Treefort Music Fest: Prefort

Treefort is less than a week away and we cannot be more excited. To keep us from peeing our pants in anticipation, here are some bands that will be performing at the festival. The last couple of Treefort posts have been electronic and folk music, so these bands are all about DIY rock ‘n’ roll.

First is San Francisco band Creative Adult. These guys have a grunge-punk sound to them. Lots of guitar noise and the vocals are what stand out the most to for the band. They will be playing the Linen Building on Thursday 3/20 at 8pm.

Next is a local Boise band called Junior Rocket Scientist. There is a lot of different types of influences that all combine into one badass indie rock sound. They have a great EP out called Lady Alice, make sure to listen to “Boredom” and the title track. JRS will be opening for our favorite Portland indie rock band, Genders, at El Korah Shrine, Friday 6.20pm.

Last but not least is Oakland, CA rockers, Meat Market. These guys have a more DIY punk-rock sound to them than the other bands. Some surfy drum beats with fuzzy guitars and reverb vocals, makes for a delicious combo of music. They also play Thursday night at The Shredder, 11.30pm. Catch their new track “The Return Of Prince Donathunn” along with 60 others on the official Treefort Trail Mix compilation, here.

Live: Maps & Atlases, And And And, The We Shared Milk

The first Tuesday of March was not only Fat Tuesday, but also happened to be the latest installment of Red Bull Sound Select: Portland. This show featured local favorites And And And and The We Shared Milk. The headliners were Chicago indie pop musicians, Maps & Atlases.

The We Shared Milk played first and absolutely rocked the Doug Fir Lounge. With their fuzz jam-rock style of music, TWSM everyone started feeling warm and cozy.

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Next up was And And And. These punks have got an ill-defined indie rock sound to their music. They are the perfect band to get drunk, head bang, and have a grand ol’ time to. This was one of And And And’s best shows that I’ve been to.

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Last up was headliners Maps & Atlases. These guys I have not heard as much, but their sound was pretty good live. Pretty pop-y, with a little indie dance. Honestly it sounds like most of the “alternative” music that gets played on the radio too much. They had a good show though.

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Treefort Music Fest Preview

The schedule for Treefort Music Festival has officially been released and it is a little more than daunting. With 350 mainly independent bands/artists attending this year’s festival, it’s hard to know which acts to catch. Well, check out these indie folk-rock groups and ease your mind a little bit.

First band that you’ll want to catch is Sheep Bridge Jumpers from Ketchum/Hailey, ID. These guys have a great, uptempo indie bluegrass, folky sound to them. Sheep Bridge Jumpers will make you want to jump up and dance around just by listening to the recording. They will be playing Saturday, 3/22 at Pengilly’s Saloon 6pm.

Next is Apple Horse from Boise, ID. Their sound is more on the rock and roll style of folk. Apple Horse is so super catchy it’s hard to call them a folk band, they are actually more on the side of pop-rock with some alt-folk influence. The band is reuniting after being on hiatus for the past couple of years just to play the festival, so you don’t want to miss it. They will be playing the District Coffee House on Friday 3/21 at 11pm.

Last but not least is another Boise band called Calico. These young musicians might still be in high school, but are extremely talented. Calico’s music is full of melodic strings, beautiful vocals, and a very Americana sound. You can catch them playing District Coffee House on Saturday 3/22 at 9pm.