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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

Ezra Bell: An Easy Sell

When Portland-based band Ezra Bell takes the stage, the floor fills up with folks eager to dance. And this was definitely true during the intimate Doug Fir Lounge show on March 16.

Lead singer Ben Wuamett set a playful tone … 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

Fox and Bones’ Album Release Party!

Acoustic duo Fox and Bones released their full-length album last week, and fans piled into Alberta Street Pub on Feb. 7 to be the first to listen.

The show opened with Laryssa Birdseye’s strong and sincere set. Her original songs … 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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The Portland Playlist welcomes Amit Erez; Israel’s Darling

Amit Erez, from The Secret Sea, stopped by The Portland Playlist Wednesday night for an evening filled with heartfelt, beautiful, and emotional music. Amit is one of the first and most substantial, influential songwriters to emerge in Israel, achieving … 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

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Lend an ear to new release from Narrow Plains

From London and hoping for a warm welcome from the American rock scene comes 4-member indie band Narrow Plains. Their self-titled recently released album boasts 13 great tracks; Portland Radio Project has already added 2 to our playlist.

The enterprising … Continue Reading

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Captivating new release by Quilt

If you’re in the mood for new music that energizes and enthralls, look for Quilt’s new “Plaza.” The third studio album from the 4-member Indie/psych/folk band, their new release shimmers and shines with enough substance to score with both fans … Continue Reading

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New Marc Carroll album a triumph

Never heard of Marc Carroll? Given he’s an exceptionally talented musician who’s paid his dues and has 7 albums under his belt, we think it’s high time everyone knew his name.

The 44 year-old alt-rock musician who hails from Ireland … Continue Reading

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New Kurt Vile release satisfies

Continuing in the vein of his previous releases, rock singer-songwriter Kurt Vile’s new “B’lieve I’m Goin Down” satisfies with sincere and unpretentious vocals, compelling song arrangements and ponderous, intricate guitar passages.

The sixth studio album for Vile – a founding … Continue Reading

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Barr Brothers “Sleeping Operator” shines

I first saw The Barr Brothers at a Eugene show where they opened for Austin, Texas rock-blues musician Shakey Graves. Playing a short but impressive setlist spotlighting tracks from their “Sleeping Operator” release and their new EP, their easygoing, highly … Continue Reading

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Lord Huron’s “Strange Trails” a smooth and vibrant release

American indie band Lord Huron’s new “Strange Trails” is a smooth, full, vibrant release boasting 14 tracks to keep in your pocket while walking life’s backroads.

The new album opens on the melancholy but solid notes of “Love Like Ghosts,” … Continue Reading

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Stellar Music Lineup at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge

Portlanders had their turn to experience a full slate of commendable artists as Passport Approved’s current slate of inductees buzzed through town, performing live Friday night at the Rose City’s Doug Fir Lounge. 

Those lucky enough to take in … Continue Reading

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Little Comets “The Sanguine” delivers

English Indie rock band Little Comets released an astonishing 3 new Extended Play (EP) recordings last year, the most recent being their splendid, under-the-radar “The Sanguine.” It’s an excellent example of how the most talented bands today find ways to … Continue Reading

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Magic Giant, Weather Machine play Portland next week

Magic Giant, an expansive folk-pop band from southern California, are bringing their special brand of Indie sunshine to Portland’s Mississippi Studios  this coming Wednesday, February 4.

Based in Venice Beach, California, Magic Giant are building a reputation around their danceable … Continue Reading

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Captivating new music from Little May

We at PRP recently gave a thumbs up to the dreamy music of Australian blues guitarist Hamish Anderson . This month, from Sydney Australia, we’re delighted to bring you news about music of another genre, that of Little May. … Continue Reading

Rackhouse Pilfer one for your collection

The great country of Ireland can’t seem to stop pumping out stellar music this year. In 2014 we’ve watched the rise of Irish rock band Kodaline and relished the debut album of meteoric singer-songwriter Hozier, also from Ireland. Before … Continue Reading