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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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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

Fresh Spins with Jen Em
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Fresh Spins with Jen Em – Playlist

Missed an episode of Fresh Spins with Jen Em? Forget any of the band names or song titles?
They’re all listed below, with handy artist links and links to the Spotify playlists.
Or, here are All the Fresh SpinsContinue Reading

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The Portland Playlist welcomes Laura Ivancie; the Three Faces of Laura

The Portland Playlist was excited to bring Laura Ivancie into the studio Wednesday night to talk about her influences and the new music she has spent the past 18 months creating. She is an artist who is continually challenging herself … Continue Reading

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Massive turnout for Women’s March in Portland

Approximately 70,000 – 100,000 women and men from points north, south, east and west converged on the fair city of Portland Saturday to show solidarity and support for the rights of women.

Braving stormy weather, the crowds gathered at Tom … 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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The Portland Playlist welcomes Karen Lovely; there’s no bad road with this lovely

Portland survived the snowpocalypse long enough to welcome Karen Lovely into the studio for a night of laughs amidst the Blues, sprinkled with a couple of holiday tunes. Karen started her music career hiding within the safety of a choir … Continue Reading

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2016’s Best Concert Moments

This year saw big tours from the likes of Cage the Elephant, Adele, The Lumineers, Radiohead, 21 Pilots and Weezer. We weren’t fortunate enough to make all those shows, but we did catch Cage the Elephant in Troutdale and Kaleo … Continue Reading

Literary Arts
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Literary Arts: Cultivating the Creative Spirit

Literary Arts has a very Portland mission: engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.

The nonprofit was founded in 1984 with hopes of attracting a few authors and thinkers to the Pacific Northwest. In the … Continue Reading

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The Portland Playlist welcomes 1000 Fuegos; Cuban sounds with an American flair

The Portland Playlist welcomed Adolfo Cuellar, Jorge Bello, and Morgan Quinn from 1000 Fuegos into the studio for a night of hilarity, and music from near and far. After extensive touring and artistic creation with the band NIAYH, Adolfo … 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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The Portland Playlist welcomes Stoneface Honey; a lot of sweet honey in this pot

There were some sweet as honey harmonies in the studio Wednesday night from our guests, Stoneface Honey. Deciding to put her solo career aside, Angie Kopshy sought guidance from Charles Neal at Hip Stew Studios. He introduced her … 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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Sounds of PDX with Gene Blank

On this episode of the show we were joined by musician, producer, and recording engineer Gene Blank. I always appreciate it when guests drop by to share new music on the show and this week we had the honor of … 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

Joseph Concert, White Flag, Wonder Ballroom
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Joseph: The Hometown Favorites Return

September 9th, 2016

At 8:30 p.m., the Wonder Ballroom is already half-filled. New Joseph merchandise and “I’m Alone, No You’re Not” vinyls are being sold in the back of the misty room.

When the opener, The Duncan Fellows, take stage, … Continue Reading

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The Portland Playlist welcomes Stephanie Scelza; Gypsy Storytelling Soul Music

The Portland Playlist celebrated their first show on the radio dial with Drop-In Session guests, Stephanie Scelza and Mark Bowden. You may know Stephanie from her solo work, with her band, Strange and the Familiars, or perhaps, her … 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. 

Rock-romp … 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