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With a year as full of disappointments as 2020, music lovers might wisely seek refuge in bright, uplifting pop or raucous rock.

But sometimes, an album built around memories, loss, reflection and storytelling, soothes best.

Taylor Swift’s new ‘folklore’ is … Continue Reading

It’s July. Most of us are still holed up indoors, isolated, for the most part, from friends and family. We’ve delayed vacations, been laid off, and some of us are already counting the days until the ball drops in Times … Continue Reading

Catching up

Yours truly hit the road in January for a memorable night out at The Wonder Ballroom with Canadian Indie Rockers Half Moon Run. A solo trip, as it turned out. My significant other was dreadfully ill with … Continue Reading

There’s no question about it, it’s gotta be tough being a talented musician these days. Especially so if enduring a creative slump during a pandemic becomes part of the picture.

Also, ahem. Have you tried being a music writer? Not … Continue Reading

If you’re listening to Portland Radio Project these days, you’re already familiar with up and coming Indie-pop singer-songwriter Dylan Dunlap.

His new single “If that’s Alright,” released late last year, is on our playlist.

It’s about learning to Continue Reading

Is the newest album by indie pop band The Hugs one of Portland’s best kept secrets?

Released just last year, many could argue “Love You to Death” is deserving of better notoriety – especially outside of their Portland Continue Reading

Fall is here, and that means the rainy season is on its way.

Are you in the market for fresh, new music that uplifts you no matter what the weather’s doing?

Look no further than Ayla Nero’s latest.

Released in Continue Reading

Looking for fresh, new musical horizons? Tired of the “same-old, same-old” your local radio stations play?

Here’s an idea. Go out of your way to find women-led bands. There are boatloads of excellent music acts led by women, many yet … Continue Reading

Talented British synth pop band Bastille returned with their new “Doom Days” last month, and it’s a keeper.

It’s a concept album of sorts, says frontman Dan Smith. All of its tracks explore the theme of going out … Continue Reading

If you’re looking for a fun band and some nightlife in the very near future, Portland’s own indie-rock partygoers The Quags are playing at Hawthorne Hideaway this coming Friday, October 19.

Lead singer Dennis Mitchell (Brementown Musicians, Crack City Rockers) … Continue Reading

If balm for the soul is what you’re seeking in music this month, lend an ear to Mutual Benefit’s new “Thunder Follows the Light” release. An impressive collection of folk-rock dreamscapes, we think you’ll love the subtle positivity … Continue Reading

Alt-indie rockers and Grammy award nominees Death Cab for Cutie played a solid nearly two hour setlist at Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts Monday night.

Touring to promote their new album “Thank You for Today,” the band opened Continue Reading

In the mood for new music that’s restorative and refreshing? “Almost,” the new release from Indie-pop The Ophelias, might just tickle your earbuds.

From Cincinnati, the band formed in high school and were signed by Joyful Noise Recordings. “Almost” … Continue Reading

Looking for new music that’s unique, often insightful and always fun?

Alternative rock n’ roller Courtney Barnett’s new “Tell Me How You Really Feel” is an ear-pleasing blend of engaging, rollicking tracks you’re sure to find compelling.

“Need … Continue Reading

Those searching for inspirational pop-rock need search no further than the latest from American indie rockers Wye Oak.

The dozen tracks on “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” present a winning bundle of dreamscape-infused indie-rock offerings that both … Continue Reading

Every Friday from 10 am to noon, PRP’s Jen Emerson (Fresh Spins with Jen Em) delights listeners with indie music from all over the globe. Emerson also occasionally hosts interviews with amazing local, national & international … Continue Reading

A few bands have a knack for defying convention, yet sound hauntingly familiar, by blending old influences with new approaches to music. Listening to Anchorage’s Super Saturated Sugar Strings (can we just abbreviate this to SSSStrings? kthxbai) brings to mind … Continue Reading

American Indie Folk-rocker’s Fleet Foxes played a sold-out McMenamin’s Edgefield Saturday, where not even copious forest fire smoke kept fans away.

Fans were rewarded with a seamless show, as the band effortlessly delivered tracks from a setlist evenly split between Continue Reading

In search of the latest and greatest in Indie music? Here are three great artists hailing from Australia, Serbia, and our own vibrant Portland, sure to please the palate of discerning music buffs.

Souvenir Driver

From Portland, Souvenir Driver’s moody, … Continue Reading

After seeing Emily Aldridge live for the first time at a Woman Crush Music showcase, I invited her to hang out with me on the program to talk about her music, influences, and how she made her way to Portland. … Continue Reading