Originally Posted by pedro
Shouldn't forget Red fang either
Not sure what they're up to now, but The Shaky Hands were the big up-and-comer when I was in PDX five years ago.
Stay Calm (Claudia Meza, formerly of Explode into Colors and Zac Pennington of The Parenthetical Girls) is a great Portland band right now.
Jackie-O-(cursewords), Valet, White Rainbow also make for a pretty great experimental scene in the city.
R.I.P. Pure Country Gold.
Bloomington's got a rather outsized scene for its size. Apache Dropout is quite good. And then all the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar bands that swing through town regularly, namely The War on Drugs (who must keep an apartment in town).