PDX Pop Now! 2010: Pre-Festival Picks

pdx pop now! picks for friday, july 30th, 2010

blue horns

Free-spirited vocals and bouncy beats call for arm-flailing good times; Blue Horns are an excellent opening band for PDX POP NOW!
6:00PM, INSIDE

subarachnoid space

San Francisco’s SubArachnoid Space is an instrumental band that throbs low in your bones and brings you into lulls of psychedelic haze.
10:10PM, INSIDE

tu fawning

Simultaneously grimey and beautiful, Tu Fawning come to you from behind an unlikely facade where lo-fi-meets-jazz.
11:35PM, OUTSIDE

au

AU (pronounced Ay-You) create music that squirms with activity and laps up as much rich instrumentation as possible.
12:15AM, OUTSIDE


pdx pop now! picks for saturday, july 31st, 2010

guantanamo baywatch

Guantanamo Baywatch help aid a surf rock resurgence with boatloads of charisma and swagger.
2:05PM, OUTSIDE

o bruxo

Newcomers O Bruxo blend Latin and American influences into their raucously entertaining dance jams.
3:25PM, OUTSIDE

brainstorm

Brainstorm make pop-influenced experimental music that’s a delicious blender-whipped amalgam of style. Don’t miss them.
6:15PM, OUTSIDE

asss

If rambling, drums, and drones are your bag, get some Asss.
6:55PM, OUTSIDE

eternal tapestry

One of Portland’s best-known psychedelic rock bands, Eternal Tapestry do just that, simply, purely, and without BS.
9:00PM, INSIDE

hockey

Hockey are one of few dance Portland bands who have moved onto bigger pastures. Catch them before they head off to play Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
12:25PM, OUTSIDE


pdx pop now! picks for sunday, august 1st, 2010

why i must be careful

John Niekrasz and Seth Brown impress all who see them with only drums and a Rhodes piano; their talents as musicians are undeniable.
12:00PM, INSIDE

billygoat

Artists David Klein and Nick Woolley combine visual and audio to create enveloping multi-sensory performances.
5:30PM, INSIDE

get hustle

Get Hustle say they sound like “Apocalyptic Rainbows”, and it’s fitting; delicate instruments pound in a way that is fit for the apocalypse.
8:20PM, INSIDE

aan

Using blinking keys and unlikely comforting melodies, aan playfully tickle ears in nostalgia-inducing ways.
9:00PM, INSIDE

parenthetical girls

Parenthetical Girls have been “Rubbing people the wrong way since 2004ever.”
11:05PM, OUTSIDE

typhoon

Pure, catchy, and earnest indie rock that features a million members guarantees that Typhoon contribute to a good time.
11:45PM, OUTSDE

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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