Listen to Portland's Hottest Bands of 2014

These five incendiary acts may be new to the scene, but they’ve already locked into solid grooves of their own. Best of all, you can still catch them at intimate venues—but probably not for long.

By Aaron Scott April 14, 2014

No single sound defines Portland. Our musicians plumb and push the musical spectrum. Genres? We perfect them, blend them, invent them. Some of that intrepid talent finds a sweet spot on the national stage: Typhoon tours nonstop; Liv Warfield set Jimmy Fallon on fire in January; Broken Bells’ After the Disco debuted at no. 5 on Billboard. Need help navigating the next generation of musical voyagers? Here are music videos from five local bands that we can’t stop listening to. Profiles of the bands can be found here!

SHY GIRLS “Still Not Falling”

MAGIC MOUTH Live session at Mississippi Studios

LOST LANDER “Cold Feet.” A single night of staring into screens condensed into four minutes by Jonnie Ross and Matt Sheehy.

NATASHA KMETO “Idiot Proof.” Filmed by Into the Woods

SCOTT PEMBERTON TRIO “Sugar Mama” at the Doug Fir with the Shook Twins

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