Treefort 2016 Day 1

Wednesday March 23rd was the first day of Treefort Music Fest. It was our first time actually catching any acts on Wednesday, since last year we had car troubles. After checking into the ol’ Cabana Inn, we quickly moved over to Fatty’s, a club with extremely cheap drink specials. We caught San Francisco DJ Seapora, who started our venture with chill electro-pop music. After only spending $20 on roughly 15 shots, we moved over to Linen Building for another San Fran band, Culture Abuse. Though the lead singer was belligerently hammered, they put on a pretty decent show. We then scooted over to see Portland’s own Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts. They put on a super groovy show to a pretty packed house. After a brief stop back at Fatty’s (I mean dollar tequila shots) we checked out Boise’s Gipsy Moon Rise. These guys and gals rocked super hard and that’s when that feeling of Treefort really set in for me.

Seapora

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Culture Abuse

A loud garage punk-rock band that likes to party as hard as their music.

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Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts

Grooving psychedelic pop-rock, with a hint of funk.

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Gipsy Moon Rise

Blues rock band from Boise, ID. Great for drinking whiskey to.

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It was a great first night of Treefort. We caught a few more acts besides those pictured above, but none that were too memorable. Wednesday was a great way to start the weekend of festivities.

Manatee Commune

New release by one of our favorite electronic artists, Manatee Commune. The solo project of Grant Eadie has been gaining the recognition he deserves. The new EP release is called Thistle. It’s a great mix of chillwave rhythms and bouncy pop melodies. Manatee Commune is one of those artists that you can listen to over and over and not get tired of it. Thistle is no exception, starting off with the lush, booty shaking track “Brick Orange” shows that this EP is even more dance prone than his previous releases. “Blueberry” starts off more chilled, until it gets to that breakdown. Right in the middle of Thistle is the single and possibly my favorite track of his, “Clay” featuring Marina Price. Manatee Commune brings the house down with the new EP Thistle, so be sure to check it out. He is about to start a mini tour in April and will be playing Portland/Seattle on the 10th and 11th this month.

Sound Select: Zola Jesus

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.

Ghost Feet

Ghost Feet

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

Magic Fades

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

Zola Jesus

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)

Treefort Music Fest pt. 3

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.

Desert Noises

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It was great to see our favorite Utah band Desert Noises again. They have so much energy for their live shows.

Terrible Light

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Terrible Light is seriously beyond description. Listen to these beautifully gritty demos.

Couches

Couches

Couches seriously rocked it hard in the late afternoon.

For Fucks Sake

For Fucks Sake

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

Generationals

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Treefort had Generationals out this year which is a classic indie band with a great sound.

Posse

Posse

Posse brought their chilled out apathetic rock to Linen Building. It was perfect drinking music.

Us Lights

Us Lights

Cool to see Us Lights at Neurolux

Foxygen

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Foxygen brought their A game to the main stage with lots of dancing, soulful music, and even a sword fight.

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Parade of Bad Guys

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

Triathalon

Triathalon was really great to see live, they bring the recordings to life in a beautiful way.

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Chk Chk Chk (!!!) were the headliners for Saturday and they brought the funk to the main stage.

Crystal Ghost

Crystal Ghost

Later in the night Crystal Ghost pumped up his electro-dance groove jams.

Bearcubbin’!

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Bearcubbin’! is definitely one of our favorite Portland bands to see live, and they absolutely crushed it Saturday night.

Red Hands Black Feet

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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.

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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