Live: Young Magic + Yeasayer

Last night at the Wonder Ballroom was an extraordinary lineup with Yeasayer and Young Magic. They are touring together to support both of their new albums that were released this year.

Young Magic

Young Magic was first up and they put on an excellent show full of mysterious beats and breathy vocals. The new album Still Life is one of my favorites so far. The new album is super lush and well produced, and they bring that lushness to stage as well. Definitely worth a listen and a ticket to see live.

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Yeasayer

Yeasayer closed out the night with their weird indie-pop tunes. Their latest one is called Amen & Goodbye. Another great release full of glistening pop hits and awesome harmonies. Their live performance sounded great, and was full of lights and cardboard cutouts with more lights.

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Overall a great show at the Wonder Ballroom. Yeasayer is hitting Europe in June so be sure to check them out live.

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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