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Stream The Story So Far’s New Self-Titled Album

May 27th. Featured

The Story So Far album stream

  On May 11 California pop punk outfit The Story So Far released a stream of their new self-titled album, a week before the LP’s official release date. The group has released two full-lengths since their 2007 formation, along with seven EPs. DIY Magazine gives The Story So Far 4/5 stars, and says the band […]

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Artists to Watch: Wild Party and Foxing

May 20th. Artists To Watch


Wild Party   Straight out of San Antonio, a city known for its historically country Western-centric music scene, comes the decidedly un-twangy Wild Party. In 2011, after just two live performances the group toured the U.K. with legendary Liverpool band The Wombats. After that they hit the ground running, garnering widespread interest in their eclectic […]

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Downloads of the Week: Aaron Mark Brown and Saint Warhead

May 19th. downloads

Aaron Mark Brown, Saint Warhead

Aaron Mark Brown     Last summer Aaron Mark Brown and his current band The Invasion were featured in Paste Magazine‘s 50 States Project as #1 out of “10 Idaho Bands You Should Listen To Right Now.” For good reason; Brown’s rich and soulful voice is backed up by full harmonies and a distinctly alt-rock […]

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Enter Our Memorial Day Giveaway!

May 15th. Contest, Contests

Memorial Day Giveaway

  Once again, it’s that time of year. Winter coats have been pushed to the deep recesses of our closets, the lawn furniture has officially been moved out of storage, and the barbecues are being lit. Folks in the Pacific Northwest are slowly but surely warming up from months of wet weather and overcast skies […]

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Artists To Watch: PigPen Theatre Co. and Sleepwave

Artists To Watch

Pigpen Theatre Co. & Sleepwave

PigPen Theatre Co.   The seven piece Americana ensemble PigPen Theatre Co. met as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where they bonded over a shared love of music, film, and theater. Instead of picking one, the group has pioneered a captivating blend of the three. Their 2012 debut album Bremen garnered critical acclaim, and […]

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Downloads of the Week: Ana Sia and Tyler Tastemaker


Ana Sia, Tyler Tastemaker

Ana Sia LA-based DJ Ana Sia makes complex, eclectic house beats that are catchy and totally dance-able. Check out her bass-heavy mix “Here & There” and download it for free below. Don’t miss Ana Sia LIVE in Portland with Benny Rox, Tyler Tastemaker, Ben Tactic, and SPF666 Friday May 29 at the Hawthorne Theatre!     […]

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Stream Tracks Off Local H’s New Album ‘Hey, Killer’

May 6th. Featured

Local H Hey Killer

Midwest alt-rock duo Local H is streaming recently released their brand new album Hey, Killer on G&P Records. Twenty years after the release of their debut album Ham Fisted back in 1995, Local H is still going strong. A standout single from the new album is the grungy “Mansplainer,” which they premiered on Billboard, along with an […]

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Artists to Watch: The Rentals & Grieves

Apr 30th. Artists To Watch

Artists To Watch: Te Rentals & Grieves

The Rentals Following a fifteen year hiatus, this past August former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s band The Rentals released Lost in Alphaville on Polyvinyl Records. While it’s clear that Sharp’s fuzzy alt-pop style is heavily influenced by his time in Weezer, sunnier melodies and female backing vocals differentiate The Rentals. In an interview with Noisey […]

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Downloads of the Week: Radiation City, Battleme, and Grieves

Apr 29th. downloads

Downloads: Radiation City, Battleme, Grieves

Radiation City Portland locals Radiation City garnered widespread attention and critical acclaim for their most recent album, Animals in the Meridian (2013). Since then the electro-pop dynamos have been touring extensively and enchanting audiences with their dreamy, melodic pop. Although there hasn’t been much new material released since Animals in the Meridian, Radiation City did […]

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An Interview with Rosie Blair of Ballet School


Ballet School live in Portland

Back in September of 2014, Ballet School released their debut full length album, The Dew Lasts An Hour. On the record the Berlin-based trio weave in and out of ambient dream-pop, R&B, rock, and synth-pop, overlaid with soaring vocals from front woman, Rosie Blair. They’re currently on tour with Canadian pop duo, Seoul, heading to the […]

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Cartel Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Chroma

Apr 23rd. Featured

Cartel Chroma

  In 2005 Georgia pop-punk outfit Cartel released their critically acclaimed debut album Chroma, considered by many to be one of the most important and influential pop-punk albums to date. Now, ten years later, they’re on tour celebrating the album by playing it in its entirety at each stop, along with a few other crowd […]

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Artists to Watch: Cartel & Meg Myers

Apr 22nd. Artists To Watch

Cartel. Meg Myers

Cartel This year marks the tenth anniversary of Georgia pop-punkers Cartel’s first album Chroma. They’ve been celebrating with a national tour and a limited edition vinyl re-release in honor of their hit debut. Their first two singles “Honestly” and “Say Anything (Else)” off Chroma propelled Cartel into mainstream consciousness and built the foundation for their […]

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Downloads of the Week: Seoul and Ballet School

Apr 21st. downloads

Seoul, Ballet School

Seoul   Montreal-based atmospheric pop duo Seoul creates breezy songs that are easy to listen to yet inescapably catchy. “White Morning” has a math-rock guitar riff backed by syncopated synth, with a dream pop style, sort of like a cross between Beach House and Real Estate. The track will be featured on Seoul’s debut LP, […]

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Artists to Watch: Kiesza & Seoul

Apr 15th. Artists To Watch

Kiesza, Seoul

Kiesza   Canadian electro-pop queen Kiesza is a certifiable badass. Besides the fact that she was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy before her entry into stardom, she also gained notoriety for her grit when she danced through the pain of a broken rib in the music video for her song “Hideaway,” which was […]

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Stream: Tyler, the Creator Drops New Album ‘Cherry Bomb’

Apr 13th. Playlist

Tyler The Creator, Cherry Bomb

Odd Future founder and rapper Tyler, the Creator just dropped his third studio LP Cherry Bomb. This new record plays like a hip-hopera, with one track melting into the next. Guest appearances on Cherry Bomb include Schoolboy Q on “The Brownstains of Darkeese Latifah Part 6-12 (Remix),” Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band and Cole Alexander of […]

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Stream SOJA’s New Album

Apr 8th. Artists To Watch

SOJA Album Stream

Believe it or not, despite their apparent affinity for the Hawaiian islands (see their music video for “Not Done Yet” below), reggae-pop icons SOJA are actually from Arlington, Virginia and are currently based in D.C.. Their most recent album Amid the Noise and Haste (2014) has generated a lot of buzz, and even landed them a […]

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INTERVIEW: Icelandic Folk-Rockers Kaleo


Kaleo interview

Iceland four-piece Kaleo are bona fide stars in their home country, with their debut self-titled album reaching the number one spot on the Icelandic charts. Now they’re taking their blend of folk, blues, rock, and country to the states, touring with Vance Joy. They’ll be playing for a sold out Roseland crowd, opening for Vance Joy […]

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Artists To Watch: Peelander-Z & Battleme

Apr 7th. Artists To Watch

Peelander Z, Battleme

Peelander-Z   Hailing from the city of “Peelandria” on the planet P (by way of New York City), self-described “Japanese Action Comic Punk” supergroup Peelander-Z will electrify your senses with their electro-rock party music and colorful, cartoonish uniforms. Comprised of Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Purple, Peelander-Pink, Peelander-Green, and Peelander-Black, the crew’s aesthetic and sound is reminiscent of the Power […]

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Stream Big Data’s Debut Album, 2.0

Apr 2nd. Featured

Big Data Album Stream

Big Data, the electronic project from the mind of producer Alan Wilkis, broke out last summer with the hit single, “Dangerous,” building some hype for the release of his debut full-length, which just dropped on March 20. The new album, 2.0, features guest spots from the likes of Rivers Cuomo, Jamie Lidell, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, and more. […]

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Artists To Watch: Vanna & Yelle

Mar 25th. Artists To Watch

Vanna, Yelle

Vanna   Vanna is no stranger in the post-hardcore scene. With 5 full length studio albums released through labels like Epitaph, Artery Recordings and now Pure Noise with their most recent LP Void, they’ve gained a massive following. They’ve been featured in countless music festivals, and supported bands like The Color Morale, Never Say Die, and […]

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Contest: Win A Pair Of Tickets + Merch For Decibel Magazine Tour!

Mar 18th. Contest, Contests

Calling all metal lovers! Now’s your chance to win two tickets to the March 29 Decibel Magazine Tour LIVE in Portland featuring At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, and Vallenfyre! The winner will also receive a limited edition copy of Decibel’s book, Choosing Death! The revised and expanded version features 100 more pages with 50 new interviews!   […]

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News Roundup: Pallbearer, Marmozets, & Slum Village

News Roundup

Pallbearer, Marmozets, Slum Village

Pallbearer: Previously Unreleased Song Premiers via SoundCloud     Pallbearer has been touring almost non-stop since the release of their groundbreaking sophomore LP, Foundations of Burden. The album has been named one of the Top 50 Metal Albums of 2014, and has helped established a massive following among metal lovers. On February 12, the doom […]

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Artists To Watch: Jeremy Enigk & The Color Morale

Mar 11th. Artists To Watch

Jeremy Enigk, The Color Morale

Jeremy Enigk   Northwest native Jeremy Enigk has had a successful career as the lead singer in Seattle-based band, Sunny Day Real Estate, while shifting around instruments from rhythm and bass guitar to keyboard. Since the band broke up in 2001, he’s been working as a solo artist releasing five full-length albums with one peaking […]

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Downloads Of The Week: Pete Rock, Sammy Adams


Pete Rock, Sammy Adams

Pete Rock Pete Rock is a staple in hip hop, recording iconic albums as half of Pete Rock & CL Smooth and collaborating with the likes of Gang Starr, The Roots, Stetsasonic, and A Tribe Called Quest. He recently announced that his new instrumental album Petestrumentals 2 will be released on May 19, and his upcoming EP, Soul Survivor 3 will […]

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Artists To Watch: Blackbear & Marmozets

Mar 5th. Artists To Watch

Blackbear, Marmozets

Blackbear     Mat Musto, AKA Blackbear, is already a 2015 breakout artist. Between his tour with Mod Sun and the release of his album Dead Roses on Valentines Day reaching the #3 spot on iTunes R&B chart, he’s on top of his game. With an extensive list of collaborators such as Mike Posner, Tyler Carter, […]

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Downloads Of The Week: Blackbear & OK GO

Mar 4th. downloads

Blackbear, Ok Go

Blackbear   Blackbear is known for his unique blend of synth-pop and hip-hop.  Kneading poignant breakups into atmospheric melodies and a detached lyricism on his latest album, Dead Roses, Blackbear is climbing the ranks in hip hop and pop. Take a listen to a remix he did of Ghost Loft’s “So High,” and score the […]

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Artists to Watch: Your Old Droog & HANiF

Feb 25th. Artists To Watch

Your Old Droog     New York native Your Old Droog made headlines last June when Reddit began to buzz about his his debut 2014 EP. Speculation began over his identity–namely, hip hop conspiracy theorists thought Your Old Droog was Nas’ secret alter ego due to the uncanny similarity in tone and texture of their […]

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Downloads Of The Week: 22 Tracks From Your Old Droog

Feb 20th. downloads

Your Old Droog downloads

Your Old Droog     Back in April, 2014 when Your Old Droog dropped his first EP, the rapper made headlines across the interwebs when rumors started flying that he was actually Nas undercover. The “Secret EP” conspiracy was shot down in August when The New Yorker released an exclusive interview with Droog just prior […]

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