The Scene in Portland, Oregon...

People Who Are Making Things Happen:
    PDX POP NOW!...all-local, all-ages, all-free non-profit music fest. CLICK to see last year's pics.
    Portland Rock Collective...putting together weekly showcases of local acts.
    Music Liberation Project...bi-monthly cheerleading, analysis and critique of the local scene.
    Rock'n'Roll Camp For Girls...gonna be a lot of kick-ass girl bands around here in about 10 years.
    Tape Op Magazine ...the best recording magazine ever...and it's free.
    Portland Independent Media Center ...become the media. Please!
    Sisters of the Road Cafe ...feeding the homeless for 25 years.
    Cascade AIDS Project ...responding to the epidemic with education and compassion.
    FREE GEEK ...helping the needy get nerdy.

Portland Bands That I've Heard and Especially Liked:
    All Girl Summer Fun Band...Sugary pop goodness from northwest scene veterans.
    Blue Skies For Black Hearts...pop brilliance from local scene movers and shakers.
    Blitzen Trapper...making rock seem effortless.
    Bronwyn...Saving indie rock one eardrum at a time...well, two.
    The Buttery Lords...three fonkey honkey MCs.
    Celesteville...brilliant absurdism from jake & co.
    Leila Cheiko...groovin' singer/songwriter from Portland by way of Hawaii.
    Davies vs. Dresch...hard rockin'rock for PDX rockers who like to rock.
    The Decemberists...the beautiful, haunting sounds of Colin Meloy and his assembled comrades.
    The Divided...beautiful songs about ugly things, interspersed with diatribes on inclusion
    The Empty Set...the tight pop sounds of three guitars at once.
    Fiery Cubist...blum plunk plunk, chunka chunk wee-ooww, badda badda, rattle rat tat...
    Glance Failed...the highly accomplished rock riffage of...
    Gravity and Henry...with just two members, the world's smallest five piece band.
    The Haggard...High-energy feminist punk rock. You might learn something.
    The High Violets...if the cocteau twins were from the american northwest.
    The Holy Sons...even more brilliant indie rock.
    Luke Janela...singer, songwriter, poet, cellist, humanitarian.
    The Joggers...serpentine, post-grad, southern-style guitar rock. Fun!
    Junior Private Detective...fun pop antics from friendly, wacky people.
    Andrew Kaffer...the next Jonathan Richman, except with a laptop?
    Lackthereof...a side project of the Menomena drummer, only here he plays guitar and sings.
    Little Sue...old time country from a young urban woman channeling a 50 year old rural housewife.
    Loch Lomond...emotive, Thom Yorke-esque vocals, acoustics and a string section.
    Menomena...another very good band.
    The Minders...infectious pop sounds from another e6 veteran.
    The Minor Thirds...quirky noise pop from Chris, Charlotte, Jake and friends.
    Mother Chump...even more serious riffage.
    The Mouse That Roared...the floydish, buckinghamesqueness of cloister maximus iii.
    Myshkin's Ruby Warblers...New Orleans underground alt-folk (or something) now living in the NW.
    The Odditors...are your papers in order? because you're about to be rocked.
    PeptoDizmal Clowns...musical clown troupe that defies description. A must see.
    Per Se...the entrancing sounds of Anne Adams.
    Psuedosix...sparse, intense, Holy Sons-esque rock.
    The Punk Group...kinda like if Joey and Dee Dee Ramone had been founding members of DEVO.
    
Quality Name Brand...two guys thrashing on acoustic guitars. Energetic, loud, leftist. Wow.
    Sauvie Island Moon Rocket Factory...keeping PDX history alive through lovely pop music.
    Schicky Gnarowitz & the Transparent Wings of Joy...astounding klezmer trio.
    The Snuggle-ups...insanely fun "boy band" with atari beats, vocorders and two microphones.
    
Super XX Man...really lovely, folky singer-songwritery stuff.
    The Thermals...more lo-fi badassity from the puddly streets of Portland.
    Tracker...these guys are just really good. Isn't that enough?
    Truckless...the pacific nw's answer to foghat.
    The Tuftees...portland indie rockers extraordinaire.
    Vinegar...putting the raw back in rawk.
    Viva Voce...from alabama, now making beautiful sounds in p-land.
    Vivians Keeper...thoughtful, tasty folk pop sounds.
    Welsh Rabbit...the high-energy rock of...
    Wet Confetti...trance-inducing rock stylings.

A Few Non-Portland Musical Recommendations:
    The Apples in Stereo...great people in a great band living in colorado and kentucky.
    Circulatory System...just your average creative geniuses down in athens, ga.
    Demolition Doll Rods...motor city garage rock.
    El Vez...say it loud! he's brown and he's proud!
    Jandek...(UNOFFICIAL SITE) he's a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in houston, tx.
    Liquidrone...astounding junkyard orchestra from south louisiana.
    Man...or Astro-man?...the intergalactic interface.
    Neutral Milk Hotel...legendary band born in a small louisiana town.
    Trout Fishing in America...this folk duo's kid's show gives me hope for humanity.
    The Upper Crust...the world's most privileged band.




It should be noted that this page only deals with the elements of the Portland underground music scene that I actually know about. If there's something you feel should be listed here, please educate me.
 




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