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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.

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Iceland’s Indie pop-rock Of Monsters and Men (OMAM) delivered a stunning performance Friday before a full house in Troutdale.

Promoting new album “Fever Dream,” the five-member band played at McMenamins Edgefield. An impeccable setlist was nicely divided between old and … 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

Once in a blue moon a new song comes along that stops you in your tracks. Such was the case last week when we stumbled upon Color Palette’s new “Sunburn” single on Twitter.

It’s one of two tracks the Washington … 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

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

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

Talented folk-pop First Aid Kit have released “Ruins,” their fourth studio album. It’s a solid “must have” collection of fresh, honest tracks sure to please fans and critics.

Plaintive, folk-rock “Rebel Heart” is the opener and longest cut … 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

On tour to promote their new “Weather Diaries” release, British alt-rockers Ride played Portland’s Crystal Ballroom Saturday night.

As they took the stage, fans at the venue gave the band a hearty welcome. The band’s well-rounded setlist opened with “Lannoy … Continue Reading

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

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

Indie Rockers The Shins are back with “Heartworms” and 11 new tracks we’re loving.

Hit single “Name for You” wins us over with all of the elements that make their sound engaging and unique.  Upbeat tempos, intricate arrangements … Continue Reading

Due to one of January’s storms, The Portland Playlist had to reschedule Maurice and The Stiff Sisters and are so happy it worked out for we would have missed meeting this fantastic local band. Fronted by Maurice Spencer, “The Stiff … Continue Reading

Pink Martini fans thirsty for new arrangements and compositions – your wait has ended. 

“Je Dis Oui!” Pink Martini’s 9th studio release will be featured tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Keller Auditorium. Portland Radio Project’s Bob Knowles will Continue Reading

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

Looking for new music that keeps your ears satiated with surprise?

Search no further than Indie rock band Arc Iris’s new multi-textured “Moon Saloon” release.

Arc Iris first came to my attention via a tweet from Best New Bands.  … Continue Reading

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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