PDX Pop Now! -- Portland's premier DIY music festival -- is currently taking artist/band requests for its 2008 event. Visitors to the requests page of the PDX Pop Now! website (http://www.pdxpopnow.com/requests) can tell the organization which Portland and Portland-area acts they'd like to see perform at this year's festival and maybe even help the group learn about some undiscovered or under-recognized local music gems. PPN! is looking for artists from the all genres comprising the city's vibrant and varied music community – folk and rock, country and hip hop, jazz and electronic and so forth – and does research and listen to every band requested, so every request counts.

Last year, PPN! received nearly 20,000 requests from 3,000 individuals for 1,600 Portland-area artists and bands. The majority of this record number of requests arrived online, but the group also collected a significant amount placed in request boxes located at retail outlets throughout the city. (PDX Pop Now! once again plans to place these boxes around town.)

In other news, PDX Pop Now! is still accepting music submissions for its 2008 compilation of Portland. Area musicians have until Friday, February 29, to submit original works for consideration. Guidelines and a downloadable submission form are available at http://www.pdxpopnow.com/cd.
Image: Most of PDX Pop Now's psychedelic 2008 logo, designed by Emek.