Typhoon Releases Debut Album in May

For the first year that I was writing about music in Portland, Typhoon was more of a myth than a band. Everywhere I went, I heard stories: how the could quiet the drunkest house show crowd; that it could swell from seven to over 12 members; that all the dudes would take their shirts off and start pounding the living shit out of a few drum sets. But until recently, Typhoon was also a band that was spoken ...   More
Monday, February 22, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Tickets Still Available For PDX Pop Now! Benefit

Do you have plans on Thursday night? I know, I know, there's this little team called the Trail Blazers. But for anyone who's not a basketball fan (or for people who really care about music and arts in this city) there's another event in town that's worth throwing your money behind. For the second year in a row, the good folks behind PDX Pop Now! are holding a benefit concert at the tiny Ace Cleaners ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Help PDX Pop Now! Celebrate Its New Compilation (Plus Exclusive AgesAndAges Track!)

Tonight is the night! It's time to get out of the rain and celebrate the coming of PDX Pop Now! season and the unofficial beginning of summer. Even though the three-day, free, all-ages festival doesn't start for another eight weeks (sad face), you can get a sneak peak tonight at Holocene, where the PPN! folks are unveiling the 2010 Compilation with a pretty terrific all-ages show featuring Best New ...   More
Thursday, June 3, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup For 2010 Festival

Set your calendars, folks: The 2010 PDX Pop Now! festival is coming in a short seven weeks. Today the free, all-local, all-ages festival announced the lineup for this year's fest—set to take place July 30-August 1—and it's predictably great. Au! Parenthetical Girls! Cloudy October! Joggers! But even with the bigger names, this fest has always been about discovery, about seeing a band you've ...   More
Friday, June 11, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

PDX Pop Now! Announces Show at City Hall

Sam Adams sure does love local music. Just a week after announcing that the city is replacing its old hold music with tunes from local bands, today PDX Pop Now!—Portland's premiere all-ages music festival—outlined its plans for a free concert outside city hall. PPN! is hosting the event on Thursday, July 22 with performances from the Nick Jaina Band, Atole, Kelli Schaefer, and the Andrew ...   More
Monday, July 12, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

It's Time For PDX Pop Now!

Is everyone ready for PDX Pop Now!?! With the festival beginning in just a few hours, I wanted to share a bit of last-minute technical information for the weekend. For anyone outside the city (or people to lazy to make it down to Rotture) you can tune into two online radio stations to hear every minute—both PRA and KPSU are live streaming all three days. Also, I'll be there for most of the weekend ...   More
Friday, July 30, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Photo Review: PDX Pop Now!

For the first time in three years, I missed a good half of the 48 bands (plus at least three or four guerilla acts) at this year's PDX Pop Now! festival. It was tough: I've become so accustomed to spending my entire PPN! weekend at Rotture, sweating, rocking, eating too many tacos and watching bands that I dearly love and ones I'm just hearing for the first time. But five weeks ago, during my weekly ...   More
Monday, August 2, 2010 Local Cut


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