THE TRAVELING TAPES // Portland
ALELA DIANE RADIATION CITY BARNA HOWARD
HOUNDSTOOTH LOST LANDER VIKESH KAPOOR
PWRHAUS NEAL MORGAN
“The Traveling Tapes – Portland” turned out to be a 40-minute video-mixtape featuring some of the best talent Portland has to offer at this time. Alela Diane performs a stunningly intimate, gripping version of “Lost Land” on the porch of her house. Radiation City brighten a shadowy appletree-garden with their jazzy, supersmooth blend of harmony-heavy folk. Barna Howard charms a sunny afternoon in Rose Garden with the longing beauty of the calm fingerpicking-tune “Lend Me A Moment”. Extraordinary drummer and lyricist Neal Morgan chips in with his unique spoken word poetry, performed in famous Tonalli’s Donut-Shop on Alberta-Street. Lost Lander give proof of the band’s very special chemistry and sense of catchiness while Ben Darwish of Morning Ritual croons a heartbreaking R’n’B-lamento in his studio at Falcon Art Community. Vikesh Kapoor contributes his gentrification-ballad “Ode To My Hometown” right off Mississippi-Street, PWRHAUS jump on a streetcar for an unusual live-performance of “Broken Man” and Houndstooth deliver “Emilia” of their current Album “No News From Home” with tequila-fueled intensity.