Radiation City Releases The Hands That Take You


Radiation City: Retro Delight! Band: Radiation City www.radiationcity.muxtape.com Origin: Portland, OR! Label: Tender Loving Empire www.tenderlovingempire.com (Typhoon www.myspace.com/wearetyphoon, Y La Bamba www.myspace.com/ylabamba) Album: The Hands That Take You Release date: Already out on cassette through Radiation City’s own Apes Tapes www.apestapes.com, on CD and vinyl September 27. Sounds like: ‘50s doo-wop swirled with indie dream

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Redwood Son Double Album Release!


This month saw a double album release from Portland’s Redwood Son, a self-described ‘West Coast Americana’ band. New Beautiful Day and Summer of ’77 are, admittedly, somewhat minimal and lyrically simplistic, but isn’t that kind of the point? Filled with songs of love, loss and redemption, Redwood Son’s albums are highly personal and filled with

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Newgrass Concert Preview: Sarah Jarosz


OK, all you folkies in Portland- listen good. If you want a new bluegrass singer to love, look no further. Sarah Jarosz is “Gillian Welch‘s long-lost daughter,” according to Rolling Stone. Not sure yet? Download and listen to this- “Annabelle Lee,” a haunting bluegrass ballad that features Jarosz’s lovely voice and some serious fiddling.

Music Fest NW Lineup!


Portlanders (and anyone who wants to come to Portland), clear your calendars! September 7-11 is Music Fest NorthWest, and it looks incredible this year. Aside from the amazing headliners like Band of Horses and Iron and Wine, MFNW has something for everyone from Portland’s diverse assortment of amazing music. Read on to check out the

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The Shivers: Give Me More!


The Shivers are the kind of band I feel like I should have heard about before now. Their Americana style of rock is so solid, it sounds like it could come from the ’70s (one of my favorite music decades). The Shivers’s latest album, More, released May 10, sounds like a jam session with greats

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Fan Modine: Dreamy Indie Pop Goodness


Listening to Fan Modine’s new album Gratitude For The Shipper is like floating through a dreamlike landscape of sound. Lush lyrics intertwine with melodies made by trombones, keyboards and euphoniums. Gordon Zacharias’s distinct voice sings of light and stars and love, making the record uplifting and completely enjoyable to hear.