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Music scene: artists under the radar

Looking for new bands and artists to tickle your earbuds?

From Canada and Norway, respectively, here are a couple of talented musical acts you might love.

Tasseomancy

Twin sisters Romy and Sari Lightman, formerly of Ghost Bees,  formed indie-folk / … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session: Tom Grant

Portland’s piano legend, Tom Grant, joined PRP’s Rebecca Webb and Michele Van Kleef in the studio for a drop-in session to share his new cd, Sipping Beauty. It’s Grant’s second album targeting the New Age market, but his 29th … Continue Reading

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Drop-In Session with Eyelids

New Music from Eyelids! No stranger to the music scene, Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids, came into the Portland Radio Project Studio for an *eye-opening* Drop-In Session!

 

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With members who collectively have shared stage … Continue Reading

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Bliss pop Souvenir Driver delivers

Looking for compelling new music to tickle your earbuds?

Portland’s bliss pop Souvenir Driver may be just the ticket.

Their moody, melodic sound – a great blend of shoe gaze, pop and rock – is easy to get hooked on.… Continue Reading

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New Shins release soars

Indie Rockers The Shins are back with “Heartworms” and 11 new tracks we’re loving.

Hit single “Name for You” wins us over with all of the elements that make their sound engaging and unique.  Upbeat tempos, intricate arrangements … Continue Reading

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New Jonah Tolchin release sizzles

Smoking hot, blues-inspired musician Jonah Tolchin deserves a wider audience.

Not only are there no bad tracks on his new folk-rock “Thousand Mile Nights” release, he also journeyed all the way to Alabama to record most of the new release … Continue Reading

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“Boots No.1” a must for music connoisseurs

Lookout, music fans. Americana music icon Gillian Welch’s new “Boots No.1: The Official Revival Bootleg” is an enduring compilation of demos and outtakes from her 20 year-old “Revival” debut.

Released late last year, the two-disc compilation was lovingly shepherded in … Continue Reading

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Skidmore’s “The Golden West” is golden

Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter Gayle Skidmore performs live this month at Portland’s Landmark Saloon.

The prolific, whimsical songwriter recently relocated from California to Amsterdam, and is touring to support her new album, “The Golden West.”

A gifted artist, Skidmore … Continue Reading

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London’s Victory Kicks: poised for success

Looking for new music to tickle your earbuds? “Winter Games,” the latest offering from London-based alternative rockers Victory Kicks, just might fit the bill.

An unsigned band, it seems likely a record label or two could come knocking on their … Continue Reading

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Canada’s Northern Roads merits a listen

From Toronto Canada comes Indie folk band Northern Roads and their delightful new “Take Your Time” EP.

Their fun, often reflective tracks create the perfect musical respite from hectic day-to-day life.

“Soaked Parade,” for example, is a gorgeous acoustic-folk daydream … Continue Reading

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Hamish Anderson’s studio debut fills the bill

Earlier this year outstanding blues musician Hamish Anderson returned with his debut studio album “Trouble.”

The new release is a robust compilation of blues rockers from the smoking hot L.A.-based performer who hails from Melbourne, Australia.

A testament to his … Continue Reading

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2016’s Best Music Moments

Whether you’re on the lookout for music to lift your spirits on into the New Year, or making your holiday gift list, a few of us have been poring over the works of 2016’s finest music-makers to help make things Continue Reading

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Impossible? Manchester’s BAUER is back.

Bauer. If their name sounds familiar you’ve likely been hearing them on PRP – they’re in regular rotation on our playlist. Or perhaps you’ve streamed then on Spotify or seen them on Twitter, where they boast some 65,000 followers.

Formed … Continue Reading

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The Y Axes return with “Umbra”

Having already released soaring, cosmic alt-rock bangers “Patch Me Up” and “Great Escape,” California-based Indie/pop/rock The Y Axes are returning soon with new album “Umbra.”

An uplifting sound, surprising rhythms and skilled, tight drumming are the hallmark of this fun … Continue Reading

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Fort Frances comes to Portland

Chicago’s Indie-Rock Fort Frances plays Portland’s White Eagle Saloon this month. Touring in support of their new record “Alio,” the show is sure to be top notch, pleasing fans and growing their followers.

Their second album has much to offer … Continue Reading

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Dreamy “Luck or Magic” a stellar debut from Britta Phillips

Never heard of Britta Phillips? Phillips plays bass for Indie pop band Luna, once described by Rolling Stone as “the best band you’ve never heard of.”

Her first full studio album “Luck or Magic” is one you’ll want to explore. … Continue Reading

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New music reverie from Arc Iris

Looking for new music that keeps your ears satiated with surprise?

Search no further than Indie rock band Arc Iris’s new multi-textured “Moon Saloon” release.

Arc Iris first came to my attention via a tweet from Best New Bands.  … Continue Reading

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Wild Feathers score another homer

Budding American rockers The Wild Feathers return with “Lonely is a Lifetime,” their rousing and fruitful second album.

“Lonely” opens with snappy hit single “Overnight.” Its big guitar sound, catchy chorus and belted-out harmonies will hook you. 

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Jake Bugg’s “On My One” Satisifies

Four years after emerging on rock’s music scene on both sides of the Atlantic, Indie artist Jake Bugg now returns with album three, “On My One.”

British slang for “on my own,” the title track succeeds mightily. It does so … Continue Reading

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Blind Pilot triumphs with “Lions”

If you’re on the quest for new, ear-pleasing sounds that comfort and inspire, look no further than indie folk-pop band Blind Pilot’s new “And Then Like Lions” release.

Central to their sound and appeal are lead singer Israel Nebeker’s captivating … Continue Reading