MFNW Day 3, 4 + 5

The epicness of Musicfest ramps up on Thursday; Youth Lagoon is playing mainstage and Tobacco is headlining a grave lineup at Holocene later.

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Its raining on us as local Boise phenomenon Youth Lagoon lights up the Pioneer Courthouse mainstage. His live performance is a mixture of distant nightmares and joyous reveries. This year’s Wonderous Bughouse delivers what it promises, twinkling and oscilating scales of size and reality. Check it out.

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After a great Youth Lagoon show we headed over to Dante’s to see the Oklahoma rockers, Broncho. With a style coming from garage punk from the ’70s these guys brought down the house.

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On An On is up after Broncho over at the Roseland Theater. They put on a great rocking pop show with lots of great visual art and lights.

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We mob over to Holocene to stay for the fresh tuneage starting with PDX band Bruxa. Bass heavy and obscure this trio boasts a pretty down n dirty and unique style

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The Friday shows starts off with the eclectic stylings of Dan Deacon. Not only does he play great music for the crowd in the middle of Pioneer Square, but gets the crowd involved in several dance offs.

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We hopped over to the Star Theater to catch a couple songs from our Holiday Friends. They put on another great show as usual with their brand of pop and rock.

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Then after listening to Animal Collective back at Pioneer Square we headed over to Dante’s to see local Portlanders, Old Light. These guys put on such a rocking show, Old Light was one of our favorite shows at MusicFest NW.

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From Old Light we headed over to the sold out Mississippi Studios to catch the end of Le1f and all of Washed Out. Earnest Greene and his new backing band put on a fabulous show.

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Saturday starts off at Pioneer Square with Deep Sea Diver. They play a great show with their blend of pop and rock and roll.

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After Deep Sea Diver, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down destroyed the main stage. After seeing them live, they have become one of my favorite bands to listen to. Thao has a great voice and the music is folksy and rocking.

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We headed over to the Roseland Theater after a while to catch Earth opening up for Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Earth is one of the grandfathers to drone doom music.

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Godspeed You! was an amazing black metal beast the way that we expected. After that show we pedaled hard over to the Hawthorne Theater to catch the last half of P.O.S. A great performance by the Minnesota native. He threw down hard for everyone there.

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Then our last show for the week was local rock legends Yob. A truly rocking show to end a truly fantastic week of music.

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MFNW Day 1 + 2

Finally after weeks of anticipation, Music Fest NW began on the 3rd with a slew of shows at Dante’s. The first night has a few shows to offer at Music Fest NW but the highlight is local Portland rockers, Summer Cannibals. With their brand of crunchy rock and roll, they brought out their best performance for MFNW.

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After Summer Cannibals was Black Bananas. A very loud, a very wasted band. They played pretty good music, Black Bananas had a sound like Sleigh Bells. Then the headliner was Redd Kross. Originally formed back in 1980, Redd Kross knows how to punk rock out. Their show was fantastic I only wished I stayed for the entire show, but it was bed time and there was about to be an epic week of shows.

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Homegrown hip-hop hustlers TxE sound like they wandered up to Portland from L.A. a decade ago and have been ruminating on the sounds ever since. When you think of up and coming hip hop scenes, Seattle with acts like Grieves, Shabazz Palaces, and Macklemore and even Minneapolis (Brother Ali, Atmosphere, P.O.S.) might come to mind before Portland. TxE reps Portland so hard they could be the whole scene. What we’re talking about is tight rapping, dynamic beats, with both a good edm and indie rock sensibility. The crowd is minimal this early in the festival, but rappers TOPE and Epp basically work a miracle to get this small sober crowd of Portlanders moving to G-Force’s phat beats.

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Next up is Sirah, a genre blending pop singer best known for her appearance on Skrillex’s Bangerang. Tonight she stands apart, flashing her pop side to the crowd, she also draws on the other radio genres; r&b, rap, electronic to achieve a complete meal deal. Last year’s C.U.L.T. Too Young To Die and older albums reflects this inspired take on being a person of the digital age, though the direction of this year’s Inhale leaves the original idea for a shinier package.

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K.Flay is on the relentless tour circuit, so we’re glad to finally get a chance to catch some live. Listening to K.Flay’s new album What if it is is like taking a massive dose of purple drank before going about your day. It slows the mind way down, causing intense reverberating effects and the occasional visual hallucination. With the quality of the lyrical content, the intriguing alt aesthetic of the music, the the rhythmic mastery of K.Flay’s rapping, you’ll probably feel as silly for not checking them out sooner as I did.

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Headlining this dope festival of underground is Grieves. He’s basically the shit. The beats are still as fresh as when we caught him at Treefort Mainstage in 2011. Hawthorne Theater is the perfect larger-sized venue for the crowd and their enthusiasm as he and his breaks out into “On the Rocks.”

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MusicFest NW 2013

Musicfest NW is just a little more than a month away and the lineup for this year looks really great. With headlining acts such as Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Dan Deacon, Youth Lagoon, Typhoon, and so much more. As is custom here at Killing Sasquatch we will highlight the lesser known bands that we think will make a huge impact this year.

Starting with two brothers that go by the name Pacific Air. These guys have the easy breezy chill pop that rides nicely into your ears. Nothing too fancy, just well written tunes that have groovy beats and memorable melodies. Their debut full length album is called Stop Talking. The album name and music makes me want to sit back and reflect on life. Take a listen to my favorites “Float” and “Suits.”

The next band comes out of Tulsa and they are called Broncho. These guys have a throwback punk kind of sound to them. Broncho’s debut album is called Can’t Get Past The Lips, a blistering testament to songs about fighting, being losers, and not giving a damn. They have a great sound, and I’m really looking forward to their live show. They play September 5th at Dante’s. Check out my favorite song “I Don’t Really Want to be Social.”

Cheap Girls + The We Shared Milk + Lake

With Music Fest NW coming up in a couple of months lets get to know some more of lesser known bands. First up is a trio from Michigan called Cheap Girls. They sound like a more rocking version of Barenaked Ladies. Great drumming, easy to remember guitar riffs, and flying solos makes up their super catchy tunes. They are easy to relate to with songs about being broke, relationships, and working minimum wage jobs. Cheap Girls pulls in all this great 90s rock-pop sound and produces something original as well. Check out their album My Roaring 20’s below. Make sure to listen to “Ft. Lauderdale” and “Something That I Need.”

Next up is Olympia, WA band Lake. They have multiple projects out right now, one being Baby Island that is really good. Lake though has a really gorgeous quality to it. More on the side of pop ‘n’ roll, this band has really catchy keyboards and bass lines with a couple of songs that have horns. And of course the dreamy female vocals completes this great sound. I really dig their latest album called Giving And Receiving. I recommend to listen to all of it below.

Last up for today is local Portland band The We Shared Milk. This band is super good you guys. Psychedelic pop-rock at its best in my opinion. Super hazy vocals and catchy drum beats with jangly guitars that suddenly spring up to super stellar solos. They have a kind of White Denim sound to them too. They are about to start recording a new album with some other great local bands and you can help them out by donating to the cause. Five dollars gets you a free download of the album in August. You can do that here or listen to their latest effort SUH below.

Music Fest NW

Well Sasquatch! Music Festival has come and gone so you know what that means. The lineup for Music Fest NW has been released, and it looks like a doozy. With the headliners being Silversun Pickups, Beirut, Girl Talk, and the support acts of Passion Pit, Dinosaur Jr., and The Tallest Man On Earth. But of course it’s not all about the headliners or supporting headliners, it’s about the up and coming indie bands that will rock your face off. The reason I love this festival is not only the great indie rock scene, but there’s also metal, hip-hop, electronica, chill-wave, singer songwriters, and everything in between. So lets get to know a couple of bands before September 5th.
One of my favorite new acts is Grandparents. Their sound is like dream pop-rock mixed with some great surfy shoegaze. The latest from them is a four track EP called Fumes and can be listened to below. Also you can listen to their older stuff here. I really enjoy their music and look forward to seeing them live once more.

Another great reason I love this festival is that most bands are from Portland, OR or at least from the Northwest. The Suicide Notes are another local Portland band that have a great sound to play at the beach. They are a little more upbeat from Grandparents, with driving drum beats and great use of back-up singers it reminds me of a 50s-60s beach party. You can check out all their songs below or go here to buy their new EP for only $3!

Next up is super DIY rock band White Fang. Playing super catchy tunes about getting wasted and life in general is what White Fang is all about. Their fourth album is titled Positive Feedback and they are currently on tour so check out their site to see if they are coming near you. I really enjoy their sound, it’s a little Velvet Underground with 90s garage pop-rock. Make sure you check out “Chill Yourself,” it’s one of my faves.

Last up for today is another local band Swahili. This four piece experimental rock band is quickly becoming one of the must see acts here in Portland. Lead by some great low tom-tom drumming and synths, their music sounds a bit ominous. The way that they layer the synths and keep the drums going in the same pattern brings out the psychedelic sound. Check them out below and stay tuned for more great MFNW artists on the way.