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Ural Thomas & The Pain

Sunday | 9:20pm | North Stage It would be easy to lump the music of Ural Thomas and his band, The Pain, in with the soul revival movement of the…

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BlackWater HolyLight

Saturday | 11:20pm | North Stage Let these heavy psych-rock goddesses take you on a sludgy, mystic ride. Named one of Portland’s Best New Bands in Willamette Week’s annual poll…

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Donte Thomas

Sunday | 8:40pm | South Stage Donte Thomas is a man of many talents: emcee, producer, fashion designer and model. Chief among them, though, is as a lyricist. With messages…

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Lenore.

Saturday | 8:00pm | South Stage Since they formed Lenore. in 2015, Rebecca Marie Miller and Joy Pearson have quickly established the band as one of Portland’s most promising new…

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DAN DAN

Sunday | 8:00pm | North Stage Dan Dan are a synth-based psych-dance three-piece with two keyboardists and a drummer and what they deliver is nothing short of amazing. The see-sawing…

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Nick Normal

Sunday | 6:40pm | North Stage There’s a special throwback charm at play on Nick Normal’s 2017 record Variety Show Vol. 1! Steeped in a woozy world of absurdist punk…

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Dead Phone Dummiez

Sunday | 5:20pm | North Stage Representing Vancouver, Washington, five-piece hip-hop phenoms Dead Phone Dummiez are hell-bent on bridging the old school and the new. Entrenched in spooky yesteryear samples…

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Vanity Project

Sunday | 4:00pm | North Stage Vocalist/guitarist Oak Alger has been an important lynchpin in the PDX Pop Now! family since his wee teen years. He returns this year not…

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Nasalrod

Sunday | 7:20pm | South Stage Embodying the progressive, anything-goes punk rock ethos of mid-’80s bands like All, Black Flag and even Living Colour, Portland’s Nasalrod is probably the closest…

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Conditioner Disco Group

Saturday | 9:20pm | South Stage Utilizing a dizzying menagerie of instrumentation, post-punk disco freaks Conditioner Disco Group (née Conditioner) are poised to grab the entire city by its pantaloons…

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Small Skies

Saturday | 10:00pm | North Stage Heavy dollops of ethereal synth and trippy effects litter Small Skies’ aural output. Equal parts cosmic-pop mindbender and electro masterpiece, the crew’s 2017 record…

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Mr. Wrong

Saturday | 8:40pm | North Stage The amount of energy dispersed by Portland punks Mr. Wrong can catch you off guard. Armed with only the basic rock building blocks of…

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Hair Puller

Sunday | 2:40pm | North Stage Recalling the dissonant twist of yesteryear PNW touchstones like Unwound and Melvins, Portland trio Hair Puller up the ante and revel in the pushing…

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Ritual Veil

Sunday | 6:00pm | South Stage Ritual Veil just want you to get down. Their sexbeat meets post-punk sound has a throbbing beat formidable to any other dance genre. Add…

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Petite

Sunday | 2:00pm | South Stage Petite play a UK–influenced brand of street punk that hearkens back to the late ‘70s. Drawing on influences such as pub-rock, punk and glam,…

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Gardener

Saturday | 5:20pm | South Stage Upon their genesis in 2016, Gardener has risen quickly in the PDX scene as a five-piece psych rock specialty with live shows sure to…

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KayelaJ

Saturday | 2:00pm | North KayelaJ has been rapping since high school, cutting her teeth in the studio at Self Enhancement, Inc. before taking time off to earn a college…

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Psychic Rites

Saturday | 4:40pm | North Stage What do you get when Fever Ray and Robert Smith have a darkwave love child? Enter Psychic Rites, an electronic trio weaving together ominous…

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Miss Rayon

Saturday | 2:40pm | South Stage Originally a solo project helmed by songwriter Eric Sabatino (Vexations), Miss Rayon has bloomed into a formidable three-piece post-punk onslaught. Rounded out by bassist…

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Omari Jazz

Saturday | 7:20pm | North Stage Omari Jazz is an electronic artist who creates his own beats and uses an amalgamation of samples to take his listeners on a trip…

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Máscaras

Saturday | 4:00pm | South Stage Without doubt one of the most versatile musical juggernauts currently residing in Portland, Máscaras is the kind of band that can be anything it…

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Sea Moss

Saturday | 3:20pm | North Stage Sea Moss is here and they are ready to challenge your outdated concept of music. This experimental two-piece create Dada-inspired audio landscapes with their…

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Robin Bacior

Sunday | 4:40pm | South Stage Singer-songwriter Robin Bacior’s star is shining bright in 2018. Her latest release, Light It Moved Me, is due out this August. Bacior’s previous work…

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Bryson Cone

Saturday | 6:00pm | North Stage Known for his work as frontman of Fog Father and a member of Reptaliens, Bryson Cone’s solo work blends silky smooth vocals with an…

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Moorea Masa & The Mood

Saturday | 6:40pm | South Stage Moorea Masa & The Mood released their first full-length album this spring, but Masa is no stranger to Portland’s music scene, having sung with…

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Star Club

Sunday | 3:20pm | South Stage Self-proclaimed dance punkers Star Club have a simple goal: they want to make you dance! Their mesh of jangly art-pop and gritty new wave…

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Fountaine

Saturday | 10:40pm | South Stage Fountaine-Since he began recording in 2015, North Portland native Fountaine has established himself as both an accomplished producer and prolific artist, deftly mixing witty…

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2018 Compilation

Artwork: Jodie Beechem BUY IT NOW! Disc One Megan Diana - Nightride The Dumpies - Kenneth Lay Is Still Alive Denim Dreams - Bamboo Bryson the Alien & Mai Mae…

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Testimonials

Schools Outreach Testimonials When PDX Pop Now! comes to a school, the energy of the day is incredible. Our volunteers are passionate about bringing music to students and the kids…

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Press

2013 Press “Still run entirely by volunteers, PDX Pop nevertheless has grown from the ecstatic chaos of its inaugural weekend into a potent and polished nonprofit. Besides offering one of…

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History

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2017 Festival Graphic Artist

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2016 Festival Graphic Artist

2016: Glenn Allen Henrickson Glenn Allen Henrickson is a Portland-based artist and illustrator from McMinnville, Oregon. He is ever curious and enjoys delving into a bevy of creative outlets.…

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2015 Festival Graphic Artist

2015: Ryan Bubnis Creating the artwork for the 2015 festival season is local artist and educator Ryan Bubnis. Bubnis’ work has been described as “urban folk.” Through his paintings,…

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2014 Festival Graphic Artist

2014: James Mitchell James Douglas Mitchell is an illustrator / designer living in Portland, Oregon since 2006. He likes skateboarding, playing music with friends, big cities, pop-science, cinema, and…

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2013 Festival Graphic Artist

2013: Mark Warren Jacques Mark Warren Jacques lives within a web of art makers, musicians, skateboarders, and backyard revolutionaries. This close-knit community thrives on representing a sort of whimsy…

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2012 Festival Graphic Artist

2012: Cole Gerst is an award winning art director, graphic designer, illustrator & painter. After stints as the art director for two record labels, art directing and designing album…

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2018 Festival Graphic Artist : Jodie Beechem

Jodie is an amazing illustrator and designer living in Portland, OR. She is constantly inspired by scientific illustrations, tattoo flash, and anything remotely spooky. When she’s not being creative, she's…

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OPEN POSITIONS: Development Director | Grants Coordinator | Web Coordinator

OPEN POSITIONS Development Director | Grants Coordinator | Web CoordinatorPDX Pop Now! is currently accepting resumes and letters of interest for the 2017-2018 season. Those candidates who are selected will have…

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: 2018 COMPILATION

Thank you to all whom took the time to upload load tons of RAD! music for our 2018 Compilation! As a PDX Pop Now! production, tracks are narrowed down through…

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2011 Festival Graphic Artist

2011: Santiago Uceda Santiago Uceda does illustration, art direction, motion graphics, makes tasty sandwiches, stays up late, listens, observes, questions, changes diapers, gives piggy back rides, collaborates, makes…

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2010 Festival Graphic Artist

2010: Carson Ellis Carson Ellis was born in Vancouver. B.C. in 1975. She was raised in suburban New York and college educated at the University of Montana in Missoula…

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2009 Festival Graphic Artist

Dylan McConnell 2009: Tiny Little Hammers Dylan McConnell doesn’t generally like talking about himself, his work, or any of that garbage. In fact he doesn’t want to talk about it…

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2008 Festival Graphic Artist

EMEK 2008: EMEK Emek has been referred to as “The Thinking Man’s Poster Artist”. Coming from a unique family of 5 artists, Emek has made his mark creating…

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2007 Festival Graphic Artist

2007: Dan Stiles

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2017 Compilation

Attend the compilation release party July 9th, at Holocene to pick up your advance copy!  Artwork Manu Berelli Disc One Rare Treat (Myke Bogan, Last, Artful Dodgr, Neil Von Tally)…

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2016 Compilation

Artwork: Glenn Allen Henrickson BUY IT NOW! Disc One New Move - When Did We Stop Ezra Bell - I Am Not Ashamed Of You Laura Palmer's DEATH PARADE -…

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2015 Compilation

Artwork: Ryan Bubnis BUY IT NOW! Disc One Trial - The Tamed West Picture of You - White Glove Stopping to Start - LEO It Came to Me - The…

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2014 Compilation

Artwork: James Mitchell BUY IT NOW! Disc One Blouse - No Shelter Aan - Daylight tigerface - Leaving (For a While) Modern Kin - Abandon Marriage + Cancer - AMEND…

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2013 Compilation

Artwork: Mark Warren Jacques BUY IT NOW! Disc One Cherry - Chromatics Golden Twin - Wild Ones Pretty Ghosts - Sama Dams Mystery Life - Aan You Know What to…

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