Live: Edward Sharpe + Friends

Friday the 17th of June the Killing Sasquatch crew went out to Troutdale, OR at the legendary venue Edgefield. To catch some well established acts in Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. We got there right before PHJB took the stage.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Started off the Friday night right by catching the swinging jazz band from New Orleans. Preservation Hall Jazz Band played a bunch of classic jazz standards along with a bunch of tunes from their newest album called That’s It!. It was so much fun to see a classic jazz band riff different solos during each song.

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The headliner for the night was Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. It was my first time seeing them live and it was such a fun time. Front man, Alex Ebert, was the definition of cool hipster. I wanted to hate how hip he was, but there was an air of coolness around him that I just couldn’t. They are in support of their latest album, PersonA which came out in April. So they played a bunch of songs from there, but also some old ones and a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun”.

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It was a great Friday night that will not be forgotten as quickly as some others!

Animal Eyes

New music from Portland’s own Animal Eyes. The new album is called Where We Go and it just came out towards the end of May. The album is packed with explosive rock and pop songs. Animal Eyes has a cool indie boy band vibe to them. Great harmonies, great songwriting, and catchy guitar riffs fills out Where We Go. “Feeding Snakes” starts of the record with a bouncy bass and dynamic vocals, reminiscent of Animal Collective. Then it goes to my favorite two tracks in “Zeke/Wizard” and “Mushroom Hunter”. These two tracks have been a staple in Animal Eyes’ live shows for a couple of years now, and these recordings are some of the best versions I’ve heard. Other favorite tracks of mine include “Sand Sang”, with those clanging guitars, and the ending track “Alligator Sex”. Definitely one of the better local Portland releases this year.

Live: Young Magic + Yeasayer

Last night at the Wonder Ballroom was an extraordinary lineup with Yeasayer and Young Magic. They are touring together to support both of their new albums that were released this year.

Young Magic

Young Magic was first up and they put on an excellent show full of mysterious beats and breathy vocals. The new album Still Life is one of my favorites so far. The new album is super lush and well produced, and they bring that lushness to stage as well. Definitely worth a listen and a ticket to see live.

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Yeasayer

Yeasayer closed out the night with their weird indie-pop tunes. Their latest one is called Amen & Goodbye. Another great release full of glistening pop hits and awesome harmonies. Their live performance sounded great, and was full of lights and cardboard cutouts with more lights.

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Overall a great show at the Wonder Ballroom. Yeasayer is hitting Europe in June so be sure to check them out live.

Treefort 2016 Day 2

Finally got more coverage of our Treefort 2016 adventure. Thursday brought us a bunch of awesome acts that were all so much fun.

Sun Blood Stories

First act we saw was local Boise band Sun Blood Stories. Their performance was one of the best for the weekend! There was so much power and stoney rock and roll from these high desert homies.

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Death Songs

Next we saw former Shaky Hands member, Nicholas Delffs perform his one man act as Death Songs.

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Aaron Mark Brown

We hustled over to Linen Building to catch Aaron Mark Brown. This pop band from Nampa, ID has an olde-timey folk-jazz sound to them. It’s music that makes your toes tap.

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Sugar Candy Mountain

Sugar Candy Mountain was super fuzzy and psychedelic, a little less pop live than their recordings. We only caught a few songs of them before flying off to the next venue.

HINDS

We stopped at Crowbar for some drinks and electronic music before heading to El Korah Shrine for HINDS. The Spanish band has a groovy garage rock sound to them. Super fun to see live.

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Baby Ghosts

Next was Baby Ghosts from Salt Lake City. A rocking performance from them too. If you like a little punk thrown into your garage rock then check out this band.

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Ural Thomas & The Pain

The highlight of the night was Ural Thomas & The Pain. Straight up soul music, with the most charming lead singer we saw all weekend.

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Thee Oh Sees

To cap off the night we caught the very end of Thee Oh Sees. A super packed El Korah was crowd surfing and dancing all over the place. It was great way to end the second night of Treefort.

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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.