20 Jul PDX Pop Now! 2011: Pre-Festival Picks
PDX Pop Now!’s mission is to stimulate and expand participation in Portland’s music scene. Created in 1998, the organization’s mission statement states: “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.”
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
jared mees & the grown children
These Portland staples create indie rock that will load a spring into your step.
STLS is essentially drum nerdery between Portland gals Lisa Schonberg (Explode Into Colors) and STS (The Haggard). Drums. Nerdery.
These dirty old psych-garage rock goofballs have a theremin (yes!) and a new record coming out next week on the classic Fat Wreck Chords label.
Dual dueling vocalists play games with tension, and capture everything that is to love about rock n’ roll in one release.
Analog synths and wind instruments combine to meet blissed out ends. This amazing ambient duo will also be playing our upcoming psych event at Holocene [08/25].
Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
As stylistically shape-shifting metalheads, it’s for good reason that Wizard Rifle have scored some opening gigs for YOB and Thrones, and a spot in this year’s well-curated MusicFest NW. They’re on the up-and-up and earning their keep through grueling nationwide tours.
Rather than listening to ExtrAlone, one must see this former Spaniard perform live. He’s a one man band who drums like a madman and works bass synths with his feet… and that doesn’t even begin to sum it up.
Monarques recently restructured their band and came back with a psychedelic instrumental set reminiscent of old Pink Floyd. Is that what their PDX Pop Now! set will be like this time around? Hopefully.
Witch Mountain are playing twice this evening, and if you’re not one of the lucky human beings to catch their show at Doug Fir Lounge with Lumerians this same evening, you can still catch them for free at PDX Pop Now! With banshee vocals and dirty psychedelic guitarwork, Witch Mountain live up to their name.
This September, Nurses will be releasing their third album, Dracula. Catch them at this free hometown show before they blow up around the country and you actually end up having to consistently pay for their shows. And oh…! Expect Rocky Tinder (of Wampire) to fill in as guest guitarist since vocalist Aaron Chapman busted his elbow!
Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Listening to Cloaks makes you wish that these electronic experimental masterminds would take pity on you — that they would alleviate your suffering by wrapping you up in their vibrating universe of spastic, positive sound. A serious choice pick.
Nasalrod probably has a bit of a cult following for a reason. Vocalist and frontman Chairman alone is worth the trek out to PDX Pop Now!. On top of his antics, though, don’t discount the fact that Nasalrod are actually quite technically proficient and instrumentally tight, as well.
Ms. Shaefer has a voice that makes you fall in love. Problem is, it only makes you fall in love with her, and at the show, there will be quite a few other suitable competitors.
This duo has played two REDEFINE shows and are all over our site. We’ve championed their mash-up brand of hyperpoppy jams because they’re delectable, wonderful, and excellent exhibitions in musicianship.
Synth dance rock with punk rock attitude. With frontman Ian Anderson leaving town, PDX Pop Now! may be your last chance to see Guidance Counselor in quite some time — or possibly, forever. Check out songs of the duo as a duo, and of the duo playing songs from Anderson’s solo project, Feelings.