Treefort Music Fest Pt 2

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.

Obscured by the Sun (photo: Keith Chaloux)

Finn Riggins

Got to see Finn Riggins play this song.

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Holiday Friends

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.

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Lost Lander

Lost Lander brought their A game of party pop to the El Korah.

Lost Lander (photo: Jeff Hoffman)

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.

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Smokey Brights

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.

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ELEL

We caught the last couple of songs from ELEL, and they were just fantastic. Really groovy electro-pop sound from these guys.

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Summer Cannibals

Our favorites, Summer Cannibals, had an amazing show as always.

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The Ghost Ease

Another favorite Portland band The Ghost Ease straight killed it all weekend long.

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Delicate Steve

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.

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Marriage + Cancer

Folks, Marriage + Cancer is some shit. Self termed Pissed Pop, the tunes from last year’s Start From an End come across with a strong dynamism and some underlying tension. There’s something lurking in the background here; some spooky organs and delicious hints of surf and doom. Their riffs are memorable and the reverb’d vocals are nicely harmonious. We saw them with Ghost Ease back in April, and it was one of those shows where you go get the album immediately afterwards. The album comes in cassette, and as the name suggests a perfect Start From an End as the tape flips and Marriage + Cancer continues an endless loop of righteous no-holds-barred and seriously catchy rock.

NOTE: You may know these guys as Nuclear Aminals. http://nucularaminals.bandcamp.com/

White Rainbow

Check out this disc that dropped back in February. Five years in the making, it’s called THRU.U by White Rainbows. If you’re looking for a massive dose of sunshine–like enough to leave you with a little sunburn on your ears– then have a listen to THRU.U. The album starts off with Batman Palace, a starry-eyed number which vibrates with upbeat drum machines and distant reverb’d vocals saying “it feels alright.” It sure does. Cuban Egg is a funky super reprise which leads us into Killswitch, basically approaching the pinnacle of ambient EDM. More funky and psych vibes float through in Don’t Wait which take liberties that distinguish White Rainbows from other producers like Odesza or Shlohmo. The mood remains that of subdued elation, evoking the type of happiness that comes from anticipation. Trance, dance, trap, and fun. White Rainbows– get down.

Treefort Music Fest Day 2

Friday March 21st brought the heat by ending the night with Magic Sword and Odesza, with a special appearance by Slow Magic. We knew the weekend was about to toward weird after a cop showed up at the unofficial Portland Fort in the early afternoon.


SAMA DAMS
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P-Fort is an unofficial day show featuring Portland Bands. We missed Duck! Little Brother, Duck! but came just in time for Sama Dams’ high energy psyched out set. This sound is lush and rich and most importantly rocks hard. We almost got shut down by the cops, but they were nice and let us continue with the garage doors closed.




AND AND AND
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And And And and the Rigsketball Rig made an appearance at the P-Fort showcase. Even though we saw them last night, we really enjoyed ruminating on the new material again.




THEEsatisfaction
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Over at Main Stage THEEsatisfaction are some of the freshest MCs we’ve seen, and Treefort in previous years has brought the likes of Grieves, K.Flay, Sage Francis, and Brother Ali. Both their voices are immediately recognizable from their work with other Seattle post-rappers Shabazz Palaces.




GRANDMA KELSEY
This is the type of music where the word visceral seems perfect. Like the name suggests, a young woman Kelsey sings with the soberness and melancholy of someone thrice her age. Her vocals and acoustic guitar are the main attractions, turned up with reverb and delivered with passion. Grandma Kelsey is the singer-songwriter that makes us excited about singer-songwriters in the best way. The live show is entrancing so we didn’t care to snap a bunch of noisy photos so you’ll just have to go see her on her upcoming US tour.



BLOCKHEAD
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We catch Blockhead’s tight new set. He’s Aesop’s DJ and is on tour right now.

JUNIOR ROCKET SCIENTIST

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After Blockhead I popped over to El Korah Shrine for some grunge rock in Junior Rocket Scientist. These guys have such an excellent sound to their music. You’ve got to check them out.

THE FUNS

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In between JRS and Genders, I decided to go check out the Crux. The band I saw was a low-fi punk band called The Funs. They are a cool 2 piece from Chicago.



HOOVES
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Next we check out Spokane’s Hooves at Neurolux and their heavy post rock Jams. Hooves conjures headbanging from everyone everywhere, always.




Iamsu!
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Back at Mainstage Iamsu! and the whole HBK Gang is laying their phat beats beneath a flowing river of rhymes. These guys just put out a highly dopaliscous compilation called Gang Forever. This is some serious R&B Rap shit.




GENDERS
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Genders is my favorite band. Their sound is so classic yet fresh, the lyrics thoughtful and intriguing. Their melodies are contagiously carefree yet uncanny. Wherever these people come up with their shit, it sounds great all together.




FIRES IN FRANCE
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Their website says ‘arena rock’ which is a semi-appropriate for these guys if they werent playing a coffee shop in Boise. Even though the radio pop emo sound isn’t one we’d normally cover, you have to hand it to these guys; they’re great. The songs are interestingly composed and sincerely done, and the guitarist is capable of licks and pull offs that make jaws and panties drop.




THE WARM HAIR
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There are many musicians stuck in certain decades, and for The Freebird it’s the 70’s. Naked underneath his nicely fit Canadian tuxedo, this guy whips up an awesome blend of blues rock, groovy Seventies heavy metal, and classic folk stuffs. But it still sounds so fresh!! Apparently Doug Martsch discovered these guys back in the day, and they’re still pretty unknown. Never ever miss The Warm Hair if they’re in your town. Even if it means you have to quit your job.




SLAM DUNK
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Slam Dunk is the kind of party music that doesn’t pretend shit. They’re a goddamn party.




EAGLE TWIN
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Remember the first time you heard some good doom metal? Maybe you were too stoned, and I was too, but it’s sort of like that. Eagle Twin trudges along leaving deep postholes in a wake of heavy sludge.



A SEA OF GLASS
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The Bouquet is a cool little coffee shop/ all ages venue in downtown Boise which drew a young crowd. A Sea of Glass filled a jammed up room with super chill atmospheric indie rock, which is progressive minded and thoroughly sedated. The violin gives it a posty feel at times and folksy at others. Pretty nice.



UGLY HUSSY
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Ugly Hussy is what an awesome Modest-Mouse-sounding indie band sounds like if it were being played by just one guy. He uses loops and delays as tools, but ultimately layers of rad indie music is what’s he’s interested in.



MAGIC SWORD
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So it’s late now and although we suspect this might happen, things get really weird. We’ve been digging on this DJ from Boise, Magic Sword because of his 80’s video game and medieval-step undertones, but when we walk through the doors of Knitting Factory, a giant outrageous dance club and there are two guys on stage wearing robes and mesh masks that have LEDs for eyes! It was a super fun time.