The Helio Sequence

Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence, would sound different had it not been for a flood. In 2009, while touring in support of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, singer-guitarist Brandon Summers got … Continue Reading

Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene”, which topped the Billboard Country Charts in February of 1974, has been covered and re-arranged by many different artists. But this isn’t a cover. This is Dolly Parton’s original version of “Jolene”, on a 45 rpm … Continue Reading

Whitney Myer

Whitney Myer is ready for her “close-up,” as a solo artist that is. She’s got MY attention thanks to her connection with Portland soul-man Christopher Worth. Don’t miss a preview of his first single from the forthcoming new album.… Continue Reading


The 2013 Pickathon is an indie roots music festival taking place Aug. 2 – 4  at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley.

2013 Pickathon Lineup

Featuring: Feist, Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, The Devil Makes Three, Kurt Vile & the … Continue Reading

Michele Van Kleef

Is every one madly recording their new albums right now? Seems so. I invited Michele Van Kleef to share her process, since she is in the very thick of it, right now.


Songwriting. It happens in many places, many … Continue Reading

James Bay

Pencil in 22-year-old James Bay on the seemingly endless list of talented new Brit singer/songwriters who are drawing on the classics —Taylor, Browne, Drake, Young, Cohen, Martyn, etc. — while bringing their own neo-folk sensibilities and individual skills to the … Continue Reading

The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart will be at MusicFest NW along with Neko Case, The Helio Sequence, Typhoon, and Justin Townes Earle. Here’s the complete lineup.

New Album This Fall

The Seattle band has announced the Oct. 15 release … Continue Reading

Family of the Year

Family of the Year has a new video out for St. Croix. The band just announced a Portland show for Nov. 9 at the Crystal Ballroom. [highlight]See below for concert details[/highlight].

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Family of the Year Portland

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Ill Lucid Onset

For Ill Lucid Onset, early 2012 was a time of personnel changes and a move into the future. The EP, Lives in Me was a timestamp and nod to the past. Now, nothing’s too precious when it comes to … Continue Reading

The Shouting Matches

Seven years ago, Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier’s), Phil Cook (Megafaun) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) played one show as The Shouting Matches. Recently, they reunited and a made a record fusing influences into what they do best: playing … Continue Reading

Chance, Inessa, Ian

Chance Hayden and Ian James couldn’t be more different with their musical approach. One is the theorist and the other plays by ear. The math adds up to something very tasty!



The Many Flavors of Music

Chance and … Continue Reading

landfill harmonic violins

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher … Continue Reading

Tyler Stenson: Lovely Little Victory

He’s purposefully restrained on this new EP. But Tyler Stenson doesn’t hold back on well-thought out lyrics, melodies and soaring choruses. Quality work, lots of it, and a well-curated cadre of fans, friends and family are part of what makes … Continue Reading

Patty Griffin Silver Bell

The only thing more heart-wrenching than a Patty Griffin song is the thought of one of her albums gathering dust for 13 years — stuck in record company hell. Freedom has finally arrived for the long-awaited Silver Bell. The … Continue Reading

Moby Innocents

The first song to be released from the forthcoming album Innocents is the Cold Specks collaboration “A Case For Shame,” available from iTunes now as an instant download when you pre-order the album:  The album will be released … Continue Reading

The Civil Wars

Here’s a sneak preview of track two from ‪The Civil Wars‬, “I Had Me A Girl,” in this new behind-the-scenes video. The band’s new self-titled album hits the streets on Aug. 6, 2013.

Don’t expect a tour in … Continue Reading

KT Tunstall

Here’s the album version of KT Tunstall’s new single ‘Feel It All’ from the album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. The album comes out in the US on Aug. 6. KT will be in Portland for a show at … Continue Reading

Blue October

Blue October, the San Marcos, TX-based band known for shimmering rock songs and haunting lyrics on albums such as 2009’s Billboard Top 15 debut, Approaching Normal, 2011’s Billboard Top Ten debut Any Man In America and the Platinum-selling … Continue Reading

Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave are in the midst of their North American tour in support of Nightingale Floors! Hey Marseilles will be opening their show at the Wonder Ballroom on Thursday, July 18.  [highlight]Concert details below. [/highlight]

Rogue Wave Portland Concert

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Cooper & the Jam

We were lucky enough to sit down with Cooper and her sister-in -arms, Brianne, just after they exited the Main Stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Buzzing with post-performance exuberance and ready to charge ahead as her career takes off, … Continue Reading