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.
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.
In it’s fourth year of existence, Treefort Music Festival has established itself as the go to festival in the Northwest. Everything from technology to film to yoga, Treefort has it all, but of course we were there for the music.
The Killing Sasquatch crew was four strong this year and faced a little adversity to begin the trip. Our car broke down about 100 miles east of Portland, so we missed out of the festivities on Wednesday. Though spirits were down to begin the weekend, we were able to rally for a most excellent adventure.
Our journey began on Thursday at Tom Grainey’s with Bliiss and Blackwater Prophet.
Bliiss is the new jam. Their songs are imaginative and distinctly stoney. Bliiss draws from a huge variety of great early heavy metal, garage rock, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll to get their groovy freshness.
Blackwater Prophet has a similar sound to Bliiss, with more psychedelia influences.
Then we went to see local Portlanders The Shivas.
BOYS were playing next, filling in for The Velvet Teen at Neurolux. Then Cymbals Eat Guitars were right after them.
We also caught The Bleach Effect, Jason Webley, and A Seasonal Disguise before one of our favorite Portland bands Animal Eyes.
The Bleach Effect
Electronic duo from Boise. These two guys have super bass heavy jams that sound like they belong in video games. They definitely remind me of Magic Sword so check them out.
A Seasonal Disguise is reminiscent of all the best nostalgia from 2000s indie rock; Andrew Bird, Conor Oberst, etc. Their high energy live shows translates onto lush recordings like Waterfowl of Western Canada EP. This is deeply thoughtful music for the introspective side of us all.
Jason Webley is a singer/songwriter that is on the folk spectrum of music. With a beautiful voice and accordion as a choice weapon for Webley, the music makes one reminisce on their own life. He was joined on stage by members of Animal Eyes and Jumping Sharks
Animal Eyes are one of our favorite bands from Portland. They have an incredible mix of folk, pop, and indie rock that just reaches out to the soul and comforts it.