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Sounds of PDX featuring Holidae House

A few years back I was listening to mostly Brit Rock bands for their trademark ambient and anthemic sound. This is why I was so pleased to discover Holidae House, a PDX  group that echoed all these same qualities. … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 14: Alternative Transportation

Portland has long been considered a mecca for alternative transportation, with a sprawling public transit system and years of notoriety as a top bicycle commuting city. However, worsening traffic and an increase in road fatalities are coming head-to-head with Portland’s Continue Reading

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Community Voices: Surg+Restore

In order to help the medical community in Sierra Leone, Surg+Restore works to bring medical knowledge to the area. Since it’s founding, Surg+Restore—in partnership with the UK non-profit ReSurge/Africa—has focused on training and building native Sierra Leonean medical personnel.

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Salvatore Manalo on Sounds of PDX

About three weeks before the release of the Salvatore EPrecording artist Salvatore Manalo joined me for a broadcast that featured his influences, new recordings, and a live performance.

Salvatore’s music is a genuine singer-songwriter approach to Blues and … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 13: Portland’s Music Recording Scene

At PRP, Portland’s growing, evolving music scene is one of our favorite things about the city. While many local bands have reached national stardom, our city continues to produce a wider array of genres and artists. Recording all of this … Continue Reading

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The Hugs on Portland Radio Project

The Hugs stopped by Subculture last week, in between making awesome videos and releasing a new EP, to treat listeners to a couple of acoustic tunes and some huggable chit chat.

Their pop meets indie rock esthetic makes the Hugs … Continue Reading

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Tara Velarde on Sounds of PDX

About a month after releasing Willow BabyTara Velarde joined me to talk about her creative process, new single, and played a few live songs for our listeners. In the first hour of the show we listened to Tara’s … Continue Reading

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Chase Atlantic on Portland Radio Project

Chase Atlantic stopped by the Portland Radio Project studio and did what they do best…won our hearts with their soulful sound and gracious charm.

The band is currently touring with Warner Bros. label mates Lights and DCF, stopping in … Continue Reading

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Kingsley on Sounds of PDX

Last summer I went to a Women Crush Music showcase at The Jade Lounge where I was struck by the originality and authenticity of one of Portland’s newest artists, Kingsley. On the heals of releasing her single GhostContinue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 12: Immigration Policy’s Impact on Businesses

This year has been a difficult one for immigrant and refugee communities in Oregon. Enforcement sweeps for undocumented immigrants and travel bans for refugees have left families and communities in a legal limbo.

For their part, immigration arrests have skyrocketed. … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 11: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Did you know that women start businesses at twice the rate of men, yet receive less than three percent of venture capital?

That fact, and other disparities, led a team of savvy entrepreneurs to launch Xxcelerate Fund, the Portland-based … Continue Reading

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Visionary and Radical James Baldwin

Raoul Peck’s explosive documentary,  I Am Not Your Negro, is based on James Baldwin’s words and writings that still resonate. His niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, joins in for a conversation.

The Optimism of James Baldwin

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 10: OR Winter Sports Industry

Perhaps you’ve noticed it’s wintertime out there! But while there might have been some awfully cold days in the valley recently, that doesn’t necessarily translate to good skiing up on Mount Hood.

In fact, the weather has been pretty dreadful … Continue Reading

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Glacier Veins on Sounds of PDX

On a recent episode of Sounds of PDX I welcomed local indie-alt rock band, Glacier Veins into the studio for an in-depth interview and live performance. This last summer I was introduced to Glacier Veins and was instantly taken back … Continue Reading

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PRP’s Indie Music Connoisseur

Every Friday from 10 am to noon, PRP’s Jen Emerson (Fresh Spins with Jen Em) delights listeners with indie music from all over the globe. Emerson also occasionally hosts interviews with amazing local, national & international … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 9: Retailers Surviving the Internet Era

Today we’re discussing the survivors. Not the reality show but retail survivors, local businesses that keep their heads above water even as so many of us paddle over to Amazon to order every product imaginable delivered to our door.

These … Continue Reading

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Biz503 Season 3 Episode 8: Changes to the Central Eastside

From milestones like OMSI to the Tilikum Crossing, the recent transformation of Portland’s Central Eastside is dramatic. The previously-industrial area now features tall residential buildings near the Burnside Bridge and new office buildings near the Hawthorne Bridge.

After actively preserving … Continue Reading

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Jamie Drake on PRP

Jamie Drake played three exclusive tracks on her recent Drop-In Session appearance on Portland Radio Project! Check it out at the bottom of this article for her interview with Jen Emerson, and live performances of To My Love, Everything’s Fine, … Continue Reading

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Now Playing: Portland Center Stage at The Armory

Every Brilliant Thing takes over The Ellyn Bye Studio for a compelling in-the-round theatre experience that doesn’t come around very often. It’s uniquely told story.  It’s unique in its use of audience engaged and woven into the very fabric and … Continue Reading

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Talk Modern on Sounds of PDX

Emerging synth-pop duo Talk Modern recently joined me on air for an in-depth interview and surprise listen to the entirety of their forthcoming EP, XO. After connecting over social media, the band give me an early listen to the tracks

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