Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Fall 2020 Playlist

Old favorites, new discoveries, rising stars: these are your Portland-grown best bets for autumn listening.

09/22/2020 By Conner Reed

Music

Aminé Speaks

The Portland rapper on his new album, growing up Black in the Pacific Northwest, and leaning into uncertainty.

08/07/2020 By Conner Reed

Music

Aminé Drops Second Music Video in One Week

The Portland rapper appears beside UK emcee Slowthai on Disclosure's "My High," six days after dropping the visual for "Riri."

06/30/2020 By Conner Reed

Music

Damian Lillard Drops New Track "Blacklist"

The NBA season may be suspended, but D.A.M.E. Dolla is laying down bars for Black Lives Matter.

06/10/2020 By Marty Patail

Thesis Statement

How the Thesis Became Portland’s Premier Hip-Hop Showcase

Thesis—like everyone else—is trying to figure out how to survive as a digital entity.

06/01/2020 By Donovan M. Smith

Music

Aminé Drops Portland-Heavy New Video

The "Shimmy" video features Biketown bikes, Providence Park, and some love for the new PDX carpet.

02/26/2020 By Conner Reed

Signal Boost

The Numberz Is Portland’s Only All-Black Radio Station

Launched by two Grant High School alums, the Numberz aims to unite a community spread thin by gentrification.

01/21/2020 By Conner Reed

Music

Karma Rivera’s “Down 2 Ride” Video Brings Caribbean Party Vibes to Portland

The local rapper shot the video for her summery new single in 30-degree weather.

01/09/2020 By Daniel Bromfield

Music

Rising Portland Hip-Hop Star Dodgr Headlines at the Roseland

She'll appear alongside fellow Portlander Maarquii at a show hosted by Portugal. The Man.

10/17/2019 By Conner Reed

Festival

New St John's Festival Promises Hip-Hop and . . . Fishing

River cleanup, fishing lessons, a water ceremony, storytelling, and music: Welcome to the inaugural Illamette Festival.

08/21/2019 By Tiara Darnell

Music

Damian Lillard Is Dropping a New Album This Friday

Big D.O.L.L.A. has 10 tracks and brings back Lil Wayne.

08/07/2019 By Marty Patail

Fashion Show

This Celebration of Portland's POC Artists Fuses Fashion and Live Music

“It’s an ode to what BET did in the early 2000s."

04/29/2019 By Eden Dawn

Music

Soul’d Out Marks 10 Years of Bringing Sweet, Sweet Sounds to Stumptown

The city's annual celebration of soul, R&B, blues, and hip-hop returns April 16–21.

03/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

Music

10 Portland Bands You Need to Hear Right Now

From hip-hop phenoms to sweet-voiced doom rockers, these are the musicians soundtracking our city in 2018.

08/14/2018 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Sam Pape, and Benjamin Tepler

Q&A

Hip-Hop Phenom and LA Native The Last Artful, Dodgr Pulled a Classic California Trick...

... by advancing her art with a move to PDX. Win for us!

08/03/2018 By Fiona McCann

Profile

How Aminé Became Portland Hip-Hop's Most Elusive Star

From the outside, it’s like he came out of nowhere. That’s intentional.

12/28/2017 By Casey Jarman

Music

Vic Mensa Talks Police Brutality, Musical Evolution, and Touring with Jay-Z

The Chicago rapper joins Hov at the Moda Center on December 14.

12/01/2017 By Andre Jemison

Music

Aminé Just Dropped His New Album and It Was Worth the Wait

Weird and funny and thoughtful, Good for You is a freewheeling follow-up to the Portland rapper's 2016 viral hit "Caroline."

07/28/2017 By Marty Patail

Music

Three Years In, Portland Indie Hip-Hop Label Eyrst Heats Up

With artists like Myke Bogan, Blossom, and the Last Artful, Dodgr, the local label makes a national stamp.

07/10/2017 By Fiona McCann