The Shakedown

Portland's Music Scene Has All the Fans. But Is It ... Good?

What’s all this racket?

By Zach Dundas August 14, 2018 Published in the September 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

↑ Upside

  • Enduring indie rock scene at last gives 40-something, college-educated white men something to call their own
  • City sounds pair surprisingly well with import car commercials
  • Band T-shirts make it easy to spot the other cool parents
  • Incredibly cute to watch aging music critics attempt to comprehend emerging hip-hop and electronic scenes
  • Twenty five years of keeping Malkmus off the streets
  • Quarterflash!

↓ Downside

  • More things Seattle thinks it invented
  • Seems like other cities’ musicians now have more tattoos than ours. What is going on?
  • Limited potential for racy Behind the Music–style tell-alls, since everybody just ends up working in advertising
  • Your folkie aunt’s Soundcloud release just hit 100 listens
  • Everclear lyrics: dubious way to learn about gentrification
  • Not so many summer jams
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