The National

There are certain songs that make your heart clutch — put that lump in your throat.  You can feel it reach in and surround you. It’s not a feeling you’re always after, but sometimes you need it.

The National seems … Continue Reading

The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion delivers a lush, blooming sound on their new album, Promises. Take a  listen to the opening track, “Diamonds,” and let us know what you think. The band will be at the Doug Fir Lounge on Saturday, … Continue Reading


Here’s an opportunity to see Cake in the intimate confines of the Doug Fir Lounge.  Lead singer and guitarist John McCrea and the band take the stage on Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday, May 29th.

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Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards will be at the Aladdin Theater on Monday, July 22, 2013. Concert details below.

Heartless Bastards puts out groove-based rock underscored by Erika Wennerstrom’s hauntingly beautiful vocals. This Austin, Texas band released their most recent album, Arrow, … Continue Reading

Patty Griffin

I had a chance to sit in on a short Patty Griffin performance recently as she zipped through Portland showcasing songs from her new album, American Kid. Here are the stories behind several of her new songs.  She’ll be Continue Reading

Charisma and talent overflow at Mountain Air Studios when Brooks plays finger-style guitar. What is it. How did he learn it. In a moment of Zen, it seems.

If you are picking, it follows you’ll be grinning. Just can’t help … Continue Reading

Laura Ivancie

I wonder where Laura will truly end up in her journey. In the brief time she’s been doing her thing, it has included college basketball, fighting fires for the U.S.Forest Service and teaching English in Buenos Aires. But music was … Continue Reading

Redwood Son’s Josh Malm just got back from SXSW. Then did four gigs in a row back home in Portland. We catch up with him on day two of a wind down and talk SX and what’s next for … Continue Reading

We’ve been showing off the young and talented in these posts recently. Time to hear from a seasoned pro and share his observations through decades long experience as singer/songwriter and bandleader.

A Facebook post from Jack McMahon caught my attention … Continue Reading

One of the Portland things we do so well is happening again this weekend: musicians raising funds to help one of their own with health expenses. Portland Radio Project’s Rebecca Webb explains why it’s important.

Bruce will be playing with … Continue Reading

The Shins

These days it can sometimes seem daunting to find new music with spritely, get-up-and-dance energy, intricate musicianship, and most of all, clever, poetic lyrics. Finding entire albums that offer all three is rare-to-impossible. By and far, most every track on … Continue Reading