Here’s our list of picks, starting local and branching out. Not all of these are new, but many are donating part of the proceeds to good causes—firing up their own revenue-sharing apparatus.
McMenamins Grand Lodge Concerts in the Grove will run June through October in 2022.
The ambient and warm drone catalog of New York duo Bengalfuel is thematically united around album artwork of very cute cats.
Alex G ‘s first album, “Race,” predicted both the bedroom-pop wave and the ’90s revival.
The winsome ballad and short film retell the story of the infamous hijacking with exacting detail.
Da Fence Less is his 33rd release, a 23-minute head trip with skeletal beats that hark back to golden-age milestones like LL Cool J’s Radio.
Curated by local shoe designer Frank Cooke, in collaboration with local names like Quanie, Diane Lam and Matthew Vu—Unless streetwear is a clothing line that is 100% plant-based and free of plastics.
Your favorite Portland band’s favorite Portland band is likely Alcopops.
The cafe’s owner Angelyna Tropets started Honey Latte as a DIY booking agency with an eye on eventually having an all-ages venue.
Marty Robbins’ “Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs” is one of the most consistently mind-blowing records to drop during the album-unfriendly ‘50s.
Coffee house Honey Latte Cafe helps to fill Portland’s small venue void with its parking lot music and comedy shows.
“It sucked not having a Halloween to speak of last year (among other things, of course),” Zia McCabe (DJ Rescue) tells WW. “So we’re doubling down this year to make a party to remember.”
Dilettante’s more romantic songs reliably obfuscate their nature a little with absurd titles, so you might find yourself moved by a track called “Skyscraper Sized Bong” and “Tears on my Dockers.”
The jukebox raffle presents a chance to own a piece of Portland history and a treasure trove of dancer mix CD-Rs.
This performance won’t end at 42 minutes, with Nas exclaiming, “This was the end of the cassette. It was just nine songs!”