Jim and Greg are back from their expedition to the Northwest’s “weirdest city,” and they’ve returned with a guide for exploring the best in Portland’s expansive music scene.
Jim and Greg’s Top Portland Artists & Bands:
1. The Kingsmen
2. The Decemberists
3. Wild Flag
4. Elliot Smith
5. Greg Sage and the Wipers
6. Scott McCaughey
7. The Chromatics
+ Check out this Sound Opinions “Oregon Desert Island Jukebox” Segment on OPB’s Think Out Loud.
Jim and Greg’s Top 3 Portland Venues:
1. The Crystal Ballroom
Although not originally intended to be a live music venue, this expansive ballroom makes up for its acoustic handicaps by offering performances by the most notable acts to pass through Portland—that and a bouncing wood floor, which gives you (and hundreds of your closest friends) the sensation of floating on air.
2. Mississippi Studios
A renovated Baptist Church located on North Mississippi Avenue in the heart of Portland’s Historic Mississippi District, this two story live music hot spot boasts incredible acoustics, burgers, and a wealth of regularly performing “national-level talent.”
3. Doug Fir Lounge
Regarded by many as having the best roster of touring acts in Portland, the Doug Fir Lounge is located in Lower Burnside. This comforting venue draws in listeners with its roaring fire place, breakfast menu and musical guests such as Future Islands, The Dream Syndicate, and SO alumnus Benjamin Booker.
Jim and Greg’s Top 3 Portland Record Stores:
Watch Future Islands perform at Music Millennium: