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PDX Pop Now Day 3 - What to Expect

 PDX Pop Now's 2016 festival weekend is coming to a close and with its posted lineup, it'll be ending on a high note. Youth bands Fossa Club and the Living Skins open up this sunny Sunday, leading into the blowing up and of Blowout.

Cilantro will be offering a more worldly spice, followed up by a lively punked fueled performance from Bobby Peru.

Deli Portland favorites A Volcano, Force Publique and Cat Hoch have slots on the closing day, along with experimental noise act Consumer, who shared his spontaneous sounds on the PDX Pop segment featured on KATU.

Renaissance Coalition breakout artist Maze Koroma will spit some mad flows just before one of Portland's current biggest bands Summer Cannibals closes out this year's fest just before the 10 o' clock hour.

This year's PDX Pop Now festival was one of the best to date, with an outstanding turnout backing one of the most diverse lineups in its history. It'll be exciting to see what the non-profit has up its sleeve next.


Family Volleyball Opening Special All-ages Show for Wild Child at Boot & Saddle July 24

Tonight is a special all-ages show at Boot & Saddle, the second night of two for impassioned pop group Wild Child. Last night was for the 21+ folks, so this evening is for all the youngsters. It’s an especially good thing for opener Family Volleyball, who most likely would not be allowed in the venue otherwise, or maybe I’m just getting old. Either way, try to make it in time for their dreamy, eclectic set. While the group might stay in the realm of indie rock most of the time, they jump around with their sound, recalling Real Estate, Pinback, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Pomegranates and Yo La Tengo at different times across their limited amount of releases. The band obviously has an ear for a catchy melody, and can explore/express those ideas in a number of inventive ways. Family Volley doesn’t seem to take themselves too seriously, which is to their benefit, as they are creating keen-eyed and intricate songs that have a youthful exuberance and mature, well-crafted structures that are both surprising and familiar. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $20, All Ages - Adam G.


PDX Pop Now Day 2 - What to Expect

Day 2 of PDX Pop Now actually starts at noon, with Friends of Noise and Music in the Schools act The Scribes. Mr. Bones will be repping an early but good spot for Good Cheer Records, and the Tamed West round out a nice early afternoon block of performances before the afternoon starts kicking in.

Andrew Endres Collective is bringing some jazzy vibes to the fest and Wave Action is filling in for Little Star just before 3:30. 

Old Grape God and Speaker Minds are the fest's hip hop flavor for the day leading into punk af Tiny Knives and Love Cop, who have got their self described "hood goth" on lock.

Experimental artist Antecessor will ring the night in with a bit of strangeness, followed by a block of r&b feels from Lola Buzzkill and Fur Coats. Older school Portlanders Wooden Indian Burial Ground are closing out the night on a garagey note.

With just today and tomorrow left, PDX Pop has been off to a great start!


Last Littler Philly Show (For Now) at Everybody Hits July 23

The lifespan of an indie band is often short-lived in these modern times, and the Philly DIY scene is bracing itself for another little heartbreak, as half the members of four-piece Littler prepare to move across the country. It hurts to see them go, especially as they were starting to receive a bit of national attention. Their bubbly brand of Slumberland-soaked twee-punk and emotion sheathed in prickly fuzz will be sorely missed, and I'll be keeping an eye to the western horizon in hopes of their return. The band's last booked show in Philly will be held tonight at Everybody Hits, with a host of avant acts that will add an interesting contrast to Littler’s unabashed pop devotion. Ursula, a recent transplant to Philadelphia and self-proclaimed no-wave band, will open the night with songs that know structure but no tune. Their decidedly unmelodious, repetitive riffs and harsh vocals hang in tattered shreds from steady, plodding beats, seemingly the only orienting component of the music. Palm, another local favorite, will also be performing their incredibly nuanced, arcane, avant-math-pop, which treads the seam between melody and dissonance, while covering more compositional ground within a single song than many bands cover in an entire album. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave, 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages (Photo by Emily Burtner) - Bryce Woodcock


Stream the Debut Album "Fog of War" by Trillwave Transmigrant China White

Two months have passed since bedroom mystic Jamie Leroux quietly dropped the phantasmagoric three-year successor Visual Underground as Future Holograms. That trillwave release recalled a cathartic time for Detroit-native Leroux, who admits,"The constant change actually influenced the Future Holograms project, due to the longing of all the people I've kept close and how the distance effected me." Moving to San Diego nearly five years ago, the producer spends his first summer back in the Motor City, and has released another album's worth of material, Fog of War, under a new name and a new aura.

White China's first output is as much a virtuous revision to the past incarnations Yokan PopIcosagon, Sun Metal, and more as it is a retrospective nod to hypnagogic auteurs like Gold Panda, XXYYXX, and Clams Casino—caught at a time when dad aesthetics, Drake lyrics, and pastel colors equally conjure sardonic chuckles and nostalgic sighs. 2011 didn't seem that long ago.

Listen to "Let's Fuck Ourselves Over" from White China's debut album Fog of War below and download it for free on Leroux's netlabel/collective Silver Throne Records.

 

 


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