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Celebrate Local Music with PDX Pop Now

PDX Pop Now is coming up next weekend, July 21 and 22! It will be the 15th anniversary of the free, all-ages festival. In addition to great music, this year the festival will feature a street fair, beer garden, rigsketball, and food carts. Starting at noon each day, popular local acts such as Nick Normal, Fountaine, and Mr. Wrong will be playing. You can check out the full schedule on their website, and listen to the 2018 compilation CD as well. Make sure you stop by to catch some great live music, and to support the Portland music scene.

   

Listen to LDYCP's First EP

Listening to LDYCP’s self-titled EP is reminiscent of reading a Tolkien novel in the best way possible. The band’s avant-chamber pop style imbues every song with a tone that is both romantic and inspiring. The lead vocals are melodramatic, tinged with a delightful ethereal quality. Their elegeic and abstract lyrics often sound more like poetry than song lyrics. It’s possible to hear the influence of chamber-rock acts such as Queen. This is especially true given the thrilling electric-guitar solos some songs feature. LDYCP does a good job of creating a new, unique sound while playing tribute to such legendary acts.

By Avril Carrillo 

   

Get Ready for Fantastic Plastic

The energy coming through on Fantastic Plastic’s first demo is intense and unrestrained. Dry vocals bite through the gruff guitar riffs and brooding bass lines. The lyrics on “Embarrassing” waver between sarcasm and uncertainty. The song displays a vulnerability on the band’s part. Their music explores what it means to be a young adult in today’s messy, emo world. At times, it feels like the band is letting you in on the joke while also making fun of you a bit. Fantastic Plastic is brash and bold, having fun with how chaotic they can be. It’s a great attitude for any femme-punk band to have, and it strengthens their music. This strength is most obvious in their live performances. As an act, the band is charming and dynamic on stage, and with such a kick-ass attitude, they can inspire even the most lethargic Portland audience to get up and dance.

Fantastic Plastic will be releasing a new album this upcoming August. Make sure you give it a listen! - By Avril Carrillo 

   

Dance a Lot, Cry a Little with Maarquii

Maarquii has been making a huge splash in the Portland music scene. Their second EP Lullaby in Gemini came out February 2017, and there’s a reason it’s gotten the attention it has. Maarquii lives in a very fast world, but they slow it down with their music. Their song “2chill” brings up images of bodies dancing in slow motion, bathed in dusky neon lights. The jazzy, R&B elements of their music combine well with the pulsing and heavy club-inspired beats. The jazz influence in their hip hop sound contributes towards a more mellow, sophisticated and mournful tone that makes single "Mizz Communication" especially poignant. Maarquii will be at the Doug Fir Lounge on July 6th with Karma Rivera, Fountaine, and Empress.

By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Evan James Atwood
   

Cry Babe at Turn Turn Turn 07/15

In many ways, the music of Cry Babe is based on a classic indie rock sound, but there's a poignant melodic element to it that gives it a wrenching quality. Bassist Maddie Putney and drummer Rose Reinholz are in great sync, maintaining the ideal balance between punchy beats and soft melodies. As vocalist Anaïs Genevieve wails out the lyrics to “Picasso” the rich timbre of her voice adds a more romantic flair to the band’s warm instrumentals. Cry Babe also incorporates a generous use of cymbals and an omnichord, subtly adding elements of synth and pushing the band’s work into the dream-pop category. You can catch them next on July 15 at Turn Turn Turn with Mere Mention and Slutty Hearts.

 

  By Avril Carrillo, Photo By Corbin Corbiin