If Portlandia has taught us anything, it’s that Portland, Oregon is the capital of green living, alternative lifestyles, and hipster tendencies. This is a city where artists flock to, so it’s no wonder that the music scene there is incredible, with a number of prominent indie bands, including The Shins, The Decemberists, and Sleater-Kinney, calling it home. Naturally, there are always plenty of concerts to attend in Portland, and we’ve picked some of the best ones coming up soon. Check out our recommendations for the best upcoming concerts in Portland, and if none of these interest you, check out more upcoming concerts and events in Portland.
with Rey Pila
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Having initially warmed his way into the hearts of fans and media alike as the charming frontman of The Killers, Brandon Flowers made his solo debut in 2010 with the release of his album Flamingo. This year, Flowers is back with a second solo record titled The Desired Effect, which came out in May. Any fan of The Killers won’t want to miss him when he comes to Portland on September 3.
with The Moth & The Flame
Friday, September 4, 2015
Violinist and performance artist Lindsey Stirling got her start as a YouTube star, with a series of popular choreographed performance videos that garnered millions of views. In addition to her YouTube fame, she gained further recognition as a finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent in 2010. Her unique music style combines classical violin with genres such as hip hop and EDM. Stirling released her self-titled debut album in 2012, followed by her sophomore record, Shatter Me, in 2014.
with Prince Royce
Friday, September 4, 2015
Formerly a Nickelodeon star, pop singer Ariana Grande left the network (and her squeaky-clean image) behind to pursue career in music. She released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013, showcasing her Mariah Carey-esque vocal range and featuring appearances from artists like Big Sean and Mac Miller. Her next album, My Everything, dropped a year later, hitting the number one spot in multiple countries. The new record features several hit singles in collaboration with artists like The Weeknd, Iggy Azalea, and Zedd.
with Gavin DeGraw
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Rising to fame in the late 1990s, Shania Twain emerged to become one of the most successful female country artists in the history of the genre. By the time she released her multi-platinum second album The Woman in Me in 1995, she was a Grammy Award winner and a mainstream crossover success. Her next album, the astoundingly 20x platinum Come On Over, came out in 1997 and to this day still holds the record as the best-selling country album of all time. Flash forward to 2015, and Twain is headed out on the road for her first tour in 11 years, still rocking it at almost 50 years old. She has stated that she plans to release a new album once the tour wraps.
with Gary Clark, Jr.
Monday, September 14, 2015
One of the most revered acts in the music world today, the Foo Fighters, are back with their first album in three years, the highly anticipated Sonic Highways. Each track on the album was inspired by and recorded in a different U.S. city, though not once on the record does the band stray from their own sound. It’s been a big year for the Foo Fighters in addition to Sonic Highways. With the release of the album also came an eight-episode HBO series of the same name, directed by Dave Grohl himself. The band is now out on their Sonic Highways World Tour, which kicked off in July, and are (as usual) selling out huge stadiums nationwide.
with The Pesos
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
California-based band The Growlers consists of Brooks Neilsen, Matt Taylor, Scott Montoya, Anthony Braun Perry, and Kyle Straka. Since their formation in 2006, the band has released several albums, across which they’ve presented their unique fusion of garage, surf, and psychedelic rock that they describe as “beach goth.”
Toro Y MoiTickets
with Astronauts, etc.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Chaz Bundick began making recordings under the name Toro y Moi in 2001 in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Eight years later, he signed with Carpark Records and released his first few albums within a couple of years, earning praise from media publications like The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Filter Magazine. As of 2015, Toro y Moi is still bringing the smooth chillwave beats, and just released his latest album What For? in April.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Clean Bandit is a British electronic music group founded in Cambridge in 2009, made up of core members Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto, and Milan Neil Amin-Smith. Their music fuses classical elements with traditional house style. In 2014, they hit it big with their chart-topping single “Rather Be,” which recently won the award for Best Dance Recording at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
The Who Hits 50! Tour
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Who, considered one of the all-time greatest rock bands, will be making an appearance in Los Angeles this month as part of their 50th anniversary tour. With the classic lineup of Roger Daltrey on lead vocals, Pete Townshend on guitar, Keith Moon on drums, and John Entwistle on bass, The Who has been regarded as a legendary rock band for decades, playing a key part in the British Invasion of the 1960s. Despite the tragic losses of Moon and Entwistle over the years, The Who still remains active today with Daltrey and Townshend continuing to write and perform music. In 2014, they released the hits compilation album The Who Hits 50, which included the band’s first new material in nearly a decade.
My Morning JacketTickets
with Strand of Oaks
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
My Morning Jacket formed in the late ’90s in Louisville, KY. Led by frontman Jim James, whose ethereal voice and incredible range are impressive to say the least, the band is known for their amazing live performances. Though rooted in alt-country and rock, My Morning Jacket often delves into different genres and experiments with their sound. The band just released a new album, titled The Waterfall, this May.