Music

Song of the Week: ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Karyn Ann

The Portland singer-songwriter sets the 1918 Sara Teasdale poem to ethereal, playful music.

10/22/2021 By Conner Reed

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Song of the Week: ‘Formwela 10’ by Esperanza Spalding

One of 13 musical prescriptions on the jazz musician's latest LP, ‘Formwela 10’ is a lush, strange delight.

10/15/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘That River’ by Margo Cilker

This rustic slice of Americana from the Eastern Oregon singer-songwriter boasts a gorgeous vocal melody and an intriguing amount of muscle and blood.

10/08/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Shimanchu’ by Floating Room

Sweet alt-rock disguises a biter pill on the lead single from Maya Stoner’s upcoming EP.

10/01/2021 By Conner Reed

TBA

At TBA 2021, Holland Andrews Gives Tender Micro-Concerts Over the Phone

At TBA 2021, erstwhile Portlander Holland Andrews performs one-on-one micro-concerts.

09/27/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Body of Water’ by Dolphin Midwives

The Portland producer’s latest places her in conversation with avant-pop freaks like Björk and FKA twigs.

09/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Michael Corleone’ by Fountaine

On this cut from his July album ‘South of Nowhere,’ the Portland emcee packs Pacino-worthy passion into an endlessly replayable two-and-a-half minutes.

09/17/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Fall 2021 Playlist

Lush, autumnal tracks from Portlanders including Elliott Smith, Esperanza Spalding, The Shivas, and more.

09/14/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Pastel Concrete’ by MAITA

The Portland indie band explores the bewilderment of Santa Monica over driving drums.

09/10/2021 By Conner Reed

Television

Beth Ditto Will Star with Susan Sarandon in a Country Music TV Drama

Gossip girl enters her Connie Britton era??

09/10/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Smaller Monsters’ by Worthington

Brace yourself for fall with a lush cut from the long-lost late-90s Portland/Walla Walla indie rockers.

09/03/2021 By Conner Reed

Performance

16 Months Later, Darrell Grant’s Jazz Opera on Gentrification Hits the Stage

Originally slated to premiere last April, ‘Sanctuaries’ will run September 7–9 outside the Memorial Coliseum.

09/01/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘...Better Than Being in Love’ by Parisalexa

The rising star’s foggy self-love anthem is a perfect salve for our late-August doldrums.

08/27/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Phases’ by Quickly, Quickly ft. Sharrif Simmons

The rising Portland lo-fi producer delivers a vibrant opener to his debut album ‘The Long and Short of It.’

08/20/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Young Rappers Join the Oregon Symphony for a New Protest Anthem

A new music video unites the Oregon Symphony, nonprofits Outside the Frame and Friends of Noise, local rapper Mic Crenshaw, and two rising young stars.

08/19/2021 By Nick Campigli

Interview

The Black Pumas on Busking and Returning to the Road

We caught up with the Grammy-nominated rising star in advance of his August dates at the Roseland.

08/16/2021 By Nick Campigli

Music

Inside the New Portland-Centric Music Festival at Zidell Yards

Parisalexa, Blitzen Trapper, and others will hit the South Waterfront August 14 and 15.

08/13/2021 By Cami Hughes

Film

Is That ... a Decemberists Needle Drop in the New Suicide Squad?

James Gunn’s new superhero flick may be the first to ever feature the lyric, “Like a Rimbaud to Baudelaire before.”

08/06/2021 By Conner Reed

Interview

Got a Message? Bellagram Telegrams Will Sing It for You.

Jen Forti talks about founding the Portland-based singing telegram service. Plus: she shows off her old-timey outfit.

08/04/2021 By Marty Patail

Music

4 Takeaways from Swiggle Mandela’s New Album

‘Movie Money’ is a confident, star-studded followup to the Portland rapper's ‘Portlandsterdam’ trilogy.

07/30/2021 By Conner Reed