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.

Manatee Commune

Here’s another bunch of Treefort Music Fest artists to wrap your ears around. After the final wave of artists was announced, there is now about 350 bands coming to Boise at the end of March.
The first band we dug up is Bellingham, WA chillwave artist, Manatee Commune. The instrumental stylings of Manatee Commune has a groovy, yet ambient kind of sound. The newer singles have more of a free form, floating vibe than his EP release in 2012. Manatee Commune takes his sound directly from the Pacific Northwest sometimes literally, lots of rain noises and native bird calls. Definitely worth a listen and a charitable download here.

Next is Boulder, CO artist Frugal Father. His music is a weird mix of minimalism and dance, which I really enjoy. Then the vocal styling is also a bit strange, kind of a deadpan delivery, that actually plays really well into the music that’s being created. Check out Frugal Father’s singles and download for free here.

Last but not least is Boise duo Avtale. The vocals are beautiful and the music is a little on the darker side. Avtale’s sound is dirty electro-pop that gets fuzzy on the bass and heavy in the beats. You can’t help but move your body to the track “Groundless.”

Treefort Music Fest

It’s that time of year once again. A little more than a month away from what is quickly becoming one of the best Northwest music festivals. And once again Killing Sasquatch is your headquarters to learn and listen to the newer indie bands. The headliners this year include RJD2, Polica, The Joy Formidable, Dan Deacon, Odesza, This Will Destroy You, and many more!
But we like to scroll all the way to the bottom of the artist page and fine some of the gems buried deeper.

First band that you need to listen to is New Madrid from Athens, GA. These guys have a chilled out rock and roll sound. Almost on the ambient side of acoustic rock, New Madrid has a good mix of vocals, jangly guitar riffs, and catchy rhythms. Their next full length is coming out at the end of February called, Sunswimmer.

Next up is a Salt Lake City band called Dark Seas. This five piece band has a good old time classic rock kind of sound to them. Their debut release is called Hawkes Court that came out last April. Dark Seas’ sound has a lot of The Doors influence to it, though with a lighter, groovier feel to it.

Last band for the post is Tangerine. This Seattle band is straight groove-pop. Super bright guitar riffs, surfy drum beats, and amazing vocals make up this four piece. They have two EPs that came out last year, Feel This Way and Pale Summer. They are both excellent.
These bands are just the beginning of part 3 in the epic adventure of Treefort Music Fest.

Top 50 Albums of 2013 Part 1: Pop/Electronic

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look back on all the amazing music that has come out this year. Like the last couple of years we’ll put all our favorites by category and alphabetize them first, then do a top 25 ranking. So here is all our favorite pop/electronic albums of the year, alphabetically.

Akron/Family – Sub Verses

Beacon – The Ways We Seperate

The Besnard Lakes – Until Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Boats – A Fairway Full of Miners

Camp Counselors – Huntress

Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP

Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live

Helado Negro – Invisible Life

Indians – Somewhere Else

Jamaican Queens – Wormfood

Javelin – Hi Beams

Lorde – Pure Heroine

Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

Odesza – My Friends Never Die

Pacific Air – Stop Talking

Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides

Radiation City – Animals in the Median

Saint Rich – Beyond the Drone

Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now

Still Corners – Strange Pleasure

Teen Daze – Glacier

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We the Common

Typhoon – White Lighter

Washed Out – Paracosm

Wild Nothing – Empty Estate

Wild Ones – Keep It Safe

Young Galaxy – Ultramarine

Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

Live at Holocene: Teen Daze

Thursday night at Holocene brought chill wave rockers from Vancouver, B.C. Teen Daze. The first act was a couple of local DJs, Phillip Grass. They spun some really great tunes and played some remixes to set up the night.


After Phillip Grass played their beats, Camp Counselors came on to play. After an issue with one of his mixers, Camp Counselors a.k.a Cemeteries slayed the stage. The Camp Counselors project is a little more haunting and more soundscape kind of music.



Last up was Teen Daze. I wasn’t quite sure what the show would be like, but Teen Daze has a full band that they tour as. The show had a great post-rock vibe to it. Teen Daze played a lot of songs off the latest album, Glacier. They have a great chill sound and the live performance brings out rock elements a little more. Teen Daze is a must see live band.