Geez, is it already PDX Pop Now time again already? It feels like just yesterday when we were all huddled underneath the Hawthorne Bridge for a weekend of bands, Rigsketball and flash downpours.

I still believe the free, all-ages, all-local festival is one of the best traditions Portland has to offer—an annual reminder that no matter how the city changes, it still produces a remarkable amount of great new music every year. Although it no longer reaches for big-name headliners (it doesn't have to, really), there are highlights up and down the bill. Yes, you may already know about Summer Cannibals, Mic Capes, Cat Hoch, 1939 Ensemble and Eyelids, but the acts you should be checking are the ones you've never heard of before. My quick picks among the lesser-knowns are Maze Koroma, Blowout, Grape God and the Lavender Flu, but even I have my own research to do.

PDX Pop Now is July 22-24 at AudioCinema in the Industrial Southeast. The full lineup is below, after the announcement video. See you there!

1939 Ensemble

A Volcano

Ali Muhareb's Mujahadeen

Andrew Endres Collective

Antecessor

Arlo Indigo

Blowout

Bobby Peru

Cat Hoch

Cilantro

Consumer

Coronation

Dead Cult

Disemballerina

Dragging an Ox Through Water

Eyelids

Force Publique

Fossa Club

Fur Coats

Gold Casio

Jenny Don't & The Spurs

Landlines

Lithics

Little Star

Lola Buzzkill

Love Cop

Maze Koroma

Mic Capes

Mr. Bones

Old Grape God

Sabonis

Saola

Snowblind Traveler

Speaker Minds

Summer Cannibals

Tender Age

The Lavender Flu

The Living Skins

The Scribes

The Tamed West

Tiny Knives

Wooden Indian Burial Ground