“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 the only venues where people under 21 can see the city’s bands, the organizers are taking their all-access mission one step further by bringing those bands and music education into the area’s more impoverished schools. As Portland’s only nonprofit with a board almost entirely under 35, it has also become an incubator for young arts leaders.” Portland Monthly
“Another PDX Pop Now! festival is in the books, the latest edition playing out over three days this past weekend at the Eastbank Lot in inner SE Portland. This year’s 10th annual festival featured much of what we’ve come to expect over those years: pleasant surprises, overdue reintroductions, game efforts and, all in all, non-stop artistry we could all take pride in.” opbmusic
“THE LINEUP for this year’s PDX Pop Now! festival is almost too good. We wanted to whip together a quick highlights reel of the very best Portland bands that are playing the two stages of this year’s fest. But the hardworking volunteers who put together the all-ages, all-local, all-free weekend of music haven’t made it easy for us. There are really no weaknesses in the bill, no dry spots to be found in the spectacular lineup. Running the full gamut of the Portland music scene, from pure pop to fiery rock to hiphop to avant-garde and beyond—and sometimes several of these things at once—it’s clear that Portland music is fertile to the point of sprawling.” The Portland Mercury
7/24/2012: BePortland: PDX Pop Now! 2012 Day 3
7/24/2012: BePortland: PDX Pop Now! 2012 Day 2
7/24/2012: BePortland: PDX Pop Now! 2012 Day 1
7/20/2012: opbmusic.org: Top of the Pops!
7/18/2012: ElevenPDX: What’s Going On: 07/18 – 07/25
7/13/2012: OMN: OMN’s top 5 acts at PDX Pop Now! 2012
6/18/2012: Yahoo! Voices: Portland Summer Events Guide
6/8/2012: bePortland: PDX Pop Now! Release Party
6/7/2012: intothewoods.tv: PDX Pop Now! 2012
6/7/2012: Portland Mercury: Sweet Release
7/27/2011: Words Cut Open: PDX Pop Now! Photos!
7/26/2011: intothewoods.tv: PDX Pop Now! 2011
7/25/2011: opbmusic.org: PDX Pop Wrap
7/24/2011: BePortland: PDX Pop Now! Day 3
7/24/2011: BePortland: PDX Pop Now! Day 2
7/24/2011: BePortland: PDX Pop Now! Day 1
7/22/2011: opbmusic.org: PDX Pop Nigh!
7/22/2011: Words Cut Open: PDX Pop Now!
7/22/2011: Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! Starts Today
7/21/2011: Portland Monthly: 7 PDX Pop Picks
7/20/2011: Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! Yearbook 2011
7/7/2011: Oregonian: PDX Pop Now! The Schedule
4/22/2011: opbmusic.org: Makin’ It Pop!
2/10/2011: Willamette Week: PDX Pop Now! 2011 Details
8/2/2010 Photo Review: PDX Pop Now!
6/17/2010 KEXP: Thursday Meltdown"
6/15/2010 Music for Robots
10/19/2009 OregonLive.com: PDX Pop Now! fundraiser
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 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
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
4/20/2009 Basement Of Our Brain
4/20/2009 Portland Mercury
4/20/2009 Willamette Week
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
7/18/2008 MTV News
7/25/2008 Paste Magazine
9/11/2008 Portland Mercury Festival Announcement
8/5/2008 Panther – Spin.com
8/12/2008 Dykeritz – Blurt
08/06/2007 Oregonian Festival Review
08/06/2007 Local Cut: PDX Pop Now! Day 3
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 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
07/03/2007 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 Side One: Track One
06/19/2007 Local Cut 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)
05/23/2007 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
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!
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
07/06/06 CMJ Story
07/05/06 Pitchfork Story
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)
07/28/05 Tiny Mix Tapes
06/23/05 Portland Mercury
03/17/05 Portland Mercury
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.