Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Summer 2022 Playlist

From Portugal. the Man to Yeat to Pink Martini, give this list of summer songs from Portlanders—old and new—a spin this season.

06/24/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Spring 2022 Playlist

Fresh tracks from Portlanders old and new to spin this spring: MAITA, Frankie Simone, Kingsley’s explosive joy, Logan Lynn’s Elliott Smith cover & more

03/22/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Winter 2021 Playlist

Chromatics, Decemberists, Jinkx Monsoon, and more: Icy tracks from Oregonians old and new to help you through the dwindling daylight

12/02/2021 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

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Portland Monthly’s Essential Spring Playlist

Breezy pop, lush R&B, and Dolly Parton's ode to Oregon: these are your Portland-centric best bets for spring listening.

05/13/2021 By Conner Reed

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Portland Monthly’s Essential Winter Playlist

Reimagined holiday classics, warm Americana, and rainy hip-hop by homegrown talent to keep you warm

12/03/2020 By Conner Reed

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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

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

Musical Mayhem

ODOT Made a Playlist to Soundtrack Your Summer Traffic Hell

And we've got one for those embracing alternative transportation options.

07/09/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Playlist

10 Concerts You Can't Miss in Portland This Month

The cherry blossoms are in bloom and so is this month's music lineup. Here's our playlist of the 10 must-see acts cruising through Portland in April.

03/30/2017 By Lauren Kershner

Music

March 2017: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

Coming in like a lion, the live music lineup is fierce.

03/01/2017 By Lauren Kershner

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February 2017: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

Like an overstuffed mailbox full of Valentines, Portland’s concert scene is about to explode. Get ready with our playlist.

02/02/2017 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson

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January 2017: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

If you haven’t settled on a resolution (or already broken it), you might find inspiration listening to some of the musical maestros coming through town this month. From Dar Williams to DeVotchKa, check out our playlist for January.

01/04/2017 By Jason Buehrer, Ko Ricker, and Rebecca Jacobson

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December: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

The Handsome Family, Pere Ubu, Justin Townes Earle, and more prove that Portland music hasn’t been completely taken over by sugarplum fairies, singing Christmas trees, and surly elves.

11/29/2016 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson

Culture Cheat Sheet: Music

Stumptown Soundtracks: A Hard-Rocking Portland Playlist

These heart-racing tunes will help fuel your anger about rising rents, social ills, or fluoride.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

Culture Cheat Sheet: Music

Stumptown Soundtracks: A Seductive Portland Playlist

Perhaps you’re under a blanket on a hillside, or hiding out the winter in your tiny house: either way, invite some company and hit play. You’re welcome.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

Culture Cheat Sheet: Music

Stumptown Soundtracks: An Eclectic Playlist for the Day-Drinker

Soundtrack farmers market mornings, Mount Tabor afternoons, and early happy hours with this playlist: echt Portland in its unclassifiability.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

Culture Cheat Sheet: Music

Stumptown Soundtracks: Homegrown Shoegaze for Rainy Walks (and Dampened Hearts)

These Portland tunes pair well with downpour and despair.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

Playlist

November: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

From glitter-glam pop-punk to hard-core symphonic play-alongs, November’s music scene gives Portland a lot to be thankful for.

11/02/2016 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson

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October: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

From the ferocious and danceable music of Peaches to the simple sound of RY X, October promises killer music nearly every day.

09/29/2016 By Lisa Dunn and Rebecca Jacobson