I was lucky enough to pick up a free copy of Vortex Music Magazine at a tattoo parlor on Foster. I found valuable connections and insight into music less than 30 years old which I simply don’t have. I also found wisdom; scan following of Fred Cole’s Indie Rock Dos & Donts:
The article in Issue 15 is a memorial to Portland band Dead Moon. Drummer Andrew Loomis died of lymphoma on March 8, 2016. Fred Cole was front man and guitarist. His death on November 9, 2017- also by cancer – was reported in an obituary in the New York Times. A separate Vortex article spoke convincingly about the importance of community.