Portland Rock City, not to be overshadowed by distant musical neighbor Seattle, created Musicfest NW as a meeting of the minds of independent and underground music. This is the festival formerly known as North by Northwest.
It's a multi-venue type of deal, with gigs going down all over town, SXSW style. Places include Roseland Theater, Crystal Ballroom, Fez Ballroom, and more. The expected Musicfest NW dates for 2014 are September 2 - 7.