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Now Hear This: March edition

Jangly indie rock, prickly steel guitar, razor sharp rhymes

Now Hear This is a monthly column that scours the pages of music distributor Bandcamp, looking for new work from local artists that would make fine additions to your digital library. This time around, that includes new music from Lizzy “Cardioid” Ellison and George “Theoretical Planets” Colligan, Mo Troper’s audacious Beatles covers, a live epic from The Decemberists’ vault, and plenty more–just in time for Bandcamp’s next Fee Free First Friday.

The Decemberists, Live Home Library Vol. I

Last year, Portland’s beloved indie-folk dreamers first released a limited vinyl-only edition of this recording of their 2009 live performance of their album The Hazards Of Love, captured at the Royal Oak Theatre in Michigan. They’ve kindly added it to their Bandcamp page so even folks without turntables can enjoy this dense rock opera. 

Johnny Raincloud, Live At Suburbia Studios

When it comes to jangly, wiry indie rock, my penchant is for bands like Johnny Raincloud, bands whose performances ride that very thin line between tightly rehearsed and utterly ramshackle. That is why this recording of them playing live this past January at the titular Portland studio has been in heavy rotation ever since it was released last month. 

Cardioid, Crystal Lattice Lullabies

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Now Hear This: September edition

Rock lifers and PDX Pop, vintage country and moody drones, urgent hip-hop and more

Now Hear This is a monthly column that scours the pages of music distributor Bandcamp, looking for new work from local artists that would make fine additions to your digital library. This time around, that includes some new tunes from rock lifers, a pair of diverse and dynamic compilations, and urgent hip-hop–just in time for Bandcamp’s next Fee Free First Friday.

Pete Krebs, All My Friends Are Ghosts

Singer-songwriter Pete Krebs is one of Portland’s most beloved musical sons, carving out a unique niche that has allowed him to explore everything from gypsy jazz to vintage country. On his latest album, he leans toward the latter with a lived-in collection of tunes exploring life’s ephemerality, the joy found in nature, and other simple pleasures. For someone who hasn’t released an album under his own name in nearly two decades, Krebs sounds like he hasn’t lost a step.

Various Artists, PDX Pop Now! Vol. 17

In a better world, Portland’s music lovers would have capped off the summer with PDX Pop Now!–the free, all ages festival that has been a fixture of the city’s concert calendar since 2004. The event couldn’t take place this year, but the team behind it has still graced our ears with a new double-CD compilation of fine local music. As ever, the latest installment runs the gamut from hip-hop (Eastern Sunz, The Dutchess), future pop (Jan Julius, Courtney Noe), heavy rock (Mane of the Cur, Mare), and a ton of indie rock. For a quick temperature check on the state of Portland music ca. 2020, you can do no better than this. 

Death Parade, lost in her eyes

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