from both countries and has organized European tours for local artists like Autonomics, Bart Budwig, Hustle and Drone, Worth, Sama Dams, Minden, DoublePlusGood, Haley Heynderickx, Fox and Bones, Thanks and many more.

  • 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.

  • Saturn Duplication

    Saturn Duplication

    Local CD/DVD duplication: Specializing in short runs for area bands and artists, we also offer affordable graphic design for your album or project. Located next door to Revival Drum Shop, call or stop by!

  • SDM Records

    SDM Records

    SDMPDX is a music and art collective based in Portland consisting of SadoDaMascus Records and Sonic Debris Multimedia. Specializing in experimental, noise and electronic releases primarily by Pacific Northwest artists, SDM Records looks for common unifying elements in an artist's music including: the use of digital and analog electronics, a penchant for experimentation, a lack of reliance on traditional song structures, free-form or improvisational approaches, appreciation of the absurd, a tendency towards the surreal, open ears, boundless will, and adventurous attitudes. Look for new releases from Halfbird, The Vardaman Ensemble and more.

  • Showdeer


    Stumptown's go-to graphic artist for all things music and design related. Focusing on music-centric creations in the Pacific Northwest scene, Chris Bigalke is a one-man studio who works with local businesses, music venues, bands, record labels, and national companies for gig posters, album art, branding, website layout and more. Keeping Portland surreal since 2008.

  • Specialized Mastering

    Specialized Mastering

    Portland’s place for audio mastering: Very satisfied, happy clients include Hailey Niswanger, Midnite, 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!

  • Surf Hearse Records

    Surf Hearse Records

    Surf Hearse Records is a new rock and roll label located in the outskirts of Portland. Our first two vinyl releases are a blue seven-inch from SoCal legends Snake Oil Salesmen and the 12-inch Burgundy Surf EP from Portland's reverb-drenched surf and punk rockers The Von Howlers—now available on limited raspberry and white vinyl.

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

    Tender Loving Empire Headquarters

    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, downtown, NW 23rd and Hawthorne, where you can find frequent in-store performances from the bands you love. Subscribe to our emails to find out more!

  • 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.

  • The Thread

    The Thread

    Beneath the tension that divides us is a thread that unites us. Join the conversation @thethreadUS.

  • 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!

  • The Vardaman Ensemble, SDM Records

    The Vardaman Ensemble

    Tiring of the need for communication via the slippery notion of words, The Vardaman Ensemble came together to play instrumental music based on the maxim “fusion in relation to doom, distortion in relation to breath, and spazz in relation to prog." Is Land, released in cooperation with SDM Records, is an album based around a future documentary, Badvugum: Everything’s Imagined Here (out in 2028 and directed by Martin Denny), which explores the historical narrative of Badvugum's main island, Lahrir, and the island's inhabitants living in a world imagined into existence. Without words, The Vardaman Ensemble wind through post, kraut and prog rock, stoner metal, minimalism, noise, and fusion while featuring heavy, start-stop guitar riffs, sax, French horn, strange noises, and incredibly precise percussive work. Out on SDM Records, get the album (pre-order it here!) and a limited-edition coloring book exploring story of Lahrir at The Know on Thursday, March 1.

  • Volume Bomb Records

    Volume Bomb Records

    Volume Bomb specializes in new and used electric guitars, amps and pedals, local punk and metal records, macabre art and jewelry, and small-run enamel pins and patches. Located off Holgate in The Hallowed Halls recording studio on SE 64th Avenue in Portland.

  • The Von Howlers

    The Von Howlers

    Playing their own brand of bastardized rock and roll, The Von Howlers’ new Burgundy Surf EP features seven blistering original tracks—now available on 12-inch limited raspberry and white vinyl via the newly formed Portland label Surf Hearse Records. Fast and heavy with influences ranging from surf to punk to traditional roots, their live shows border on manic to unhinged. With few acts like them in Portland, don’t miss their reverb-drenched rock and roll at their high-octane performances. For fans of The Sonics, Agent Orange, Bo Diddley, and The Cramps, Burgundy Surf vinyl is out now on Surf Hearse Records and you can catch them live at Speck's Records & Tapes on Saturday, February 10 and at Kelly’s Olympian with Mobilities on Saturday, February 24.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Waterfront Blues Festival

    Waterfront Blues Festival

    As the Oregon Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event, the Waterfront Blues Festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike: It is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second largest blues festival in the nation. Since 1988, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

  • 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.

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