Sioux Falls

Finally catching up on some regular updates now. Still working on the Treefort coverage, but for now let’s dive into some of my favorite albums this year so far. Let’s start with Portland band Sioux Falls. They released Rot Forever back in February and it is a kick-ass indie-rock album that is filled with really good songs. Sioux Falls has such a classic indie-rock sound to them ranging from Modest Mouse to Pavement to Built To Spill. They also have an emo-punk theme to their music along the lines of Blink-182.
The vocals are what jump out at you first. The growly viciousness of Isaac Eiger is a staple in Sioux Falls. The way that he paces and presents the lyrics are really unique and add another layer of intrigue to the band.
Overall Rot Forever goes down as one of the freshest indie punk-rock albums this decade. So definitely wrap your ears around Sioux Falls.

Treefort 2016 Day 2

Finally got more coverage of our Treefort 2016 adventure. Thursday brought us a bunch of awesome acts that were all so much fun.

Sun Blood Stories

First act we saw was local Boise band Sun Blood Stories. Their performance was one of the best for the weekend! There was so much power and stoney rock and roll from these high desert homies.

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Death Songs

Next we saw former Shaky Hands member, Nicholas Delffs perform his one man act as Death Songs.

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Aaron Mark Brown

We hustled over to Linen Building to catch Aaron Mark Brown. This pop band from Nampa, ID has an olde-timey folk-jazz sound to them. It’s music that makes your toes tap.

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Sugar Candy Mountain

Sugar Candy Mountain was super fuzzy and psychedelic, a little less pop live than their recordings. We only caught a few songs of them before flying off to the next venue.

HINDS

We stopped at Crowbar for some drinks and electronic music before heading to El Korah Shrine for HINDS. The Spanish band has a groovy garage rock sound to them. Super fun to see live.

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Baby Ghosts

Next was Baby Ghosts from Salt Lake City. A rocking performance from them too. If you like a little punk thrown into your garage rock then check out this band.

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Ural Thomas & The Pain

The highlight of the night was Ural Thomas & The Pain. Straight up soul music, with the most charming lead singer we saw all weekend.

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Thee Oh Sees

To cap off the night we caught the very end of Thee Oh Sees. A super packed El Korah was crowd surfing and dancing all over the place. It was great way to end the second night of Treefort.

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Treefort 2016 Day 1

Wednesday March 23rd was the first day of Treefort Music Fest. It was our first time actually catching any acts on Wednesday, since last year we had car troubles. After checking into the ol’ Cabana Inn, we quickly moved over to Fatty’s, a club with extremely cheap drink specials. We caught San Francisco DJ Seapora, who started our venture with chill electro-pop music. After only spending $20 on roughly 15 shots, we moved over to Linen Building for another San Fran band, Culture Abuse. Though the lead singer was belligerently hammered, they put on a pretty decent show. We then scooted over to see Portland’s own Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts. They put on a super groovy show to a pretty packed house. After a brief stop back at Fatty’s (I mean dollar tequila shots) we checked out Boise’s Gipsy Moon Rise. These guys and gals rocked super hard and that’s when that feeling of Treefort really set in for me.

Seapora

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Culture Abuse

A loud garage punk-rock band that likes to party as hard as their music.

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Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts

Grooving psychedelic pop-rock, with a hint of funk.

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Gipsy Moon Rise

Blues rock band from Boise, ID. Great for drinking whiskey to.

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It was a great first night of Treefort. We caught a few more acts besides those pictured above, but none that were too memorable. Wednesday was a great way to start the weekend of festivities.

Treefort 5 Years in Review

As I try to come down from the euphoria that is Treefort Music Fest, I reflect back on the past five years of not only this blog, but life in general. When Keith and I first went to Boise, we had no idea what we were in for, we just wanted to see Why? and a 100+ more bands for 50 bucks during Spring Break. What we were met with is something I can barely put into thought without tearing up (in the best way). The love and pride that is shown in Boise is so inspiring and heartfelt, that it makes me so joyfully emotional. I count myself so fortunate and lucky to be a part of this festival and share the experience with an audience for 5 years running. I have met so many musicians, locals, foreigners, other press, and volunteers who are sincere when they tell me to keep up the good work. Treefort has inspired this blog to keep going for so long. Honestly without it I would have given it up by now.
The amount of talent that is showcased there is absolutely ridiculous. You can go to any show and be blown away with what that band is trying to accomplish, you don’t even need to listen to anyone beforehand. Seriously, more the half the bands I share on here have been to Treefort at some point in the last 5 years.
So I want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone that has been involved in making and maintaining Treefort Music Festival. And here’s to at least another 5 years!
Pictures and video to come.

Treefort 2016 Preview pt 2

With the last artist announcement and schedule finalization, Treefort Music Fest is officially in hype mode! To help get everyone informed of who to check out while in Boise, here’s a few artists that we are going to be checking out.

Jai Wolf

First is Jai Wolf, the electronic artist from New York. He has already made a name for himself with the track “Indian Summer” and a handful of remixes as well. With his lush beats and hard bass, this a dance party you won’t to miss Friday night at Rose Room.

The Roaring 420s

Next is The Roaring 420s all the way from Dresden, Germany. Their music is very much what you would expect; heavy psychedelic influenced pop-rock. They are super catchy and you know it’ll be a good time with the show also on Friday night at a new venue called The Olympic.

Mothers

Mothers is definitely a different pace than the other two bands, but they are amazing songwriters. The falsetto vocals are quite astonishing and makes everything seem OK. They are from Athens, GA so be sure to check them out Friday as well, they play at Linen Building.