Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Portland's Vortex Music Mag to Publish Issue #1

Vortex Music Magazine is raising $10,000 to print more than 10,000 copies of our first issue, which will hit Portland streets this May.

More Portlanders go out to see live music each night than anywhere else in the U.S.—according to Pollstar—which speaks volumes about our collective interest and investment in the Portland music scene.
When the eyes of the world are watching and consuming the craft and culture of Portland more than ever before, why is it that we don’t have a publication solely dedicated to our music scene?
This is why Chris Young (co-founder and Managing Editor of Oregon Music News) and David Mosher (musician and owner of Art Media retail stores for 37 years) have spent more than a year planning and building Vortex Music Magazine from the ground up. With a goal to publish a high-quality print magazine six times per year, Vortex Music Magazine will focus on thoughtfully exploring Portland’s music scene. Covering aspects and angles often untouched by other media outlets, we aim to tell the stories of the culture, creators, educators and businesses that support our thriving music scene as well as the history behind it all.
Our hard work is already visible on our recently launched websitevrtxmag.com, where you can find content created by our team of local writers, designers and staff.
Now, we need your help to print the debut issue of Vortex Music Magazine, which will hit streets this May.

We are asking for $10,000 to design, print and distribute our first issue.

Every dollar we raise beyond our goal will help ensure future issues of Vortex Music Magazine.
If you’re reading this, it’s obvious that music matters to you. We believe we are all in this together, and we will strive to make the Portland music scene more successful by making it more accessible. Because the vibrant music community and culture that is alive in Portland today deserves to prosper.
Having your support, as well as the support of the Portland musicians and businesses listed below, is what will make Vortex Music Magazine successful right from the start.
Plus, support is not without its rewards: Take a look at our rewards to find out how we can thank you for your backing.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CD REVIEW: Rusty Boxx's EP "Scattered Keeses"

This may just be me, but listening to Rusty Boxx for the first time is sort of like when you hear a Bon Iver song for the first time and it feels like he is singing in a language that is foreign to you by definition but you completely feel for what his meaning is-- then as you listen again and get beyond the emotion of the music and you comprehend the lyrics, and the meaning behind those lyrics, it becomes even more beautiful and wonderful. (And even if you don't ever comprehend, or you don't like what you hear when you comprehend, you can just revert your ears to back to foreign language mode and simply enjoy the implied and musically created emotions.)

Rusty Boxx's EP, "Scattered Keeses," is full of both vocal and guitar harmonies that will squish your heart in a really great way. There is nothing I would love more than to hear these harmonies performed live, in an intimate venue, where everyone present feels wrapped in the the music and it's almost as if the audience has a part in creating the music too. If you're a fan of fantastic folk groups that perform with two guitars and swirling harmonies, I highly recommend The Milk Carton Kids-- they will squish your heart too. 

Start with Rusty, Ellen, and the two Chris' band, Rusty Boxx, first though. They are a tight little group, with tons of the aforementioned beautiful harmonies, wonderful stories rooted in Ellen's drawings, and a new EP "Scattered Keeses," releasing March 31, 2014 on Oh Mercy! Records. 

Anna Leuning