Last year, the folks down at PDX Pop NOW! festival headquarters-which is actually someone's living room-put together a smashingly successful free festival that brought together 43 Portland bands that each gave their own interpretation of "pop" (see feature, page 25). This year, with the help of more than 6,490 ballots cast by Portland music fans at pdxpopnow.com, organizers have rendered the word "pop" meaningless and put together a show that is more asymmetrical, weird and unpredictable-in other words, even more like Portland-than the first fest. With these lineups, expect the unexpected, but expect it to be great. And if it isn't, just take a walk and come back for the next band. MARK BAUMGARTEN.

The Second Annual PDX Pop Now Festival takes place at Loveland, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. Free. All ages.

Friday Aug 5

Downstairs

6:30-7 pm Quiet Countries7:10-7:40 pm Man of the Year7:50-8:20 pm Pete Krebs & The Gossamer Wings

Upstairs

8:35-9:05 pm Sarah Dougher9:15-9:45 pm Desert City Soundtrack9:55-10:25 pm Charmparticles

Downstairs

10:25-10:40 pm Chevron10:40-11:10 pm The Blow11:20-11:50 pm 31 KnotsMidnight-12:30 am Viva Voce12:40-1:10 am Surprise Guest

Saturday Aug 6

Upstairs

Noon-12:30 pm General Studies12:40-1:10 pm The Village Green1:20-1:50 pm Brokaw

Downstairs

2:05-2:35 pm The Carolines2:45-3:15 pm Ms. Su'ad3:25-3:55 pm Invisible

Upstairs

4:10-4:40 pm Tara Jane O'Neil and Four Roses4:50-5:20 pm Jackie-O Motherfucker5:30-6 pm Pom Pom Meltdown

Downstairs

6:15-6:45 pm All Girl Summer Fun Band6:55-7:25 pm Lackthereof7:35-8:05 pm QuiVaH

Upstairs

8:20-8:50 pm Ainu9:00-9:30 pm Derby9:40-10:10 pm The Kingdom

Downstairs

10:25-10:55 pm Nice Nice11:05-11:35 pm Norfolk & Western11:45 pm-12:15 am The Snuggle Ups12:25-12:55 am Surprise Guest

Sunday Aug 7

Upstairs

Noon-12:30 pm Tractor Operator12:40-1:10 pm Morgan Grace1:20-1:50 pm Junior Private Detective

Downstairs

2:05-2:35 pm The Dimes2:45-3:15 pm Science of Yabra3:25-3:55 pm Portland General Electro

Upstairs

4:10-4:40 pm Alan Singley + Pants Machine4:50-5:20 pm We Quit5:30-6 pm The Cancer Fags

Downstairs

6:15-6:45 pm Wow & Flutter6:55-7:25 pm Wet Confetti7:35-8:05 pm Cajun Gems

Upstairs

8:20-8:50 pm Hillstomp9-9:30 pm Manic D & Fogatron9:40-10:10 pm Strength

Downstairs

10:25-10:55 pm Point Juncture, WA11:05-11:35 pm Blitzen Trapper11:45 pm-12:25 am The Planet The12:25-12:55 am Talkdemonic