Music

Is this the most powerful singer 🎤 in Portland? Here’s why we think so.

Portland’s Own The Druthers  Comparing one band or musician to another is wrong for myriad reasons. However, being human, it sometimes helps to reference other musicians to give a clue about the sound of a voice, the beat of the drums, the strum of a guitar, etc. So hopefully lead singer of The Druthers, Erin […]

/ January 18, 2022


An Oregon indie band in my head

Through the historic Oregon fires, sweltering temperatures and the pandemic – in an area known for its folk rock and bluegrass – the Ashland band, Slow Corpse, has managed to produce indie music that can and should be front and center on anyone’s playlist if a unique blend of indie mixed with a little R&B […]

/ January 18, 2022


Crash and Burn: a journey from our sun

Sheryl Crow isn’t from Portland. Nor is her song “Crash and Burn” about Portland. It’s about leaving Portland, in fact. But we just think it’s a metaphor about leaving somewhere else to go to L.A., but she started the song’s journey in Portland because, after all, we do have the best sunrises and sunsets. It’s […]

/ January 11, 2022


Hey Portland! Who knows 🤔 about this relationship between Elvis and our city?

Here’s a question. Which Grammy nominated producer, engineer, musician and composer lives in Portland and has worked with Beth Orton, R.E.M., Spoon, and k.d. lang, just to name a few? Tucker Martine. He isn’t from Portland. He was born in Nashville, grew up and moved to Boulder, Colorado, and then to Seattle, before finally landing […]

/ January 10, 2022


The Resolectrics, because Yes!

What do you get when you cross a self taught kit drummer with a piano player who formed a skate-punk meets garage-funk group as a teenager, and another musician who formed an acid jazz, funk, soul and hip hop band that toured extensively across the United States (he also played in bands with Nate Query […]

/ January 5, 2022


Want to know what happens when an American Idol contestant meets a TedX in Portland ?

Take One American Idol contestant and One TedX musician and what do you get? Two of Portland’s iconic singers: Kingsley and Haley Johnsen, making gorgeous music and a very funny video! Kingsley moved to Portland after college and landed an internship at The Old Church, and after that, she began work at The Roseland Theater.  […]

/ January 5, 2022


What do Lake Oswego and a Trail Blazer have in common?

Wynne (born Sina Holwerda) is a rapper from Portland. Lake Oswego, to be exact. She’s so good, in fact, that she earned the rumor of being Eminem’s daughter. (Untrue.) And if that’s not enough to make you take notice, look who jumped on board to rap in her song, The Thesis. Damian Lillard. Yes, that […]

/ January 4, 2022


Modest Mouse’s “Missed the Boat” – a reminder to give yourself a little love!

It’s a New Year and a new chance to be kind! Start with yourself and give a little love! Which starts with not being so hard on yourself. So we’ve combed through some of the best made-in-Portland songs and pulled out “Missed the Boat” by Modest Mouse, because the words so cleverly contradict themselves and, […]

/ January 3, 2022


Portland-Born Chris Botti trumpets in the weather forecast: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

If you’ve been asking will it snow this Christmas in Portland, the answer is: almost probably – and okay, there might be a wee bit of rain mixed with it (hey, this is Portland). But heads up for snow lovers… we’re looking at possibly eight more days of snow leading into and beyond the New […]

/ December 21, 2021


Portland musician (and Internationally renowned) Marisa Anderson’s and alt-country William Tyler’s song: Lost Futures

Internationally renowned musician Marisa Anderson lives in Portland. That’s the easy part to write. But try to put her music into a genre and you’ll be fresh out of luck; unless there’s a genre called “Exquisitely Beautiful.” She’s classically trained; the combination of that with her natural talent on the strings is genius.  She’s been […]

/ December 12, 2021


10 Questions + 1 with Stephanie Strange of Strange and the Familiars

Supporting local artists and small businesses is the absolute best thing you could do with your dollars if you love Portland. Buy the tickets, go to the mom and pop spot, give a dollar or three a month to your favorite artist on Patreon, donate to the radio station and local paper. Put your money […]

/ December 7, 2021


An Interview with Portland Musician Rose Gerber

We recently spotlighted Rose Gerber’s song: The Fall. We let Rose know, and she kindly agreed to an interview, which we’ll just dive right into here. But, before we do, some info on her new shows coming up. See Rose Gerber and the Yellow Birds: • Starday Tavern on Saturday 12/4 at 7 pm. • […]

/ November 30, 2021


Paul Gilbert lives in Portland and the world loves him.

What can we say about Paul Gilbert, other than he’ll go down in history as one of the greatest musicians of all time…and he lives in our own backyard.  Radio Metal said about him: “When we talk about the legends of the guitar, it is impossible to omit Paul Gilbert. The guitar-hero has mainly distinguished […]

/ November 30, 2021


Portland’s very own Paul Gilbert wishes us a Merry Little Christmas

Paul Gilbert continues to be a Portland fave. This year he’s been hitting the holiday songs hard with his new album ‘TWAS. On each Christmas classic song you can almost hear the guitar singing the songs. He’s just that good. The classics on the album are: Three Strings for Christmas The Christmas Song Silver Bells […]

/ November 30, 2021


An Interview with Portland Musician: Nick Arneson

Portland has been my home for 20 years. Every year it’s the same …. when spring hits I can’t believe I get to live here. Can’t believe how happiness just floods in and seems to be everywhere I look. There is a time in Portland, maybe May-ish, where things are so green and bright that […]

/ November 29, 2021


Naturally – Portland Musician Nick Arneson

Nick Arneson, Portland musician extraordinaire, strikes again with his new song, Naturally! (Read Bridgeliner’s interview with Nick Arneson here.) Naturally (with Lyrics) How can the talk in the night Be so different From the truth of the day   you came to me when i was broken you came to me when i was hurt […]

/ November 28, 2021


Sydney Guillaume – a true musical genius living in Portland

Sydney Guillaume, a pianist, composer and clinician who lives in Portland, has introduced Haitian culture and storytelling to the world by threading it throughout the classical music he scores and composes. Guillaume is a true musical genius. He’s presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, Carnegie Hall and the BBC (just to scratch the […]

/ November 28, 2021


Elly Swope and her Idea

Elly Swope is a recording engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and Portland mainstay. Swope’s debut EP, It Feels the Same Everytime, released on Brooklyn/Houston label Rue Defense, garnered acclaim from local and national publications, received airplay on Portland-based stations, including XRAY, Freeform, and OPB, and was featured on the 2019 PDX Pop Now! compilation. We are hoping to […]

/ November 27, 2021


Kyle Craft – a true songwriter living in Portland

Kyle Craft may have been born in Shreveport, LA, but he lives in Portland, which is perfect because he’s a wordsmith genius and Portland is a songwriter’s haven. NPR wrote about his music, saying it has “striking imagery, rich wordplay, and a rambling poetic energy,” and that’s pretty much spot on in our book. Have […]

/ November 27, 2021


10 Questions + 1 with Moon and Bike

We caught up with Portland band Moon and Bike (Boone and Michael, the band’s name is a play on words) and asked them 10 questions +1. The duo started writing together during the pandemic and published their debut album in 2020. Their sophomore venture is currently in the works so we asked them the hard […]

/ November 20, 2021