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PDX Pop Now! Compilation Release at Backspace 6.14

PDX Pop Now! is the culmination of the best aspects of Portland’s music scene. For the past ten years this free, three day festival has sought out our city’s most promising local acts and put them in front of an enthusiastic and diverse crowd of all ages. There isn’t a stage in town that can bring as much attention to a local band. You’ll have to wait until July 19th to enjoy this year's festival, but you can get a taste of what’s to come on Friday, June 14th at Backspace to celebrate the release of the 2013 PDX Pop Now! compilation album. This forty-three track, two disc release might be the best representation of the Portland music scene, featuring the sounds of Sama Dams, The Woolen Men, NTNT and many more. The release party will include performances by Sapient, Summer Cannibals, Sean Flinn and the Royal We, and Wishyunu. Be there to be the first to get your hands on the compilation and find out who’s going to be playing the festival this year. I’ll see you there. -Benjamin Toledo

March 2013

Slump is proof that, even with nearly a decade of experience in hip hop, Sapient can still find new ways to push the genre’s envelope. The album showcases dynamic instrumentation, shifting textures and relentless hooks through bright production that are held together by Sapient’s seamless lyrical flow. Each track has something different to offer. Whether it’s the heavy guitar leads in “Pieces of Paper”, the comedic groove of “Shotgun in my Spaceship” or the ethereal backing vocals on “Monsters Eat Bricks” the album is constantly exploring different ways to express an innovative spirit. Still, the accessible nature of the music is never lost to over-experimentation. The rhythms are contagious and the choruses so catchy that they demand the listener to sing along, even if they don’t realize they’re doing it. Slump is a refreshing break from musical imitation and shows that, above all, Sapient will never let himself be confined within the box of a single genre. - Benjamin Toledo


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