Brand new album from Sun Blood Stories called Twilight Midnight Morning. This Idaho band have a sweet droney style of music. Sun Blood Stories craft a witchy concoction of brooding drone-rock. The opening track “Palace Mountain Mirage” opens the album with an excellent slide guitar riff that sets the mood for the rest of Twilight Midnight Morning. Tracks 4 (Witch Wind) and 6 (Night Tremor) have a more highly driven bass line that makes for more of a psychedelic-metal feel to it. My favorite track on the record is the finale “Misery is Nebulous.” Sun Blood Stories brings such great musicianship to this record, and it sounds amazing, so go listen to it and support independent artists.
New music from Girlpool called Before the World Was Big. These ladies have such an incredibly powerful sound with their minimalist style of alt-pop. The songwriting is really extraordinary, the harmonies and vocals in general give such a sense of vulnerability, and the guitar parts are so well put together to make you feel the music. This album from Girlpool is one of my favorites so far this year, so make sure to check it out!
Last week we went to see the latest Red Bull Sound Select show featuring Zola Jesus. The bill included two Portland acts, Magic Fades and Ghost Feet. The show overall was a fun time, even though it was poorly attended for one of these Red Bull shows.
First up was Ghost Feet a local Portland duo that make experimental electronic music. The mix is a little shoegaze with some chillwave. Very enjoyable to watch live as well.
Magic Fades went on after. They are another Portland duo, though they are on straight up R&B music. I’m not really into the music that they performed but it is well put together.
Zola Jesus was super awesome live. She has an awesome stage presence and her music is poppy and fun to dance to. Make sure to check her out.
(All photos by Aaron Rogosin)
Day 3 of Treefort was quite an adventure. It was the most dance filled day of the festival by far. There were so many bands so lets get it started.
It was great to see our favorite Utah band Desert Noises again. They have so much energy for their live shows.
Terrible Light is seriously beyond description. Listen to these beautifully gritty demos.
Couches seriously rocked it hard in the late afternoon.
For Fucks Sake was approximately what it sounds like. Grating electro-noise from a guy who seems nice but looks terrifying in a pig mask
Treefort had Generationals out this year which is a classic indie band with a great sound.
Posse brought their chilled out apathetic rock to Linen Building. It was perfect drinking music.
Cool to see Us Lights at Neurolux
Foxygen brought their A game to the main stage with lots of dancing, soulful music, and even a sword fight.
Parade of Bad Guys
I don’t have enough awesome things to say about Parade of Bad Guys’ music. It’s an excellent mix of soulful rock and country/bluegrass.
Triathalon was really great to see live, they bring the recordings to life in a beautiful way.
Chk Chk Chk (!!!) were the headliners for Saturday and they brought the funk to the main stage.
Later in the night Crystal Ghost pumped up his electro-dance groove jams.
Bearcubbin’! is definitely one of our favorite Portland bands to see live, and they absolutely crushed it Saturday night.
And to end the third night of Treefort 2015 was Red Hands Black Feet. We have been following them for a couple of years now and we are excited to hear some new material later this year from them.
After a month long hiatus we are back with a vengeance and ready to rock! Let’s go ahead and finish out that Treefort Music Festival coverage that we have been sitting on for a while.
Part 2 of our series picks up on Friday with a butt load of bands.
Obscured by the Sun
Obscured by the Sun jumped right into their heavy post rock jams and didn’t stop. Their new album Outlaw is a great exploration of rhythm and you should check it out.
Got to see Finn Riggins play this song.
Holiday Friends were as vibrant and energetic as usual. They were handing out these Mini-Magic EPs which were very handy for the 7 hr drive home.
Lost Lander brought their A game of party pop to the El Korah.
Built To Spill
Buitl To Spill was the headliner for Friday night at the main stage. They played a lot of classics and a bunch of songs from the new album Untethered Moon.
These guys definitely killed it. Smokey Brights has such a rockin’ vibe to them, it is hard not to have the best time while watching them.
We caught the last couple of songs from ELEL, and they were just fantastic. Really groovy electro-pop sound from these guys.
Our favorites, Summer Cannibals, had an amazing show as always.
The Ghost Ease
Another favorite Portland band The Ghost Ease straight killed it all weekend long.
To end the night we caught Delicate Steve. I’ve been a huge advocate for Delicate Steve and they did not disappoint in the slightest.