In 2013, the veteran Portland songwriter got stabbed in the side by an uninvited guest at his own house party. It was a particularly inopportune time for Bettis to suffer a grievous injury: At the time, he had just wrapped up the debut album from his latest project, New Move, a set of meticulously crafted pop songs he’d labored over for the better part of the year.
[CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi,Album Reviews
Now that Aminé has a triple platinum single and the Last Artful Dodgr is Instagramming videos with Mark Ronson and Christina Aguilera, it’s known across the country, if not the world, that Portland is a hip-hop powerhouse. But praise of the scene’s current wave is frequently marked by one minor blip that has major implications—the assertion that it’s surprising to see a rapper rise out of Portland.