Oh no — is HillyTowncore becoming a thing again? We’ll slow down that descent soon and promise that we’ll be expanding our coverage as the winter hibernation of Portland starts to shake-off and new releases come our way.
For example, check out the new Haru Bangs Mixtape; or dare we consider . . . → Read More: AFRAID drops new album — playing Poland Street show on Friday
Maybe you’ve noticed that one our featured albums for the last week has been Don’t Mean, the newest release from the Portland Dirigimus Cooperative noise-onslaught of Zach and Max Hansen, alongside Ian Gierhan and Sam Landry — better known as the four piece Mouth Washington.
Don’t Mean is everything you’ve come to expect . . . → Read More: Mouth Washington album release show and tour starts tomorrow night at SPACE
AFRAID – SINISTER VIBES
Honesty time — we’re huge fans of (nearly) everything that comes out of Jakob Battick’s mind (some of the later Jakob Battick and Friends albums still seem a bit too down still). And the AFRAID trio of Ryan Cutler, James Marcel and Battick isn’t any different with their upcoming . . . → Read More: AFRAID kicks off East Coast Tour to support debut LP
Things have changed a lot over the past few years at One Longfellow Square. The non-profit arts venue in downtown Portland has transformed from a respected but often low-key listening room to a vibrant stop on the ever-growing Portland nightlife scene. Looking at their calendar, one thing sticks out as a clear indicator of the newer directions in their schedule: for the past year, The Live And Local has been bringing local musicians who we may be more used to seeing at other rooms in town to the venue every Tuesday night for the low price of $5 . . . → Read More: Interview: OLS Live And Local Spring 2015 Season
Words by Jeff Beam / Photos by Andrew Foster
Lady Lamb @ Port City Music Hall – 3.13.15 – photo by Andrew Foster
On Friday the 13th, Port City Music Hall hosted Portland ex-pat Lady Lamb (RIP “the Beekeeper”) for her highly-anticipated record release show (we went record shopping with her the night before . . . → Read More: Recap: Lady Lamb / Cuddle Magic / Henry Jamison @ PCMH [3.13.2015]
Tara and Brian Cohen — maybe you remember them from The Rattlesnakes (RIP) — just dropped a bit of an exclusive for us at HillyTown about their new(ish) band, Fur. . . . → Read More: Portland’s Fur finalizing their debut LP
Welcome to HillyTown Goes Record Shopping — our regular feature where one of our staff members visits one of the many record shops around the city of Portland with musicians to find out just where their eclectic and personal tastes come from. This week we visited the Portland Bull Moose location with the one and only Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb — who will be playing a welcome home show at Port City Music Hall tonight starting at 8 p.m. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Lady Lamb
By Dylan Martin. Welcome to the first edition of Hilly Town’s Friday Roundup, as written by a recovering local music journalist who’s looking to get back into the game for some reason. So I’m a little out-of-touch, but I think this roundup can help give you an idea of what’s happened in the past week, between the daily posts by Kevin Steeves here and articles written elsewhere on the interwebs. . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Lady Lamb, GWP, HOME, Mama’s, and more!
Pardon our excitement, but it’s been over two years since Rhode Island’s Downtown Boys came to Portland. The group (which features members of the What Cheer? Brigade) played an extremely intimate show at Flask with Rattlesnakes side-project Fur, and the (currently dormant) trio The Outfits.
. . . → Read More: Portland Downtown Boys date announced — wait, Portland Downtown Boys date announced?!
Yes, that’s a brand-spanking-new music video for “Salvation” from the seemingly boundless mind of Portland’s Jacob Augustine — which means just one thing — brand new music. . . . → Read More: Pretty Purgatory release a new 7-inch with Jacob Augustine and Bad Braids today
Yes — the past few weeks have been filled with an onslaught of announcements of national acts coming to Portland (thanks to Lauren at the State Theatre and other bookers). Here are a few national acts coming to our city this spring and summer that we think you should checkout — unless it’s a sold-out show (looking at you, Neutral Milk Hotel). . . . → Read More: The HillyTown Portland National Preview
True — it’s only been a month since they last played live (then they were supporting Leveret for their album release party for Action At A Distance). But, it looks like the winter hibernation for the neon and synth-filled world of Sunset Hearts is finally starting to is finally ending.
. . . → Read More: Sunset Hearts are back in action tonight
HillyTown is happy to introduce a new regular feature where one of our staff members visits one of the many record shops around the city of Portland with local musicians to find out just where their eclectic and personal tastes come from. Introducing HillyTown Goes Record Shopping — and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Leveret. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping With Leveret