Treefort 2015: Initial Lineup

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The initial lineup for Treefort Music Fest 2015 was announced over the weekend. It already looks like a killer time in Boise at the end of March. Treefort is bringing big names like TV on the Radio this year along with Trampled By Turtles, Yacht, Hooray For the Riff Raff, Generationals, and more. Here at Killing Sasquatch we pride ourselves with bringing you artists that sound really good, but are not as well known. So we found a few bands towards the bottom of the initial lineup to showcase and to get you pumped up for Treefort Music Fest 2015.

First up is San Francisco band Cool Ghouls. They have a great mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelic music. They are super catchy with their guitar riffs and vocals.

Next is De Lux from LA. This duo has an incredible sound to them. Post-disco sounds that makes you think of Talking Heads, along with funky bass lines that make you want to shake your booty. Yet De Lux makes their music really fresh to stay relevant in this day and age.

Last band we have for you today is Seattle rock band, Posse. These guys play chilled out rock that reminds me of Sonny & The Sunsets with shades of Velvet Underground. Posse’s latest album Soft Opening is cool and catchy and a must listen if you like rock and roll.

Live: Deafheaven

Tuesday night saw the return of Red Bull Sound Selects show here in Portland. This show was not for the faint of heart, featuring a lineup of metal music. The first act was local Portlanders, Usnea, who’s latest album Random Cosmic Violence just came out last month. Their style is super sludgey and doomy.

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Next was Seattle band, Lesbian. These guys have a similar style to Usnea, just more high energy and on the side black metal. They played a bunch of new material, which sounded really fresh and loud.

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The headliner for the show was Deafheaven. We had their album Sunbather as number two in our Top 50 Albums of 2013. The live performance was riveting and intense. The lead singer is very intimate with the audience and really gets caught in the music. It was a fantastic show.

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All photos by Aaron Rogosin

The Shivas

New music from Portland quartet The Shivas. Their new full length album is called You Know What To Do. The Shivas have a great surf-rock vibe that borders on rockabilly. The new album is the best that the band has sounded recorded, with lots of fuzzy guitar and reverb vocals. The Shivas create really catchy songs about dancing, break ups, and being cool. My favorite tracks are “Big Mama Casio,” “You Make Me Wanna Die,” and “Strokin Off.” They are finishing out their European tour this month so check out their website for details.

Atlas and the Astronaut

New release from the powerful Atlas and the Astronaut from Vancouver, WA. Tiny Artifacts is their debut full length album. Atlas and the Astronaut have a heavy rock sound with an experimental element to their music. The excellent drumming is one of the first things you notice, along with lead vocalist Beau Rosser. Not to mention the guitars that go from heavy riffs to high flying solos in no time. Overall, Tiny Artifacts is a really well put together album by another local Northwest band that needs more attention. Atlas and the Astronaut is great for rocking out and blasting at maximum volume.

Nature Thief

Brand new music from Nature Thief from Portland, OR. The new EP is called Moon. Nature Thief has a really cool indie pop-rock sound to their music. The song writing is really unique, for instance they might use a minor or diminished chord where you might expect a major. The four piece is made up of really talented musicians, the most prominent piece is the lead singer’s vocals. Moon is only four songs so there’s no excuse to not listen to it.