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PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup!


Every Northwestern popster's wet dream is back at Rotture July 30 - August 1 when PDX Pop Now! 2010 releases its aural assualt in the Southeast industrial district. Lo and behold, organizers have just released the lineup for this local music advocacy group's 7th Annual festival. You ready? You sure? Okay, here it is:

Aan, AgesAndAges, AndAndAnd, Asss, Atriarch, AU, Autistic Youth, Ben Darwish, Billygoat, Blue Cranes, Blue Horns, Brainstorm, Cloudy October, Da'Rel Junior, Defect Defect, Eternal Tapestry, Fear No Music, Get Hustle, Grey Anne, Guantanamo Baywatch, Hockey, Hosannas, I Can Lick Any Son of A Bitch In The House, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Joey Casio, Joggers, Krebsic Orkestar, Kung Pao Chickens, Kusikia, Lewi Longmire, Luck One, Michael The Blind, Operative, Parenthetical Girls, Please Step Out of The Vehicle, Reporter, Rollerball, Shoeshine Blue, Skeletron, Soup Purse, SubArachnoid Space, Tiny Knives, Tu Fawning, The Tumblers, Typhoon, Wampire, Why I Must Be Careful, and Ylang Ylang.

It would take me damn near an hour to link to all those bands here, but rest assured; happiness is found in digging a little deeper, people. I know it.

Don't forget that these sets are both indoors and outdoors, volleying audiences back and forth like some kind of fucked-up pop-rock pinball game. Only you get as many balls as you can handle for three straight days (SEXUAL INNUENDO OVERLOAD). Also, the whole damn thing is FREE, and ALL AGES.

The 2010 PDX Pop Now! compilation album is available for sale at local retail outlets and online here.

Press release excerpt (i.e. important stuff):

"Proceeds from sales of the album go towards funding the festival and the rest of organization's activities. The 7th installment of the heralded compilation features 40 tracks, including music from Typhoon, Mean Jeans, Nick Jaina, Laura Veirs, A Weather and Tope, as well as rare or previously unreleased tracks by Menomena, Blitzen Trapper, Dharma Bums, Talkdemonic, Y La Bamba, and more."

There's also a song called "City Morgue" on there by Kelli Schaeffer, which means you need to get it right now. Like now. Now now. Or you could listen to it at her MySpace site here. But would you really wanna do that when there's all that other great music on there? Not to mention the fact that PDX Pop Now! is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to celebrating and promoting Portland's vital music community? That's what we thought.

- Ryan J. Prado


Pics from the First Deli Portland Showcase!

After many hours of bribing bands (with delusions of endless online print), bribing venues (by telling them we were Paste Magazine), chasing whiskey with more whiskey and generally wondering whether or not anyone cared at all or might come to the first ever Deli Portland (and the Days of Lore) sponsored Portland music showcase, we're happy to announce that it was a great success! We can't thank the bands - or our generous hosts at The Woods - enough for being so accommodating to the interesting lineup we garnered (mental note: might not be best to position the psych-math, pedal-toting power trio before the emotive folk-rock troubadour, followed by the synth-rock starlet...). But, you know what? That's pretty much what the Deli Portland is about anyway, not to mention the Portland underground music community in general. There are no barriers, there are no oil and water genres (unless maybe we tried to land the next showcase at Satyricon) and good tunes is good tunes.

We're working on the July and August showcases as we speak. Be sure and go visit our dear (old) friend Mark Lore at The Days of Lore blog site. We'd love to see you at the next one. Here are a few live shots from last night:


Wax Fingers (above) wowed the crowd as openers, exacting a systematic aural assault with lots of effects pedals, tight bass tracks, two guitars and drums. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Bosack employed breakneck finger-tapping, anchoring the squal of the trio's massive, swirling, razor-sharp roiling rock. You can help fund their upcoming album via the band's Kickstarter site.


mbilly (above) brought in a full band, filling out his sparse, somber folk rock with a more raucous sheen. Culling from a healthy helping of tunes from his recently released full-length, Mr. Nobody Baby (buy it here), mbilly parlayed revved-up renditions of his catalogue with austere, passionate abandon. You can tell he means what he sings, and that he loves to sing what he means, and that made for a wonderful audience reponse.


Jen Moon (above, with guitarist Jesse Bettis) took the stage to round out the show, and immediately showed why her local stock is rising so quickly. Gooey pop melodies dripped rivulets from Moon's vintage Moog, cascading waves of peppy synth, slick guitar leads, minor-key mauling, and a blistering rhythm section to appease the swaying hips of a now-standing crowd. Ripping through a balanced set of ska-tinged rockers and No-Wave confessionals, Moon and Co. impressed with a command of the subtleties inherent in all non-angst-ridden compositions - making sure the songs didn't have time to spiral, filling the gaps with delectable dallops of taste and precision. It's a wonder how the crowd refrained from cutting up a rug, the curtains, the very shirts off their backs.

Download her 4-song demo for free here.

Stay tuned for details on the next Deli Portland showcase. We have a feeling you're going to dig what we have in store.

- Words and Photos by Ryan J. Prado


June 2010
Blue Giant
"Blue Giant

To say the self-titled debut album from Portland's Blue Giant is great would be a huge understatement. I was immediately captivated from the first track to the last, as if I just took a long walk through the woods.

The vast amount of instruments and weaving vocal harmonies gives a strong narrative to the entire album, creating a very cinematic listen - allowing the listener to wade through a lush landscape of sound and intricacy.

Husband and wife Anita and Kevin Robertson - along with Chris Funk, Seth Lorinczi, and Evan Railton - have formed this "supergroup" from their vast catalogue of wonderful projects, and have created a beautiful follow up to their Target Heart EP.

A standout track is "Clean the Clock." The song is wonderfully crafted with driving acoustic guitar, strong electric guitar leads and stronger vocal patterns supporting them. The song moves into very different places, shifting through natural ebbs and flows, all while keeping a general theme and referencing different parts of the piece.

One of my favorite things about the album is how the songs bleed into each other, demanding the audience consume the album as a whole. I highly encourage everyone to give this album is a listen!

- Stirling Myles

The Thermals Personal Life Due September 7 On Kill Rock Stars

Our beloved savage indie-poppers The Thermals have had a busy year. Less than a year ago, the trio released its fourth LP (first on Kill Rock Stars) Now We Can See, and between promoting the record and touring the world (five tours in the US, three in Europe, one in China), the threesome has miraculously managed to write and record another album, Personal Life, due September 7th from Kill Rock Stars.

This release marks the third project The Thermals have worked on with Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), who also mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced the band's 2nd LP (Fuckin' A, 2004). For you analog geeks out there, the album was recorded to 2" tape and mixed to 1/2" tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape.

The lead-off single from Personal Life, "I Don't Believe You" will be released by Kill Rock Stars August 10th, 2010, but for now, all we have is a track-listing:

Personal Life Track List

01. I'm Gonna Change Your Life

02. I Don't Believe You

03. Never Listen To Me

04. Not Like Any Other Feeling

05. Power Lies

06. Only For You

07. Alone, A Fool

08. Your Love Is So Strong

09. A Reflection

10. You Changed My Life

Thermals Tour Dates

July 1 - Calgary, AB @ Distillery - Sled Island Festival

July 2 - Calgary, AB @ Olympic Plaza - Sled Island Festival

July 3 - Calgary, AB @ Republik - Sled Island Festival

July 5 - Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavillion - Millenium Park

September 6 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

September 9 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - Music Fest NW

-Katrina Nattress


MusicfestNW Announces 2010 Lineup

It's that special time of year, when the sun is shining (for five minute increments between torrential downpours) and our friends at Willamette Week announce the lineup for Portland's very own music festival, MusicfestNW. The typical structure for the now ten-year-old fest is 17 clubs, four nights, and 160 bands, but this year MFNW is changin' it up a bit and adding an outdoor venue in the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square.

If this news alone isn't tantalizing enough for you, just wait until you hear what bands will be headlining the outdoor Pioneer Square Levi's Stage: The Decemberists on Saturday, September 11, and The National on Sunday, September 12. I know it's tough, but if you're around other people right now, please refrain from squeals of ecstasy.

The festival runs from September 9-12 and features bands including Ausin's Okkervil River, New York's The Walkmen, and Portland's own Menomena, The Helio Sequence and The Thermals.

Festival wristbands go on sale June 5, 2010, at two price points:

-$90 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into both outdoor shows and the rest of the four-day festival.

-$65 for one of the two outdoors shows (The Decemberists or The National) and the rest of the fest.

Individual tickets for shows at Pioneer Square, Crystal Ballroom, and The Roseland Theater will also be on sale June 5. All ticket information can be found at musicfestnw.com/tickets


Full preliminary lineup:

The Decemberists

The National

Okkervil River

Major Lazer

Sleep performing Holy Mountain


The Thermals

Wiz Khalifa

Ra Ra Riot

The Walkmen

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

The Helio Sequence

Justin Townes Earle


David Bazan

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Gories

No Means No

Man Man

Laura Veirs

Bobby Bare Jr.

Titus Andronicus

Surfer Blood


Crooked Fingers

Shonen Knife


People Under the Stairs

Cold Cave

Frank Turner

The Builders and the Butchers


Washed Out

Black Prairie

Thee Oh Sees

Abe Vigoda

Big Freedia


Laser Sword

From Ashes Rise

Devin Phillips

The Suckers

Trash Talk

Scott Kelly

Rocky Votolato

Blue Giant

The Minus 5

Dan Mangan

Jeff the Brotherhood

Marc Olson

Red Fang

The Zeros

Let’s Wrestle

Pierced Arrows

The Bellrays


Portland Cello Project

The Magic Kids

DJ Beyonda

Richmond Fontaine

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Tu Fawning

Death by Stereo



White Hinterland


Damion Suomi


Y La Bamba


-Katrina Nattress


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