As you may have heard, there are a few music festivals going on in Portland this weekend. There's PDX Pop Now, of course. But there's also the 8 Track Relay, which combines a who's-who of Northwest luminaries—Menomena, Blitzen Trapper, Cave Singers, DJ Sam Adams—with the joy of running in a circle for 24 straight hours. 

And then there's Sometimes a Great Notion. Essentially a showcase for Metal Postcard, the label run by Hong Kong-based Australian expat Sean Hocking, for the second year the festival is bringing an eclectic assemblage of artists to Portland, many of whom rarely perform here. Highlights include New York multi-hyphenate electro-groovers Pink Skull,  ex-Posie (and Big Star and R.E.M. member) Ken Stringfellow, Portland synth-explorer Pulse Emitter and Pinks Quieter, the psychedelic go-go project of (who else?) Sun Angle's Charlie Salas-Humara. 

The event takes place tonight and tomorrow, July 19-20, at Mississippi Studios, and we've got a pair of two-day passes to give you. Just email with "SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION" in the subject line, and we will contact the winner when the contest closes at 3 pm.


The winner will also receive a bunch of 12" vinyl courtesy of Metal Postcard Records. It looks something like this:

You want to get your hands on some of that? You've got until 3 pm to enter!

Here's the full Sometimes a Great Notion lineup: 

Friday, July 19

  • Pink Skull
  • Das Fluff
  • White Fang
  • Pinks Quieter
  • Pulse Emitter
Saturday, July 20
  • Ken Stringfellow
  • Cambodian Space Project
  • The Maldives
  • Matthew Heller