May 26, 2020 in WOHM Premiere by

Video Premiere: R4PC4MP – “Deep Stay, Gent” (Prod. I Like Animals)

Ahead of their forthcoming album, ​R4PC4MP, (Blake Ambrose + Lucas Dix + @KurntCobain) has added a visual to their arsenal of pre-release presents.

(And you’re going to see it here first.)

The album, ​TR4PC4MP, features production from Ohio based crew, I Like Animals, and will release this Friday, May 29th.

We’ve already received two singles- the poetic and eclectic “Black Walder,” and the quirky and statement-sending “Deep Stay Gent.” Today, they’ve released their video for the latter, and what a treat it is.

May 25, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music by

Making a Bold and Blonde Self Declaration, Archie Presents EP, ‘613’

Cover photo by Kalina Cimone.

After taking some time for self-reflection, an artist previously known as PSA has reemerged as Archie, presenting a 4-track EP entitled 613.

The numerically named-project presents as a fine, 4-act Broadway play. With engaging elegance, Archie walks us through each scene, using her voice as her primary prop. Let’s get into the plot.


The thick red curtains part, and our protagonist saunters onstage while the piano plays an animated tune. She sings out and her voice floats from the stage, capturing the crowd in sweet reverie.

“Close the gates, close the curtains. I can’t go on when my soul is hurtin’. Sitting here, staring at the mirror, eyes start to focus, but things ain’t getting clearer…”

May 14, 2020 in Interviews, Music by

Mic Capes Aims to Keep the Music Moving With #MicCapesMondays

Cover photo by Samuel Gehrke.

#MicCapesMondays Weeks 1-5: 4.13.20 | 4.20.20 | 4.27.20 | 5.4.20 | 5.11.20

“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”

It’s an old phrase, but it rings true, and it’s quite relevant right now. As the quarantined days drag on, our sleep cycles remain in shambles, and most of us are just trying to cling tightly to anything that resembles routine or balance.

I sure am, and my efforts are mostly successful, but I always wonder what it’s like for everyone else. I recently caught up with Portland native, wordsmith, and master of the mic, Mic Capes, to ask how he’s spent his time indoors.

May 13, 2020 in Music by

Jus Family Records Reissues “Western Conference All-Starz” Portland Hip-Hop Compilation

Let’s take it back to the old school for a minute.

Jus Family Records was the only local label I knew of growing up, and that was really cool to me because they only made street music. A testament to their staying power, the label continues to operate to this day with Cool Nutz, Bosko and Maniac Lok at the helm.

May 8, 2020 in Music by

Bocha – FREAK (Prod. by Sxlxmxn)

Photo by @lilyerrr

Rockwood representative Bocha dropped off a fun new single today. FREAK, produced by local super-producer Sxlxmxn, is a lyrical smoker’s anthem that’ll rattle your rear-view mirrors.

The two-verse track boasts an extended hook and the timely beat progressions Sxlxmxn has long been known for. Meanwhile, Bocha floats with his sporadic cadence and clever bars that let you know he’s up no good.

Check it out on all streaming services. I recommend Tidal.

May 7, 2020 in Interviews, Music by

Tony Ozier & King Thayo – Light My Fire + Tone Tuesdays

Image of King Thayo by Tim Tidball

I was goofing around on IG last night and came across a clip of a very catchy song on the big homie Tony Ozier’s feed called Light My Fire, which features King Thayo, a Trini-born reggae singer who I’ve been keeping an eye on for a few months since he started popping up in Portland.

The song meshes Tony’s smooth, funky production with Thayo’s raspy crooning, resulting in a relaxing reggae chune that’s perfect for these sunny Spring days.

May 7, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music by

From Mixtapes to Grayscale, From Grayscale to COLORS: The Rise of Donte Thomas

Cover Photo by Reclusive.

I recall seeing the name prior to that moment, but I never actually tapped in…

Donte Thomas.

His recently released visual for a track entitled “OFF WHITE,” was making rounds on my timeline, so I decided to give it a view. I clicked play and sat back in my chair. It was November of 2019.

Instantly, brilliant bright coral stretched over my screen. Comforting chords and subdued bongo beating sailed out of my speakers. My eyes widened and my ears perked up.

“Please don’t act like everything of mine ain’t crackpipe…”

The first line of the song took me aback, but in a good way. I respected the energy and confidence, charging straight out of the gate.

May 5, 2020 in News, Op-Eds by

Naked Bike Ride Canceled… Kinda

If you’ve ever lived through a Portland summer, you’ve probably learned at least two things: 1) Portland summers are undefeated, and 2) the freaks come out on one night in particular.

May 4, 2020 in Music by

Sole Provider & DJ Wēls- Wu Tape

This pandemic is giving people all sorts of free time, so shout out to Sole Pro and Wēls for putting it to good use.

The WuTape – which features Sole Provider ripping flawlessly over Wu Tang beats remixed by DJ Wēls – almost never saw the light of day, but Vancouver, Washington’s coldest lyricist and the Slum Village DJ decided to let the fire out the vault, releasing a track a day until the 12 track mixtape is complete.

Today’s drop – For Heavens Sake – caught my attention, and a deeper dive on the other 8 available tracks succeeded in keeping it.

Check it out and stay tuned for more!

May 1, 2020 in Music, Video by

Raquel Divar – Cherry [Music Video]

“Married to the game. Me? I’m cherry to the flame.”Raquel Divar comes out the gates with the pedal to the metal in her highly anticipated new video for Cherry, which premiered yesterday on Daily Beat.

The color-coordinated video is short but sweet – not to mention sexy – with an array of quickly unfolding scenes, and it’s chock-full of notable PDX cameos including emerging vocal talent Veana Baby and TheTHESIS DJ, Verbz.