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Deadpan and vulnerable, grounded and surreal, Sara Renberg's indie-pop songs are small worlds that envelop and surprise. Night Sands, her second full-length, is a record about the desire for and fear of intimacy; about being 32, gay, and single. The album's story-songs are funny and sad, grounded and surreal, nodding to artists like the Silver Jews, Liz Phair, Frankie Cosmos, and the Mountain Goats...[ continued ] Sara Renberg- Roger Miller Baby

Flood is three pieces of sludgy post-punk from Olympia's Ugly Lovers.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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San Francisco's Meh makes messy and perfect lo-fi bedroom pop. Distorted bass and bright guitar lines over drum machine beats. RIYL: Love as Laughter, Six Cents and Natalie, and Sentridoh.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

 

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Led by Mac Pogue from Alien Boy and In Flux, Perfume-V nods to Superchunk, Crayon, and Treepeople. Infectious lo-fi power pop out of Portland.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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As Long Gone, members of hardcore punk bands like Curmudgeon, Pandemix, and Discipline play country-tinged indie rock. Like early Dinosaur Jr fronted by Richard Buckner, perhaps. There's even a surprising alt-country Prince cover at the end.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Math-punk at its best from Olympia's Duzz. Sounds a little like Neil Hagerty from Royal Trux fronting Unwound.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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XXL is an album of addicting, scrappy indie rock from Portland's Snow Roller. Reminiscent of Butterglory, Good Luck, and the Jason Loewenstein side of Sebadoh.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Big Big Wednesday, one of the best literary journals around, never disappoints. Mixing poetry, photography, fiction, paintings, nonfiction, collage and multimedia art, issue five responds to the theme "Stranger." 27 contributors, including Cynthia Cruz, Sara Sutter, Thérèse Soukar Chehade, Beth Wooten, Dara Wier, Elaine Kahn, and Hilary Plum.

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A collaboration between Portland nonprofit Know Your City and writer Martha Grover (Somnambulist zine, The End of My Career), The People's Guide to Portland is an in-depth resource guide for marginalized people and communities, as well as a succinct and clear guide to being a good ally. 

Sections within: Chronically Ill/Disabled, Racial Justice, LGBTQIA+, Reproductive Rights, Gender Inequality, Youth, Folks in Recovery, Parenting/Child-Rearing, Survivors of Violent Crime, Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence, Housing: Renting and Houselessness, Mental Health, Environmental Justice, Low Income, Educate/Agitate/Organize, Self Care, Veteran Resources, Wealth & Voter Suppression...[ continued ]

Gutwrench Press' letterpress postcard + writing prompt project is, at this point, a sacred institution. It's not only gorgeous and singular, but also consistently surprising and inspiring.

With a Keep Writing subscription you receive one handmade letterpress-printed postcard each month for one year. Each card is a 5.5" x 8.5" folded card that tears in half. One half is a custom designed print for you to keep, the other half has a question or prompt for your response...[ continued ]