The epicness of Musicfest ramps up on Thursday; Youth Lagoon is playing mainstage and Tobacco is headlining a grave lineup at Holocene later.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday starts off at Pioneer Square with Deep Sea Diver. They play a great show with their blend of pop and rock and roll.
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.
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.
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.
Then our last show for the week was local rock legends Yob. A truly rocking show to end a truly fantastic week of music.