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2010 PDX Pop Now! Festival

July 30 – August 1
Rotture (315 SE 3rd Ave, PDX)
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Buy the Photo Book

This book is a collection of hundreds of photographs by 16 different photographers that visually document the tremendous variety of artists that have performed at PDX Pop Now! festivals and events during the first five years of our existence, 2004-2008. All proceeds from the book will directly benefit PDX Pop Now! so we can continue to operate and expand our reach for years to come. Thank you for your support!

OPB Music proudly supports PDX Pop Now’s year-round programming.

Our Mission

PDX Pop Now! is dedicated to stimulating and expanding participation in Portland music. As an all-volunteer organization committed to being accessible, current, and local, we provide and support live performances and recorded materials. We aspire to advance a sustainable community which values inclusivity and a high caliber of artistry to enable a creative dialogue between artist and audience.

Festival Videos

Checkout videos of PDX Pop Now! events on YouTube.

Festival Photos

Here are some photos taken at past PDX Pop Now! festivals and events. If you have some you’d like to add, please chuck them into our Flickr group.


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2010 Press

8/3/2010 Oregon Music News: PDX Pop Now 2010 Liveblog Coverage

8/2/2010 Endhits: Your PDX Pop Now! Photo Diary

8/2/2010 Photo Review: PDX Pop Now!

8/2/2010 Outsider Music Press: PDX POP NOW FIND #2: Parenthetical Girls

8/2/2010 Outsider Music Press: KUSIKIA Live at PDX POP NOW

8/1/2010 Outsider Music Press: PDX POP FIND #1: ASSS

8/1/2010 Outsider Music Press: PDX POP NOW PICK #3: Typhoon

8/1/2010 Thomas Boyd Photography: PDX Pop Now!

8/1/2010 Oregonlive: Review: PDX Pop Now! a good showcase for the most popular to the most absurd

8/1/2010 Oregonlive: PDX Pop Now! gives underage fans a taste of live music and a chance to mingle with others

7/31/2010 Outsider Music Press: PDX POP NOW PICK OF THE DAY: BLUE CRANES

7/30/2010 Outsider Music Press: PDX POP NOW PICK OF THE DAY: Kusikia

7/30/2010 OMN’s 2010 PDX Pop Now! picks: 3 days of free, local, all-ages indie music

7/30/2010 Oregonlive: PDX Pop Now!: Plenty of Pop for everyone

7/30/2010 Redefine Magazine festival coverage: PDX POP NOW! 2010

7/29/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: Witch Mountain, Ylang Ylang

7/29/2010 Oregonian: PDX Pop Now!: Plenty of Pop for everyone

7/28/2010 Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! Yearbook, 2010

7/28/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: Wampire, Why I Must Be Careful

7/27/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: The Tumblers, Typhoon

7/26/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: Tiny Knives, Tu Fawning

7/25/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: Skeletron, Soup Purse

7/24/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: Rollerball, Shoeshine Blue

7/23/2010 Endhits PDX Pop Now Primer: Please Step Out of the Vehicle, Reporter

7/23/2010 Oregon Music News: PDX Pop Now! live at City Hall

7/22/2010 Oregon Music News: It takes a village: PDX Pop Now!

7/22/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Operative, Parenthetical Girls

7/21/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Michael the Blind, O Bruxo

7/20/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Lewi Longmire, Luck One

7/19/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Krebsic Orkestar, Kusikia

7/18/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Joey Casio, Joggers

7/17/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Jackie-O Motherfucker

7/16/2010 Oregonlive: PDX Pop Now! Pops into City Hall

7/16/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Hockey, Hosannas

7/15/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Grey Anne, Guantanamo Baywatch


7/13/2010 Portland Monthly: Cary Clarke’s First Official Summer. Former PDX Popper makes local music a municipal matter.

7/12/2010 Endhits: PDX Pop Now Primer: Cloudy October, Da’rel Junior

7/12/2010 PDX Pop Now! Heads to City Hall

7/11/2010 PDX Pop Now Primer: Blue Horns, Brainstorm

7/10/2010 PDX Pop Now Primer: Billygoat, Blue Cranes

7/9/2010 PDX Pop Now Primer: Autistic Youth, Ben Darwish

7/8/2010 PDX Pop Now Primer: Atriarch, AU

6/17/2010 KEXP: Thursday Meltdown"

6/15/2010 Sound on the Sound: Start Planning Your Road Trip(S) South: PDX Pop Now! And Musicfest NW Line-Ups

6/15/2010 Music for Robots

6/14/2010 The Deli NYC: PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup

6/14/2010 Three Imaginary Girls: PDX POP NOW! 2010 lineup announced

6/11/2010 Pitchforkmedia: Portland Festivals MusicfestNW and PDX Pop Now! Announce Lineups

6/11/2010 Oregon Music News: PDX Pop Now! Lineup announced

6/11/2010 Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup For 2010 Festival

6/11/2010 Oregonian: Lineup/schedule news for PDX Pop Now!/Pickathon

6/11/2010 Portland Mercury: PDX Pop Now! Announce Lineup

6/9/2010 Brooklyn Vegan: New Menomena album, MP3, Tour Dates, PDX Pop Now! comp

6/3/2010 Consequence of Sound: Check Out: A Weather – “Giant Stairs” (CoS Premiere)& PDX Pop Now! comp

6/2/2010 Portland Mercury: My, What a Busy Week

5/28/2010 Oregonlive: PDX Pop Now! compilation pairs local indie heavyweights with up-and-comers in various genres

5/21/2010 Oregonlive: Summer events guide: Five pop music events not to miss

5/11/2010 in Brief: PDX Pop Now!, Six Organs of Admittance, Tender Trap, Joshua Light Show

5/6/2010 Oregon Music News: Willamette Valley Music Fest takes over UO campus

5/6/2010 OPBMusic:PDX Pop Now! Unveils 2010 Comp

5/4/2010 PC PDX: PDX Pop Now! 2010 Compilation Track Listing

5/4/2010 What your PDX Pop Now! 2010 compilation CD looks like

5/4/2010 End Hits: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s PDX Pop Now! Festival

5/4/2010 PDX Pop Now! Compilation Tracklist, CD Release Info and More

5/4/2010 Oregon Music News: PDX Pop Now! reveals 2010 complition track listing

4/30/2010 The Week In Review: Pop Now! Colin Meloy! Brent DeBoer! Blue Giant! 28 Days In May! Lollipops!

4/30/2010 Stereogum: Colin Meloy Plays New Decemberists Tunes, Inks Book Deal

4/30/2010 Portland Mercury: Colin Meloy Debuts New Material at PDX Pop Now! Benefit

4/30/2010 OPBmusic: Colin Meloy Debuts New Decemberists Songs at PDX Pop Now! benefit

4/29/2010 Introducing Colin Meloy, novelist (You’ve already met Carson Ellis, artist)

4/27/2010 Willamette Week: Tickets Still Available For PDX Pop Now! Benefit

4/22/2010 Oregonlive: April 23-29: Music, Movies & More

4/1/2010 Pitchforkmedia: Colin Meloy to play benefit for PDX Pop Now!

3/25/2010 Oregon Music News: PDX Pop Now! announces outreach program at Parkrose Middle School

3/9/2010 Portland Mercury: Farewell, Cary Clarke

3/9/2010 Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! Founder Cary Clarke is Portland’s New Arts & Culture Policy Coordinator

2/25/2010 Portland Mercury: PDX Pop Now! Announces Fundraiser and Gets a Pretty New Logo

2/24/2010 Oregonlive: There IS something familiar about the new PDX Pop Now! logo

2/24/2010 Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! 2010 Details, Fundraiser Announced

2/22/2010 Portland Mercury: PDX Pop Now! and Burgerville

1/28/2010 Portland Mercury: My What a Busy Week – Sing Song

1/8/2010 The week that was: PDX Pop Now Submissions

1/5/2010 Portland Mercury: PDX Pop Now Submissions

2009 Press

11/11/2009 Popwreckoning: Britt Daniel @ PDX Pop Now Benefit

10/19/2009 PDX Pop Now! fundraiser

10/29/2009 Portland Mercury: A Conversation with Britt Daniel

7/29/2009 OPBMusic

7/28/2009 OPBMusic

7/28/2009 Local Cut

7/28/2009 PDX Pipeline


7/25/2009 End Hits



7/24/2009 Portland Monthly


7/23/2009 The Culture of Me

7/23/2009 Pampelmoose

7/23/2009 Local Cut-These Are the Days Blog


7/23/2009 Portland Mercury

7/22/2009 KEXP 90.3 Blog

7/22/2009 Willamette Week


7/20/2009 PDX Pipeline


7/16/2009 End Hits

7/14/2009 PDX Pipeline


7/13/2009 Local Cut

7/2009 Portland Monthly

6/1/2009 Local Cut

5/28/2009 The Oregonian

5/21/2009 Basement Of Our Brain

5/21/2009 Willamette Week

5/21/2009 Portland Mercury

4/30/2009 Portland Mercury

4/29/2009 Portland Mercury

4/22/2009 Pitchforkmedia

4/20/2009 Basement Of Our Brain

4/20/2009 Portland Mercury

4/20/2009 Willamette Week

2008 Press

7/11/2008 Portland Octopus

7/11/2008 Indie Music Portland

7/11/2008 Oregon Live Blog/Pampelmoose

7/13/2008 Seattle Sound

7/14/2008 Delusions of Adequacy

7/15/2008 Oregon Live

7/15/2008 Portland Mercury

7/15/2008 Blurt

7/16/2008 CMJ

7/18/2008 MTV News

7/25/2008 Paste Magazine

9/11/2008 Portland Mercury Festival Announcement

2008 Videos

8/5/2008 Panther –

8/12/2008 Dykeritz – Blurt

8/12/2008 White Fang, A Weather and Tu Fawning – Mercury Music Blog

2007 Press

08/06/2007 Oregonian Festival Review

08/06/2007 Local Cut: PDX Pop Now! Day 3

08/05/2007 OPB

08/05/2007 Local Cut: PDX Pop Now! Day 2

08/04/2007 Local Cut: PDX Pop Now! Day 1

08/03/2007 Oregonian Feature

08/03/2007 Portland Tribune Feature

08/02/2007 Portland Mercury Festival Feature

08/01/2007 Willamette Week Festival Preview

08/01/2007 Daily Vanguard

07/27/2007 LC Podcast: These Are the Days: PDX Pop Now! edition

07/27/2007 Local Cut on City Hall Show Pt. 2

07/16/2007 Local Cut on City Hall Show Pt. 1

07/15/2007 Well Rounded Radio Interview

07/09/2007 Audiversity

07/03/2007 Fresh Sides


06/26/2007 Sound on the Sound

06/21/2007 KEXP (scroll down)

06/21/2007 Northwest Noise

06/20/2007 Treble Zine

06/20/2007 NewNowNext (LOGO TV Blog)

06/19/2007 Pitchfork

06/19/2007 Side One: Track One

06/19/2007 Pop Music (Oregonian) on Initial Festival Lineup

06/19/2007 Local Cut on Initial Festival Lineup

06/19/2007 Portland Mercury Blogtown on Initial Festival Lineup

06/18/2007 I Guess I’m Floating

06/16/2007 songs: illinois

06/08/2007 Oregonian Album Review

06/08/2007 Portland Tribune on CD Release (scroll down)

06/07/2007 Portland Mercury on CD Release (scroll down)

05/24/2007 KellyWatchTheStars

05/23/2007 Local Cut on Comp Tracklisting

Local Cut Parkrose Show Review

05/05/2007 Portland Mercury Blogtown on Parkrose

05/02/2007 CMJ on Parkrose Middle School

04/26/2007 Local Cut on Parkrose Middle School

Community Coverage

As is hardly surprsing, the public does a better job of documenting the PDX Pop Now! festivals than we could ever do. That being the case, we hope you enjoy the podcasts, photos, videos and bloggage that other people have made available to any and all. Thanks for making things with us!

Videos on YouTube

Photos on Flickr

Podcasts courtesy of Tables Turned

Blog coverage on Urban Honking

2006 Festival Press

07/31/06 Oregonian Review

07/31/06 Willamette Week Local Cut Review

07/28/06 Portland Tribune Feature

07/27/06 Portland Mercury Feature

07/26/06 Tiny Mix Tapes Story (scroll down)

07/24/06 Villains Always Blink

07/21/06 WW Local Cut on City Hall Concert

07/20/06 WW Local Cut on Festival Schedule

07/17/06 WW Local Cut on Lineup

07/13/06 Fluxblog

07/06/06 CMJ Story

07/05/06 Pitchfork Story

06/30/06 Stereogum

06/30/06 Gorilla vs. Bear

06/30/06 Largehearted Boy

05/09/06 Portland Mercury Interview

2005 Festival Press

08/15/05 Tiny Mix Tapes Recap (scroll down)

08/12/05 Oregonian Recap

08/10/05 Willamette Week Recap

08/05/05 Oregonian Mention (scroll down)

08/04/05 Portland Mercury Feature and Band-by-Band Guide

08/03/05 Oregonian Feature and Picks

08/03/05 Willamette Week 2004 Recap and 2005 Preview

07/28/05 Tiny Mix Tapes

06/23/05 Portland Mercury

05/06/05 Pitchfork

03/17/05 Portland Mercury

CD Press

CORTNEY HARDING, Portland Tribune

Several recent compilations have attempted to showcase the local music scene. While none of them fully encompasses all the styles of Portland music, the second PDX Pop compilation does a great job demonstrating that the city has a vibrant pop scene.

With two CDs and 41 songs, there is something for every taste. The first CD kicks off with Sleater-Kinney’s aptly titled “Rollercoaster,” and demonstrates that the band is on top of the world for a reason. Mirah slows things down a few tracks later with a home-recorded version of “While We Have the Sun,” while Nice Nice speeds things up with “Uh-Oh.”

Other CD-1 highlights include Glass Candy’s sexy, spastic dance track “Lovin Machine,” the glitchy “Just Expect” by Copy and Talkdemonic’s beautiful “Mountaintops in Caves.” The CD closes with “Chemical Reaction,” by the Spooky Dance Band, and reminds us again what great talents were lost in a bike accident in 2003.

The second CD features more big name acts, among them the Decemberists, the Gossip and M Ward. While all provide stellar tracks, it’s the farm-league contenders who’ll really blow listeners away. The Snuggle Ups bounce around the room, while the Cajun Gems sit on the porch and twang. Die Monitr Batss create chaos. Norfolk and Western soothe.

This compilation is by no means a definitive guide to Portland music, but it’s a good starting place for curious listeners. Give it a spin and find a new favorite band — many of which will perform at the PDX Pop Now! Festival this weekend.

KIP BERMAN, Portland Mercury

Compilations are, by their very nature, uneven affairs – meant more to showcase a variety of artists than offer a cohesive listen. That said, PDX Pop Now!‘s sophomore offering is just as much a success as last year’s debut. Sure, hiphop and Klezmer are equally represented (one track a piece), and yes (surprise!), there’s an overabundance of whiny dudes with four tracks in their bedroom. But hey—that’s Portland. The good folks who put out this comp and organize the PDX Pop Now! festival have their hearts and ears in the right place. Listening to the standout contributions from such diverse artists as Dolorean, The Gossip, Glass Candy (Miami Pop Now!?), Point Line Plane, Viva Voce, The Snuggle Ups, M. Ward, Wet Confetti, and The Helio Sequence remind me what a fantastically creative and vibrant music scene we are lucky enough to have in our own backyard.

MARK BAUMGARTEN, Willamette Week

Served on two discs, this collection offers a snapshot of a music scene that’s about more than just “pop,” that percussive palindrome that points to music meant to be consumed en masse. The compilation leaves out much of Portland’s music community: mostly, the musicians working within the boundaries of genres like country, jazz, gospel, old time, metal and, save one song, hip-hop. Instead, the collection focuses on the city’s forward-looking musicians, artists who are interested in reforming the templates of popular music, using new and old tools to create something fiercely original. These are many of the artists who are creating the framework for a scene that is uniquely Portland in both its geography and its form. But what is that form?

Well, it includes women, as the PDX Pop Now! compilation features a dozen female-fronted bands, from the angry (the Gossip, Sleater-Kinney) to the kind (Mirah) to the undeniably rad (the Blow, LKN). It also has an isolationist streak, as nearly half the acts included here opt to work the one- or two-person-band route while making music that reinvents the sound palette (Nice Nice, Talkdemonic, Y.A.C.H.T.) or reimagines tradition (Dolorean, Alan Singley, Jessica Jones).

And I have no idea what that means for the scene, except that it sounds great and, jokes aside, sounds like Portland-a sweeping geographical generalization that I’m willing to claim.