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Maarquii Padraic O Meara

February could very well get colder, but the music scene is heating up. We could also go to war as a country… Hello!

Just locally, there’s actually plenty to get excited about: Maarquii is finally headlining The Thesis in March, we’ve got two standout new rap releases, and reggae fans can rejoice at the fact that Koffee is on tour and ON HER WAY. Read on for the full scoop!

You can’t miss the upcoming show.

The thesis: Maarquii

Next Thursday, The Thesis’ monthly showcase once again welcomes trained rapper, singer and dancer, Maarquii for a headlining show that’s sure to wow the crowd. Although the artist played a farewell show (PHREAKBISH at Polaris Hall) in late October, it looks like Maarquii is staying a bit longer before inevitably (and sadly, for us) moving to Los Angeles.

Audiences can expect to appreciate Maarquii’s sex-positive lyrics, flawless vogue skills, and charming on-stage personality.

Here’s hoping she performs highlights from her 2018 project CABOlike the catchy “Roll Up” and “Full Outfit,” as well as newer releases like 2021’s “U KNOW WHO IT IS.”

For those looking for a little Maarquii teaser the week before the show: This Friday marks the reception of his art exhibition, Loading… at PSU’s Littman + White Galleries, which promises to be a fun night of food, drink, curated music and art viewings, plus an opportunity to score some artist merchandise.

The Thesis: Thursday, March 3, 9 p.m., Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, $15 adv, $20 door, featuring Roulette Delgato, Nia Joe, Refugio, DJ Verbz, tickets; Loading… Reception: Friday, February 25, 5 p.m., Littman + White Galleries, 1825 Southwest Broadway, SMSU 250, FREE

Two great new releases from locally relevant artists.

“Reloaded 2.0”, Mic Capes, with DAME DOLLA

Yesterday Mic Capes released a new track featuring none other than Dame DOLLA aka Damian Lillard. The Blazers point guard has been out with an abdominal injury for several weeks, so it makes sense that he had time to hop on a track with his favorite Portland rapper, Mic Capes. Produced by Dontā and MoorDope, the high-energy song is a remix of Capes’ “Reloaded (Freestyle)”, a standout track from his 2021 album. Despite…. Dame definitely brings something new to the song (and a bit of AutoTune to her vocals). In typical Dame fashion, he talks his shit succinctly: “I do unthinkable shit everyday / It’s crazy how so many people could hate me / I just win, I get to the chicken / Roll out the red carpet for all my babies.”

“Georgia O’keeffe”, Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon, Archibald Slim

On Feb. 18, Unxplained Aerial Phenomenon—AKA the space-themed collaboration that merges Los Angeles producing duo Pioneer 11 and Portland-based rapper Bryson the Alien (who, transparently, is my fiancé and the father of my pending unborn child)—dropped a new track featuring rapper and sometime producer Archibald Slim of POW Recordings. Set to haunting galactic sounds from Pioneer 11, the track sees Bryson the Alien rapping in his oft-used cold delivery: “My wolves drool beef / Street smart, do murder on the beat / Back in Maui for the week / Hit Makena Beach, sand in my sneakers Archibald Slim then comes in with his own clever pun: “I strike the lightning twice / Live life like it’s a game of dice / Pay the bagpiper’s price for a good slice / There’s no downtime / That’s probably why I’m not being polite / Trying to get rich and die trying, ’til it’s tonight. The collaboration track received acclaim when it appeared on Stereogum yesterday.

Some upcoming music buzz to put on your radar.


Jamaican reggae singer Koffee performs The Gifted Tour at the Roseland Theater in Portland on April 12, alongside Nigerian singer/songwriter Ayra Starr. The 22-year-old reggae sensation is gearing up to release her debut album Gifted March 25.

The one and only other time Koffee has played in Portland was when she opened for Daniel Caesar with an acoustic set at Roseland in 2019. We’ll be holding out until April and can’t wait to see her play the upcoming album, and recent singles like the upbeat bopper “Pull Up,” as well as the titular song from the 2021 Western film The more they fallwhich starred Idris Elba, Regina King and LaKeith Stanfield.

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